Friday Fun: More Money Than Sense

This time it’s all about excess: the mansions of the rich and powerful are sometimes more showy than practical, more dramatic rather than chic.

Said to be the most expensive house in the US, this house in Bel Air is on sale for $250 million. From Forbes.com
Sometimes it’s all about the waterfall in the garden… From modernnnhome.
How about your very own Versailles somewhere in the American West? From outstandingdecorworld.com
This one seems almost modest, in comparison. Where? You guessed it, also in the US. Trump’s excesses no longer seem quite so out of place, do they? From Wilderpublications.com
For those who prefer a faux olde worlde style, this is perhaps the kind of house you might imagine Gatsby opting for. From WP Home Design and Decoration.
Last but not least, how about building your own park and island for your castle? Chateau Artisan, photo credit Mike Salamanca, Masmedia Labs.

Friday Fun: Garden Follies

Thank you to Guy Savage for suggesting that we take a look at the luxurious garden follies of the 18th and 19th centuries. I may have widened the remit somewhat to include architectural follies from around the world, but the UK seems to have the highest number. What that says about the Brits, I don’t know…

The modest treehouse folly made of wood, from mycookingmagazine.com
The modest treehouse folly made of wood, from mycookingmagazine.com

Sir Izaak Walton's garden folly, where he wrote about angling (his hobby shed, in other words). From The Telegraph.
Izaak Walton’s garden folly, where he wrote about angling (his hobby shed, in other words). From The Telegraph.

The medieval reproduction, from Youtube.
The medieval reproduction in Northamptonshire, from Youtube.

Temple of Apollo in the gardens at Stourhead, from The Daily Mail.
Temple of Apollo in the gardens at Stourhead, from The Daily Mail.

A tuscan temple in Yorkshire, from Pinterest.
A tuscan temple in Yorkshire, from Pinterest.

That pinnacle of all follies, Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. From Wikimedia.com
That pinnacle of all follies, Broadway Tower in Worcestershire. From Wikimedia.com

Swallow's Nest in Yalta, from lonely-bloggers-page.blogspot.com
The most breathtaking setting: Swallow’s Nest in Yalta, overlooking the Black Sea, from lonely-bloggers-page.blogspot.com

Chanteloup tower, near Amboise, France. From Pinterest.
Chanteloup tower, near Amboise, France. From Pinterest.

Conolly's Folly in County Kildare, Ireland, apparently built to provide employment during the Irish famine of 1740-41. From Twistedsifter.com
Conolly’s Folly in County Kildare, Ireland, apparently built to provide employment during the Irish famine of 1740-41. From Twistedsifter.com

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, (Kinkakuji) is also a sort of folly, in Kyoto, Japan. From Japanesequest.com
It could be argued that the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) is also a type of folly, in Kyoto, Japan. From Japanesequest.com