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The Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes

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.
Enjoy….

The exteriors:

The living rooms…

The dining rooms:

 

The kitchens:
(Most of them were small.)

The bedrooms:

The bathrooms…
(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…

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Anita - December 20, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Wonderful pictures and I imagine a wonderful tour. I was hoping you would post other pictures. I enjoyed seeing all of them.

Gwen - December 20, 2016 - 9:30 am

Wonderful tour Kelly and beautiful homes! Just LOVE the colors in the home with the Delft tile around the fireplace! The white trim mixed with some natural wood is gorgeous and those light blue walls! Dreamy. If there is any way to share exactly what the trim color is I would be eternally grateful! 🙂 Merry Christmas

Marianne in Mo. - December 20, 2016 - 9:13 am

Thanks for this “bonus” tour of Avondale Estates. Loved the outsides as much as the insides, and had to pin a couple pictures!
I “think” we are almost ready for Christmas. Only things left to do are the last minute things that can’t be done early. I’m loving my pared down Christmas decor this year, and am sure I will love it when it’s time to put it all away!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

And congratulations to Sandy on the win!

DiAnne - December 19, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Kelly,
What a wonderful tour of homes! Your photos are so good.
Merry Christmas! Your blog ia so good.
DiAnne

Vicki - December 19, 2016 - 9:48 pm

And I agree with one of your other commenters – your posts have truly been a gift for us!

Ruth - December 19, 2016 - 9:45 pm

Fun, fun, fun!!! Got several ideas for my idea book. I missed the Christmas house tours here, so thanks for the opportunity to experience some vicariously!

Vicki - December 19, 2016 - 9:44 pm

I love how you did this post! Loved the Santa in the shower- that was a surprise, I laughed out loud!

Katrina - December 19, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Thank you for continuing this great tour! What gorgeous bathrooms! The Santa in the shower was a hoot and the balloons were a clever idea for a Christmas tour.
My daughter and I spent the morning at Emery’s school where the entire kindergarten made gingerbread houses in the cafeteria. Then I hurried home to prepare a party for the neighbors on our street. I got smart and had a simple menu of homemade cookies, peppermint ice cream and hot chocolate.
Kelly, thank you for all the great posts in 2016. It has been a great gift to me!
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Thank you Katrina. How fun to do the gingerbread houses with Emery’s class! I sooo remember doing those with 1st graders when I was teaching! (The room always smelled of sugar on those days. 🙂 ) Your party menu sounded delicious…just what I would like for dinner every night! LOL
Hope your Christmas was a good one with all your family. Happy New Year!
Kelly

Cheri - December 19, 2016 - 8:38 pm

What a beautiful way to spend the day but the Santa in the shower would have scared the be-geez-us out of me. Merry Christmas

Tricia - December 19, 2016 - 8:11 pm

Hi Kelly. What a wonderful way to spend a day – such fun to see how others prepare for the holidays. Thank you!

Lynne - December 19, 2016 - 3:03 pm

I really enjoyed this tour. I have always wanted to live in a quaint small home like these on the tour. They are just so cozy and comfortable looking. The community of Avondale Estates looks like a great place to live!

Gina - December 19, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Loved the tour and such pretty homes. ! I love seeing real homes that don’t look so staged. 😉

Sandy - December 19, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Well, I declare! I am so excited about winning, Kelly. Thanks for these tours. We all love gathering ideas from others.
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Yay! I’m happy you saw the post before I emailed you. It is so much better to find out via a surprise! 🙂 Congratulations girl! Thank you for reading and following along with all the posts here.
Merry Christmas!
Kelly

cindy hattersley - December 19, 2016 - 1:17 pm

What a fun tour! Loved the fireplace filled with rag balls. What a clever idea.
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I am so glad you enjoyed the tour! I thought the rag balls were a new and clever idea too.
Thanks for popping in here today Cindy! 🙂
Kelly

