Last week for Tablescape Thursday, I took you inside the beautiful Victorian home of Governor Roy and Marie Barnes. If you missed that post where I shared four beautiful tablescapes Marie created for Christmas, you’ll find it here: Four Beautiful Table Settings, One Gorgeous Victorian Home.
I have so many wonderful rooms to share with you, it’s going to take several posts to share them all. I want to show them all now because they are all so beautiful, but this post would be way too long and would take forever to load if I shared them all at one.
Upon arriving at the Barnes’ home, this was the view. The Barnes built their home in 2008 in the style of an historic Victorian home. It has all the wonderful features and charm of an historic home, but without the upkeep and headaches that come with an old house. Marie told me it took 18 months to build, which actually turned out to be less than the two years they had expected it to take.
Of course, before you can get to the house, you have to get past the nice Mr. Policeman first. I see the Barnes have planted a magnolia in their front yard. That will come in handy each year for decorating. Their magnolia appears to be the type that has leaves that are brown on back. My magnolia doesn’t have that, instead mine are green on back. I wish my magnolia did have the brown-backed leaves because they make the best garland and wreaths when you can show the brown side and create contrast between the front and back throughout the garland and wreath.
I loved this beautiful nativity scene out on the front lawn. It had lights focused toward it so I know it must be wonderful to view at night while passing by.
As I walked up the front walkway, this was the view on the right.
And here’s the view on the left. Sooo fun! Notice the lanterns lining the walkway. Must be lovely at night!
The front porch was decorated with beautiful garland. Each window sported a big Christmas wreath. Do you see the candy hanging from the porch ceiling? I love, love, love all the whimsical touches Marie includes in her holiday decor!
The front door was thrown open on this unseasonably warm day. Love the color! I wonder if that’s Benjamin Moore, Heritage Red…the color I painted my front door? Isn’t it beautiful?! In this post, I’m also taking you inside the stunning powder room you can see just to left.
You’re not going to see this in the entry floor of most homes. It’s the Great Seal of Georgia and is a tribute to Governor Barnes service and love for our state.
This whimsical display greets you as you enter. See the door on the left…that’s Governor Barnes study/library and I can’t wait to take you inside in my next post.
This portrait of Governor Roy and Marie Barnes was painted from a picture that ran in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution the morning after Governor Barnes was elected as Governor.
The main staircase leading to the second floor was decorated beautifully with lit garland. I love how Marie decorated the sconces with wreaths.
A gorgeous display for the newel post…
Christmas whimsy continued at the foot of the main staircase, where another staircase leads to the terrace level. Notice the pictures with Santa on each step. What a great way to display those!
Here’s the powder room we saw a hint of above. It’s too beautiful to be just a powder room, isn’t it? Very dramatic and truly elegant.
Love the sink and the wonderful mirror and sconces! Wish I had noticed the guest “towels” there on the sink. I see they are embossed with what appears to be the Georgia Seal and something else. I know I missed several things on the tour.
Next time we visit this beautiful home, I’ll take you into the paneled library, living room and dining room…maybe we’ll squeeze in the kitchen and breakfast room, too. They are all decorated for Christmas and I can’t wait to share them. You’re going to love them all!
You’ll find the other posts about this wonderful home here: