December 22, 2008

Christmas House Tour

The best time of the year, isn't it? Throw caution to the wind and decorate till you drop, I have had so much fun this year. Once I got my mind around the first little vignette, set it up, changed it around once or twice, added things, moved things just a little bit this way or that. Do you do this too or am I nuts?! Following is a tour of my home. This is the view as you come in the front door looking up the steps. Yes the kitty is real and you can bet that if someone is at the door he will be there to greet. That's his job you know. Please meet Spirit.

I love the wreath at the top of the steps. I made the wreath but the "Bon Jour" is a Wendy Addison in her wonderful glitter. Later above the living room buffet you will see her "Paris" in Glitter. The more sparkle the better for me. I purchased these at Debbie's shop Bayberry Cove. I would recommend her highly. Her service is quick, friendly and unwrapping the package was like Christmas day. Lots of pretty tissue paper.

At the top of the stairs is a china cabinet. To the left is the living room, small and cozy just the way I like it. It seems more spacious because of the half wall on the stair wall which opens the room up to the entry way. Also in the living room is a buffet and mirror beside the tree.

Then you enter the diningroom. I love my table but pictures of it will come later. Right now it is drapped for our Christmas dinner. Here is another buffet & china dressed for the holiday. This china & buffet was a gift from a friend who offered it to me when I told them I was moving and needed to get some furniture.
I feel the need to say that all of the furniture in my house is secondhand furniture. Not one piece is new. Most of it was purchased over the years at yard sales and flea markets. When we moved into this house it was decorated in dark victorian, notice the dark woodwork all around. I really needed to lighten it up, a lot, so I painted all the furniture a creamy white and hung off white lace curtains. I knew I couldn't re-do the whole house, paint & paper and such so I did the next best thing, I got creative. I think a few of my friends thought I was nuts when I announced that I was going to paint all my furniture white but hey, life is an adventure so I jumped right in. I am so happy with the results. It makes the wall paper and borders (which I am embarrased to even photograph here) easier to live with.
Here are a few shots of my precious things in the china. Flea market finds and just things I love to look at and use. It makes me laugh that I say precious because nothing here is expensive just loved by me. Oh, I do have a few little cut glass dishes that belonged to my Great Grand Mother but they don't sit in the china collecting dust. When I have a dinner I use them as serving pieces. You will see the largest bowl of the cut glass pieces on the dining room buffet filled with gold balls. The bowl is rimmed in gold and is very pretty.

Hope you liked the tour. I want to wish all my old friends who visit here as well as my new blog friends a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year. I appreciate all of you and am looking forward to more sharing in the new year.


Helen said...

I believe all of us feel as you do, sharing friendships are crucial to our well-being. I love the way you have taken a dark victorian and turned it into a cheery home.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love that you actually use your great grandma's's so nice to be able to give special pieces a place of honor on your table. And of course...I love your glittery Parisian signs!

I hear you on the wallpaper. We had a bad wallpaper border "situation" in the kitchen...and amazingly we painted right over it and it worked! I haven't "debuted" my kitchen on the blog yet, so will have to do that soon.

The Nester said...

Nice to meet you and I love your painted white furniture!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, and thanks for stopping by to see me. Your house looks very festive this Christmas season.

On the American Village house, yes that valance is hanging from some wooden holders and I think that kind of valance has little loops to go over the pegs. I've seen them in several settings & that is usually how they are attached. You can go to Pate Meadows online & see something similar. That's a window treatment line.

Hope you'll come back to see me soon!

Cindy said...

It looks so beautiful! You must be a pro at painting furniture now after all that! I love the white Christmas lights in your first china cabinet! They look so magical in there! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And thank you for the really nice comment you left me!

Joan said...

You have a beautiful house. I have a lot of pieces from the family too which keeps memories alive of things past.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy holidays!


Anonymous said...

We have the same style dining room furniture! Ours belonged to my husband's grandmother and it was her mother's before that, so it is very old and yours probably is too. I LOVE it painted white, but I love EVERYTHING painted white! Thanks for visiting me!