Louvina - December 19, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Enjoyed the rest of the tour! Really good ideas and seeing real homes that are lived in. I chuckled when I saw a Santa in the glass shower and the snowball balloons in another! Now that is something you don’t see all the time! Well, so much for a cool down in Central FL! In the 80’s all week— but nice for the visitors getting out of the cold elsewhere! We still have not had the heat turned on — just paddle fans with windows and doors open. We are planning to grill on Christmas with steaks, potato bar and salad with some yummy desserts! Very tropical this year. Hope you get to come visit the parks– so beautiful this time of the year with soap bubble snowflakes!! 🙂 Merry Christmas week !! Enjoy!
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Hope you have gotten well from all your latest medical things Louvina so you can really enjoy this holiday week! Wasn’t that Santa funny, and the balloons in the shower would be great for a New Year’s Eve party; don’t you think? It is c-c-c-cold here today, but our Disney daughter is right there with you in the mild weather. Grilling steaks sounds delicious (along with yummy desserts of course!) No plans to make it to the parks for Christmas….the crowds are just too much at this time of year…maybe next year though. 🙂
Merry Christmas week to you too!
Kelly

Leila Jane - December 19, 2016 - 11:48 am

Hi Kelly ~ Thanks for touring these beautiful homes in Avondale for us. I loved seeing them – the old architecture but renovated with stylish updates. I loved the unexpected Santa in the shower – I laughed out loud! Also really enjoyed all the beautiful and creative Christmas decor in these homes. Thanks for the bird’s eye view!! And Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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Thank you for following along with them Leila Jane! I just loved all the old architecture too. That Santa was hilarious! Glad you appreciated its humor. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family too.
Kelly

Judy Downing - December 19, 2016 - 11:09 am

HI Kelly..I grew up in Atlanta in the 40s and 50s. We would all pile in the car
and drive to Avondale Estates to look at their Christmas Lights. It was magical then. Thank you for the lovely home tour. It was fun to be back in Avondale for a Christmas visit…Judy
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Oh my goodness Judy! How fun that must have been! I am so glad you were able to “visit” Avondale thru the posts. Merry Christmas!
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 19, 2016 - 10:58 am

Beautiful homes! All the rooms are so cozy and inviting!
Shelley
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Yes they were, and the fire in some of the fireplaces made it even more so. Thank you for visiting the post here today!
Kelly

Kristy - December 19, 2016 - 10:33 am

Thank you Kelly for sharing the home tour. You capture some very nice points — and things to give me ideas in future renovation — loved those built-in bookcases & the sunroom. Lovely accents, and collections — & ways to use them in décor!
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You are quite welcome Kristy! Those built-ins in so many of the homes were just wonderful. Wish more homes today had them! And I am glad you could find ideas to use in the future from the post.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment today. 🙂
Kelly

Anne from Atlanta - December 19, 2016 - 10:09 am

Hi Kelly,
I grew up in Avondale Estates. It was and is a wonderful place.
I was out of town the Sunday of the Tour this year and I’m so glad that you captured pictures of the lovely homes. Thanks for a wonderful series of posts! ~Anne
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You were lucky to grow up in such a charming place, Anne. I hate you missed the tour this year, but I hope you see it next year. Thank you for reading all the posts from it. Avondale Estates looks like a wonderful place to live!
Kelly

Mary Kay Andrews’ Home – A Christmas Tour – part 3

One final post to go in our tour of Tom and Kathy Trocheck’s (aka Mary Kay Andrews) wonderful home. Today we are going to start by venturing upstairs, but before we do, take a look at the super creative arrangement on the staircase’s newel post and all that garland running up it.

In part 2 of our tour, I mentioned that Tom and Andy (the Trocheck’s son) both love to fish.  So it was fitting to use the fishing creels in this display.

Now we can wander upstairs.  You’ll need to scroll back up to the previous photo to notice the beautiful bird prints that are on the wall. 🙂

Our first stop today is this small space.  Kathy said that the house has no linen closet, so she found this armoire at Scott’s Antique Market and filled it with her collection of vintage tablecloths, quilts, and other linens.  It works perfectly for a linen closet.

