This past weekend the Wayne Theatre Alliance, along with five local homeowners, hosted a Christmas home tour to benefit the remodeling project of the Wayne Theatre in downtown Waynesboro. This project has been years in the making and has taken a lot of time and effort to raise money to bring our old theater back to life. The Wayne Theatre opened in 1926, becoming Waynesboro’s first silent movie theater. The Wayne is easy for locals (or those who are familiar with our area) to recognize immediately, even in some of the oldest photographs.
I took this photo last summer as I was walking downtown. Thanks to the Wayne Theatre Alliance for hosting many events in town to raise money for the theater, including the River City Radio Hour, which I have really enjoyed. I am so excited for the re-opening of this theater which is scheduled for 2016. I attended many movies with friends here at the Wayne when I was growing up and can’t wait to step inside once it’s finished!
The homeowners who participated in the Christmas tour were so gracious to let us tour their homes to benefit the theater, as were the volunteers who greeted us as we came inside each home. These homes are all located in our historic district and I was not only impressed with all the lovely Christmas decor, but how beautiful and updated the homes were. They all have done a fantastic job of updating their homes yet keeping so much of that historic charm. I could have taken a lot more pictures! I decided it was best to stick with taking pictures of just the Christmas decor and not including any personal pieces in the house, such as family pictures and house numbers, since each of these homes are a private residence.
This first home I’m featuring is 100 years old! I love how the owners have perfectly mixed old and new pieces along with their Christmas decor. All of the homes on the tour had a large foyer that got my attention right away upon entering, and this one certainly did with the stripe walls and colorful Christmas tree.
An old mantel shelf beautifully decorated and placed above this cabinet. Just another example of how they mixed old and new pieces.
I loved this old table on their porch too. The truth is, I would have walked past an old table like this in the used furniture shops, but now that I see this one I would not walk past another one! Three of the five homes I visited had large porches. It would be nice to have a large wrap around porch like this, and the columns give it so much character.
The next house I visited had another large porch, decorated with this old wagon and sled right by the front door. This set-up was perfect and very welcoming…
This home had a large foyer that was stunning (well, it’s a large entry to me)! Not only was the Christmas decor beautiful, but the woodwork on the wall and stairs provide detail that you just can’t find in newer homes. The different shades of paint really make it stand out as well. Okay, I’m supposed to be talking about Christmas decor, right? See how easy it is for me to get lost in the beauty of these historic homes? Well, the Christmas decor stands out as well. The bows and greenery draped along the railing just added to the look of the stairs. If I had a large entry area instead of a skinny hallway, that’s exactly where I would put a Christmas tree!
I’m not sure how old this next home is but it is a cape cod brick home that has tons of charm. I thought this idea to use shutters to hang Christmas cards was brilliant! I have showed this picture to several people since the tour and they all had the same reaction I did when I saw it. This idea is definitely getting pinned to my Christmas board on Pinterest!
I had to snap this picture of the Christmas village on the counter top with the painted backslash in the background. The Christmas villages are my favorite thanks to my Grandparents who got me going on my own collection when I was just a teenager. What a perfect spot for them…
Outside this beautiful home was an old iron fence lined with Christmas tree ornaments. If you know what kind of patience it takes to hang ornaments on a Christmas tree, then you can appreciate the time and effort it took to decorate this fence.
This last house I toured was gorgeous! I went back into this lovely dining room a few times. I love how this homeowner had the table set and added the little red bows to that beautiful chandelier. I thought her Christmas colors really stood out against the navy blue paint on the wall. Well, everything stood out against the navy blue paint. I regret that I didn’t ask the homeowner what the paint color was.
And another large foyer beautifully decorated! The nativity scene was perfect on top of the grand piano.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the Christmas home tour and found some ideas to inspire you! Thanks to all the homeowners for inviting us into your home, the volunteers who gave their time, and everyone in this community who came together to support the Wayne Theatre by participating in the Christmas Home Tour. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I am looking forward to stepping into the old Wayne Theatre again.
For more information about the Wayne Theatre, visit: http://waynetheatre.org/