Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas 2009 - Home Tour...


The decorating is done and now it's time to sit back and enjoy it.

Welcome to our home...all dressed up for Christmas!








The view of our entry, and what you see when you walk through the front door...



A few Christmas ornaments and some matching ribbon was all it took to turn our everyday entry mirror into something more festive.



We even have a little snow...



The lighted wreath on our bedroom door makes the entry glow at night...


Since each of the kids have their own bedroom this year, they each got a wreath on their door, personalized just for them.

William's favorite color is green...


Owen's favorite is blue...


And pink, of course, for Ellison...


I think this string of delicate, glittery snowflakes is so pretty. And perfect in her girly room...




The tree branches above our bed got a little *bling* for the holidays...





A major change this year, from years past...our Christmas tree is in our Family Room, instead of the Living Room where it normally appears in December.

This was Will's idea.
I was skeptical, at best.
Ok, honestly...I was not on board with the idea.
At all.

But he fought for what he wanted (got to respect someone who stands up for what they believe in!) and after weeks of debating about it through the month of November, I finally gave in, and the day after Thanksgiving we put the tree up in our Family Room.

So how do I feel about it now?


I LOVE it!


Will was totally right!

His reason for wanting the tree in this room was so that it would be right by the fireplace and next to the mantel that we hang our stockings on. I thought for sure that it would be too crowded and that it wouldn't work.

I am here to say...I was wrong.

(This will make him feel good!)

Will was right!

And I'm sure our tree will be in our family room every Christmas.

It is right off of our kitchen and the place that we spend most of our time, so really...it just makes sense to have it in here.

It's so cozy. Exactly how we want it to feel during the holidays!



For the mantel, I gathered lots of glass - vases, jars, urns...whatever I could fit together on the mantel. It didn't matter that they didn't match or didn't relate to each other. The red and silver ornaments are what create the look...





Our wool stockings were made by my mother-in-law. I love the colors and textures and the boys love that they are so BIG...



And one of our favorite items to hang by the stockings...

And, yes, it has two handwritten letters in it.

I love watching them write their letters to Santa!



This year, the tree was decorated by the kids.

I put some of our Christmas balls around the back and sides of the tree, but everything else was done by the kids. That's why all of the ornaments are hung in a column down the front...


You can almost see a straight line down the side of the tree where the ornaments end...


They were just so excited to get them all on!

I love how it looks.

It is perfectly imperfect.

And the best part is how proud of it they are.

To me, it is beautiful.

Crooked star on top, and all!





Thanks for touring our home!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!


38 comments:

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Love that mantle! so festive and fun.

I also love all the nutcrackers - they are some of our favorites!

Photographing Mom said...

Beautiful, Karla!

Cha Cha said...

YOU HOME IS AWSOME, I LOVE THE MANTEL. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Cha Cha said...

YOU HOME IS AWSOME, I LOVE THE MANTEL. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Cottage Dreamers said...

Beautiful! I love blue and red together!

Beautifully Inspired said...

The 'letters to santa' is the most adorable thing ever! Where did you get it? Thanks for sharing, you have a lovely home!

Nicole

www.ourcountrychic.blogspot.com

www.sobeautifullyinspired.blogspot.com

Kristine said...

Everything is SO pretty. The nutcracker mantle is my favorite...and the tree and the letters to Santa...and...well, all of it.

Nikki said...

Everything is BEAUTIFUL! I really like the red ornaments in front of the mirror.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I love the tree in the family room and always put my tree where I can sit and look at it at night, I wouldn't have it any other way! Your home looks beautiful (;
Merry Christmas~Kelly

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Karla everything is so beautiful. I don't think I can even pick a favorite. I love it all.
Sue

Jill said...

It all looks fabulous! I especially love the red bulbs on the mirror! And how cute are the wreaths on each door??? I love it.
-Jill

High Heels and Aprons said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm still working on getting pics of my house!

Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

I love that you too put personalized wreaths on each of the doors for your children. I have been doing the same since we moved into our home many years ago.

This year I took my oldest son his wreath since he has his own place now. I think he was surprised I would give it up but I really wanted to make it special for him.

Thanks for the tour! ~ Rebecca

Valerie said...

There were so many things I love in your pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing and a Merry Christmas to you!

Mama Thompson said...

I LOVE all your red! Wish I could see it in person...gonna leave it up till I get there in January??? I've gotta take mine all down shortly after Christmas...unless I want to come home to Christmas decor January 16th:)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Fabulous! I too love the idea of having the tree in a room that's used frequently. Kudos to one smart hubby! Does he cook too? :)

Thanks for linking up to the Christmas party!

FJ Donna

Bonita said...

You have a lovely home. The reds on the mantel are stunning! I also like the directional symbols at the top of the room. I need those!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Karla, it is all gorgeous!! Love your tree and the wreaths on your kids doors are adorable. everything looks spectacular. THanks for joining the party. Merry Christmas!

littledaisymay said...

I love everything! It's beautiful!

Marla said...

Karla, I especially like what you did on the fireplace, it looks great! the stockings are great too. Holiday blessings, Marla

Things That Inspire said...

For various reasons, I am going minimal on the holiday decor this year, so I really enjoyed seeing a home all decked out for Christmas!

Kate- said...

this couldn't be more perfect!
Thank you for sharing!
Happy Holidays!

Angie Kerr said...

I love your home. It is so pretty! I agree with you, the tree in the family room is perfect!! Great job!

{ L } said...

Your mantel is gorgeous!!

Astrid said...

It's all so lovely! I love that your decorations are beautiful but not over the top. That tree is in the perfect spot!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! LOVE all the glass on the mantle. I think I may 'borrow' your ornaments hanging in front of the mirror idea. I have been needing a little something for mine... thanks! ;)

Meg @ Home Whimsies said...

love everything! That glittery snowflake on a peice of wood at the end is so cute!

~Meg

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I love everything! It is gorgeous!!

mamamia said...

gorgeous! Magazinish even. I just can't figure out what is hanging on the first mantel.

Misty said...

What wonderful ideas!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Beautiful home, what an awesome job you did on everything!
merry christmas
Dena

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Loved your house. And I adore the stockings!!! I put a tree in both our family room & our living room. You ought to give that a try sometime.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

You know, I let my kiddos decorate the tree as well. It's just so magic for them. It's one thing I've had to let go of so that they feel like they are involved in the Christmas decorating...and I agree with you...it's perfect just the way they do it!!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Your home is just beautiful. I did a couple of things with the epsom salt this year too. I am going to try of your candles if I have time.

Can you believe how many of us posted to the tour! I am amazed. I'll still be looking at these this time next year.

Have a Blessed Christmas.

Charla

Katie said...

I just love the look of the red ornaments hanging over your light blue mirror. YOu really have a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

I think that your house looks great. It is so sweet that your kids decorated the tree for you. I am not that kind of mother. :( I am glad that I only have one child and he never asked to put ornaments on the tree. At 15 yrs. old they just want you to put it up. LOL

Megan said...

Beautiful home & what great Christmas ideas that I'll be stealing for next year. Have a wonderful New Year!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Simply stunning! I love it all!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents