The period Mark Twain dubbed "the Gilded Age" was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. It was also a time when some of the nation's grandest gardens were constructed.

There's a caravan of interesting furniture and accessories that work in any space, from the sleek and contemporary to the simple and functional. Rugs are a big part of the style, and not just on the floor. 

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