Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Come In For A Christmas Tour Of My Home

Happy day to you, friends!
I want to invite you into my home during this beautiful Christmas season.
As many of you know my husband and I were in the middle of moving 
into a new home last Christmas and we didn't get into it until January.
So this Christmas is extra special since it's our first Christmas in our new home :)
I kept the decorations simple with touches of Christmas charm here and there.

Won't you please come in. . .

{ don't you just love the Christmas lights reflecting in the piano? }

Have a seat, dear friends, and simply relax and enjoy.


Enjoy the twinkling of Christmas lights. . .


The sparkle of Christmas ornaments. . .


And the sound of beautiful Christmas carols.


Shall we head into the dining room?
Maybe you would like some cookies and coffee? :)



I hung some delicate Christmas ornaments from the dining room light fixture.
The pretty white balls were given to me from my mom before I got married;
we put them away in my hope chest for future use and enjoyment :)


A simple garland made out of felt and glitter balls graces the top of my China hutch.
You can find the tutorial here.



This darling snowlady was hand painted by the lovely Celeste.
She has an Etsy shop filled with beautiful hand painted items
which is where I found this snowlady.
Celeste also has a wonderful blog filled with beauty and charm.
I know she would love a visit from you :)



And speaking of Celeste,
she painted these amazing ice skates.
Are they not incredibly beautiful and absolutely stunning?!


The detail is simply exquisite!


When I saw them in her Etsy Shop it was love at first sight :)
I would look at them every day. . .



This sweet little tea cart belonged to my Grandma Dee who gave it to my mom
and now I have the privilege of using it in my home.



It's the perfect place for my vintage tins and sparkly baubles.



My older sister loves to take old wood and make something out of it
so she made me this pretty pallet shelf.
I admire her and all of you others that enjoy working with wood and paint- 
it is truly an artistic talent.


Now into the kitchen. . .


For the Christmas season my big wrapping paper wreath 
has been hung in place of my dishes.


This charming Cardinal dish was found at the thrifty store a few weeks ago.
I couldn't pass it up since it reminded me of my Grandma Betty 
and her love for these beautiful red birds.



You might remember these cute minature pillows from last year.
I thought they looked quite sweet in this Christmas-y red bowl.


The kitchen has the perfect view of the Christmas tree.


This little snowman keeps me company while I cook at the stove.


There is plenty of hot cocoa and cappuccino. . .


Maybe you could like some in a cup of Christmas cheer :)
Add some marshmallows to your hot drink and stir with a cinnamon stick
for a tasty, sweet treat.


Now lets head down the hallway
{my very short hall}.


Don't get caught under the mistletoe. . .
although that's the place I like to be when my sweet hubby gets home
* wink - wink *


At the end of the hall is my craft room
where I placed a small Christmas tree beside an old scale and books.
The wreath is a smaller version of my wrapping paper wreath.


There are pearls and bows adorning the tree.



A handmade pillow with polka dots and lace
and a jar filled with pearls and ornaments.


Come on in to my craft room. . .


Some tinsel and vintage ornaments lay on my piano.


And my sewing machine is made festive by a Christmas pin cushion.


It looks like Ebony is the wise one 
as she has a sweet little nap on my bed :)
Maybe I'll join her in a little while. . .


I kept my room simple and added some shabby Christmas decor 
to the top of my dresser.
I thought the pink and cream ornaments looked nice and feminine 
with my dried roses and old white doily.


The crystal bowl is filled with pine branches and pine cones - it smells lovely!


Thank you for taking a tour of my home, dear friends.
How I wish I could actually have you into my home - what a joy that would be!
We could sit by the cozy fire with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa
and enjoy some sweet fellowship :)

Have a delightful day!
Much love and big hugs to you!

76 comments:

Cattails said...

Hello Stephanie and Merry Christmas. What a special Christmas all settled in your new home. Everything is so festive and welcoming. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.

White Lace and Promises said...

Stephanie I love the red and white. It's my favorite combination and you've done a beautiful job and placing here and there. Everything looks so cozy. My favorite parts are the balls hanging from the light, the balls in the tins and the jars and the Christmas tree in the crate. These make me happy.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- Stephanie- What fun to decorate your house for the first time for Christmas. I love how festive it all is. I see you have two pianos, too! Love that.

What a wonderful tea cart that has been passed down to you. It is quite a fancy one.

The balls from the dining room fixture is a sweet touch, too. You did a great job. It looks like Christmas at your house! xo Diana

Julie Corbisiero said...

