Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas 2012

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This is going to be a picture heavy post, so I’ll try to keep the “talking” to a minimum!  My Christmas decorating got off to a slow start, what with my son visiting for Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve kept it simple this year and am basically calling it done.

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I have to decorate with my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter in mind.  Touching is a common thing when she is over, so I try to put out things she can touch, like these knitted dolls that my godmother gave me 25 years ago.

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My daughter walked around with them starting when she was 2 1/2 and now my granddaughter is doing the same.   The girl is missing a pigtail and I’m going to see if my daughter’s friend {who knits} can make me up a replacement.

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I added a pair of decorative mittens from Christmas Tree Shops to my door swag that I’ve had for several years now.  It’s nice to give it a new look with an inexpensive addition.

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The mantel has been decorated simply ~ garland and beads, the bottlebrush trees I bleached last year and the Mark Roberts fairies I got as gifts last Christmas.

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I like this area best at night when the tree lights and fireplace are lit.

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I added a little Christmas to the guest bathroom with an apothecary jar filled with blue and silver ornaments from the dollar store.


The sunroom is where we spend a lot of time.  I picked up two wreaths at Walmart to add to the French doors leading into this room.

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We usually keep these doors open, though.

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Along with some decorations on the bookshelves.

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And one of two small trees I have.  This one has some of my favorite ornaments from when my kids were little.

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I keep these little trees decorated and after Christmas just cover them with those really large and strong contractor’s garbage bags.  They go right back up in the attic just like this.

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In the dining room, I added a mini balsam tree {from Walmart ~ $4.98} to a pedestal tray with some small ornaments on our dining table. 

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The light fixture got two large candle wreaths {which I cut open} as its decoration.

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The sideboard with a few decorations including that plate I found at Good Will.

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Since this post seems long enough at the moment, I’ll stop here and continue the rest of the tour in a separate post.

Linking up with

A Homespun Christmas at Savvy Southern Style

Sunday’s Best at My 1929 Charmer

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
Your home looks so pretty and festive. I love the Mark Roberts fairies. I'm in Calabash, NC this week and a shop called Callahans has hundreds of them. They are hanging from the ceilings and all over the place. It's pure eye candy overload and I would love to have a few but they are very expensive. They have a tree decorated with nothing but the smaller ones.

You are so ready for the holidays. Love your little dolls too.


vivian said...

YOu have a beautiful home Kathy. I love your decorations. I love looking at blogs this time of year and seeing how everyone decorates! (well I love looking at blogs all the time really.,..!)
got your package saturday, thankyou! it is perfect for my daughters stocking!
have a great day

Okio B Designs said...

Love your Christmas touches! Glad to see the JOY sticks held up. The ball toppers came off mine.
=( I just stuck them back on. I'll glue them back one of these days.


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

It's lovely! All of it. Very Christmas-y and inspiring to me to get started. I am going small this year too and no else is really going to know that but me. Very nice Kathy!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Everything looks amazing. I love it all, so beautiful. I really didn't do that much. Love how you use all the trees everywhere, gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Stitchfork said...

Humming -- it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Becca Bertotti said...

What a beautiful holiday home, Kathy! Your tree is gorgeous ... love the mantel (such whimsical fairies) ... your dolls are too cute (and how special that your granddaughter carries them around now). And, love that you added the blue/silver balls to the apothecary jar ... great touch for your bathroom! Thanks for sharing ... Happy Holidays!

Andrea said...

It is all so gorgeous and magical!

Pamela said...

Kathy everything looks amazing! Love your fairies!! Those are my most favorite thing to collect for the holidays. Hope your week starts off well!:)

chateau chic said...

Kathy, your home looks beautiful all dressed up for Christmas! Very festive!
Mary Alice

Sonny G said...

your holiday home looks beautiful. so many special touches around makes it Perfect for you and your family. Love the soft dolls.. great memory makers~!

NanaDiana said...

Kathy- Everything looks wonderful. I love it- xo Diana

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy your home looks beautiful!! Love that shot of your mantel and tree!

Jane said...

