A Prayer + David Adler La Lanterne Mansion: Carolyn Morse Ely House

There’s so much uncertainty at the moment, and I want to offer a little pocket of peace here. French fantasy design inspiration along with a few encouraging quotes will hopefully usher in a bit of relief from so much bad news. We’ll tour David Adler La Lanterne Mansion: Carolyn Morse Ely House, a grand home for sale in Northern Illinois. I’ll also offer a few pieced together words of longing.

French country chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

I’m Thinking About Each of You

I’d like to offer a prayer, but first consider these thoughts from poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama which echo my own:

These are some of the things that prayer is. Prayer is rhythm. Prayer is comfort. Prayer is disappointment. Prayer is words and shape and art around desperation, and delight and disappointment and desire. Prayer can be the art that helps you name your desire. And even if the desire is only named, naming is a good thing, surely. Naming is what God did, the Jews tell us, and the world unfolded. Or perhaps naming is what the Jews did, and God unfolded. Either way, I’m thankful. Naming things is part of the human impulse. Naming the deep desires of our heart is a good thing, even if those desires are never satisfied.” From Daily Prayer with the Coorymela Community<—tap to buy

Inspirational quote about faith and prayer by James Finley on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #faithquote #spiritualformation
A Prayer as well as David Adler La Lanterne Mansion: Carolyn Morse Ely House

I’m ever thankful for the caring community here on Hello Lovely who frequently pray for me and who are kindly open to the simple prayers of hope I offer.

Inspirational quote about prayer and healing from Sara Miles on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquotes #spirituality #christianity #prayer #faithquote #religion

Thank you for praying this with me today:

HOLY HEALER, thank you for the light of your Word and for the hope you freely offer. I pray we will continually seek grace from your hand, as you carry us through every valley. May we find a moment of stillness and quiet this day, to consent to your presence holding us silently and mysteriously in perfect peace. I pray that the sick, and the lonely, and the anxious will turn to you and find your holy favor. May they be strengthened in body, mind, and spirit by the power of your glory. Bless our families and our neighbors and our towns, and pour out your streams of mercy on the poor and the weak. Grant us courage and faith, oh Father, to be generous, wise, and trusting as we travel unfamiliar terrain. Help us to become shelter and healing for each other as never before. We ask all of this in Christ’s precious name. AMEN.

Inspirational quote about prayer by Phyllis Tickle on Hello Lovely Studio. #phyllistickle #inspiraitonalquote #prayer #christianity #spirituality #spiritualformation #faith

David Adler La Lanterne Mansion: Carolyn Morse Ely House

Photos: JS Eckert

This sprawling estate in Lake Bluff, Illinois is once again on the market, and since it has been redecorated, I was anxious to peek inside. CLICK PLAY (below) to step inside.

This magnificent historic Lake Bluff home by David Adler is offered for sale and is also known as La Lanterne: The Carolyn Morse Ely Estate. Have another peek…

Built in 1916, the home has been renovated and re-decorated and awaits a new owner.

French country chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

The History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff indicates:

French country chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

“The footprint for the main house was based on the Pavilion de la Lanterne, an 18th-century hunting lodge at Versailles.”

French country chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

“Formal rooms are en enfilade, or long line, as the public part of the house is only one room deep.”

French country chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

“Adler filled the 7,200-square foot mansion with items he picked up in Europe including French paneling, limestone mantels, and antique Chinese wallpaper.”

House Tour: French Country Mansion Entry

Breathtaking entry in a French chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler
A wonderful inspirational quote about endurance from Frida Kahlo on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirational #fridakahlo #endurance #encouragement #hope
Dark grey doors and marble floors in French chateau in Lake Bluff Illinois - La Lanterne is a David Adler masterpiece of a home. Come see more of its exquisite interior design and outdoor gardens. #frenchchateau #housetour #davidadler

Exquisite Wood Paneling in La Lanterne

Beautifully crafted wood paneled walls in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.
Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

French Stone Fireplaces

Beautiful limestone fireplace in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.

Who is David Adler?

Adler was an American architect born in 1882, who largely practiced around Chicago. He attended Princeton for college then traveled around Europe studying the architecture. Over his career, he designed 45 country houses, 27 of them in Chicagoland. The Roaring Twenties were Adler’s most prosperous season. Adler donated his home (a farmhouse he renovated in Libertyville, IL) and acreage to the Village of Libertyville, and the Adler Arts Center is now a community treasure.

Modern Living in a 1916 French Estate

Modern and spare mostly white kitchen and breakfast room in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.
Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation
Beautiful classic white kitchen with butcher block center island in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.

