Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Open House

Hi everybody, welcome to my Christmas open house.  I've been working really hard to put everything up just right.  Each year I do something different with the things I already have, so I never know where things are going or how they're going to turn out.

Check out this post for my table vignette and this post for my fireplace mantle Christmas decorations.

This wreath was new last year, this year I added the wooden white Christmas tree, the rusted bells and I used one of my favorite ribbons to make the bow.

AS you enter my home I put a small sampling of my Santa collection on display and added some of my favorite stuffed animals, sorry no picture of them.  I wanted to convey a warm and friendly welcome.

Just across from the front door is the dinning room.  I kept this room simple, and featured my woodland Santa and some beautiful candles.

You know, I have fought with this room all year.  It is a beautiful room, I know that, but there is something missing.  It reading a little cold to me here.  Maybe I should put the dining room chairs back around the table, or maybe I should go ahead and paint the wall some dark, rich color.  Hmmm???

I love this table but I can not tell you how many times I walk by this thing and think, "I wonder what this would look like painted"?  I'm getting dangerous.

A little something on the stair landing.  The turquoise Christmas balls were a new find.  I was visiting my daughter this weekend and while we were at her Wal-Mart I spied three boxes left on the shelf.  I grabbed them up PDQ.  Maybe they will begin to set the tone for next year.

In the living room, I wanted to feature the color blue, so I used as much as I could in here.  This year I decided to use what I had and not buy anything new however, I would love to shop the after Christmas sale and pick up a smaller tree and some new colors for my Christmas decor, and maybe add more blue for next year.

The decoration in the kitchen kept evolving and you know how I said I wasn't going to buy anything new this year, well the chandleir features some new decorations and I added the black and white check table runner.

This is the half bathroom just off the kitchen.  Sorry, the lighting in here seems very yellow.  I used a door swag that fits on the outer corner on the chair.  It looks kind of unique on there.

Here is the only crafting I have gotten around to.  I made two of these and one of them went to the white elephant Christmas party we went to the other night, tons of fun.  We had to take a present each, the other present was a re-gift.  I bought this woodland Santa face ornament thing, ugly I tell you.  And the funny thing was the man who picked it said the same thing.  I said, "Yep, that sure is" and no one traded him for it. lol.

So, there it is for the most part.   I tried not to do too much but I'm sure that when it comes time to take it all down I will be thinking I put up a lot.

Oh yea, this is the second year that I have not put up a Christmas tree.  Not because I am anti Christmas tree, but because mine is huge and I don't want to lug that big thing around.  It takes two days to put it together and get the decorations on.  Or maybe I'm just slow, and I am slow I've proven that many times, but anyway, this year I came really close to buying a new smaller tree and some new decorations in turquoise but decided I didn't want to spend the money so maybe a little after Christmas shopping is in order, when everything is half off.  I do miss my Christmas tree, though, my daughter, KP, is not happy with me.  Also, Sarah and Caleb will be here next week and they might have something to say about it too. We'll see if Nanoo goes shopping for a tree and lets the kiddos put it up.   Hmm, that would be fun.

Linking with The Nester

and Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life - Christmas Tour of Homes, and Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for her Holly Bloggy Christmas Home Tour,

joining Julia on her Hooked on Holiday House Tours. 


and the ever so talented Kara at Elements Interiors

Elements Interiors

Seriously if you haven't made to Kara's place you really need to go, she is beyond talented and her Christmas decorations are amazing.  And she's fffuuunnnnyyyyy with some of that sweet Texas spirit, so ya'll go see her.

Merry Christmas everyone.  :))

See ya.


Diana said...

Enjoyed the tour of your beautiful home!! My guess---yes, you will be putting up a tree.

Designs By Pinky said...

Your home is just gorgeous and NEEDS A TREE:):). LOL! I love all of your decorations, it all looks beautiful! Marry Christmas! XO, Pinky

vintage vine said...

I enjoyed the tour! Your attention to detail was perfect. It was so elegant...but yet warm and inviting.

Kim said...

My eyes are overwhelmed~ you've got SKILLZ!!!!

Jen said...

You have such a beautiful home..very warm & enviting!
Looks gorgeous all decked out for Christmas!

DeanO said...

Great decorations and great tour of all your hard work. Thanks. I loved the picture of the Golden retriever - it fit in perfect with the decorations

destiny said...

Your home is beautiful!!! Enjoyed the tour!

jennykate77 said...

Stopping by from The Nester! Your house is absolutely gorgeous!! I love your rustic touches. The Christmas decorations are so so pretty. It's so cozy and inviting.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful! Lovely! In the diningroom, might I suggest adding an extra leaf to the table (since you asked!). And I LOVE the glass cross! I found some at a gift shop in Daingerfield - some your size and some 3 ft. tall crosses. They are gorgeous!
Merry Christmas!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I am so glad I came here..Holiday beauty is in every photo.. I can tell you love your home , as it shows in all you have done..

Happy Holidays to you and your family.


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Your home is simply breath taking. Gorgeous Christmas decor. So happy to have found your blog. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Merry Christmas!

Jorgelina said...

Merry Christmas !
Everything is so beautiful!

Nezzy said...

I must say sister, this was the most beautiful home tour I've ever been on. Heck, I didn't even miss the tree among your beautiful decorations.

Ya'll have a truly blessed day now, ya hear!!! :o)

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi Jerri! How festive everything looks! I know I'm suppose to be looking at the decor, but a lot of your furniture pieces are so beautiful! You have wonderful taste and a lovely home! Merry Christmas!

Laura Wilkerson said...

WOW! Your home is absolutely beautiful and you've done a wonderful job decking the halls! You have such a lovely blog and family too. I am now a new follower. :)
Merry Christmas and many blessings,

Cricket said...

Wow, your home is soooo beautiful. And your holiday displays are amazing. I just found your blog today but will be back again and again I am sure. Feel free to drop by my recipe blog and take a peek as well.

Merry Christmas,

Liz said...

Oh Holy COw! What a beautiful home! Your Christmas decor is just stunning. I am following now... I can't wait to see more. :)

Merry Christmas!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh your home is absolutely gorgeous!! And your beautiful Christmas decor just adds to it. Love it all.

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Wow, stunning, festive, gorgeous!I always enjoy stopping by your blog. Hugs
P.S. please stop by and visit and don't forget to enter my giveaway

One Shabby Old House said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Christi said...

You have a beautiful home - love your Christmas touches!

Laura said...

Your home is beautiful and I love all of your decorations.
Are you from Texas?
I am a South Texas blogger-
Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Marianne said...

You have a wonderfull home and I like all the decor that is just popping up in the most unexpected places around your home. It made it almost a treasurehunt looking at your pictures.
Thank you for sharing at Holly Bloggy.

Tina G said...

I love your decor. You have a beautiful home. I enjoyed your blog and looking forward to reading more. You have a new follower!

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