A little further down the hall we find the guest bedroom.  I bet you can guess its color even before seeing it; can’t you? 🙂  You are right!  It is blue.  I think Kathy loves blue as much as I love red!

There is a guest bath nearby.  That gorgeous shower curtain was found in Fernandina Beach, Florida for only $7.  (Why can’t I find bargains like that??)

I loved this bench area in the bathroom for not only its seating but also for its storage.

The pretty mirror that looks like it was made for the space was purchased the day before the tour, again at Scott’s.

Next stop – the master bedroom. Kathy recycled the drapes and bed skirt from their previous home. She even used extra leftover window panels to make the ones hanging on the canopy bed.

Beautifully monogrammed linens…

Here’s a better look at the window.  (Excuse my husband.  He was searching for something on his phone. 🙂 )  The floors are reclaimed heart pine, and the Chinese rug was a wedding gift to them many years ago.

And here is the only photograph I have of the master bath because we were not allowed in there.

Now we can head back downstairs.  Here is the downstairs bathroom with its wonderful toile wallpaper.  The print is of English setters – which is what the Trochecks’ pets happen to be.  The framed artwork is also of setters.

Kathy draped the bathroom chandelier with greenery and hung ornaments on it for a touch of Christmas decor.

And now for my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE room in the house!  (Yes, I know I said I loved the kitchen, but this room is even better than the fabulous kitchen.) I definitely saved the best for last.  This sweet room is…

The grandchildren’s bedroom. 🙂

I loved everything about it.
From the charming red and white patchwork quilts…

to the cleverly monogrammed pillowcases…

to the red gingham bed skirts made from $6/yd. fabric Kathy found on sale at Ballard Designs!

(The bucket at the foot of one of the beds holds Legos since her grandson loves playing with them.)

Beyond all that cuteness, just take a look at this precious spot.
The built in holds pictures of family members.

And the table is set for their annual teddy bear tea party. 🙂

(What grandchild would ever want to leave this house to go home??)

And sadly, that is all of the tour that I have for you.  Thank you so very much for coming along with me through this holiday haven.  Wasn’t it just beautiful?!  There were 5 other houses on the Avondale Estates tour this year, and I plan to have a post up about them hopefully this weekend. (Fingers crossed!)

Just a reminder of the Christmas book giveaway going on.  You can find all the details about it here.  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 don’t have an official count, but from all the comments in the last post, I would say that we all are split about half and half with White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life as our favorite holiday movies.  Several of you named The Bishop’s Wife, which I have never seen, so I am going to look for that one.

I’m like reader Rosemary, who loves any Christmas movie with snow, but our holidays always seem to start out around here by watching  The Santa Clause.

The Santa Clause (Full Screen Special Edition)

I love the scene where Laura and Neil are discussing the toys they wanted from Santa when they were young.  Laura wanted The Mystery Date Game, and Neil wished for an Oscar Meyer Wiener Whistle.  I can remember wanting an Easy Bake Oven from Santa when I was a child. So with all of that in mind, I am going to leave you with this question…

What was your favorite childhood toy?
(from Santa or otherwise)

Looking forward to your answers on this one!

Until next time…

p.s. Don’t forget that Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality will be featuring the Trocheck’s home on her Feature Friday post on 12/16/16.  I am sure she will have lots of great photos for you to see!

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Sharon M - December 18, 2016 - 10:42 pm

I also love the children’s bedroom. And it is red. My favorite childhood toy was a baby doll. Christmas blessings to you and your family,

Donna H - December 18, 2016 - 10:39 pm

My favorite childhood toy was a doll named Baby Crawl Along . She actually crawled using the remote control on a wire connected to the doll’s back . My grandparents gave her to me and I was overjoyed !
Thank for the grand finale of the tour . I loved the children’s room with the tea party waiting for guests .

Susan - December 18, 2016 - 5:07 pm

Her home is just as lovely as yours Kelly!! One of my favorite oldie holiday movies is Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh. Very cute movie!!

Bonnie - December 18, 2016 - 10:46 am

Beautiful Tour again!! My favorite toy was baby Thumbelina… I’m in my late 50’s and still have it!

