Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Tour of Fanningbank

Hello everyone,
     Today Fanningbank,the home of our lieutenant governor was open to the public for a tour as it is decked out in all it's Christmas finery.I was pleasantly surprised that I was allowed to take photographs to share with you. So let's have a look.
  I loved the wood fireplaces as they added so much to the ambiance especially here by the huge tree.Wouldn't you love to sit here for awhile.
Isn't this magnificent!!!
Love how the tree is reflected in the mirror.
Remembering the reason for the season.
Another beautiful fireplace.There are lots of beautiful paintings and antiques.
Every mantle was decorated so beautifully too.

This fireplace is in the large foyer.

Beautiful arrangements. I didn't use a flash so the color is off.
The large dining room all set for dinner. I am on the garden committee and this is the room where we have our meetings.Unfortunately,my husband and I had to decline dinner here on Saturday night with the other committee members because we are on the house tour that night but hopefully next year!

Sorry for the poor quality of these pics.
Tea anyone?

They have a room decorated for children too.
This is the outside -too bad no snow yet!

I hope you enjoyed coming along on the tour-I know I enjoyed it!

Take care,


Linda said...

Ooh, Carolyn! I am so glad that you were able to visit Fanningbank today and then to share with us these gorgeous photos. I can feel the warmth and the beautiful ambience of the rooms, almost like I am strolling through right along side of you. Just beautiful. I particularly love the nativity.


Camille said...

I love the nativity too! And the fireplace with the magnificent tree. It's all so beautiful. Thank you for the tour, Carolyn.

Kimberly said...

Wow! It is all so lovely. How soothing and beautiful.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a lovely tour!

Shelia said...

How beautiful, Carolyn! Thanks for sharing the tour with us! That tree is so beautiful and that is a very pretty Nativity too! The mantels, the table, the decorations on the piano! I just loved it all!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh wow!!
I love those mantels and I think that cast iron hearths in fireplaces are so beautiful!


Martina said...

Carolyn, it's a pleasure to visit your blog!!!

Rita M said...

Just beautiful,I love the fireplace with the tree and the nativity. But if I choose, I take your decorations. Yours are softer and warmer.
Thanks for sharing Carolyn,

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
What a magnificent residence, and decorated as though out of a magazine. Thanks for sharing your tour.

Shabby soul said...

I like all but... this outside is sooo wonderful!!
Yes, I can imagin it with snow...
Hugs darling Carolyn

Susan said...

Oh Carolyn, that was a fabulous tour. Thank you so much for taking us along.

That tree with the gold ribbon is fabulous. Everything looks so lovely.

Thanks for sharing. Susan

Elzie said...

What a beautiful place. And I would love to have such a fire place here here, lol.

Sorry you don't have any snow. You can have the one that we got some days ago. I don't admire it at all!!

Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

I was so glad you were able to take photos to share. Last weekend I was on a tour but no photos allowed. It was of private residences so I can understand but it would have been so fun to share the ideas. Love getting to visit this beautiful setting. Thanks again for sharing.

afoodie said...

Your pictures were lovely. I couldn't see anything wrong with them. Beautiful home and tour.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautifully decorated home! Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us. It would be lovely to tour and see all the antiques and the decorating idea. Pamela

Leslie's Garden said...

How pretty! I love the tree reflected in the irror. Interesting treatments on the French doors, too.

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Crimson Heart Studios said...

Hi Carolyn, I love the pictures of the Governor's house, but must say your house was pretty cute last year. I live on the Central Coast of California, so we don't see snow here. I have a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway at my blog. Stop by, Thank, Cindy

Sheila said...

I did enjoy the tour, thanks so much for taking us along. You must be very busy this week but it looks like you're almost ready. do people remove their shoes when they wander through your lovely home? I hope so.

Larachaika said...

Very nice, luxurious!