Monday, November 3, 2008

The English Life in 1800

Brighton, just a 45 minute train ride from London, is growing rapidly in population. Many people come here for the day to get away from the monotonous rhythm of the city. That’s why we moved here. This town used to be just a quiet fishing village; but nowadays it’s a party city since King George IV built the Royal Pavilion 15 years ago. Secondly, my husband is a prominent merchant in the city, but business slowed down so we decided to move to a nicer area where many wealthy families dwell. We felt that the economic base was better here because there is more money to be spent. Before we bought our house, we were visiting my cousins at their resort. On the pilgrimage back home I saw the house and fell in love. One afternoon before we moved I was window-shopping down town and saw those new mirrors that everyone is fussing over. I find that I can really express who I am through the Regency style so it was necessary that the drawing room downstairs show this; but the room would not be complete with out the mirror. It is absolutely divine to have my guest visit and reside in this space and have their reflective time be expressed within this one object. The rest of the house follows a more classical inspiration. Like most of the other houses around town, ours is washed out- white exterior with black shutters with a strong emphasis on symmetry.

Compare: This house in Brighton is similar to the Blandwood because the artifact can be used as a status symbol for the wealthy and Blandwoood is a large home in the area that exemplies wealth.

Contrast: The Reynolda House is planted on many acres, which include gardens, farms, a golf course, and even a church. Living at the Reynolda House was like being on vacation. The Brighton home was built in the early 1800s, and the Reynolda House was built about 100 years later in 1917.

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