Welcome to the Christmas 2010 Home Tour here at
Three Dogs At Home.
Here in my foyer guests are greeted with beautifully lit garlands and the smell of cinnamon from the scented pine cones in the basket placed in the shelving of the buffet.
Up next on the tour is our family room, with a stuffed Santa on the hearth and stockings hung from the mantel. There also are a few Christmas Trees back lit with soft gold twinkle lights. A few carefully placed Santas add to the whimsy of the holiday.
Now we have moved into the breakfast nook.
This is my favorite room of the house no matter the season. This year I choose to use softer shades of gold and green. And it feels just like I wanted intended.
Hubby is very in to cycling so the bike in front of the trees is a nod to his love of biking.
I traditionally hang garland over these glass doors but last year I decided I wanted to continue the feeling by having the garland to spill onto the kitchen counter.
But garlands have electricity and kitchens have water, not always a great mix.
I ended up running the garland right down the back of the counter and across the kitchen granite counter. No worries, they are plugged in to GFI receptacles and all the light are in perfect order. No worries for the fire department or Santa.
My kitchen island had turned out to be one of my favorite places to decorate.
I have a large metal basket that I ordered from Southern Living. This Christmas the basket is stuffed with sugar, spices, and vanilla that go well with the vintage balls and the hand painted gingerbread children. I completed the basket with just a few pine boughs stuck in for greenery.
I could not resist a close up of some of my vintage finds and the little ginger bread girl I painted almost 20 years ago.
My neighbor and frequent thrift shopping partner, Lisa gave me these wonder Cardinal salt and pepper shakers and I was thrilled to find that they would make a nice little vignette with one of my Santa plates.
On the family room coffee table is the basket that usually sits here but has been upgraded for the arrival of Santa. I simply placed a few fresh boughs in the basket tray and added some pinecones for balance.
Here on the hearth sits a small Santa who has drawn the attention of Zoey. Could there be a treat in his basket?
Well that wraps up the Holiday Tour. Hopefully next year I will feel good enough to decorate the whole house but for now I am enjoying a slightly more simple decorations.
I hope you are inspired by our home and you can take away a few ideas for your own home.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
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