Saturday, December 12, 2009

Country Homes for the Holidays in Chappell Hill

For two days each year the village of Chappell Hill, Texas opens up it's doors so that people can come through and see beautiful "country" homes. It is sponsored by the Chappel Hill Historical Society..

This year the homes on the "Country Homes of Chappell Hill Holiday Home Tour" did not disappoint. They are WOW, GO SEE THEM.

Seven properties are spotlighted this year from a quaint German Style home from the 1800's, to a ballroom on a ranch featuring gorgeous art and a catering kitchen.

First Up the Diamond 9 Ranch, A Tuscan style Villa with wonderful hosts that like to cook and entertain family and friends.

The spectacular outdoor kitchen all decked out with....

Nutcrackers! Of course! Also a great view.

Even in the cold this beautiful outdoor kitchen was warm and toasty.

Next was the Living Springs Ranch. One of the owners have a design background and she chose sophisticated copper colors mixed with white throughout the house. I love the backlighting behind the reindeer in the bookcases.

The copper tree with the cinnamon poinsettias were gorgeous.

My favorite the outdoor living area with the wrapped garlands.....Just beautiful...I also have to say the designer/ owner had an "over the top" chandelier that was a decorated xmas tree in the gold copper and white... I got a picture of it but it didn't show the detail....It was extroardinary.

This is the wall of the Knolle-Schroeder 1868 House. It's unique feature was the stenciling on the wood of the original two room house done in the 1800's.

How cute and cozy is this???????

I love the chamber pot under the bed.

There is always one home that takes xmas decorations very seriously... That would be the Kenjura's Sen Dom ("Dream Home"in Polish)

The kitchen is cozy and christmasy with little red cushions on the barchairs and great Gingerbread stencils on the refrigerator. Now THIS looks like a great place to hang out for the holidays.

This is entrance to the Halo House on Golden Heart Ranch. The Halo House is a Ballroom /Gallery on the on the beautiful property. I took this picture from the guest bedroom on the upper level and you can see the bedroom reflection here. The entrance features a copper angel in a fountain with marvelous limestone pavers. Note the stained glass windows...

The inside view of the entryway that was the first shot in this blog with the raised Carrera marble floor flanked by a knotty pine facade.

The central seating area in the ballroom. The fireplace had Chinese vases mixed with nutcrackers......

MY favorite room in this place the very functioning catering kitchen. Black and white tile flooring with Carrera marble countertops and delicious delacacies from our own
Brenham Old Town Bakery.

An overhead shot of the ballroom. with two of three chandeliers and
gigantic ornaments hanging from each one.

Who made all of this happen? The home Tour Diva, Dale Raimey with the help of Shannon Webb and the wonderful docents who volunteered to staff the homes. All proceeds go to the Historical Society of Chappell Hill. Dale Raimey also runs a great country boutique in Chappell Hill called The Bluebonnet House. The tour will continue Sunday Dec 13th from Noon to 5 Pm. Tickets available at the Rock Store, Main St Chappell Hill.


  1. Maryanne,

    Thank you for the beautiful Christmas house tour. I would have loved to have been there. It is a lot of work, but it appears to have been a success. Congrats to all! Good cause too. God Bless all the historical societies around the country, and all their hard work to preserve and exhibit our heritage.



  2. Such a diverse and wonderful tour. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you...thank you...thank you! I was going with my sister tonight on a house tour of five homes...but it's raining and we didn't want to get out...I was soooo SAD:( Your tour sure helped me feel better...the homes were soooo PRETTY! Hope you have a great SUNDAY!


  4. how grand!!! thank you for sharing. also noticed you had a post using "white Christmas" songs, "Sisters." i adore that movie -- just watched it last night!!!

  5. Hi Maryanne, I also would have loved to do this wonderful house tours. Many magnificent houses and some very cozy too. Lovely detail the chamber pot under the bed, loved it!!! Thank you very much for the tour.
    Maria Cecilia

  6. Thanks for sharing some lovely photos, this is my favourite time of the year.


  7. I love to take the Holiday Home Tours. Thanks for taking us along on this one!

  8. The pictures are just beautiful! There are so many great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I enjoyed all of your pictures from the Holiday Home Tour. The outdoor kitchen with fireplace and nutcrackers was so warm and welcoming.

  10. Well... I missed the home tour and the downtown stroll... I must be in a coma...

  11. What a lovely way to spend a winter day! The entrance to the Halo House in out of this world. And the ball room. You can easily host a state dinner there! OX Monika

  12. I love the outdoor fireplace and tree. Great tour!

  13. Maryanne, I would like to wish a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you and your family and may next year brings many blessings to you all.
    Muchos cariños
    Maria Cecilia

  14. Thank you for the tour...and we don't have our tree yet. Yikes! XO Trish

  15. I want to thank you for all your beautiful posts and I wish you a Merry Christmas!!!!


  16. I enjoyed taking the tour. Thanks for sharing. From our home to yours a Very Merry Christmas. hugs~lynne~