Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Christmas Home Tour

I'll start my Christmas Tour at the front door.  This huge stocking is from PB on clearance after Christmas about 4 years ago. 

We have two sets of stockings to that we put up.  One is more formal and these are more childlike.  And yes they both get filled by Santa.

This is our Santa tree.  It's located just inside the foyer by the front door and directly in front of the stairs.  It's one of four trees that I usually decorate.  However, due to a new baby I'm only putting up 3 trees this year.

This little shelf is in the foryer, across from the stairs, and I originally put it up to hide the thermostat.  I love the way it looks especially being able to change out the tassels with the seasons and add a few decorations to my family pics.

Now onto the dinning room, the lest used room in our whole house.  I love the cone trees from TDT and the .99 votive holders from Target.

This is my wedding china that's only been used twice.  It's Mikasa Lace, I think.  It really is beautiful.  It's a shame I don't bring it out more often.

Wreath I have hanging on my dinning room wall.

Our Christmas tree in the living room.  I love all the golds and burgandy colors along with a few punches of cream colored ornaments.

My kids collect snow globes.  We go to Target for the after Christmas sales and they get to pick two out.  At 75% off all four of my kids get one for the original price of just one.  I love decorating with them at Christmas and they're sentimental to me.  I write the kids name and the year on the bottom of the globe.  I collect mercury glass and I love displaying the two together.

Another snowglobe stacked atop a cake stand.

Since I didn't put up one of my trees this year I have a lot of bulbs left over.  My husbands loves it when I put them in containers like hurricane lanterns or mercury glass.

An up close shot of some silver balls and my favorite ornament from my teaching days, in a mercury glass container.

A shot of the mantel and fireplace from one side of the living room.  We have a really large living room so I divide it up like two seperate areas.

One half of the mantel.  I think Christmas decorating is perfect when there is a mantel involved.  I've lived in five houses and they've all had a fireplace with a mantel.  Our very first house was decided on because it had a fireplace.  I just think they make a home more cozy.

The other side of the mantel.

I love to put things in the greenery when I can.  Especially the most beautiful ornaments like this mercury glass pinecone.

On the right side of the fireplace I have a wreath hanger with s pinecone arrangement that I made with pinecones from my yard.  I just spray painted them white and hot glued them to some pretty ribbon.  Super simple and versitle.  Last year I hung them over the mirror on the mantel.  I try to change things up from year to year and not do the same thing.  That way it makes my decorations all seem new to me.

On the left side I have more ornaments in the greenery and a vase from Bombay that I've put glittered and sugared twigs in and then decorated with my small and special ornaments.

I love the twigs and as I was putting it out this year I was remembering that I didn't do it last year and couldn't decide why.  Unfortunately, now I know.  My kids have already broken about 10 of the tiny ornaments.  It's because they're too close to their stockings and I declare they check them several times a day to see if there is anything in them.

And finally, a shot of the entertainment center.  I love the nativity I got last year at an auction with my mom.  I got it for only $5.  What a steal.  I did add a coat of spray paint to it this year.  It was looking quite dull.

More mercury glass and ornaments.

Oh my, I almost forgot.  What kind of mom would I be if I didn't let the boys have their own tree?

I truly hope you all have the Merriest of Christmases.

I'll be linking up to Southern Hospitality Home for the Holidays Home Tour,
The Inspired Room: I'll Be Home For Christmas,  Hooked on Holiday Houses Tours,
Funky Junks Chrismas Trees Unite,


  1. I love your table setting! And the mercury glass pieces on the mantle instantly caught my eye.

    If you get a chance, stop by my blog today and enter my children's Christmas book giveaway.

  2. You did a beautiful job! I especially love how you decorated your mantel :)


  3. Thanks for the delightful Christmas home tour!..,

    You are warmly invited to pop over to my little corner of blogland for a wee visit and a "cup of hot chocolate and some cookies"!..,

    Below that post is our "Teddy Bears Christmas Tea" and also before that, "Tea" galore!.., Enjoy!..,

    Cheers from Silken Purse @ The Plumed Pen

  4. Oh my goodness Amanda!:) Your house is just as gorgeous as I knew it would be!:) Everything looks beautiful!:) ...By the way, is there anything you can't do!?!;) Hope you guys have a great Christmas!:)

  5. Your home is beautiful, I love it all! Everything looks great, thanks for the tour! Merry Christmas!

  6. Beautiful! I love the wreath and the mantel decorations! Your home looks lovely! Thank you for sharing a peek.

  7. Everything looks beautiful. I love all of your touches of brown, copper, and gold. That is the color scheme I went with this year in my own home. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  8. I don't even know where to begin because I love it all so much! Your Santa tree is great...we have a Santa tree too! All of the mercury glass is gorgeous, and I love what you've done with your mantle! Great color scheme!

  9. I'm laughing. "Only" three trees? Oh my! But, I guess that's like me saying I'll put up only 3 nativity sets. However, I must admit... we have three more trees in storage... hmmmm. Basement trees?
    Blessings, Kim

  10. LOVE all your beautiful mercury glass...your mantel looks outstanding with all of it! Happy to see that the "BOYS" got them a tree:) Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  11. Your home is gorgeous! I love your big stocking on the front door. Thanks for letting us take a peek. Merry Christmas!

  12. I love your decorations, I am totally gonna steal some ideas!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog--for some reason I didn't get notified of your comment until today.

    I love your fireplace and mantle--we chose our house because of the fireplace too!

  14. your pears and pinecones bowl is my favorite thing i think! kelly

  15. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment, Amanda. Kelly

  16. Ok, I know I already commented once, but I just noticed the wooden spice boxes on the wall next to your entertainment center. I have the same boxes in my kitchen....I love what you've done w/ yours...mine are still empty.