Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas home tour

It's time for Christmas home tours, and I'm so glad to welcome you!

Here's how our house looks these days:

This is how we wish it looked. . . but since we're in North Carolina, a white Christmas is usually just the stuff of dreams.

Still, things are pretty Christmasy around here.  Take a look!

At the front door you'll be greeted by my DIY Joy sign and my kids' old sled.  I hope being here fills your heart with Christmas joy!

On the front door is my wreath.  I've always admired wreaths made of noble fir, but find them too pricey.  This year I bought 4 feet of noble fir garland and wired it onto an artificial wreath.  I added berries, pine cones, and a bit of ribbon.  Presto!  A noble fir wreath for a fraction of the cost!

When it's not too chilly, we can pause here on the front porch for a bit.

But it's been pretty cold lately, even if it's not snowy--so come on in!

Here in the foyer you'll find simple decorations--a lighted garland and our Christmas village.

My kids started this Department 56 village for me back in 1995.  I love it displayed here under the DIY watercolor of our house.  I mass poinsettias under the table to hide all the unsightly cords!

This year I added a new banner to the foyer.  It was made by widows in Bangladesh through the good work of a ministry called The Widow's Friend.

Isn't it lovely?

To the left of the front door is my husband's study, where the decor is simple to go with the rustic stone fireplace.

To the right of the foyer is the dining room, which was fun to decorate this year.  2014 marks the 15th anniversary of my mom's death, so this room is full of things she loved.

My favorite things this year are the 12 Days of Christmas ornaments hanging in the dining room windows.

Straight ahead of the front door is our living room.  Along with our nativity scene and Christmas wall art, our sentimental, non-fancy tree is at one end:

And at the other is our fireplace.  The mantelscape is very simple--just mercury glass candlesticks, some greenery, and our stockings--

along with a basketful of cherished Christmas books.  I love looking through these every year!

As you can see, the fireplace scene often involves our two dogs, Snickers and Cocoa.

As you peek into the kitchen, you'll see that our newly remodeled island is looking good for Christmas.  The green color and the beverage fridge are perfect for this season!

I usually do a lot of decorating in the kitchen.  Life has been a little busy this fall since our 21-year-old son had a stroke (he's doing well, thank God!), so this year things are pretty simple. On the island are my antique wrapping paper dispenser and scale. The window is sporting some garland, which smells divine, and my DIY "Noel."

On the kitchen table is a simple centerpiece on a tray that can easily be whisked away.  No muss, no fuss.

Well, there is one fussy piece of decor.  My sons built a LEGO Christmas village.

Look--there's even someone taking pictures with Santa!

The kitchen leads out to the screened porch, which is fun to decorate for Christmas:

The table runner is just a piece of plaid flannel which I folded and stapled into place.  On it stands a tool caddy filled with greenery, some holly berries, and a few pine cones.

Before I stapled that fabric into place on the table, I tore off a few strips to use as bows on the lanterns. Those bows and a few other touches and the porch is ready to go.

Thank you so much for visiting!

A blessed Christmas to you and yours!

I'm joining Kelly at Kelly's Korner for her annual Christmas home tour and 
Myquillin at Nesting Place for her tour.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I do love your home and your decor. I could just move in and never leave. Gorgeous.


You have a gorgeous home inside and out dear Richella. I love all the beautiful C'mas décor, it's stunning!
Many blessings and a happy holiday to you sweet lady.

Donna C. said...

I have the identical bench (pew) that I bought in an antique store in MT many years ago.

Jennifer Taylor said...

Love it all! And what a sweet little lego village! So precious! haha Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Merry Christmas xo Jen

Sue said...

It all looks lovely Richella. I love to decorate my home with our sentimental decorations too. I like to think they tell the story of my family. I hope your son is doing well. That's what's really important after all:-)

Calypso In The Country said...

