The Blended Blog is hosting a Christmas Home Tour! If you are coming from Whitney’s blog, welcome! Come on in!
We’ll start the tour at the front of the house. As you approach the front door you are greeted with the smell of pine from the fresh pine garland. We get our tree from Lowe’s. They have a large bin where they throw the tree trimmings which are free for the taking. I use them to make garlands, swags or wreaths. I hung a swag from the welcome sign and draped a garland over the door. It smells so good when you come to the door! Love fresh garland!My dad made this pallet tree and planter for me last year. I love how rustic it looks. I got the little chalk board from the Target dollar spot in the spring. I have used it so much! I hang it from the anchor door knocker we received as a wedding gift. As you enter the foyer, the little table is decked with a Christmas basket containing our cards, a wooden nativity carved in Africa but bought at our church when a missionary was visiting and a hand-painted bowl made by a long-ago friend.
From the foyer you pass into the fireplace room. I had to rearrange some furniture in here to make room for the recliner that came out of the family room to make room for the tree. Remember that white cabinet? I still love it. It is sporting some of my milk glass collection. I got the large cake dome from Ballard Designs a few months ago. I added a small nativity under it with some green straw for grass. The mantel holds the rest of my milk glass collection. I’ll add the stockings a few days before Christmas. You pass though the opening into the family room. This is where the tree is. I like the couches facing each other. I may just leave the room like this when the tree comes down. I’ll have to see what it looks like with no tree. The couch pillows received a facelift. I sewed these cozy plaid flannel covers for them. The smaller, longer one I made out of an old Madras plaid shirt I’ve had since college days. When the shirt became too ratty to wear, I threw it in my fabric bin. Here are some pictures I took during the day. This room gets so much light!
The bookcases hold our large nativity that we purchased at a craft fair in Hickory NC about 20 years ago. I love its rustic simplicity. The wise men have not arrived yet. They are still traveling over the hills (of books).The other tower has these two Turkish lantern my dad brought back years ago on one of his trips to Turkey while in the Navy. It also holds the sign I got from Katie from our secret Santa exchange last year! Love it!
Passing through the living room you enter the dining room/kitchen area. The china cabinet holds our nutcrackers and more fresh pine boughs. The wine bucket is new from one of my sweet students and it’s holding a bottle of our favorite wine from another student. (Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo)The sideboard is decorated for the holiday too. The mirror has a large garland over it with plaid ribbon and red jingle bells that I found at a thrift store this week. I also found the little silver creamer and gave all the silver a good polish.Thanks for visiting with me! Be sure to head on over to Katie’s house to see what she’s done to her place!
In case you want to see, here’s last year’s home tour. Now that the house it done, I’ve gotta get cracking on the gifts and cards!