Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Christmas Homes Tour




Saturday, friend Shirley Ann and I traveled to a bigger town an hour south
Carthage, Missouri
for their Christmas Homes Tour

We both love
a - Homes Tours
b - Old Homes
c - Christmas decorations

Carthage is known for it's Victorian Homes and if they've had a tour before 
we were unaware of it.
It will definitely be added to our list of "must dos" every December
for the tour was fabulous!
And even though we've been to Carthage many times
because of the tour we found a part of Carthage that we didn't know about
And we'll be back to those shops along Grand Avenue!

It was a fun day and there were a lot of homes to tour!

The Homes










The Phelps House
which is owned by the Historical Society
which sponsors the event

The Trees

A tree in the first house -- the house had my favorite decor!

A wee feather tree in the kitchen
full of "edible" ornaments
I adore feather trees


A small tree in a gold pot on a  stand on the wall
It caught my eye!

A traditional Christmas in a Victorian Home --
a tree and an old rocking horse!

The Mardi Gras Tree
Shirley Ann fell in love --
this picture is for her!

The tree in the Phelps House
The wood, the ceiling, the light fixture!
Sigh!

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One of those 60's ceramic trees that everyone had
Thought they were "passe"
But it looks good on the little table at the end of a hall!

The Tables


The dining area in the living room of the first house
A round table set for four
(I love the fact that instead of four chairs there are two sets of two!)


A breakfast table in the first house
(the clock is not correct!)


The most Christmasy of all the China -- Portmerion


Heirloom China, a low centerpiece and deer


And whose eye wouldn't be caught by a blue table!


It was Christmasy -- and you know my love for blue and white china!

It was a fun day for the two of us.
We were tired for we tromped up and down a lot of narrow twisty stairs
(and they weren't all the servants stairs!)

I think we're on their mailing list for next year.
I hope so for I'd like to make this an annual trek.

Oh, and we did have a tea
And we did some shopping . . . 

An always wanted came home with me!

It's Sunday and I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


9 comments:

Southerncook said...

It looked to be a fabulous Christmas home tour and so many homes to tour. I had to laugh when I saw the pic of the ceramic lighted Christmas tree and you said you thought they were "passe". I made one when I was very young (grandmother owned a ceramic shop) and it is a favorite (cherished) of mine. One of the first things I look for when beginning my Christmas decorating. I will post a pic soon with some of my Christmas vignettes. I know you must have really enjoyed the tour and there is nothing better to get one in the spirit of Christmas than a Homes tour.

Carolyn

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Great pictures! It was like getting to go on the tour with you! They have a Christmas home tour every year in "The Fab Forties" In Sacramento. The neighborhood you toured looked very similar. Just love doing that. Thanks for the reminder!! I really want to get tickets now. Those ceramic trees from the 60s are really hot right now. Just sold one on Etsy. You wouldn't believe how much people sell them for. The feather tree in the kitchen was so cute!
Karen

william said...

Loved your pictures, Martha! I have the obligatory ceramic tree tucked away also! It all looked like scenes from my memories. Next year I would just love to go with you and meet you in Carthage!

Francie

Pondside said...

What a great way to start the season! I love a Christmas house tour. You know, I have such a ceramic tree that my mother made in the 60's - it now has a status approaching 'family heirloom'! Can't wait to see what you brought home!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful homes and love the Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

Oh, this is EXACTLY what my husband and I did this afternoon! The first weekend of December is the Holiday House Walk in a similar neighborhood. Gary & I have done this walk for many, MANY years! The homes your toured look SO lovely!

Lottie said...

Martha, I love the pictures of the homes tour! Wow! What beautiful homes! You know I love old houses, too!

asunny said...

I don't walk as well as I used to so for now anyway home tours are part of the past for me. There is nothing like a Christmas Home Tour to get me in the Christmas decorating mood and I so appreciate the pictures you shared. it's so fun to see the different ideas and traditions. Now I feel like I got to go on a tour this year. :)

asunny said...

I don't walk as well as I used to so for now anyway home tours are part of the past for me. There is nothing like a Christmas Home Tour to get me in the Christmas decorating mood and I so appreciate the pictures you shared. it's so fun to see the different ideas and traditions. Now I feel like I got to go on a tour this year. :)