Susan is a mother to 5 children, now all young adults.
Santa was the theme at Susan's house. Santa heads, to be more specific.
Susan started collecting them about 28 years ago
and now has a grand total of 50 smiling Santa Claus faces.
Most of the faces were small and adorned wreaths, a twig tree and garland,
but there were a couple of amazing larger Santas as well.
This one looks to be carved of wood and fills the wall near the front door.
Another large Santa head with an extra long flowing beard. One of Susan's wreaths adorned with jolly Santa heads.
Rounding the corner I was pleased to find this portrait of Susan's five children, now all grown. She actually commissioned this from me several years ago. When I drew it, I used photos she had of the children all at similar ages. It was the first time I had seen it framed and was pleased to discover it is one of her most prized possessions.
Susan decorates her home each year in much the same way,
and enjoys the familiarity of her family treasures.
Susan's family Christmas stockings were all hand-knit by her sister-in-law. Each new child born in the family receives a hand made stocking from Aunt Melinda. To date, she has made over 40!
Susan's festive outdoor decorations.
Thank you, Susan for sharing your cheerful home with us!
House #4 - Mattie
Mattie is mom to 4 and grandmother to 2.
Her busy household is often filled with the smell of delicious food, as cooking is one of her hobbies and part of her generous italian heritage. Mattie had some lovely decorations, but needed a theme to pull it all together. We purchased just a few things - garland, ribbon and some sparkly twigs - and used what she already had.
We placed the family nativity set in the formal living room and made it the centerpiece and focal point of the room.
Mattie's dining room needed a punch of red on her side table. She had two amaryllis stalks and a pretty urn. Using a 'found' candle wreath, I was able to create a floral arrangement.
Framed Christmas cards and family photos complete the vignette.
A garland on her chandelier and greens in a lovely italian pottery vase were all that was needed to bring beauty to her table in the formal dining room.
We brightened her cozy kitchen with red placemats and a centerpiece of bright beaded garland and ornaments in apothecary jars. We topped it off with a berry garland on the chandelier.
Just a few more touches - a framed favorite Christmas card, candle and pop of red floral - are all that is needed to complete the decor.