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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Well after many, many computer problems... I am finally able to share with you my 2016 Christmas home! (Sorry it took so long)
This is in the dining area of my kitchen. This vintage rocking horse is one of my favorite Christmas decorations but this is the first time he has been in the kitchen. He usually sits under my tree.
The saloon doors are a new acquisition and perfect for blocking some of the morning sun that beats into the windows.

 This is the family room. There is no tree in here this year. We got rid of the flocked one last year because the flocking had turned yellow with age. Normally I like a little natural patina, but not in this case!

 The mantle is different this year than in years past and I am loving its simplicity.

 No simplicity in my garlands though!!  I fill them with handmade ornaments and love to see them dripping with beads and crystals.
Thisphoto was in my last post, but I am so in love with my angel, I'm showing her again!!

I love my collection of ironstone and every year and Christmas it gets dressed up with real greens. They don't last very long because the air is so dry here, but enjoy them while I can.

This is the family room looking into the dining room. There is a sneak peak of my new sofa, which I will share in another post. :)

The dining room all dressed up for Christmas.

 I love these little preserved boxwood wreaths. I bought them at Target. They are Smith and Hawken and after all the discounts, were only about $15.00 each. That's a really good price for boxwood!

I have a new centerpiece this year. The dome is the top of a vintage birdcage. I just love it.

 This is the living room. It is is the brightest room in the house during the day, and where I sit every morning for breakfast and coffee. In fact this is pretty much my view as I sit in my chair.

This is my tree. Most of the ornaments are handmade. I tried to get a good shot of it, but this was was the best I could do. It may be time to up my photography skills!!

 My bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. 

 These angel wings come out every year for Christmas and often stay for several months before I put them away.

 This fireplace surround is new. It was made my Bruce and Debbie Bjorna from Use-2 bee's Creations here in Phoenix. When I heard they were making them, I immediately put more order in! I have wanted a fireplace surround for this fireplace for about 15 years! (You can see what the mantle used to look in this post from May of last year. ) I needed the mantle done right away, (I'll tell you why in a minute) and they came through for me like champions! I love it. It adds so much drama to the room and looks great with the old doors headboard.

So... why did I need the mantle right away?? Because Staci Dumoski (the editor of Romantic Homes Magazine) and her photographer were coming out to shoot my home for next years Christmas issue!!
I was blown away and so honored to be asked. So, needless to say... the pressure was on this year for sure! Thankfully, the shoot went wonderfully and I could not be happier. I cant believe I have to wait almost a whole year for it to be published! (Patience is not one of my virtues!)

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May you all be blessed with loved one around you this holiday season.

See you in 2017!!!!


Kelly P said...

Positively beautiful!! Congrats on the magazine feature.

Lady Locust said...

You are so clever. It's just beautiful. Funny, I was thinking I would just leave those wings up:). Then I read on of course.

peggy gatto said...

your lovely cozy inciting home deserves a magazine spread, Thank you!!!

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said...

You've decorated your home for Christmas beautifully and we'll deserve being in the magazine! Though I can understand your frustration of having to wait a nearly a year before it's published!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Marrianna said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your personal photos with us. I don't know that the magazine professional photographer could have done any better on your Christmas tree. I especially love the little angel in the last photo. When I get back to more crafting, I'll need to make something like this. Maybe you'll have a class in 2017 on making these and how you bleach your brush trees. BTW, my Karen Valentine Designed Brush Trees are out for viewing all year. I love them that much.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This N That said...

Congratulations on the magazine feature..you certainly are worthy of it...I miss your posts, your house and decor..I always have to look at it at least twice..It's like a wonderland..just gorgeous..Have a Merry Christmas and I hope that 2017 is good to you..

Linda Willson said...

Your Christmas house certainly deserves a magazine feature as it is absolutely beautiful and features a muted palette which I love so much more than the bright colors featured lately in magazines. I don't want to wait a year either to see the article, but what can we do? Have a blessed Christmas!

Love, Linda

Bohemian said...

Congrats Karen on being Featured in a Fav Mag... I'll be looking for it next year. Remind me tho', got that good short Memory going on in my Old Age... winks. That is indeed a lot of Pressure during the Holidays, but your Home always looks so Inviting and definitely Editorial so I'm not at all surprised they wanted to Feature it during the Holidays especially... it's positively Enchanting! Merry Christmas... Dawn... The Bohemian

Marlynne said...


Debrina said...

Wow! What a stunning get up here! Your blog is gorgeous and so too your house. So, no surprises as to why you made it into a magazine! I'm so glad I found you - I actually discovered you through my blogging friend Suziqu and now I think I'm going to add you to my blogging list.
All the best for 2017! Can't wait to see what you get up to next!

jeanniemc said...

Congratulations on the magazine article! Your house is just gorgeous...Hope to see you soon and wish you much success for 2017! Happy New Year!

Hugs, Jeannie

Tins and Treasures said...

Greetings, Karen,
Everything about your home is always lovely. I enjoyed the tour! Happy New Year to you and your family ~Natalie

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Just beautiful Karen, such a warm and welcoming look! Blessings for 2017!

Anonymous said...

wow your home is so gorgeously decorated,i love it xx

Mary said...

I love, love, love everything! I was wondering if you can tell me where you bought your dough bowl and the rustic shutters? Also I noticed you have a lot of white ballisters, were they from an antique shop?

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