Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Family Room

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free living to DIY projects. This week on the blog, we have been taking a holiday home tour of Hathorn Hall. Today we are peeking inside the family room (because I do not want to show too much of this space before its big reveal). The layout and furniture placement in this room are not very conducive for a Christmas tree; however, I will be adding touches of fresh greenery for a upcoming neighborhood event. The holiday decor goals for this space were simple, focus on the fireplace, display my Santa collection, and leave room for live, evergreen touches.

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The largest Santa was painted by Gran, and the little ones were gifts from students (back when I was a teacher–several years ago!).

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful teacher gifts.

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful gifts for teachers.

The little one on the left and the big one are both by Gran...and the Santa on the right was a gift from...y'all guessed it...a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students!

The little Santa Claus on the left and the big one are both by Gran…and the Santa on the right was a gift from…y’all guessed it…a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students *sweet moment*

Biggest St. Nicholas is by Gran, gifted Santa, and a vintage Santa cup...I just love Santa Claus!

Biggest St. Nicholas by Gran, gifted Santa in the middle, and a vintage Santa cup…I just love Santa Claus!

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

Simple, rustic touches--a basket with greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

Simple, rustic touches–a basket filled with faux greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

The tobacco sticks were tied together using basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The old tobacco sticks are tied together with basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The hubby's favorite chair is where I would have liked to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair...so it was a no-go *wink*

The hubby’s favorite chair is located where I wanted to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair…so it was a no-go *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the family room. I did not want to reveal too much of this space because fabulous things will be happening to it in the near future–so stay tuned for that! Be sure to join me tomorrow for the dining room holiday tour. Also, check out my Pinterest board For the Love of Christmas for decorating ideas and inspiration.

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The First Time Ever I Saw Hathorn Hall

This was the first picture

This was the first picture I took of what is now Hathorn Hall.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to SSL. I hope that everyone is having a blessed week so far. Hasn’t it gone by so quickly! Time always seems to move faster in summer. *sigh*

Today on the blog, we are going to journey back to the very first time I toured my new home. It was a chilly, sunshine-filled day…back in the fall of last year. I was stressed out from all the house hunting…and was about to give up…and stay in Alabama…but then…my sweet, patient realtor showed me a newly renovated 1920 house…and it was love at first sight *smile*

*Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…they were just notes for me to remember the house by…not meant for sharing, but I just had to share them with y’all *smile*

Tip: When house hunting, take photos and notes of the houses you tour because it really is hard to remember all the little details and problems of each house.

 

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression. I knew this spot would be perfect for a porch swing–a really pink porch swing *wink*

The porch...oh, the beautiful porch.

The porch…oh, the beautiful porch! Did y’all know that I loved front porches, sitting a spell, and coffee? *smile*

Guest bedroom upstairs.

Guest bedroom upstairs–I was so impressed with the refinished hardwood floors, the light from the windows, and the tall ceilings of each of the guest bedrooms.

Guest bedroom number two--love all the windows and the space

Guest bedroom #2–once again, I was in love with the big windows and all the light pouring in…

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs–my favorite bathroom in the entire house. I cannot wait to show y’all what I am doing in here!!

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite…the hubby and I have bought the floor for the space…we just have not had the time to install it…one of these days *smile*

Mater bedroom--part one

Mater bedroom–part one…stay tuned for the progress on the master suite–new hardwood floors, a gorgeous headboard the hubby built from…wait…I have said too much already!

Master suite part two

Master suite part two–the windows…oh, how I love these windows…and the view…y’all the view is amazing…

Oh, these windows and the view--the porch had me at Hello, but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house ;)

Oh, these windows and the view–the porch had me at “Hello”–but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house *wink*

Down the stairs to the parlor

Down the stairs to the parlor…I cannot wait to fill the walls with art!

View as soon as you step inside the front door

View as soon as you step inside the front door

Fireplace love!

Fireplace love! Y’all know I love me some old fireplaces…and windows…and front porches *wink* This is the fireplace in the parlor.

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn't love lots of windows and richly colored wood

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn’t love lots of windows and richly colored wood!

Butler's Pantry

Butler’s Pantry–I knew this would become my beverage station…I will chat about that on a future blog post.

Peek inside the kitchen--the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space!

Peek inside the kitchen–the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space…and guess what else? Yes, the windows *smile*

Dining room--once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record...but I do love my windows.

Dining room–once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record…but I do love my windows…the floors also had me…and the tall ceilings…well, everything about this house stole my heart!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we looked back at the first time ever I saw Hathorn Hall…let us continue to sit a spell and sing a little “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack…”The first time ever I saw your face–I thought the sun rose in your eyes…blah…na…na…that is all the words I know…the first time ever I saw your face…na…na….”