Monday, December 14, 2009

my christmas home:)

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester

Welcome to our Christmas home! This is the first year we have our own house to decorate, so this has been a special time:) So I hope you enjoy yourself!

Come on in..
As you can see, our house is tiny, so we keep it simple. The landscaping is a work in progress...this house used to belong to my great-grandmother, and when we moved in the yard was a jungle! I'm excited to have a fresh yard for spring! But for now, I love our simple little lights:)

My made-from-scratch wreath...I cut up a large pick from a craft store, stuck it all in a grapevine wreath, and added a ribbon. I hate screen doors too...they make wreaths hard to use. But I like mine:)

On to the main event...the tree!
All in greens, reds, and whites/creams, with a few silvers & grays thrown in too. I also this grapevine ribbon stuff wrapped in there, along with some pinecones, and some kind of dried seed pod things on sticks. Whatever works right? :) My tree skirt is a chenille throw I keep out all year. I didn't really follow a theme....I used to have a very themed tree but went a different route this year. Its a good mix of vintage, whimsical, natural, and traditional. So whatever you want to call that! I just know I love it:)

Close up of the top...the same ribbon as my front wreath, red berry stick, plain sticks, and some glittery holly branches..

Here are some of my favorite ornaments...a Bethany Lowe ice skater.

Felt! My son loves this one especially...and unfortunately!

The ice skater's girlfriend...or at least that's what I like to think:)

Now..on to the mantle. Because our house is so tiny, our tree and fireplace are in very close proximity for no other reason than there is no other possible place to put everything. So no big fat Nester-style garland for me...I tried it, and it looked too cluttered. But I still tried to Christmas-up the mantle..

Grapevine trees and pinecones were just the thing for me..
Our fireplace is closed up, so I have a birdcage in there that holds more stuff...grapevine balls and some fabric pinecones. Do you sense an obsession??

I had a Southern Living party when we first moved in and got all of the Christmas stuff you see for free:) I LOVE my stocking..

Here are a few other areas in the living room...on top of the dvd cabinet.

I splurged on that Santa...but I love him:)

An end table...

I love my little snowmen too..even though my hubby thinks they're creepy. They were cheapo at TJ Maxx...probably my favorite place on earth!
(Oh and as an aside...sorry if these pictures are too dark. I got a new camera, one of the really fancy and nice ones, as an early Christmas gift, and I'm still learning how to use it. So I apologize if any of these look weird..)

Over in the favorite Christmas decoration of all! I got this nativity (another SL product) as a wedding shower gift. I love putting it out each year:)

In other areas of our house, I kept it simple too. In the kitchen, there are a few little groupings I did.

On the counter..

On my "funky" table..

other side..

On the stove..

And last, on my desk..

I love Jim Shore pieces...I got this Santa last year.

And this Santa this year!

Still, my favorite things to see in my house stay out all year long:)

I hope you enjoyed our home! Merry Christmas from our family to yours:)


Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Your home is so pretty, Lauren :)
Love your wreath and tree.
Your photos are great, have fun with the new camera!!
Enjoy your first Christmas in your home...wishin' you lots and lots of happy memories :)

Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

Your home is beautifuL! I love all your decor, it's so pretty! You have done a great job, thanks for the tour! Merry Christmas!

From Marriage to Motherhood said...

All of your decorations are so cute!!

Sarah said...

Hi, Lauren! Awesome to meet you, so glad I found you through the tour of homes. Congrats on your first Christmas in your special that it was your great-grandmother's place, that is really cool. The mantel is my favorite, love that window frame. And I have always had my eye on those red believe jealous!!!

kim@ A Thyme Remembered said...

So enjoyed finding you and your sweet little home....reminds me of my old home back in WV....a place for making memories!!
Enjoyed it all!
Merry Christmas!!

Bugzmommy said...

Your home is just lovely Lauren! It is so inviting. You did a great job making it feel so welcoming. It looks like a home a happy family lives in! Merry Christmas!!!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

Oh, Lauren ... it's all just so sweet, welcoming, and beautiful. Your little house is such a lovely home. Enjoy it!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Beautiful decorations especially your ornaments, so lovely, thank you for sharing.

Jan said...

I like the keeping it simple idea! Your house is "simply" gorgeus, I love all the SL stuff too...especially the stocking. Thanks for the peak!

Cha Cha said...

I love your home it is so inviting. We started in a small home and I long for it back, for the coziness, always being apart of what the other people were doing enjoy it, you are blessed. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Katie said...

You're home is BEAUTIFUL! I love your decorating style. My husband and I have a small home as well, but it brings a lot of coziness, doesn't it? Hope you're having a beautiful Christmas season! God Bless!

ashley morgan said...

I'm "Little Moments" too! Your tree is beautiful. Lovely home.