Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas home tour #1.

It absolutely AMAZES me how quickly Christmas seems to come to an end.  And every year I have a hard time letting go of it.  I like having Christmas decorations up and how it makes the house seem just a little bit more cozy.  I like getting Christmas cards in the mail ... even the ones that come after Christmas because people were late mailing them (like me), and I have a really hard time letting go of Christmas carols.  I haven't even posted pictures of my house yet, even when I actually had a request to. (How sweet is that?)

So because I am the sole executive of this blog, I made an executive decision to continue Christmas posts until the first of the year.  And also, just because I can.

So here is the first of my Christmas home tours for the next couple of days.  This is my house, and I am posting it first because even though I have had friends stop by who think my house looks pretty "decked out" for the holidays - it doesn't even compare to two of my sisters' houses.  They will be house #2 and house #3. (And their's are really a treat to see.)

The entryway:  I have had my Santa collection in my entry way for YEARS.  Sometimes my stair garland has had santa ornaments on it, sometimes bows and stockings ... but this year I changed it up a bit and decided to go a little more simple and serene.  (Totally inspired by Pottery Barn.  I visited that store more this season than ever before.  I just loved everything they had.)

The Living Room:  Last year I had my big family tree in this room with the hundreds of ornaments I've collected over the years.  I do LOVE that tree, but this year I just didn't have the "fight" in me to put it up.  It isn't pre-lit and just the thought of battling those lights made me tired.  So I carried the serene feeling into my living room and just put up a small white tree with white and silver ornaments on it.  It made me happy every time I saw it ... partly because it was SO much easier to put up.

I just love these enormous ornaments too.  I found them at two different stores several years ago at the after Chrismas sale.  I asked the sales girl if they were just for display (they were the only ones in the store like it) and she said, "Oh I can sell them to you."   One of my favorite finds.

And this is still one of my favorite nativity sets.

The kitchen:  I usually decorate my kitchen a little bit whimsical.  I had an idea of something new I wanted to try over my island.  I felt like I needed just a little more umph in there!  It turned out pretty much how I wanted it ... but I'll add some more green garland and maybe a few more ornaments next year!

Which brings us to the family room ...  The room that would usually hold a big tree, but (again), I decided to go easy on myself and I just put up another small tree.  It seems like I have had this little tree forever too, but it's theme changes from year to year.  My sister Leslie told me that she loves when I decorate it with my 12 days of Christmas ornaments, so this year, that is what I did.  And my santa collection found a new home up on the shelves in here too!

And there you have it.  Hopefully you are still in a bit of a festive mood too ... if not, sorry.  You can check back with me after the first of the year.    ;)


  1. IT ALL LOOKS GREAT POLLY!!!! I can't believe you had the energy to do ALL of that after ALL you've had going on at your house this year! And you are so sweet to have found the time to send me cookies...which we ALL loved by the way! =0) It really is ALL soooooo pretty! Wish I could see it in person! Keep the Christmas photos coming...very inspiring for next year!

  2. love. love. love. when can i move in??

  3. I love, love, love it! I wish I would have remembered my camera that night we came over! Hardly any of the pictures I took on my phone turned out! I'm going to be on the lookout for a big branch this year! Love the one above your island!

  4. I love it all, Polly!!! I love the simple, serene look and the cutesy in the kitchen. :)

  5. P.S.....you have some of the cutest Santas I have ever seen!!!!! LoVe THEM ALL!!!!