Your house is decorated so lovely with the hints of red and white! I really loved the tour of your beautiful house. I love the pretty ice skates that Celeste painted and she is a talented artist. Wishing you and the family a Merry Christmas. Hugs,
Julie

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi Stephanie,
I SO enjoyed the tour of your lovely, festive home. I was a visiting nurse long ago, and I loved seeing how people lived in their homes
The nuts in the cardinal dish reminded me of my dear mother. It is 29 years today that she died -or as my friends Judy said today, 29 years ago she ascended into Heaven!
What a wonderful way to think about it.
xxoo, m & jb

Scrappy quilter said...

I love your blog, your home and how you shared it with us.

Sola Scriptura said...

Stephanie, Your home is lovely. Thank you for letting us "visit."

Mary said...

Everything is so festive and pretty. I enjoyed every room. Merry Christmas, to God be the Glory.

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... your home is so warm, cosy and absolutely charming. I love it all. I especially love the quilt on your bed. Did you make it? It is so pretty. Thank you for sharing. Christmas Blessings ♥ Teri

Sarah said...

Hi Stephanie,

Your home looks so charming and inviting! Who plays the piano in your home? I am also wondering with Teri, did you make the quilt? It is so pretty!

-Sarah

Libby {Simplicity and Domesticity} said...

Your decorations are absolutely lovely! And I must say that your home is beautiful- it looks so warm and inviting! :) This post reminded me that I need to get my sister to take pictures of our decorations so I can post about them ;) She's the photographer in our family! Thank you for having everyone over for a "visit"- this was a sweet post. Hope your evening is lovely!

Hugs to you!
-Libby

Nurdan Kanber said...

Your home with Christmas decoration is as lovely as your personality dear Stephanie!

Thank you for inviting us to your warm home to see! I really enjoy ♥

Sending my warmest regards to you and your family ♥
Hugs


Debbie said...

ohhh Stephanie, so very beautiful!! every last detail has been given just the right amount of attention!!

I really enjoyed seeing the inside of your home. I used to have the hubs drive slow, at night, so I could look in everyone's home, to see how they were decorated. at Halloween, I would always go right up to the door with my kids, always looking at how homes were decorated. back in the day, before we had the internet!!

it looks like your tree just touches the ceiling, it's perfect. the skates were my very most favorite part but touch is so very special!!!!!

Debbie Harris said...

Even though I'm mom, I enjoyed my visit and touring through your lovely home, my dear.
Sigh... You take the best photos and your angles were great.
The red and white sure turned out beautiful, Stephanie.
Maybe I will have my tea with you tomorrow when I come to town. :)
Enjoy your cozy evening by the fireside.
Love you, Mom

Mari said...

Your home is just charming! I love all the decorations. The skates are so pretty!

Valerie said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie,
Your home is simply lovely. Everything looks so absolutely perfect! I just love your ice skates. How beautiful! I painted a pair of skates about 9 years ago, this makes me want to find another pair to paint. ;) I adore all of your white doilies. Just loveliness. Merry Christmas Blessings, Valerie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh My Gosh!!! You did a TON of decorating. My eye was immediatley drawn to your grandmothers tea cart what a treasure....and those ice skates...Love them

Carol

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Stephanie,

You have a warm and very festive home. Your love of your new home shows in every detail!

So- you have TWO pianos, huh? So do I so I asked my sister to take my other one until my eldest daughter's home is big enough to take it. All good- and yes I love the way yours reflects your pretty Christmas tree lights!

God bless! Enjoy your Advent Season.

Billie Jo said...

Stephanie,
Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home!
It is so charming and festive and cozy!!!!
I adore it all!
Enjoy the season with your sweet family. : )

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie...thanks so much for inviting us all into your lovely home! How excited you must be that this is your first Christmas there...everything looks so warm, comfortable and festive!

Dee said...

I really enjoyed that wonderful tour of your home. I didn't want to leave. When I got to the end, I just scrolled back to the top and stared all over again. You have decorated your new home beautifully for the holidays. I love your festive décor, your tea pot collection, your craft room, your two pianos and so much more... :)

Vicky Hunt said...

Your home is so beautiful decorated for Christmas. Very cozy and inviting. How fun it would be to visit and have a cup of hot cocoa. I noticed the wedding photo pillow on your bed...so pretty! Thanks for sharing your lovely home Stephanie. Have a blessed rest of the week.

Hugs, Vicky

Bethany Carson said...

