[Above, photographer Sean Terretta has posted on flickr the most striking interior shots of the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg. Different than stiff photos often seen in tourist brochures, Terretta's dynamic images capture that 18th century flair.]
To some visitors, the clear bold colors inside the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg look a little more "now" than 18th century. But actually the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has gone to great pains over the last few decades to accurately reflect the Georgian era -- its society and aesthetics. So gray-blues, somber greens and murky golds were banished in favor of apple-greens, turquoises and sunny yellows. (The colors scholars now believe are true to the period.) I was struck by the green Chinese-Chippendale chairs in the bedroom above. This is such a "decorator-ish" comment to make, but can't you see them at Viceroy Santa Monica sans gingham cushions?
[Contemporary chest at Viceroy Santa Monica.]
[Colonial Williamsburg Foundation image of Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Governor's Palace, 2007.]