13 December 2011

*Merry Christmas* From Our House

Welcome to our house at Christmastime! As it's a new house for us, I am still changing things and learning where I like things best. So it's been fun decorating for the holidays with a fresh perspective.

I was so happy to have a fireplace and mantel to decorate again! I realized this year that I haven't been able to use all of my mantel decor since 2005! So glad I saved all of that stuff because it was so fun to be able to pull it all out this year.

Here is our family room tree. For the second time ever I decided to put up two trees. Our little 7' tree is just so FULL of ornaments :) This year it holds all of the ornaments except my vintage glass ones and other blown glass ornaments. It's still VERY full, but I love it that way!

Rather than show you all of my nativities this year, I'm just highlighting a couple of them. This one is my favorite, made for me by a family friend.

This is another one I just love. I bought it in Mexico City. If you would like to see more of my nativity collection, you can take a peek here.

In our front room (technically known as the formal living room, but in our family it's the library/reading room) I created this sweet grouping of some of my favorite things: pretty Christmas boxes, my Christmas journals/scrapbooks and my vintage Santa.

The front room window is draped in garland and bubble lights (I adore bubble lights!).

This is also where the second tree is. I thought I would show you a few of my favorite ornaments from this tree.

My Dickens' Village is also in the library room, on top of the bookcases. It's a lot of work to put up, but I love to hear my kiddos *oohh and aahhh* over it:)

Of course, one of my favorite things about the holidays is what the mailman brings: Christmas cards! I love displaying them on my card wreath.

And now for some of the holiday touches in the kitchen/dining area. Here is my only pair of Byers Choice carolers. I thought they looked sweet on my china cabinet.

My *Frosty* cookie jar is on another hutch alongside my fruit and veggie tree.

The nutcrackers are standing guard over my cookbooks this year.

Even the hall bath gets some touches of Christmas.

I tucked my tiniest nativity set on a shelf in here.

I always put my little *vintage* tree and *vintage* village in the master bedroom. I love the soft colors of it all.

I hung my glittery *peace* banner over our headboard of antique doors. I added a little extra touch to the doorknob on my side of the bed:)

Here's a closeup of Mr. B's tree (the kiddos each have a small one in their rooms).

And here's The Princess' tree...along with her cute Junie B. Jones wall calendar.

We didn't forget the learning room either! There are a couple more nativities...

...my childhood elf...

...and our Jesse tree.

And now we continue counting down the days 'till Christmas!

May you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

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Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas. I'm your neighbour at The Inspired Room's home tour. I love your little village (we still haven't put ours up as of yet.) The headboard is so cool. Merry Christmas!

Ellen said...

HI Lora! I loved taking a tour of your Christmasy new home. I am not a decorator (although my mother is; Christmas touches in every room), but I adore looking at other people's arrangements and treasured things.

I also saw your Susan Branch cookbooks in one of the kitchen photos. I have "Summer" and just love it! Are the others as good?


Lora @ my blessed life said...

Yes, I LOVE Susan Branch's books! I think I have just about all of them. It's hard to say which is my fave: the Christmas book, the Autumn book or the Summer book:)

Becca said...

I love your Christmas decor, especially the nativities! :-)

Gina said...

Very pretty. Love your Christmas card wreath! How clever. I especially love your vintage tree and village. How adorable. :)

Storybook Woods said...

Oh Lora, your home is so festive and inviting. Love your mantel!! Have a blessed Christmas,
love Clarice

Carrie said...

This is our first time in 12 Christmas's that we haven't had bubble lights on our tree, and we miss them. The bulbs are old now and we can't find replacements (our strand was solid red), so we're on the hunt for something new for next year. Your home looks very inviting...Merry Christmas!

JanMary @ www.janmary.com said...

I think I have met a blogger with MORE NATIVITIES than me!!!

Thanks for sharing.

Love your mantle - enjoy it!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Ireland.

Win Key Solutions said...

I enjoy seeing the decorations of others! Beautiful!

catie said...

ooooh, i just love your vintage tree. i'm on the lookout for one of those for next year. stopping by from the nesting place to say "hello"! have a merry christmas!

Anonymous said...

Lovely decorations, I love your fruit and veggie tree so cute!