christmas as a southern affair

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Vintage Velvet Collar Coat - Closet Case Vintage
Simple Black Oxfords - Etsy
Vintage Peter Pan Collar Holiday Dress - in the shop
Vintage Two Tone Satchel - thrifted
Black Hair Bow - American Apparel

A week or so ago, my mom was leading a Southern Homes tour for a group of out of state visitors, and she asked if I'd come along and help out. As it was a golden opportunity to check out lovely sites like Ferguson Hall and Rippavilla Plantation in all of their holiday glory, I knew I had to tag along.

While Rippavilla is grand with a very mixed history (blood stains on the wall and plenty of ghost stories - or so I hear), James K. Polk's former residence interested me the most. It's almost unassuming from the outside - the house of America's 11th president, it's a simple two story home with a light brick exterior and forest green shutters - but inside, it was opulence. A favorite feature of mine from homes of that era (and of Rippavilla's) is the pattern mixing.. notice the striped wallpaper in a leaf motif with the burgundy medallion carpet, all thrown in with rich velvet drapes and golden fringe and ornate chandeliers. They piled extravagance upon extravagance in those days and didn't even bother with coordinating colors. And it's glorious.

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Exterior shots are of Rippavilla Plantation and the Polk Home, interior shots are the Polk Home.

It's Christmas Eve tomorrow! Neil and I are driving to his parent's house tomorrow evening to celebrate. Hope you all have a fantastic holiday!