The Real House That Inspired Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is Netflix’s latest hit show, currently sitting at the top of the streaming service’s top 10. The show, a sequel of The Haunting of Hill House, is inspired by Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw and a number of other stories from the Anglophile American author.



a castle like building in a city: Bly Manor in 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' is not a real house – but it is inspired by one.


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Bly Manor in ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is not a real house – but it is inspired by one.

In the show, Victoria Pedretti plays Dani Clayton, an American woman who becomes the governess for children Miles (Benjamin Eva Ainsworth) and Flora (Amelie Bea Smith, who parents may be surprised to know is also the voice of Peppa Pig). She lives in with these two children in Bly Manor, a sprawling house infested with ghosts in the countryside in Essex in the United Kingdom.

However, Bly Manor is very much a piece of TV magic. Though set in England, the Netflix series was actually filmed nearly 5,000 miles away—not in Britain but in British Columbia, Canada (Vancouver to be precise).

Sets for the house were built at the Bridge Studios in Burnaby, Canada. A number of the exteriors, in fact, are not even real buildings but CGI. The chapel, for example, consisted of an interior set, with the exterior being computer generated. The Bly Manor exterior, also does not seem to be a real house, with Refinery 29 noting it looks similar to Thornewood Castle near Seattle, where the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red was once filmed.

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Thornewood Castle, however, is not the only real house that inspired The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Turn of The Screw before it.

In 1897, a year before the publication of that classic novella, James headed to Lamb House, an 18th-century mansion that bears a striking resemblance to the house in Bly where the story he wrote at Lamb House was set.

In fact, it seems that he only vaguely changed the details of the place he was writing: While Turn of the Screw takes place in Bly, Essex, Lamb House is situated in Rye, East Sussex.

Lamb House is still available for literature fans to visit. The Grade II* listed house has been opened to the public by the National Trust, where it is open as a writer’s house museum for both James and the author E.F. Benson, who wrote the Mapp and Lucia novels.

The house was given to the National Trust in 1950 by James’ nephew’s widow, and on display there are a number of the writer’s possessions. Also open is the walled garden James had designed—a garden far more welcoming than the desolated one at Bly.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is streaming now on Netflix.

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Meet the Winners – The Culture of Living: The Inspired Kitchen Contest

For Gaggenau, The Inspired Kitchen is a contest that pays homage to the heart of the home by inspiring design that assures, entertains, and sparks conversation. Designers were invited to put their creativity and design philosophy to the test by creating a culinary space where luxury is expressed through emotion, materials, craftsmanship, and aesthetics. Each designer submitted 3-to-6 kitchen illustrations, renderings, or drawings, including three Gaggenau appliances, as well as a written narrative describing their design inspiration and appliance selection. And, in the spirit of giving back, for the first 20 entrants, Gaggenau donated $500 per submission to The James Beard Foundation—an organization whose mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable.

The five winning designs were chosen based on creativity, originality, and functionality:

JENNIE BISHOP – Studio Gild

Jennie Bishop and design partners Melissa Benham and Kristen Ekeland define the kitchen by “understated drama, sophisticated custom detailing, and plenty of space in which a young family could entertain and expand.” The look and feel echoes the modern, minimalist design of the house. Anchored by an 18-foot island with seating for six, the space features a book-matched marble slab as a backdrop for a custom brass hood over the cooktop. Gaggenau appliances seamlessly blend into the overall design without distraction for an end result that is light, clean, and functional.

Gaggenau Appliances incorporated:

36” 400 series gas cooktop
30” 400 series double oven
24” 400 series dishwasher
24” stainless steel built-in microwave drawer
30” 400 series warming drawer

DANIELLA VILLAMIL – Daniella Villamil Interiors

Villamil’s kitchen brings the outside in with finishes and detailings that reflect the native landscape, which takes centerstage through glass walls. “Every single detail in the kitchen was thoughtfully planned to connect with an environment and evoke a feeling of luxury, comfort, and connection,” Villamil says. The kitchen hood was finished in a burnished copper to mimic the sunsets; the backsplash was chiseled from rock excavated during construction, the wood for the cabinets was sourced locally, stools were sculpted from tree stumps by a local artist, and the islands were crafted from unfinished wood to contrast with the concrete floors and ceilings.

