December 14, 2009

Christmas Tour of Homes

So today I'm linking up with The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes, Thrifty Decor Chick's Christmas Tree Party , Hooked on House's Holiday Tours, Southern Hospitality's Christmas Tour of Homes, The Inspired Room's Holiday Linky, and Funky Junk Interiors Christmas Trees Unite. Unfortunately I had such a hard time getting decent always looks so much prettier in person! Anyway, here we go...and just to warn you, there are like a bajillion pictures. And I actually deleted several I originally thought I'd include. Hope you enjoy. :)

Our Christmas tree this year was quite the experience. I bought it in a heat-of-the-moment bidding war (I'll post that story later this week) and had some serious buyer's remorse. Think Griswold Family Christmas Tree, but no trimming is possible. But with a no return policy, what's a girl to do? Make her husband haul it in and try to make room for it, of course. Needless to say, it is 10 feet tall (and perhaps wide, too?) and the FULLEST tree I've ever seen. I kid you not. So here it is, minus the topper. We need to borrow a ladder from somebody to make that happen...we don't have one that will reach without me thinking Patrick is about to go crashing to the ground.

This was my first year working with the mesh, and I struggled with it. I'd have it twisted just how I wanted, and suddenly it'd pop back out again. And after the 6th time of climbing the ladder to fix the same spot, I decided maybe I just needed to let it go. So it's not exactly what I envisioned, but I do like it.

Patrick's Aunt bought us a dozen beautiful gold ornaments the year we got married, and has given us one each year since. They are really are a few of them, as well as a few other close-ups of the tree.

Some boxes under the tree (from Hobby Lobby).

Here is the staircase railing during the day.

And a few pictures at night...

I put a few decorations in the powder room, which is really a big deal for me. I want to get better about decorating more rooms rather than just the main living areas.

Here is the butler's pantry. I made some ornaments to hang in the wine racks. I love the way they turned out!

The mantle was really hard to photograph...but here are my best attempts.

I love these hurricanes I made (the ones with the ornaments in them) only $2 each! I'll give details in a separate post.

A lighted glass block to the right of the mantle.

This is to the left of the tree, over towards the breakfast nook.

And the table in the breakfast nook, with more hurricanes I made (these were $3 each with the candles). Love them. :)

And the dining room. Here a few shots of the hutch...the ones with the candles lit really didn't turn out that great. And I didn't even use the flash...ugh!

This is a small tree that is to the right of the hutch. We hang ornaments on it that students gave to me when I taught and Patrick's patients give to him.
Dining room table centerpiece
Here is the chandelier in the dining room. Again, hard to photograph, but you get the idea, right?
This piece of furniture is normally in the living room but due to the overtaking of the living room by our ginormous perfectly sized Christmas tree, we moved it to the dining room for now. This little tree (I forgot to turn the lights on!) was our first as a has little ornaments with our names on them, too. And a card holder for all of our lovely Christmas cards...I LOVE getting them every year! :)

An advent calendar...this is actually in the butler's pantry.

And that is ALL my friends! WHEW...thanks for looking. :) Most of my decorations I bought at after Christmas sales, and pretty much everything is from Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Target, Michael's, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General. I'll post later this week with info on the ornaments and the hurricanes. Please let me know if you have specific questions about where I got anything - I love pretty decorations AND finding a great deal, so I'm glad to share! Can't wait to see everyone else's decorations - Merry Christmas!!! And remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. :)


  1. Sarah, I love everything, you have done a great job!! It looks gorgeous! love your tree and all your little touches throughout your home!! Great job girl!

  2. Love the decorations....thanks for sharing!

  3. I am seriously in awe of your tree!! Your home is beautiful.

  4. I love your HUGE tree! LOVE! I thought it looked sooo real from the pix! So beautiful!

  5. Wow; everything looks amazing. Your home & decoration and what you did with it all should be in a magazine. Love it!

  6. Absolutely beautiful!

    You've been awarded the Honest Scrap Award over at my blog.

  7. What a beautifully decorated home! You have such a big, pretty fireplace.

  8. Beautiful home, gorgeous decorations. I love the JOY sign hanging from the doorknob.

  9. Awesome job! I loved looking at all the pictures! You did a super job!

  10. Your staircase looks really pretty-- I LOVE the picture of the view of tree from the staircase w/ the ornament in foreground.

    I also really like the look of your ornaments in the wine'd you make those?

    We had a winter wedding and had two window glass blocks on each table as centerpieces wrapped in ribbon with votives between the blocks to give glow. Those look nice in your home :)

    Decorating is So Much Fun!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Love it! Now come on over and decorate my house! :)

  12. I l-o-v-e love your huge christmas tree! I think it's perfect!!

  13. Yep, just like I pictured your house would look like!!! LOL!!! Decorated to the nines! Love the tree, and you weren't kidding, it is HUGE!

  14. Beautiful decorations!! Love the boxes under the tree!!

  15. wow!!! I LOVE everything!!!! tyou are a great decorator and I totally love the wine rack oranment idea!! How fun! I hope I have a bigger house to decorate some day! I would totally go all out just like you ;)

    hope you had a great weekend sweets!!

  16. Wow that's beautiful! Great job!!

  17. Beautiful! Great job! Next year, you'll have a little boy's tree to decorate as well! ;)

  18. So very pretty!! And your tree is HUGE!!!! Love it all :)

  19. Sarah--

    Your home is so are a few things I just adore in your home. I love your staircase...with your lighted garland and decorations. I love your lighted mantle and fireplace. I want to try to add ribbon and picks to my tree next year. Thanks for sharing your home with the tour.

    Merry Christmas...and praying for you daily!

    Lisa :)

  20. wow you have beautiful decorations you did a fantastic job! This year we also got a 10 ft tree and wow what a thing to decorate you did much better than me and I love the mesh, I would love to know any tricks to make it look so good:)

  21. It looks great! Also, you took some really nice pictures!! I am impressed!

  22. LOVE it! You are officially an adult:) You must have a Christmas party!

  23. It's all so lovely! I adore the chandelier.

  24. I love the tree! I am more of a day after Christmas shopper than a black friday shopper--seems like better deals!

  25. Wow, your home is gorgeous! Love the tree and all the decor, especially love the garland on the staircase. And, I'm loving those glitter ornaments and your tutorial - so fun!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. Congratulations on your miracle...awesome!!! I appreciate your prayers so much. I love your blog and will definitely be back to visit =)

  26. your house looks beautiful!!!! i love the boy or girl party, too! what a fun way to find out! congrats!

  27. I would love it if you came to WI to help me decorate for Christmas!! Once I get a house of course:) Your house is beautiful and so festive!

  28. ohmygosh your house looks AMAZING!!! how about you come decorate my house next year please?!? and i love that big 'ol tree! i wish i had more room for a huge tree.

  29. I love how the lights sparkle in your photos! Such beautiful Christmas decorations in your home. Enjoyed the visit and all the JOY! I'm a little late in making my rounds for the Nester's Christmas tour of homes.



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