Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage: The Wilson home

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nestled among the oaks of the Garden District Subdivision is a 2 story Victorian cottage that Charlene and Barry Wilson call home. The native New Orleanians were drawn to relocate, post Katrina, in this neighborhood because of its strong old New Orleans architecture.

The southern charm of the outside of their home with its black wrought iron fence, brick walkway and front stairs, covered porch across the front of the house braced by stately white columns, long windows flanked by cypress hinged shutters and leaded glass entrance door, present a welcoming curb appeal.

Southern ambiance continues through-out the inside of this four bedroom home. High ceilings with fans, double crown molding, ornate woodwork, fire places, long windows, ceramic tile and bamboo flooring grace the open living/ dining area, galley kitchen, two bedrooms, one and a half baths and downstairs utility room.

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A Berber carpeted closed stairway and landing give way to the old world charm features of the two bedrooms, upstairs bath, with long hallway.  Slanted ceilings create the look of attic rooms with a window seat overlooking the subdivision courtyard-like common area. Ceiling fans, double windows, decorative millwork, ceramic tile and bamboo flooring add the finishing touch.

New Orleans memorabilia and artistry along with family portraits, heirlooms and authentic historic documents adorn the walls. The eclectic mixture of antiques and newly found treasures furnish the rooms to create an atmosphere which seems to invite you to stay for some tea.

Double glass doors at the rear of the house open a covered banister-railed back porch which overlooks a patio container garden of a wide variety of flowering plants and every greens that are accented with multiple solar fountains.

A grass covered yard adjacent to the patio is shaded by several towering oak trees and houses a picnic table with umbrella and a 20’ pole from which flies the American flag. The area provides a perfect setting for traditional southern family gatherings and celebrations.

Please come join in our Christmas celebration. Preparations of this year’s decoration are underway. This year’s theme is “Mawsey’s Christmas Gift.”

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.