A Christmas Tour of Homes

Welcome to the 50th Metamorphosis Monday!

For this Metamorphosis Monday, I thought I’d take you inside one of the homes I had the privilege of touring this year on the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. This charming Victorian cottage-style home with a wrap-around front porch, was built in 1901 and the owner, Tricia, generously allowed me to take a few pics to share with you all. Come see how Tricia transforms her Victorian cottage at Christmas time.


Beautiful garland encircles the front door.

Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour 2009


As I was standing outside the door with my friends, waiting to go inside for the tour, one of them said, “Hey, take a pic of the shadow on the wall.” It is awesome, isn’t it?! It cracks me up that now when I’m out somewhere with my friends, they are pointing out great shots to take for “the Blog.”

The entry speaks beautifully for the rest of the home.

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So love this!

Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour, 2009


A tree decorated with vintage cards…click on the pic to see it up close…

Marietta Christmas Home Tour, 2009


Everyone loved this cozy bedroom. Rooms do not need to be large and “grand” to feel beautiful and inviting. There’s just something about the old homes…love ’em! Note the picture rail that you see up at the top of the pic. Why don’t we still put those in our homes…such a neat idea!


A guest room with adorable twin beds…love the green and white color scheme…


This whimsical piece was at the foot of one of the beds…


A comfy chair in the same room..


Love the mirror, the wreath AND the light fixture~~~sigh~~~

Mirror Decorated with a Wreath for Christmas


Another beautiful tree….


Tricia has an amazing creamware/ironstone collection…you’ll see part of it on this tour.


Tricia finds wonderful, unique ways to display her ironstone…


We were drooling over her beautiful collections…


I’ll share Tricia’s table setting for Tablescape Thursday.

Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour


So pretty!


Tricia, thank-you for sharing your beautiful home.


A few more pics from the tour:

This was the home where I worked as a docent on one of the tour days. I loved the magnolia garland around the entrance.


As well, as the magnolia topiaries at the foot of the steps.


I took a peek down inside of the garland and they used a faux garland underneath, attaching the magnolia leaves in clusters with wire all around the garland.


I didn’t take any pics inside the home where I worked as a docent, it was soooo packed with folks on the tour. So the rest of the photos I’ll be sharing are just a few random shots I was able to take when I took the tour the day before. Unfortunately, picture taking was not allowed in many of the homes and so often when I could take pics, there were too many people around to get a good shot, but hope you enjoy the ones I did snag. Some of the following pics were taken during the day and some were taken on the candlelight tour that evening. It was a dark night so please excuse some blurriness.

A wonderful way to decorate above the doors of the carriage house…


Ivy Grove was open this year as one of the “public” homes on the tour.


Inside, the rooms were decorated by locals shops, I think.


Isn’t this charming?


One of the stores had this display on the landing area upstairs. I asked about this garden tree and was told it was purchased at Scott’s Antique Market.


So if you live in the Atlanta area and have been wanting a tree like this for your garden, head to Scott’s this spring. These are great for hanging bird feeders and such.


Another one of the homes on the tour…


It was so dark out this night…many of my outdoor shots are blurry. I included this pic so you could see how they decorated the fountain with ornaments.


This home wasn’t on the tour, but isn’t it beautiful lit up at night…


I’ll leave you with some fun shots…a daytime shot, before the swing takes on a metamorphosis at night.


An evening view…


After I photoshopped out the orange road construction barrel…much better.

Thanks for coming along for the tour!

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  1. What a lovely tour. I just love seeing the insides of old homes. Right now my house is a mess in almost every room! I'm clearing out the kitchen and dining room for the re-do. Where on earth can I put all this stuff!!!! So it'll be some time before I'll show you inside here! I'll just enjoy everyone else's though.

  2. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Gorgeous photos!! I have to admit though I'm ready to yank it all down. I have a small retail shop and so I have been living and breathing Christmas since the end of October. And believe it or not, I need to start thinking about next Christmas, as I will be placing my orders next month! Thanks for hosting this lovely party.

  3. That was a lot of fun. Great tour. I spied the milkshake mixer and white candy scale, one of my favorite collectibles πŸ™‚ What a super idea hanging the stockings from the staircase. So many ideas. Wonderful! Jane T.

  4. White houses with big porches…sigh. Loved the pictures especially the swing πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about a quiet house, but it is fun while they are here!

  5. One Cheap B*tch says

    I'm already inspired for next year! Happy holidays!

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Wow Susan! What beautiful homes! That magnolia garland blew me away! lol It looks like you had fun, too. I love it that your friends pointed out pics you should take! And yes, I went back to my quiet house after spending Christmas eve at my daughter's house so I could see Santa visit my grandson. However, the staff has been rowdy today and kept me distracted! lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  7. Hi Susan – thanks for the tour!

    I loved those burlap looking stockings with the brown ribbons! And, all that greenery!

    Glad you were able to spend some time with your son!

    Happy New Year to you!

  8. Thanks for thinking of all your blogging friends when you are out. Great ideas in those tour homes. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  9. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Loved the tour, Susan! Such beautiful homes and rooms!

