Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Home Tour

If you are half as nosy as I am, I know you will want to join along in the Nester's Tour of Homes for Christmas! I loved meeting and hanging out with Nester at She Speaks and if you don't read her blog, you should. Who am I kidding? I'm sure you do.

I'm so excited to show you around my place!

In the front foyer, there is the nativity that I got last year from Southern Living at Home. {I added the angel because she needed a home. I'm just telling myself that angels can fit in anywhere. I actually believe they do!}
Next, if you keep walking straight, you'll go into our dining room {Updated: Wall color is Sherwin Williams Mocha #6067 since a few folks asked!}. The chairs are my great-grandmothers and I'm pretty sure I unknowingly hijacked them from a cousin who they rightfully belong to. Let's just keep that between us, okay?
I don't know if it has ever made an appearance on the blog because, sadly, we don't dine here.
We eat all meals in the breakfast room. That's called irony. But I decorated the table for Christmas anyway.
dining room table
Because we also have Christmas china that we never use. I'm pretty sure it's Lenox {circa 2001} and the napkin rings squares are from Pottery Barn. {They say "eat, drink, be and merry", so I leave them all on merry for Christmas.} If you are getting married, register for something like really nice knives or a washer and dryer instead of Christmas china. Not that I'm not appreciative, but you might get a little more use out of those.
table setting
Around in the living room, I managed a picture with 2 little guys getting along on the same toy. Surely because they were being watched by a certain Elf.
on the nice list
We believe! Don't you?
do you believe?
Headed toward the kitchen, I have our display of cards. All very adorable! I'll be sure to share ours when I get them out. Which will surely happen any day now. *ahem*
And we have our tree in the kitchen. I know. Weird. But there isn't another place for it, so this works for us. It's the fake tree we bought last year when I was plum tuckered out and couldn't begin to think about a real one. Again. It was so nice to bring up from the garage this year!
Here is some fun decor and wise men by the tree. I'm pretty sure those wise men are from Southern Living at Home, as well.
Here are some of my favorite ornaments. I stole that Rudolph at a Christmas party with church ladies. All kind, loving and sharing rules are dropped for Dirty Santa; I'm ruthless.
favorite ornaments
Here is my favorite wrapping paper so far this year. I get big rolls at Sam's and then get tired of it half way through. Do you do this, too?
best wrapped present
And finally, what would Christmas be without some poop-look-alike pictures from my kids?
poop-looking reindeer
These are Henry's sweet little one year old hands and feet. I think. I must label and re-frame in a cute frame, but that's up there with dusting, so it might not get done anytime soon.

I hope you've enjoyed my little home and head over to the Nester's to tour some others.
Merry Christmas to you!

I bring you the most joyful news ever announced,and it is for everyone!
The Savior - yes the Messiah, the Lord -has been born tonight in Bethlehem!
Luke 2:10 -11


Amanda said...

All very cute! Love the reindeer.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Oh goodness, I LOVE the hands and feet reindeer. Jake will LOVE to do this!

Lydia said...

Beautiful! Would you please come help me with my house??

Heather said...

Your home is beautiful! LOve your decor, great job! Merry Christmas!

{ L } said...

So homey and gorgeous all at the same time! I so enjoyed seeing it all. Love those stockings too...

Dawn said...

a very fun tour! and i'm sure gonna pop over and peek at everyone elses home :) a very good tip about the china from a very smart gal! and i love the decorations (although i am worried that camel is precariously perched too close to the edge!) i do not buy my paper from sams... and i still get sick of it. but i carry on becuase my gifts will surely be the last to be wrapped and i don't want my hubby using the paper i am sick of! thanks hillary!!

Tina said...

Beautiful decorations...

Susannah said...

Your house looks just beautiful! I love your dining room, it's so classic!

mary bailey said...

Your home is beautiful, Hillary! I love your kitchen tree---that's the perfect spot for it. Thanks for the tour!

thegypsymama said...

Oh my GOSH - "Poop-look-alike" pictures - Girl, you just made my day!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Great pic of your tree! I have a heckuva time getting a good one of mine. (You'll see I didn't even attempt it this year.) :)

I need to put up my cards. So far, they're sitting in a pile on my desk, amid the bills and junk mail. Nice, huh?

AND, I can't believe I forgot to include my new Pottery Barn stockings in MY post. They look strangely like yours and I LOVE them. might still be in their box, waiting to be hung by the entertainment center with

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

Your extra commentary (ahem, between the lines or otherwise added with photoshop) remind me yet once again why your blog ALWAYS makes me smile. It's so nice to have friends that you are able to be yourself with.

(After the holidays, do you flip the napking rings...squares.... over to drink? Cause that's how I always feel after the holidays have bumrushed me!)

Amy Kennedy said...

Love all the decorations! I'm with you on the Christmas china. but at least you got yours out and on the table, even if you're not using it. I'm too lazy to even get it out of the plastic wrap! But I know it will come in handy and I'll be glad I have it one of these days!! Thanks for sharing your home with us!!

Jenny said...

I love seeing all your fun decorations! You have a beautiful home. It inspires me to make my home more Christmasy!

holly said...

gawgus! doesn't that pic make you want to sing "mr. hanky the christmas poop?"

Scott & Liz said...

I'm glad you have Spirit enough for a few of us!!!!!! (My piles of non-Christmas stuff are cancelling out all decorating efforts.) I get sick of my paper, too, but I go one worse: I try to pick after-Christmas sale selections that'll double as birthday wrap. I'm sick all year 'round!

If you can't find the joy in any situation, laugh at it. Something's gotta' show up.

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

Beautiful boys. They are my favorite of all the decorations!

marge said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE those napkin rings. i'd use them all the time!
i have napkin rings made out of felt and decorated to look like holly leaves with red sequins as berries. my gramma made them.

Ruth Marie Oliver said...

I noticed a lot of Barn supplies in your photos! But I don't see you that often in the Barn. Maybe we will bump into one another soon!

Lori said...

Merry Christmas to you, too! Love your cozy, festive home!

Donna said...

Precious pics- your home is lovely as always- but I do attribute that partly to you being a professional. :) I ALSO put a too-big angel by my nativity- how funny! Oh and my grandmother just puts a sheet over her tree and puts it in her ginormous attic and never has to "redo" it. I could see leaving the lights on....

beautyinallthings said...

It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

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