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Monday, December 23, 2013

A few Christmas pics before the big day!

 I know I am sooo very late in getting a post like this out, but I felt like since I haven't changed things much since last year... maybe you wouldn't want to see it again. Then my hubby pointed out the things that are different this year, so I put together a little sampling of Christmas here in our home.

I had a large spot on the mantle that needed to be filled up with something, so I wrapped up a couple of boxes to look like pretty packages. (It's really the only time we get to see really pretty wrapping since I have all men in my house and they use whatever they can find including newspaper to wrap up gifts!! LOL!)

 We have been collecting vintage toys the past couple of years to put under the family room tree.
The bicycle was refurbished by my sweetie last year, and this years addition was this sweet baby doll carriage that hubby found on ebay.
 The mantle is pretty much the same as last year. Every year I am able to add more silver tea pots and creamers to the tree collection.

 I do love to break out the snowmen!!

I left the greenery off of the chandelier this year as really cuts down on the light, but I did my cut glass Christmas balls to it.

 I really didn't do anything to the centerpiece other than adding a few pieces of Christmas greenery.

Most of the photos in the house were replaced with photocopies of old family photos at Christmastime. These two are my Mom and Aunt visiting Santa in the late 40's and my sister in law with her new baby carriage. (She was really only a baby herself)

 I still love silver bowls full of ornaments.

I do like to add real greenery whenever I can. I just dries out so fast here in this climate!

In the entryway I have my old Remington typewriter, with lyrics to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
If you are celebrating Christmas with friends or family I hope it is full of warmth and happiness.
May all that is good and pure in the world touch you in every way.

Merry Christmas my friends!!


The Old Parsonage said...

Your home is so warm and cozy - i'd love to peek in all the nooks and crannies!

Merry Christmas to you too Karen!


Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home, Karen. It's very inspiring and peaceful. Hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas and the very best wishes to you, too. Diane

Lily's Lace said...

Oh go on you, you........MARTHA STEWART!! Geez talk about hard to be friends with the original Domestic Goddess, geez laweez, beautiful as always dear friend.

sweet violets said...

Very charming!!! I always enjoy seeing pics of your home........wishing you many Christmas blessings......xoxo

Unknown said...

Just so luvly.. warm and cozy. I too have trouble with the real greenery drying out too quickly in the North Central Florida climate, but I still try and add some where ever I can.
Happy Christmas!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Your home is beautifully decorated and looks very inviting, Karen.
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy the holidays!

suziqu's thread works said...

Your mantle, toys, beautifully gift wrapped boxes and silver bowls of glistening baubles look so Christmassy
to me Karen!
Have a special Christmas full of peace, love and joy and I wish for you a New Year full of beautiful new inspirations!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for sharing the lovley photos. It's magical. You have decorated beautifully. Loved seeing your dog all curled up...is he a spaniel?
I miss my Brittany. Enjoy the festivities.

Oxana said...

Your home is Gorgeous!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Sheila Rumney said...

Love looking at your holiday home! All the details are gorgeous! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Karen,
Wow, so beautiful!!!!

hugs and Merry Christmas.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your home is gorgeous, and I'm glad you shared it again. I was thinking how nice the gifts with lace and ribbon looked but understand them now.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your home looks beautiful, Karen! I love your bottle brush trees in the silver. I had hoped to bleach a few more myself this year, but never got around to it.

Merry Christmas!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful vintage Christmas to you and your's!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Looks beautiful! The snowmen are so cute, and I love the typewriter with the song in the entry!
Wishing you a happy and blessed holiday season.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hi Karen, Just a quick visit to wish You a Merry & Blessed Christmas.... I see your home is absolutely Beautiful for the holiday~

Rita said...

You have such a Beautiful and Interesting home Karen. I could live there forever. Wishing you and your Family a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

Bonnie Schulte said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home. I have not seen your home before, I am somewhat new to your blog. BUT, anyway...AWESOME, your Christmas decor is beautiful, and I am so happy that I had the chance to see how you decorate. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Bonnie in snowy and below 0 Wisconsin.

Rhonda said...

Merry Christmas Karen! Your decorating is fabulous and new to me!! Let's sit by our fireplaces and enjoy this cool weather while we can. xo Rhonda

Bohemian said...

Merry Christmas Karen... as always your Home is a Soothing and Beautiful Space and particularly Enchanting and Inviting during the Holidays. Thanks for Inviting us in just in time for Christmas... may you have a Blessed one.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Nath said...

Happy christmas to you !
Your house is beautiful ... It's very sweet deco.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Merry Christmas to you Karen. Your home is so warm and cozy. Hope Santa brought you lots of goodies. ♥

Much Love,

Unknown said...

Have a lovely Christmas Karen and happy New Year. Wish you all the best.

Vicki Boster said...

Karen- your home is truly beautiful all dressed for the holidays-- the photos are incredible. You have such a gift for making magic at Christmas.

Have a wonderful holiday--

This N That said...

Your home is beautiful..warm and cozy..I love how it's filled in each and every corner..Love your style..Merry Christmas to you and yours Karen..Enjoy the day..

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, my, this represents a ton of work I'm sure and it is perfectly beautiful. I do hope the men folks assist you in taking down and putting up. Merry Christmas!

ImagiMeri said...

Gorgeous as usual! Can we do Sweet Salvage together in January?


Pendra said...

It looks like a magical winter wonderland! I enjoy visiting with you so much and look forward to more inspiration and creativity in the new year!
Happy Holidays,

Jayne said...

I have just found your blog via Julia. Your home is so beautifully decorated for the Christmas festivities. I love all of it, especially the typewriter in the hall, just adorable. It looks so warm, cosy and very inviting. Jayne x

Derrith said...

Wow Karen: Everything in your home is magazine worthy! I'm so glad you did post your beautiful Christmas decorations again. Your tree, mantle and everything else is so gorgeous. Your wrapped packages were divine!
On another subject, can you tell me how to get a "follow me on bloglovin" button? Thank you! -Derrith

lynn cockrell said...

Totally gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

You are amazingly talented. I am just now getting into the vintage look (because I am and it brings back wonderful memories of my wonderful childhood). I have been to every vintage sale/event I could find in the couple months before holidays, but your blog is incredibly inspiring to me.
God bless, Janice

craftyM said...

Your home is absolutely stunning. So lovingly sentimental and nostalgic! It is so my favorite. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Marita Kovalik, Portland, Oregon

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

I thought you were posting pics right out of a magazine! GORGEOUS!!

Marlynne said...

Beautiful! Like your idea of Christmas Pictures of the past in your photo frames.

srpprcrftr said...

Hi Karen I found you thru Free Pretty things. Love that blog and know I'm going to be so inspired by yours. I don't have my own blog due to fact I'm very digitally challenged. Wish I wasn't but there it is. I spend so much time reading blogs and crafting, trying to keep the utter messes controllable to some degree and putting up with a very grumpy old hubs. I've subscribed as I don't want to miss any posts. So with that said I'd better get busy perusing all posts I've missed. What I've seen of your Christmas photos, oh my, I'm having immediate inspiration. Happy weekend.

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