Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Holiday Home Tour
Tracey is hosting a Holiday Home Tour today. Welcome! Come on in. Here in Canada we usually take off our shoes at the door, but you can keep yours on if you like. The above picture shows the entrance-way and the staircase.
My mantel is decorated with cedar boughs, pinecones, candles and mercury glass.
I found these antique-looking tree toppers and thought they'd add a bit of height to the mantle. I love the way they gleam in the candlelight.
More of the mantle - with paper cut trees that are now at least 20 years old. I fold them carefully every year and lay them flat to store them.
Angels sit atop the armoire, mixed with greens and candles. Some were gifts, some purchased, and some I made. Angels speak to me of singing and joy, of good news, and light - all part of Christmas.
My tree is up but not yet fully decorated. I had an artificial one up for a ladies' event a couple of weeks ago, but that came down the next day. If I get the tree decorated on time, I'll include a photo. Meanwhile, these are some vintagey decorations I made from old music paper, glitter and old buttons. These were for a gift, but I'm thinking I might have to make some for myself.
An old German hymnbook and Book of Common Prayer tied together with a red ribbon make a simple vignette on a side table.
Moving into the dining room, I've hung some stars and beads from the chandelier.
On the dining room buffet is our hand-carved Nativity set from Ecuador. This is the first decoration we put up each year. This year I taped some paper stars behind the scene.
On the kitchen windowsill are more cedar boughs and some silver ball candles. I love lighting candles on winter evenings. They add such a warm glow to any space.
From a hook over the kitchen sink dangles this little painted ornament.
Here's what our Christmas morning breakfast table will look like. All blue and white and wintery.
On a shelf in the family room is a wooden village that I painted years ago. More greenery and a matted Christmas card surround the village.
On the dry sink I have a quilted mat and dishes of candy, or a tray of mugs and hot chocolate.
Even the laundry room gets a touch of greenery.
On the living room coffee table is a silver tray with cedar and holly surrounding four fat white candles that I light for Advent. This photo was taken during the first week, which is why only one candle is lit.
Thanks for coming by. Have a wonderful, joy-filled Christmas.
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