Everything looks lovely and sparklingly clean! The ice skates are beautiful! Thank you for the tour of your home!

My cozy ✄ little space said...

lovely stephanie! i love decorations and everything is so neat...thanks for sharing...loves soraya

My cozy ✄ little space said...

lovely!

Tori Leslie said...

You have a lovely Christmas home with so many special items. I especially love that serving cart!! thanks for the tour!

Janneke said...

Stephanie, thank you so much for showing us your wonderful decorated Christmas home. I was touched by the Cardinal dish, love it and....you have so many beautiful doilies. It was a joy to see this all.

momstheword said...

Hello, my friend! Long time no "see!" ;) I do read your posts in my reader but am not good about commenting, obviously!

Your home is lovely and you knocked yourself out decorating, didn't you?

I was all excited about decorating for Christmas this year and we pulled all the stuff out and then I just ran out of time to do it all.

So I did not decorate the downstairs at all, and stuck maybe ONE or two decorations in the one of the bathrooms and put two decorations in the sunroom and called it good, lol!

Of course, I DID decorate the entry and the living room, and I put up the nativity in the dining room, but I really scaled down this year!

Anne Payne said...

Oh Stephanie, If I came to visit I would curl right up on that comfy looking sofa and drink a cup of tea! Your home is lovely and such a blessing from the Lord. I adore that you have so much gorgeous light coming into each room. Makes it perfect for taking photos :) Love you, dear friend! {{hugs}}

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear Stephanie!!!! I am getting so excited to see how everyone celebrates their anticipation. To see Celeste's work in your home (don't you just love her?) and your sweet touch is so inspiring, really. I started to decorate, but it is so sparse yet I like it. Now to photograph it!

Every room is filled with your LOVE for family, life and light. Your white hallway with the mistletoe is GORGEOUS! My sweet friend, it has been so lovely to get to know you. I wish you many happy years of creating, blogging and fluffing up your beautiful new nest of a home. IT'S FUN!

Happy Thursday! Anita

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Oh Stephanie, what a beautiful home all decked out for Christmas. Your family is so blessed to have you. I can tell you truly love what God has blessed you with. I could picture myself sitting at your table, and choosing a hot drink from your drink station. Two pianos? Thank you for all the time you put into this, the sharing of your heart and home. You are a delight. ~ Abby

mamasmercantile said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour of your home, you have decorated so beautifully for the season and have a stunning home.

Miss Val's Creations said...

You house looks amazing Stephanie. I love those hand painted ice skate. What a unique item to re-purpose. The old tea cart is so sweet. What a beautiful piece to pass down in the family. I particularly love the hot cocoa station!

Elizabethd said...

You must have worked so hard to get your house looking so very Christmassy, Stephanie. Could you come and do mine now?!

Sylvia said...

Thank you Stephanie, for inviting us into your lovely home. It is so beautifully decorate for Christmas. Love the skates! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas.
Hugs,Sylvia

Julie Marie said...

Oh Stephanie, your home is so beautiful, so warm and welcoming... I love all of your natural wood... and all of your special ornaments with stories to tell from days~gone~by... those that belonged to loved ones are the most priceless of all... your snowlady from Celeste is so cute, and of course her ice skates are exquisite!... I have a lovely pair she painted for me years ago and I treasure them so!... so happy you are celebrating Christmas in your new home with your family, including Ebony!... kitty kisses sweet little one... each time I think about quitting blogging, I visit here... and am reminded there are still beautiful, loving and kind ladies blogging... about real life... real homes... real love... real friendships... Merry Christmas to you sweetie!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

PS I switched all of my blogs I follow over to Bloglovin when they talked about doing about with blogger followers... I find that they do not come through in a timely manner... signing on again on blogger, I don't want to miss any more of your posts... xoxo...

Anna said...

Lovely decorations, lovely house...
Thanks for sharing your sweet home...
Hug
Anna

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Your home looks so lovely and I adore all the litte trees. Merry Christmas.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello Stephanie,
Thank you for the home tour. You have a lovely home and I like your Christmas decor.

I saw your last post of photos of you and your family. Lovely family. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all your wonderful inspiration.
Blessings,
Bobbie Lynn

Francine said...

What pretty decorations! Might I just say though, non-Christmas related, your turquoise percolator is adorable! :)

bj said...

I am so loving your beautiful home all decorated for such a special season...and I am so in love with the ice skates, I can barely breath.....:)
xo

Cranberry Morning said...