Jill Peters - December 18, 2016 - 9:40 am

I am not sure that I have a Christmas present from my childhood that I remember – what I remember are traditions. My grandma always made over 1000 cut out cookies to share with her friends. Today, on what would have been her 106 birthday I am making cut out cookies to share with my friends and family!

Kim L - December 18, 2016 - 8:32 am

Beautiful home. My favorite Christmas toy was not actually a toy but one Christmas my Grandma gave each grandchild a miniature Christmas tree. The ornaments had solid colors and also Raggedy Ann and Andy. I loved that tree and took it to nursing school, my first apartment and when I got married. Sadly with one of our moves it has gotten lost but I treasure the years I got to enjoy it.

Dawne - December 18, 2016 - 7:36 am

Had to have a “Jingle Jump” and a Tammy doll….not Barbie but Tammy!

Sharon H - December 17, 2016 - 11:04 pm

My favorite Christmas gift was some “faux ” mini appliances! As a little girl I loved to play house!

Ellen Martin - December 17, 2016 - 7:47 pm

Mary Kay Andrew’s home was certainly a feast for the eyes. The home is truly charming, inviting, & cozy. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful shots. As to my favorite childhood gift, it would have to be an English bicycle, complete with brakes & gears that I received in the 4th grade. I am the oldest of 6 children, so this was a particularly special splurge for Santa!

Linda - December 17, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Loved these home and I’m with you, I loved the kids room the most. I loved the beds!!! Besides my bicycle I loved playing with Lincoln Logs when I was a kid.

Mary Robinson - December 17, 2016 - 2:22 pm

Gorgeous home and stunning decorations.

Jill - December 17, 2016 - 1:48 pm

My tiny tumbelina baby doll & later Barbie & her dollhouse, that was really something! Merry Christmas once again Kelly! Jill 🙂

Leigh - December 17, 2016 - 11:05 am

What a charming home. Thank you for the Christmas tour. I also loved the blue toile wallpaper and the grandchildren’s red bedding. Thanks for sharing 🎄

Jill Jones - December 17, 2016 - 10:54 am

My favorite childhood toy was my baby doll. She was a Baby Secret doll and she whispered. I was in love with that little doll and I can still remember opening it on Xmas morning as a gift from Santa. Merry Christmas!

Priscilla - December 17, 2016 - 8:40 am

Thanks for the time and effort you put into your blogs, Kelly. Whenever a Talk of the House post shows up in my Feedly, I think “yay!” and click on it first. Merry Christmas!

lin - December 17, 2016 - 8:35 am

my favorite was the grandchildren’s room also; the quilts look so fluffy and inviting.

Fran - December 17, 2016 - 8:28 am

Have so enjoyed this tour … thank you! My favorite childhood gift was a stereo and 45 records … showing my age here! 😄🎄

Sandy - December 17, 2016 - 8:17 am

I love the color blue too and have incorporated it in many rooms in our home.My favorite Christmas toy has always been my tall bride doll that I received when I was nine. I never played with it, I felt it was too beautiful to take out of its box. Next Christmas it will be sixty years old. It’s resting place is at the top shelf of my husband’s closet. I think there maybe a doll collector out there waiting for it.

Holly - December 17, 2016 - 7:56 am

I love the armoire linen-closet! And the sweet red gingham bedskirts in the grandkids’ guest room!

Cindy - December 17, 2016 - 6:15 am

A ballerina doll, I can still see her every detail in my mind. Her feet would actually flex to point.
I am like you, hate to see the tour end. Enjoyed all the tidbits of information you passed along.
Merry Christmas, Cindy

Jeanne - December 17, 2016 - 2:49 am

When I was about 4, I received a Cinderella doll from Santa. It was so beautiful I couldn’t believe it was for me. 🙂

Karen C - December 17, 2016 - 12:27 am

Love the pillow cases on the beds with the Christmas theme.

