Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes

It's time for the Christmas Tour of Homes with the Nester, and I'm excited to join to the party. This is my first bloggy Christmas, and am I ever enjoying myself! It's such fun to get to take a look at everyone's homes all decked out for the holidays.

Welcome to my house!



I showed you some of my house here. Now for a little further look:

First, the dining room. I've had a red dining room for years, with the shade of red changing over the years. Right now I'm enjoying a red that's very brown, and I love the way it looks at Christmastime. I know red dining rooms are a little passe', but I'm just not ready to give mine up yet.



On the antique primitive sideboard is one of our Nativity scenes, this one made of olive wood:



Our other Nativity set is in the living room. I like it displayed here with my collection of crosses. Many of us celebrate Christ's birth at Christmastime. I like to remember that He came to live among us and to teach us, but ultimately to give His life for us. So what began at the manger was completed at the cross.



I decorate my Christmastime kitchen with snowmen. My husband and I moved to Michigan when our oldest son was 10 weeks old, and we lived there for seven years. The kids loved the Michigan winters, and we had plenty of real snowmen. After we moved away, some dear friends who are native Michiganders gave us this set of snowman plates:





And a collection was born. Most of them reside on my antique dough cabinet:




Just outside the kitchen is my screened porch, which was easy to gussy up for Christmas: a little red ribbon and some greenery, and it's ready to roll.






It's fun to add a few little Christmas touches here and there throughout the house. For instance, I've dressed this little hall table with a red vase that I got at Nester's Swap Meet:



I added sticks from my yard, some greenery (part fake, part fresh), and two antique Santa mugs that belonged to my grandmother. The mugs look really pretty at night because I put those little battery-operated votive candles in them. I've seen the battery-operated votives for awhile, but never bought any until this Christmas. Oh, my goodness! I didn't know what I was missing. The glow and flicker of candlelight without the danger of fire.

And though I don't really do too much Christmas decorating in my bedroom, I did place some greenery around one of my favorite lamps:



I wish you could meet you all in person, but getting to look around one another's homes is the next best thing. Thanks, Nester, for hosting all of us!

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39 comments:

  1. Your home is beautiful! I love the crosses around the nativity! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Your home is beautiful! I love the view from your screened porch.

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  3. So Beautiful! I love all the little touches of Christmas you have around your house. I sure wish I could drink some hot chocolate with you in that screened in porch! I think we could talk for hours, don't you?
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. What a blessing!
    Traci

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  4. That house! I love your cute adorable house! Can I come over and hang out on that lovely, Christmasey, lanterny porch?!

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  5. Red rooms will NEVER be passe for me - beautiful home!

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  6. I LOVE your house......it is gorgeous, and I'd love to sit with your there and get to know you better! Thanks for sharing.

    Suzanne

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  7. Your house is beautiful! I love the screened porch with the ribbons on the lanterns, so amazing!

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  8. Oh my gosh, that screened in porch is the BEST! Oooh, I want that in my house, but I'll settle for looking at it in yours :)

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  9. Love.Your.Porch.

    Merry Christmas from a girl in Arkansas!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Love love love the lanterns & ribbon. Love them, it screams Christmas to me! :)


    Merry Christmas, Miss Richella.

    Rachelle

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  11. Your home is gorgeous! I love everything, it's all so pretty! Merry Christmas!

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  12. Ooooh I love your porch! Everything you've done is beautiful! I love your snowmen collection too!

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  13. Your home is beautiful Richella. Love the primitive sideboard with your Nativity scene & your snowman collection (I collect snowmen too) :-)

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  14. Richella, my lower lip is still lounging on the floor after seeing that screened in porch! It leaves me speechless.

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  15. Richella~did you think I had disappeared?? Almost! :) You home is absolutely beautiful and welcoming. I love, love the lanterns with the red ribbons especially. Your magnolia post had me in tears...I can't imagine the holidays without my mom, and yours sounds just like you; *so* thoughtful. What a beautiful memory. Big hugs to you~

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  16. Your home is just beautiful. May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

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  17. The porch is adorable! The red ribbons and greenery are exactly the right thing to dress it up. The front of your house is gorgeous too!

    Merry Christmas, your home looks beautiful!

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  18. I love how you have decorated. It is warm and welcoming! Merry Christmas. Please come check out my home, too!

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  19. That diningroom is so gorgeous! I love the color on the walls against all that white woodwork - just fabulous all on it's own! Love the bows on the lantern in the screened porch - what a cute touch! Your home is just beautiful!

    Manuela

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  20. More beauty and inspiration! I love it all. Your screened porch is genius. We are having a party on Saturday and I would love people to go out to ours if it isn't too chilly... I will have to attempt to make it as inviting as yours!!! (still need to pick some magnolia leaves...) Blessings!

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  21. You have a lovely home. the porch room is great. I would never have thought to decorate that room if I had a room like that.
    Lisa

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  22. Your home is lovely ! I am drooling - I hope my keyboard doesn't short circut....LOL ! I am going back to take another look and drool somemore....
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  23. You have an absolutely gorgeous home...it has such presence and curb appeal. I adore your porch and I love the grouping of crosses on your wall. Have a blessed Christmas!

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  24. Everything is beautiful! I hope to have a screened in porch someday! I LOVE yours. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Just absolutely perfect . I will add my porch envy to everyone else's . And I'd like to get out to that yard it looks like a forest?

    I feel like I just went home for Christmas.
    Thank you Richella

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  26. I second everything everybody else said about every part of your house. It's the stuff that dreams are made of.

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  27. Very beautiful! I love your house! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Your screened-in porch is lovely, Richella! :) I love the lanterns and ribbons. Thanks for the visit!! :)

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  29. I love the front of your house, and your porch is absolutely beautiful!

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  30. Beautiful! I am loving your seating and tree on your front porch, looks so inviting!! And your lanterns on the screen porch -- such a great idea! Enjoy these spaces!!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  31. it all looks beautiful richella! but you know i knew it would be :) and i love that your nativity sits by your collection of crosses. just perfect...

    and i wish we could meet, too!

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  32. I love the screened porch. It must be beautiful at night!
    Came over from Nester's place. You can find my tour of my house here:
    http://beautyinallthings.wordpress.com/tag/christmas-2009/

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  33. Your home looks so inviting! I really like your screened in porch too.

    Thanks for showing us around. Come by and visit me anytime. Merry Christmas!

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  34. I Love, Love, LOVE your screened in porch!

    -FringeGirl

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  35. your home is beautiful and I really love the way you display your cross collection! LOVE the screened in porch!

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  36. ~WOW!!!! Richella I truly adore your gorgeous home! Sigh....what a view as well. Beautifully done inside and out. :)

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  37. What a beautiful home! I had you bookmarked and hadn't had a chance to really check out your blog. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home. I almost feel like I know you after looking at some of the pictures. :)

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