Your home is decorated beautifully, Stephanie! I do love the reflection of the lights on the piano AND from the tree lights onto the hardwood floor. I tried to read the spines of the books in your bedroom, but gave up. LOL (I always try to read book spines.)
Have a wonderful day, friend.

Marci Smith said...

Oh how I love your home!! Your decorations are beautiful and your home is so inviting. I wish I were there to sit in your dining room and have a cup of Christmas cheer with you. :)
xoxo

Sandra said...

Oh how I loved seeing into your beautiful home decorated for Christmas. You've created such a warm, cozy place...it feels like home even through the computer screen! :)

I think you've done a great job of adding both masculine and femimine touches to your home so that everyone in your family, as well as any who visits, feels comfortable.

Merry Christmas, Stephanie!

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! You are so blessed to have two piano's! Wow! Your house is so welcoming and CLEAN. Please don't ever come over to my house, it's a mess! LOL!

Those painted skates are so cool! I've never seen anything like them. And the idea of putting ornaments in a mason jar is just inspired. Love the red.

Yes! I'd love a cup of tea or coffee. I wish we lived closer to each other :)
Ceil

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

What a darling idea, dear Stephanie! You have a truly beautiful home and one can see what special care and attention you have paid to details - I love how festive you have made it, too! And I do so wish I could stop in for that lovely sounding cuppa! But since I can't, let me send you a few hugs! Thank you for welcoming us into your sweet home today! Much love, Kelly-Anne xx

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I love every detail! Thank you so much for inviting us in today! Merry Christmas!!

peabea said...

How fun your first Christmas (well the first that you're settled) in a new home. :) Loved the tour and loved all your beautiful rooms and the decorations you've done. Especially like the ice skates. I see them all the time at the Thrift store, but never thought to do that with them. Idea...hmmm Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas. Can't believe it's getting so close already.

Simply Linda said...

I can't believe it has been a nearly a year already! I just love your home, and the way you decorated it. Thank you sweet friend for sharing and putting a smile on my face. Blessings

Kerin said...

Hi Stephanie..
How charming your home is... all decorated for Christmas.
So many charming little details, and loving placed to make your home feel welcoming and festive.
Thank you for taking us on a tour of your darling home.

I did a home tour of a different kind today, on my "Cottage On Main" blog. A look back to our homestead, and farm home, and all of the renovations we did there.
Whew... I am so grateful to be at Mill Hill Meadow this Christmas.

How blessed and lucky we are to have new homes for this Christmas!!!

~Warm wishes...
Kerin

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Sweet is the perfect word to describe your decorations and they go perfectly in your sweet home. I love the ice skates! I love how you used lace and feminine touches in your country woodland feel home. Perfect!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Thank you for the tour dear Stephanie. Your home is so full of love, I can just tell. Lots of beautiful little touches, that have your signature on them. I had my eye on those ice skates, too; aren't they beautiful?
Loved seeing all the projects you've been showing us in their own "home."

Camille said...

What a blessing you are to your family, my friend. Everything is so lovingly placed and displayed. May the Lord bless you as you celebrate His first coming in your new home. Merry Christmas from our home to yours! Hugs, Camille

Nikki said...

Your home is as beautiful as I imagined it to be! :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Stephanie, What a delight to see your gorgeous new home all decked out for Christmas. I imagine how much fun you had this year. Love all your beautiful touches. You are so very talented at displaying your pretty keepsakes and treasures.
It is easy to see the love you put in all you do and your home reflects your sweet spirit. Love seeing the way you used your wall pocket and the skates. I wish you much enjoyment and I am so glad they live with you. So sweet of you to give me a mention. Thank you so much.

Wishing you a very special Christmas in your new home and God Bless you and your dear family in the new year.

Blessings and Love!
xo

Natalie said...

Beautiful home and Christmas decor Stephanie! Trying to get the rest of my decorations up but time is ticking away from me quickly. Having a guest staying in our home for a week (last week) helped get a few things done at the front door, living room and porch before his arrival! Next is our Ladies Ministry Christmas luncheon on Saturday so not so sure if I will have any energy to finish except putting up the stockings and wrapping the gifts! (lol). Thanks again for sharing your beautifully decorated and organized home! What a great testimony! God bless!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Wow Stephanie, it all looks wonderful! I have barely started my decorating but I'm hoping to make some progress and get some pictures to share this weekend. I just love those ice skates, beautiful painting!

Tania

My Garden Diaries said...

