Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas, Part IV

This week we’re continuing our tour inside the beautiful Victorian home belonging to Governor Roy and Marie Barnes.  If you missed any of the previous posts, you’ll find links to those at the end of this post.

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas
The Barnes home is perfect for entertaining and family gatherings.  The kitchen/breakfast area is open to this beautiful great room.  I love the coffered ceiling!  See the doorway on the left?  The view out that doorway is wonderful and I’m sharing it in today’s post, as well as taking you outside.

The family room is divided into two seating areas with a small dining area in between.

Great Room with Red Walls Decorated for Christmas


Marie said the table, which belonged to her grandmother, is often used during parties if extra seating is needed.  For Christmas she set it with nutcracker dishware she found in HomeGoods.  They are made by the Boston Warehouse Trading Company.

Christmas Tablescape


I asked Marie if she made all the stockings along the mantel and she said, ” I did make the stockings in the living room starting with the two of us when we got married 42 years ago, and as each child, spouse and grandchild came along I added a stocking.”  What a wonderful tradition!  I love that!

Hand-Made Stockings Hung on Mantel


The tree in this room is one of the live trees Marie decorates each year and it was absolutely beautiful!  Unfortunately, I completely missed getting a picture of a beautiful walnut linen press in this room but it held wonderful pieces the Barnes collected during a trip to Africa one year.  You get a glimpse of it in the picture of the table higher up in this post.

Christmas Tree in Living Room


Okay, ready to head outside?  We’re going out through the French doors there on the right.

Great Room Painted Red and Decorated for Christmas


So pretty! The area toward the front of the pool is nice and shallow for the youngest grandchildren.  Can’t you just imagine all the fun times with family in this space! There’s a dining area off to the right.

Backyard with Pool, Fountain and Fireplace

The Barnes took this photo of the area one winter when we had snow.  Beautiful!

Pool at night surrounded by snow_wm

I love the fireplace in this area!Nice way to enjoy it during the fall and early spring.

Fireplace on Veranda


A photo of the area taken by the Barnes during a previous Christmas.

Outdoor Entertaining Veranda with Fireplace and Christmas Trees


Marie decorated on either side of the doors leading out to the veranda.

Veranda Decorated for Christmas


Even the chairs around the pool got a touch of Christmas.

Christmas Pillow


I’ll be sharing more of this beautiful home soon!

Previous posts of this beautiful home can be found 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 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. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

  2. This home is magnificent and I TRULYY appreciate her allowing you to share this with all of us! SOOOO much inspiration!!!!! I am getting so many good ideas for our new home AND next Christmas!!!!!! Thank yiou so much for this series of posts. I just went back to look at the kitchen…OMG!!!!!!!!!!! What a dream!!!!! Thanks again, Susan. XO, Pinky

  3. Boy I’d sure like to know the paint color on the walls…. beautiful room ! how festive. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Susan, I have enjoyed seeing all the beautifully decorated areas of this home. I can’t believe there is even more for me to look forward to seeing!

  5. Mary from Virginia says

    I can’t belief how beautiful this home is! Every room gets more pretty. The pool and the Christmas decor is too amazingly beautiful. They are a very lucky family. Thank you for showing us this home!

    • marie barnes says

      Mary, thank you for your comment. I feel very Lucky to have my family so close that we can enjoy this house. And, we enjoy hosting fundraisers for various group like the YMCA, the YWCA Battered womens shelter, 4H, Garden Council of Marietta (which is were i met Susan, such a sweet person, as all of you already know) and others. The house was originally planned around the Grandchildren, but it has turned into a way we can give something back to the community and State that has been so good to us.

  6. Oh, Susan,
    the more you show us of Marie’s wonderful home… the deeper I fall in love with it! 🙂
    It is a dream house, inside and outside… and Marie’s great eye for detail is really admirable: she even hung Christmas wreaths all around the pool! How cute is that?
    I wish this home tour will never end… 🙂
    Thank you Susan and Marie!
    ~Hugs to you~

  7. I have thoroughly enjoyed every stop on this tour! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  8. Jeannie from WNC says

    Beautiful Susan!

  9. This house is so gorgeous it’s overwhelming!!! Have a happy, healthy and porsperous new year 2013, dear Susan.

  10. Colleen Wolch says

    I wonder if the governor’s wife used butterick pattern 5093 to make the Christmas stockings. I think it is from the 1970’s and has templates for letters to personalize stockings. I’d love to have the storage room for all the decorations. It must take so much time to decorate the home. It’s simply magnificent.

    • marie barnes says

      Colleen, thanks for your comment. i don’t remember where i got the Stocking pattern, probably traced one , but the letters were drawn free form. And since I was a teacher I had some stencils of Christmas symbols i.e. trees, candy canes, bows, snowmen, stars, bells, even a reindeer, etc. So i used them to cut out the symbols on the stockings. when i started making those stockings, i made 325 dollars a month teaching school and roy was in law school. unfortunately no money for patterns. i did make a matching tree skirt and a round table runner (if you can call it that) i have them packed away. i should probably get them out and find a place for them.

  11. ‘Even the chairs around the pool got a touch of Christmas’. Now that’s something you don’t hear said over in the shivering UK!
    For the second year running I have to thank you for posting the delicious champagne punch recipe. It is now in my personal recipe book and hopefully I will be making it for many Christmases to come.
    Have a wonderful healthy, happy and lucky New Year. xx

    • lol We’ll, trust me, it’s way too cold for swimming, although we have had some unusually warm days already this fall/winter.
      Andi, that’s great to hear. I love that punch and make it every year, too.
      Happy New Year to you and your family!

  12. So many memories incorporated with the decorating…guess THAT’s what it is all about!! franki

  13. Alby Furlong says

    Thank you so much for the lovely postings of Marie’s home. I throughly enjoyed every room. I also checked out the Folk Victorian house too. It so lovely to sit here in my chair and view your posts. I am sick (happens every Christmas) plus I also develop a big zit on my face, right before Christmas just in time for pictures, properly from the antibiotics.
    Anyway, thanks for making my morning. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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