Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Home Tour - My Mom's House

Meet the former Chief of Police and Santa, the official greeters at my Mom's House

Here he is telling my Mom how he's been captivating visitors with tall tales about her all day!

She looks a little worried.

As you'll see... my Mom has a thing for Nativity Scenes and Christmas Carolers.

Come inside...

This is the small entry.  
Santa is hanging on the hall closet door.

  This is one of my Mom's most precious treasures.  She rescued it from her church many years ago when they replaced it with a more modern "safe" version.

Let's turn left and go into the Living Room first.

This is the home my Mom grew up in.  My Grandparents purchased it in 1937 when she was just 2 years old.

My Grandmother fell in love with it the minute she walked inside. She raised her 5 children here and lived here until the ripe old age of 98.   

My Mom had the painting above the fireplace painted from a photo taken of her parents on their honeymoon in 1920.

My Grandmother on my father's side made us each a Christmas stocking when we were born.  This one was made in 1958!

This room is graced by a large picture window that looks out onto Gibbons Drive.

I have many fond memories of my Grandmother, who we called "Sitti" because of her Lebanese heritage, taking a nap in this room each afternoon.

I recall her telling me that the builder of her neighborhood originally built this home for himself, which is why it boasts some unusual features like this balcony and a hidden staircase.

One year when my brothers and I were quite young my oldest cousin put on a play about the Nativity with all 18 of the grandchildren from the balcony.
I got to play Mary!

This is probably the first serious treasure my Mom bought as a young wife.  She loves it but can't play.
  She tells me one day she'll play in heaven.

She collects carolers at Christmas and religious items all year.

Some vintage altar boys surrounding Mother and Child on the wall above her piano.

This is a small rectangular space that you pass through as you step down into the den.

This door is to the right and opens to the hidden staircase.  There is another door directly across from it that leads right into the kitchen.

This is the space to the left where she has her desk.

We have arrived in the den...

which opens into the garden room beyond.

My Mom papered the walls in a lovely charcoal gray chinoiserie wallpaper which makes the room very warm and cozy.

This is the view looking back towards the Living Room and the large picture window.

My Mom loves her Pope Nutcracker and leaves him out all year!

The Garden Room which leads out to her backyard.

I found these vintage ornaments made with pieces of old costume jewelry for her several years ago.
I love how she hung them on her vintage chinoiserie style black bamboo chandelier! 

I spy more Christmas Carolers!

She has a small collection of chalkware bulldogs that live in her garden room!

We are now in the hallway which connects the den to the kitchen.  The first door to the left is the mud room/laundry room.  There is a door directly across from it that goes down to the basement. The second door to the left is the powder room.  The door straight ahead leads down several steps outside to her driveway and the second door to the right goes directly into the kitchen.   Confused?

The door to the mud room... oh yeah, she collects Scottie Dogs too!

We're in the kitchen now

This is a shot of the breakfast nook at the far end the kitchen.  The door to the right leads to the Dining Room.

Here is a view from the breakfast nook area looking back toward that small hallway with the powder room door beyond.

At last, we've made a full circle ending in the Dining Room.  The entry hall and front door can be seen in the background.

Her collection of jewelled Christmas trees was a highlight for many on the tour.

She has collected them for as long as I can remember!  Each year at her church's annual Holiday Shop she would eagerly wait in line for a chance to add another one to her collection.  It's been years since the women of the parish have made any.  They are precious vintage treasures of days gone by now that garnered many ooohs and awwwws on the tour that day!!

Her collection of Christmas Tree Spode.

  She entertains all  month long!   She is full of the  Christmas spirit and loves to share it with her many friends and family!

For many years she would host her book club at Christmas and the lovely reader would always say to her, "that it wasn't Christmas until she came to my Mom's house.  She has since passed away but both my Mom and I felt her presence that day on the tour!

I hope you enjoyed seeing My Mom's home all dressed up for Christmas.  She goes all out to celebrate the Birth of Christ, which for her is the reason for the season!
Merry Christmas!!!

I forgot to mention that I overheard a person on the tour say My Mom's house was like "being inside a Christmas Tree looking out":)


Dumbwit Tellher said...

I'm blown over; your mother's home is magnificent; brimming with her charm, personality and her love of Christmas. My parents loved decorating their home. My mom had collected red German Christmas dishes, Santa's everywhere, their home was always brilliant. I really enjoyed reading about your family & how your grandmother had lived there until she was 98. You have such great family history; well you just have a great family Terri. Tell your mother that it was a treat to see her lovely home. I only wish I had taken the tour in person. Please tell her Merry Christmas!!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Wow - talk about deck the halls!! I don't think I've ever seen a house so decked out, it's amazing (the decor and the house). I kept thinking "where does she keep all this stuff the rest of the year?". It is beautiful and obviously done with love (and talent). I love all the little touches, like the lion and lamb together, sweet. I'm on a blogging break but having my lunch now and remembered you were posting your mom's house today so I came to check if it was up - glad I did. Blessings to your whole family, will chat with you next year!

Beach House Living said...

