Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Home Tour, Part I

Hi, how was your weekend?

I thought I would share the little decorating touches I have done to make our home feel festive this year. 

Family Room

Here is the redesigned mantel since my first idea wasn’t practical ya know with the candles burning the wreath and all....
I tucked the little battery operated lights in the greens (which I trimmed from our yard-we have 3 different evergreens, so it gave me a nice variety) and added tealights to the red votive holders to give even more glow!
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This jingle bell garland at Target by Smith & Hawken…was calling my name when I was trying to figure out what do do with the mantel. I love it!
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I just used some scrapbook paper I liked in a pad I bought(same pad I used on powder room “art”). This frame is from Pier One.
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This is exactly why I wanted the little lights-this is how the mantel looks with only the tree lit and the battery operated lights at night. Kinda magical…
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Potted pointsetta from Target, pinecones & fatwood for fire kindling and a basket full of new firewood. We are ready to have some cozy fires!
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Snowflake hurricane (Slatkin & Co) with a battery-operated candle for safety on Ikea tray. This is one decoration I will leave out all winter since it isn’t “holiday”.
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My favorite chair-it’s sooooo comfortable. I often blog right from this spot!
I couldn't resist the burlap ‘Celebrate’ pillow from Pottery Barn.
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I don’t too much decorating in the kitchen because I need all the counterspace possible for cooking & baking this season. Just few little touches.

My favorite Holiday cookbooks I have been perusing to find the recipes to create this season.
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A tea set that matches our “winter” dishes. I used a sterling tray with more fresh greens.
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I love, love, love this wreath! I got it at PB a few years ago.  
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A little decor on top of the armoire. Usually we don’t have anything up there, but I think I like having something up there…
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I got a couple of these fabric cornucopias at a craft show years ago. I vary where I hang them every year.
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Kitchen table centerpiece. I loved the trees in a wire basket I showed here, but it wasn’t practical. It was too heavy to be removing several times a day to eat our meals.
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Laundry Room

Just a little touch in our laundry room…this opens to our kitchen and we pass through this space everyday. Why not make it festive?
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I hope you enjoyed the tour so far. These are the rooms we live in…

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  1. you did a beautiful job! Your whole home looks cozy and warm!! I did the battery operated lights too- LED, gotta love it, right? Thank you for linking up! xoxo shelli

  2. I am so crazy about the red rosette frame. SO pretty!

  3. What a beautiful job you did on your home..It's beautiful..
    Merry Christmas..

  4. Beautiful and liveable! Looks cozy and inviting ... hope you'll pop over to our "house" as well! ( ... Merry Christmas!

  5. So beautiful, thanks for sharing your beautiful Holiday Home!! I love the initial wreath & your mantle & fireplace...gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas,

  6. It looks so pretty with all of the natural elements!
    Thanks for joining in on the holiday tour!

  7. Beautiful!! You are officially ready for Christmas!!! I love the monogram on your mirror! That's on my neverending craft list! Hope to get to it eventually!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!
    XO, Aimee from

  8. PS I'm your newest follower! XOXO!

  9. I agree - make it festive. The wreath over your washer & dryer was a great idea. Your home is lovely! Thanks for joining the party!