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'!


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

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

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

  4. Nice! And your door knocker is gorgeous.

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

  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

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


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

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

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

  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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