17 Dec Holiday House Tour
A few weeks ago we participated in the annual Nashua Holiday Home Tour put on by Symphony NH. My husband and I happen to live 2 blocks from where I grew up and where this annual event has been a tradition for as long as I can remember!
The committee in charge of selecting the homes first came to ours back in August, on the hunt for historic and charming older houses. They choose 5-6 homes each year to be on public display for an entire weekend in December. Much to my husband’s chagrin, the committee selected our house, and the rustic, eclectic and fun farmhouse decor hunt immediately commenced!
Between our fall Sip & Script schedule, running a marathon, and wedding related travel weekends, all of a sudden the week before the tour was upon us, and I all had was a pile of storage bags and boxes on the dining room table. I owe SO MUCH to my wonderful neighbor slash second Mom slash fairy godmother, Tracy, who spent two entire weekends helping me clean, organize, style, decorate, scrub floors and walls, run 839,920 errands, and even cook meals for us after our kitchen was styled and couldn’t be used. She lent me some of her decor items and also styled our live garlands on the mantle and stairs alongside her husband who owns Collin’s Flowers in downtown Nashua. CAN’T EVEN put into words my endless thanks and love for her!
They said to prepare for hundreds of people walking through the house, but no words of advice or warning could adequately prepare us for what your home “on tour” actually entails!
In addition to the help from Tracy, I could not have survived the weekend without my Mom and sister who I stationed in random rooms for long stretches of time without breaks. Also, a huge applause is due for my bestie, Engrid, and her husband, who happened to be in town for the weekend staying in this little house of crazy. Last but not least, a massive thanks to my in-laws who also spent the entire weekend helping us. Major love for our whole tribe!
One of my main motivations for doing the tour this year was to be able to bring in a fresh aesthetic and perspective, to help inspire and appeal to the younger crowd in this area. The tour is known for having beautiful historic mansions professionally decorated which are gorgeous, but seemingly unattainable. I loved the thought of people getting inspired by our small, traditional Cape style home with ideas they could easily take home for their own holiday planning.
We were so humbled by the outpouring of genuine appreciation and awe by perfect strangers all weekend. My cheeks hurt for days from smiling so much. It meant the world to me hearing people comment on how “warm”, “bright” and “cozy” the house felt, and how they “could tell the house was filled with love”. I was also so grateful for all the love, interest, and support for this little business of mine! There’s still some holiday prints up for grabs here.
I hope you enjoy this little virtual tour and these amazing pictures Shane Godfrey Photography captured! We are now looking forward to slowing down and enjoying the rest of the holiday season! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, from our house to yours! xoxo