  10. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Thanks for the tour! i have really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful holiday decorations this year. I did not decorate as much this year, but am ready to put it all away. I would be doing some of it now, but have some family here thru tomorrow, and the Grands love it all.

  11. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Susan, what a wonderful tour! I especially love the interesting displys of ironstone – very nice! Lots of ideas! Linda

  12. Melissa Miller says

    Susan what a stunning and beautiful tour! Loved the pretty candles going up the steps.

  13. Thanks for the tour — I, too, love looking at old homes — either in person or here!

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I remember how empty the house felt when son returned to school! You have to adjust all over again..

    Loved the tour..
    And no, we leave our decorations up till Little Christmas….after all this is called Christmas week! And we finally get to sit and enjoy them!
    I wish you a peaceful week!

  15. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Loved every minute of the tour! It's so much fun to see how other's decorate and use their imagination. Thanks for bringing us along!

  16. Cathy Miller says

    Beautiful homes. Big sigh. I loved the tour. I have a round white pedestal table like the ones in the bedroom. I got mine at a yard sale for 25 CENTS!!!! And I agree..I'm not ready to take down the decorations yet. I'll leave the outside up until New Year's Day, then work on the inside slowly. Thanks for sharing the love!! Your favorite stalker!


  17. Andrea at My Feathered Nest says

    Gorgeous homes! I went on a Christmas house walk in my town recently. It is so neat to see the inside of homes that I drive by every day. It's quite surprising how beautiful these homes were to me. One house had 11 Christmas trees and it was a bungalow. There are a lot of women who have great decorating talent and I don't even know about it, until I get inside the door!

  18. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    I loved the tour & have some new ideas spinning in my head! This was awesome & now I need to talk Steve into putting a swing in the yard to decorate with lights for next year! ☺β™₯☺

  19. Loved this tour of homes soooo much! I can never get enough of older homes decorated for Christmas. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.
    My decorations went up late and will stay up for a couple more weeks (inside at least).

    β™₯ Bonnie

  20. Beautiful photos of beautiful homes! I just love old houses. I hope you continue to enjoy the holiday season, Susan!…Christine

  21. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says

    I loved seeing the beautiful older homes and how they are decorated and decked out for the holidays!

  22. I love all the pics of the homes! Beautiful and so many ideas for next year. You should enjoy your Christmas decorations as long as you want to!

  23. The Tablescaper says

    What a lovely tour!

    It's way too early to take all of those beautiful Christmas decorations down. I'm not there yet,but can well imagine the heavy heart of having the actual day of Christmas over and your beloved son returning to school.We put our heart and soul into our children and it's so hard not to be with them. Be with him in spirit and enjoy your home. It's your haven. Merry Christmas Susan.

    – The Tablescaper

  24. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tour! I love the first home you shared so much. I am so in love with older homes. They have so much charm and character.
    Beautiful pictures!

  25. Michelle@Fromhousetohome says

    Thank you for the tour, loved it! I am drooling over all the wallpaper. I've been trying to talk my daughter into wallpaper for her bedroom, hope it works! πŸ™‚

  26. Lady Katherine says

    I loved Trica home. The tour was wonderful just like been there with you. I adore the swing! I do have a wing back chair in the master bath. Its so large and well it works, as the walk in closet is there too. Just sit down and put your socks own. lol

  27. The tour of homes was such an inspiration. Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed them. There is nothing like old beautiful homes from the south!

  28. Tamara Jansen says

    What a FANTASTIC tour! The shots you took are just beautiful. I wonder if they do tours like this in my area. Are these just regular people who agree to be on a christmas tour? I should try organize one of those for next year πŸ™‚

  29. Thanks for sharing your tour, and the really special decor. Hope you are having a very special Christmas and wishing you the very best for the New Year.

  30. texasdaisey says

    I love Christmas tours. This one looked to be really great.

  31. Fifi Flowers says

    FAB tour!!!

  32. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    What a fantastic tour! Thank you! and thank you for Met Monday Fun!


  33. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    I love the staircase at the first house. Beautiful antiques!

  34. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    I love the staircase at the first house. Beautiful antiques!

  35. Suzann @ The Olive Cottage says

    Such a beautiful tour!
    I grabbed a couple of ideas for decorating in 2010.
    Wonderful photos.

  36. What fun to see this home tour, Susan. Thanks for sharing your great photos….don't you just love Photoshop?

    Up here in Ohio along Lake Erie,we have some snow, so when I take down my Christmas decorations, I replace them (except the Tree πŸ™‚ with my Snowman collection and all things snow. I do take those down before St. Patrick's Day because by then, I'm sick of everything winter πŸ™‚

  37. Hi Susan… stopped by to say hi and see all your loveliess…. gorgeous, indeed! May you and yours have a joyful and blessed New Year…


  38. Michael Lee West says

    This tour makes me nostalgic for my former funeral home–100 years old. Your pictures are great, as always! I'm hoping I can join more Met Mondays and TT before the writing crunch reboots.