Jan - December 16, 2016 - 10:52 pm

The blue toile wallpaper is gorgeous. But the grandchildren’s room is just perfect. Barbie was definitely my favorite toy; we also had a surrey with the fringe on top. It was so much fun for peddling around the neighborhood. Four could ride along! The favorite Christmas movies? White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (both old and new) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Its a classic around our house. Thank you for sharing the beautiful homes. I just love your house at Christmas and all year round. Mary Kay Andrews’ is gorgeous, too. Merry Christmas!

Brenda - December 16, 2016 - 10:03 pm

My mother’s cousin sewed clothes for my Barbie doll. I had a fur coat for Barbie. How wonderful is that.

Vicki - December 16, 2016 - 9:05 pm

My Baby Secret Doll was probably my favorite toy and Christmas gift. She had red hair and wore red footed pjs. Thanks for sharing this Mary Kay Andrews post. I have loved them all.

Pearl - December 16, 2016 - 8:58 pm

Speaking of movies … my family starts early in December and we try our best to watch all of our vast collection. It’s pretty unanimous in our house – our favorite is “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945 with Barbara Stanwyck). A close second is Holiday with Fred Astaire. Give ’em a try! You’ll like them, too!

Kathy - December 16, 2016 - 8:50 pm

I like the grandchildren’s room and the downstairs bathroom. I also like that MKA shops antiques, vintage, and bargains. The first book I read by her was Savannah Blues and I was in love. The mention of vintage items had me hooked. Favorite toy….hmmmm….I always loved playing Barbies with my sister.

Anita - December 16, 2016 - 8:49 pm

I loved seeing again, the guest bedroom with the blue check bedskirt and floral coverlet. I also liked the grandchildren’s bedroom with the red quilts. I also like how she uses things from Scott’s mixed with new things. I am so sorry I missed the tour due to another commitment! Had I known ahead of time, I would have considered cancelling! lol

Susan W - December 16, 2016 - 8:24 pm

Great tour. So many good ideas. My favorite toy was Barbie. I had the Barbie house, car and lots of beautiful clothes.

Peggy - December 16, 2016 - 7:29 pm

For a few Christmases in a row I wanted a bride doll! I finally got one and loved it. Wonder what happened to it? Wish I still had it. Anyway, the grandchildren’s room is my favorite too!

Nina Barr - December 16, 2016 - 7:02 pm

Once again, I was delighted and amazed!

Rosemary - December 16, 2016 - 6:10 pm

Hi Kelly ..Thanks for the mention. I just love standing by a window seeing snow falling then curling up on the sofa and watching a Christmas film. Interesting how so many of us seem to enjoy the old movies 🙂
Lovely to look back to Christmas mornings as a child …I think my favourite was when one of my brothers made me a bed for my dolls ..my mum made the covers and I got a nurses uniform which I wore to visit my brother in hospital! Not his favourite Christmas I’m sure!
Years later I began my nursing training and spent another Christmas in a hospital! The first of many! 🙂
Hope alls “calm and bright” with you and your family.
Rosemary

Cindy - December 16, 2016 - 3:47 pm

Hi Kelly:
what a lovely home! I can imagine that having children and grandchildren home for Christmas is very special.
Our annual Christmas movie is White Christmas which we usually watch while decorating the tree.

Merry Christmas, Cindy

Louvina - December 16, 2016 - 1:18 pm

Wonderful tour! Enjoyed every room! Thank you for sharing –a real gift to your followers. My very favorite toy was a special doll every year—Toni doll, Shirley Temple and a Gerber baby. But the best was the year I got my metal 2 story play house with a family made of plastic!! Loved to arrange the furniture different ways and pretend I lived in that house!! Since I lived in a 3 room apartment – that house seemed like a mansion!!

LD - December 16, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Thanks for beautiful Christmas tour. My favorite Christmas toy was a Ginny doll!

Cheri - December 16, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Like you, I think I really love the Grandchildren’s room the best. I also love how she has incorporated the fishing creels with the decorations. For some reason it just seems to go.