Gaggenau Appliances incorporated:

36” and 15” 400 series gas cooktops
30” 400 series oven
30” 400 series combi-steam oven
30″ 400 series warming drawer
30” 400 series refrigerator / freezer
24” 400 series dishwasher

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STEFANO VENIER – Canova

A study in sculptural simplicity, Venier’s kitchen is designed for the sophisticated gourmand. “The kitchen combines style and performance for the aesthete who entertains, providing elevated culinary experiences assisted by technological innovations,” he says. While functional, the forms of two central elements—the Italian Bronzo Amani marble stone island and the oxidized bronze wall unit—appear as sculptural pieces yet hide state-of-the-art functionality. When electronically raised and recessed, the island reveals a host of appliances as well as a work area with a welded sink, a retractable faucet, and a custom

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Scotland on Sunday Travel Wishlist – A Scottish Zen garden inspired by a Victorian adventurer’s travels in Japan

From Kyoto to Cowden, Eastern-inspired gardens are places of tranquility

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 10:25 am

Ella Christie in the Japanese Garden she created at Cowden near Dollar in 1908

A vibrant pink lily on the still waters, a lichen palette of green on grey stone, a tame robin and a bounding red squirrel were all magical in their own restful way.This sense of peace is what I remember from visiting Japan. Amid the relentless bustle of the cities there would be an unexpected haven of calm. Kyoto was the garden capital, but Tokyo and Hiroshima had their silent sanctuaries as well.It was in Kyoto that I first encountered the concept of the rock garden, or Karesansui. It was in Ryōan-ji’s Zen garden that I relished the challenge of finding the stones in the seemingly featureless expanse of grey. That step from bigger picture down to detail is a deeply calming experience.And that same feeling envelops me on the slopes of the Ochils. From the grand views across the Forth Valley, through the postcard-perfect scene of the garden itself, down to the water lily.Yet this peaceful garden is the vision of a woman who had a great energy for adventure. Born in 1861, Isabella “Ella” Christie travelled the world when most Scottish women of her social standing were running the Victorian home. Scotland has a long tradition of adventurers and explorers, but to travel as widely and freely as Ella did is noteworthy in itself.As her great-great-niece Sara Stewart explained: “She went to places that no Western woman had been. She was unbelievably brave and that was how she wanted to spend her life. Ella had been brought up as though she had been a son, so she had been very well educated and wanted to see more of the world.”The Royal Geographical Society recognised that spirit with a fellowship – one of the first awarded to a woman. Travelling with her servant Humpries, and trunks with formalwear for any glamorous events she might be invited to, her destinations included India, Malaya and Tibet and she was one of the first western women to meet the Dalai Lama.Ella was in her 40s when she travelled East, taking in China, Hong Kong, Russia and Japan in 1906 and 1907.In Kyoto she met Ella and Florence du Cane, authors of The Flowers And Gardens Of Japan, and on her return set about creating Shã Raku En, “the place of pleasure and delight”, helped by Taki Handa, a rare female garden designer trained at the at the Royal School of Garden Design in Nagoya.By employing specialists in Japanese garden design, Ella’s garden soon established an international reputation – Professor Jijo Suzuki, head of the Soami School of Imperial Garden Design, declaring it “the best garden in the Western World” and it became a tourist attraction in the 1920s and 1930s as well as a regular attraction in Scotland’s Garden Scheme, which Ella’s sister Alice Stewart helped found.Ella died soon after the end

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Westfield Girl Scout Creating ‘Sensory Garden’ Inspired by Cousin

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School junior Clara Christian is going for her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement awarded by Scouts, to make the world a better place. Her project is “Veronica’s Garden,” a sensory garden for people with special needs located off Mountain Avenue within Mindowaskin Park.

The garden is inspired by Clara’s cousin, Veronica, who is 14 and has Down Syndrome.

On March 10, the Westfield Town Council approved the project, with support and guidance from Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea. It will take up approximately 2,500 square feet in total.

Clara needs about $2,000 more in donations by some time in October to finish the garden, said her mother this week. (If you’d like to learn more about Clara’s project or donate, see her website HERE.)

Help from the city and businesses

The public and private project has taken over a year and a half to plan.

The town repaved all the paths in Mindowaskin Park recently to provide easier access throughout the park.

Westfield town leaders have been instrumental and encouraging throughout the journey, her mother said.

And local business have donated service. Scape-Abilities owner Steve Costalos created the garden plan as a donation. Dreyer Farms in Cranford has been instrumental in selecting the plants and guiding Clara as she prepares for the build.

Town Engineer Kris McAloon was able to install a new water pit and electricity to prepare for the garden’s irrigation system that was installed by A. Priscoe Irrigation at cost.

To learn more, see the website here.