Beautiful Original Kitchen Sinks

Beautiful classic white kitchen with butcher block center island in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.
Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about stillness from Herbert Read. #stillness #miracles #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational
Beautiful classic white kitchen with butcher block center island in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.
Beautiful classic white kitchen with butcher block center island in a French chateau by David Adler known as the Carolyn More Ely House. Come see the tour of this amazing historic home for sale.

Kitchen Before Renovation in La Lanterne

before kitchen in David Adler's La Lanterne in Lake Bluff, IL
Inspirational prayer from Phyllis Tickle on Hello Lovely Studio. #prayers #christianity #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

Understated & Unfussy

White sofa and rattan chairs on a porch with herringbone pavers in La Lanterne in Lake Bluff, IL.

Graceful & Modern Renovated Staircase

Beautiful renovated modern French grand staircase with wrought iron railings, and stained wood steps. La Lanterne by David Adler in Lake Bluff, IL.
Inspiring quote of encouragement on Hello Lovely Studio about hope from John Milton. #hopequote #inspirational #quote #kindness #encouragement #personalgrowth #motivational
Beautiful renovated modern French grand staircase with wrought iron railings, and stained wood steps. La Lanterne by David Adler in Lake Bluff, IL.

Charming Outdoor Spaces at the Mansion

Breathtaking French gardens and outdoor dining at La Lanterne, a grand home designed by David Adler.
Inspirational quote and religious encouragement about kindness. #inspirationalquote #quotes #faith #kindness
Breathtaking French gardens and outdoor dining at La Lanterne, a grand home designed by David Adler.
Breathtaking French gardens and outdoor dining at La Lanterne, a grand home designed by David Adler.
Inspirational quote from Henri Nouwen on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #faithquote #christianity #spirituality #spiritualformation
Breathtaking French gardens and outdoor dining at La Lanterne, a grand home designed by David Adler.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Quarantined and socially distanced is surely not where we expected to be at this juncture, but we can do hard things. WE CAN. I am always just an email away if you need to connect with the heart of a friend.

Should you need a podcast recommendation, I have been listening to On Being for many years, and it is how I discovered this wonderful poet. His voice comforts me in a most tender manner.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. Connie
    March 17, 2020 / 7:46 am

    Amen to the prayers shared here today and always. And a heartfelt thank you to the beautiful homes you share too. Often in times like these, a gorgeous little visual get-away is great comfort.

    We shall endure and come out on the other side more learned, more connected, more blessed in ways we cannot see …just yet.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you for sticking with me and for the kindness. Trusting in what we cannot see is an ongoing lesson, and I pray we will lean into grace with confidence in our hearts. Despair will come, but love is stronger, and standing together we are powerful children of God. Peace to you and yours. xox

  2. Mumbai
    March 17, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    we endure much more….so true. You feel your strength just when you really need it. Good health and all the best, dear Michele

    • Michele
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you, friend. Since I am no stranger to suffering and illness which endures months/years, I do feel like an experienced traveler on this road. The will to fight and overcome rises just as the body’s divine response to heal also increases. A great reminder from you that there are these reserves of strength to battle. Wishing you well-th. xox

  3. Margarita W.
    March 17, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    Hi Michele,
    Thank you for such thoughtful posts. I think the most important thing to do is stay calm during this time. It is a fine line trying to stay informed and not over dosing on too much news causing people to panic. We need to sit tight and get over this hump together. A couple of days ago I went to TJ’s just to buy some flowers came home and made an arrangement and lit some scented candles. Peace to you lovely!

    PS I did go Goo Goo Ga Ga over Leanne Ford’s home in Pittsburgh video you posted I had not seen it before:-)

    • Michele
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Yes, it’s true. Too much bad news and numbers can cause despair that affects us at the cellular level. We need our cells to be happy and strong to fight what dangers may come. Your gesture to bring peace and harmony home is so very beautiful – thank you for reminding us what fullness of life and gratitude looks like. xox

  4. Carole
    March 17, 2020 / 1:09 pm

    I’ve not had the pleasure of going to France yet, but I feel like I have after seeing the architecture and landscaping of the Lake Bluff home, so stately and at the same time homey. Thank you!

    I also want to add that the most beautiful prayer to me is the honest, open and simple prayer of a child, talking to God, who he loves, about nothing special at all and heard by no one except The Father.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 17, 2020 / 3:23 pm

      Such beautiful words about prayer, Carole. I think I’d like to begin collecting such reflections about prayer from folks everywhere. If it’s okay with you, I’ll save yours to include. Peace to you. xox

      • Carole
        March 17, 2020 / 10:51 pm

        How sweet. I would be honored.

        • Michele
          Author
          March 18, 2020 / 11:45 am

          Wonderful, Carole. I look forward to creating something lovely – thank you.

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