12/20/12

Christmas at Wildwood Estates

I absolutely love the Christmas season and I pull out all of my now 20 something boxes of decorations (with much help from the guys) every year to celebrate the holiday in my home.  I still remember as a child sitting and staring at all the lights on the Christmas tree.  My sisters and I always looked forward to decorating the tree....we even had our own little trees in our bedrooms to decorate.  It was nothing more than a small pine branch or cedar that we found growing on the side of the road.  But nevertheless, we adored our little trees :) 

So... needless to say, I think the tree is the centerpiece of the holiday home.  So that's where we will start on my home tour. 

My tree is a 9 footer that I love it so much!  It's only two years old, so I hope to get many more years out of it.  I had a 7 ft before this, but I really wanted something taller - and the lights had quit working on the other one.  We have a vaulted ceiling in our living room and the rock on the fireplace extends up the entire wall, so a taller tree seemed in order. 

I think the tree is perfect right next to the fireplace....it's the first thing you see when you walk through the front door into the foyer. 

this angle of the tree is from another side of the living room



I love all of the whimsy that is available to add to our tree tops now!
Love my little elf I purchased this year too....he's enjoying his view from up there :) 

I always use alot of red, gold, and silver tones on my tree.  I also use ornaments that remind me of the magic and wonder of Christmas through the eyes of a child.  I have Santas, snowmen, gingerbread men, and other handmade items from years past.

Here's an ornament I've had for a very long time.  Dillan was such a cute little "cotton top" :)





taken with all the lights off in the room
The shelf on the wall behind the tree is full of santas

After the tree, the mantel is the next most important thing to decorate.  In years past, I've used alot of greenery and typical Christmas colors of red and green.  This year I wanted to do something different.  I recently purchased this beautiful Martha Stewart mirror for the mantel.  (I'll move the painting of my daddy's that's been up there the last few years to a wall in the same room after Christmas).  Playing on the colors of the frame which is antiqued pewter, I chose items in silver and gold for my mantel this year. 

I love the new burlap stockings!  I think they will look great with this color scheme or even with bright colors and greenery.  I purchased the fabric from Hobby Lobby recently and my mama quickly sewed them up for me.  The red and silverery gray Chevron fabric is for the boys and the stocking in the middle is Miss Lucy's.  You can't tell from this photo, but it's sock monkey fabric in the same colors of red and silvery gray........just perfect together :)



Left end of the mantel: hurricane glass filled with silver snow flakes and clear/silver Christmas balls
The other jar is from Hobby Lobby and it's filled with small gold/glittery ornaments


On the right end of the mantel, I have a silver Christmas tree.  I also used a silver/gold frame for a black & white photo of me and Scott to add a more personal touch.  The stocking holders are from Hobby Lobby: a snowman and two snow flakes
On the coffee table, I filled my bell jars with small ornaments of gold, red, and green.  We keep the "fire rock" Scott made on the table year round. 



I also added a little Christmas to the bookshelf on the opposite side of the room.....a few Santas and a red candle. 

I added red bows to my end table lamps and more Christmas items.....



I usually put a wreath around the neck of my 10 pt. mounted on the wall, but this year, I decided to just add some greenery to the top of the entertainment center.


This furniture piece is in my foyer when you walk in the front door.  I enjoy decorating it year round with seasonal items.  I always put my nativity by Roman, Inc. here.  Keeping with a simpler theme this year, I just added some small branches, cedar, and red berries and a couple of owls I recently purchased for my fall decorating.  Simple but pretty, I think :)




close up of the nativity set

If you look to the right when you enter the front foyer, you will see the dining room.  I moved this table from the living room (to make room for the tree) in the corner of the room for a little soft light.  I put my white porcelain nativity set here.  You can never have too many nativity sets, can you?


If you remember from the last few years, I have lots of Nutcrackers too!  Here's just a shot of some of the big ones on top of the china cabinet in the dining room.


I also did something different in the DR this year.  I decided to use my fine china.  When I took these photos, I had not yet added napkins and silverware to the table....so just pretend it's there ;)


My china is by Mikasa and the band is black and gold with a soft floral design.  I chose gold chargers to go under the plates to bring out the gold.  Because of the lighting in part of our home, it's hard to get good pictures.  I wish you could see just how pretty the gold snow flakes are in the center of the salad plates!


I went with a simple center piece in here too....a gold tree on a mirrored stand and more gold snow flakes scattered on the table cloth.  I also hung the snow flakes from the chandelier.


Coming from the dining room into the breakfast area, this is what you will see........


My little pie safe is one of my favorite pieces and I enjoy decorating it for each season as well.  I have LOTS of gingerbread items, so I fill it up with them every Christmas!


A few of my Christmas plates...........

The view of the breakfast area from the other side of the kitchen bar..........

The end of the kitchen bar has a little Christmas as well......


Lots of gingerbread men in the window overlooking the sink....


I added a few Nutcrackers along with some gingerbread items to the top of the refrigerator.  I had some extra small tree ornaments on hand, so I sprayed a branch with white spray paint, added it to an old Starbucks frap bottle filled with pennies, and hung the little gingerbread men and apples.

I didn't take pictures of every single room in the house, but most all rooms do have something Christmasy.  Here's a look at the little tree in the master bath.  It's decorated with simple gold ornaments.  I added colorful red hand towels on the vanity for some extra Christmas cheer :)



I have a small white ceramic nativity on my dresser....

So that just about sums it up.  I didn't do anything really different outside for Christmas, so there's nothing new to share there.  I think I'll focus a little more on the outside next year by adding garland to the porch and wreaths in the front windows.

Well, like you, I'll be pretty busy the next few days getting ready for Christmas day.  So let me go ahead and wish each of you a Merry Christmas!  Before you rush to open presents, dont' forget to thank God for the best gift of all - Jesus Christ!

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I'm joining the following link parties: 
Tabletop Tuesday, The Nester
Grace at Home, Kelly's Korner, and Open House Party

Check them out for your Christmas decorating inspiration!

4 comments:

Sue said...

It all looks lovely. I love touches of Christmas all through the house ~ and your family room tree is beautiful.
Have a merry Christmas.

Carol said...

Wow, it's all so pretty! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous!

r a c h e l said...

I came across your blog through Imparting Grace and WOW your house is so beautifully decorated for Christmas, I adore your gingerbread stuff. Beautiful!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Carol said...

I just wanted to thank you for following my blog, and I'm now following yours, too! I look forward to getting to know you better.

Your home looks like a truly lovely and love-filled place for family.