I must be crazy to want to do a Christmas Home Tour this year! I am so nervous to show you my home but yet I am also excited to share my cozy little place with you!
I have admired so many Christmas home tours on blogs, the homes are gorgeous! And I love the all the different styles of decorating, rustic, country, traditional, contemporary. It’s all so beautiful!
I want to warn you that I have been in my home for less than a year. I still don’t have things the way I want them. I need to paint, and there are still a few pieces of furniture that I am looking for and I still need curtains. My house certainly does not look like it is worthy of a home tour, but I love my home and I love decorating for Christmas. I just want to share my little corner of the world, a little place that warms my heart and welcomes all the family and friends that I have!!
I have been planning my Christmas décor for months! Let me tell you how I started….
I have lots of family heirlooms that have been carefully packed away. I have quite a few antiques that I have collected over the years. And, I just have a lot of STUFF! So I have been trying to be creative in using so many of the pieces to decorate.
The first thing I did was to start with an empty slate, I emptied all table tops and counters. Then I set out what I wanted to use from my collections, and unpacked all the Christmas décor I had packed away.
I used old and new together in the décor, but I tried keep all the silver pieces together, and all the gold together. That said, I do like silver and gold decorations together, and I love a light blue thrown in with it, maybe next year….
I keep at least one framed photo of my kids, grandkids and my parents on display. My parents have passed on and I need to keep a picture of them out not only all the time BUT most definitely at Christmas. I have so many wonderful fond memories of my childhood Christmases, even though they are always in my heart, I still want their photo for all to see.
Some of the Christmas balls are new, some are hand-made mercury glass, and some are from my very first tree when I became a single mom… so many years ago! Here’s a close up of the handmade mercury glass.
My Dad used to set up a platform train set when I was very small. He was very detailed using black thread for telephone wire, he used mirror for ice on a pond, and there were train cars that actually functioned as if it were a real train. The engine even blew smoke! But sadly, Dad got rid of everything except a few of the trains. But one of the things that I really loved were the little bottle brush trees!! I can’t help myself!!
So I bought a few to set on my craft table.. Warms my heart when I look at them as it reminds me of that train platform so many years ago!
I thought decorating the kitchen for Christmas would be difficult and I would just go light on the decor, but it turned out to be easier than I thought AND I was able to use some of the heirlooms!
This cabinet I installed after I moved in, but I still haven’t decided on the type of counter tile I want, so I covered the plywood base with the shiny red cloth.
Even the sink area has a little sugared faux fruit for decor.
This corner is where I do all my cooking, and today, baking! I left a few cookies our for visitors, and a little basket for tangerines and apples.
I also set out the makings for hot cocoa, the grandkids will love this!
So, that’s it for now. I didn’t get my nativity scene up yet, I’ll share that with you soon.
Merry Christmas friends!