Wednesday, December 16, 2009

~our home, for the holidays~

Welcome!
Come on in out of the cold and stay for a while!
My good friend Kim was kind enough to photograph my home for the holidays.
Here we have our living room tree.
It has stayed the same over the years, very rustic, all the ornaments are "lake" related.....
fish, canoes, etc.
The kids love the vintage train that circles around the bottom. I wrote part of the story, "Twas the night before Christmas" on our kitchen wall.
It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and still is!
I love it when I have an excuse to go shopping!

This little heart wreath hangs in the hallway along with some other holiday decor.


This shelf is in our master bath and sits above our tub.
I just added little vintage silver ornaments.


These little snowmen are my favorite!

They hang from sconces in my kitchen on either side of the sink.
Don't they have such sweet faces?


Part of the gifts are wrapped....

These tulips are in our living room.
I filled the vase with faux snow....

This is the little landing going downstairs. I recently striped the wall to match the hallways in our home.
I love this old frame that I put a chalkboard in,
it's so fun to change it out seasonally!
I picked up that huge chunky shelf made out of old mouldings at a garage sale this past summer, and just added fresh evergreens.
It smells so good!

These glasses were my Grandfathers.
He picked them up in France when he was young and they were antique then!
There are beer glasses and wine glasses, love them!

Some pine cones by the fire.

Yummy treats, I think I ate almost all of those myself....

I mixed various silver ornaments on the dining table.
Some are mercury glass ones I picked up at Pottery Barn.
This one is from the dollar store!

Savannah's room is very pink this year!
I found some faux pink poinsettias and
shoved them into her already full tree!
I also found some darling vintage
white bunny lights with pink ears, so cute!

Garage sale ornaments in an apothecary jar topped with a dollar store ornament!
{these things don't have to cost a lot!}
White feather tree was from Walmart years back.

Little glitter houses from T.J. Maxx, and a frame I made.

Another Walmart special.

Savannah used to collect these little nutcrackers, aren't they sweet?

This is our new dining room shelving inspired by her.
I used my ironstone collection, some wall words, and paper whites for a simple display.

I filled a urn in the corner of our master
bath with clippings from around the yard.
{and my neighbors yard,
Shhh! Don't tell!}

Cody's room has his same western tree as last year.
I just love this barbed wire tree topper, fits in perfectly!
His tree sits at the foot of his bed so he can look at it as he goes to sleep at night.

This is his nightstand next to his bed.
Pretty simple.
Some old suitcases, a tree wrapped in burlap,
and a little snowman.

Some topiaries on the mantle in the living room.

And that's it folks!
If you want to head over here and rate my space, I'd appreciate it!
Have a great day!
I have to get ready for the big day tomorrow.............
can anyone guess what it is?
xoxo

52 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh these pictures are incredible! Kim certainly knows how to make even the smallest of things come to life in a grand way. There was so much to look at during your open house that I couldn't take it all in, now I get to see all the little details. What a treat. Is the magazine coming to shoot your house tomorrow????

kathi hardin ~ traybella said...

your home is beautiful! love all the chalkboards, especially the one on the entire wall! so fun!
thanks for sharing.
kathi

Lateda said...

Your house is A-mazing.. and made me come home to mine and wish I could sprinkle "mysweetsavannah" dust on everything and it would "poof" look like yours:)
I will be stopping by soon... get ready Freddy. :)

Sara said...

Ooh I LOVE it!! Especially the chalkboards.. I have always totally admired (and coveted!) these in pictures of your house, but this is AMAZING! I love the "fonts" :)

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Melanie,
Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I love the chalkboards and the cute wall saying. Your daughter's room is so cute too. Heck, it all looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!
Blessings,
Traci

mary said...

Beautiful. I love it all.

Anita said...

Love your decor. So creative, the way you formatted your saying or story on the large chalkboard. Merry Christmas

Fearless Nester said...

So creative! Everything is gorgeous.

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

My what beauty, everywhere you look! Your home is simply stunning decked out for the holidays. If it were me, I'd have a hard time taking anything down!!

Vintage Junky said...

I love that you decorate your whole house... I especially love your kids' trees!

Merry Christmas!
Michelle

Jess said...

Just wonderful. Thanks for the tour. I adore your home.

Annie said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love your childrens rooms! I also have some of those Walmart specials in my house - you can't afford not to at those prices!

All things nice... said...

Oh wow your home is so so beautiful, I love that bedroom with the pink and white, oh and the lovely nutcrackers, your house looks so nice, keep us posted on your lovley interiors.

All things nice...

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

It's beautiful! All of it! I am eyeing those glitter houses all around blogland - had no clue they could be found at the beloved TJ. I'd better start looking!

{ L } said...

Wow. What a dreamy holiday home. seriously!

LOVE LOVE how you wrote the story on the chalkboard wall. That is SO creative. And I really like the tones of pink you used in your decor!

paige said...

love it all!!
love the chalkboards
love the wrapped gifts with glittered letters
love the white candles & silver ornaments
love the wall words
just gorgeous!
& that kim is such a cool photographer
merry christmas

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I love your home and your such a good Mommy decorating the kids room, I love your daughters room for all the soft pinks and white and I love your sons room cause it is so perfectly "BOY" !!
Beautiful (;
Hugs~Kelly

Miss Obara said...

