Monday, November 10, 2008


Each November I kick off the holiday season by attending the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOME TOUR at Watermelon Moon Farm. The antebellum farm house, known as The William Washington Seay House, is listed on the National Historic Register. The homestead was built between 1835-1845. Nationally known artist and designer, Emily Steinberg-Cash, bought the house and surrounding 18 acres in 1991 and named it WATERMELON MOON FARM. Then she set about making it her creative nest. The summer kitchen became a thriving Bed and Breakfast venture. The first floor houses the Gift Shop, where she sells original art pieces, a specialty clothing line of jackets and aprons, home decor items, gourmet foods, scented candles and more. The first floor rooms may also be reserved for luncheons, teas and showers. The personal living spaces for Emily and her husband Harold are located on the second floor. Emily hosts art and craft workshops at the White Barn Studio which is also located on the property. This picture says that it's fall outside but believe me, it's Christmas inside.
We are greeted by the "Welcome Mannequin" wearing a festive apron and Santa hat.....

and Emily as well.

Grab a basket! There are treasures to be gathered.

Lots of decorating ideas too!

I love this new line of porcelain with written verses.

I brought this one home with me!
Tablescapes galore.

If you've never had savory party crackers spread with cream cheese and topped with a dollop of sweet pepper jelly....well you're missing out.

Children dressed in vintage clothing frolicking amongst snow covered evergreen trees as well as a whole village of paper houses and churches hanging from a vintage tinsel tree.

A white snowy theme dominates the entryway.

Vintage patterned fabric made into great jacket/smocks.

Cute glittery snowmen and icy snowflakes.

Vintage Santa and child decoupaged onto a tin tile.

Lovely woodsy motif.

Snow white and berry red decorate this table.

And a reminder to be thankful for many blessings.

The warm glow of a candlelit table.

Emily is the only person that I know (other than myself) who collects goats and goat memorabilia.

These tartan plaid ribbons reflect my Scottish heritage.

The red and green festooned staircase leads to Emily and her husband Harold's personal living quarters which encompass the entire second floor.
Just look at this remarkable panoramic view from the upstairs veranda. It even has a little daybed for napping. How divine!!!

As I make my way back to my car, I pass Emily's herd of goats........

who seem totally oblivious to all the hustling and bustling going on around them as guests come and go. Last year one of the goats gave birth while I was shopping and was already standing up next to it's mother when I got into my car to leave. Baby goats (kids) are really cute!

I'm heading out with my bag full of treasures and a full tummy, having sampled way too many holiday goodies.
Have a wonderful Monday!


Carla said...

Beautiful home accents they are!!

Josephine said...

I also had the good fortune of visiting the Christmas open house at the beautiful Watermelon Moon Farm....
Breathtakingly decorated, this house has it's own little place in my heart. What wonderful atmosphere it exudes, and who could be the more perfect host and hostess, but Emily and Harold....
My trips are not near as frequent as I would wish, and if you love all things vintage, and excellent food, then this is a MUST on your list to visit.
What a magical place.....

Josephine said...

Oh sorry, I meant to tell you how beautiful the pictures are, on your blog.
I see you have just started blogging recently, so it seems I am on the front-end of your new venture.
I look forward to visiting many times and taking trips with you ;)

hugs... kathy said...

Oh Thank you, thank you for beauty to share in pictures! Enjoyed first my visit to Watermelon farm last Saturday for the Christmas Open house, how lovely! Hope you and yours have a wonder filled holiday season---Enjoy!

Kate said...

I would love to go with you sometime!! How beautiful!!!!!!