Welcome back for part 2 of our tour of Tom and Kathy Trocheck’s (aka Mary Kay Andrews) home all dressed up for Christmas! Today we are going to tour the living areas of their house. When I left you at the end of part 1, we were in the breakfast room off the newly remodeled kitchen. If you go in a different direction right off the kitchen, you will find this charming sunroom:
Originally, this room with its octagonal vaulted ceiling was an unheated space, but the Trochecks added a small wall unit making the room usable year-round. Tom created the coffee table from two other tables that neighbors had discarded, and isn’t that little tree there on the bamboo table just precious?! 🙂
Kathy has an office upstairs, but she says that this room is her favorite place to work on her novels. The wooden barn nativity was purchased at yet another estate sale…this one in Savannah.
And of course I loved that sofa upholstered in a red buffalo check. 🙂
Now if you will go back through the kitchen and breakfast room, you will see this porch through the windows there. This room was just recently screened in. (I think that is a necessity if you live in Georgia.) Tom built the console table there by the brick wall, and the seating is Restoration Hardware pieces that were found at an estate sale. I believe Kathy had them reupholstered in Sunbrella fabric.
Because the house is named Squirrel Hollow, the tree on the porch is decorated with..squirrels! They came from Antiques and Beyond in Atlanta, but they are new – not antiques. 🙂 The drapes were made from panels found in Ballards Back Room (also in Atlanta.)
Another of Kathy’s collections – vintage picnic and lunch tins and thermoses, works beautifully around the base of the tree.
Now let’s wander into the big living room that is located on the other side of the entryway we saw in part 1 of our tour. Kathy made the stockings that are hanging on the mantel from vintage blankets and a sweater. (She was supposed to be working on one of her novels with an approaching deadline and had writer’s block…so she decided to do some creative sewing instead! The alternate activity helped her to get over the mental block. 🙂 )
The mantel sports more of her blue and white collection. This time the ginger jars are holding dried hydrangeas from her yard mixed with some magnolia and evergreen branches.
The large tree in the living room displays her collection of Shiny Brite ornaments on its branches, and vintage department store boxes are around the base.
The living room was actually added to the house in the 1950’s by the original owners. It was used as a rec room back then and had a pool table in it.
These estate sale chairs were covered in white cotton duck, and that wicker table between them was one of my favorite pieces in the house.
Kathy had assistance from designers Clay Snider and Kevin Hotelling in getting the house ready for the Christmas tour. Magnolia and Fraser fir branches helped to dress up the simple, but beautiful white nativity.
The banjo guys on the sofas provided music during the tour. Each of the 6 tour homes had delightful musicians- ranging from someone playing the bagpipes to an ensemble of violinists from the Dekalb School of Arts.
Tom built the coffee table that is in front of the sofa from a regular height kitchen table. He also built the bookshelves in the room and used recycled pine for the countertops. (Engineer husbands can be quite handy; can’t they?! 🙂 )
You have now seen all the rooms with living spaces downstairs, (there will be a bedroom to see downstairs in part 3) so let’s go upstairs to see a couple more rooms. This area with the long window seat is part of Tom’s office. Tom and their son, Andy, are both avid fishermen. Somehow I missed photographing the fly-fishing area of this space. Hopefully, Rhoda will have that in her photos on Friday.
One of the things that really drew the Trochecks to this home was all the built-in bookshelves. These are right beyond Tom’s office space.
Across from those shelves were even more shelves for their library of books. MKA has published 24 novels, and she reads a lot, so bookshelves were a necessity.
And our last stop for today is Kathy’s office. The shelves in that room hold framed book jackets from all of her novels plus NY Times bestseller lists. She said that there are times when she feels like she just can’t go any further with her writing, and these framed items give her the motivation needed to keep moving forward…the “Yes, I can do this” she needs to pick herself up and get back on track.
Cute Christmas tree “built” from her novels by daughter, Katie and her friend Catherine.
And finally, this white sofa is another estate sale find… as is the beautiful blue quilt on the back of it.
And that, dear friends, is where I am leaving you today. Just wait here for part 3. 🙂 In our final part of the tour, we will see the bedrooms and baths in the house.
Just a reminder of the giveaway going on this week…but I made a big goof! There is one more book I meant to include in the giveaway. (Sooo much going on in December!) It is this new little Christmas novella from Barbara Hinske.
You are going to just love it as I did! It is a super sweet story set in the 1950’s that pulls together the lives of a number of strangers when one of the characters loses her Christmas money as she comes out of her bank. The kindness of strangers throughout the novella will certainly give you a warm feeling and fill you with the Christmas spirit. 🙂
So… I have edited the post from part 1 to include it, and you can see more details about the giveaway there. Just remember, to enter simply leave a comment on any post (on the website – not an email reply to it) that publishes between 12/12/16 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 12/18/16. You may leave a comment on all the posts that publish in that time frame for more chances to win, but please leave only one comment per post. I will do a random drawing after the close of the contest and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after that date.
I enjoyed reading about all your MANY collections in the last post! What an amazing assortment between all of you! Today I will leave you with this totally random Christmas question so that you have an easy time entering for the giveaway. 🙂
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
(We saw Believe in the theaters a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it.)
Looking forward to again hearing from you!
Until next time…