Jacquelynne Steves

2018 Christmas House Tour- The Art of Home

We have our new office ready for the holidays! Last weekend, our new office building was on the Yuletide Tour in historic Salem, NJ. We spent lots of time (and totally blew the budget!!) decorating and getting ready.  The 1821 building is decorated with both traditional and contemporary touches. Come take a tour with us!

First of all- isn’t Alfie handsome, wearing his red bow for the festivities?

And here he is relaxing a little bit before people started to arrive:

And here are my beautiful girls posing with Alfie. The quilt behind them is an antique, hand pieced and quilted around 1890, featuring miniature Lone Star blocks (such tiny pieces!) and double pyramid blocks:

We had a tree decorated with handmade ornaments. All of the ornaments were made by members of The Art of Home Club, plus we decided to do a swap as well, so all of the Club members who sent in an ornament for our tree will receive one back, made by a different member. Look at all of the different designs and techniques:

Here is a view of the room- we have 2 “parlors” right next to each other, and each has a tree. The tree in the next room is a very large live tree, which we got at the tree farm the day after Thanksgiving:

Here’s a little nook in that room, it would be a cozy place to read a book:

Here is the neighboring room which also has a peacock blue mantel. We did this room with gold and silver. All of the arrangements on the mantel were made by me and my daughters. Everything in the arrangements is from the yard, except for the red roses which I purchased inexpensively at the grocery store:

The front hall features a blue bureau and more sparkly gold details. The runner is a project that I made for Quilts & More magazine a few years ago. There’s also more fresh greenery in a milk glass vase:

The final room had a little “store” set up where we showcased the kinds of things that we offer in our online shop. The long table in the center was purchased at the antique shop right down the street, it’s about 100 years old and was probably a woodworking bench:

The charcoal gray mantel was decorated with silver, white and red- it’s a great color combination!

Of course, we had homemade treats and refreshments for those who visited on the tour:

Here’s me with my mom and my friends Danny and Maureen, who all came out to help during the tour:

We shot a Facebook live video showing more of the decorations, hope you enjoy it!

17 Comments

  • Ruby Davis
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    How lovely and inviting it is.

  • Kim Graham
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I would love to purchase a booklet, or ebook or something with the ornament patterns and directions. Perhaps some of the proceeds could be donated to a charity. I hope to participate next year!

  • Regina Brower
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to see it live. So cozy and comfy. Place where I would want to live.

  • Hollie
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Very very pretty. Loved the blue mantle

  • Dianna March
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh, thank you so much for this email. I really enjoyed all of the lovely photos and the cookie recipe! Happy Holifays to all!

  • Sharalee
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    What a happy place to work in. I love all the handmade Christmas decorations.

  • Pam Jay
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing! The decorations are beautiful. I absolutely love old buildings and antiques. How wonderful that you get to turn this old historic house into a place for the public to visit. I wish I could come see it in person.

  • Christine Kellogg
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    What a cozy, comfortable place you have created~~~your a joy!!!

  • Debra Ingle
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Everything was Beautiful in everyroom!

  • Susana Lopez
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Jacquelynn, the new office rooms look amazing, The Xmas tree with the decorations from around the world is absolutely magnificent, love it, love it.
    I have never been fond of little dogs, only very large ones, but… Alfi is the most adorable little creature, you are so lucky to have him, must be a great company.
    Have a Very Merry Christmas, and thank U for all the inspirations

  • Judy
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    You did a beautiful job of decorating your new office building. I love that it has such an amazing history as part of it.

  • Bev
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    it was lovely to wander with you.it looks great

  • Rita Prock
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tour of your new office and festive decorations ready for the tour of homes
    You did a beautiful job decorating. I sent in an ornament for your tree . I even spotted the one I made in one of the pictures. I loved being part of this. Merry Christmas!

  • Lucy Fino
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    What a great place to work! I love the history and you’ve done an amazing job of decorating.

  • Pat
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    WOW !! Beautiful Happiness in your new home

    Love all the things you do.
    Thank you for all the free patterns
    PJ

  • Posted December 8, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    The building is fantastic! I love everything you do and all the free patterns! What a great place to work. Marilyn R.

  • Glenna C Denman
    Posted December 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful. What a charming place to work. And you’ve decorated it so lovingly.

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