You have such a beautiful home. I always love seeing your gorgeous fireplaces. What a cute idea to add the basket of books! I might borrow that idea in my home! I hope your son is doing well. Have a wonderful holiday!

Stacey said...

Everything looks so pretty, Richella! You know that Lego village rocks. :)

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

So pretty. :)

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Everything is beautiful, Richella! I didn't know about your son. I hope he's doing well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

priscilla said...

Love all your Christmas decorations ! Everything looks so festive in your beautiful home ! So sorry about your son ..Hope he is doing well ..

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh it's all so pretty! Your home just feels so warm & welcoming all the time & Christmas decor takes it to another place. I am so sorry about your son & I too, hope that he is doing well. Merry Christmas to you & your family, sweet friend!

Cynthia said...

What a lovely Christmas tour everything is so beautiful. You have great touches. This must be a special Christmas for you and your family with your son doing well. Merry Christmas to you all


Debbie said...

Happy your son is doing well...a wonderful blessing! Your home is so warm, inviting and beautiful! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Everything is beautiful, Richella! I especially love how you made your wreath for your door! Brilliant!

Heather Clamp said...

So beautiful and warm, Richella. My boys would love that lego village! I'm so glad your son is doing well. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Your home is so beautiful anytime of the year, Richella, but it certainly shines in its Christmas attire!

Cheryl said...

Oh, my word! Loveliness in every, single inch of your home! It is just breathtaking!! So very grateful to God for helping your son and making him well again. He is SO faithful! Thank you for sharing beauty and grace here. :)

Cyndi@Walking in Grace and Beauty said...

I love your home Richella and it looks gorgeous. One of these days I'm coming to visit. So be prepared!!
Love ya!

Shelly W. said...

Your house is so beautiful, Richella. I hope I get to see it in person someday. :)

Lea said...

Lovely, and so warm and inviting! Just beautiful!

Melissa Smith said...

Just beautiful, Richella! I *adore* that JOY sign. And how perfect is your green island, especially at Christmas ♥

living from glory to glory said...

Hello. Lovely and says Christmas Joy all through the house! Merry Christmas and may all the rooms be filled with the people you love and cherish! God Bless you and your whole family!
The Lego table was really precious ;o)
So glad your son is doing great! Full recovery as a Christmas miracle for him!
Love, Roxy

damickey said...

I love your Christmas decor, especially the Lego Christmas Village! OMG!!! That is precious! I stopped over from Kelly's Korner. If you get a chance, stop by #36. Happy Holidays!

Luisa Chandler said...

Everything is just so lovely! I especially love those special red ornaments hanging in your windows. Hope you have a very merry Christmas!!
Living and Learning with Luisa

Jen said...

Hi Richella! I love so many of your Christmas decorations! What a clever idea to hide those pesky cords with those poinsettias! I also appreciate the Lego village since my son, who is now 29, loved Legos so much. I still have a Santa he made for me and I put it out with my decorations every year. Thanks for adding your dogs in one of the photos....special touch.
Happy to hear your son is doing well.

Julia said...

Me ha encantado tu post, tienes cosas muy interesantes, felicidades por tu bloc. Te invito a visitar el mio, esta semana ponemos espíritu navideño en el exterior, espero que te guste. Ah! Si no eres seguidora deseo que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.Te espero en

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Your home looks beautiful! And I love the JOY sign!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I have said it before but will again...What a lovely home! I would really enjoy working in your kitchen, especially now that you have a wine fridge (haha)! I really like your box of trees (I have many of the same ones) and I might put that on my "to do list" for next year! Enjoy the holidays - and so happy to know that your son is well!

Jenny Marrs said...

Gorgeous! And I'm super jealous of your snow!!!:-)

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Everything looks beautiful! Can you tell me where you found the little car in the kitchen table vignette? I love that! MERRY Christmas. Hope your son is MUCH better, I am going to go read about what happened. Scary!!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

So glad to hear that Preston is doing well! Your home is beautiful all decked out for Christmas. :)

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