Today I am joining The Inspired Room and Jennifer Rizzo for their 2011 Virtual Holiday House parties! Welcome everyone to my holiday home! This is the family room. It is the room we spend most of our time in.
Here in Arizona, fresh greens dry out much to quickly so I settle for artificial ones. I like to mix different kinds of greens to help make the arrangement look more real. I love to collect vintage scales and this one was a recent garage sale find for $6.00!!
The mantle holds my growing collection of bottle brush trees....
and the tree is filled with many handmade ornaments. I love the light flocking on this one. This year it is my favorite tree. (The other one is in the living room) For more details on the trees and ornaments you can go here, or here for an ornament tutorial.
These stocking are a new addition this weekend. I have been inspired by some really neat ones on Pinterest and wanted to create my own. I bought some burlap at Hobby Lobby and I intended to use it, but even after airing it outside for a week it still stunk so badly I settled for a natural cotton duck.
I made tags for myself and my hubby and added a little embellishment to each one. I think I may add a few buttons too, but I'm letting them be for now.
Some of my vintage style snowmen.
The sign and the pillow are new additions this year. I absolutely love the new wall art with all the great words on them. I have always had a thing for the written word so these were right up my alley. The sign was a recent purchase from my November visit to Sweet Salvage. The pillow I bought on Etsy. I painted the words white and added the trim.
This is the view from the fireplace. I have a collection of brown transferware plates that is spread all over the house.
My garland is filled with more handmade ornaments, crystal drops and mercury glass garland.
This is the dining room with a view into the living room.
The chandelier gets dressed with it's own wreath of greens with silver and glass balls and glittery statice and glass ornaments replace the brown transferware creamers that usually hang there.
The centerpiece overflows with vintage silver ornaments,
and a little greenery dresses up the buffet where I showcase my collection of green and white transferware.
The living room through an old window.
The tree has a bird and icicle theme.
I like to do something a little different for the tree topper so I hung several handmade paper snowflakes that were covered in glitter from the ceiling. This is the only plus to having an old popcorn ceiling... no holes later!
I love my snowflake garland.
I've been collecting them for many years.
At night the light in the garland sparkle and shine...
and during the day, the light from outside shines through all the crystal and glass and is so pretty.
The altered bottle angels I made sit here on the table,
and the coffee table gets a little snowy greenery.
Well that's the tour of my home this year. Sometimes I do the bedroom too, but I just didn't have it in me this year! I hope you enjoyed it. Now I'm off to go check out all the other homes tours over at Jennifer Rizzo's! Merry Christmas to all!!!