Join us Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to tour and enjoy the 2015 selections on AAUW Tyler’s Holiday in the Pines Tour of Homes. Proceeds from the tour fund AAUW Tyler scholarships to women graduating from area high schools, Tyler Junior College, UT Tyler, and Texas College. Proceeds also fund other AAUW local and national efforts.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Potpourri House or on the day of the tour at the tour homes. Additionally, you may pay online at this link http://tyler-tx.aauw.net/special-projects/holiday-home-tour/
We look forward to seeing you at all the festively decorated locations!
Home of Sandy & Don Teeler
Creativity and an amazing love of all things Christmas adorn the Teeler home on Everglade Drive. At this traditional home, imagination is at its best as Don and Sandy have decorated for the holiday season. Each room has a unique theme showcasing the antiques and treasurers that the couple has collected through the years.
Entering the foyer, the central Christmas tree comes into view and light floods into the living room from an open atrium filled with twinkle lights and beautiful outdoor water features.
Turning to the right an adorable “Granddaughters Room” is filled with girlie keepsakes and a one of a kind vintage purse collection. Hand-made mosaic tile mirrors draw attention to the artistry of the owner. Passing through the Jack and Jill bathroom, notice the mirrors which are embellished with seashells collected from many memorable trips to the beach. Completing an ocean theme, a colorful mermaid adorns the wall.
The Teeler’s love of the outdoors comes alive in their grandson’s guest room. Named “The Nature Room”, this space is filled with wire bird cages and needlepoint butterflies. Useful storage space was repurposed from Mrs. Teeler’s mother’s coffee table and her father’s dresser.
Large beautiful paintings greet you traveling down the hall to the master bedroom. Upon entering, a sense of the orient can be viewed. Enchanting scenes depicting the Far East become the focus behind the bed as well as on the furniture throughout the room. Here we are pleasantly surprised to find a Christmas tree filled with Chinese and Japanese lanterns.
French doors allow us entrance to the focal point of the house, a beautiful atrium, with two cascading water features which can be viewed from three rooms. This area has been transformed into a “Winter Wonderland”. No less interesting is the Antler Room, so named for the magnificent antler chandelier in the middle of the room. Adorning one wall is a deer tapestry Mrs. Teeler received from her sister as a birthday gift. This room houses many works of amateur artists depicting scenes from nature. Antique suitcases flank the sofa as end tables and a latch-hook rug with animal features complete the room.
The smell of Gingerbread houses fill the kitchen as you wander through to the formal dining room which is highlighted with a decoratively set table replete with family Christmas china. The ceiling of this room calls attention to pleated fabric encircling the chandelier and an antique buffet holds a vase created by her mother filled with glass works.
As we travel to the large game room, we pass the guest bath which is reminiscent of a voyage to Paris, France. Upon entrance we discover we have been transported to Toyland. The life-size Santa holds court surrounded by a Gingerbread village and a charming Christmas tree.
Exiting the house, you say goodbye to a cascading waterfall and a novel blown glass ball collection. The Teeler’s wish you a Happy Holiday.