Jacquelynne Steves

Historic Homes Decorated for Christmas

One of the things that my husband and I really look forward to during this Christmas season is touring historic homes which have been decorated for Christmas. We are fortunate to live in an area with many, many historic little towns, and often the local historical societies sponsor a tour of private homes.  This past weekend, we visited New Castle, Delaware, a cozy little town situated right on the river which is rich with history.

Usually, you are not allowed to take photos inside the homes, but I am just as inspired by the exteriors! In Colonial times, homeowners decorated with natural materials such as greenery, pine cones, and fruit. I just love this look- so simple and elegant! So I hope you find these photos equally inspiring!












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    Posted December 24, 2014 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    How beautiful! I, especially like the wreath in the 3rd picture.

  • Posted December 24, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    The pressure is off, now is a great time to practice for next year!

  • Marlene
    Posted December 30, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Love anything historic, Victorian, Edwardian, or primitive folk art. Doesn’t have to be Christmas.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted December 30, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Yes I agree- I love thinking about who might have lived in the old houses, walked their floors, what kinds of stories the homes would tell if they could talk!

  • Peggy Steeves
    Posted November 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Love how the fruit was used. Especially the pineapple.

    • Kitty
      Posted November 20, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Lovely there. A pineapple is a sign that you welcome people into your home in olden days.

  • suzanne spence
    Posted November 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    very nice to see. love how they used what they had. thanks for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…..and Merry christmas and health and happiness… to all.. hugs suzanne

  • Patricia
    Posted December 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, the wreathes are beautiful. I like the pineapple on the railing

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