I LOVE Christmas and usually go all out but this year I've pared things down quite a bit. Mostly because I just haven't had the time but also I want things simpler, cleaner. I thought I would take you on a tour of our house now.
In our dining room. I completely forgot I had bought the twig ball thingies last year. Jim is going to freak when he realizes I made holes in the new wall lol.
This is *my* tree. It's our main tree; it has all my fancy matching decorations and is usually themed. This is the second year I've gone brown and gold and I love it. And I really love my white pumpkin under the tree!
I love this picture. Why you ask? Because the wall is DONE!! And it looks fabulous. Before you say anything, the corner where the red wall and the brown wall meet, I thought I had some red paint leftover. Well, I don't lol. So that will need repainted in January.
The red chair was a birthday present and it finally arrived yesterday; only 9 days later than we were told lol. I'm so glad we finally have it. And now I am thinking that we should have gotten the ottoman to match. Maybe Santa will bring it ;)
Just after I took this next picture, Gizmo jumped up and attacked my little dried flower tree and pulled off most of the flowers :( Monster. So it's been put away. Maybe I can enjoy it next year lol.
I saw this next tree last year at a Christmas open house sale. I went back a few days later after kicking myself for not buying it. I was happily surprised that it was still there.
And because of that little tree, my kitchen Christmas decorating has changed this year. This runner usually sits on our piano bench during the holidays. But this year I could not find the Christmas table topper that normally goes in the kitchen(where it is I have no idea!!) So I put this in here and realized it matches my little tree. I think after Christmas I'll have to hit a few sales and look for some gingerbread themed decorations and go crazy with that theme in the kitchen for next year ;)
One of my new favorite spots in the house is right at our front door. This is an old sewing machine that I just got and it fits perfect. I am putting all our received Christmas cards in the star box; it is perfect! And yes, another white pumpkin! I saw on a blog in October about saving white pumpkins for Christmas and I am so glad I did. I love how unexpected they are. And if you know who blogged about them, please let me know so I can credit them for the idea. I may paint this in the new year; I haven't decided yet. I sort of like the oldness of it unpainted.
You have no idea how long it took me to get that above picture. I had to deal with this first. Gizmo seems to think that the sewing machine table was put there just for him.
Lastly, our family room. This is the family tree. Usually we have all the decorations the kids have made, any first Christmas decorations go on this. Instead this year we've gone simple. Reason being, that orange beastly cat(I really truly love him) has been mauling this tree. The garland is mostly shredded. The poor angel keeps getting dragged off the tree to parts unknown in the house. Her head is literally barely hanging onto her body lol.
I've also moved our nutcracker collection down here this year. There are so many of them now, I ran out of places to put them upstairs. So they circle the room on the little shelf.
Hope you've enjoyed our little tour. Thanx for tagging along.