Mixed Print Outfit for a Tour of Haunted Gilded Age Mansion

This year my fall foliage trip included a stop in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. We visited Lenox, a town known for Tanglewood, the beautiful music venue where the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays during the summer season. It is also home to many “gilded age” mansions, as the Berkshires used to be a resort destination for the ultra wealthy at the turn of the century. Many of the mansions have been preserved and have been turned into luxury hotels and spas.  One is even a Kripalu Yoga Center!

stockbridge cottage

My husband and I stayed in an adorable little cottage on a lake in Stockbridge, which is the town next door to Lenox. On the first day we arrived we decided to visit Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion and Museum, which is one of the few of these grand homes left that are open to the public for tours. It was a home built by George and Sarah Morgan in 1891.  Sarah was the sister of J.P. Morgan.  And if you’re wondering why her married name is same as her brother’s, well, she married her 1st cousin. Always good to keep the money in the family I guess!

In 1998 the exterior of the building was used to represent the St. Cloud’s Orphanage in the making of The Cider House Rules,, a film based on a John Irving novel.

It was a chilly, crisp autumn day and the outfit I picked for my mansion visit was a mix of three different prints.  A couple of my favorite fashion bloggers, Shelbee (left) and Suzanne, inspired me, as they have mastered the art of mixing prints!

mixed print otufits

I had recently found a 1960s jacquard knit skirt suit in a beige and black lacy pattern and I was eager to incorporate the skirt into a fall outfit. The jacket will have to wait for another post.  Wearing suits as separates makes for a more casual outfit.

Sticking with a neutral theme, I added a black burnout velvet 90s blouse, 60s faux fur hat and clutch and recently thrifted Dana Buchman cardigan and silk floral scarf. Oh yeah, I even wore my vintage 60s leopard print button earrings.

I knew I’d be doing a lot of walking that day, so I wore my new black leather ballet flats from Softwalk.  Highly recommend. They are super comfy.

This first photo of Ventfort Hall is not mine.  Because of the lighting that day. try as I might,  I could not get a great photo of the front of the building. as I was only using the camera from my phone.  But wanted to show you what it looks like.  It’s design is Jacobean Revival and is 28,000 square feet. So it’s pretty massive. Though there are many rooms that are not currently open to visitors.

It is rumored to be haunted. Employees have heard disembodied voices, seen doors opening by themselves, a woman’s face descending the staircase and felt spirits touching them.  An episode of  Ghost Hunters featured an investigation into the paranormal activities at Ventfort Hall.

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Ventfort Hall Lennox Mass

This is my photo of the massive veranda that runs along the rear of the property.

1920s velvet robe

Of course, one of my favorite things was the random displays of period clothing throughout. I nearly swooned when I turned a corner and spotted  this breathtaking 1920s lace trimmed pink velvet dressing gown. And check out those silver shoes. Hard to believe how skinny people’s feet were back then.

1930s lace gown

This 1930s bias cut lace gown would make a dreamy wedding dress, don’t you think?

Ventoft Hall Lennox Ma Halloween themed dining table

Upon entering the dining room I was delighted to see the long dining table decorated so beautifully for Halloween.

Ventfort Hall Halloween place setting

Ventfort Hall Lennox Ma Dining Room

Ventfort Hall hallway

Even though I never experienced any ghostly activity while visiting,  I couldn’t help but think how the gothic vibe of the place makes it the perfect eerie venue for  holding a spectacular grand Halloween ball. I think I’d feel safe with a whole crowd of people, but would be too scared to stay there alone for a night.

Below is a gallery of more photos from the tour. You can click for a slideshow and to enlarge the photos.

How about you? Would you stay in a haunted mansion overnight?

Till next time……






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By | 2019-11-08T08:37:50-04:00 October 30th, 2019|Fashion, Travel|6 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell November 7, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Camo and leopard? Sounds cool! You are a very creative dresser and I enjoy seeing what you come up with. Thanks for the kind words.

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    Shelbee on the Edge November 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Theresa, you have nailed this fabulous mix of prints! And thanks so much for the shout out! I am so flattered! Today I wore a bit of camo and leopard for an edgy print mix, but I so love your delicate vintage patterns together. What an amazing getaway, too. This mansion looks so beautiful, but I am definitely not one for scary things! I would be all for a cottage in the woods and relaxing and visiting cool old mansions, but can we leave the haunted part out?! Thanks for linking up!


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 31, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Thank you Ann. Coming from someone who is brilliant at print mixing, I appreciate the compliment!

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    Ann October 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    What a magnificent mansion, and I wasn’t at all surprised to read that it was haunted. Perfect for those Halloween decorations! And there’s some fabulous print-mixing going on in your outfit, too. xxx

  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    OOOOOO, Suzanne. I would have probably run out of the place screaming! Thanks for the compliment, coming from the Queen of Print Mixing, I’m extremely flattered. Good point about the sweater texture. The narrowness of vintage shoes really disturbs me, when I think of all the cool shoes out there I can’t wear!

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    Suzanne October 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Ha ha! Just reading about the creepy woman’s face descending the stairs made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

    I used to live in London, in Holland Park, in a very old building that had been converted to a Hostel. It was said to be haunted. Late one afternoon I swore I saw a woman in one of the dorms that had been shut down. It freaked me out. Like you I’d probably be more willing to visit during the day and then head to a more secure location for sleeping. LOL Otherwise I don’t think I’d be getting much shut-eye.

    This looks like a great place to visit. Both the gowns you showed made my jaw drop. Also…what is with how narrow people’s feet were? I find that all the time in older shoes. I wonder if they were malnourished?

    Your print mixing is spot on! Even the texture of the sweater manages to visually add more print. I love it!

    Thanks for the shout-out : )


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