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Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop--Day 2

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.


35 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and lots of inspiration! Everything is just breathtaking. Amazing Christmas house!!

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  2. Oh my goodness Michael....what a gorgeous tour of your home! I love all the fresh greenery and natural decorations....not too much, just the perfect amount.

    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Wow wow wow! Everything is SO gorgeous, Michael Lee! Each tree is prettier than the last. I love the new red wicker in the little sunroom and your dining room is beautiful! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season! love ad blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  4. Your home looks stunning, Michael! I love all the fresh greenery and the sparkle of the trees. Gorgeous!
    Shelley

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  5. Hi Michael Lee! Oh, how beautiful your home is all Christmased up! I just love it! Your trees are so gorgeous! How nice that your use fresh greens in your decorating! The cedar is so pretty but Mr. Precious is allergic so I just have to use fake. I know you're so enjoying your first Christmas in your pretty home!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. So festive and fabulous Michael Lee, I just love all the fresh greens and bright happy big trees! Your porch however is my favorite spot in your hilltop home, looks so cozy and holiday!
    Jenna

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  7. Greenery and twinkly lights have turned your home into a magic wonderland! I may steal your advent calendar idea. I have a topiary frame that is the shape of a small Christmas tree. Sheila

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  8. It's all so beautiful! Ambitious too! I'm finding putting up one tree to be a chore these days. Every single year I have a battle with the strings of lights! I love fresh greenery too! Every time I pass by, I stick my nose into it and inhale deeply!

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  9. Your new-to-you home looks so colorful and cozy!
    Brenda

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  10. Beautiful with so many gorgeous details to appreciate! Very festive and bright!

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  11. Oh your home is stunning, Michael Lee. It's the light pouring in that really makes the hilltop home sing, I do believe, but the decor you've arranged just blends so harmoniously to the setting. Your canny positioning of decor as seen through mirror reflections, the live greenery mixed with the faux, that little frasier fir (!).....it's obvious you were thoroughly inspired by the sheer amount of decorating you've done. I'd love spending time in a home as welcoming as yours, as I'm sure your family and guests do! It's hard for me to pick a favorite space, but I am in love with your kitchen, so perhaps a seat in that rocker....Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
    Rita

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  12. So many delightful touches. It is great fun seeing how all of you ready for Christmas.

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  13. The trees are gorgeous! Your home is beautiful and inviting. I was wowed when I saw the wreaths and the fresh greens in the kitchen. Your home has turned out beautiful- all your efforts have paid off!

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  14. You've done a marvelous job decorating your house but especially your trees! I love the "more is more" look at Christmas and you've done it to perfection! The other areas of your home look great and I really like how you've displayed the "wee" house surrounded with greenery - you are right, there is something nostalgic about them. Really enjoyed my stop on the Hop!

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  15. Michael Lee, I came by early yesterday to Pin and get a dose of the Christmas spirit from your beautiful trees and Christmas decor but did't have time to comment as I was dashing out the door! You've decked the halls beautifully with all your boughs of greenery and trees and your Blue Hour photo takes my breath away! I would love to dine the by the light of a tree in the kitchen and the dining room too...your home must smell heavenly! I love your wee tree in your galvanized bucket and your cozy porch. The pop of red from your mom's rocker is perfect for Christmas but I would love it year 'round too. ♥

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  16. Michael Lee, what a gorgeous home...your trees are stunning! The fresh greenery, the elegance of the dining room, and of course, the sun room...every detail is perfect!

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  17. Gorgeous! Your greenery is spectacular and makes a hugh impact.
    Your home has such a cozy feel with lots of charm and warmth.

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  18. I love your holiday home tour! Each room quickly became my favorite. The history and detail you did is just stunning Michael Lee. I have to go back and take another look. All the fresh greeney you used and mixed in with faux is one of my favorite tricks you did. Your home is just shining this Christmas!

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  19. Everything throughout your home is so pretty. I love your tree in front of the big window ~ it's a perfect place to showcase the beautiful ornaments. And the live garland just make the window pop. Lots of wonderful detail throughout and the sunroom with your mom's red chair is a perfect place for hot chocolate and cookies. Thank you for sharing on the blog hop.

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  20. How beautiful!!! I love the real greenery. I decorate so early I use faux or it would all be dead:) Love all your trees too!! The snowman on the porch, I think I spotted that at Big Lots yesterday? I wanted to get it but resisted:):) Merry Christmas!

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  21. Michael Lee, your home is like a Christmas card. It looks beautiful and one I love touring. I don't know that I can find a favorite, it's all just perfect!

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  22. Michael Lee, your home looks so happy, warm, and inviting adorned for Christmas. It brightened my day! Each and every detail is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for taking us on the tour! Merry Christmas!!!

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  23. I am truly amazed at the talent and gorgeous homes being shared on this Holiday Home Tour and I am crusing over yours Michael Lee. Your home is incredible! So well dressed and elegant. And your trees are stunning. I love all the fresh greenery spread through out the house. You have certainly give your home that Christmas magic that we all dream about.

    Thank you for all the amazing inspiration and for sharing your home with us.

    Happy to be joining you on this blog hop.

    Janet

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  24. Such a beautiful home decorated so beautifully for the holidays. I don't even know where to begin! I love your tree, it is so lush and full and decked with so many lovely ornaments. The greenery around the bare windows and the wreaths frame the view so lovely, with just a touch of Christmas. I have the same chalkboard style pillow cover that you have on your porch! Your kitchen is amazing! I can only dream of how my kitchen might look one day!! The little mouse tucked into the creamer is a fun touch of whimsy! Thank you so much for being a part of these blog hops!!

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  25. Hi! It's Kristy from Starfish Cottage (my daughters name is Hayley and I apologize because I don't know how to update it!?) I love your holiday decor and all the fresh greenery and garlands. Its so fun blog hopping with you this week!

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  26. I just love everything. You've pulled off a look that is simple and rich at the same time. But, oh my! That kitchen! I want to cook in your kitchen and nap on your porch. Do you think we can work that out????
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  27. Just beautiful! You've really brought that house to life. :)

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  28. Oh what fun it was to peek into your Christmas-y home, Michael Lee. I wish I could smell the fresh greenery and sit in that rocker (sigh!) in the kitchen and also the red one that your mom gave you, on the screened porch. All your trees just sparkle! Your hutches are decorated to perfection. Now I'm off to see Day 1....

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  29. I forgot to mention that I LOVE the idea of an RAOK Advent calendar. What a perfect way to prepare for Chrismas. xo

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  30. So beautiful....I love all the garland and wreaths you used. All stunning.

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  31. I can almost smell the pine and cypress that must radiate through your lovely home. Great job! Everything is so very pretty, but I especially love all the red in the hutch.

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  32. Your home is so festive and beautiful decked and decorated for Christmas! I love the lush, live greenery used on the banister railings, furniture, and in pretty vignettes here and there! And the trees are gorgeous! The RAOK Advent is a wonderful idea... pretty, too! ~Rhonda

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  33. Michael Lee, I'm way behind on visit to favorite blogs, so please excuse my tardiness. You know I'm in awe of each room of your gorgeous home. Can't believe this is already the second Christmas. I love the dining room tree with that long table set with tartan touches. The little Frasier fir all aglow in the breakfast room is charming. I started to bring one home myself, but didn't really have a spot for it. Next year, I'm going to make a spot. ;-)
    The blue hour behind your gorgeous tree is a great shot!
    Merry, Merry to you and your family. Love this tour!

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