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I just love the holidays. Not just because I get to give people gifts and make them smile and get to spend time with family and friends. I really love it because it gives me the excuse to decorate, even though I always think of reasons to do so. Now that Dan and I have the house and a new addition to the family, this Christmas is even more special. We have our little family now which makes so happy.
I wanted to create a warm feeling throughout the house but mostly in the spaces we spend a lot of time in. This would be the living room and dining room. So the weekend after Thanksgiving, I took out our Christmas bin and got started. Boy, was I excited!
I started with all the knick knacks which I have collected throughout the years or have received as gifts. I bought 2 poinsettia plants to add some color and to bring a festive look to the stairwell, I wrapped green garland around the banisters.
Then, for the first time, I hung real garland around our doorway between the living room and the dining room which brought a whole lot of holiday cheer to the space.
Then I hung our stockings, which I bought new this year. I love the white fur faux ones I bought from Pottery Barn for Dan and I. They look so nice, especially with our names on them. The dogs each have their own little stocking as well. I purchased this cute train stocking holder from Bed Bath & Beyond for only $20, which was a great deal. I had been looking for weeks for the perfect holder and I was so happy I found it.
Usually, we put up our little fake tree we have had for years but this year we went and bought a real little tree since its the first holiday in the house. I love it so much. It is decorated with a combination of ornaments that I have had for years growing up as well as Dan’s with some tinsel and silver beads. We sat it on our media cabinet and surrounded it with all our gifts.
In the dining room I kept it simple with a poinsettia plant and the white ceramic tree my Grandmother made for me years ago. There are little hints of the holiday throughout the space.
Our kitchen does’t have much space for much decoration so I just added a little bit of bling and found a perfect spot for a santa doll my Grandmother gave to me.
I hope you all had fun decorating your homes. Don’t you love the holidays!
Historic homes have always been a love of mine. They can be found all over but I have had the chance to explore a few towns in New York for a column I used to have for Patch and I wanted to share them with my new readers. These will be part of my new Historic Series and I am very excited about it.
I have done a great deal of research for most of these homes as well as photograph them and it was fun while it lasted. The towns are Huntington, Bellmore, Wantagh and Seaford and they all have hidden gems worth seeing. Although some are not as hidden as others, they are still interesting to say the least.
I am hoping this series will inspire all of you to take a step back and appreciate the past. Sometimes history can give you a new outlook for the future. So enjoy the historic places I have explored and grab any inspiration you can. First up, The Rogers House. Enjoy!
There are many historic homes in Huntington, all easily identified by their style and design. The Rogers House is one of those homes. Located at 136 Spring Road, this red-shingled home was built in 1820 and is a significant example of settlement period architecture.
Since its construction, the home has had about seven owners but the building is named after its second 1836 owner, Rogers, because the first one is not known. Its saltbox design is composed of a five-bay, center hall plan and sits on a three-quarter acre lot.
The front entrance has a door with simple molded surround and a small covered porch. There are five original three-pane windows along the top of the home (frieze) and a side entrance has a roofed porch with square columns. There is also a small shed like structure attached to the left side of the house. The original nine-over-six double hung windows were replaced in the early twentieth century.
This is one of few homes that represent the five-bay center-entrance plan in Huntington that remains somewhat unaltered. It was built as a single residence and includes numerous details of the Greek Revival style. These would be the frieze with three-pane windows, the corner pilasters and its main entrance surround.
Most of the larger homes built in the late 19th Century have been demolished or had many alterations. The Rogers home, along with the Stewart and Funnel Houses, are surviving examples of the period that show a high level of craftsmanship, design and historical value.