Christmas House Tour

Shiny Brite Ornaments

Welcome to our home!! We’ve put up our trees, strung the lights, and hung the stockings with care. Come on in and visit. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and stay awhile. I have a lot of things to show you and am so excited you’re here for a visit.

We do a lot of decorating in the three rooms you see as soon as you walk in the front door. The foyer, living room and dining room are full of Christmas cheer. Many of our decorations are sentimental, old, handed down and have special meaning to us. Let’s start in the living room:

Living Room

 

Our main tree is in this room and this year we decorated it in white lights, vintage ornaments we’ve been collecting for awhile and vintage looking houses. We are really enjoying this look.

 

 

Shiny Brite Ornaments

 

 

We also have a small, lit white tree which I decorate with my collection of Willieraye ornaments. These little ornaments are very fun and sweet and make me smile when I see them.

Willieraye Tree

 

Willieraye Tree Close

 

Willireraye Tree Close2

 

The mantel is decorated in this room with some of the chalkboards we make and sell in our Etsy shop. It is also lit and dressed in red and white.

Mantel

 

 Chalkboard on Mantel

 

Chalkboard 2 on Mantel

 

One of my favorite decorations in this room are the ceramic figurines my mother-in-law made many years ago. My mother-in-law is no longer with us but every year when I take Mr. and Mrs. Claus out of their protective wrapping, I am reminded of what a talented lady my husband’s mother was. She made many beautiful things for her home, raised a wonderful family of 6 children, kept a beautiful home and cooked fantastic meals. At Christmas, her home was so warm and full of love and homespun beauty and it has been one of the guiding examples I use when decorating my home each year.

Santa and Mrs Claus

 

Santa and Mrs Claus Close

 

Next let’s go to the foyer where we’ve strung lit garland around the doorways and decorated up the stairs with old instruments. If you recall, Paul is a music teacher and ours is a musical family. Decorating with old instruments was a given in our house as a result.

 

doorways

 

Foyer

 

Lit Garland around Door

 

Stairs and bench

Lit Garland on Stairs with Instruments

 

Decorated Guitar

 

Now we will go into the dining room where we have our jewel tone tree with lovely peacocks. It’s a small tree but fun to look at. And we’ve decorated the china closet as well.

Dining Room

 

 

Dining Room Tree

 

 Jewel Tone Ornaments and Peacocks on Tree

 

China Cabinet with Lit Garland

 

Lit Garland Close

 

And last, but not least, we have our family room tree. This tree is very sentimental to my entire family. All of the ornaments have some special meaning for us. Some were made by my children when they were small, some were made by friends and family, some were gifted to us over the years and some were collected on family trips and vacations. Each year, when we take the ornaments out of their storage box, we ooh and aah over them, enjoying the memories they invoke. And let’s face it, isn’t that part of what Christmas is all about – wonderful, shared memories!

 

family room tree

 

family room tree close

Thanks so much for taking this journey with me. Believe it or not, even with all of these photos, I still didn’t share everything with you so check back between now and Christmas as I add a few more Christmas posts.

Take care and thanks for visiting,

Cathy

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