Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Tour

Backdoor Guests
The Best!

I placed the metal plaid flat back bucket on top
 the red berry wreath.
The bucket is a keepsake from before married life.
I will remove it after Christmas and 
 leave the wreath for the remaining part of winter.

You are greeted to dinner by my favorite (Snowmen).
Notice the repeat of plaid on the placemats.
 I gathered fresh greens from my neighbors yard
 and added fruit.
You cannot see, but I have the neatest metal holder
underneath the greenery.
I ordered this handy piece many years ago from

(I might add - I am in no way compensated for referring)

You might notice more plaid (just a traditional type girl)
But, have you ever? 
 Just had to find a place for these,
since we do not have a mantel.
The cute little fellow sitting in the middle of the fruit
peering between the dining chairs into the kitchen
was a mark-down found at Hallmark from long ago.

AHHHH!  Simple Pleasure
Woodvine Dishes = my simple pleasure
Peppermint Tea = my sweetheart's simple pleasure

Gingerbread Ornaments find a place on the canisters.

And, I can't forget the top of the refrigerator.
This is the focal point when you enter the back door.
This wreath that Mr. Rooster rests in
 is another find
from Williamsburg Marketplace Catalog.

A closer peek at my easy access to the Christmas dishes.
history about the dishes
my husband's grandmother
had a large squatty round bowl
we called it the
"potato salad bowl"
I fell in love with it before I fell in love with my sweetheart. :)
She gave it to me and the hunt began.
I have had the fun (along with some other family)
of finding quite a collection of this pattern.
(if you want to know more about it feel free to e-mail me)
I had fun decking out the birdhouse pole.
A dear friend made the church house for me.

But, remember I told you we were treeless this year.
We will not be opening presents here this year
and our time spent at home for the holidays will be limited.

I changed the fall leaves to greenery & snowflakes.
This will also be kept in place for the winter.

I decorated this year with items that can be kept out longer.

This is one of my favorite Christmas cards, I framed.

You may have noticed these beautiful ornaments in my header.
These ornaments were purchased
from the World Craft party my church hosted.
They are hand blown & painted.
I placed them on a crystal dessert plate and
added a touch of greenery.
They are to the left of the manger scene on the entry table.

Just a reminder of what this season is all about.
I hope you have enjoyed
seeing a glimpse of how we decorate for Christmas. 

I am linking to the following great parties.



Christine said...

I love the way you have decorated.
Plaid and Snowmen...should last until the end of January.
I put up a lot of Snowmen, also. And I totally understand why you framed the Snowman card. Very cute.

Dayle said...

Oooh, Karen ... I love everything you've shared today, and especially those dishes. I would love to know more about the pattern, etc. Don't think I've ever seen it. Great post, and fun stuff.

Carol said...

Your decorations are lovely. And they will remain so all winter long!

sarah said...

these are all so the gingerbread decorations the best and the birdhouse.

Julie Harward said...

It's all so pretty! I love the plaid stocking so much! I like to frame favorite cards too, some of them are just too cute! And O so adore snowmen too ;D

Myrna said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for popping by and leaving a sweet comment!
Your house is just GORGEOUS!! So festive and fun!

Angel said...

Thank you for the tour! I love all your decorations. You inspired me with some great ideas. You are very creative. I think I'm going to frame some of my favorite Christmas cards too!

Shelia said...

Oh, Karen, how beautiful! Everything is gorgeous! I love your decorating style! And that little rabbit is so cute and the stand it's sitting on looks like icicles hanging down! The wreath with the metal basket, the Rooster, your table centerpiece is gorgeous! Now I'm going to have to check out that catalog! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Such gorgeous decorations! I adore the red berry wreath and all the plaid. I love plaid too! I love, love, love your red canisters!! I wanted the clear ones like that since my kitchen is painted red. Love them! So many pretty things!!

Farm Girl said...

Very pretty, I need you to come over and decorate for me. :) It looks so nice and homey. I really like the wreath on the back door. Thanks for your kind comments today.

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

These are such gorgeous decorations! Wow! Love every detail!

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

p.s. You do not have word verification! hip hip hooray!

Vanessa said...

Hi Karen! Everything looks so beautiful and festive and you've shown how to infuse your home with Christmas warmth even without having a tree. I absolutely love how that fresh greenery looks on the table and your red cannisters are gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to the party! :-)

Dianne said...

You are a great designer, Karen--just beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

I just adore all of your cute snowmen. They just made me smile. I agree the card you framed is wonderful. I love the stockings hanging on the chair. I love collecting stockings and that is a clever way to display them.

Michele Katherine said...

Hi Karen,

I hope your having fun decorating for Christmas. Your Passion for photography shines. I am one that obsesses over detail, and I usually over analyze photographs, but I find that I just enjoy looking at yours and appreciate the time & thought you put into them. I like how you had the idea to frame the Christmas card :o)

God bless you & your family

Angel Wings and Apron Strings said...

So many lovely, nostalgic and fun things to see! The birdhouse is beautiful-I'd have it out all year long! Karen, your home looks wonderful :-) many blessings..Trish

Debbie said...

When you get your groove... you really get your groove! I love everything you did, and I'm a big plaid lover too. There is just something about it.

I also loved the way you displayed your Christmas dishes. Totally different.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Everything in your kitchen just looks wonderful! I love those vignettes! That first picture with the wreath is great. I love it with the holder on it!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

You also have a new follower!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I feel like I have been your guest...what a talent you have to make everything look so wonderful...and then your photos are just great!!! Can you send some of that talent this way?
What a beautiful warm and cozy home!! Just the type of home everyone dreams about.
I think you have probably inspired a lot of us!
Blessings and enjoy where you will be this Christmas season!!!

Lynn Richards said...

Hi-I'm coming over from Inspiration Friday.
What a beautiful and warm home you have! I enjoyed the tour very much-

Kathleen said...

You have some beautfil Christmas stuff. I have the Hallmark snowman only mine is a tree decoration. I like the idea of hanging ornaments on your canisters. Everything is beautiful, I think you definitely have the knack for decorating. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Judy said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

scarborough2 said...

Beautiful, as usual! Think we'll come to your house next year~~~ Can't wait to see y'all!

Karen said...

Oh I think this is the first time I've seen this dish pattern....sigh...lovely. And I adore the framed greeting!! So glad you shared!

Pamela said...

What a beautiful visit I've had in your home. It's all so elegant. I'm partial to nativities so enjoyed seeing yours. Loved the table centerpiece, too.

mississippi artist said...

Very pretty, I like the idea of using things that can be kept up longer.

Lori said...

Everything is just perfect. Love the back door and stocking.

Jackie said... would hardly notice that there is no tree! I love all the plaid and snowmen! Your also ready for January!

Debbie said...

Karen it is always such a pleasure to come over here. Your photos are awwww inspiring, and your holiday decor is so pretty to see. Thanks! Have a great weekend. Debbie

Richella said...

So beautiful, Karen! You are a girl after my own heart (in many ways!). I just love traditional decorations. . . and I have snowmen in my kitchen! :)

Tina said...

You have a beautiful home!

Deborah said...

I love the decorations. Thanks for sharing.

Kay Heritage said...

Beautiful! You have such a wonderful taste in decorating, Karen. :)

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