There are many towns in Central Texas that have home tours the first two week ends in December. They are fundraisers for local museums or organizations. We usually travel to one.
This year my husband agreed to three. Partly, because we need to rest our strained backs after carrying boxes of autumn decorations up ladders and carrying boxes of Christmas items down.
So even though we should be home getting our own house ready for Christmas, we’re gadding about enjoying the fruits of other people’s labors.
Waxahachie, just south of Dallas, is the county seat of Ellis. With a population of about 30,000, its many small gift shops attract visitors from the DFW area.
This house was build in 1869 and is owned by a young couple who is remodeling it to flip. When the upstairs is finished, it will be on the market.
Reclaimed wood was used to create a unique ceiling for the small living room.
In the corner of the living room is the old flue for a stovepipe arching down to a pot belly heater.
My photos focus on Christmas decorations and unusual features of the homes.
Old family pictures hanging on a tree caught my attention.
In the renovated kitchen reclaimed wood was used for the backsplash.
This back kitchen section jutted out from the center of the house, so I thought it was an add-on. But I was told that it was original, but that the attic has been removed and the high windows added.
Just off the kitchen in the laundry room, these old wash tubs are used as a rinsing sink.
Exiting through the laundry room onto a side porch was another entrance with an old door.
Walking to the car revealed that outside construction is also incomplete.
The next house has gingerbread trim.
Although pretty, I think of the upkeep.
A lady behind us said that the tree behind the snowman is a Japanese Weeping Maple. She also mentioned that it didn’t look healthy and needed more shade.
This house is also a historical house built in 1895.
The fireplace looks like it was original to the house, but has been updated to gas logs.
Old built-in cupboards add character.
Clever tree stand.
Another old fireplace.
I like the old house pictures in an old window pane with the original pulley ropes that were counter balanced for raising and lowering the windows.
I appreciate the generosity of the owners in allowing strangers to tramp through and ogle their possessions.
“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” Linus