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Candlelight Tour … of My Home Part 4

December 21, 2012

Host #5 The BasementIMG_8338sm

The full finished basement is where the family spends most of their time. It includes a guest bedroom/office, laundry, and a full bathroom as well as a large airy room for the TV and their two greyhounds. Normally decorated in a Southwest feel, kokopelis and geckos come down to be replaced by seasonal decor. For the Christmas season and into January the basement is home to the wife’s snowman collection. The half wall and ledge are perfect for displaying snowmen of all sizes. There is even a piece of coal painted with a snowman to give even a naughty child some joy.IMG_8339sm

The brick hearth once was home to a large wood burning stove. As the family rarely used it and were expecting to adopt two retired greyhounds they removed the stove to make room for the kennels and a custom-built work table. The table doubles as both a crafting workspace and for decorations while keeping their greyhounds comfortable. During the winter, two lighted trees sit on top and are covered in snowmen ornaments. A future project includes building a train track table top.IMG_8340sm

No surface is free of snowmen or decorations. The owner’s soldier statues are joined by nutcrackers and Christmas soldiers. Storage cabinets are covered by a festive table-cloth to showcase snowmen tea pots and serving sets. The custom-built entertainment center is adorned with even more snowmen (and if you were to look closer the childish scribblings and signatures of the family’s children). The guest bathroom, recently repainted and featuring new fixtures, is also decorated in snowmen. IMG_8341sm

IMG_8342smIMG_8343smIf you peek into the office, be careful! You’re stepping in underneath a mistletoe fairy. The wife’s fairy ornament collection is displayed year round. She purposely put mistletoe fairies in each doorway to remind everyone to “give a quick smooch coming and going.”IMG_8345sm

We hope you enjoyed this tour of the Chief’s home. The master bedroom is decorated with childhood and handmade stockings while the sun room addition has a growing reindeer collection.


"Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil" You can never have too many snowmen!

“Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil” You can never have too many snowmen!

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Candlelight Tour… Of My Home Part 2

December 13, 2012

Host #3 The Dining Room


T2’s Santa was a garage sale find.

Welcome to the Dining Room. The current owners were thrilled to have a separate dining room in their new home. As noted in the guide-book, the owners installed hardwood flooring. During an upgrade in 2011, the owners added the Kashmir pink wall paint and the custom wainscoting and chair rail. The color of the room was determined by the two Japanese silk paintings of warriors that the owner found at an estate sale and had reframed in traditional white frames. The table, chairs and lowboy are all Kincaid furniture. The china cabinet and hutch were a Good Wood find. A glass cabinet contains the wife’s souvenir glass collection. Her favorite pieces are the Welsh cup, the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience glass, and her Wonder Woman mug. The thimble collection belongs to the owner, started by his grandparents.

On the left is my Santa while T1's first on is in the corner of the hutch.

On the left is my Santa while T1’s first one is in the corner of the hutch. See the Santa in a boat for the Chief?

For Christmas, the owners display their Santa Claus collection. The oldest dates to 1974 and is the wife’s original Santa Claus. In addition to the HallMark “Father Christmas” series ornaments, a unique Santa or two are added each year to the owner’s collection as well as to each child. The oldest’s child’s first Santa is the large ornate one in the back while the youngest child’s first Santa sits tall in the corner of the room on two chests that were gifted to the children by a relative.

On the lowboy is displayed the family’s advent calendar tree by Thomas Pacconi. It was gifted by the owner’s parents, as well as the Thomas Pacconi music box and winter scene. The wife’s mother painted the pitcher and mugs and passed the set down to her.

The Japanese silk paintings, the hand-painted ceramics, Thomas Pacconi advent tree and music box.

The Japanese silk paintings, the hand-painted ceramics, Thomas Pacconi advent tree and music box.


Candlelight Tour … of My Home Part 1

December 12, 2012

I love going on the annual CandleLight Tour of the historic homes in the city I live near. It is not really by candlelight–those are some expensive tickets!–but the general masses can go during the day. It really gets me into the holiday mood. I’ve usually gone with a group from church but this year my schedule was so hectic (i.e., the Chief leaving, T1 on a mission trip, and Pine Wood Derby) that I went solo. Wasn’t too bad except standing in line at one house listening to a bunch of retired and liberal leaning teachers discuss what’s wrong with children today… don’t get me started.

Okay, so most of the homes are historic and are left untouched because the historic society or park service actually owns them now. Others leave the original building alone but have massive two-story modern additions on the backs of the houses. It is from these tours that I got into some of my decorating habits–such as theme rooms. I love all the fresh greenery as I don’t use any. I love it when the owners’ personal heirlooms are used. This year I noticed every kitchen had a gingerbread & peppermint theme. What do you know? So does my kitchen!

So if my home were on a tour, what would the guide-book say and what would the hosts read in the different rooms? Aside from “Owner really needs a maid” of course. I think I may make this a series of posts and take you, dear readers, on a tour!

