People from far and wide recently converged on Urbanna, Virginia for the annual Christmas in Urbanna events that take place every year in this wonderful coastal town we all know and love. The Christmas parade took place on Friday night and the “It’s a Wonderful Life—Christmas in Historic Urbanna” house tour took place on Saturday, December 6 and also on Sunday, December 7.
This year, under the direction of its current owners, Rosegill House has been completely restored with all of the rooms freshly painted, the floors re-finished, and a new state-of-the-art kitchen and other needed improvements to this grand historic gem. The owners graciously allowed the use of Rosegill as a Designer Showhouse with all of the proceeds going toward local charities, community improvements and local beautification efforts.
A special feature of this year’s tour included the temporary transformation of Rosegill into a designer showhouse. Decorators, shop owners and designers from our area and beyond selected rooms that they decorated with fine furnishings, oriental and Persian carpets, decorative art objects, fine antiques and anything else that they felt would enhance the living spaces at Rosegill. Items utilized in this first ever showhouse were offered for sale to the general public. The House & Home Magazine was there as photographer Michael Neff took both before and after photos of many of the decorated rooms featured in this pictoral spread. For those of you who were there, we hope this will be a valuable resource and remembrance of this year’s tour, should you wish to revisit the tour at Rosegill again. For those of you who were not able to make the tour this year, we hope this will inspire you to visit Urbanna in 2009.