It was a long day for us in Tombstone working the Holiday Tour of Homes– setting up displays and acting as docents describing the history of our house and describing our business. When we were asked if we would consent to having No. 11 added to the annual tour, we leapt at the opportunity- we’ve always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and it gave us a natural opportunity to show off the No. 11 a bit and at the same time showcase some of our bridal designs.
Those of you who have already been following out blog already know this, but for those of you just joining us, we’re here to say that been a very grueling past five days as we loaded up the truck with various holiday decorations, dresses, and display mannequins and headed out to Arizona. Once we arrived, the work of setting up the displays began and we only completed the final touches minutes before the tour began. Deadlines- No problem! 🙂
Along with the displays, we also dressed up in attire appropriate to the late 19th Century and in particular, 1898 when Tombstone began to economically revive (albeit slowly) as new mining ventures were undertaken- the wild days of the Earps and the Clantons were long gone, now mining was big business with no room for nonsense. As part of this revival (aka “The Second Boom”), the economy of the town began to revive on a more modest level and that ultimately led to the construction of No. 11, along with the other two houses on our block.
For the house, we opted to decorate in somewhat non-traditional colors (or at least what people perceive to be “traditional” colors which are really more appropriate for the 1940s), avoiding the stereotypical dark greens and reds as much as possible. Our reasoning is that we wanted something a bit more in keeping with the Southwestern location of Tombstone and exploring colorways that were common for the late 1890s/early 1900s to include shades of chartreuse, white, gold, silver, and copper. This was an admittedly a subjective decision on our part but we felt that it worked better with the house’s basic color scheme.
And voila! Stay tuned for more…