What a gorgeous tour friend!!! My goodness! From your vignettes to those painted skates! Your home feels rich and warm and oh so festive! You have done an amazing job creating your spaces and I just love those vintage tins!!! Way to go friend and thank you for taking us along! Happy weekend to you! Nicole xo

kitty said...

I'm finally able to take a minute and sit down, my friend, and enjoy the lovely tour of your sweet home. I love seeing the special touches that are so YOU. Your home shows the love that you pour out from inside your heart to your cozy surroundings. Thank you for letting me take a peek inside your world. Yes, I wish we could visit in person and enjoy that cup of tea or cocoa together, but this is the next best thing. Loving hugs sent to you.

Ariëlla said...

Cozy home! I love it!

Barbara Neubeck said...

..Stephanie ... everything is so beautiful..... I love it all.... you are so creative.... Hugs and Blessings ... Barb xxx

kathyinozarks said...

Merry Christmas, thank you so much for opening up your home to us-everything is so lovely and beautiful. The ice skates are amazing!
hugs to you

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Stephanie,
I loved seeing your home decorated for Christmas. Isn't it fun to decorate a new home and make it your special space? I loved all the splashes of red, silver, and white, and the red cardinals made me smile big. Those little birds fascinate me. I really liked the classic red balls. My mom had red balls on her tree every year, and it looked so pretty.

Everything looks so charming and lovely, and your new home says "welcome" to me.

Sending my love at Christmas time.

~Sheri

Jazzmin said...

Reading this and admiring all of your BEAUTIFUL decorations was like walking in a cozy winter wonderland with you. It felt like you were touring me through your home as we walked around together and sipped cocoa in your kitchen. Everything, every detail, every touch, all of the vintage-y feel of the cheer and charm of your decorations is so lovely and homey! Such a joy to tour your Winter home, sweet friend :)

I can't put my finger on what my favorite is because it's all just so pretty, but I sure love your craft room decor with the scale and the pearls strewn through your little tree.
I am even more excited to start decorating for Winter this weekend :)

Love and hugs from me to you!
~Jazzmin

Maria said...

A wonderful Christmas tour of your lovely home, Stephanie! Very pretty decorations. Thank you so much for sharing your photos! Hugs and blessings to you!:-)

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Stephanie - I so loved my visit to your beautiful home. Everything looks gorgeous. Your decorations and style are simply divine. Now can I have a cup of your hot cocoa with marshmallows please! Have a very merry week-end. Hugs!

Michelle said...

Hi Stephanie, your home is so cozy and inspirational. My favourite decoration would have to be the crystal bowl filled with pine branches and pine cones with the baubles in it :)

Blessings x

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh Stephanie, I've had this post in my inbox just waiting until I had time and a cup of coffee to sit and enjoy it! I love your home tour and I'm so happy for you to get to have your first Christmas in your new home. It's all so pretty! I love those glass ornaments hanging above your table and I love the fact that you had them in your hope chest and now you are enjoying them. Those ice skates are just the most fabulous thing I have ever seen! Thank you for making me smile with my morning coffee today!

Poppy said...

Sweet Stephanie,

Thank you so very much for this most lovey tour of your beautiful home. It is definitely going to be a cozy, first Christmas, as your festive flair is everywhere, with homemade crafts, found treasures, (those ice skates are darling!), and the feeling of joy and peace, present in your hearts.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Hugs,
Poppy

Amy said...

Oh Stephanie... Your home is very lovely and full of Christmas Cheer! I just loved every room...

I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Hugs to you,
Amy

Mrs. Cote said...

Your Christmas decorating is lovely and homey. I really enjoyed the tour! I definitely want to make my own curly wreath too!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Stephanie you have decorated your home so Lovely, I was going to start commenting on all the sweet touches I love but realized I would be commenting on everything, so just lets say it is all just wonderful and next year I may have to use some of those ideas, thanks for sharing your wonderful Christmas decorating!

The Mayo Family said...

Lovely tour....only, we wish it could be in "real life" :)
Lordwilling, someday!
Beautiful, loving home....with a lovely homemaker! Your piano is lovely too...
Christmas blessings to you friend~
Maggie for all

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Stephanie, your home is beautiful! I loved peeking into all the rooms. So much fun. I have to say when I saw the bookcase in your craft room, I had to stop and stare a few minutes :) I LOVE how you have all the books displayed. And yes, I'll take some hot chocolate with a peppermint stick.

My thrift store addiction said...

Lovely tour! Merry Christmas! Cecilia

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