Sunday, November 25, 2012
Small Home, Warm, Festive & Fun Home Series, Part One
SEE CHRISTMAS HOME SERIES, PART TWO
SEE CHRISTMAS HOME SERIES, PART THREE
I will admit it, I am a baby boomer. On the tail end of the boomers, but I am a boomer. I have had large and beautiful homes, at one time we had a combination of six children and we were fun, a circus...but fun. Now with only one adult child living at home, my sweetest daughter, We have downsized to a town home that I love, but it is smaller than what we used to have and I may feel "large home" envy at this time of year when we decorate and entertain. My "circus" may not live with me every day any more, but they all tend to show up for family dinners and fun, bringing more dogs and grandchildren with them. But, what could ever be better?
My daughter sewed these sweet mini stockings several years ago with my help when we had our first Christmas here in town-home land. We updated some colors with our decor and got this idea from some very small ornament stockings at Crate and Barrel that year that were full of buttons. I am also fortunate to have a matching table runner that we made to coordinate with the stockings and just love them all.
This was our "real tree" several years ago, when my youngest son was still living with us and had his Chocolate Lab "Moose" with him. I love Moose very much, but he is large and like a bull in a china shop, so we decided to have a table top tree and try to save ourselves. This poor little tree from Pottery Barn just wasn't up to my heavier glass ornaments, but it was our tree for one Christmas. We put lighter weight decor on it now and I just love the "Charlie Brown" look in my little Kitchen Island Nook.
I'm not really fond of my TV Nook, but it serves it's purpose and creates more space in my Family Room. We have had this little Santa for almost 30 years and use it every year, I still love it! My dear BFF and her family gave it to me, it matches the little Santa Candle Holder in the "Kitchen Nook" that my brother gave to me. Both from Pier One many years ago. The Bunting is a Maddalee Exclusive!
And here in this corner, a small dresser that was my Grandma's, just as the hutch in the "Stocking" photo was. The style these days is to paint our wooden things, and while I love all of that, these will stay as they are as they make me think of my Grandma this way. The little stuffed Santa, Silver Sleigh and Silver Reindeer have been with us for many years. They still have a place every year with our holiday decor.
I don't have a lot going on for decor in the kitchen, but this Pie Safe and the red things that are on it all year fit right in. My children gave me Mr. Grinch quite a few years ago for my birthday, or Christmas...hard to remember as my birthday is on Christmas! He comes out every year.
My daughter and I also put together this wreath for the front door three years ago when we updated some of our Christmas decor. It's out in the weather for it's third year now, and I think it still looks pretty, it really hasn't faded. The ornaments only look like glass, they are plastic from Target and I thought they might have faded in the afternoon sun that hits our front porch. I do tend to love my Christmas looking a bit like a Dr. Seuss book, fun and festive!
We still have the table top tree between my two large club chairs. I really have come to like it up off the floor with all the dogs romping around and now my little grandson who has started crawling. I wish I was good enough to take a photo that shows how bright and warm our little tree is, and how that light and warmth dances around the room! As my birthday is on Christmas, I have always collected ornaments and have been given ornaments as gifts. Sweet! I love them all and if I don't have a tree in my future large enough to hold them all, I have three children lined up to have their share of the ornaments that added to our wonderful holiday memories. See Part Two in this series here.
I hope your home is warm and bright with the changing season. I am blessed to celebrate my faith and love with my family and home that I do love. Everyone needs a warm place to feel at home in, I hope you all find this and have a happy season! May God Bless.