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Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tour 2010 {& a Winner!}



If you have a blog, I hope you'll give us all a tour of your home in all its Christmas glory. Last Christmas, when this blog was still new, I joined up with the Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes & it was so much fun to see so many houses all decked out in so many different ways. And it's the perfect place to get a little inspiration if you haven't finished your Christmas decorating yet.

Here's the 10-cent tour of our house this year. I really did plan to keep it minimal. And it still took me a week to decorate because I kept thinking of that "one more thing" I wanted to add. But it's a lot of fun. I still have a few projects not included in this post that I'll show you later. But for now, welcome to our house!

Here's the entry with this year's wreathes...& a Merry Christmas on the front door chalkboard. (More about the wreathes here.)






And here's my little foyer "tree" I made by wiring a few fresh branches together. No ornaments or lights, just au naturel. I can't seem to pass by it without taking a whiff.


In the library, we have our tree with plain white lights & a new map garland that I added this year. I chose a map image online with colors I liked & asked my husband to enlarge it & print it for me so I could cut it into strips & adhere the edges together to make a garland. I love it!





The big nativity set is in the dining room this year...


And here's the small Piano Room tree & glittered church on top of the piano where the girls play Christmas carols...




The family room with our main tree...




And my new sleigh that Dave surprised me with (thanks, Honey!)...


And my urn of sticks I love so much... (More on that here.)


Next to the family room is the the Breakfast Room with my Christmas Shelves I told you about here.



And the kitchen..




And here's my view from the sink... where I can smell my Mistletoe Yankee Candle (thanks, Mom!) & look at my vase of sticks (What can I say- I love sticks), and sing along with White Christmas on TV.

The best things happen while you're dancing....


That almost wraps it up except for my little tree in the hallway with my new vintage ornaments I bought at an estate sale a few weeks ago.


And a vintage Christmas record by Bing from the same estate sale. The whole record for half of the price to download one song on iTunes! (If only I had a record player.)




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your Christmas is Christ-filled & very merry!

Linking to:




and some of these other parties.

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Congratulations to , Lavendergirl, the winner of the $70 CSN Gift Credit! Thanks so much to all those who entered!



34 comments:

  1. Your front doors remind me of mine, so very nice to meet you :). I enjoyed your tour!
    Amy

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  2. I love the map garland!! Turned out great! And Bing's record...I have Mom's old Brenda Lee Christmas and Paul and Paula's Christmas displayed on my piano in the dining room. I love those. So many memories!

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  3. You whole house is just beautiful and your Christmas decorations add just the perfect touch!

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  4. You have a very beautiful home! Love your Christmas decor.

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  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and the Christmas tour. I think your home is absolutely beautiful...each and every room. Stunning!
    Merry Christmas,
    ~Karen~

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  6. Very pretty! :) I absolutely LOVE your front doors!

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  7. Your home is just stunning and I love all of your Christmas decor. Thanks for the wonderful tour. Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Wow, your home is stunning! Looks like it's out of a magazine =) My favorite of all are those beautiful front doors!

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  9. Your kitchen is beautiful! I bet you love being in there. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  10. I love the map garland...I have loads of travel ornaments and would love to try something like that. Next year maybe : )

    Merry Christmas!

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  11. LOVE the stick arrangements! your house is beautiful!

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  12. everything looks so festive! love the christmas record display -- such a simple yet beautiful touch of christmas!

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  13. Everything in your home is gorgeous! I love it all. The foyer tree is super cute, with the monogram, of course;) I'm also just loving the bones of you house. Your kitchen is fabulous as is that coffered ceiling in the piano room. Just lovely.

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  14. You have such a lovely home and your Christmas decorations are a beautiful compliment to it! I think the vintage record is the BEST- what an awesome find!

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  15. I love the foyer tree, your house is divine

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  16. I love your naked tree. I tried to leave our with just lights this year, and the kids nipped that idea in the bud ;) Your home is gorgeous as is - and with a bit of holiday cheer? UNBELIEVABLE!

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of using a map as garland.

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  18. LOVE everything! Your home is gorgeous!

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  19. Everything looks beautiful! I love the map garland, have a blessed Christmas!!!!

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  20. Julie-It all looks great~ I love that map garland..what a great idea. I may copy that idea for the tree in our "lighthouse" room/media room. Such a cute idea. Everything is just gorgeous..love it..and I like sticks too! I think it's a sickness....xxoo Diana

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  21. Very pretty! I really love the idea of "map" garland and how it turned out! Your "big" nativity is wonderful!

    DD

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  22. Gorgoeus home and holiday decor. I'm so glad I found you! Happy Holidays! XO~Liz

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  23. Beautiful!
    Your home is just perfect.
    And I LOVE East Tenn. Have you ever been to the Inn at Christmas Place? I consider it the closest thing to heaven on earth =)

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  24. Gorgeous! Every bit of it!!!

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  25. Amazing!! I love it. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing.

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  26. Your house is absolutely beautiful and I love all of your decorations! That map garland is amazing and I will definitely be trying that next year...such a unique idea. Love your blog!

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  27. You have a stunning home, and have decorated it beautifully for Christmas. Happy Christmas!

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  28. Hello, I am blog hopping today and just decided to stop by your blog.

    Your decorations are BEAUTIFUL!!

    Please feel free to stop by either or both of my blogs and a follow would be much appreciated.

    Jessicas Lil Corner is my family blog at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com

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    Have a very blessed Wednesday!! :0)

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  29. Love your tour and the fabulous woodwork in your home!

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  30. love, love, love your house! it is beautiful! favorites are the simple tree in the entry way and your map garland... what a great idea! ps, love your blog... i'm your newest follower!

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  31. Love the kitchen. The wreaths on the barstools are perfect. The map garland is genius. Merry Christmas.

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  32. Your home is beautiful - thanks for sharing :)

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  33. I'm in love with everything! What a tremendously uplifting story about the tree!!!

    WONDERFUL!!!

    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!