Before we get into today’s post, I know you might be wondering who won the Williams-Sonoma gift card. I am not going to make you wait until the end to find out. I loved reading all your comments…and boy some of them made me hungry! I think the strawberry pretzel salad must be a favorite of many! The winning comment was lucky number….
and it was this comment with the Christmas in the dining room post :
Congratulations Lori! I will be getting in touch with you soon so that I can get your gift card right out to you. For everyone else, please be sure you read to the bottom of today’s post for a little Christmas surprise. 🙂 And now let’s get to our topic at hand.
Another of my favorite things around the holidays is the many open houses and home tours that showcase beautifully decorated rooms. Sunday afternoon my husband, my mother, and I went on one such tour in the historic Vineville district of Macon, Georgia. It was misting rain the entire time, but we still enjoyed seeing these old homes decorated for Christmas. Here are a few pictures I took just for you.
Stop number 1 was built in 1928.
The rooms in it had a somewhat formal feel to them.
I thought the window area in the kitchen was pretty.
Stop number 2 was the house that made me choose to go on this tour. For many years, I had noticed one particular home on Vineville Avenue. The entire front wall was made of windows, and when we would ride by at night, the rooms inside just glowed. I loved it, and I couldn’t believe it when I learned that this home was going to be on the tour!
The home was built in 1915 but has obviously been renovated since then.
My mother’s favorite rooms on the tour were the bedrooms in this home.
Earlier last week, some students from the nearby St. Peter Claver Catholic School took a “sneak peek” tour of the house. Here is a video clip if you would like to see a few more rooms in it.
I did not take any more interior photos until the very last house, but here are a few of some of the exteriors.
There is also a sneak peek video tour of the home above here.
I loved the vines over the door at this front entrance on another house.
And now for my favorite home on the tour…stop number 9 (the grand finale.) 🙂
Here is a better look at that front window.
Now wander around to the wonderful side yard.
And wouldn’t you love to sit out here beside this fireplace?
The home owner did the series of paintings of the four seasons here.
Now let’s go inside to see some of the rooms. Here is the living room…
and the kitchen…and my final favorite…the bathroom.
Isn’t it pretty?
We saw 4 houses on the tour early in the afternoon, but we had to take a break mid afternoon for this…
That is our daughter in front of “Jack Sparrow.” She is part of a charity organization that does princess appearances at various events, and this was their float in the Macon Christmas parade. Have you seen the new Disney movie Frozen? Our daughter was dressed as Queen Elsa from the movie.
After the parade we finished the final 5 homes on the tour. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work to get your home ready for one of these, and it is very generous of people to agree to do it. So I am grateful that there are people who are willing to let crowds of strangers into their homes – especially when it is misting rain outside!
I am also grateful for all of you. I know many of you, like me, are busy decorating your home for Christmas, cooking treats for friends and family members, and buying gifts – and yet you make time to visit here. So I am having another giveaway for you. This time, I want to give away a $25 gift card to Pottery Barn to one of you. Pottery Barn is my very favorite place to shop, so I hope the winner loves PB as much as I do. 🙂
Once again, just leave a comment on one or all of the posts that publish between 12/10/13 and midnight
12/15/2013 12/16/2013 to be entered. There will be a random drawing after midnight next Sunday night. Good luck!
I will leave you with another question to talk about to get you started:
Most of the homes we saw on the tour had a number of Christmas trees. How many trees do you decorate for Christmas and in what room(s) do you place your tree(s)?
As always, I am looking forward to your comments!