December 15, 2008

Christmas Open House

Come on in, ya'll!
Our first stop is the family room,
where we celebrate Christmas. The
whole month of December. Every day.
This is the tree that holds all of our fun family ornaments.
I love red and white. It is so festive and fun.
Below are some pictures that I hang each December and
I usually leave them up until spring. They hold a special
place in my heart: My grandfather painted them.
Why didn't I get any of that artistic ability?
Let's go upstairs, shall we?
Don't mind the dog toys on the steps.
Here we are in my oldest daughter's room.
She wanted a Hawaiian themed room when we changed it
from baby pink.
It's a fun place to hang out.
Hot pink and orange can be festive, too!
Let's go visit daughter #2's room. She loves
everything horses and girly.
Her room is a periwinkle blue with brown (horse) accents. I haven't found the perfect ribbon for the top of her tree, but this is festive enough.
On to Little Man's room.
Doesn't this ornament just evoke feelings of peace
and "silent night"? Ahem.
My husband loves finding ornaments for this tree.
Any wonder why? And no, if you were wondering,
he didn't slay anything to decorate it. They are plastic:
Follow me. Let's go back downstairs.
Watch your step.
Wouldn't want you to slip on a lightsaber.

Confession time: I know I stood on my soap box a
couple of weeks ago about how every home (except those
plagued by terrible allergies) should have real trees
and stay away from those fakery bakery ones.
But, oh the shame, I have one.
I know. Hypocrisy at its southern finest.
Here is my new, old tree. Confused? Me too.
We bought this pre-lit, charlatan tree a few years ago to
adorn our front porch. I usually create a USA theme using flags and other red, white and blue trimmings. This year, much to my delight, we decided to bring it indoors and use
in my new room.
This meant that we were able to unpack our breakable
ornaments that have been packed away since we moved into this house. You see, our family tree sits on hardwood floors. It is dangerous to combine glass ornaments with 3 busy
children and a dog with a big whopin' tail.

Ya'll. It was like Christmas morning when I opened up those fragile beauties after 7 years! This tree sits upon real, wall to wall carpet. Soft carpet that forgives me when I drop
my favorite glass ornament. I had fun with a silver, white and green theme. It's a little froo-froo, but even my manly man commented on how much he likes it. Ka-ching!

Let's go get something to eat in the kitchen.
Don't forget to wash your hands!
This sits above my sink: even the clock
gets a new Christmas bow.
I have a little 4' skinny tree in the kitchen.
It is red and white and yummy with sugared fruit
and little kitchen gadgets. I leave it decorated
and just set the whole thing in the attic after Christmas.
I love short cuts!
We added this shelf last year. It is the perfect place to
display my ever growing collection of Nutcrackers.
Would you like to have a seat and enjoy some coffee?
I hope you've enjoyed the tour. I wish we could
all get together, trade cute ornaments and indulge
in some Christmas goodies.
Make sure you check out the other homes
on tour over at Boo Mama's Blog , Hooked on Houses AND


jennwa said...

Your home and trees are beautiful.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Rachel said...

Beautiful! I love your little girl's room. And the nutcrackers over the door are great!

coco said...

Everything is the nutcracker shelf!

Whitney Caroline Designs said...

All of your trees are just FABULOUS! You have a gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing!

Wishes for a Merry Christmas
- Whitney

Dianne said...

What a fun photo tour (and one of the best I've seen so far because you took a lot of time making it that way). I love all your red and white too. It's sweet all the children have their own tree. My son, the college man, is coming home and he has his own little tree. I do have an artificial one because of the mess and allergies real ones cause. I'm surrounded by lots of nature, so that isn't a problem.
I also added a teenie kitchen tree this year.
Merry Christmas!
Come see my slideshow!

Shilo said...

That was so fun! Thanks for the tour!
Have a blessed week!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Wonderful. I love your nutcracker display. Perfect place.

Tracey said...

Thank you so much for the tour! Your home is beautiful...and beautifully decorated for Christmas!

edie said...

Oh it all looks so beautiful! And I love the kitchen gadgets!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Un.BE.LIEVE.ABLE!! Wow, my friend - your house is one I could just snuggle in all day long. Do you ever want to leave? i think you have me beat on the number of trees. They are all spectacular. I need the gun ornament for my sports tree. :) Don't have one of those yet.

Carol said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Merry Christmas!

Schluter said...

