I’m back today with Our Christmas Home Tour ~ Part 2. I hope you enjoyed the tour through the front of the house and now I’m happy to share the rest of our home with you. I hope that you had a chance to view Part 1 of Our Christmas Home Tour. If not, check it out here.
And the Texas Blog Hop started yesterday with 5 Lone Star gals sharing ideas for the holidays and continues today with 4 more of my fellow Texas girlfriends sharing their holiday ideas. You can see the links to their sites at the end of the home tour.
And now let’s continue the tour.
Our Christmas Home Tour ~ Part 2
After you pass through the entry and the staircase, on your right is our powder bath. I love this bath; it’s like a little jewel box. I put a little holly on the glass and mirror cabinet that belonged to Sweet Shark’s grandmother
and a cute linen Christmas guest towel and paper guest towels. One little Santa makes sure you wash your hands.
On the left is our creche from Oberammergau, Germany that I showed you last week.
Then you spy our living room, breakfast room and part of the kitchen. With the fireplace blazing, the lights from the Christmas tree and the reflections of ornaments, I think it’s a beautiful and warm setting. I set battery-operated lights from Rutherford’s on top of the tall candleholders. What do you think?
We decorated the mantle simply this year. We use the brass reindeer stocking hangers that we bought at Pottery Barn years ago to hang everyone’s needlepoint stockings. The BOCL lights I mentioned yesterday look like reins and we christened the first reindeer as Rudolph.
For a little green, I added these Christmas trees I made. (I’ll share the how-to later.)
Our Santa and reindeer and his very own Christmas tree adorned with more BOCL and some snow on the coffee table
The bookcase is dressed with Christmas characters and now has its own garland with lights.
A moose and a snowman came to play.
A little bird in a cup under a cloche on the table with some holly
And our tree, always the centerpiece of the Christmas decorations. This is a noble fir from Calloway’s Nursery. It’s in the breakfast room; this is our third Christmas in this home and we searched the first one for where to put the tree. Sweet Shark suggested the breakfast room. I was skeptical at first, but it’s worked really well. We move the table to the garage and raise the chain on the light fixture ~ don’t want anyone bumping his head. Because we have a bay window in the breakfast room, the light is reflected and at night it appears that we have 5 trees instead of one. 5 for the price of 1!
Sweet Shark is in charge of putting on lights and I add the ornaments. We have dozens of Christmas bells and balls going back years. About every other year, I have to polish them. Sweet Shark and I collect ornaments on our travels. Here’s a few:
I bought these beautiful blue, green, and white glass balls last year at Mary Cates, one of my favorite local design shops. This year I copied the store’s trick and gathered them in threes. I love the effect. (I’ll share the how-to in a later post.)
One of our traditions is my Dicken’s Village, which I’ve been collecting for almost 20 years. Each year the arrangement is different and putting the houses and characters out for display is like seeing old friends again. I divided the pieces into 2 parts this year. Half on the 2 shelves of the console table in the breakfast room.
And the other half is on the sofa table. Even though each house comes with its own light, I decided to try the BOCL on this group. I like the look of the lights under the “snow.”
Here is a view of the kitchen. We placed a wreath (it’s fake) on the vent hood, added a bow and white BOCL. Couldn’t have lights any other way.
Some Christmas coffee cups, a canister with marshmallows, bowls with Hersey kisses and 2 of my favorite Christmas books brighten the kitchen counter.
Our master bedroom is off the living room. This year I decided I wanted a Christmas tree in there to brighten the holiday. It came with white lights from Jo-ann’s; I added big white stars that I made a couple of years ago, more silver, gold and white ornaments, and a star on top that I bought in San Diego.
Around the tree is our collection of crystal Santas, angels and polar bears. It’s nice to read in bed at night and see the tree.
I placed a gold tree, a Santa, and a votive candle on our nightstands.
I found these sweet little birds at Wisteria. The color matches our bathroom so they get to perch on the side table by the bathtub.
Wow! I think that’s the tour. I hope you enjoyed it. We are enjoying the lights, the coziness and the warmth of the holidays.
Texas Christmas Blog Hop
As promised, here are the links to today’s Lone Star posts.
Betsy at Estelle’s
BJ at Sweet Nothings
Lisa at Fern Creek Cottage
Aimee at It’s Overflowing
I’ll be joining the Texas Blog Hop tomorrow so please drop back by the Bluesky Kitchen.