Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Home Tour - House #2

Both my mom and my uncle's homes were part of the Holiday Home Tour this year benefiting The Alameda Family Services League.

My uncle's home is a grand old Spanish Revival that wraps the corner of Northwood Dr. (the street I grew up on) and Yale Dr. where he and my mom grew up and where my mom now lives.

His address is actually Gibbons Drive which is one of the most beautiful tree lined streets in Alameda.
"Alameda" actually means, tree-lined avenue! 

This fountain greets you at the entry to his home.

Santa had the perfect spot for a long afternoon of greeting guests.  You may remember the greeting he gave my mom when he saw her!!

A lovely vignette awaits you at the door.

My mom is no stranger to this house.
They have lived in the same neighborhood, just a few houses apart, for over 40 years!

The Living Room with windows on two sides is typical of the Spanish Revival style.

My uncle is also a treasure hunter, it runs in the family!

I remember how excited he was when he found these life size elves at the going out of business sale of a large local department store.

He has a fabulous collection of original french cabaret posters.

The large art piece above the piano is actually a foundry mold for a ship's gear that my uncle found years ago.

He's great at displaying his quirky finds!

This is a shot of the kitchen which is located at the back of the house and looks out to the backyard.  He and my aunt travel quite a bit throughout Mexico where they find and bring back many of their unusual pieces.

I'll end the tour here with a shot of their bar, the hot spot of many wonderful parties they've thrown over the years...

TOMORROW... we'll tour

My Mom's House!


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The entry is just beautiful!!!!

Happy Holidays, Therese!

vignette design said...

I love the front porch and the living room is gorgeous with the beautiful ceiling. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Can't wait to see your Mom's house tomorrow!

Cashon&Co said...

This is fantastic! What a great family you have, first that you are all so close (physically & emotionally!) and that you all have such a great taste! I love seeing your mom in pictures, I feel like I almost know her. This is a fun, but elegant and historic house. I love California homes. It's that spanish style. LOVELY!

Pamela Hunt Lee said...

You are all collectors!!! And great collectors!

cjsullivan133 said...

I see where you get your awesome taste! It is inherited! Love the foundry wheel and the kitchen. So cozy and interesting!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

It's fabulous and I love that your Mom has lived in that neighborhood for so long, nice to have a history somewhere. I'm drooling over the vintage poster - can't wait to see your Mom's house!

quintessence said...

What a wonderful creative family you come from - and obviously close. Love the elves and his tree is fabulous. Looking forward to seeing your mom's house!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

It's so clear Terri that excellent taste is a family trait. What a joy to see your Uncles beautiful home. Can't wait to see your mom's.

Have a good evening xo

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I especially like the entry and the living room.
The tree is gorgeous. It really is a very interesting and handsome house. I love the fact that you have all lived in the same area for so long...I think that's fantastic. Looking forward to seeing your mom's house tomorrow.

Nita Stacy said...

Oh...I loved this. How neat that your Mom and he live in the same neighborhood. I love those kinds of houses. What great things he's filled it with!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Just woke up and it's actually C*O*L*D here in Tucson right now, at 7:30 a.m.... and looking inside THIS oh-so-warm n' cozy home made me feel soooo toasty warm & cozy MYSELF! THANK YOU for sharing!!!

MERRRRRY, merrrrry, Therese!

Linda in AZ *