Christmas Home Tour tally is in

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Wooden floors and handcrafted coffee table add to the simple comfort of the room

The view from the loft

The first annual Christmas Home Tour 2009 held in Saugeen Shores and area was a resounding success.

Almost 700 people took in the 11 homes throughout Port Elgin, Southampton and Tara/Paisley area that had been decorated for the season and, in doing so, raised more than $10,000.

The money is being split between the Saugeen Shores Cham-bettes and the Tara Curling Club, with the Cham-bettes donating their share to the Rotary Integrated Accessibility Playground

While all the homes, ranging from the ultra-modern Pryde home to the historic Bowman House, were exquisitely decorated, one of the most unusual was the Paisley schoolhouse.

What had been a dilapidated and forlorn building has been given a new lease on life by owner, Micheline Mann.

Mann has brought her unusual decorating flair to the quaint old building and turned it into a warm, comfortable home and studio, where she conducts a variety of workshops from rug hooking to sugar cookie making.

The open kitchen and living room are filled with a variety of 'craftsman' items such as the butcher-block style coffee table, raised stone hearth, commanding driftwood chandelier suspend from the vaulted ceiling and an upper loft that features a steam room and separate bathroom.

Mann's decorating style perfectly suits the schoolhouse, retaining its quaint charm while adding all the modern amenities.

There is no doubt from the continuing comments of those who went on the Christmas Home Tour that  everyone would like to see it turned into an annual event.

For more information:

Original, hand-hooked rugs as seen in the pages of Canadian Home & Country, Canadian House & Home and Cottage Life  Heirloom-quality paintings in wool for your floors.  Also see Mann's Web Site

Upper loft area features three single beds, bathroom and steam room

Open concept kitchen and living room

Elegant dining

Suspended driftwood chandelier by John Eagleson of Southampton

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