Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour!

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Thank you, Tracey (Notes from a Cottage Industry), for hosting this Virtual Holiday Home Tour! As you probably already know, Tracey's blog is filled with beautiful photographs, inspiring quotations, project how-to's, gorgeous home decor, amazing transformations, as well as a list of all bloggers participating in today's "Holiday Home Tours." So grab a cup of hot chocolate, get comfy, and have fun visiting everybody's homes!

(Our family had planned to decorate this past weekend but Spotty, our 15 year old kitty who often makes appearances on my blog, has been quite sick so we didn't decorate; therefore, I'll share pictures from last Christmas with you.)

I'm a total product of the 50's, as are these angels and reindeer. (I have a thing for vintage Christmas decorations.) Behind them is my mother's crystal candy dish, filled with small glass ornaments.

Last year we bought our first artificial tree, and it's amazing how realistic it is. Fake trees have come a long way since the 70's.

Another photo of last year's tree. A lot of the decorations are ornaments made by the girls during their nursery school, kindergarten, and elementary school years (in many ways it seems like yesterday!) There are also lots of photo ornaments of our family, pets, and loved ones mixed in with the store bought decorations.

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..." Even though I now have two pink stockings on the fireplace, we still hang the girls old teddy bear stockings on Christmas Eve for Santa to fill!

I got this cute silver feather tree from Lori at Katie's Rose Cottage last year. She always has the neatest things in her shop!

My good friend, Jill, gave me this adorable sheep a few years ago. Don't you think it has the sweetest little face?

This is the dining room last year. Every year I try to do something a bit different for table coverings, but the centerpieces never vary.

Small button-filled vases sport little sparkly boughs...

The Christmas cactus in bloom last year.

The CD chest and mirror at the end of the hallway decked out with garland and a pink Christmas tree.

And finally, a little arrangement of trees and vintage feather angels. (Can you tell I love to use pink, white, and silver for Christmas?)

Thank you so much for stopping by during the Holiday Home Tour. I hope you enjoyed yourself, and I know you will enjoy visiting all the other participating bloggers! Have fun making the rounds!

Note: (Instructions for the glitter "Christmas card ornaments" in the first photo can be found here if you are interested.)


cargol said...

Donna, I'm so sorry that Spotty is not his ususal self, hope he gets to feeling better soon. I remember all your spaces from RMS last year and you know I love all your vintage decor including the celluloid reindeer and bottle brush trees. Happy holidays to you and your family!!

The Muse said...

Oh, goodness me...I am quite enchanted!

Shabby Addict said...

Wow! Everything looks amazing and so Christmas-y!! I love it! You have great holiday style ; )

tam said...

Oh loved all your vintage stuff! Your photos were beautiful-looks like Christmas is magical at your house! I hope you kitty will get better soon!I know what a big part of the family those furry little creatures are!

kymber said...

Simply beautiful Donna -
Thanks so much for sharing. Your home is so lovely!

Lady of the Mote said...

oh so very lovely!

Leigh Ann said...

Beautiful vintage goodness!!
I love it.
Merry christmas!
Leigh Ann

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna! I love everything!

Holiday hugs! Sherry

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

First of all, prayers for Spotty.

Second of all, magic! Pure magic!

TattingChic said...

Oh, wow! Your home looks beautiful all decked out for Christmas! I love all the little vignettes!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Very pretty! I hope your kitty is okay!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Your home looks beautiful Donna, as always! I love all your attention to detail too! such pretty colors, Im sure you had a beautiful Christmas that year! Sorry to hear about your Spotty, I hope he is feeling better soon!

Hugs, ~ Cynthia ~

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

These are delightful and festive photos! Thanks for sharing.

Wagonwife Designs said...

Your home is certainly enchanted.
I loved my visit.
Have a wonderful holiday.

Plum Bush Cottage said...

Very beautiful. I see why you call it Enchanted Cottage. Your fireplace is awesome. I visited your instructions to make the ornaments out of cards. Great idea!

I know what you mean about artificial trees being so much better than they used to. Remember those silver aluminum trees of the 70's? ugly. And those revolving lights to put under them so they changed colors? Yikes!

I hope your kitty feels better soon.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

I hope your poor kitty is feeling better soon. Yes, Christmas trees (fakes) have certainly come a long way since the 70's. Pre-lite and everything now avoid light tangles and fighting with them :)

Merry Christmas!



Anonymous said...

Everything is gorgeous! I couldn't help but notice the birds on the tree.. How funny because I looked for birds this year. (Nan)Grandma, always loved birds on her tree for Christmas. I haven't been able to find any like she had. You may have them...where did you get them.. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

laurie said...

The enchanted cottage became even more enchanting at Christmas time. I also love vintage, and those angels are adorable. Hope your kitty is feeling better. laurie

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tour. I loved the 50s. That was one of my favorite decades.
Thanks for sharing.

Debbie @ said...

This is beautiful. I love the fireplace...I love everything. Looks like you are ready for an enchanted Christmas. Have a lovely holiday!

Tutti Chic said...

LOVE all the photos of your beautiful christmas decor~Especially the gorgeous mantel! :) Chris

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Donna, I'm sorry that Spotty is not feeling well and I hope he is better real soon. I love all your cute decorations and I love vintage, too. Lots of my stuff is 40 years old and still looks good to me. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Angie said...

So beautiful! I sure hope your cat, Spotty, gets better soon!