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1/13/09

CHRISTMAS DECOR: Christmas Hospitality Tour (Part 2)

Our Hostesses!
House #3 - Susan:
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.





































A Steinbach nutcracker collection of 5, one for each of her children, sit cheerfully in a bookcase.
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 grand staircase is bedecked with garland, lights, poinsettias,
ribbon and the smiling faces of Santa.






















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.






































Our defining theme began with the poinsettias she loves and a vibrant red throughout.
I created the wreaths, (two identical wreaths for her double front doors) using new ribbon and green wreaths and silk poinsettias she already owned.

We added Christmas touches to her entry table.
Also in the entry, we added garland to the top of her curio cabinet. 



I used green garland on Mattie's grand staircase, with a glittery green wired ribbon and red silk poinsettias. The look was simple and elegant - just like Mattie.


The family trimmed the tree in Mattie's favorite blown glass ornaments. We added ribbon and glittery ice twigs for sparkle.
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.


A cluster of nutcrackers is nestled atop an armoire with garland and glittery fabric.

The family room's natural focal point was the inviting fireplace. I hung a berry wreath over the mirror and added green garland and lights to the mantle. The centerpiece of the mantle was created with a metal tray and three red candles. We added a touch of the italian with faux sugared fruit on the tray and on the green garland.


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.
Mattie - we appreciate your hospitality and thank you for participating in our tour.

1/11/09

CHRISTMAS DECOR: Christmas Hospitality Tour (Part 1)

Now that our family is finally past colds, flu, and taking my son to college -
I'm catching up on our fabulously fun Christmas Hospitality Tour.
We had 9 participating homes  - and a good turn out.
I hope our tour inspires you and that you enjoy the photos!

HOUSE #1- Ashley.
Ashley is mom to two little girls and a baby on the way.
This is their first house -
a house that Ashley said she chose because she could imagine her family having Christmas there.
 Just starting out in their new home, her decorations were mostly hand-me-downs.
 Christmas for Ashley is all about the kids.

Just look what we did with a budget of only $150.

The nativity set was a gift that Ashley adds to each year.
We featured it in a prominent spot under her mirror,
which we adorned with an amazing natural looking wreath.

We bedecked her fresh tree with inexpensive glittered snowflakes and shatterproof (for the kids) ornaments in red and silver. We added a touch of whimsy with a red and white tinsel pompom garland.  

Ashley picked this vintage suitcase up at a flea market. We felt it deserved a little Christmas cheer. The green fits in naturally and provides an inexpensive centerpiece with the addition of a little greenery and a silver Noel sign.

In Ashley's entry we were met with a large blank wall. We rounded up photo frames that Ashley already owned and arranged them to fill the wall. She quickly chose family photos and had them printed in black and white. Now, everytime she enters her front door or comes down her stairs, her wall says "Family" and makes her smile.

 We were confronted with another blank wall over the fireplace, but found an unused mirror in Ashley's garage. We hung it horizontally, added greens, berries and ribbon and completed the mantel with a purchased garland, lights and silvered glass votives.

   Thanks to Ashley and her family for allowing us to tour her home!!

HOUSE #2 - Ginger
Ginger is a busy mom of 5. She wanted a new look for her Christmas decor this year. We purchased new ornaments, garland and picks and put some of the decorations she already had to work. I actually did a little redesign as well - moving her furniture around in both the living and family room areas.

Starting at her front door, with a big Christmas welcome, we added pillows to two mid century metal lawn chairs. (We found adorable red placemats and Ginger made them into pillows.) Topiaried Christmas trees were decorated with lights, ribbon and handmade wire star ornaments. A natural green wreath was topped with a wreath of shiny red berries to complete the porch area.
Doesn't it look welcoming?

 Her formal living room was the perfect spot for the Christmas tree. We used golden sisal ribbon and shatterproof ornaments, along with 900 twinkle lights for the 8 foot tree.  
We also added garland and sparkly picks to the bannister and a big red bow.


  
Her family room's natural focal point is the fireplace - which is charmingly decorated with photos of the kids. We added garland, candlesticks, candles and Christmas stockings.


 
Her table was set with handcrafted napkin rings and freshly baked gingerbread men -
all made by Ginger.



Ginger's spacious kitchen has amazing display space above the cabinets. We added greens and berries to coils of grapevine and bedecked her chalk board with ribbon and garland. 


We found adorable gingerbread men and added ribbon to decorate her cabinet doors, and used ribbon to pull back her curtains.
 Thanks Ginger, for allowing us to tour your lovely home.