Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Tour in Shelbyville

The main gallery at Wakefield-Scearce Antiques in Shelbyville, Ky.

On Saturday, a group of girlfriends and I ventured to Shelbyville, Ky. to have lunch at Science Hill and tour the Wakefield-Scearce antique gallery, which resides within Science Hill. If you are ever in this region of Kentucky, be sure to stop by this amazing place. It's just lovely.

Science Hill was once a girls' boarding school. The facility now houses a tea room, a handful of shops and its cornerstone retail establishment, Wakefield-Scearce, which specializes in English antiques. There are several rooms at WS that during the holidays are decorated with the most beautiful Christmas trees and other decor. It really puts you in the the holiday spirit.

The prices are waaaaay out of my league - I fell in love with an $8,000 1850's dresser - but it's fun to look anyway. And, silly me, when I entered the lamp and rug “rough room” to see if I could score a bargain, I came upon a Serapi rug in the corner that I thought would do the trick. I quickly jumped back when I saw the $28,500 price tag. Rough room my a*s.

We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the tea room (shrimp and grits, yum!) and then did some Christmas shopping.

I also spent a long time in The New Silver Shop, oooing and ahhing over many items, including the julep cups.

These cups are the real thing and I hope to add a few to my household. Above is the standard julep cup paired with the smaller "nip" cup. Classic.

The girls and I were saying that this should become an annual holiday trip for us. Do you have anything like this that you do with friends or family leading up to Christmas? If so, share!
Images courtesy of Wakefield-Scearce Gallery and The Shops at Science Hill


High Heeled Life said...

Wow this sounds like a fabulous place! and how wonderful that you will be sharing it annually with girlfriends... A sweet dear friend has INSISTED we need to create a girls traditional Christmas outing again (we use to do so before my accident... so after 5 years we will be celebrating again!) with shopping in the city and and afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel , which serves the best afternoon tea! Happy Holidays, xo HHL

P.S. I hope you get that Derby hat!! Santa you better be listening ..xo

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Such a gorgeous place. I posted on them last Christmas.
Thank you for sharing.

The Southland Life said...

Wow! That place is beautiful!!! I think that is a great holiday tradition! And you can't go wrong with shrimp and grits!!! Yum, I'm hungry now!

Mariette said...

Dearest JMW,

That was a very lovely and romantic get-away with lady friends. Back in time, regardless if the price tags did fit your budget, your eyes loved the 'sight' of it all! My fondest memory is also of a girls outing to Madison, a historic town in north Georgia that was saved in the Civil War. A Christmas tour there and a lovely lunch at a fine restaurant makes dreams come true.
Love to you,


Glitterista said...

What a gorgeous place! It sounds like a fabulous time with your friends, even if you weren't able to come back with souvenirs. ;)

Jo said...

This would be a fabulous gathering to look forward to each year ~ wish I lived closer! Each room looks amazing.


designchic said...

This sounds wonderful and to go each year with friends is perfect. Loved the images!

Renée Finberg said...

what a great day trip.
i would love to have joined you!!!

beautiful spaces.

xxx merry Cgristmas to you and your loved ones!!

LindsB said...

I love the idea of making it an annual trip- what a fun way to spend time with the girls!!

Angela Duke said...

I just love places like this with such a great history!!
And I love, love, LOVE julep cups. Mint juleps are my favorite drink, possibly because they come in a beautiful silver cup!

Ella said...

It must have been wonderful to be in that beautiful house with your friends. I started a Christmas Cyber Meeting with you and my blog friends last year and I'm going to that Old shop and Cafe tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

What a neat place. I love their Christmas trees. You should def. make it a yearly tradition!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Oh the cups!
Merry Christmas to you.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

How lovely...what fun girls trip! xx