Everything looks so beautiful - warm and inviting! I love the way you brought Christmas to every area in your home. Stopping by from My 1929 Charmer's Sunday's Best Par.tay and so delighted to have discovered your blog!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathy, your home looks so beautiful. That first photo is 'postcard perfect'! All of your accents are just wonderful! Very pretty!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It all looks great, Kathy. Be glad that you are done. I'm not.

The Tuscan Home said...

Be still my heart....that first photo should be in a magazine. I love your mantle. The picture and iron work really frames the whole display to perfection. Everything looks so pretty and festive, you've done a wonderful job! XO ~Liz

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, Your home looks like it should be in a magazine. I love all your touches and your mantel is gorgeous. Love the bit of nostalgia along with your decor. The sweet little dolls are so special. I can't wait to see more.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I love what you have done, Kathy. I'm also in awe that you are done! I've only done the front porch and hoping to work on the mantel tonight.

I love the simple and traditional look. Great job!

Cynthia said...

Your home looks stunning for Christmas. I love the wreath hanging from the lamp shade. The apothecary jar filled with balls is just beautiful. Looks amazing.


Debby said...

Your home looks really nice. Looks like alot of decorations to me. I am sure your little granddaughter loves coming to visit.

Anonymous said...

Kathy...looks like you had fun decorating...everything looks wonderful. Love those precious dolls!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, Your Christmas decor is gorgeous!! What a pretty tree and mantle, the dolls are adorable.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

The dolls are adorable and I'm lovin' the wreath on the lampshade. Never would've thought to do that! Very clever. Pretty room. It looks great!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It all looks so pretty and festive, Kathy. Looks done to me.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Everything is so very pretty, Kathy! Your large sitting beside the gorgeously decorated fireplace creates a room that looks so warm and cozy. I adore your little dolls -- anything with a ancestral connection always tugs at my heart.


It's all so pretty! I love Christmas at night with the soft lights and glow from the fire!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Kathy, it is all so great. I love the mittens on the door swag and I say leave the pigtail off, it makes it look so loved!!


Gail said...

Oh Kathy, your home looks beautiful all decked out for Christmas! How sweet that you still have those dolls. Enjoy your day, Gail

andrea@townandprairie said...

Your home looks like a modern fairy tale, all decked out like the night before Christmas. Beautifully planned decor...I love that you've kept the little knit's those little things that make Christmas decor special to me... the memories.

Maria Elena said...

Kathy, you have done a fabulous job with your Holiday decor! Your home looks gorgeous!!!

Tina said...

Thank you Kathy, Your home looks beautiful and so cozy for the holiday!

Decor To Adore said...

Those dolls!!! Oh your Christmas decor is so pretty! It makes me feel so cheery and festive.

May the peace and joy of the season be yours.

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Hi Kathy! I think it all looks AMAZING! I love your Christmas style. Elegant as always. I can't wait to see the rest! Happy Holidays! ~ Jamie

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your home looks really pretty Kathy! I like how you have those scrolly things framing the print over the fireplace - lovely. Love the wreath on the lampshade. Fantastic job!

Sue said...

I think you made up for lost time, Kathy! The house is looking festive and cute. I'm still plugging along, hoping for inspiration as I go. LOL
Expecting some magnolias from MS on Thursday from a blogging friend, so the mantel will have to wait. Plus, I'm moving furniture.... Why do I do this to myself? We need to plan a quick meet-up real soon before it gets even busier. Jean and I had lunch today and I took her to two small shops she'd never been in. We got some good ideas for some projects. TTYS- Sue

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi Kathy, I love the idea of the touchable decorations since I might be getting a wee one of my own by next Christmas. Still waiting to hear from my daughter. Your decorations are beautiful and welcoming. Well done.

Kelly said...

No wonder you're done. It all looks so great! I love how warm and cozy everything looks at night.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Kathy! Everything is so beautiful! I'm ready to get my decorating started but I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to get anything out yet. I'm more than ready especially after seeing your beautiful holiday decor!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful is evident that you have been hard at work!!...Love all of your wonderful holiday touches throughout the house...Looking forward to "Part 2"

Unknown said...

Oh! What a lovely christmas 2012 decorations of your home is this? It looks very attractive also and colorful that’s an exactly in this Christmas Season.

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