Well, hello! Tonight I have a special house tour for you. Well, at least the first floor. I don't really decorate the bedrooms except the girls each have a 2 foot tree in their room. And I didn't want to take pictures of their trees because their rooms are not photo-ready!
Last year it took me three separate posts to show you my Christmas decorations. This year I haven't had time to do that. So I'm putting it all in one, giant post. Grab a coffee or a beer and get comfortable. Because here comes photo overload!
Let's start with the foyer since it's the first thing you see when you walk in:
I used live garland again but I'm going back to fake next year. The live stuff that I use (read: cheap) just doesn't do it for me. I want it to be fuller. But I have a LOT of stairs and don't want to shell out for the real stuff.
I did the same thing on my round table as last year - just changed the colors a bit:
You'll notice both the blues and reds. This is sort of my bridge between the two color schemes I have going on: pinks, greens, blues in the music room and more traditional reds and greens in the family room. In my brain, this display brings the two together!
And the same goes for this wreath - it has ALL THE COLORS and I love it!
Moving on...let's go to the family room:
This is all very similar to what I did last year. But I still love it so why change it up?
We put up the Nativity scene every year:
Last weekend the girls received a Lego present for the Advent calendar activity and it was a huge hit!
I sewed these stockings back in 2008 and I'm still not tired of them. I think that may be a record.
We finally found a stocking for Darby (the stone cold killer cat):
And you know I love me some brass animals and milk glass!
Last Friday night I got the urge to sew pillow covers. I indulged that urge and came up with this:
I know I'm going to be sad when it's time to put the normal covers back on the pillows.
Behind the couch is the sofa table we built this fall. It's perfect for my New England village:
I'd actually love to collect more houses so I could fill this whole table. Wouldn't that be fun?!
I love having such a great place to set this up. In prior years it's been on the mantle or on top of the kitchen cabinets. But when it is so high up the details get lost. Having it down here has been great and the kids play with it by moving the people around which is fine by me! (Thank goodness they're gentle.)
We also have our Charlie Brown Christmas tree in this room:
This is our fifth year of doing "something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read". I have used the same gift tags all five years. I love traditions!
OK. The kitchen. I didn't go crazy in here and I'm fine with it.
Those plates on top of the cabinets? The three round ones are presents given to us by the kids. Every year they were in first grade they drew a picture and the teacher had that transferred onto plastic plates. They're precious.
I set out the gingerbread houses on my cake stand. There are only three houses because #4 promptly ate hers.
We've hung these wreaths for years and they're so pretty when the sun shines through them. (Albeit difficult to photograph!)
The girls love lighting and then blowing out the candles on the Advent wreath! (I think we may be raising pyromaniacs.)
This is the view to through the dining room to the music room from the kitchen:
Those aprons get regular use during the Christmas season!
I just added a couple things to the china cabinet but didn't set out all my Christmas china. I just couldn't motivate myself to do it. I know. The shame.
A little bit of Husker bling of course:
And the pretty tree:
I think this is my third year with this tree and I love it as much as the day I bought it. (And yes, it's slightly crooked. But it doesn't bother me enough to fix it. It's just how I roll.)
We made those glittered pine cones two years ago and they still look beautiful!
And to bring this whole tour back to where we started. This is the view from the foyer if you turn to the right:
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little tour. Have a Merry Christmas!