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Inspired Living – SW Interior Design

SW Interior Design principal Sue Williams recently shared her wealth of architectural and design knowledge on the Jamaica Observer’s Inspired Living: The New Aesthetic For Extraordinary Homes And Retreats webinar. SO churns over a few of those gems prior to sipping Champagne at Villa Rosa:

“… Jamaica does inspire people. It’s very much an island of personalities who’ve started a love affair with Jamaica. Our clients do remain the main influencing factor within all of our projects. They’ve become invested in Jamaica as it’s struck a chord; it fills the need, it stills their souls and this immediately gives us a connection and an understanding. A reinterpretation of the elements that have caught their attention together with the appreciation of their needs add character, soul and individuality to each property we complete…

…Jamaica has benefited for decades from the development of luxury winter and holiday homes like those of Tryall and Round Hill; Content, Rose Hall, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Cove, San San Port Antonio offered in the ’50s and ’60s a simple island elegance. A heyday where luxury was exploring seas by canoe, hills with binoculars, dancing downtown to live bands like Yellow Bird and Banana Boat, and purchases at local craft markets. With this island infatuation design and designer were influenced by locally produced island elements… Carved and turned furniture, forged brass, straw rugs, art and hand-printed fabrics became slip covers, curtains, bikini cover-ups, and evening caftans. It was a creative mix of design…

…Local knowledge guides architects to capture the island breezes, avoiding direct sun, ensuring privacy. Property lots were larger, villa designs smaller, louvred windows with wide verandahs and fanciful peaked shingled roofs, Caribbean-style…

… It is very important to us to recognise and reinterpret and develop this history. Understanding the foundation is important to the continuation of this for our clients who recognise the value of it and still seek this in Jamaica. We can only be successful through the talents of others, through the artisans, the craftsmen, the professionals who make all of these things happen.”

— Sue Williams

Villa Rosa, Spring Farm, St James

Villa Rosa named in honour of the beloved wife of the original owners. This contemporary house, overlooking the famous Half Moon, was first built by an American/European couple who travelled regularly to the island, stayed at the hotel and purchased the forest covered lot overlooking the greens of the golf course and windswept seas that they had fallen in love with. Together with their New York-based architect, they studied the wind, the angles of the sun and guided the painstaking construction of this extraordinary villa…the property still retains this aura of commitment and passion.

As the sun sets and the property changes hands, a new love story develops. Already deeply committed to Jamaica, when this next door property came on the market they recognised the unique architectural framework and committed even further. Their own passion brought renewed inspiration to the original, but dated, design.

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Lauren Manzo Scalia Halloween Home Decor Inspired by Daughter

Though Lauren Manzo Scalia has pulled off some epic Halloween costumes in her day, the Manzo’d With Children alum isn’t a big fan of the spooky holiday. But alas, she has a little one at home who eagerly celebrates the day of candy apples and all things witchy. So, she’s willing to strike a compromise with her fall decor. 

In a recent Instagram share, the New Jersey salon owner showed off the seasonal decorations sprucing up the exterior of her house. “I hate Halloween but [my daughter] Markie loves it … so I sprinkled a little Halloween into my Fall decoration LOL,” she wrote. And to clarify exactly what that means, Lauren wrote: “So just [one] ghost.”

To be fair, we also spotted some Halloween-y pumpkins and a witch mixed into Lauren’s autumnal decor. Elsewhere, the charcuterie-board maestro captured the essence of the season with hay bales, cornstalks, and a couple of prop scarecrows.

It’s official: Fall has arrived at Lauren’s doorstep. 

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The best baking equipment for your kitchen, inspired by The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens (not even a national lockdown could stop it) and, in keeping with tradition, consumers are already snapping up baking tools and equipment to create their own slice of the action at home.

Since its debut in 2010, the show has energised home baking sales in the UK – inspiring the “The Bake Off” effect, whereby shoppers stock up in advance of a new series, almost every year.

From the classic Mason Cash mixing bowls you’ll recognise from the show to quirky baking kits from notonthehighstreet.com, here’s all the equipment you need to recreate the magic of The Great British Bake Off 2020 in your own kitchen…

1.   KitchenAid Artisan 

£499, Currys

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer (available in a range of both pastel and metallic hues) is traditionally the batter-mixer of choice in the Bake Off tent. It comfortably handles large quantities of ingredients and the stiffest of doughs, and allows you to mix ingredients without losing air (a key consideration for showstopping baking mixtures: no soggy bottoms here). 

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Wuthering Heights: House that inspired Emily Bronte classic for sale

Ponden Hall

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image captionPonden Hall has traditionally been identified with the Lintons’ home Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights

A house thought to be the inspiration for Emily Bronte when writing 19th century classic Wuthering Heights is on sale for more than £1m.

Ponden Hall, in Stanbury, West Yorkshire, dates back to 1541 and played host to Bronte and her family during their childhood.

Several features of the property are said to have inspired her work.

In 2014, it was converted into a bed and breakfast which is currently run by owners Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst.

