Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Home Tour

The Nester is doing a Christmas Tour of Homes this year. Basically I gravy train anything she is involved in. So here is a peek inside my home at Christmastime:

The Family Tree:


This tree is in the (wait for it!) family room. I actually let the kids help decorate it--and then I fix it once they go to bed. It is mostly Santas and snowmen with a few random things mixed in. This is where we put the ornaments that the kids make at school. I also have a tradition of buying an ornament whenever I go on a trip. These go here as well.







I tie ribbon on everything that isn't moving:




Mom's Tree:




I almost get teary-eyed telling the story of how this tree came to be. My kids and I were at Thanksgiving Point two years ago riding the trolley with a group of people from my neighborhood. It just so happened that TPoint had put all of their Christmas stuff on sale half price that day. I fell in love with these red and green balls. I called my husband and asked if it would be okay if I bought a few things for a tree in the living room. He was distracted with some game and mumbled a yes. I came home with all of it.

I'm pretty sure I had this tree in the pre-existence--I love it that much. The kids aren't allowed to touch it or help decorate it. Ignore the lamp cords and the fact that I cut off the top of the tree in the photo.

My favorite red lanterns that stay up through Valentines Day:


Sammie's Sweets Tree:



There is a tree under all those ornaments, I promise. I collected ornaments for this tree over a couple years time from Taipan and Roberts. I love this tree. Sammie understands that she can help unwrap the ornaments but not help decorate the tree because of the flocking. I am very anal about some things and Christmas brings it out in me.

This pink velvet Santa stands next to Sammie's tree. It is over 50 years old. My mom had it when she was a little girl and I had it when I was a little girl and now it is Sammie's. She plans to give it to her little girl.


Luke's Sports Tree:

Luke decorates the entire thing himself and I don't touch it. My mom sewed the bball tree skirt.

That's it folks...Join the tour. I'm headed to your homes next!

29 comments:

nic said...

Cutest trees and decor. I love your tree. It is darling. Nothing better than the husbands distracted when you ask for things.

Jill said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love it that you have your own tree.

Our house is so small that we really only decorate in our main living area and a little bit outside, but I do enjoy the things we have.

Jill Tew said...

I'm so impressed that your kids don't touch the trees! That is not a battle I'm not willing to engage in at this point...thus, my tree doesn't look like your trees. :)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Darling! LOVED IT. :O)

Ashley said...

Your decorations make me want to get all red and white decorations. I especially love how great everything looks on your white hutch. It's all beautiful but I love Sammie's tree the best.

I still have chaos all over my house from the move, but I did put a wreath on the front door today. This post makes me want to decorate for Christmas before I finish unpacking.

Travelin'Oma said...

Your trees are darling. I especially loved the angel on the top of the family room tree. Thanks for the home tour. I actually came for the refreshments, though. Did I miss the room with the sugar cookies?

The Mostess said...

Oohh. I need to blog more about myself and my amazing decorations.

Love all of the trees, but Sammie's is my favorite. I love the cute candy! And the vintage santa.

Tina said...

Beautiful decorations....

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Love it! And the sweets tree...yummy! And how special is that pink Santa!? Merry Christmas

Melissa Walker said...

So wonderful and creative--your whole house looks great Brooke!

alexandra said...

So cute! I love that yo uhave all those trees! Your hutch looks awesome, too. I am jealous of it.

Kelli said...

Oooh I can see why you fell in love with those polka dot balls! How fun! Beautiful home! Merry Christmas!

honeysuckle said...

What a sweet tree! Love all your trees and that you had the patience to give everyone their own. All looks great! Merry Christmas.

Kelly said...

Awesome trees! Love the sweet treat one especially :)

Denise said...

That is a lot of trees! I like that the kids have their own tree. Why doesn't Sam have one of his own? This was a cute idea, maybe I'll try it.

Oh, LOVE the hutch decorations.

samantha said...

your house looks beautiful! you have such great decorating taste.

wanna come over and decorate my house?! i have an embarassing amount of decor just no time/desire to put it to good use!

Caren said...

Really beautiful! I like the sweet tree the best. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

Loved it ALL! the red and white, the pink, the sports tree, the red lanterns, all of it! Good job. Now enjoy it and have a great Christmas!
Kay

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Loved every tree you have but that Sweet tree is adorable, thank you for sharing.
Sue

Amy M. said...

Cute trees. Fun to have so many. I especially love Sammie's.

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

Looks amazing...Love the hutch with the plates, the red lanterns and the polka dot ornaments! I'm from your neck of the woods so when you talk of Taipan, Roberts & Thanksgiving Point your speaking my language. Throw a little Gardner Village into the mix and I'm there! Cute, Cute!

Katie said...

I am in LOVE with your hutch with your Christmas dishes on it! Beautiful job! All your pictures made me feel all Christmas-y inside;-) Merry Christmas!

HAPPYHANERHOME said...

SO so so cute! Love the tie-a-ribbon-on-everything mentality! I tend toward that as well. Our tree of madness and haphazardness is our only very unhip tree this year, but we already have big plans for next year as Christmas will be at OUR house!! Look out after Christmas sales...I think I'm going to do several "theme" tress as well. Oh and I got a little misty-eyed over your green and red balled tree as well. That is really really gorgeous and totally my taste! (If you would like a safe home for it next year, ours is available.)

Linda said...

You gotta come to my house and tie some ribbons on things! I was talking to Luke and Sammie tonight and they are so proud of their own trees. BTW - everything is just as cute or cuter in real life - I saw it all tonight in person!

Terra said...

oh, I love your plates and I am always jealous of those who manage more than one tree!!!

Corinne said...

How cute is your house! love sammies tree, sooo cute. and CONGRATS! i haven't been blogging so I just read your post that you are prego!

Liz said...

I dream of 26 comments....you're so popular. Congrats on your news =-). It will be great!

beautyinallthings said...

That tree is stunning!!!! I want one! It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

Vermont Madsens said...

Okay, I am way out of the loop that I am just reading this post. I just have to say that I love your decor. I almost wept when I saw your pink Santa. My grandma Dot had one exactly like that in red and I would love to get my paws on that little item. Guess I will have to go raid my cousins' homes. Wanna come help me decorate? I need a Taipan!