Although Christmas has come and gone, I want to show the rest of the Weatherford Candlelight Tour that we attended earlier this month.
This house was built in the 1920’s but had major renovation in the late 40’s. The present owners are in the process of restoring with as many original details as possible.
These shelves in the kitchen look original. It reminds me of older relatives’ homes. The tiles are obviously recent.
How about those prices.
A tree full of sweet goodies.
This English cottage house was built in the early 1900’s. It was enlarged and redone in 1989.
Dining table decoration ideas seem endless.
This is the headboard in the master. A small bedroom connected to this room was converted into a large walk-in closet. We ladies like our modern conveniences and space.
Along the side of the house by the driveway is another entry – probably from an earlier time.
Poinsettias give some color to the side flowerbed. Very attractive placement of seasonal flowers with the agave and statue.
This 1907 house shows the bygone lifestyle of the rich in the area. There is a carriage house in the back. This property has been in the same family for 107 years. The great grand-daughter of the original owner lives here and has displayed furniture and decor from the early 1900’s.
This greeter sorta looks the part of a gentleman from that period.
Stepping in from the front door, there are two parlors, one beside the other. I’m guessing one was for the ladies and the other for the gentlemen.
This is one of the chairs that have been in the family since the house was built.
Lots of lace has been used throughout the house. The rose folded napkin is clever.
A nook in the dining room.
A volunteer in a bedroom decorated for a child. It’s actually used as a guest room.
This hanging up above the bed is rare antique Normandy lace and serves as a headboard.
Lace was an important factor in 16th-century world trade. The art began in Italy in the early 1500s as a pastime for upper class women. These ladies passed the skill along to nuns, who meditated while creating the lace. This also produced income for their convents. The practice spread from convent to convent throughout Italy until, in the late 1500s, the demand for lace products was great enough that private manufacturing workshops were established.
French laces were generally lighter and airier in design than their Italian counterparts, and by 1650, Alencon in Normandy was known to produce the finest and most delicate lace.
King Louis XIV called for the manufacture of vast quantities of lace and the industry grew rapidly. Every woman in the royal court wore a headdress of Alencon lace. Alencon lace became known as the lace of queens.
Today, a few dedicated women continue to practice the intricate techniques of point d’Alencon. Most are descended from the original women who created the lace. They learned the skills from older family members.
The creation of Alencon lace requires nine complex steps. In the traditional manner, almost every step is performed by a different lace maker, each with her own specialty. Final assembly of all pieces of the lace requires the skill of a senior lace maker. She must be an expert in all stitches and capable of blending the work of many hands into an apparently seamless whole.
At the next house, the volunteers dressed in a zoot suit and a flapper dress represented this1920’s home. This was a quick walk thru tour with little of the house open to the tour.
In the backyard, I was struck by this volunteer. He looks authentic to the old west.
Cheery Christmas vulture on top of a shed.
I like this little girl water fountain at Chandor Gardens. Since I’ve posted three times before about these gardens, click here to read more detail about this wonderful place.
Outside the Chandor home angels herald the good news.
A grand dining room that seats twenty.
This tabletop setting of small owls is used each Christmas in the Chandor home.
The Pythian Home is a wow castle looking sight. It was built in 1907 as a home for widows and orphans. It is still owned and operated by the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization. It currently houses children temporarily placed there by the court until their parents can care for them.
The rooms are massive with wide, grand staircases. The furnishings seem to be original or at least, in that style. The heavy brocade drapes and satin covered settees invoke a bygone era. Of course, we only saw the guest rooms reserved for visiting board members. So I don’t know what the children’s rooms look like.
Our next stop was the Museum of the Americas. It’s a small building crammed full of artifacts from ancient people groups from South America to North America. The owners and collectors are husband and wife professors. It deserves more time to explore than we had left.
Thanks for indulging me on this tour. I appreciate your time in looking at my posts. May 2015 be filled with joy and peace for you and your family.
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Ben Franklin