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Historic Homes Decorated for Christmas

Did you get a chance to visit the wonderful “Before and Afters” posted yesterday for Met Monday? If not, scroll down and check them out once you are done reading today’s post. You will come away inspired by all the creative projects and home improvements that are taking place in Blogland!

My friend, Bonnie, had the opportunity to go on a wonderful historic home tour recently in Campbell, California. She shared these great pics so I’m sharing them with you…just a little more Christmas decorating/tablescaping inspiration. Enjoy!

Wow….look at this table! I’ve been doing some reading online about the difference between tulle and organza. This may be organza, although, I’m having trouble telling for sure. Tulle is supposed to be more of an open, net type fabric and would be a bit harsh on the arms or elbows when used to cover a table. So, we’ll say this is organza. Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous!

One of many beautiful trees you’ll see throughout this home…

This table setting has such an ethereal feel…

Maybe fairies will be dining here. :-) Notice the flatware holders…

Even the tree coordinates with the the table…or is it the other way around? ;-)

I like this way better than a sink full of dishes! (LOL)

Aunt Bea just stepped away for a moment. She’ll be right back…

Pretty in Pink…

I’d love to do a tree like this next year. I just love the way the tulle (or organza) encircles the tree, slightly slanting in a spiral as it goes from the top to the bottom. Just gorgeous!

Beautiful!

Lots of sparkle!

(LOL) Remember this pic from the end of my Met Monday post. Bonnie found this funny guy “soaking” on this tour. Thanks, Bonnie for sharing all these great pics with us!

See you tomorrow evening for Tablescape Thursday!




Comments

  1. The table is definetly Organza…I think the wrap on the tree is tulle…when you see them together, it is much easier to see the differance and recognize it in future…either way, both are beautiful and can be used in may ways. Great pictures as always…Merry Christmas!

  2. That is all SO beautiful! I love when they do up historic old houses. Very beautiful!

  3. I voted…a 5 no question to it! Just had to sign in, etc. Guess they have to keep it legal.
    Beckie

  4. Susan – of course I will rate your gorgeous dining room, but you won't need any of our votes to get a perfect score. It's in the bag!

  5. blushing rose says:

    Spectacular decor … TY for sharing such elegance, some great ideas there.

    Merry Christmas ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon
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    blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

  6. Blogging To A Better Bonnie says:

    I love the sink full of "dishes". LOL!
    Merry Christmas, Sue!
    I look forward to all your creations to come!
    My Best,
    Bonnie

  7. ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS says:

    WOW! Those pictures are just beautiful! I absolutely LOVE the lavender tablescape with the lavender nutcracker! Too beautiful! And the tuxedo "man" is so cute and original! Thanks so much for sharing these great pictures.. I definately enjoyed them! -April
    p.s…. you better believe I voted for you!

  8. Very beautiful. Love the antiques!!

  9. Thanks for the tour-very beautiful! Very unique.

    Your Christmas tablescape with your Lenox Holiday is so beautiful. So many details that pull it all together like the snow. Of course, your crystal is beautiful and the Christmas village is a treasure. Love how you incorporate the nandina . Also think the reticulated charger adds a great look. I have the same china but you have a special knack of creating beautiful and interesting combinations.

  10. Thanks for the tour-very beautiful! Very unique.

    Your Christmas tablescape with your Lenox Holiday is so beautiful. So many details that pull it all together like the snow. Of course, your crystal is beautiful and the Christmas village is a treasure. Love how you incorporate the nandina . Also think the reticulated charger adds a great look. I have the same china but you have a special knack of creating beautiful and interesting combinations.

  11. Thanks sooooo much for the tour…I had a great time! Everything was very PRETTY…Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  12. Melissa Miller says:

    Hi Susan,
    I'm finally coming up for air today and say your sweet note. Thank you for coming by and visiting. It's always nice to hear from you my friend!

    This historic home and all of the decor' is gorgeous! I really do love the gold tulle tree and was also thinking of that idea for next year as well. It's such a lovely and very elegant effect.

    I'll go my RMS and rate your amazing table. I haven't been by there in forever…I hope I don't get hooked on it again. He!

    Merry Christmas & Many Blessings!
    ~Melissa :)

  13. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says:

    Wow! So much to see.

    I must say that the purple table setting is my absolute favorite. The utensil holders are to die for.

    Merry Christmas to YOU and yours!

