Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas home tour (or ‘throw a jingle bell on it and call it done!’)


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Welcome to Brandywine! (Yes, my house has a name.  The story of that is here.)
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Back when I was young (and my heart was an open book), I used to go all-out for the holidays.  After all, I was a stay-at-home mom with lots of time on my hands, sort of.

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But now, instead of the three-tree overkill, I have one.  It’s right inside the front door, in the living room.  It’s decorated with ornaments collected over the course of 50+ years.  Several of these ornaments were on the trees of my childhood home on Washington Street.  More about some of these ornaments here.

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I have a small round table in one corner of my living room, and I placed an old oil lamp in the center and placed pine cones (spray painted gold and silver) around it.

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I like to keep my mantel really simple, using apothecary jars all year long, just filling them with different things, like ornaments or ‘snowballs.’

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I added some faux mercury glass lights. (The lights aren’t faux…the mercury glass is.)

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Turning the corner to the dining room, this is on the wall.  More about that chalkboard here.

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My cloches contain bird nests from our clematis virginiata. along with a few fake eggs and lots of jingle bells.

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I’ll be honest and admit that I haven’t changed out the Thanksgiving centerpiece, just added some pine cones that I Mod Podged with flocking powder.

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My coffee station is set up on the dry sink in front of the mural.

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In the window, I have the little trees I made with mini Jell-O molds.

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There’s some bright green going on in the kitchen, at the window…
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…and in the bookcase.

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The Christmas painting is up.

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The table is set.

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I’m so happy you stopped by!  Come and visit again, won’t you?  (Next time, we’ll have martinis!)

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Here are some of the great bloggers participating:

Country Chic Cottage

Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Condo Blues

Denise Designed

Always Expect Moore

Mad in Crafts

DIY on the Cheap

Domestically Speaking

Sondra Lyn

Sparkles and a Stove







I'm also at Naps'!


15 comments:

  1. How about a glass of wine? Or a wine martini? Is there such a thing?

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  2. oh i love that christmas painting- did you do it? it's so pretty!

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  3. I want a martini or I am not leaving! :) Love your little holiday touches. Merry Christmas Kirby!

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  4. Nice! And your door knocker is gorgeous.

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  5. It looks like you are ready. What time should we come for drinks?

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  6. Looks great Kirby! Love the green wreath...that one is my favorite. But you have so many great touches! Merry Christmas

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  7. It all looks lovely Kirby! I have done zero decorating, so I'm enjoying seeing yours!

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  8. I heard you were giving out free martinis so I stopped by. Love your decor! Doesn't that blue and green together look so pretty!! Merry Christmas Kirby to you and your family. Cheers.

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  9. Well, if your're serving martinis, I'll be right over. Everything looks festive and bright just the way things should be. All I managed this year was the tree. Merry Christmas.

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  10. Wait. What? No martinis this time ... how about a glass of wine!

    Wishing you the merriest of Christmases and happiest of holidays, my dear friend!

    :) Linda

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  11. I love the lime green touches in your Christmas decor! :D
    Merry Christmas, Sweetie!!!

    xo,
    RJ

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  12. Everything looks "so merry and bright"…Looking forward to the martinis!!
    Have a most joyous Christmas Kirby!!!

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  13. I love your mantel! Simple, elegant, and SHINY!

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  14. It looks cozy and warm and just my type in there. With Cassie, love that Christmas painting!

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  15. Kirby, I love your home tour. I'm visiting from Blogtalk...I am crazy over the Christmas painting! Happy New Year!!

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Your comment makes me feel twenty years younger and thirty pounds lighter!