Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas All Year Long ~ Home Tour

A quick look around the house before I start to put all the Christmas decorations away, which I'm not quite ready to do.  I feel like I just got it all put up.

Dining Room

 Transferware Teacup Tree (full post HERE)

Breakfast Nook


 Family Room

Grandma Judy added this newest nutcracker to the collection...just for Trevalina...do you see the resemblance?

 Hallway Nook

 Powder Room

I used snowflakes everywhere...at home and at the shop. 

Banister and Entry

Master Bath

Christmas Eve...nothing like waking up to a flooded floor, and a clogged drain to find you have no use of the kitchen sink.  No problem when you're having only 30 people in the house! AGH!
Michael, Bryan and Shawn worked on getting it unclogged until almost 3 a.m.  We survived the night, with all of our guests, and no use of the kitchen sink!  Thank goodness for paper plates and plastic cups!

The kids playing a game of Risk on Christmas morning

Santa should have gotten Ashton some new socks
Do your daughters stand in the bathroom and take pics of themselves too?

~Recipe for a Year Long Christmas~

Take a heap of child-like wonder  
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.
Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.
Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)
Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.
If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

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  1. Loved seeing your lovely home all decorated. I too find it sad to put away "Christmas" and relish each piece as I do. “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” Charles Dickens

  2. What a wonderful tour, beautiful home and beautiful children!!! God bless you all!!!

    Christmas decor is up till the 2nd or 3rd week of January....its pretty dreary up here in the northeast and I need the glitter and glam......hugs...cleo

  3. Good for you Cleo! Hmmm...maybe I'll leave mine up a bit longer too!

    Marlis, I love the Dickens quote!


  4. So, so beautiful! Love the dishes! I feel like I *JUST* put up my Christmas stuff, too.

  5. One year I left my Christmas up until Spring Break..Sweet Mister said "We're not the last ones to take down Christmas; we're just the first ones to get it up for next year! I love our Christmas house, and yet, I always appreciate the clean spare appearance of the house when all the holiday vignettes are stored away for another year. Everything looks magnificent...truly beautiful and original. Thank you for sharing your elegant designs. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  6. Wow,your decorations are amazing, can't believe you even did the bathrooms!
    It must take forever to get everything down and put away!
    Last year, I never got the last of the decorations stored away- by the time October came, I decided I may as well leave the box out!
    And re daughters and bathroom mirror...YES, they do!!

  7. Truly a Christmas House! I can't even imagine how many days it must take you to assemble and dis-assemble, but the results are amazing. The display of nutcrackers is stunning. Thanks for the tour! Happy New Year!

  8. I loved seeing your house and the kids on christmas. That stinks about the sink, ugh is right! I love your family room the best, the mantel is incredible Nancy. Yes my kids take their pics too!

  9. Gorgeous!!! Thank you for the tour. Happy New Year! Kathi

  10. Nancy, your home is magical all dressed for the holidays. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into decorating. Then there is that beautiful table of food! Thanks for sharing all these great photos of your home and celebration. I posted about Mary Engelbreit's Christmas Companion book with photos I took of friend's homes as well as ours, but your post pretty much covers all that is in her book.
    Happy New Year to you! ~ Sarah

  11. Wow! That is all I can say. I love your home. I think it is beautiful. I love the home tour.

  12. Loved seeing the home tour. Your home is beautifully decorated and every detail perfect!

  13. It looks like you've been busy decorating the whole house, girl?

    Loving to tour your gorgeous home.So much fun when everybody enjoy the holiday.

    Happy New Year...

  14. Wow! Your house looks fabulous all decked out for Christmas! Loved the tour! Looks like you and your family had a fun and fantastic Christmas!

    ~ Tracy


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