57th Annual Christmas Home Tour

Here are the four homes that are on the 57th Annual All Souls' Christmas Tour, the longest running Christmas Home tour in the country. We are honored to have been asked to be included on this year's farewell tour.

Featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, December 2007 issue, the entry hall d├ęcor sets the tone for the rest of the house, with walls painted red and the ceiling of the entrance to the dining room painted Federal Blue with gold leaf stars.As you visit this home you will find that the homeowner enjoys “touches of whimsy” that will surprise and delight you throughout, especially to be noted under the trees in the enchanting backyard. A white picket fence, red front door, classical portico welcome you into this fascinating home filled with an exceptional collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century folk art and antique furniture.

Originally built as a tiny New England cottage on three lots in 1926, the property offered a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego skyline and Mexico in the distance. Dr. Charles Harrison May purchased the property from a sea captain and his family in 1963. The original house has been added to in every direction; up, down and on either side, always with the view in mind. The house contains many collectible items and furnishings collected by Dr. and Mrs. May during their years of travel; he to lecture to professionals in other countries; Mrs. May for furnishings and clothing for her design studio and clothing stores.

Originally built as one of two identical lighthouse keepers’ quarters at the ‘new’ Point Loma Lighthouse, Quarters C now serves as the home for a senior USCG officer stationed in San Diego. The house, built in 1890, reflects late Victorian Stick style architecture. There is nothing modest about the 270 degree views of the Pacific from the house and grounds. Every room has an ocean view! You will exit the house just as Tom Cruise and Tom Skerrit did in the movie, “Top Gun”. The grounds also include the Lighthouse, service buildings, and Quarters B and A, which were built in 1913.

This charming Loma Portal home was built in 1935 by a local architect and purchased by George Edwards. Mr. Edwards was the first Boy Scout troop leader in the Point Loma area. Two generations if the Edwards family were in this home and then the Mendozas purchased it in 2000. It is a transitional style home, a variation of a Cape Cod with six-on-six double hung sash windows adorned with Colonial-style shutters. A pitched roof and partial clapboard siding gives it a cottage look. The wooden picket fence is new, each picket being individually hand cut and painted by the owners. During the past eight years Bob and Cordelia Mendoza have changed the configuration of indoor doors, moved walls and adjusted the interior to complement their antiques and collections. The kitchen was remodeled in 2006, with a soapstone countertop, subway tiles, and farmhouse sink. The kitchen was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Makeovers magazine, 2008 summer edition.

A Point Loma Tradition
Fifty Seventh Annual Christmas Home Tour
and Christmas Arts Sale

Saturday, December 6th 2008


Feet hurt & we're tired but had a fun, fun day!

I couldn't take photos while we were busy so tried to sneak some pictures of customers browsing and shopping after it slowed down a bit. We had a great time seeing everyone. It was a beautiful day in Ocean Beach. Sun was out, not too chilly, not too warm, perfect shopping weather and the street was packed!


Christmas Open House Saturday, November 29th - Please join us!

We all can't wait for our customers to see the fabulous vintage and antique finds we have waiting for them at the open house Saturday. We'll be working all day Tuesday and Wednesday getting ready, taking a break for Thanksgiving festivities and unveiling the shop this weekend.


Old bottles with bling and glitz!

The contrast of the old bottles with rhinestones make the best displays for jewelry.


I'm always eager to share our new finds. . .

We have a weakness for great American country cupboards. This one had been painted many decades ago so the patina is wonderful.
We have a wonderful collection and display of signed rhinestone jewelry, Weiss and Eisenburg

How about an enameled victorian decanter, very hard to find!

I couldn't resist posting this photo of the figural bird on top of this lid - so whimsical.

These French tole lamps are so appealing. This one has sweet porcelain roses.


Unusual Vintage Jewelry finds

These necklaces are amazing, each made from fragments of antique jewelry, estate pieces, watches, fobs, etc., creating a look that says more than meets the eye.

Each piece tells a story . . .

Each necklace is made of revamped vintage and estate pieces of other jewelry for a unique, flirty and very couture look.

I love estate jewelry especially ones that have a strong sense of where they've been, a part of a person's history. Jewelry, like all possessions, is only ours for a time, borrowed in a sense, and then will become treasured by the next appreciative owner. I wear a large gold locket that was my mother's and I always get compliments. It is time-worn and beautiful. She found it at a local estate sale with initials engraved on the front the same as hers. What are the chances? She loved this locket, absolutely loved it and was thrilled when she found it. I always feel like my mom is with me when I have it on. One day, someone else will wear it and hopefully feel the history in this locket that has adorned so many.
Jewelry, new and old, is such an expression of who we are, a statement really.
I found these wonderful pieces that are made by two gals in Arkansas. Each piece is made from a gathering of fragments of jewelry or keys or watches, part of someones life. The beauty is in their time-worn look to them. This jewelry is so appealing because there's a mystery there, hidden in the aged patina.
The past is always present and some things are a present from the past.


I'm proud to be an American

I'm also very proud to be able to have voiced my opinion at the voting polls and sat riveted to the election results on TV last night. It's a new day.

With that said, now we need to get onto our daily lives, mine being buying and selling antiques. Now that's American, earning a living the good ol' American way, through hard work and perseverance. It's something I'm used to and thrive on it. My parents worked until they were into their 80s. My mom was teaching a class on antiques at a local junior college until she was 81. She loved to work and being involved and this country is made up of people like her. This is a great country where people can explore their entrepreneurial side or work for a someone else. It's their choice.

I met a very ambitious young man this weekend. My husband and I were driving through the neighborhood and noticed a car being detailed. We stopped to talk with the guy doing the work. He's a social worker and only works on weekends. He told us if he details our car, then every two weeks thereafter he comes to our home or business and washes our car. One of the other neighbors came by while we were talking to him and they said "he's worth every penny". I'll bet! We signed up. He will then do a mini detailing every six months and a free wash every two weeks. Now that's what I call a hard worker. Says he loves what he does and likes to stay busy. Afterwards, Bob and I were saying how people can just create their own jobs by working, simply working and creating a job for themselves. T

That's what we can do in this great country of ours. We have lots of choices if we just seek them out and explore and try. For me, I'll just keep pluggin' along with my antiquing. (Oops, did I just do a Palinism with "pluggin'"?