Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas in my Living room

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The garland is back up and ready for it's 2010 debut! I can't believe Christmas is only a week away!! We are finally, I'm happy to say finally ready for it's arrival. So I thought I would take some time and show the Dining Room and Living room of the house.

As I said last time, I am currently obsessed with balls. (Cindy, get your mind out of the gutter) This is what I do with them. They fill jars and containers....

and get hung from Chandeliers.


This is the view from behind the Dining room table into the Living room. I got that milk glass plate at a garage sale recently for $5.00 and could kick myself for not buying the second one she had as well. 

I did something a little different this year for a tree topper. I hung the music sheet snowflakes from fishing line and suspended them above the tree from the ceiling. I will admit, this is the only benefit to popcorn style ceilings. (no holes from the tacks after Christmas)

 The tree has a bird theme. Here are a few close-ups of some of the ornaments....









And, at last the infamous garland. I couldn't quite get it the same as I had it originally without taking it completely apart and putting it back together and I just was not going to do that!   I am happy with it for the most part and no one else would know it all came crashing down last week if I didn't tell them.

 It has lots and lots of snowflakes all over it and many of them hanging from the branches and from crystal garlands. The effect is quite pretty in the day when the light is shining through them, ans also at night with the  sparkling lights.

I hope you enjoyed my little tour.  Now I am going to go make a cup of cocoa and and read a good book!

61 comments:

Jan said...

Beautiful decor and the birdhouses and birds are gorgeous! All us girls have to obsessed with something...and you just happen to be obsessed with balls ;) LOL!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Karen -
Your home is absolutely lovely! I wish I could say that I was ready for Christmas, but I am getting close to being done. I have the same milk glass dish and I also picked mine up at a yard sale, the price was $5 but I talked the lady down to $3 :) Merry Christmas.
Toni

Tawnya said...

I have been checking your blog every day to see your home and lift some ideas from you. It is so "me" and you are wonderful to share it! I love every feather and ball. Thank you for sharing your talent and your hard work.

http://www.tawnhunt.blogspot.com

I've been cooking instead of decorating....family is coming to enjoy the snow with us.

Merry Christmas.

ImagiMeri said...

All I can say is WOWWWWEEEEE!!!!!! A gorgeous display to be sure. I just made my daughter a beautiful shadowbox last week that would have been perfect in your setting. All I have left now is a red one and a blue and white one, but I've got tons of supplies to make more for next year. I've got a class for young girls the week after Christmas, but maybe in the new year we can do lunch or something to finally meet. God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Hugs,
Meri

Cyn said...

Very beautiful! Love the handmade ornaments!! I made a few of those music sheet snowflakes. they are hanging in my living room window. I also dont have a tree topper..so I made on and put it on it ;)

Connie said...

Karen, I really like the look of your living room and dining room together. We're empty-nesters now so our home is smaller and we're loving not having to clean 5,000 S.Ft. of house but I just love looking at yours, sugar.
xoxo,
Connie

Miss Sandy said...

Karen,

I love it all!!! Stunning as usual! Your tree ornaments are wonderful and the garland looks fantastic. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

oH, i LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALL! I used birds and music paper too and just adore the look of your ornaments! Thanks for sharing!

Jena, Not So Shabby

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your home looks beautiful all decorated for Christmas!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It all looks so pretty, Karen! I think I've told you before {probably last Christmas time} that I have the same hutch in my dining room. I love it, but sometimes I wish it was a little bigger. Good save on the garland! Love the bird theme; you did a great job on all those ornaments.

fairyrocks said...

Breathtaking!!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

This looks fantastic and I thought I had a lot going on in my living room. I actually was going to do a garland on my window with the wreath I put up but decided that was over the top. Looks like I was wrong...maybe I should do it...or maybe I'll just do it next year...it looks like a lot of work...but it is gorgeous.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Gorgeous! Your home looks like a winter wonderland.

-Danielle

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful Karen as everything you do my friend...Many Blessings to you and yours, Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jean said...