Bonnie - December 16, 2016 - 12:08 pm

We didn’t have a lot growing up. My mother was a single mother, and, so, I more remember the lights, decorations, and Christmas music. I do remember a Christmas that my great grandmother was there when my sister and I both received a large, plastic doll and a children’s Bible. It may be that I remember it, because I’ve seen pictures of that quite often.
Thanks for sharing more of this tour. I have a love of blue and white, and it’s fun to see how Kathy and Tom have mixed it in with every room, color, and style.

Garden, Home and Party - December 16, 2016 - 11:12 am

Kelly,
I loved this portion of the tour the best! So pretty and filled with great ideas for decorating rooms for Christmas.
I think it’s a toss up between my Schwinn bicycle or my Patty Play Pal doll.
xo,
Karen

Marianne in Mo. - December 16, 2016 - 11:07 am

My favorite was a Barbie Dream house. We were a welfare family when my Dad died and Mom was trying to raise 4 kids under 10 on her own. (I was five when he died.) So Christmases for about 6 years were almost nonexistent. Relatives and a local church did what they could for us, but I honestly did not look forward to the holiday. As a young child, it was a time of disappointment for me, and stress for my Mom. I don’t even remember who gave me the house, but I remember it being all I ever had asked for,ever. And I remember the year before, my only gift under the tree came from the church – and it was mislabeled “girl” and when I opened it, I found a pair of boys pajamas. I cried. I got the Barbie house the next year when I was 7, and played with it until I was 11 and it fell apart. (It was made out of cardboard!)

Whew! Long story there! Sorry!

Okay, I loved all these rooms in part 3! I’m not a “blue person,” but the master was lovely. And the grandkids room was the best!
Thank you for taking us with you, it’s always a treat! Off to bake some cookies now!
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What a touching story Marianne. How terrible about the pajamas, but how wonderful about the Barbie Dream House. I can understand how you would have found Christmas to be disappointing back then. So glad that there was a time of happiness for you. I think a cardboard house that lasted 4 years was pretty darn good! 🙂
Kelly

Faye - December 16, 2016 - 11:07 am

The home tour really boosted my Christmas spirit. Thank you, Kelly! A Tiny Tears doll was on my childhood Christmas gift list. I got her a few months later for my birthday.

Gina - December 16, 2016 - 11:06 am

I’ve enjoyed this tour so much Kelly! Thanks for sharing. I was partial to the grandchildren’s room too and guess what? Now, I get to make a grandchildren’s room in my house, because our daughter is expecting twins!! 😀 😀 She’s announcing it tomorrow at a Christmas party, but I think I am safe to share with you. 😉 I hope your family has a VERY Merry Christmas!!
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How exciting Gina!! I know everyone must have loved hearing the news at the Christmas party. Your 2017 is going to be so much fun! Here’s to a healthy and happy new year for you and all your family!
Kelly

Jo Anne Hayon - December 16, 2016 - 10:38 am

My favorite Christmas gift was my Barbie doll-recieved in 1961. Dark hair, bubble cut hairdo and striped one piece swimsuit. I was 8 years old. My dad worked out of town and bought the doll while working in the other city. I think it was the tickle me Elmo, Cabbage Patch doll of it’s time. My older sister also receive one. I still have that Barbie-waiting for a granddaughter!

Carolyn - December 16, 2016 - 10:22 am

Loved these bedrooms! My favorite toys were dolls, Jill and Ginny, the first Barbie, and Chatty Cathy, plus all their clothes and accessories.

Amanda Coughran - December 16, 2016 - 10:07 am

My husband loves fishing as well and I love the use of creels in the Christmas decor. I also love the grandkids’ room! Because it was so adorable and probably because I am now a grandparent. Merry Christmas!

Rosa Garrett - December 16, 2016 - 10:02 am

Thank you Kelly for this great tour! I, like many others, love love the grandchildren’s room. The beds look so inviting! My favorite toy was anything Barbie. I got the Barbie Camper one year and loved it so. Thank you for the chance to win. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Darla B - December 16, 2016 - 10:02 am

Thank you for sharing , loved all three posts of this home , enjoyed going over it again and again while I sipped my early morning coffee on this dark raining morning in Southern California .

