Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part II

Welcome to the 205th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Holidays!  All this week we’ll be continuing our tour inside this beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes.  If you missed any of the previous posts, I’ll link to them at the end of this post.

This beautiful home has been transformed for the holidays.  Marie starts the metamorphosis in August so everything is ready in time for Christmas when the Barnes generously open their home to share with others.

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas


Today we’re going into Governor Barnes gorgeous study, followed by a tour of the dining room.  I keep wanting to call this room a library because it really is a beautiful library, as well.  The fireplace mantel is decorated for the Christmas holidays.

Christmas Mantel in Study Library


I love the lighting on either side of the mantel.  I have a weakness for beautiful Judges paneling so this room was one of my very favorites.

Christmas Mantel in Study Library


It’s easy to tell this study belongs to an attorney…lots and lots of legal books.  The rocker is a Brumby rocker and was a gift from Marie to her husband.

Library Shelves in Study


Looks like Santa and his elves have taken over the library steps for now, undoubtedly researching the Georgia Code to make sure all the toys they’ve been making meet today’s standards for safety. 😉

Library Steps in Study Decorated with Elves and Santas for Christmas


Governor Barnes served as Governor of Georgia from 1999 until 2003.  His desk is rich in history, having belonged to several former Governors.  The State of Georgia seal is carved into the front of this beautiful antique desk.

Governor Roy Barnes' Desk with State Seal Carved in Front


Marie decorates their home with 16 trees and the study gets its own tree, too.  I absolutely love the draperies in this room!

Christmas Tree in Library


Don’t tell anyone but this room has a secret door!  I so love that!  The door is a shortcut to the master bedroom, bath and other rooms located in that wing of the home.

Library Hidden Door


I took you into the dining room for Tablescape Thursday a couple of weeks ago, but we’ll visit it again briefly while we’re touring the downstairs.

Dining Room Decorated for Christmas


You may remember this beautiful table was set with Christmas china by Lenox, pattern is Holiday.

Christmas Tablescape with Lenox, Holiday


The breakfront displays Marie’s wonderful nativity collection.

Nativity Collection Displayed in China Cabinet


The dining room tree fits beautifully into the area created by the turret.   Fourteen of the trees Marie decorates with each year are artificial and though they came pre-lit, she adds additional lighting in the color that works best for that particular tree or room.  Marie’s attention to detail is amazing!  All the trees were beautiful when I saw them during the day time, so I can only imagine how gorgeous they must be at night.

Christmas Tree in Dining Room


A wonderful snow globe collection…

Snow Globe Collection in Dining Room


Can’t wait to share the kitchen and breakfast room in our next post!

You’ll find the other posts about this wonderful home here:

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part I (Exterior, Entry, Powder Room)

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part II (Library, Study and Beautiful Dining Room)

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part III (Gourmet Kitchen, Breakfast Room with Peppermint and Gingerbread Theme)

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part IV (Great Room and Outdoor Entertaining Spaces)

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part V (Elegant Master Bedroom, University of Georgia (Bulldog) Themed Bedroom)

Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part IV: Whimsical Pink Bedroom for Granddaughters

Four Beautiful Christmas Table Settings, One Gorgeous Victorian Home

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  1. Merry Christmas and thank you for taking the time to host on Christmas Eve!
    Enjoy your holiday with friends and family…

    xo Lynda

  2. Susan~ What beautifully decorated trees and I love the elves going up the library ladder~ I had to chuckle at “researching the Georgia Code to make sure all the toys meet today’s standards for safety.” 🙂 Thank you for the tour, I’ve enjoyed my peeks inside! Wishing you & your family all the Joy of the Season! Merry Christmas!

  3. Susan,
    Thanks so much for posting this beautiful home!!
    If I ever win the lottery, this is exactly the type of home I would want to build.
    Thanks for hosting!!

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


  4. Susan,
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous home and for hosting.

    Merry Christmas,


  5. Thanks for the tour of the den. They sure have a wonderful home. I’m blown away with all the work and effort she puts into her holiday decorating! The dressed up ladder is adorable! The tree in the dining room is my favorite! Love the coloring in it.

  6. Thanks for hosting! Have a Very Merry Christmas! XO, Aimee

  7. I think the snowglobes are my favorite!! A beautiful home and wonderful they share (as you do!) Blessings! franki

  8. holy smokes, that library room! wow.

  9. Merry Christmas, Susan! Thank you for showing us the beautiful study/library and dining room of this lovely home. I have loved every aspect of these tours and can hardly wait for the remaining rooms. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas filled love, laughter and joy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. ….’The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there’…….
    It is all so captivating, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to share it, on this our Christmas Eve. Warm hugs

  11. That is a beautifully decorated home! Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. Thank you so much for hosting all the 2012 parties…it has been my pleasure! Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year…hugs, Penny

  13. Linda Leyble says

    Hi Susan…What a lovely tour! Thanks so much for posting this…giving us an inside look. It gave me a lot of ideas for my own home – next Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  14. Thank you for sharing this magnificent home with us..I so enjoyed it. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  15. Thank you for hosting MM. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  16. Just lovely, Susan. I love the inlays in the dining table and the trees are breathlessly beautiful.
    We are off to daughter’s today to celebrate Christmas, I want to take this moment to wish you and all the posters a Very Merry Christmas!!!!

  17. I love the secret door…how fun! Thank so much for hosting! Have a great Christmas!

  18. Thanks for sharing. What a very lovely home. The library is just gorgeous! Have a Merry Christmas!

  19. I love seeing other people’s homes all dressed for the holidays! This house looks amazing and you were so lucky to have seen it in person, Susan. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Merry, Merry!

  20. Dorinda Selke says

    This home just continues to be amazing ! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas, Susan. Hugs, Dorinda

  21. I am loving the Victorian house tour, Susan.
    That is a style I absolutely love.
    Thank you for all the beautifulposts throughout the year.
    May your Christmas and new year of life be richly blessed! Susan

  22. What a spectacular home, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us and for hosting the party. Hope you are having a marvelous Christmas!

  23. Merry Christmas Susan and thank you for your lovely blog.

  24. Lovely home, Susan! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  25. The library/study is regal…and the Santa/Elves on the library ladder are perfect! Thanks for taking us along on the tour. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  26. Another great idea; the ladder!!! I have one hanging in the living room area and next year it will get decorated:):) This is SO much fun, touring this amazing house. marie’s attention to detail is fabulous. Please thank her again for us. XO, Pinky

  27. Where do people store all this when it’s not Christmas?? xx

  28. Ohhh…beautiful!

  29. Enjoyed taking the tour, it is beautiful!. Does your friend do all this on her own or does she hire help?

    Merry Christmas!

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