Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Twinkling Lights

O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum–the family Christmas tree in the hubby’s office–it has 20+ years of ornaments on it *smile*

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 holiday memories to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are going to take a twinkling lights tour of Hathorn Hall. Now, grab a cup of hot cocoa, bundle up, and sit a spell with me *smile*

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IMG_8720IMG_8717Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of Hathorn Hall’s twinkling lights. Now, I am off to wrap a few holiday gifts and watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel *smile*

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Dining Room + Butler’s Pantry

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. This week we have been holiday touring Hathorn Hall–a 1920 home in Johnson City, Tennessee. Several months ago, the hubby and I bought this renovated gem, and we have been personalizing since day one. But thankfully, these are fun projects–not the nightmare ones we had with Sloss Castle! Any who. Enough chit chat about renovating. Y’all come on in and sit a spell in the dining room–which I will fully reveal with details on a later post.

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran. This is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran–who is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

Wine sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile*

The wine rack/sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile* We needed a way to “hide” but not “block” the return air vent (I think that is what it is called–I would ask the hubby, but he is at a conference…and I do not feel like Googling it *wink*).

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I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood.

I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood. *This room has a wall of giant windows making it extremely difficult to take photos, but I love the windows–and have no plans to cover them!

The butler's pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

The butler’s pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

Today, I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler's pantry + a vintage Santa and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler’s pantry + a vintage Santa + a snack jar that a student gave to me many moons ago and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

Yesterday a nice lady asked me for my best Christmas decorating advice. I am no expert, but I would say decorate with what you love, with what means the most…display your collections together (Santas, snowmen, nutcrackers, trees…). Most of all–have fun with it and get your family involved with the decking of the halls *smile*

IMG_8625Before y’all go, I wanted to share with y’all a new Lolly Molly Art collection on which I am working + from where the inspiration came. Well, I am currently designing, building, and painting little wooden houses (from salvaged wood and other salvaged materials) because we have moved and renovated so much in the past few years that houses have become a part of who I am. *Stay tuned to an upcoming handmade goodness post all about my favorite artists that create little houses.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink House collection. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink Houses series. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to give and help these precious babies find a warm house to live in furever. And I bet y'all thought I was just a "dog person"--nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals...bears scare me...they are cute as cubs...but they terrify me...even at the zoo!

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to help these precious babies find a warm home to live in furever. And I bet y’all thought I was just a “dog person”–nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals…but not bears…bears scare me…even at the zoo!

There is so much goodness on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction–from jewelry to personally autographed Jeanne Robertson’s DVDs. I am currently bidding on a darling piece of pottery because I love pottery, a snowflake print because it reminds me of how awesome God is, and an autographed Jeanne Robertson DVD. There is nothing better than a bidding war *wink*

For more information about Sparkle Cat Rescue and how y’all can help, visit their website and Facebook page. 

Website Here.

Facebook Page Here.

Online Auction Event Here.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I am off to go check on my bidding statuses. Be sure to sit a spell with me tomorrow as we take a holiday lights tour.

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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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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Front Porch

Fluffy white pillows from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee. The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile*

The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile* The fluffy, silver pillows are from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot cider and chat about everything from mini road trips to handmade goodness.

I got this silver wreath from Lowe's several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

I got this silver wreath from Lowe’s several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hathorn Hall, and this week on the blog the Hathorns are inviting y’all to join us for our holiday home tour. The hubby has been super sweet to help me get things gussied up a bit + he took all the photos for me. He is the best *awww, sweet moment* Even though we still have a few projects going on, we wanted to deck the halls as much as possible this year because for the past few years, we have been way too crazy, busy renovating to decorate! Pssst. Don’t tell the hubby, but next year…I am really going to deck the halls!!

That is enough chit chat. Let’s get started with today’s tour–the front porch in the daylight. Stay tuned for the front porch all lit up at night–it is a little Griswold-like *wink*

Inspired by "real" Christmas trees.

Inspired by “real” Christmas trees.

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold netting = easy holiday decor

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold tulle = easy holiday decor

Bow made from gold tulle

Bow made from gold tulle and fluffed to look like a tutu–inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot.

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot. All plants are from Home Depot in Johnson City.

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Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don't y'all just love tartan plaid!

Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don’t y’all just love tartan plaid!

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

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Closer view of the garland

Closer view of the garland

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My sister made me these snowman pillow years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren't they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

My sister made me snowman pillows years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren’t they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

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Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the front porch in the daylight. Please join me tomorrow as we step inside for a look at the parlor.

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