Karen, How beautiful it all is! I too just love all those balls!!!Your garlands are magnificient.Thanks so much for the eye candy tour.
Merry Christmas,
Jean in virginia

sonya said...

Karen,

I love your beautiful dining room and living room. I just love the bird theme. The decorations on your tree are stunning. Your garland is very pretty too.
Have a very Merry Christmas.

June said...

Karen it is as beautiful as I knew it would be! In fact stunning is more the word for it. Everywhere I look is something amazing. The garland is perfect.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas sweetie!
big hug

sweet violets said...

Just beautiful...what a winter wonderland!!! Thanks for the tour and Merry, Merry Christmas!!! hugs....

itsmelah said...

So beautiful! I have been loving silver, white and clear this year for Christmas. Yours looks absolutely stunning. I LOVE the clear balls on the table and hanging from the chandelier. Thanks for sharing. Lori

Sylvia said...

Hi Karen...your home is beatiful, the tree, decorations and even your balls are gorgeous! haha

Merry Christmas...
Sylvia

Barbara Jean said...

Karen,
ADORE those little bird ornaments.
Did you make them?
Gonna tell us your techniques?
Tutorial available for purchase?
Or is it a special class you do??

blessings to you and your family at Christmas and in the coming year.

barbara jean

A Vintage Chic said...

Everything is just stunningly gorgeous, Karen! Your home is certainly ready for Christmas--so warm & bright!

I love the milkglass you found...can never pass it up!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Julie

Rustique Gal said...

Karen,
My goodness, when do you find the time? What a lovely bunch of balls you have! I love the snowflakes all around, but my faves are over the tree. And your ornaments on the tree are sweet too!
I must get a few ornaments out and write my cards today. Have a wonderful holiday!
Hugs,
Sherry

Didelis\Gele said...

Very nice and elegant!

Tete said...

Merry Christmas!
Hugs- Tete

Jo said...

what an amazing feast for the eyes ... i love the beautiful glass balls hanging from your lighting fixture ... so beautiful!!!

ingeborg said...

hi karen, your blog is outstanding!
merry x-mas!

Monica@The White Bench said...

All is fabulously beautiful, Karen! What an eye you have!
It is the second year in a row that I don't decorate my home, I almost cannot remember how my tree looks like :( Hope I can do it next year!
Have a Merry Christmas filled with love and peace!
Monica xo

Lululiz said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour through your beautiful home. The infamous garland is looking great again, and all your decorations are just exquisite.

Glamorous Girl Gone Goofy said...

Wow Karen, Now that is a Christmas Wonderland! So enchanting. You have made my eyes oh so happy! Merry Merry to You and your Family

Petite Michelle Louise said...

we definitely share a love of those sweet "oiseaux!" I love all of your beautiful bird ornaments and images of them everywhere! They speak to my heart! TFS!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Karen, you have done an outstanding job decorating, everything is soooooooooo gorgeous! I didn't do a lot this year just kept it kinda simple... I just didn't have the energy, hopefully I'll do better next year!!
Merry Christmas~~ Daphne

MaygreenFairies said...

Karen... you never dissappoint!! Your decorations look stunning, you have a truly beautiful home! Mandy x

Riki Schumacher said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! You put me to shame. Riki

Sheila Rumney said...

Love your bird tree and decor! Beautiful!!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Charlene said...

The garland looks PERFECT!!!!!!!!! No one would know disaster struck! Your house is done in all the colors I wanted to use this year. But, the GRANDS are coming & I decided to do it on a candy/cookie theme. Hope you'll visit since I just did a post on my tree today. I think those clear balls hanging from your chandi are marvelous! HUGS! Charlene

Chris said...

What an elegant and lovely white Christmas!!

Gail said...

Love, love what you have done and your 'balls' hanging from the chandelier, your garland, so pretty. Very elegant and enchanting. Merry Christmas.

A Cottage Muse said...

Absolutely stunning!!!

Judy said...

Beautiful! I especially love the glass ornaments hanging from the crystals. Cool idea!

