Part 1 of our 2015 Holiday Home Tour with Hometalk & Country Living Magazine…
Welcome, welcome! And come in, come in! We’re so glad you’ve come to share in this first part of our holiday home tour this frigid December!
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful.
But the fire is so delightful.
And since (we’ll pretend) we’ve no place to go…
(except Costco, the post office for more holiday stamps, and DEFINITELY the liquor store)…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Welcome to our holiday nest! And if it’s your first time here in our humble holiday abode, pull a seat up to the bar and we’ll tell you some tales. We may not have a lot of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but we do have some goldschlager, fireball and margaritas if you care to indulge. I’ll pour one too…just in the name of being a good hostess and all.
Big-Buddy-the-Elfish lovers of Christmas we have here in our home. No Scrooges allowed. And because of our borderline diagnosable love of the Christmas season, our typical holiday decor style is best described as an “over-the-top-velveeta-cheesy-colored-lights-to-the-max-red-and-green-explosion-of-feliz-navidad-knick-knacks-and-cornucopia-of-all-things-Christmas-cheer”. In short.
But this year, I just couldn’t hack it all. It was just too much unpacking, too much re-packing, too many tchotchkes that would require more dusting…so I “peared” it down considerably this year. “Orange” you glad? I’m decorating with a lot of fruit and pinecones and winter evergreen clippings and such.
Those items are all inexpensive, smell great, and bring a lot of color and life into the house. These pictures were shot in our dining room.
Cinnamon and twine are two of my other staples for holiday decorating. And apparently, carbs and wine are also excellent to decorate with. Speaking of wine…anyone want a refill on their drink before we continue the tour?
(By the way, references to adult beverages made in this post are made (mostly) in jest. I’m a mom of three rambunctious children, so I barely have time to shower, let alone enjoy a glass of wine…but I like to have some goals).
Let’s head to your guest quarters. We’ll start with the guest bath.
We call it “Napoleon’s Throne Room”. It’s little in size, but big on everything else.
And since this room has such a BIG personality, we are trying to keep its ego in check with some soft-spoken, humble holiday decor choices.
Just a few small sprigs of wintery greenery and a fancy little soap. And that is ALL HE GETS. Trust me, you feed this room’s ego with any more decor, and the results will not be pretty. This room is bold and brazen and big-headed enough as it is.
Oh, and about the soap…I feel I must offer a bit of a confession here. You see, I’m a relative newbie to the world of blogging. Only been at this gig about a year. But in that time I’ve noticed that for some reason it seems bloggers take a lot of photos of soap. So who am I to question the trend? Therefore, I give you the requisite blogging soap shots.
Here is the room you’ll be staying in tonight if you decide to throw back one too many hot toddies…our guest room.
We’ve got some towels, and fancy-french-looking soap all ready for you.
Did you catch that? Another cheeky soap shot. WOW…I’m like a SERIOUSLY LEGIT blogger now.
But that’s not a fun, holiday carol, so let’s just…
STOP. Hammer Time.
Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.
Anyways, we hope you’ll stay. We love having guests. The more the merrier.
Again, nothing groundbreaking in here in terms of our seasonal decor. Just a lot of natural elements. I’ve placed a small tea candle into one of our Christmas teacups. We have a whole set of these Johnson Bros. dishes. It’s the “Friendly Village” series, and I ADORE it. Then just added some more pinecones and a couple of vintage matchbooks.
Our home is a tad country, a tad modern. I love the look of burlap next to gold. It’s totally unexpected, glam and down to Earth at the same time. Unexpected, comfortable and delightful to this urban-gal-gone-country’s eyes.
And our vintage flow blue plates coupled with an antique ladder.
Thanks so very much for joining us for our holiday tour. We would be ever so pleased to see you again here at the Nest. We sincerely hope that you have a wonderful, peaceful, happy and bright holiday season.
Don’t forget to check out all the lovely homes, and seasonal DIY projects on the Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com #HomeForChristmas blog tour!