You might know that this blog, Quarters One, began at Fort Riley, KS when my husband was the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division and we lived the commander’s home known as Quarters One. Every year, HASFR ( the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley) hosts a Christmas Tour of Homes…not just one you tour by computer but one you actually attend! It’s magnificent and magical and so much fun to see how people decorated their historic quarters.
Their recent tour, posted on social media, got me feeling nostalgic and I thought I would share some photos from our time there at Christmas.
Thanks to the magic of my dear friends Rick and Rob at Gatherings at 3 Thirteen (formerly known as Gatherings on the Prairie) Quarters One was turned into a Christmas wonderland!
My photography skills have come a long way since these days!!
|A Christmas welcome from the Big Red One!|
|This sweet reindeer was just passing through but he was a great touch to our decor!|
|This was really my excuse for not wanting to vacuum on this side…|
|Everything on the porch got touch of fresh greenery.|
|Our theme this year was Woodsy Glam.|
lots of natural elements mixed in with silver, velvet, and crystal.
|We had the same Christmas decor on our stairs for the past 7 years, it was time to change it up and we did! The birdhouse added a touch of whimsy and accentuated our outdoor theme.|
|One of the five fireplaces in Q1…this tile came from Italy and symbolizes our much loved 173d Airborne Brigade.|
|This fireplace is reserved for Santa!|
|A little angel reading a “book” we added a few pages of our own to make it a Christmas story.|
|Italian stockings made by my friend, Aly. The painting is a Rembrandt reproduction found at a market in Italy, he reminds me a little of St. Nick!|
|‘Tis the season to be Joyful! We decorated both sets of dining room chairs.|
|The dining room sideboard.|
|An ornament given to me by a German friend.|
|My very favorite room! An antique corbel makes a great centerpiece and the oyster shells are votive holders.|
|Over sized sugar bowls serve as mini soup tureens.|
|We’ve used the “Duty First” ribbon a lot! It came from StationaryStudio.com.|
|This is the island in the kitchen and it is where we always eat when it’s just the two of us. The Big Red One glasses belong to Quarters One.|
|We moved this desk into the kitchen from the living room, it really “cozied” up the big space!|
|We had over 200 visitors on the Tour of Homes, our Historical Society did a magnificent job!|
|There goes Leigh, our HASFR president and the head docent for the day at Quarters One. I loved the period costume she wore, it added a great touch to the event. For more Christmas pictures of Quarters One visit us at www.facebook.com/Quartersone!|
Thank you for taking this Christmas stroll down memory lane with me! I have lots of photos of our former military quarters from Fort Riley, Fort Myer, and Fort Meade on the Quarters One Facebook page!
With Gratitude, Shand