What the Guide-Book would say:

The house was built in approximately 1987. It is a raised ranch style house with originally 2,000 square feet on the main floor. The home features a basement and a walk-up attic. The home’s two-car garage is actually underneath the home on the backside of the house. The original owners lived in the house until 2002. The owner’s father built the multilevel deck on the back of the house. They also completed the basement which includes a bedroom and full-bath, giving the house an additional 900 sq. ft. The second owners, an elderly couple, lived in the house from 2002-2003. The son used the basement as an apartment.

The current owners purchased the home in June 2003. They have made a number of upgrades to the home in the course of 9 years. The master bedroom and dining room now have hardwood floors and the remainder of the upstairs has fresh carpeting and paint colors. In 2008 the owners had a 20×10 3-season sun room addition added to the master bedroom. This added 220 sq. ft. The owners hope to one day enclose the space under the sun room giving the 30×30 garage an additional 10 feet of work space.

The current owners use the full basement for a family room and office/guest room. They removed the wood burning stove and made custom spaces for the family’s greyhounds. The basement has recently been repainted and the full-bathroom received a fixture upgrade. Future projects include custom built-in bookshelves in the living room and upgrading the kitchen.

**The guide-book would also include the historical significance of our street name and property location … but I’m anonymous here. :)**

Host #1 Entrance

Barbies & Pineapples!

Barbies & Pineapples!

When you enter the home, you will notice the wife’s love of pineapples and their maritime connection. She removes most of them for her Christmas decorations. The custom-built shelves and desk were made by the owner to maximize the space and provide display areas. On the middle shelf is the wife’s Barbie Hallmark Ornament Collection. She has all 19 in the series with a few extras. The owner’s daughters enjoy putting them out each year. Behind these are 6 boot shaped baskets that the wife found in 1996. In celebration of the German St. Nicholas traditions, these boots are placed at the bedroom doors on Dec. 5th and are found filled with goodies the following morning.

St. Nicholas Boots

St. Nicholas Boots

Down the hall into the kitchen you will notice a ball of mistletoe over the doorway. This remains up all year and is because the owner’s favorite Christmas song is Don’t Take Down the Mistletoe by Misty River.

Host #2 The Kitchen

The large eat-in kitchen features a center island with a Jenn-Air stove top and grill. Above the kitchen table, take note of the beautiful winter watercolor painting by Delaware artist (the late) Jane Mullenhour. It was painted in 1995 and was a wedding gift to the current owners. Another Mullenhour piece is in the master bedroom. The owners decided to take advantage of the soffit above the cabinets to hang seasonal garlands. Additional gingerbread and cookie decorations have been added to liven up the room.

The owners plan to remove this wall oven for a larger one during the remodel/upgrade.

The owners plan to remove this wall oven for a larger one during the remodel/upgrade.

Related Article: Check out Virginia Plantation’s Candlelight Tour at Montpelier. I am so envious!



Project 365: Week 11

March 23, 2012

Okay, I’m really bad. Only one of the following was taken during week 11. In my defense though, I had planned 5 of the remaining shots. The other one I took at the hotel during my scrapbooking weekend.

March 11-17

My mother had off from work. She wanted to come down and spend the day with me and the girls. Originally we were supposed to have the whole day but soccer camp had a make-up day. After spending quality time talking while the girls kicked a ball and T1 got a gusher of a bloody nose, I took Mom and the girls out to my favorite restaurant for my birthday dinner. I love Japanese steak houses–it never gets old.

I’m not sure if this piece of wall art is new but I really liked it. Many pieces in the lobby added to the ambience of the Comfort Inn to make it feel more than just a hotel. (Be thankful I did not take a picture of the lobby bathroom floor–that is no fake stone tiles in there!) But why does this woman have no arms and why is she in a hamster wheel? I feel like I’m in a hamster wheel sometimes. Until the diagnosis of the PsA any “limitations” (no arms) were not visible. I’ve heard a few times “Oh I had no idea. You seem so strong.”

And now my Wonder Woman Collection! My Barbie Doll (also a collection) sits on a shelf with the villains Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.

I couldn’t resist these Little People. One of the toddler toys that we have kept in case we have any toddlers to entertain is our Little People Castle Playset. The one that looks like a real castle, not the pink one that just makes me shake my head. But I will not let any little toddlers get their hands on Wonder Woman or Batgirl though.

I’ve posted a picture of the gray satchel before. This is my newest next to it. But I don’t really carry shoulder bags anymore as I’m supposed to use a back pack and spare my hands and neck. 😦 I have the light gray one in black too and will probably give them to my girls.

This is one of three Wonder Woman t-shirts I own. I just like the art of this one. My light blue one may have to be retired–it has Wonder Woman E.o.t.T. sweat stains. The other has baseball jersey sleeves. I like that one double for that because I remember that style as a child.

This ornament gets a place of honor in my office amongst all the fairies in there.

I wanted to take a picture of my two Wonder Woman pins… but I cannot find them anywhere! 😦

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