I adore the church votive holder and absolutely see what it is so treasured. The branch tree and jeweled trees are my favorites. I cannot imagine how long it takes to put up all those decorations!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mother's home is simple stunning and her treasure trove of Christmas decorations just magical! Thanks so much for sharing it all with us.

Merry Christmas!


Nita Stacy said...

Well, I guess we know where you got your decorating skills from. I love the jeweled trees. I've never seen so much Christmas stuff. It must take her weeks to get it all decorated. What a special house! I love all the architectural features. Love the balcony. I can see how a visit to this home would indeed make me feel like it's really Christmas.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your mom's Christmas sparkle and spirit is evident in every room! Her home is stunning and is brimming with her love of Christmas and all it's offerings. She has magnificent collections and every room is styled beautifully. It must take here weeks to "Deck The Halls" and you can see she does it with love. Gorgeous. Please tell her how much we enjoyed seeing her lovely home and thank her.
Terri, I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.

quintessence said...

I don't think I have ever seen a house imbued with quite so much Christmas spirit - it's incredible!! I think that person on the tour was right - like looking from inside out - her house must be the highlight of the tour!!

Anonymous said...

I can see where you inherited and honed your collector's eye Terri! Your mother's house overflows with warmth and charm~

Seawashed said...

Your Mom really goes ALL out!!!! I loved seeing a photo of your Mom too...she is adorable...such charm here. Thank you for sharing it all with us. My favorite is candle altar your Mom rescued from the church. I miss those. I loved the one in the Cathedral Of Blessed Sacrament across from our Capitol. I would go in there and sit in peaceful prayer...I began doing that when I first moved to Sacramento at age 19...and I wasn't Catholic.

The Green Pea said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour of your Mother's home. I is so cozy, I love her style of decor. May you all have a Merry Christmas. sandi

I Dream Of said...

What a wonderful Christmas tour. Thank you so much for sharing your Mother's home! It is like being in a Christmas tree, looking out. Have a joyous holiday. The merriest to you and your family!

Stitchfork said...

How very festive! Have a very Merry Christmas Terri! xo Cathy

Unknown said...

Wow, that was the most magnificient tour I have ever taken.. I can only imagine the childhood you had surrounded with such love.. and one amazing mom. Merry Christmas, xoxo

Angie said...

Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kathysue said...

Terri, I think your Mom is Mrs. Claus for sure!!! She really does go all out!!! So much cheer in her home. You know how much I love her house, it is so charming and at Christmas it is like a jewel. Tell her Merry Christmas from me and what a treat it was to see her home all dressed up, Kathysue

Curtains in My Tree said...

I really enjoyed that tour.

Just love the jeweled trees your Mother bought at church annual Holiday Shop. That is my kind of glitter

Thank You for showing the lovely house tour


Puppy day care said...

I love your Mom's house, so inviting and full of personality! I spied some vintage ornaments that look like some I inherited from my grandmother. Love them. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

La Dolfina said...

Thank you everyone for taking the tour!
My Mom is overcome by all your lovely comments and thanks each one of you!
It means a lot to see her home through your eyes and gives me an even greater appreciation for all she does and is!!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. May God continue to bless us all in the New Year!!XO

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Goodness me Terri, I have never seen such a beautifully decorated house for the holidays! I can't think how much time your mother took to achieve this. How amazing to take a tour like this, thank you for sharing.
Have a wonderful family christmas together
This is an extra kiss for your mum!

Elizabeth said...

Your mom's house is so beautiful! The features are so cool, like the balcony and the staircase! You must have wonderful memories of the home since it has been in the family for so long.
Thank you so much for the wonderful comprehensive tour :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you, Chris, Chris and Mary!
We miss you!

Eddie and Jaithan

Unknown said...

A true winter wonderland! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas :)

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Mary Ann Pickett said...

You MUST thank your mother for that nice much work and talent.
Mary Ann

French-Kissed said...

Thanks so much for this magical Christmas tour of your mom's home...such a special house to have been in your family for so long...full of charm and love...and while I am sure it is wonderful at any time of year with all of her treasures and touches, it is particularly magical all decked out for Christmas. May the magic and blessings of the season follow you and your family throughout the New Year.


savvycityfarmer said...

I'm feeling right at home here at mom's ... think I'll put my feet up

she goes all out!

happy new year to one of my favorite girls!


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All the best to you Therese in the upcoming NEW year!

xo Lynda

Privet and Holly said...

There is most definitely
a child in your mom that
absolutely hugs herself
with glee each Christmas.
LOVE her home and I think
the chinoiserie wallpaper
room was my favorite ~ so
cozy : ) !! Lucky duck to
have her so close to you...
and your childhood home to
boot...Did I say WOW?!
I hope you all had the most
magical Christmas and I
wish you more of the same
in 2011, dear friend.
'Lots of love to you!
xx Suzanne

Theresa Cheek said...

This is obviously a home of someone who enjoys life! I have just as much stuff in my home year round and become sad when I see blank white walls in another house! I just love it all.

Gerry said...

Oh my gosh, what a GREAT house! I bet all the children LOVE going to Grandmother's house for the holidays! If her personality is anything like the personality of her house, she must have a ton of friends. How wonderful of you to share it with us.

Anonymous said...

Your lucky to be able to live in your Grandparents house very nice!