Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Christmas Home Tour 2009

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour. We live in southern Ontario, Canada and with the recent arrival of snow and cold cold weather, Christmas is definitely in the air, both inside and out. If you've stopped by from some of my favourite bloggy linky parties, I hope you enjoy the tour! There are lots of pictures.
 Quoting one of my favourite bloggers, Melissa from The Inspired Room,
 "And no perfection allowed, as you will see. Real life. At my house, we are decorating for ourselves, not to show the world how perfect our home is (because it isn’t) or how magazine cover worthy every corner is (because CLEARLY it isn’t)." Melissa, The Inspired Room

Warning: Photo Heavy!
We went with a simpler theme outdoors this year, white lights, white muslin bows and greenery.

A newly quilted flannel wall hanging above our fireplace in the family room.
Santa's on the t.v. cabinet in the family room too.
Also in the family room is our main family tree, with all our collected, school made, and handcrafted ornaments. This is the tree we use for presents.
Ten years later we still do not have a fireplace mantel  in our family room. The fireplace was installed off centre and I am stuggling with an affordable design. I quickly put up these hooks to hold our stockings that I stitched. Hopefully, our fireplace wall will be a project in 2010.


On the back of each stocking:
Lots of cross-stitched ornaments and home made bows.
My guys love HOCKEY! We have lots of ornaments to celebrate this, including some favourites like...Vancouver Canucks (from Funky Junk Interiors Donna's province on the west coast.)
Closer to home, Toronto Maple Leafs.
Some special ornaments from our trip to Disney:

Our natural cowboy Christmas tree in the living room, and mantel shelf shown here.


In the kitchen is our advent calendar I sewed from a kit a few years ago.
A mini tree on the breakfast counter with wooden lights and muslin strips for bows.
On to our dining room...
I tied some extra strands of red wood beads on the chairs.

Some mercury glass pieces, crystal, silver balls and lots of white.
On our sideboard/buffet some red wood beads and candycanes.

On to our bedroom where I used a small tree and some garland on the bed, with details posted here.



Merry Christmas to all! I hope you enjoyed your tour as much as I enjoy the Christmas home tours, trees and ideas at these great blog parties:
Funky Junk Interiors by fellow Canadian, Donna


 





Edited to add:Thanks for all the kind comments! I'm trying to get around to everyone but I've received several questions about the white rag garland. Nester, Nester people. She is the genius from whom I borrowed the raggamuffin garland idea. Nester even has a tutorial with tons of photos on her blog. Check it out. And when you stop laughing at her humourous ways of delivering the instructions, get ripping and tie, tie, tie. I cheated and wanted mine done in two hours so I used a rotary cutter and mat from my quilting supplies to cut a lot of the fabric, saved time but not quite the same as Nester's. Mine has a few stray edges, but is missing some of that torn loveliness. Ribbon and trim too, add ribbon girls. I may still try and go back and squeeze some ribbon and trim in.


65 comments:

  1. Great ideas! Loving all your Santas. The all white room is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    I am hosting a chocolate giveaway on my blog. Come on by and enter by leaving a comment.

    Karin

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  2. So cute! I love that Santa wall hanging and the stockings too :)

    rue

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  3. Love the Cowboy Tree. Very pretty

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  4. Love that wreath on the door...so pretty!

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  5. Beautiful, just love the way your home looks.
    Merry Christmas and God bless.

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  6. Beautiful! Looks great. Love the bedroom decor and great use of garland on the chair backs!
    Danielle

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  7. Cute cowboy tree! Great idea to wrap garland around the kitchen chairs.

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  8. Your home is just beautiful. May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

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  9. I love love love your cowboy tree! Awesomeness.

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  10. What a beautiful home! I love your use of garland on the headboards. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  11. I LOVVVVE your cowboy tree! I'm a Texan so this one really caught my eye!

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  12. Cute, cute, cute ideas! I loved everything.
    Debbie

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  13. Your home is beautiful, I love it all!! Great job! Merry Christmas!

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  14. It all looks wonderful..., the cowboy Christmas tree is fantastic!

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  15. I am coveting your santa quilt! And your Santa collection. I went with a Santa theme this year since the boys are old enough to comprehend the difference. Such fun!!! It seems to be harder to find Santa this year! Oh well. I also LOVED the way tyou used the beads on the dining room chairs! Great inspiration! Thanks, Karyn

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  16. Loved everything, what a great santa collection you have, thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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  17. Love it all! The muslin tree, the cowboy tree and the beads on the chair are my favorites!

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  18. My mom has those exact stars with the cutouts you have on your cowboy tree!

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  19. I really like your cowboy tree!

    Thanks for showing us around.
    Merry Christmas!

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  20. wow, you pulled off a prim, cowboy and shabby chic looks perfectly!!!

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  21. Everything looks so nice and I love your natural decorations. So pretty. Merry Christmas!

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  22. Everything looks so festive and beautiful, Elizabeth!

    Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

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  23. Everything looks great! I especially love the white and silver decor!

