The decorating inspiration for the PBS “Mercy Street” TV series comes from the Carlyle House in Alexandria. While the show’s producers were unable to shoot at the real Mercy Street location in Old Town Alexandria, the set design and decoration is inspired from the actual Carlyle House. I was fortunate to work on the Carlyle House about five years ago. For decorating and TV buffs, watching this series is a pleasure of historic and decorating insights.
If you are interested in seeing the original building where the events of the Mercy Street show takes place, visit the Carlyle House. The house is on the National Historic Register.
Several years ago I installed the hall mural in the Lafayette house in Old Town Alexandria. It is a Zuber reproduction mural of views of North America. This past week, Kathy Orton, wrote up a great article in the Washington Post about the house, its’ history and how you can now buy it for $6.8 million dollars. In October, 1824, Marquis de Lafayette visited Alexandria and lived in this house.
Wallpaper has now jumped into the adult coloring mania. Makes sense given the popularity coloring as a hobby or stress reducing exercise has achieved with adults. On Amazon, five of the top ten best sellers are adult coloring books.