Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vintage Christmas Wonderland

Welcome to a classic hill country house, owned by my friends Barbara and Wayne.

Barbara recently hosted out antique study group for a Christmas luncheon.

 Entry hall

If you love antique and vintage Christmas decoration, you will love this house.

Barbara, whose home home I featured in the past here, has a spectacular collection of all sorts of vintage Christmas decorations and ornaments, not to mention her array of fabulous country antique furniture and collections.

I plan to be short on words, but long on photos this post. 

Hope you enjoy!!

Living room



Dining room set with antique feather tree, gobs of old stone fruit, pretty glasses and holiday Bourbon Slush! Does it get any yummier?

        Love this painting and collection of old Texas bluebonnet pottery.

 Tables set for our luncheon.

 A patriotic vintage Santa!! 

 Kitchen delight.

 Guest room

 Wonderful screened in porch.
Heading back to the front door......

          Hope you enjoyed your tour! 

I wish each of you a very happy and healthy holiday season and a very merry Christmas.    


  1. they have a gorgeous home. The blue quilt is spectacular. What a nice treat to be involved in your study group!!

  2. What a wonderful tour, Ann!
    And your photos are just marvelous.
    I'd like to hear more about this group, is it open to Fredericksburg newcomers (hint, hint)? ;-)

    I hope you're having a great Sunday! I need to mail you, I have more exciting news to share!


  3. I just wanted to tell you that so many, as with this one, just brings joy into life. Thank you. I love your blog!

    xxoo Darla

  4. So much fun to see original photos of Barbara's pretty and comfortable home.
    Mary Ann

  5. wow- that's a lot of vintage! I spy some large alabaster fruit;)! such a festive home for the holidays!


  6. What a fun Christmas home tour - thanks for sharing.

  7. Love the garland hanging on the front simple and pretty!!

  8. Love, love, love everything! I have wanted
    to visit the Hill Country again for years now!
    Just so beautiful! Thank you for the post!

    Flora Doora

  9. Very nice, but the house and decorations are a lot overdone and the house/rooms looks too chaotic and disorganized.

  10. Anonymous,

    Thank you for reading Hill Country House. I truly believe "each to his own" when it comes do design and decor, and I am certainly not one to speak when it comes to expressing one's own opinion and taste, for I have my own very strong thoughts on design, etc.
    However, I have to disagree with you about my friend's house. While she and I could never be called minimalists - we are both way too passionate about old and interesting things - I have always admired Barbara's skill at putting together interesting vignettes, combining color and texture, and keeping her focus when pulling things together in her home. She is very, very knowledgeable about antiques, as well as able to find the fun in the quirkiest of folk art and handmade items.

    While I have collected and decorated at an emotional, passionate and fast pace for years, Barbara has always been thoughtful and meticulous in her design choices and in her collecting. She has filled her house with things she loves and yes, at this time of year, with all the Christmas decorations included in the mix, her house is full.

    Disorganized and chaotic, however? I think not.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you!

  11. Very charming! I do love a good collection. They tell so much about the person who lives there.

  12. so many things to love! very festive! thanks for the tour!

  13. What a fabulous home. And I love all the holiday touches. Coming here for this tour certainly was a real treat. Thanks! And have a wonderful holiday!

  14. Merry Christmas to you Ann. Barbara and wayne really have a charming house. Thanks for the walk through,

  15. What a beautiful many details to study for inspiration. Thank you for posting the photos. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  16. It's all wonderful! LOVE love the fireplace screen with the little doggie in it. Such a charming home.

  17. I was weeding out old magazines and flipping thru them to make sure I didnt send a treasure to the trash heap and OMG ... in country living magazine Dec 2006, your friends ( Barbara and Waynes) home was featured!!! The little doggie fire place screen just jumped out at me. So I had to run to your blogspot and look for all the things that are in your blog posts and compare it to the magazine. Fun fun fun. I'm still loving and coveting that fireplace screen. I need to visit Fredericksburgs antique shops and the little town someday..... it seems to have an abundance of delightful homes! Love your blog!
    Oh and your adorable curly haired daughter is right, it is damn HOT!

  18. Ann,
    Sounds like you must have a major magazine stash also!!!
    I'm not tossing out any of my favorite magazines... I still have a lot of issues of Colonial homes.
    30 years of saving magazines was getting to be a bit much. I'm paring it down to keeping Country Living, some Country Home, Colonial homes, a few special issues of Architecural Digest and a few choice House and Gardens. I really loved Colonial HOmes magazine. I've got an old Architecural Digest open right now, June 2008 was one of my favorite issues. It featured American country Houses... LOVED it!!!



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