December 15, 2009

Christmas Open House '09


Welcome Friends!
Back door guests are best, so come on in!

Simple, fun, and easy. That's my motto.

A bowl of ornaments from the Dollar Tree


A view of our foyer.

I completely changed my mantle this year. My handmade sign didn't match our newly painted walls. So I went with a completely new look.
I added some white berries to the garland and painted my candlesticks white (for summer, but I liked them for my winter white too). The red bucket was $3 at Hobby Lobby and the sticks came from my backyard.

I made the white feather wreath. Super easy (another post, another day). The red sparkly deer came from the Dollar Tree last year (2 for $1) and I found the glittery "HOPE" sign in the dollar section of Michaels this year.




Welcome to our kitchen... the heart of the home.

My advent tags hanging across the back windows.

The little tree in the kitchen stays decorated and I just put the whole thing in the attic after Christmas. A few years ago I ordered the miniature kitchen gadget ornaments super cheap, but they are still some of my favorites.
The snowflake plate stays out even after Christmas since my kitchen is red. (To see another favorite plate look here.)
Falalala! I love to do our tree in red and white. It lends itself well to all of the family ornaments.
This year I added silver for a little more sparkle.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour. Not much has changed upstairs from last year's open house.
I want you to know what a GIFT you are to me!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

**I'm joining the Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes, so come on over and join the fun

21 comments:

Katie said...

I love the look of your mantle!
Thanks for charing and Merry Christmas

Dawn said...

you house looks beautifully ready for christmas... your foyer is stunning!

Amber said...

GORGEOUS.

Come do my house. I'll even bake cookies for ya!! :)

Joy for the Seasons said...

I have been anticipating this post! Everything is lovely.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Very beautiful!! I love the mantle, too. My friend did something similar last year with the sticks! So cute.

I also LOVE your nutcrackers and the red and white tree! Thanks for sharing with us!

Kay said...

Everything looks just lovely. Looks like you're set to have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing your home with us!
Blessings,
Kay

Cha Cha said...

Can I come shop at your house, I have the perfect place for several of your things. Your home is lovely. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

bonaluc said...

Everything looks great. Your tree looks so fun! I wish I had an ounce of other people's creativity!

Bonita said...

So may pretties and wonderful colors! You did a great job decorating!

Muthering Heights said...

I like your collection of Nutcrackers!

debra said...

Your home is beautiful! I love your Christmas tree. The advent tags are such a neat idea.

Carpool Queen said...

One day I'll put feathery fluffy stuff in my tree.

I get vetoed by four men in the house who prefer the macaroni ornaments.

Anonymous said...

hey that's exactly what OUR house looks like right now!! . . . hehehe ;)

looks warm & inviting, as always, friend.
- TZ

Kellie said...

G, your home is lovely. Just so festive and cozy and elegant all at the same time....

Merriest of Merry Christmas' to you and your family...

Little Lovables said...

so pretty, beautiful job!

Connie said...

What a darling, darling blog, sugar!! Thank YOU for your sweet comment. AND your feather wreath is scrumptious also! Squeeeeeeeeal......Gorgeous house too. Nice to meet ya, sweet chick.
xoxo and Merry Christmas,
Connie

Carol said...

What a beautiful home....and I absolutely LOVE your banner: the photo AND the bible passage~

Gretchen said...

I, too, have an abiding lurve for the Dollar Tree.

But your home makes it look like the Million Dollar Tree. Absolutely gorgeous, without being stuffy. Your home is incredible. What a beautiful job you've done.

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix
It's all so pretty. Love the mantle, the Christmas tree, your advent tags... So much creativity here!

Christina said...

Enjoyed the tour. Everything looks beautiful. Love the color of your back door. Very welcoming with the little wreath. I also really like your advent ribbon.

Amy said...

Beautiful! I love the idea of the kitchen tree!!