Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

I think I am really good at running out of time to get things done that I want to do.  In fact, I might even say I'm an expert in the field.  How about you?  Surely I can't be the only one good at this!
By the time I finish up with this post it will be tomorrow.
Probably like you, I have been trying to finish up wrapping gifts, baking, cooking, cleaning and then starting it all over again.
I'm looking forward to taking a little break and seeing our family over the next few days.  We've got plans for the next three days including going on a hay ride through Honor Heights Park in my hometown, Muskogee, tomorrow evening with my Dad and Step-Mom.  If you are near Muskogee it is well worth the trip to tour the park during the holidays and see the gorgeous and unique display of lights.

I have taken photos here and there of the house and wanted to show them to you before Christmas comes and goes!
I'll cut this short, as far as words go, because I have a lot to show.  I hope you enjoy the mini tour~

Dining Room


I have accented several lamps in the house with glitter covered snowflake ornaments.  They stick right to the shade and look so pretty when the lights are on.

Tablescape (see my last post to see more photos and details about purchasing the magazine this was featured in)

Transferware Topiary 
I purchased these wreath topiaries a few years back at an after Christmas clearance sale.  I knew exactly how I would decorate these.  I hung graduating sizes of transferware plates in the center of each wreath.  Everyone loves these!

An everyday centerpiece for the dining room table is
a huge antique red transferware wash basin filled with a mix of red ornaments.

In this little vignette I've filled a gallon sized antique Marmalade advertising crock with Chistmas baubles, a Masons Vista pitcher that is fitted with a miniature Christmas tree and a special seasonal piece; a brown transferware plate by Spode with a Nativity scene.  I found the antique painted tole tray at an estate sale recently for $3!  

The Entry Way

  I made a wreath with some miniature transferware creamers and hung it on one of the French doors.

Living Room
Looking into the living room from the entryway….wish I'd lit the fire for this photo. ;(

This is my favorite corner in the house; the spot where I love to have a cup of coffee almost every morning….and where I do have the fire going in this photo! =)

 A needlepoint pillow depicting a Victorian Santa brings just a touch of Christmas to the sofa

Looking towards the entryway and dining room

Family Room
 For the past 6 or so years, I've decorated our main tree with vintage red transferware teacups. The original post about my tree  can be seen HERE along with photos of my previous dining room (my favorite).

This vignette is on a small wall in the family room.  Here I've used the snowflake ornaments again and just pressed them onto the lamp shades.  They're a little rough so the texture holds to the fabric of the shades without attaching them permanently.  I've had so many compliments on this!

The  French armoire and bookcase in the TV room is where I display a lot of brown transferware. On either side of the armoire I've got two demilune tables and each has a huge pitcher that would have been part of an antique wash basin set.

 I have creamy white hydranges in these and put small Christmas trees in them decorated with pheasant feathers iridescent bows and glittered curly-q picks. 

I've probably said this on my blog before, but something about this house that I adore is all the little nooks and crannies it has.  These little niches are perfect for vignettes, which I love to create.  This little niche perfectly holds a unique bar I bought Shawn years ago.  It looks like a fancy dollhouse which makes it very fun to decorate for the holidays.  I made two moss topiaries and put them in vintage transferware toothpick holders that look like planters.  Along with white nutcrackers, they flank the doors to the house.  Several wreaths hang from the gables and windows, and atop the roof…Santa's sleigh of course.

The chair in front of the bar is the perfect spot for a needlepoint pillow with our last name embroidered on it and a leopard trimmed Santa hat that was one of the girls when they were itty bitty.

This little nook is just outside of the guest bathroom, off of the tv room. 

Grandma Judy gave the angel figurine to Kalyn which sets next to another tree in an antique brown transferware pitcher.  I tied a sheer ribbon with a holly leaf design on it around the top of the lampshade.

I think that wraps up the little tour.  I am so sleepy.  As I predicted at the beginning of the post, it is now tomorrow, two days till Christmas.  May you all have a very Merry one.

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  1. I absolutely loved the tour. Especially your Living Room which is so charming and cozy looking!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!


  2. Your home looks beautiful, Nancy!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh Nancy your home is absolutely beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    ps--bookmarked this post so I can keep going back to look at it:-)

  4. One word...Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Thank you for this beautiful house tour. I love the way you decorate. My heart is beating fast with seeing all the wonderful Red and White Transferware...my favorite. I need more cups and saucers...it can wait until after Christmas when you take your tree down...just saying :) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

  6. Your house is gorgeous, and I LOVE the mantel!

  7. Nancy, I have to tell you, to me, your home is the prettiest in all of blogland. It just speaks to me. I could just move in and feel right at home. Such lovely decor for the holidays! Merry Christmas!! Congrats on your magazine feature. Much deserved!!!

  8. You have a charming home, Nancy! Thank you for the tour and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

    Christmas blessings,

  9. Nancy, I enjoyed the tour. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

  10. I loved the tour of your beautiful rooms, wow! And I've never seen the Spode Nativity plate before. You put everything together so well.

    Merry Christmas to you!

  11. What a fabulous tour! I love all the transferware sprinkled all through your home. The teacups on the trees are my favorites! What a charming and warm home you have made! Merry Christmas Nancy!
    Miss Bloomers

  12. Over the top amazing! I love your teacup tree! I am a beginner collector of red transferware and love what you have collected. Merry Christmas!

  13. Merry Christmas! You have the best tea cup Christmas Tree I have seen yet.

  14. Nancy, gorgeous. I look forward to purchasing more from your shop this.

    Merry Christmas

  15. Hi Nancy! Oh, your Christmas home is so beautiful! I love how your decorate with your beautiful transferware! Merry Christmas to you and your family in your new home.

  16. So beautiful and cozy! I adore it!

  17. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us! Merry Christmas!

  18. Nancy, I love your blog because it is REAL, those tablescapes are for real people!! One cannot be phoney with six kids, I know, I have six too. People seem stunned that one can have a big family and a beautiful home, it can be done! I love your color sense and the way you move into a new place and make it yours in such a short time, your skills as a homemaker deserve a medal!! I tracked down your valance source, I am amazed that ready made can look so terrific, I make my own and hate every second of doing it, measuring is not my thing, and hunched over the machine with acres of fabric very daunting. I am so close to ordering some new valances.........................best wait til' the Christmas bills come in huh? After the huge dinners, gatherings of Christmas I am looking forward to quilting, reading and trying some of your recipes and maybe..............................order those new valances? Love your blog even tho' I gave you a hard time about the antlers and lover your family................we are blessed!! Donna

  19. Nancy
    Your home is absolutely beautiful and so charming. I love all your decorating....it is so festive. You're right about the nooks...another charming feature. Happy New Year to you and your family. May you all be blessed with good health this new year.


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