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  24. Merry Christmas! I love your decorations your home looks gorgeous. Very Cozy. Please come check out my home as well.

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  25. Each time I see your cowboy tree I love it more. But I love your lovely white bedroom too!

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  26. Lovely home tour! Thanks for sharing, the garland on the bed is so pretty! And the hug tree is heartwarming.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  27. You've got just about everything - what a job! Your decor looks great!

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  28. I love the bead garland on the chairs - great idea. I also love the garland on the bed. I always want to do our room with some christmas touches but it is usually where all things pile up.
    Lisa

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  29. Love the set up in your room! Soo pretty..love the garland! Very Nesterly! :)

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  30. I love the white rag garland with the ornaments hanging from it...did you make it? Lovely!
    Stopping by from Nester Home tour party.


    Christmas Goodies Recipe Exchange

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  31. I love it all. My favorite are the decorations in your bedroom. Everything looks so beautiful!!

    Ruth

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  32. I love your tree. Where did you find the red wooden beads? It finishes all the tree so well something that I need for my own tree.

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  33. Everything is beautiful! I don't have a topper for my Western themed tree. I think a childs cowboy hat is on my shopping list now! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  34. WOnderful and cheerful touches! Love the cowboy tree!

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  35. I love the quilted wall hanging. Also, the cross stitch on the stockings is just lovely.

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  36. I am speechless over that Santa quilt, I am totally hinting to my Mom that is what I want for Christmas next year (she quilts)! I love your home!

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  37. Love the Santa collection! And the garland behind the bed, so pretty!

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  38. so much love! here are my favorites: the cowboy tree and natural mantel; the white garland in the window (what is that gorgeous thing??! is it fabric?); and the mercury glass.. one of my favorites!
    i'm visiting from the nester's home tour... :)

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  39. You have some good ideas...I especially love the valance in the dining room...Merry Christmas.

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  40. Thanks for stopping by. Pat is just wonderful, isn't she. I love that mercury glass bowl on the table. I am think of lots of ways to use that. I also looked at your bedroom post - wonderful. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and please come back again.

    Charla

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  41. love your chair decor with the beads. what a great idea!

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  42. It all looks great. We have a cowboy hat as our tree topper. It was our son's.

    Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas!!!!

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  43. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment! Very pretty decorations and I love your cowboy tree ... just adorable! Merry Christmas!

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  44. Elizabeth,
    Your home looks fantastic! I really like the white garland over your window. It almost looks like you have taken white fabric and tied it together?? Please share how you achieved the look.
    I had a friend write and tell me how nice my place looked, and I told her she wasn't seeing all the boxes strewn about outside the photo's view. My hubby had been tripping on garland for days, ha, ha no way it's perfect around my place either.
    Cathy

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  45. Trully lovely! Your Santa banner is heartwarming and I loved your cowboy tre!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  46. Your Cowboy tree is too much!! How fun...and I am just amazed at the real variety in Christmas decor, all in one house!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  47. I love all the pictures. I really love the quilt. Did you make it? It is beautiful! The whole house is beautiful. Thank You for sharing.

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  48. Thanks for joining the party! Your home looks so pretty and festive. Merry Christmas.

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  49. Love the cowboy tree and the rest looks great too!

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  50. Hello fellow Canadian blogger. I am seeing a lot of parallels in our lives. I am a B.C. girl now but was born in Windsor. I collect Santas, I cross stitch, have a son of the same name as one of yours, I was an aunt at 6 and am a great aunt 5 times over now.
    I love what you have done with your decorating for Christmas. I have a Canadian flag for each province if you are interested in putting one on your sidebar.
    Merry Christmas.

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  51. it's all really cute! Merry Christmas!

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  52. So many different trees but all so unique! I really like the garland over your headboard in your bedroom!

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  53. i really love the beads on the chair backs. what a great idea!

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  54. Glad to see another Canadian Blogger.....:-) Love your home it is so festive, especially your Torornto Maple Leafs ornament.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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  55. Hello fellow Canadian! So nice to meet you. Your home is lovely! I am stopping in from Nester's Place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' Tag on in the left sidebar!

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  56. Love the cowboy tree! it reminds me of my grandparents!!

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  57. Love the cowboy tree. Your house looks lovely.

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  58. Thank you for letting us know about the history of the garland. I love it!
    All the decorations are just beautiful! Thank you for the tour!

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  59. Everything's pretty, but my favorites are the stockings (and the fact that you made them), the garland/ornaments on your headboard, the cowboy tree (very fun!) and the last 3 photos - beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  60. Your cowboy tree looks great! The Chili Pepper cowboy would be right at home on it.

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  61. now I have never seen a cowboy country tree before but I have a son who would just love this.thanks for the idea, from down under.

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  62. LOVE your cowboy tree - what a great idea! I added you as a 'fav blog' on my blog!
    http://thebrowyblog.blogspot.com/

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  63. That's a really cute stocking, the design of your whole house really encapsulates the meaning of Christmas!

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