Merry Christmas from our house…

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Merry Christmas from our house…

It has been 13 years since we moved into our house here in Fredericksburg,Virginia. We  loved  the  house  early on even before the addition of a new kitchen with a fireplace and a backyard pool. Built in 1930,   the  Dutch Colonial has had many reincarnations since the first family lived within.

 I was not so jazzed about the house at first, it faced a parking lot , the only one on our  otherwise quiet  street. It was in semi-restored  state  the previous owners had decided to start from the top down so even though the attic had been wonderfully converted into two charming bedrooms complete  with eaves and  built-in bookshelves.  The  rooms on the first  floor  however were in a sad state.  No kitchen to speak of and roughly plastered walls ( I laughed to myself a couple of years later as more than one client paid a great deal money for craftsmen to replicate an effect that I was so eager to get rid of) the floors in very bad shape and a really hideous living room fireplace mantel. 

Through the years we have slowly made it our own, from our “Aubergine” ( designer-speak for purple) painted dining room to the new mantle in the living room, the house has slowly become something that feels “right”. Having married a public servant,  all projects had to be done on long slow  schedules,  and my patience and design vision sometimes did not fall in step with the reality of our meager  purse-strings.

 However,  this wonderfully quirky house had become our home and with two children we have had many wonderful memories here. Some of our best times in this home have been during the Christmas season and we have been honored to have been on the local Historic Homes Christmas tour as our  home is one block from the famous “Sunken Road “ of Civil War fame. I have long been teased by friends and family for the 15 plus boxes of decorations in the basement. However once they have been brought upstairs on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving , the  tissue papers are unwrapped, boxes emptied and as everyone sees beloved decorations that have been a part of our Christmas memories for the 29 years of our marriage the grumbling  soon stops . As  the  decorating  progresses and ideas  flow, I must confess usually after I get my hands on the newest issue of “Southern Living Christmas”,  the house takes on the glow and shimmer that only Christmas reflected by candlelight can achieve. I  usually  take a moment at some  point during the month of  dinner parties, cookie baking and  manic gift wrapping, and walk quietly through and  savor  the beauty of this wonderful house  that has been such a blessed home.

Remember, your house should take many layers of memories  and  life  in order to create  the  perfect home for you and your family. Patience does truly rule the day when  decorating  your  home  whether it is a historic home  or your first house. Hopefully life is long and the story of your family and your own traditions need time to develop and take hold within the walls of your home .Whether you are the first family to live there or one of many families that have hung stocking s from your home's mantle,  your story is but one more chapter in your homes history.



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