MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

Happy Holidays! I’ve decked the halls and wanted to show you around my home at Christmas. So, come on in…

We are actually on a cruise right now, sailing somewhere in the Western Carribean in Central America. Yes, my husband decided we needed to take a cruise the week before Christmas, so, it forced me to be ready for Christmas early. I decided to save putting up the Christmas tree until we arrive home, as I always get a large natural tree and feared it would dry out while we are away.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

So, lacking a tree under which I normally place my gifts, for the moment they are decorating a couple of tables in my foyer.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

On the front staircase I placed the gifts I put together for my 4 best girlfriends. Golden urns held a wrapped White House Ornament (my annual gift to all my friends & family) and a jar of my Homemade Peppermint Bark.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

I had a dinner party last week for my “Homies”, the name we affectionately call each other. I had a great time decorating the table. We also got new dining chairs just in time for Christmas. I finally found some that I both loved and were appropriate for my Spanish style home.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

Of course I purchased a golden urn for myself too, filling it with golden balls and tiny battery-operated lights as a centerpiece.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

A sequin covered table runner, glitter covered pillar candles, golden votive candles, gold sprays and cedar branches decorated the table.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

Every year I do decorate one small artificial tree, covering it with a lifetime’s collection of White House Ornaments. This year I placed The White House Tree in the dining room. Do you see it there in the background of the photo below?

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

I decorated the dining room fireplace mantel with faux gifts, greenery and my golden cherubs.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

The tops of my builtin china cabinets also got decorated.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

Now let’s step into the bar. My home has a total of 5 fireplaces. It is a challenge decorating them all. This year I cut cedar branches from my property and added candles and some old books.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

On the right side of the mantel I used my old trophy cups, purchased on a trip to Estonia, and filled one of them with Pheasant feathers.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

On the bar I decorated some iron lanterns with miniature trees wrapped in burlap, and lighted them with little strings of battery operated miniature lights.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

On the coffee table I placed a favorite ceramic Santa in a basket with more cedar branches…

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

and filled a ceramic vase with more greenery, sticks and a bird’s nest.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

I showed you my great room dining area last week. It was here I hosted my Comfort Food Group. Now the table is set for Christmas morning.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

The adjacent chalkboard always gets decorated for the holidays too.

MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

The last stop on the tour of my home at Christmas is my guest room. I showed you the room we call “The Blue Room” in this past post.  My DC dwelling kids will share this room with my 2 grandbabies over the holidays so I wanted to provide them with a bit of Christmas cheer here as well.

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The really nice folks over at HedgeScapes.com sent me a Christmas gift. It’s this darling little Natural Boxwood Topiary Tree in a pretty ceramic pot. Thank you HedgeScapes. I love how my tree looks on the Guest Room Fireplace Mantel where it has found a very happy new home. For Christmas I decide to decorate my Natural Boxwood Topiary Tree with a string of colorful Christmas lights.

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The boxwood topiary tree looks so real you’d think it was. But, it’s actually “preserved” natural boxwood leaves that will defy my lack of a green thumb and stay fresh, green and great looking for years to come. After Christmas I’ll remove the lights and my new little tree will continue to decorate my mantel all year long, no matter the season.

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On the other side of the mantel I placed 2 miniature trees inside some antique china and lit them up as well. They are cute but can’t compare to the boxwood topiary from HedgeScapes.com. However, I think my Grandbabies will like having their own little Christmas trees in their room.

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So that concludes the tour of my home at Christmas. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season. Happy, happy holidays to you!

So there you have it: MY HOME AT CHRISTMAS

A big thank you to HedgeScapes.com for my beautiful Preserved Boxwood Topiary Tree. I hope you’ll check out their website to see all the high quality, natural looking products they offer that can beautify your home as well. Contact them here for more information and to request a catalog featuring hundreds of types of the most durable, long-lasting, and realistic looking faux plants on the market!

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Comments

  • The Enchanted Home

    Wow everything just look so beautiful! i love every detail and see a lot of love went into making your beautiful home “holiday ready”!! I would love to be part of a comfort food group, how fun!! Merry merry to you and yours:)

  • The Enchanted Home

    Wow everything just look so beautiful! i love every detail and see a lot
    of love went into making your beautiful home “holiday ready”!! I would
    love to be part of a comfort food group, how fun!! Merry merry to you
    and yours:)

  • Hi Tina, and thank you so much for dropping in today during this busy holiday season. Thanks very much for your kind comments. Your home also looks AMAZING not just now but all year long. Wishing you and your’s a wonderful holiday season as well. Warmest wishes xxx

  • Thank you so very much Jillian! I hope you and your’s had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!