Welcome to the 362nd Metamorphosis Monday!
Happy New Year! How were your holidays? I hope you were able to spend them with those you love most. I was away for a while, visiting my son, dil and grandson. It was wonderful seeing them! Unfortunately, the trip back home was an adventure, and not in a good way. I’ll share that story very soon, complete with pictures, because there are lots of lessons to be learned from it.
Postcards From the Porch and In The BNOTP Library
I’ll be starting back up the BNOTP weekly newsletter, Postcards From The Porch, real soon. With all the busyness of moving to a new email delivery system, the holiday season and my travel schedule, I paused those temporarily. But it’s time to get those going again.
If you’re not currently subscribed to receive the BNOTP newsletter, you can subscribe to receive it here: Subscribe to Postcards From the Porch. I normally send it out on the weekend so look for it to get going again soon.
I’ll also get our BNOTP Library posts going again soon. Looking forward to sharing some of my favorite decorating, gardening and entertaining reads again soon.
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The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour
Before the holiday season gets too far behind us, I’m sharing some pictures from the Christmas tour I took in early December. The home below wasn’t on the tour but it’s so pretty I had to include a photo for you. It’s one of many historic homes off the square in Marietta, Georgia area where the tour took place.
A few years ago I shared this photo on the blog. I’ve always loved this home.
It was on the tour this year. Unfortunately, I can’t share photos of the interior but I thought you might enjoy seeing how it was decorated for Christmas. It was a gorgeous day for a tour, a bit chilly earlier in the day but it warmed up nicely as the day wore on. Fortunately, the line was much shorter when we toured it.
This was another home I shared in a post a few years back. Absolutely love the blue front door! It’s so different and just captures all the whimsy you would hope to see in a cottage.
It was also on the tour this year and I noticed that it’s still sporting that delightful blue door.
I really like what they’ve done with their window boxes.
Window boxes don’t have to lay fallow and empty all winter. Dress them up with pine cones, pussy willows and other plants that look great in their natural, dried, winter state.
As we stood in line, I glanced up and saw the cutest weather vane-wind vane atop the roof.
It’s a sailboat!
I’ve shared this house before here on the blog but I think the front door was brown back then. I really like a bright front door. It adds a bit of unexpected joy for guests who come knocking.
Another adorable cottage decorated for Christmas. Wish it had been on the tour, but then I wish every house I saw was on the tour! lol
This Victorian was on the tour! During the tour we learned that once upon a time it had been cut up into 4-5 apartments. Then it sat empty for while and fell into disrepair. Fortunately, it was eventually purchased and the new owners set to work restoring it back to its former glory.
They added one new element to the front of the home, this wonderful turret-style porch. I would never have known that it wasn’t original to the home if the docent hadn’t shared that info. Such a perfect place for a Christmas tree! Did you notice the ceiling is painted haint blue?
As we walked up the steps to the front porch, we could see a beautiful magnolia garland above the entrance.
This house also had four window boxes along the side and they were decorated beautifully!
These special touches really make this house a joy for those who pass by on the sidewalk just a few feet away. They also looked great from inside the home, too!
Aren’t they beautiful?
A little closer view…
Once we made it up onto the porch, this was the view of the right side of the porch.
The front door was decorated beautifully, as well. The other side of the porch was wonderful, even prettier than the side I was able to photograph. Unfortunately, due to the crowds, I could never get a clear shot of the other side of the porch until the door opened and we were ushered inside. By that point, it was too late because we had to go in.
After our tour was over, I walked back around to the front hoping I could go back up on the porch to get a photo of the side I had missed, but the crowds were even worse by then. I remember it had a wonderful seating area and a porch swing. I’m still mad at myself for not getting that picture somehow.
You can just make out the porch swing a see a chair on that side in this photo. Such a wonderful porch! This house sits on a corner with the entrance to the porch facing out to the intersection and the surrounding neighborhood. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful spot to just sit and enjoy a spring or summer day? I love me a porch! Every home deserves a beautiful porch like this!
As always, we did the combination tour which included three homes during the daytime and three at night. On the way to one of the nighttime house tours, we passed this beautiful home. If you follow BNOTP on Instagram, you saw it when I shared it recently. Such a great tour this year!
You’ll find more information about the homes that were on this year’s tour here: The Marietta Pilgrimage
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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