Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hooked on Holiday House Tours Blog Party


Welcome! I'm participating in Julia's Hooked On Holiday House Tours blog party today. If you like looking at holiday decorations, need to get in the holiday spirit, or harbor some voyeur tendencies, then you may want to pop on over and check out the 50+ homes on display.

I live in a Victorian apartment building that "went condo" in the late '70s, so we have lots of charm and period detail, but with modern electric, plumbing, sheetrock, etc. We also have lots of great neighbors who can get quite festive when the occasion calls for it, and the holidays are no exception. We throw some great parties here, including one just to "deck the halls" i.e., decorate the lobby and the landing of each floor.


Here is the tree in our lobby, decorated with handmade ornaments depicting historic scenes from Hartford.




Before he played for the Sox, Babe Ruth batted for the minor leagues in Hartford.

A mod blue and white tree on the landing to my floor.

My front door. Welcome! (Note, I wasn't tipsy, I just couldn't take a straight picture with my dorky camera).

This year my wreath is silver, pewter and white. And fake. :-( It is very dry in the building and a girl can vacuum the doorway only so many times....

My tree, which I just put up this weekend. I love the smell of a real tree, but a) see note above re: the dry air in the building and b) The Lounging Party [aka my cats] think any living plant is their personal salad bar, just waiting to be chomped on. They did, however, "assist" with the decorating and frequently rearrange things while I'm at work.




My BFF Marie Louise of Cottage Industries brought back this petit chat from her honeymoon in Paris last year. The starfish is from Cape Cod.




I'm in love with the face on this little owl and acorn ornament.


As you can imagine, with a name like Robin I have a lot of bird ornaments on my tree (including the one in my new header above). Many were gifts from my dad growing up.

Even my chandelier gets a little dressed up for Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other tours at Hooked On Houses. But before you go, please have a cookie, made by Meghan of Two Ladies In Waiting for our condo Christmas party the other day. I promise they have no calories!

20 comments:

Marie Louise said...

Hey! I didn't see those cookies. Must have gotten a little side tracked by the vino! Love your tree - I'll have to come over and see it.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What pretty cookies! I will have one, thanks.

My blog button looks great on your blog, I have to say. And I like the ornament in your new header.

Loved the tour! Fun idea to put scenes from Hartford on the tree. Thanks for joining my Holiday-a-Rama! -Julia :)

twoladiesinwaiting.com said...

Oh, my, goodness. You DID have insomnia last night! I can't believe how much you got done after I left!

Fifi Flowers said...

Thanks for the tour! Everything looks festive and great in your home! Your building is FAB! Some days I am ready to sell my home and move into an old building!
ENJOY the holidays!
Fifi

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I loved your tour. Your building and your apartment look like a great place to be for the holidays.

Raina said...

I love to see a building where the neighbors get along. And I love your chandelier festivation!

maya @ springtree road said...

i so love your apartment and the building it's in. i would LOVE to take pictures of it! you did a great job decorating and i love those cookies!

only a movie said...

Thanks for the tour! Love the new header! Your place is so sweet. :-)

Laura said...

Oh I just love your ornaments! Beautiful!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

ahhhh...the allure and soul of an older building. Just cannot build THAT at any price! Beautiful...and thanks for popping by mine!!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Everything is beautiful, especially your ornaments!

I have to say, I'm jealous of your beautful old building! I lived in a historic building before having kids and miss all of the details and woodwork.

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Kim Layton said...

Your home looks wonderful! Love that starfish ornament...I have them all over my house. Oh, and the cat one. It was really cute and I'm not even a cat person. :)
Have a great Christmas and thanks for sharing your home with us!
-Kim

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Your tree look lovely but sorry about not having your real tree. :( Maybe get a swag and have it inside the house so that you can have the smell of a real evergreen? Thank you for the tour!

sandra/tx said...

Robin, that was a fun tour. And any girl that still uses the word, "dorky," is a friend of mine. :-)

Wanderluster said...

Thanks for the tour - love all your decorations especially the handmade ornaments. And thanks for the cookie. I need the energy to continue the tour ;)

Iheartfashion said...

Nice tree!

Julia said...

You are set, my dear :)

dolcechic said...

I love the tree in the lobby with the historic ornaments, the tree on your floor and especially your lovely abode! Your tree is beautiful, and I love your new header :)

a little bird said...

haha, I have so many bird ornaments, I don't even know where to start!

and NICE new header, very holiday spirited :)

hello gorgeous said...

Loved the tour. This is so much fun. I did it, too, if you want to come over. Love your header.