Monday, March 14, 2011

Interiors From the set of Jane Eyre

If you're like me, then you're waiting with bated breath for the new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Here's a sneak peek of the gorgeous and ancient house, Haddon Hall, that plays the role of Thornfield in this new film.
I LOVE this wallpaper:

Haddon Hall ( was first built in the 12th century and was slowly expanded through the early 1600s. Restored faithfully in the 1920s, it serves as an unusually intact example of a true medieval manor house.

The furniture pictured is mostly from the 17th-19th centuries. Like Jane herself, these interiors are products of their long-ago time, and yet surprisingly contemporary and relevant.
Which is your favorite room?
1 & 2 The Banqueting Hall dates from the late 1300s and is hung with antlers dating from the 17th century
3 Chinoiserie and an oriental rug mix beautifully in this room — and notice the amazing frieze band at the cornice
4 Peach damask walls get accented with white pilasters along this stunning hallway
5 Two rugs laid edge-to-edge fill this monumental hall (check out that fireplace!)
6 A four-poster bed against a wall of tapestries in this dreamy bedroom — though what horrors come at night?
7 The Long Gallery, built in the late 16th century to celebrate a marriage, features strapwork on the ceiling and wood paneling on the walls
8 Jane Eyre comes out Friday; go for the classic Gothic tragedy, stay for the lavish interiors!
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Images: Photos by Laurie Sparham, used with permission from Focus Features