Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Open House

Today I'm joining in Kimba's Holiday Open House! (see sidebar)
Let's start on the front verandah.

Welcome to our home!

As you walk down the hall you will see paperchains hanging, and these doves I cut a few years ago. I love the simple Scandinavian red/white style at Christmas (among other looks that I love LOL)

In the bookshelf are some little Christmassy scenes, which unfortunately don't photograph so well, being sort of in the dark! But I see them as I walk by, or while I'm sitting in the study teaching piano, and they make me happy!

The hall leads past some bedrooms and a study, and then to our one main open plan living area, including the kitchen. I'll show you round in a clockwise sort of direction!

This is one side of our living/dining room/kitchen.

This little Ikea tree is new this year, and holds some of my red and white ornaments, mostly homemade, but a few bought.

Emily made the little Hama gingerbread house.

The little elf is new, and a favourite.

I stitched this heart a few weeks ago.

This is a little gold tinsel tree I picked up today at Woolworths ($3.99!) to hold my thrifted vintagey ornaments. (photo not great, sorry) and another tree waits to be decorated behind it.

This is what we see when we sit at the dining table. A beautiful stained glass ornament we keep there year-round, and some snowflakes and an acrylic bird there for Christmas. I like a little blue/white and silver somewhere at Christmas, but mostly I stick with red, white and green with gold.

Just by that window is a lovely old cupboard I inherited. At Christmas time it is home to some lovely standing ornaments.

Our Christmas tree is in front of the living room window. Since it is a hot summer day here the lighting is not great, sorry.

This star ornament was given to me this Christmas by a piano student

This is near the back door, another wall in our living room.

Even the laundry doors receive a thrifted-vintage treatment!

This little jar was an idea I copied from another blog, and it sits in the bathroom.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour!


Hill upon Hill said...

Lovely, I really liked the jar at the end with the apple and greenery. What was the white/crystally stuff?

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love your ornaments, especially the red heart. And I like the way you hung all your cards up.

Amy said...

I LOVE dove paperchain. I think I'm going to try my hand at one this afternoon. And the Ikea tree! I just might have to go check them out.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.

The Decorated House said...

A lovely treat to visit you and see your decorations.

Laura B. said...

Beautiful! Thanks so very much for sharing.

deepfriedapplepies said...

Wow.. everything looks so nice and festive! I love your paper chains.. and especially the little green tree from IKEA.. I wish I had one close, it looks so cute with the little ornaments!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!