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Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Tidings and Cheer"

In the Traditional Home Holiday 2002 issue was a spread on a Tudor home in Des Moines that was built by a well known architect and purchased by a lady who had seen it in a magazine back in the 1990s. She fell in love with the house and kept her article on the home all those years. It was, to her a dream home. When she found out that her family would be moving to Des Moines her real estate agent located a home he thought the lady and her family might be interested in viewing. It turned out to be the same home in the magazine article she had saved. Photography was done by Gordon Beall.

True to Tudor style, the paneling is rich and the living room is filled with comfortable upholstered furniture with a beautiful garland and wreath and white spider mums in urns all decked out for Christmas.

The Tudor style arch frames the view from the living room into to the gallery. I love the white poinsettas.

             The evergreen swag in the dining room is decorated with silver ornaments even baby cups.

The formal dining room is dressed for the holidays with a centerpiece of roses, lillies and spider mums in a footed silver server.

The lime green breakfast room has a rosemary topiary potted in an olive oil jar that is turned into a minature Christmas tree with tiny gold balls on it.  There are dried wreaths in front of the three windows.

The house maintained it's black walnut wainscoting with a stone floor in the formal foyer. There are white and red poinsettas, swags of greenery and greenery on the chandlier in the gallery.

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