  39. What wonderful shots & ideas to be gleaned for next year's holiday decorations, Susan! Thank you for taking us on the tour with you. Its funny to hear that your friends are finding you scenes to photograph. LOL
    I'm going to go put a ribbon on a huge angel cookie cutter & hang it up right now, like that tree cutter in your shot. My angel makes cookies that are waaaay too big but she will look great tucked someplace with my other angels.
    I'm sorry your son had to go back to school. Start counting the days till Spring break right now so you can look forward to seeing him then.

    Thank you for sharing all the fun things you get to go see & do.


  40. MyJourneyBack says

    Oh I loved the virtual tour. I am so happy they allowed you to take photos to share. I loved all of them. I loved the room with peace sign above the bed. I loved the colors there. The bird tree was neat too. And that entrance hall in the first house. Oh and last but not least the tree swing.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    And btw it is ok to leave it all up. I used to leave up through Jan. but this year changing it all to a snow theme. Just enjoy your Christmas as long as you can!
    Blessings for the New Year!

  41. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Susan, such gorgeous homes and what a wonderful tour. Thanks so much for sharing. I loved seeing all the beautiful rooms and decorations. Hugs, Marty

  42. The DIY Show Off says

    Wow – I really enjoyed that. So much beautiful vintage Christmas inspiration. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing. Love the swing at night too – the entire house looks so welcoming and festive.


  43. I just discovered your blog today, everything is so beautiful. I love all the homes posted on your blog. They are almost like how I envision my dream home. Thank you for the link party!

  44. ImagineCozy says

    I am a little sad about it being over, but all of the extra decor does make me excited to put it all away and remake the living room again! Thank you for hosting.

  45. 9405018--Pat says

    Susan, what a lovely home tour…My tree is down and everything is put away for next year. Glad you were able to spend some time with your son….Happy New Years….and thanks for sharing…Pat H

  46. Susan, Great photos of the homes on the Pilgrimage tour.I love old homes with their Christmas finery. Thanks.. and I'm leaving my decorations up till after Jan. 1.. maybe even untill Epiphany.. 12 days of Christmas…Ü The house always looks so bare when the decorations come down.

  47. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Thanks for posting the tour of homes, I really enjoyed it!


  48. Loved the home tour. Interesting to see how different areas of our country decorate. Happy New Year.

  49. TheOldPostRoad says

    I would REALLY, REALLY like to have that tree from Scott's Antique Market!

  50. I loved going on the tour with you! Thanks for bringing us along!
    All of the homes are so beautiful.

  51. Thank you for sharing all of the lovely pictures! Lots of inspiration!

  52. Oh Susan, I love home tours! That magnolia garland was AMAZING! I'm so envious! I wish I were closer south, they'd shrivel up and blow away if I tried that here – though I suppose I could do a fake bunch? Hmmmmm. Anyway – thanks for sharing. Absolutely gorgeous!

  53. Great photos, I am never tired of Christmas πŸ™‚

    All the best,

  54. Hi Susan,

    I enjoyed the wonderful Christmas tour. Your pics were great. I am looking forward to seeing Tricia's Tablescape on Thursday. I loved the railing with the white stockings and garland. The tree using the wooden clothespins to hang the vintage postcards was darling. I thought the star at the top of the tree using the old measuring device was so cute. The burlap chair webbing was perfect for garland.

    I loved the display of Tricia's white dishes in such unusal ways. I have just got to remember to drop a few ornaments in my fountain next year. That is tooo cute!!!!

    Thanks for sharing these great decorating ideas.

    Katherine S.

  55. Kelee Katillac says

    Hi Susan!

    Love that sweet little green room with the fun tree–especially!

    love, kelee

  56. Your photos as always are beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share. I have acknowledged you and your site on my blog's posting for today. It is a recap of what I have learned through Blogging. I hope that you can stop by to check it out. A very Happy New year to you and your family.

  57. Susan, thank you for taking us along on this tour. Makes me want to book a flight to fo myself next year. It's such a special treat to see homes dressed for the season. Loved several of the ideas in your friend's home. Her trees are clever. I like the ways she used the old ruler for the star and clothes pins to hang the cards. Great idea! I'm eager to see her table on Thursday. ~ Sarah

  58. Hi Susan
    Thanks for the tour. Those homes are so beautiful!!

  59. thewelcomehome says

    Great tour! I have always been eager to peek inside other people's beautiful homes. They are very inspiring with ideas that go beyond Christmas.

  60. That was W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L!!!! I almost wept with feeling such beauty, such imagination – thank you so much for allowing us to live vicariously through your amazing ability to capture the "moment." MORE, PLEASE!!! πŸ˜€ franki

  61. Great homes, decorated beautifully! Thanks for the tours!!

  62. Dorinda Selke says

    What a delightful post, Susan !! I am going on my annual Holiday House Tour this Coming Saturday with a dear girlfriend of mine – we are looking forward to it as we do every year! I love to get ideas that I either use or twist with my own ideas for a new idea. Just so much fun. Hugs, Dorinda

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