As you arrive at the home, an old-fashioned wreath accents the front door, and a small tree decorated in gold stands by the doorway.
Inside, you’ll see a picture of Joseph, Mary and the Christ Child, painted by Ms. Phillips’ granddaughter, Lyndi Isonhood. An arrangement of purple gladiola and beaded purple wisteria accent the area.
To the left is the beautifully decorated living area.
The mantel on the large fireplace is decorated with swags of red apples, burgundy poinsettias and pine cones. A similar wreath hangs above the fireplace, with a mantel clock placed at the right end of the mantel. On the opposite end is a band of angels.
Near the fireplace, a luxurious purple couch provides a comfortable seating area.
To the left of the fireplace stands a huge Christmas tree, decorated in gold and crystal, with gold roping.
Gold branches and leaves top the beautiful tree. Father Christmas, dressed in gold, stands on the hearth near the tree. Tall pillar candles are lettered with the words “Peace” and “Hope.”
A beautiful Nativity is displayed on a small table in front of the fireplace.
An attractive round table, used by Ms. Phillips’ family during her growing-up years, stands in the center of the room. Covered with a white cloth and pale gold mesh overlay, the table holds large white reindeer with vases holding iced branches on either side.
On the opposite side of the table is an Old World Santa dressed in white. While in this room, be sure to note the emerald green crackle glass lamp from the 1910-1920 era.
In the adjoining room, a square antique table covered with a glittering gold cloth holds a gold chest, filled with glittering gold fruit and branches. In the window in the dining room Father Christmas dressed in shades of brown and gold, stands with four gold Christmas trees in varying heights.
An arrangement of pale salmon poinsettia with gold leaves and branches and green cedar centers the dining room table.
The buffet is covered with gold lamé to accent the crystal appointments. Gold branches and berries in cut glass vases stand on either side.
In the kitchen, a large crystal pedestal bowl holding glittering red apples accents the bar. Beautiful stemmed glasses with red poinsettias and coordinating Christmas red glasses decorate the counter top. The door in the kitchen area is decorated with a cheerful wreath featuring Santa, red berries, gold stems, and colorful red and green Christmas balls.
The table is centered with an ivory bowl holding frosted fruit of all kinds, placed on a coordinating table runner. A tree is also decorated with frosted fruit.
A second table holds a huge bowl of assorted fruit, pitchers in bright Christmas colors, and pictures of the grandchildren. Red poinsettias are entwined in the chandelier over the table.
The sunroom features a tree decorated with red and gold butterflies, red and gold apples, gold balls and small Victorian lanterns. Beside the tree is an antique chair, upholstered in gold, that belonged to her great-great-grandmother.
On a small table by the window, a picture of Ms. Phillips’ youngest granddaughter, Fallan, is displayed. A Norman Rockwell figurine of Santa “checking his list,” and a snowman playing an old-time upright piano by Hallmark are also on display, among other treasures. On the couch, a lovely afghan crocheted in red, green, white, tan and black that belonged to Ms. Phillips’ mother is displayed, along with two beautiful Christmas pillows.
The master bedroom features a tree decorated in purple beading, ornaments and balls, topped with a huge purple ribbon bow with long streamers, edged in gold. A gold candelabra holds six burgundy pillar candles, each tied with raffia, amongst green and red holly, edged in gold. The light fixture, which features real crystal and amethyst beading, was made by Naomi Bethard.
In the study, gold roping, crystal ornaments and gold balls decorate the tree, along with gold and rust poinsettias. Ms. Phillips’ collection of African princesses, created with delicate detail, is displayed in this room. Purchased in a gift shop in Hot Springs, she recalls that a 95-year-old woman at the shop knew the names of each princess. With the princesses are two elephants from Ethiopia, a gift from a friend about 50 years ago. One wall is covered with deep brown and silver jungle-pattern wallpaper. Be sure to note the beautiful painting of birds, done by Judy Thorn, a former co-worker of Ms. Phillips.
The hallway features a “family wall,” where family pictures are on display.
In the girls’ room at the front of the house you will see their collection of Madame Alexander dolls. These dolls include fairy tale dolls such as Cinderella and Snow White, and a Scarlett O’Hara doll from Gone with the Wind, placed underneath the gorgeous Christmas tree decorated with fairies dressed in white and pink, and glittering pink poinsettias. A “glass” shoe, bears, rocking horse and turtle are placed among the dolls.
On a nearby hutch, more of the Madame Alexander dolls are displayed, including the Wizard of Oz collection. Bears the girls have collected through the years are also on display. The chandelier in this room is accented in gold and pink, with crystal “teardrops.”
In the bar area, several of Ms. Phillips’ political pictures are on display. One of her favorites is a picture of former President Bill Clinton and Senatorial candidate Richard Fisher with Ms. Phillips. A snapshot with Senator Lloyd Bentsen is also on display.
Two swags of gold and rust poinsettia accent either side of the bar area. Red pillar candles in crystal pedestal holders are placed on the bar.
Also included in the Tour of Homes is the home of Kenneth and Jeannie Smith at 1988 Cherokee Trace, and the new law office of Joe Newsom at 203 Tyler St. in downtown Gilmer. The bake sale will be held in the law office.
Tickets are $10. Hours will be 3 to 6 p.m.