Apparently, to some--and I can't explain why--I seem like the kind of person who would have a beautifully decorated home for Christmas. We just moved into our new house in the middle of August, and we literally had only a matter of hours to empty the moving trucks before they had to be returned. My house is not put together much at all...I still need some key pieces of furniture like a coffee table, for example, and there are still LOTS of projects in the making (hopefully ones that will actually come to fruition). That being said, for some reason, I've had several requests from friends for pictures of my house with the Christmas decorations up, and since we've all pretty much cleared our heads of the ghosts Christmas past, I thought I'd better go ahead and do that! Soooo...here it is! Come on in, prop your feet up, have some coffee, and take a peek around!
Dining room centerpiece...No, I didn't burn the candles like that on purpose. I can only suppose there was some kind of draft that created this inadvertent Cingular ad.
My living room with "my" tree. The candles are way too small for those candle holders, I know. The fabric in the chair on the left will someday be the new seat covers for two more of those cane back chairs. I still need to fix the medallion that fell out of the credenza door.
I "made" these curtains out of tablecloths. I say "made" with quotation marks because really all I had to do was decide how high I wanted to hang them, make a fold, sew the fold in place, and hang from clips. I probably could have even skipped the sewing part, and just clipped them up there!
On the left is a chess table. There are four "flaps" that flip down and expose the chess board, and the drawer holds the pieces. Through that walk way is the kitchen on the left, the breakfast nook and the play room in the back.
Our card display on the bar. I have lots of pine cones gathered from walks with the kids and trips to the park. The munchkins get so excited about finding them, so I try to find places for them throughout our home. We often stuff them with tissue papers that coordinate with the seasonal colors and fill baskets with them or just set them around here and there.
Looking into the play room from the living room.
Back of the play room complete with kids playing!
Looking towards the front of the play room.
Entry way. I can't seem to keep this area clear of things that collect under that bench!
From the entry way looking into the dining room.
Top of my china cabinet.
Some of my precious things.
Oops, these got out of order!
Anyway, this is the top of one of the windows in the play room. I change out the scenes each season and try to keep it sort of whimsical and child like without being tacky.
Top of the other window in the play room and the kids' and hubby's tree.
This is the "classroom closet". All of our school supplies and educational toys/games/activities are stored inside. I use books to change out the scene on the top with the seasons and holidays and to coordinate with our lessons.