Welcoming Christmas

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Welcome to our cottage.  Enjoy your stay.
Hopefully you will be entertained at least a little, but some of you have seen a couple of these pictures before.  A few new pictures have been added though, so don't go running off just yet.

When you enter our home, you find yourself in a very small entrance way adjacent to the living room and at the foot of the stairs.  I wish we had a larger entrance to our home, but I suppose there could be worse things.  We make the most of it with hooks for storage and a somewhat open furniture layout.

 Where you see the banister, there used to be a wall.  Taking that wall out and adding the open banister was one of the best things we could have done.  It sure beats spending thousands of dollars making the entrance way larger....saving that for when I win the lottery.


Our tree has a compilation of ornaments from all of the Christmases past.  We don't do a "theme" tree, but instead we use what we have because creating memories is what we enjoy about the season.

I do enjoy seeing theme trees though.  With so many lovely and creative ideas going around, it is tempting to try a theme tree.  Part of the beauty problem of being in a small house is that you have to be disciplined about bringing new things in ~ something else has to go.  I especially love the all white trees this year.  They remind me of the one my grandmother had back in the 70's.  I wish that I had it now.
Magnolia Wreath Tutorial
The stockings aren't hung in this picture yet, but they are like our tree, individual stockings we added as our family grew including one for the co-editor.

I do love all of the burlap stockings that I have seen this year and have entertained the idea of making linen stockings to hang somewhere in our home.  It would be hard to part with the stockings we have used over the years because of the sentimental value.   Sniff, sniff.

This is our kitchen table.  We eat most of our meals here, do homework, projects, play games, etc.

The table was made by my Great-Great Grandfather and is the table where my mother and her family ate all of their meals.  Even though I have seen beautifully painted tables, I could never think of changing this one.
I wish that there was a way to recapture the stories this table has heard.  

We can also see our bird feeders from here and so wanted to invite a couple of feathered friends to the table.


Around the corner, is the butler's pantry (I only wish we had a butler).

Do you see the long white things to the left of the door?  These are growth charts that my husband and I made for our boys.  Having them in the kitchen helps us to remember to mark the progress on their birthdays.  The boys like to check out their growth every now and then, compare notes, then proceed to wrestle and see who is the strongest.

The growth chart idea came from Martha Stewart what seems like a hundred years ago.

The cozy room.
This is the tiny room were we snuggle in at night and watch movies.
The paper-whites (a gift from Mom, thanks Mom) and fa-la-la set the tone.


 This is a sitting area in between the living room and the dining room.  I love to see a wreath hanging on a mirror.  This chair was purchased at a yard sale for $2.  Two yards of fabric later, it looks like this.

Last but not least, our garden gate.


  1. Love all your wreaths...such a pretty blog. I'll come back and visit :)

  2. Your home is so festive and pretty! I love your decor. I would never paint that table either! ;)

    Thanks for adding your inspiration to the DIY holiday party!


  3. You had me at "boxwood". :)Very pretty, all of it! I am drooling over those paperwhites, too.

  4. Your decorations are just beautiful. It's hard to pick, but your front door wreath is my favorite! I am a follower and truly enjoy your site. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comments for the Nester's tour. Merry Christmas!

  5. ♥ your decorations! Your house looks fabulous, very festive! May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings~ Trisha

  6. I really like your fa-la-las! Merry Christmas!

  7. I love that growth chart! It all looks so festive! Thanks for showing us around! I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog.


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