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December 10, 2011

Christmas Home Tour

Holiday Greetings 

Today I am featuring a story about my
friend Betty from 
Carlsbad, New Mexico.  

I featured two stories about Betty 
last year and showed her Christmas 

For a couple of years now Betty has been 
asked to allow her home to be a part of a 
local event called 
The Christmas Home Tour 
put on by the 
"Assistance League of Carlsbad"
and this year she accepted.  They
are a non-profit organization that
help with various charities.
* See below for more information
about the Charities supported

On Sunday Dec. 4th the tour
happened and took place during a 5 
hour period and hundreds visited her
home. There were 2 other homes
that were also on the tour. For a month
tickets had been sold all over town but 
on the day of the event 368 tickets
were sold at the door of her home 
alone!  Impressive!  
She snapped a shot when she
drove by to check at one point.
This street is residential and only a
few cars are usually parked on it at any 
one time.
She wasn't home while the tour ran
She felt it was too overwhelming to be
there so she and her daughter 
toured the other two houses.

 There is a person assigned to each 
room to keep an eye on everything.
They do have each guest slip on 
footies over their shoes so they don't
dirty the floors.  Can you imagine that
many people going through your home
in one day!!  They told her there was a
line up from the house to the street for
some time!  

Betty, her daughter Tracy and
Gaylon, a friend from a local furniture
store all worked steadily to set up the
home for the tour.

Part of the requirements were
to have a Christmas Tree in
each room of the house.

For months Betty was fine tuning
each bedroom and they all looked
like magazine show pieces!
For the past month they have been
going through the house decorating
trees and adding festive holiday
accents everywhere.

I'm going to start with her Foyer, then
her dining room, living room, tv room
and then the bedrooms.  I'll just post
them and let you travel through the
home on your own!


 Come on in! 


The horns are centerd and this custom
built arrangement gracefully swags
off on the right side making for
a very dramatic statement
Her friend Gaylon created this swag and
the centerpiece on the dining table.
Betty owned all the decorations, it
was just gathered and created into
a new design!
 Living Room
 This is a traditional colonial home
built in the mid 60's and rather
unusual for the Southwest
This room is on the left as you
come in the foyer and the dining
was on your right- a very traditional
floorplan with all the bedrooms upstairs.
On the coffee table
and below on the desk
 Family Room
(which is straight ahead from the
foyer to the back of the house)
View from kitchen
The custom built cabinets on the
right came with the house. She's lucky
to have this tremendous storage space
for dishes, stemware and deco goodies!
Now let's head up the stairs
to the 3 bedrooms
The hallway to the upper floor
The Rose Bedroom
The Red bedroom
The Blue Bedroom
Angels on the secretary
And the final area of the home
the Master Bath and Bedroom
which are on the main floor

The Master Bath
The Master Bedroom
A wreath above the bed too!
Adorable greenhouse below!
Lots of details went into getting this
home ready for the tour.
Can you imagine having every inch of
your home ready for public display!
I can't!  That makes me nervous
just thinking about it!
Brandi and Barney are glad to have their
home back!  
I hope you enjoyed the tour!

* Charities

Assault Survivor Kits®
Provides clothing and other essentials to victims of assault.

Provides clothing and other essentials to victims of assault.

Books & Beyond

Members read with children who have below-grade-level reading skills and the children's efforts are rewarded with new books.

Eleanor Harroun Merit Memorial Scholarship

Provides a college scholarship to a Carlsbad High School graduate who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to volunteer service in the community.

New Start

Provides basic new clothes to women in the Carlsbad Mental Health Crossroads program and gently used clothing for their pre-school age children.

Operation School Bell®

Provides new school clothes and supplies to children in need in the Carlsbad and Loving school districts.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this tour, Liz. Your friend's home is beautiful and artfully decorated for Christmas. I would flip out if I knew that many people passed through my home! :) xo

  2. Jiminy Christmas!!! You had me at "hello!" What a beautiful entry/foyer!!! Very pretty home with very pretty decor! I am super duper jealous that there is space enough in 2 of the smaller bedrooms for full-size trees!!! That is my dream! I did one in my bedroom a long time ago when I lived in a condo with a ton of space in it, but haven't since. Wait....that just gave me a great idea for where to put my tree this year since I haven't found space for it anywhere else in the house! I can deep-six the corner table and chair near the armoire....can't talk anymore...I've got work to do! :-) See ya! Loved the tour!

  3. Liz this is gorgeous! I love trees in the bedroom and all of these are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Oh, this would be a dream, to be in a house tour! I would love to do that!!! First I could hire some cleaning ladies to REALLY get my house clean:):) Seriously this home is gorgeous and I appreciate all the work that went into it! All the trees are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this, Liz!!!! XO, Pinky

  5. Liz, you are such a sweet and lovely friend for working so hard to put this together! You did a beautiful post...can't believe we did all of this but, it was for a worthy cause. Thank you, Liz

  6. What a BEAUTIFUL home!! The decorations are wonderful and I can't even begin to imagine the work and time that went into putting a tree in every room, not to mention the other beautiful arrangements added. I am so in awe!

    Wonderful blog too Liz - you put it together beautifully.

  7. Thank you everyone, for your lovely comments about our home! Now, I just want to sit back and enjoy but, time to shop and next week start baking! Thank You and Merry Christmas!

  8. This is all so lovely. Betty sure was a tropper using her house on this tour. Everything is gorgeous. How special to do something like this. You are a wonderful friend Liz for sharing Betty's beautiful home.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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