Sunday, December 14, 2014


Favorite keepsakes for decorating my hutch

Every year I look forward to decorating my hutch for Christmas. I love to use favorite keepsakes, souvenirs from trips, gifts, candles and maybe a few things picked up just for my hutch! This year I wanted to add a lot of white and cream. I still have to replace the red bows with creamy satin bows to finish the look. So here goes, I made a lot of photos!

Roses I dried left from Thanksgiving

Little musicians from France

Christmas books from the English countryside

The Christmas Story

Nativity form Italy

White chocolate flowers from a favorite shop

Souvenir from the Black Forrest in Germany

Hand made wool sheep

A simple centerpiece for the breakfast room table

Galvanized tree and pails with paperwhites 

I was going for a really simple look this year. I usually use shiny fruit ornaments on the garland, but opted to display those in a crystal bowl.
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Come back next week and join me for my Christmas open house.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Recently the local Preservation Society held its annual Christmas open house. Several historic houses throughout downtown opened their doors for an old-fashioned Christmas. The homes were decorated in victorian and period-style decorations. Music, choirs, Victorian carolers and a barber shop quartet provided entertainment. Father Christmas also planned an appearance.  Lovely belles greeted guests as they arrived. Beautiful silver trays throughout the house served treats and punch was also served. This was certainly a walk back in time!  

Five houses were on the tour. Today I will take you through the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. This stunning, Italianate style house was built in 1859-1862 by Senator Robert Jemison Jr. The house remained a private residence until 1955. It served many years as a library, then offices to a publishing house. After many years of renovations the structure was restored as near as possible to its original form.

I hope you enjoyed touring this lovely historic home. The music and decorations certainly made for a festive seasonal tour. I finally did run into Father Christmas at one of the other houses. He was jolly and dressed in a beautiful coat. I’ll share that photo in another post!
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