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image captionIt is also believed to have inspired Anne Brontë’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Sisters Emily and Anne, who began writing as children along with their sibling Charlotte, first came across Ponden Hall during the Crow Hill Bog Burst, a mudslide that occurred following heavy rainfall in September 1824.

While this was the girls’ first encounter with Ponden, they continued to visit, with the house providing inspiration for both Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The library at Ponden, considered one of the finest in West Yorkshire and which boasted a Shakespeare first portfolio, was particularly appealing to the Brontes, who would often stop by to use it.

The Bronte sisters

  • Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were 19th Century novelists who formed one of the world’s most famous literary families
  • Often left alone together in their isolated Haworth home, all three sisters began to write stories at an early age
  • Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are hailed as British classics. Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bestseller
  • Tragedy struck the family when Emily and Anne both died of tuberculosis within six months of each other between 1848 and 1849. It also killed their brother, Branwell
  • Charlotte continued to write and later married, but she too was killed by the disease in March 1855

Mr Brown said it was a request from a Bronte enthusiast to stay over in the old library that prompted the couple to turn Ponden into a bed and breakfast.

The couple moved into the property in 1998 and undertook extensive restoration work.

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image captionThe house, which overlooks Ponden Reservoir, is a Grade II listed building

The main guest bedroom features a small, single-paned window within a wooden, panelled box bed which bears similarities to the window that appears in Wuthering Heights.

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Ms Akhurst said: “This is the room in the old end of the house which has a tiny window in it which inspired Emily to write the story of Cathy’s ghost.

“There is the scene in which Mr Lockwood is asleep in the bed and he has a nightmare where he believes the ghost of Cathy is coming through the window to get him.”

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Inspired Decor Ideas For Your Kitchen (4)

When designing a kitchen, most people focus tightly on organization and efficiency. Some of us wish to keep it versatile getting into for solids and monotone which allows you to experiment with the other colors of artefacts that you simply put in. While a few of us prefer to keep it a bit of extra designer, selecting floral patterns and geometric designs in hues ranging from subtle tones to huge motifs and shiny colours, this does allow you a little less of a window to experiment since what you choose to your home decor has to blend in with the upholstery of the furnishings.

Decor is often a sub-committee that deals with the decor planning for an occasion. These sorts of components give cottage style houses the sort of rustic country decor that’s less complicated, very personal and warmly inviting. Colors utilized in rustic nation decor or cottage model homes are neutral tones starting from white to bone, earth tones, red barn, blues and greens. For example: In autumn you should use a home decor themes reminiscent of a bedspread with autumn leaves and pillows in autumn colours. Rooster decor is finest manufactured in areas where a very good sort of fabric is obtainable. Brass candle holders, oil or kerosene lamps, sconces, hurricane lamps, tin lanterns, recessed ceiling fixtures or a classic wrought-iron or metal chandelier present profitable lighting for rustic country decor and cottage fashion properties. For rustic country decor within the kitchen, use open shelves, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cupboards for storage.

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Some of us like to preserve it versatile getting into for solids and monotone which lets you experiment with the other colours of artefacts that you just put in. While some of us like to maintain it a little bit extra designer, selecting floral patterns and geometric designs in hues starting from delicate tones to large motifs and brilliant colors, this does allow you rather less of a window to experiment since what you choose on your house decor has to blend in with the upholstery of the furnishings.

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When morning comes, a refreshing cock’s crow wakes us up. This tells us it’s time for a brand new day. Decor is normally a sub-committee that deals with the decor planning for an occasion. These types of components give cottage style houses the type of rustic nation decor that’s simpler, very personal and warmly inviting. Colors utilized in rustic nation decor or cottage type homes are impartial tones starting from white to bone, earth tones, red barn, blues and greens. For example: In autumn you can use a home decor themes such as a bedspread with autumn leaves and pillows in autumn colours. Rooster decor is best manufactured in areas where a great kind of fabric is on the market. Brass candle holders, oil or kerosene lamps, sconces, hurricane lamps, tin lanterns, recessed ceiling fixtures or a classic wrought-iron or steel chandelier present successful lighting for rustic country decor and cottage model houses. For rustic nation decor within the kitchen, use open cabinets, hutches, buffets, plate racks and cabinets for storage.

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Decor is often a sub-committee that offers with the decor planning for an occasion. These kinds of components give cottage style houses the type of rustic nation decor that is less complicated, very private and warmly inviting. Colors utilized in rustic nation decor or cottage type houses are impartial tones starting from white to bone, earth tones, purple barn, blues and greens. For example: In autumn you can use a house decor themes similar to a bedspread with autumn leaves and pillows in autumn colors. Rooster decor is greatest manufactured in areas the place a …

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