Sunday, December 5, 2010

Homes for the Holidays

It's been a great start to the holiday season. Alice and I went on the Homes for the Holidays tour, which gave proceeds to The United Way charity. Our tickets included the list of six homes that we could tour during the afternoon. Some of the homes are new and some are newly renovated. This one is a charmer:

Adding to the charm, you walk along a front, full length covered deck to get to the front entry.  I've seen many spaces with too much wood, but in this home, the wood floors, handrails, and wood frame windows are gorgeous.  They kept their choice of finishes and furnishings to the traditional palette.  They even have new yet traditional kitchen appliances from Heartland.   Oh and their Christmas decor was charming too.

The decorators and the home owners are all volunteers.  There are a number of businesses that donate product, cash and time to decorating the homes on the Homes for the Holidays Tour.  One of the new homes, with the support of Urban Barn, was elegant yet comfortable.  The master bedroom was very romantic with a base of soft greys.  The accents and Christmas Decor were deep purples with touches of silver.  When we entered the ensuite, we were rendered speachless.  It was so inviting and elegant, it made us feel like princesses.  We tried to hang out for awhile, but no one would bring us champagne.  We were not allowed to take photo's but I just could not resist.

It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I'd like to volunteer next year, we'll have to see how things go.  My work is focused on public spaces, it's hard to find the time to branch out into other areas.  The people who volunteer work on residential spaces, the tour offers a good marketing opportunity for them.