Monday, December 20, 2010

My Christmas Home

Rene at Cottage and Vine is having a Christmas Tour of Homes today.

I am excited to join the party today since I didn't link up to the home tours with Nester or Hooked on Houses.

Let's start with my front door wreath...
You can read the whole post about the wreath here.

Right when you walk in the front door, you see our Christmas tree...

 I am in love with the silver this year. I'm so glad I decided to use the silver tinsel garland. It adds that extra special sparkle.
You can read the post about my tree here.

The mantel is all decked out in sparkly red and silver.

You can read all about my Christmas mantel here.

On the shelf to the right of  mantel, I added some red ornaments and white beads to my large apothecary jar. The snowman is something I've had for years. I just love it. The candle I got at Kohl's this year for just under $3. It's a Christmas tree scent. I love it! It smells so good and it looks so pretty when it's lit.

On the side table, is the little vignette I set up when Rhoda had her vignette party.

You can read the vignette post here.

Next up is the dining room.
I just love this adorable snowman cookie jar my mom bought me at Sam's Club. It fits perfectly with the advent calendar, doesn't it?

You can read more about our advent calendar here.

And what's Christmas without Christmas M & Ms? :)

I hosted a family Christmas party on the 18th and this is the centerpiece I came up with. (It's the only thing on the table because I left room for appetizers. It was buffet-style with most of the food in the kitchen.)
It's very simple but oh so pretty. I loved the look of tealights nestled in "snow" (epsom salt) but I didn't have any tealights on hand so I used the clear votive holders with white votives. I think it turned out really pretty. The white bowl I bought a long time ago at the thrift store for $2. I had the white pillar candle and the hurricane vase. The red beads are a tree garland that I've had for 10+ years. The greenery are pieces that fell off of our Christmas tree and the "berries" came off of sprigs I already had as well.
Let's not talk about the left candle being so far away. I didn't notice it until just now as I was posting. haha

Here it is lit up at night. So pretty.

I can't really take the credit for the whole bowl idea. Michelle of Sweet Something Designs posted a tablescape a few days ago and I fell in love with her centerpiece so I totally copied. Of course, hers is prettier but I like mine too. :) I just love Michelle's blog. She is so talented. If you've never checked out her blog, you should.

On the shelf in the dining room I just added ornaments in place of the votive holders that I took out to use on the dining table and in various other places around the house. Hanging on the hooks are some felt ornaments my kids made and the little heart on the right, Layla made that at daycare. :) She's pretty talented for a one year old, don't you think?

Moving on to the kitchen...
I have my little shelf with my most favorite snowman candles. I love the ornaments hanging from the ribbons. Okay I love the glittery wish sign too. :)

And since I took this picture, the chalkboard has been moved and the large utensils are taken down for now. I put my memo board in the kitchen and moved the chalkboard to the dining room. I moved my desk into the kitchen too but that's a whole other post. :) Here's what the memo board looks like above my shelf. I love the whimsical Santa cookie jar. Joey made me the snowflake this year.

I had the brilliant idea of putting mini candy canes under my cloche. It looks cute but I only bought one package of candy canes and it didn't fill it all the way up so my vision wasn't completely fulfilled.
This is on the counter in my kitchen.
How cute is the sign? It was a gift sent to me by my brother and sister-in-law in Seattle.

I really like how my kitchen window turned out but it was terribly hard to photograph so this is the best I could do.
I just love my little snowmen!

Here's a pic of them I took last year so you can see them close up.
Aren't they so cute?

I like the simple touch of adding a candy cane to the small pitchers.

So there you have my humble Christmas home. I didn't put out a lot of my decor this year. I felt like simplifying a little this year. It felt good to not put things that I've putting out year after year just because I always put it out. Know what I mean? I think my home is a good balance between really simple and really over the top this year. 

So let's go over what we've learned in this post.

1. I like candy canes.
2. I love sparkly.
3. I love silver and red for Christmas.
4. I love tinsel.
5. I love snowmen.
6. Epsom salt makes good "snow".
7. And Layla is already making art projects at the age of one. 

I think that's it. :)

I hope you've enjoyed the peek into our Christmas home.
Now check out Rene's blog for more eye candy!


Mel said...

Everything is fun and festive. To us it may seem like decorations, but to little people it seems magical. You have created magic :)

Zerique said...

nice! love it. simple yet makes a statement!

K :) said...

So pretty, Carmen. Looks inviting and warm.

Robin said...

Your home looks so cozy and festive, Carmen. I love all the cute snowmen and the sparkle!

Lisa said...

Cheerful, happy and festive - what a beautiful Christmas display. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas! I too love Epsom salt "snow". Cheap and reusable year to year! Have a very merry Christmas!

Rene said...

Beauty can be found in the simplest of things Carmen and your image of the candy cane in a white pitcher is simply beautiful. I also loved seeing all of those stockings lined up on the mantle.

By the way, I really like the texture of your walls.

Thanks so much for joining the "Tour of Homes" party! Happy holidays!


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Carmen, I love all your cheery traditionally color decorations. Very nice.

Erin said...

Everything looks so nice Carmen!! I love that you still do (like me) red and green. I'm such a traditionalist. :)

Mippie said...

I love your candy canes and that sparkly tree! I think I would have a very similar "wrap up" list!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Your Christmas tree was so lovely! Love all the other decor too!