This week I'm teaming up with 20 other bloggers for the Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop, which brings you 4 homes each day, hosted by Celebrate and Decorate. Day 2 of the tour began today, Tuesday (I'm posting early).
After you leave my house, please visit these lovely ladies for joy and Christmas cheer. Your next stop will be Starfish Cottage, followed by My Kentucky Living and B. Lovely Events.
Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop
Tuesday, December 6th
You'll find the complete schedule and links at the bottom of the post.
This is our second Christmas on the hilltop, and I couldn't wait to deck the halls. I bought a tree in October, during a pre-holiday sale at a big package store. Even so, I almost missed the tree: it was the the display, and it came with a deep discount. I was thrilled! The ornaments are a mixture of things we love--antlers, rustic wildlife figurines, birds, traditional Christopher Radko pieces, and even a snail or two. On the bare windows, I hung wreaths and cedar garland.
On the railing, I mixed faux and real greenery.
Leftover greenery ended up here and there (mostly on the floor).
Seasonal touches were joyfully added to the little hutch.
Looking into the dining room, the mirror holds the reflection of another tree. This is the first year ever that I've put up more than one tree; but it's a special year.
An unlit 8-foot artificial tree was perfectly at home in this cozy room. I loaded it lights and baubles. The table is set with festive red and plaid dinnerware.
I love wee houses. They seem to tell a story, holding a little touch of old-timey days, and maybe a little magic, too.
For the centerpiece, evergreen cuttings were piled into a bread bowl, then studded with cranberries and apples. On the plaid runner, I placed votives and Christmas "crackers."
Little, fun things in the living and dining room.
More greenery ended up in the kitchen.
A real Fraser fir stole my heart. I put it in the breakfast room.
This year, I also made an Advent calendar, and the theme is random acts of kindness.
Our old, beloved tree went into the family room (aka man cave). It is a mishmash of everything--feathers, woodland critters, nests, antlers, and anything that caught my fancy. This is our "more is more" tree!
A double garland on the mantel, sprinkled with lights, adds so much cheer on these short winter days.
This fall, the screened porch got a mini-makeover when my mother gave me her red wicker rocking chair. It sparked a whole, new color scheme for the old wicker. I still haven't decided which color to paint the sofa--red, black, or __. I'm enjoying the vibrant red!
We'll return to the living room at The Blue Hour.