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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This will be a brief blog.....partly because I didn't know that you were not supposed to take photographs at Callanwolde during their two week Christmas show!

The magic of the holidays begins with one of the most anticipated attractions of the season in Atlanta, Christmas at Callanwolde.  Callanwolde is a 27,000 square-foot historic mansion, transformed for the holidays by Atlanta's top interior and floral designers.  Period furniture, designer treasures, fine art, and breathtaking Christmas trees reflect a glorious era when the Candler family lived in the manion from the 1920's to the 1950's.  

The magnificent Gothic Tudor mansion, set on 12.5 acres in Alanta's Druid Hills neighborhood was built in 1920 as the home of Charles Howard Candler, the eldest son of the Coca-Cola Company founder, Asa Candler.  The mansion, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The immaculate attendtion to detail throughout the home is evident in the excellent craftsmanship of the walnut paneling, stained-glass windows, bronze balustrades, delicate ceiling and fireplace reliefs, and pierced tracery that conceals the Aeolian organ chamber.

The name "Callanwolde" came from the Candler's ancestral home Callan Castle near Kilkenny, Ireland.  "Callan" is the Irish name for Candler and "wolde" is the Old English word for woods.  Thus Callanwolde is simply the "Candler Woods."

This was one of a pair of Christmas trees flanking the foyer.

The library featured a white and silver theme.  There were lots of white poinsettias in the house.

The Christmas tree in this room was lovely!

There was a pair of built-in bookcases that had these matching wreaths. I just love the ribbon treatment used for hanging them!

I actually stopped taking photos after my husband told me that it was posted...NO PHOTOS!

Well, except for the last one of the landing of grand staircase!

Like most fund-raisers, they had a holiday boutique!

Norman Taffet left corporate America to start Sensational Baskets.

Here is their website

Don bought me one of their tiny treats!

Chocolate Truffles!  What else?