My Home For The Holidays

Ahhh…. My house is clean. Like CLEAN clean. Like Monica from FRIENDS clean. Shopping is completely finished, and the presents are wrapped. I honestly don’t know how I managed to get it done with a few days to rest and enjoy, seeing as how we JUST got our tree a week ago Tuesday and I only started decorating and shopping on Sunday. Taking a trip to Disney World the first 2 weeks of December and then getting awfully sick once i got home kind of put a hold on getting my house in Holiday order. I certainly did not do as much as I usually do and it was kind of nice to have an excuse to not go overboard and be my usual neurotic self. And truthfully, I’ll take a 10 days in warm weather at Disney for Christmas over FULLY decking my halls at home any day!!

As I sit and enjoy a slightly simpler Holiday. I thought I’d share some photos of my Home from last Christmas.  When we bought our house 16 years ago it was pretty much falling apart. But when I walked into it, I immediately envisioned it decorated for Christmas (and remodeled of course) and I was sold. Many of my favorite Christmas treasures are vintage items that I’ve been collecting for years and as I put them out each year I can’t help but feel like they were destined for my 100+ year old home.

I do like to mix old and new however, and every few years I tend to re-theme our living room tree and decor. Last year was the year of Deer, Tartan, and plaid and I loved it. This room makes me so happy to sit in with it’s Cheerful and Classic Christmas Colors.

 

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I’m actually a little obsessive about my wrapping paper. I usually find the best patterns (at the best prices) at T.J. Maxx and if I find something I love I will make sure to get multiples so that I can use it for a few years. I also love to just display the rolls because, well, they are just so darn pretty to me!

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My “Blue Room” decor rarely changes. It’s usually filled with my Vintage Shiny Brites in colors of Aqua, Pink, and Gold.

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Some of my favorite items in this room are my vintage Christmas Cards and my wood carved Nativity from Haiti.

 

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Each year, my hallway and staircase look completely different. You never know what I will do (or not do) with it. Kind of depends on my mood and how much energy I have left as it is usually the last to get decorated.

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My Dining Room is another that makes me so happy. Filled with vintage goodies that i’ve collected over the years. Shiny Brites and Napco Figurines. And, I cannot forget all of my Vintage Christmas Table Cloths! They are probably my all time favorite Christmas Decor.

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I have to give a shout out to a good friend, Janet Murray, who has very generously supplied me with many beautiful Shiny Brite Ornaments over the years. She too collects them and seems to pick me up a few treasures when she’s looking for her own.

Last but not least is my kitchen. Last year I went all out with my decor in there. I probably went a little overboard, but if you can’t do that at Christmas then when can you?

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Some of my favorite items in the kitchen include the giant copper cookie cutters that I found at a antique store, and my Napco Kissing Angel Salt and Pepper Shakers. Then of course, my kitchen is always stocked with my favorite yummy butter cookies. I eat way too many of those each year!

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Thanks for taking time to look around my Holiday Home. I hope you can see how much joy it brings me to fill it with my beautiful and bright treasures. It certainly helps me get through a time of year that I would otherwise categorize as “gloomy.” I’d love to hear about any special Christmas treasures that you fill your home with each year and any stories you have behind them!