12.20.2008

Welcome to My Home for the Holidays


I wish you were here...the stockings are hung and our blessing have been counted. We have so much to be thankful for this season. Come inside my home and see how I have decorated. I don't do a lot just a little here and there. I try to add to it each year.

First, I would like to share with you our version of the advent calendar. We have candy canes that hang on a little banner my mom made. She even wrote a poem to go along with the festivities. Because it is the season of giving, my children have to share this sweet treat. We flip a coin to decide whom will go first. There is not many candy canes left. Christmas is here!

Come into my entry way. My chandelier looks more like a bird cage. I have always loved how unique it is. It is perfect for hanging ornaments and greenery to. Don't get caught under the mistletoe or maybe you want to linger awhile there.

Garlands line my stairs. I found non-breakable ornaments this year. They are nice to have when you have young kids running up and down the stairs.




Beautiful ornaments and a snowman sitting in a button wreath will welcome you into my home. Above the mirror is a Glisten banner. It is truly one of my favorite things.

Peek into my dinning room. It is the home of my Santa collection.
Each Santa is hand-carved and painted. The artist who made these is a local Kansas City Artist. He is no longer living but is always remembered with his lovely creations nestled in my display case.

This snowman and his snow pup live under my coat tree. Can you believe I won him? He was in a drawing at a Hallmark store. The dog barks "Jingle Bells" and drive our poor Coco crazy.

Shane and I have had this tree for 16 years. It is starting to lean to one side and no it is not pre-lite. My mom helps me light up the tree. If it was up to dear Shane it would have one strand of lights on it.
I treasure my photos with Santa. It captures how fast they have grown.

Welcome to the hearth room. It has all my hand-made ornaments from the Peppermint Twist line. Still a favorite K and Company line of mine.



This candle holder my mom had made at a department store in downtown Kansas City. The department store no longer exists. She said she thought she was really something when she bought it. She picked out the one she wanted and the sale clerk made it right in front of her. Those were the days. She displayed it in her home for 35 years. Now, it is my turn.





Here is Miss H's room. She has a glittery green tinsel tree. She has been making ornaments from recycled containers. She plans to make an earth for the top of the tree.
Little Mr. S wanted a white tree with colored lights. His tree sets on his train table which really is a car lot. He parks all his cars around it to admire the beautiful lights.
My bedroom fireplace has a few decorations. It is the tree on my dresser that I love the most. It was my Grandma Olga's. My mom had bought it for her. After she passed away, I was given the tree. It just makes my room glow. The banner hanging above the mirror, I made in a class with the lovely Pam Garrison. It is made from wall paper and Stickles.



Happy Holidays,

15 comments:

Stamping with Heather said...

Oh my goodness Kara - your house is just brimming with holiday spirit! So festive and bright!! Thanks for sharing these - gets me motivated for after Xmas shopping for decorations for next year :-)

Caleen said...

Everything is so lovely and you have a beautiful home. It is so fun to see how others decorate their homes at christmas. you have some lovely things and I love all the cute trees and it all goes together so well. thanks for letting me come into your home.. Merry Christmas...

Vicki C said...

I AM ON MY WAY OVER RIGHT NOW!!! lol
... It's all just absolutly stunning miss Kara! Love it all! Thanks for sharing the photos!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.. filled with all your favorite things!

cari kraft said...

Oh, your house looks beautiful!!!!! We were all sick in one way shape or form over 10 days and I just didn't get all my decorations out and up that I wanted to. Thanks so much for sharing all your festive-ness with me!
Merry Christmas!

smooches!!!

Leah C said...

Your house looks so lovely and festive! The tree that was your Grandma's...my Dad has one just like it that belonged to my Aunt Mary:) Have a Merry Christmas:)

Lilli said...

Thanks for the tour :) Your home is so inviting. I can see your cheerful and unique taste in decor.

TxScrapAddict said...

Beautiful decor! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!

Shonna said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment about my new piece! I just love everything about your blog!!!

Sheila R said...

Just love your holiday decorations. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Christina said...

Oh my goodness! Everything looks gorgeous! Yeah, your right. You don't do much. LOL!

Sheila said...

WOW, your home is beautiful! Lovely decorations!

Lovie said...

Hi! This is the first time I have visited your blog, but it won't be the last! I have that very same "glisten" amd I love it so. I usually find a place to display it all year long;

Angelia said...

What a gorgeous home and such fancy decorations :D It feels like such a happy place. Wish I could visit someday ;)
Happy Holidays,
Angelia

Loreluca said...

Oh, Kara!! I don't think I could ever decorate my home so pretty for the holidays... I would NEVER be able to take down the decorations!!! Oh, you home looks like a yummy sugar candyland!!!

Melanie said...

I feel like I was just at your Christmas Open House!! GORGOUS!!! Everything looks SOOO pretty and I WANT to live in Miss H's room! Her room is just adorable! Your photography is really fabulous as well!