Melanie-
I just LOVE your blog! I love everything about it...you are such an inspiration...and to have such great simple holiday ideas. It's just super great!
Oh...and the music! Lovely!

Linda Q said...

Fabulous, love all your little special and unique touches.
The fishermen in my family would love that living room tree!
Linda

SCmama1971 said...

I love all of your ideas!
Very simple/understated but elegant and classy.
I am all about Christmas trees in the kids rooms too.
I am going to have to buy one of those long shelves you have in your daughters room!
Alot of your little knick-knacks I recognize from different stores.

Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Everything is simply gorgeous! I love the little pick tree in your girl's room and the chalkboard wall in the kitchen. You've done good. :)

Amanda said...

Absolutely stunning! Wow. Insanely jealous at your creativity. Any chance you could share a full view of what the sconces look like on each side of your sink? I have a dull sink area that needs something to dress it up and two old sconces boxed up somewhere... wondering if it looks the way I imagine it.

cityfarmer said...

PLEASE don't make me pick a fvorite shot ... the chalkbord story is making me a little giddy

The Country Nest said...

I love when you show us your beautiful home. So inspiring. I remember it from RMS days. Love the wallwords, the chalkboards and your kids room. I just love everything about it. You have wonderful ideas. Now what is this about a photo shoot? Really? I won't want to miss it.
Hugs,
Donna

valley mom said...

I LOVE your blog and have been following for a while. Your house is gorgeous and one of my very favorites. I have a questions -- how in the world do you keep your extra or out of season decor organized??? I'm trying to figure that out for my own stuff!! Thanks :)

littledaisymay said...

I love everything!

KarenSue said...

Simply beautiful! Now I have to start all over with my decorations. I'm such a copy cat.

Cori said...

Oh Melanie....how I loved strolling through your beautiful holiday home. So elegant and simple and unique. Love it all! Favorite? Maybe the "Baby It's Cold Outside" since I'm in Eastern WA and that's one of my very favorite songs. Thanks for your inspiration. Cori

The Little Red Shop said...

Very pretty! Is the ribbon on the lamp in your daughter's room from Bath and Body Works..way back when? I LOVE that ribbon...they had the sweetest wrapping paper to go along with it. I still have some..in my wee shop...just over the pass.

Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

: )

Julie M.

Jen R. said...

Melaine, you house looks gorgeous and Kim did a fabulous job taking the pictures! Everything is just lovely!

Jennifer said...

What amazing decorations and Christmas touches you have filled your home with! It is all so beautiful. Thank you so much for the tour! :)

Tricia said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the tour. Your home is always such an inspiration.

XO*Tricia

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

What don't I adore? I love it all, Melaine!! Your new dining room shelves are fabulous...I knew who you meant when you said "her." Your version is just as fabulous as are all the holiday touches. Great photos, too!!

Amy

Rachel H. said...

It looks SO great! You have such a gorgeous home, especially all decorated for the holiday season!

Jess said...

Gorgeous, darling! I'll definitely be linking! You'll have to do our house next year- yours looks just like out of the pages of a magazine :-)

Suze said...

The pictures of your home are just beautiful. I love your chalkboard story...so sweet.
Suze

thedomesticfringe said...

I LOVE everything about your home!

-FringeGirl

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Your home is decorated so lovely.

Jamie said...

Wow! Everything looks so great! Your home is beautiful! And not just magazine beautiful but, someone lives there & it's still beautiful. Love it!

New England Girl said...

These photos are so so incredible! Thank you for sharing. :)

Angie said...

Gorgeous as usual!! Just rated you at RMS! ;)

Hill said...

Love it all! So simple yet elegant.. The pinecones add a nice touch!

I am dying here.. I would love to change up my wrapping this year, and love the glittered monogram.

Did you purchase or make the monogram letters? I am trying to cut out letters on card stock and spray paint with some glitter but it's not coming out as thick. Suggestions, Oh Craft Goddess? :)

Just adhesive and dump glitter on top?!

Windy Ridge said...

Wow, so gorgeous! LOVE LOVE that chalkboad in frame, so cool! I need to get busy with my Christams decor. *sigh*

Linda K. said...

So many wonderful ideas! I've thoroughly enjoyed browsing your blog and gleaning. Many thanks and many blessings this season!
Linda
Robin's Egg Blues

abeachcottage.com said...

so so lovely!

can i come by for a mulled wine? it's hot here and not quite the same, tho very nice :-)

Sarah

prashant said...

I would love to change up my wrapping this year, and love the glittered monogram.

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Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Can't remember how I ended up here but I AM IN LOVE. Your house is to die for. I wrote a post about it. Hope you don't mind (if you do, let me know and I'll take it down).
http://thirtyhandmadedays.blogspot.com/2009/12/someday.html

this blessed nest said...

i don't know where to begin with a comment. stunning. i love it all!
beautiful pictures. i know you have read this all before & above, but really ALL OF IT IS JUST GORGEOUS!
i'll be dreaming about these pictures all day, now. :)

Emma said...

Your house is AMAZING - I feel so guilty for not decorating our cottage more at this time of year, but look forward to snapping up some bargains in the post-christmas decoration sales ;) Always next year right? I had a little visit on my blog from mimi charmante and have just discovered her, her photos are brilliant. Merry Christmas!

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There was so much to look at during your open house that I couldn't take it all .

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angelo h said...

How I wish I could have a house like this with a lovely decor specially your Christmas Tree. :)

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