Sandy - December 16, 2016 - 9:56 am

Wow! I love all the blue as that is my favorite color. You are right though that grandchildren bedroom is adorable. If I ever allowed myself wallpaper again, that blue setter paper would be definitely be the one. I am in love with that.
My favorite Christmas toy is hard because I loved so many, but I always HAD to have a purse each year, so that would be on the top of my list.

Lynne - December 16, 2016 - 9:53 am

The bedrooms were my favorite part of this Christmas home tour. I had a lot of favorites but I guess my Barbie dolls would be tops. I also had an easy bake oven but when the baking kits ran out I never got anymore.

Lori - December 16, 2016 - 9:49 am

I agree with you….my favorite room is the grandchildren’s room as well! Super cute! I was always partial to stuffed animals…I wanted to be a vet when I grew up!

Pat - December 16, 2016 - 9:35 am

Love the Teddy Bear Tea table. When I was 6, my favorite gift was a record player and records.

Mary - December 16, 2016 - 9:34 am

Beautiful home! I loved my dolls….each and every one! My sweet mother spent hours sewing doll clothes for them….she loved dolls as much as me. 🙂

Donnie - December 16, 2016 - 9:32 am

A dollhouse. It was one of the tin ones and had furniture and a family. I love payed with it for years. Wow, thanks for evoking wonderful memories!

Laura Ingalls Gunn - December 16, 2016 - 9:24 am

Bravo for a fantastic tour! I can clearly remember the Christmases where I received a blue bike with white banana seat and the beautiful Ballerina Barbie with her white and silver dancer costume.

Liz J - December 16, 2016 - 9:22 am

My BIKE was always my favorite thing! And I STILL ride my bike almost every day:) Loved this house tour!

Judy - December 16, 2016 - 9:22 am

I absolutely loved the grandchildren’s room. I’m turning my guest room into one. The 4 posters were charming, as were the tiny table and chairs, all set for tea. I even have an old doll house that I’m going to set up in one corner. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debbie - December 16, 2016 - 9:15 am

I agree with you – I love everything about the grandchildren’s room. I really can’t think of a favorite childhood Christmas toy, but my hands-down best Christmas gift ever was a puppy from my husband. She was nestled in a large white box with a red bow on her collar. That was our first Christmas as newlyweds, 39 years ago.

Thanks so much, Kelly, for sharing this wonderful home tour!

Katrina - December 16, 2016 - 9:14 am

Be still my heart!! I LOVE her house!!! Love!
Okay I forgot to list another one of my all time favorite Christmas movies….Skipping Christmas!
My favorite thing about Christmas morning as a child was walking into the living room on Christmas morning and the smell of plastic filling the air… yep… there is nothing better than the smell of Barbie and Madame Alexander babydoll plastic! I have been known to sniff the Barbies in Walmart…. BaHaha!!
Enjoy all the magic of Christmas sweet Kelly!

Nicola - December 16, 2016 - 8:55 am

My favorite toy was an english doll’s pram. I even had a real pram when I had my children. I love the grandchildren’s room, love the beds and quilts. The tea party was sweet. She has a lovely home!

Donnamae - December 16, 2016 - 8:47 am

I loved her master bedroom….with that canopy! Swoon worthy…especially with how it’s engineered….beautiful! My favorite Christmas toy…probably my doll house! I used to rearrange the furniture in that constantly! 😉

Pat - December 16, 2016 - 8:38 am

Loved the grandchildren’s room too!