Thanks for sharing!

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

I just love coming here. Your blog is so gorgeous!
Blessings~
Gwenny

Diana said...

Oh my goodness...can you come and decorate my house. Love everything you have done. Did you design all of the bird ornaments? They are so very sweet. The way you have decorated your beautiful home is so very inviting to me. Happy holidays to you and your family.
Tootles
Diana

lovelythingsstudio said...

Your home is absolutely magical.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Have a beautiful Christmas.

Donna

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koralee said...

Oh my your home is so magical my friend....thank you for sharing!

Sending you LOVE...PEACE and JOY for a magical Christmas! Blessings to you and your family. xooxoxox

ann at greenoak said...

YOUR HOME IS WONDERFUL!!! AND I SURE ENJOYED THE OLD MUSIC SCRAPS WITH THE BIRDS...

vicki said...

You win!!! Karen - I have never seen anything so beautiful - ever. Your home is the most beautifully decorated for the holidays that I have ever seen - absolutely stunning - I am in jaw dropping awe of these photos! You have absolutely made my day by showing these photos!

Merry Christmas my friend~~

vicki

Rebecca said...

Hi Karen
Holy Balls...
OK I couldn't resist...
It looks like a magic Christmas house! So pretty.
That garland is stunning
Wishing you a very blessed Christmas
Rebecca

Nancy said...

Karen
Love your pictures, it's beautiful...but seeing it in person is even more gorgeous. Have a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you in January for one of your amazing classes!
XO Nancy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

jan williams said...

I tagged your blog a year or so back, and come by every now and then...You have an awesome decorating talent and it is such a treat to look..Thank you!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh sooooo pretty! I love it. And, good for you for being finished in time to actually enjoy the Christmas season. I'm going to finish up tomorrow.... good gravy, that's sure pushin' it!

Warmest Christmas blessings,
Spencer

Magic Gypsy said...

How enchanting. I love the bird theme for the tree, birds and trees do go together! Everything is so sparkly and pretty, Merry Christmas!

Heirloom Gypsy said...

Hi Karen!
Your Christmas decor is so beautiful!!
I just wanted to stop by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your help - I have had so much fun with this giveaway and meeting new bloggers.
Also, I have had SO many compliments on my lovely blog and wanted to let you know I have moved your logo to the top......for some reason it has been hanging out way at the bottom???
Well, have a wonderful holiday - talk to you soon.
Hugs,
Sabre'

Ann said...

Love your images...
You have a very lovely house...
Love the balls, really!

Merry Christmas:)
I'm a new follower...

Piney Rose said...

Oh my gosh, Karen, this is gorgeous! Love that bird tree, and just every little detail. Merry Christmas to you!

"Che" said...

Merry Christmas! Miss you (and the Bunco crew)! I was thinking of you as I was putting up my tree (and probably will every year now!) Tried something new this year and I love it. Sparkly toile. I might put it on FB cuz I haven't been blogging.
Your vision and talents just blow me away! I love the fotos! I love that you bring a little bit of extra Christmas spirit to everyone through your blog. You are an amazing woman! Love ya!

Fish Tail Cottage said...

oh, my....your home is beautiful! not sure how i found you - i was garden searching (snow here in seattle) & i am in need of some pretty today! ;)
xoxo
~tracie

Claire said...

Just found your blog and what a delight-I have a new treat for the new year! You are creative and very inspiring and your photography is amazing-wishing you happiness in the new year!-Claire

Rachael Kinnison said...

Ohhh what Beautiful colors~ thankyou for sharing! I love birds in my Christmas tree too, I have always collected the little blown glass clip on birds, and have a few nests I tuck in and around, so if you really look hard, you can see them in there, peekng out. Hope you have a wonderful New Year~
rachael kinnison

nicke said...

Hello chicken(english term of endearment) i have just come across your blog and all i can say is WOW your home is beautiful and from England the country of Quaint cottages you have done a fab job and me living in an apartment aspire to make my home as quaint as yours its beautiful
hugs
Nicke xx

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