Happy week before Christmas! I hope you are still in the mood for more Christmas decorating. We were able to visit Mary Kay Andrews’ home because it was on the Avondale Estates Christmas Tour this year, but it wasn’t the only home on the tour. Today, we are going to look at rooms from some of the other homes, but because I respect the privacy of these gracious homeowners, I am mixing up the photos and not connecting them to their respective exteriors. I hope you understand my reasons for doing so in this crazy world of ours.
This was our first visit to the town of Avondale Estates, and I have to say I was most impressed! Founded in the 1920’s, it is located near Decatur, Georgia (a place with some great restaurants!) There is a lake, tennis courts, parks, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse (in the photo below) for all the residents. The lovely commercial/downtown buildings were constructed in the Tudor style of architecture. It reminded me of the area in Asheville, NC near the Biltmore Estate. An interesting tidbit about Avondale Estates is that the very first Waffle House in the United States was built there, and the original building is now the Waffle House Museum!
Now about their Christmas tour. This was the 24th year of this annual Christmas event, and to quote the brochure about it: “This year’s tour spanned almost 90 years beginning with two Avondale “originals” built when the city was established in 1926, a forties bungalow, two recently renovated 50s bungalows, and a totally updated sixties two-story.” If you did not want to walk or drive from house to house, a trolley was provided. A bonus to the tour was the Holiday Market held in the clubhouse. There were food items, jewelry, Christmas decorations, handbags, scarves, and many other things for sale there…and musical groups performing Christmas carols! Mary Kay Andrews was also there, and you could purchase her books and have them autographed. All in all, a wonderful holiday event!
Now on to the photos! There are a lot, so I am not going to put in much narration today. Just enjoy all the pictures. (I will say with this first group – the exteriors – I did include a couple of homes that weren’t on the tour because the entire neighborhood gets decked out for Christmas, and I thought some of them were just so pretty. 🙂 )
Okay I’ll be quiet now.
The living rooms…
The dining rooms:
(Most of them were small.)
(I was really impressed with the quality in the bathroom renovations.)
Loved the charming wallpaper in this bathroom!and everything else! 🙂
A porch table…
A decorated bicycle…A guest house behind one of the tour houses….And the interior of that guest house. 🙂
And that’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the other homes from the Avondale Estates Christmas tour. I will be back later in the week to continue the tour through the rooms decorated for Christmas here. Before I leave you on this rainy Monday morning, I wanted to let you know the winner of the Christmas books!
The winning comment came from this post:
That would be part 1 from the Mary Kay Andrews’ Home Tour posts.
The winning comment was this number:
And that comment was this one:
So congratulations to Sandy! I will be contacting her soon to get all the books mailed to her.
I hope all of you have a great week in store with family and friends. 🙂
Until next time…