Wonderful decorating! It's all so festive and fun. I love it!

Ashley said...

Your kids trees are so sweet. Everything looks so sweet and lovely. And I love the paintings by your grandpa!

Lacy said...

Your house is so pretty!!!!! I love the huge entry!!!! I love all of the trees, the kitchen, the the boy room, the girl room....ALL of it!!!

Krystal said...

Oh, this is one of my favorite houses on the tour - so warm & cozy. Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Wow! Everything looks Fabulous!

petrii said...

I absolutely love all of the personal touches in every room of your home ~~ just beautiful!!

Your have a gift child!!!

Merry CHRISTmas,

Sandy M. said...

How fun to take the "virtual tour" even though I take the real thing often! This is a neat idea & gives us all a chance to see so many beautiful & fun things without even traveling to these sometimes distant places.

TCKK said...

How beautiful. I love the very last photo. The shelf over the door iwth the nutcrackers is so neat! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

Cathy said...

Everything is just beautiful. I love how the children all have their own little trees.

S said...

Oh my have the happy happy joy joy Christmas going on in your home, girl! I'm so's all perfect and beautiful. Can I please come live with you?

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Awesome. I loved all of the trees. Great inspiration. Every theme fitting to its owner or room... LOVED IT>

Becca and Adam said...

I love all your trees so much! thanks for sharing!

LittleBlueBungalow said...

I enjoyed your tour...especially your daughter's tree. How fun!

Jenny said...

I love all of your decorations! So fun and festive!

Cyndi said...

Everything is just perfect, love your home and all your nutcrackers are great.
Merry Christmas

35 and holding said...

very nice! I don't know how you all with multiple trees pull it off. I am doing good to just get one fake one up. Yep, its fake. Allergies prevail in my house unfortunately. Take a stop by my place!! I need some visitors.

Jessica said...

Your house is so cute and I love all the trees and ribbon!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.

Anonymous said...

As I was on tour, I felt right at home! Love it all!!!

Cali Girl said...

so very cozy, pretty and festive!!!!

the browns said...

I absolutely adore your blog. You are probably the most creative person I have ever seen - no joke! When I see you at church, it's like I'm seeing a celebrity! :) What a beautiful Christmasy house!!

BethAnne said...

Your home is beautiful!

Jessica said...

OK now I feel like a complete looser. I have the tree up but still no ornaments. I don't know what my deal is this year but I just keep getting side trackes. Beautiful trees.

Laura B. said...

Wow, wow! I love it all! Especially the red paint (I'm a huge fan), Everything is gorgeous!!

Kris said...

GASP!! I love everything!! Instead of the attic just bring everything over to my house and I'll store it here for you ;) Your home is gorgeous and so warm and inviting. This is my favorite home tour stop yet!

Celly B said...

Your home is beautiful, and everything is so festive! You've inspired me to find some small trees and add themed ones to my son's and daughter's rooms.

becky said...

I love all of your beautiful trees -- especially the red and white one! Gorgeous!

Happy Holidays!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

What a beautiful home you your trees. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you!

Keetha said...

I love everything about your home AND your Christmas decor.

The shelf of nutcrackers above the triple french doors/windows is awesome.

I don't know why - - - but as I was going through your tour I was thinking NC - - - then I saw the Sunday Rest photo after the tour and still thought NC - - - so I checked your profile. Count one up for me!!! I was right. We lived in Kernersville, NC for five years.

Merry Christmas!!!

Heather said...

I love how each tree has its own distinct personality!

DeeDee said...

Just Beautiful!

And I really like the idea of the book.... to keep up with what we bought each year. I think I will try to make one. Thanks for the inspiration.

Your home is beautiful!

Sweet Blessings,
and Merry Christmas!

jerriann said...

I'm thinking you did get some of your grandfather's artistic abilities. Your home is beautiful and charming. I loved your decorations and I loved the trees in your childrens room's. Sweet. I have been inspired to do better next year. This is our first Christmas in this house so the decorations were simple this year.

Again, thank you, I would love to see you at mine.

Southern Fried Gal said...

I'm just now getting around to some of the beautiful homes on the tour. I love the red and white tree! It's also fun to see someone who has as many nutcrackers as me! Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment love. I hope you will stop by again soon!

Emily in Charlotte said...

Thanks for the tour! Love all the trees...I love the little man's valance, too! We have one in our DR, but I never thought of one to add decals to! Cutie, patootie!