2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Happy (almost) Christmas! Sorry to take so long getting these 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 tour pics up. I ended up taking so many photos it’s taken forever to edit them down into a manageable tour. As I’ve often said, Newburyport, Massachusetts is my absolute favorite city.  One of the things I love about the place is that the architecture is so varied – from little Colonials to majestic Federals and Victorians to sweet and stylish beach houses. And the Christmas tour always has it all.

Plum Island Waterfront

Plum Island waterfront porch Newburyport Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

First up is this sweet little bungalow on Plum Island with the spectacular water view. This house was on the summertime Kitchen Tour a couple of years ago which I featured here. This is the home of interior decorator and stager Kate Daskalakis of KSD Designs.

Plum island porch tree in wood bucket antique chair rattan chair 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Plum Island Porch tree 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Plum Island kitchen Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Plum Island kitchen fruit board Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Plum Island Living Room wide Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Plum Island living room waterview 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

The water views really are spectacular.

Plum Island living room tabletop Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

I loved the little touches like the vintage letters.

Plum Island Living room antique letters driftwood 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Plum Island Dining Room table Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

It’s very hard to tell, but in the photo above on the left at the bottom of the stairs was a gorgeous golden retriever who welcomed guests/guarded the house during the tour. She was sound asleep when I went through. So sweet.

Plum Island Dining Room table closeup 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Plum Island Dining Room sideboard Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Plum Island Dining room sideboard mirror peek-a-boo 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

A little peek-a-boo moment above.

Pond Street Victorian

Pond Street Victorian yellow gold house Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Next up is a stately Queen Anne Style Victorian beauty known locally as “The Sunshine House” which was built around 1900.

Pond Street front door gas lanterns blue door 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Love the bright blue front door and the gas light lanterns.

Pond Street Blue white dining room chandelier 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Pond Street Dining room Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

This was definitely my favorite tablescape on the house tour.

Pond Street dining room table closeup 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Pond Street Dining room table fireplace 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Pond Street dining room table gingerbread plating Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

It was also my favorite kitchen.

Pond Street kitchen 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

I just fell in love with the windows over the cabinets. What a great way to enhance the natural light in a space.

Pond Street kitchen sink window upper windows Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Pond Street kitchen windows Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Pond Street kitchen counter flowers credits Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

They have carved out a sweet little girl’s fairy snug under the stairs.

Pond Street play room under stairs pink purple tinsel tree Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

Pond Street play room under stairs pink purple tinsel tree Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

The first floor living room has been opened up to the front hall for a more modern open-plan space.

Pond Street stairwell garland sled wrapped packages Newburyport Christmas decorating house tour 2018

 

A Georgian on Federal Street

19 Federal Street brick exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

This classic brick Georgian was built in 1794 by shipping magnate William Bartlet who began his career as a cobbler and ended up the wealthiest man in town and owner of as many as 17 ships. In 1906 the house was purchased by the Archdiocese of Boston for use as a rectory and convent for St. Aloysius de Gonzaga, aka The French Church. The church was decommissioned in 2000 and has been converted to two condos, one of which was also on the tour. I’ll be showing that in a separate post. Meanwhile the Bartlet home has become a single-family home again.

19 Federal Street Living Room Christmas Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 The pale blue French Room was one of my favorites. Note the Chinese Chippendale style overmantel inspired by the works of Christopher Wren and Robert Adams.
19 Federal Street living room Holiday House Tour 2018 \ 19 Federal St Sun Room Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

The sunroom featured a cute little kids table.
19 Federal Street kids table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

I loved the dining room as well. The photos don’t do it justice – it’s actually a little darker than my photos show. Kind of moody and atmospheric. There were comments from others in the room that they thought it was too dark, but I though it perfect.
19 Federal Street kids table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

19 Federal Street kids table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

19 Federal Street Dining Room Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

19 Federal Street Kitchen Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

19 Federal Street Kitchen table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Loved the simple wreath with the bold bow on the iron gate when leaving the property. I also love the red clapboard house across the street. As I mentioned up top – I just love the mix of architectural styles and colors in this town!

19 Federal Street Wreath on Gate door Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

 

High Street Italianate

212 High st pics old

And now:

212 High Street Exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Carriage House Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Foyer staircase Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High St Living Room fireplace Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Living room 2 Sparkle tree christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

I loved these sparkly, spiky trees.

212 High Street Living Room 3 Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

272 High Street Living Room 1 Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

212 High Street bathroom christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

I can’t resist a peek-a-boo moment.

212 High Street bathroom 1 Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

Gorgeous sink and I love the rough of the grass cloth against the refinement of the sink, which is available here.

212 High Street bathroom cherry blossom vessel sink christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

212 High Street living room orange 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street Orange living room Christmas mantle nut cracker modern art Holiday House Tour 2018

Love this horse!

212 High Street Dining Room mosaic horse 2 Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

212 High Street dining room table Christmas2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

212 High Street Kitchen 1 Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

This window treatment was to die for. Not a surprise that homeowner, Brenda Geerlings, is an interior designer.

212 High Street Kitchen sink window treatment Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

I absolutely thought that these built-ins below (there was another facing this one) which was in a space between the front hallway and kitchen, were original to the house. But am not sure I’m seeing them in the “before” photos, so who knows… They looked great though!

212 High Street ice chest pass-thru Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

212 High Street kids playroom Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

212 High Street back porch dear Santa Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Editing to add in 2022: See this house and lots of great photos from the 2022 Kitchen Tour.

High Street Greek Revival aka The British Are Coming!

288 High Street Exterior Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Nestled amongst the historic homes on High Street is this newly built 2011 Greek Revival home. The home is styled in a decidedly British fashion complete with a Grenadier guard at the door and some mod furnishings within. Yeah baby! The house was designed by architect Scott Brown and homeowner, architectural/interior designer Mindi Poston Gay of MPG Home Design.

288 High Street living room motorcycle Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Living Room 1 Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

288 High Street Dining Room Red Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Dining Room table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Kitchen table Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

288 High Street Sunroom mantle christmas tree Christmas 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour Pt. 2

288 High Street Sunroom white sofa Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

Out behind the house there is even a British telephone box (no photos though because there were kids playing around it). They were serving tea earlier in the day apparently, but this was one of the last houses I visited just before the end of the tour.

288 High Street flexible flyer with greens Christmas Holiday House Tour 2018

 

High Street Bonus House

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house exterior

So, for a bonus, I wanted to show pics of this gorgeous 2012 built Georgian Revival style house which sits next to the British Greek Revival above. I always love a spare, all white house and this one always has me swooning when I drive by.

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house front door gas lanterns

One of the most eye-catching features are the gas lanterns. The Greek Revival next door also has them. Such a wonderful old-world touch. These houses are right on the road, so these details are available for all to enjoy.

As a matter of fact, I literally forgot this house wasn’t on the tour and walked right into the driveway to get a better photo of the side and lantern. Hello, private property!

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house crushed shell driveway gas lantern

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house gas lantern

Look at the gorgeous three-masted weather vane over the garage!

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house garage ship weathervane

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house exterior side

 

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house shingled side door

More gas-light goodness.

290 High Street Newburyport Christmas decorations white house shingled side door closeup

More pics and details about this house are here.

 

2 thoughts on “2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour”

  1. Hello Linda, You are lucky to get to explore Newburyport in this fashion. I collect old photographs of old houses, and have many from the Newburyport area, so I know how rich it is architecturally.
    –Jim

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