Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas decoration house tour..

Every year a handful of  local home owners hand over their homes to local interior designers and decorators, to have them decorated for a charity event.
Christmas decorated that is..

Home owners and designers work together to come up with original ideas as well as inventive and traditional ways to decorate thier homes for the holidays.
Once the decorations are done the charity sells tickets to the public to tour the homes, and this year the tours are this weekend.

I've been to this event with my other half every year for the last 4 years, and the decorations on display really help to put you in the Christmas mood. But this year for the first time I'm actually helping with the event.

Photo courtesy of Country Living.
Sometimes the homes are somewhat strange, like the alpine inspired 1960's home that honestly felt like we'd been transported into another time period altogether... and not in a good way.The home owners had a number of rather strange collections, china dolls, stuffed animals, old gramophones, and the decorations had been done without the help of a designer. We left.. quickly !

Photo from Articlesbase.

Fortunately that was a bit of an aberration and the other 24 homes we've seen over the last 5 years have been gorgeous.
Anyway.. I haven't seen all the other houses yet, but Bill and I are doing the full tour tomorrow, so if I'm allowed I will try to take some photos.

Saturday is the local shopping street's Midnight Madness shopping event.. and there's a wonderful Craft Market down in Royston on Sunday. All of which will be much easier to enjoy, if not as pretty without the snow.

Hope you all have a good one..

Jo xx


  1. Oh I love the snow crystals in the first picture, and the fire place in the second picture!

    Hope you’ll get to take some photos today!

  2. Second picture has my vote. Hope you were allowed to take some pictures.

  3. I like the second one too. More woodsy than I normally like, but it works with the house.

    What a fabulous idea, and I hope we get to see some photos!

  4. Good news is I will have some photos later in the week.
    Two of the homes basically got stripped down the moment the tours were over because the dec's were borrowed from local stores and they needed them back to sell. But one of those ladies had taken photo's herself, so she's going to e mail them to me. Two of the other homes I already have appt's to go and photograph later this week and I'm waiting for a call back from the last owner.
    So I should have a post together by the weekend.
    I like the second photo best too.. but then I'm all over that acid green at the moment.
    Jo xx

  5. Love that second photo!

    Such a cool idea, and so glad you've been allowed to take pics of some of the houses- can't wait to see them!

  6. No. 2 is my favorite. It's a little more rustic than I'd prefer, but I still love it.

  7. I managed to get a private showing of, and I have photos from, 4 of the homes..
    So I'm going to do an individual post for each one..
    Wasn't in the mood today for what I hope are obvious reasons, but I'll try to do one for Friday..
    Jo xx

  8. I love th e 2nd picture best! It's looks so christmasy and cozy! I would cherish the moments of coming home to an atmosphere like this one.


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