  14. That is one beautiful home. I would love to be able to see it in person.

  15. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Such pretty things!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Sue

  16. Kerri Deitsch says:

    So many beautiful spaces! I definitely feel like I underdid it with my one tree this year! Should I run out tomorrow and get one more?

    I just love the way each tree carries a theme and some even have freestanding accessories. Very inspiring. . . !!
    Warmly,
    Kerri

  17. Linda Higgins says:

    wonderful tour of a Christmas house! Even the bedrooms get a tree! PHEW a lot of storage here after all is said and done! I complain about my 6 large storage boxes. I wont anymore! I can see my house needs a little more DO to make it worthy of a tour! Maybe next year. LOL Merry Christmas!

  18. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says:

    HI Susan, this is beautiful. I loved this tour so thank you for sharing it with all of us. Gorgeous pictures!
    Merry Christmas.
    Debbie

  19. SPLENDEROSA says:

    Susan, your holiday table is simply top drawer. So creative and so so pretty. Don't know how you find the time & the inspiration, but love you for it!! Happy Holidays.

  20. The Quintessential Magpie says:

    Please thank Bonnie for us, Susan! She is so sweet to do this for you and us. I enjoyed the tour very much.

    Sending you warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  21. Its So Very Cheri says:

    So pretty Susan. I will try to remember to come by and add a post for a previous tablescape. I have never participated in that event.

    I will head over to Rate My Space

    I hope you have a VERY MERRY Christmas
    Cheri

  22. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    Thanks Susan and Bonnie. That was a wonderful tour. So much Christmas decor inspiration. laurie

  23. Hi Susan
    Thanks for the wonderful tour and posting the pics. Bonnie was so sweet to share these with all of us. WOW!!! I saw some great ideas. I just love that precious little snowman in the tub and the kitchen sink full of gifts. Beautiful tour!!!!!

    Katherine S.

  24. Wonderful pictures Susan! Decorating for Christmas in these historical old houses has just that little bit more, isn't it!!

    Merry Christmas Susan!
    xx
    Greet

  25. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    What a gorgeous home and all the rooms and trees are just stunning. I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  26. Susan the tour was amazing. And the trees so pretty. Happy Holidays.

  27. Susan – loved the tour. My favorite is also the lavender, altho I'd take any room as long as somebody else did it up for me.

    I'll be sure to vote for you, too.

    Tulle has, I think, different degrees of refinement. My wedding veil was of bridal tulle, a very fine, gentle to the touch fabric. My tutu, when I was very young, was also of tulle – harsh and scratchy.

    Which ever the fabric is, it is beautiful. In some party book I read, they wrapped a string of white lights in tulle and then wrapped the whole thing around a punch bowl – that had a real WOW factor! I'm thinking on my table top tree next year.

  28. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says:

    What a delightful home. You can almost feel the magic through the screen. The tablescape is amazing. I would love to have a bank of windows around a table. Can you imagine the view and the feeling you would get.The sink full of presents is a "darling" idea.. Susan,Are the kids coming this year? Catie and the kids will be her tomorrow evening, I can hardly wait..will put some laughter in the house.. You've truly enriched my life these past couple of years. I'm so blessed to call you friend.. From our home to yours A Very Merry Christmas.. many many hugs ~lynne~

  29. Hi Susan, thank you to you and to Bonnie for sharing this lovely Historical home for the Holidays. I have to say how amazing your decorations have been for the Holidays, Amazing is the word I think of. You always pay such close attention to detail. Always, lovely, always warm and inviting. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Hugs Kathysue

  30. Lovely tour! Beautiful home.

  31. SmilingSally says:

    Thanks for sharing all those decorated trees, Susan. Since I'm not doing one this year, I especially enjoyed viewing these. Merry, merry Christmas!

  32. Love Where You Live says:

    I had to smile when seeing Santa lounging in the tub, also thinking how funny it would be to find him there during a typical, informal party. Lovely images. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! cheers, -susan

  33. Love Where You Live says:

    I had to smile when seeing Santa lounging in the tub, also thinking how funny it would be to find him there during a typical, informal party. Lovely images. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! cheers, -susan

  34. LOVE IT! How did you light the Dept 56 houses without cords everywhere??? Thanks!

  35. Michael Lee West says:

    How utterly gorgeous! But my favorite is the picture of your dining room.
    Big Merry Christmas Hugs!

  36. Miss Janice says:

    Love this home tour…beautiful!

  37. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says:

    Hi lovely lady. You have a Beautiful home for the coming Hildays/ Need to put more on your Blog.

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