Louvina - December 16, 2016 - 8:32 am

Another great post! Enjoying my hot green tea and dreaming! What great ideas– so different!! I would never think of using some of the items she used!! Isn’t it fun to get to see these beautiful homes?! And to think, she even made cookies, too!! Almost like a real visit!! Merry Christmas Kelly!! Your posts are a “real gift” to us your fans!! 💕🌲💕

Debbie - December 16, 2016 - 8:21 am

Thank you for the glimpse into MKA’s beautiful home! My favorite childhood toy had to be my doll house. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Martha - December 16, 2016 - 8:17 am

I love this post, the rooms are beautiful….love, love, love the chidrens room!!!! The prints up the stairs in the first photo BLEW MY MIND!!!!! When we built our house 40 years ago I took prints out of an Audubon book and had them matted and framed for our living room, they looked EXACTLY the same. I loved them, but unfortunately, we get so much sun in the room that the prints began to fade and I eventually took them down….but thanks for the memory! My favorite toy was a Madam Alexander doll, Meg from Little Women, that I got when I was 6. I still have her and considering I played with her lots she is in great condition.

Deborah - December 16, 2016 - 7:31 am

My favorite toy was always a doll! This was a wonderful post, enjoyed every part! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

Stacey Y. - December 16, 2016 - 7:23 am

Favorite Christmas movie would have to be A Christmas Story. Favorite toy? I guess it would be a tent thing we draped over a table that looked like a house. My brother and I played under the table all the time!

Jayne - December 16, 2016 - 7:18 am

I’ll never forget the Christmas that my sister and I got Pixie and Dixie, little stuffed mice from the cartoon show.

bev tippett - December 16, 2016 - 7:03 am

My favorite toy…way before TV was probably my doll house. I love to play with that. I love my dolls too. I just let my granddaughters take the doll they wanted…except Ellen, she is still here.

Grand Pam - December 16, 2016 - 6:50 am

My favorite Christmas toy was a beautiful dressing table made by my DADDY and skirted by my Mother. It did not last long for my three brothers found it an excellent stool to allow them to climb higher. I cherish the sweet memory of that onderful sight under our real leaning tree. Thank you for every post, We
are kindred spirits.

monica - December 16, 2016 - 6:40 am

Thanks for sharing this tour, she has a beautiful home. Love those twin beds and shams in red!

Joy Cooper - December 16, 2016 - 5:59 am

My favorite childhood toy was my metal saucer for sledding down the hills. We would sled all afternoon whenever possible.

Laura Park - December 16, 2016 - 5:03 am

Hands down the grandchildren’s bedroom is the cutest of all! I especially like the little table set for a teddy bear snack. And my favorite Christmas gift: dolls,any doll at all! I was ddoll crazy and still am! And not collectors dolls; I played with my dolls and thoroughly enjoyed them. I never was one of those kids that only wanted dolls for show. I do the same with my grandchildren. I follow Madame Alexander’s original thoughts: she believed dolls should be played with. And so I even buy Madame Alexander dolls for my grandchildren to play with. It’s no fun if they’re too precious and just have to sit on a Shelf 🙂

Jennifer Taylor - December 16, 2016 - 1:26 am

Thanks for reminding me of my little mini range with an oven that worked! I loved that thing and would even pretend that I was on TV, explaining how to make whatever I was making. I so loved all the photos from Mary Kay Andrews (to me that is her name) home. Thanks again!

Anne - December 16, 2016 - 1:23 am

My Chatty Cathy doll!

Kathy R - December 16, 2016 - 12:14 am

My favorite Christmas toy was my Chatty Kathy doll. I loved her plus we shared names. I felt so special.

Mary - December 16, 2016 - 12:09 am

Love her books and her house! Thanks so much for your posts of her house!

Linda - December 15, 2016 - 11:59 pm

Thanks for sharing. Due to illness in my family, I did not get to do any home tours this Christmas. So I really enjoyed this tour. I must get to Atlanta to go to Ballard’s outlet.

Linda - December 15, 2016 - 11:27 pm

I learned something new today. I didn’t know those fishing basket things were called fishing creels!
And I’m with you … The shower curtain for only $7. Why can’t I find bargains like that?
I love toile anything. The wallpaper in the bathroom is so pretty.
The grandchildren’s bedroom was so sweet. Now I need grandchildren! (Ha ha! No hurry daughters!)

Kim - December 15, 2016 - 10:25 pm

Enjoyed her home so much. Wish I had seen it in person. I didn’t even know she lived in Atlanta. You are right the grand kids room is too cute.

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