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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

(One Powerful Hour)




















Welcome to my home! I haven't blogged in over a week because everyone's coming to our house for the holidays this year, and I've been busy decorating. So, I thought I'd take you on a Christmas tour of my house.






















Every year my best friends and I exchange ornaments, and these beautiful Santas are the latest additions.




















The tray table in the living room holds some my favorite things: a Santa, sugared fruit, crystal, and flowers.











































The Welsh dresser in the breakfast room holds green majolica year round, and at Christmas, I add white Santas and pine boughs.





















In the red damask dining room, another dresser is filled with tranferware and fruit.

















On the staircase, Staffordshire and fresh boxwood and variegated holly decorate a black chinoiserie shelf.


















And the hunter green upstairs den is home to Nutcrackers and a tiny tree.
























I started collecting Santa Claus figures in 1985, and there are a few that I made myself in this secretary. On the top shelf, there's a bread dough Santaand a Santa in a black robe that I made, and, on the middle shelf, there's a reclining Santa with striped stockings that I made out of papier mache. (Inspire Me Thursday).


I've always loved everything about this time of year: the cooking, the carols, the lights and sparkle, but, most of all, the time celebrating the intangible gifts of friends and family. I hope that, in the coming week, wherever you are, dear blog friends, you are warm and blessed with the spirit of Christmas.

Love and joy come to you!
Alberta




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25 comments:

Kim Mailhot said...

Wow, Alberta, what a beautiful home you have ! Amazing little sites in every nook. Such care and love put into each space.
I hope that you and your family and a beautiful and cozy holiday time together. Big Love and Blessings on You, Beautiful One !

Terri Kahrs said...

Oooooh, Alberta! Your home is gorgeous and your decorations are picture perfect! I can almost smell gingerbread and hear laughter and glasses tinkling with toasts from friends and family. May you and yours be surrounded by the light of Christmas love and peace! Merry Christmas, My Friend! Love & Blessings, Terri xoxo

*jean* said...

well, i guess you HAVE been busy!! wowee!!! your home is beautiful, inviting and stunning..all at once! i'm decorating today, with my little one home for the rest of the holidays...hot chocolate & carols...merry, merry, dear alberta...see you next year!!

aino said...

Very lovely and beautiful house. Have a blessed christmas time.

Lori Saul said...

What a wonderful Holiday tour of your beautiful home Alberta- warm, festive and so comforting! Happy Holidays to you and yours!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Christmas tour. Your home is lovely. So festive!
Vicki B. in OP NY

Rosie said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us! I love the Welsh dressers, in fact, I love the way you've decorated everything - have a wonderful time!
xoxoxo

Jeanette said...

You can tell an artistic person lives here. Beautiful decor. Lovely presentation for Christmas. Happy Holidays....thanks for the lovely tour.

Lumilyon said...

I always had this vision of you as arty fairy living in a little palace and now I know that I was right! How beautiful your home looks. i am now totally inspired to get off my bum and DO something! xxx

Taluula said...

Oooooh Alberta, if anyone was thinking Bah Humbug to Christmas before seeing all this would certainly change their mind. This is a wonderful celebration of Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas my friend.

rebecca said...

thanks for inviting us in to your warm and lovely home and heart.
i appreciate you in my life through all seasons. enjoy these holy days and cheers to a bright new year.
warmly,
rebecca

Staci Danford said...

I loved seeing your Christmas House.. It feels so very Victorian.. I was waiting for Scarlet O'Hara to come down the stairs in her Christmas best.. Hope your Holiday goes beautifully well. Your house looks divine.
Staci

Marit said...

I'm in ooohhh and awe over your house and decoration! Completely different from my house and (tiny) decorations but I love it! Happy days to you too!!!

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indybev said...

For whatever reason, I hadn't visited your blog for a while. I just took the time to catch up ... all the way back to and beyond the lovely tribute to your father! I count myself so fortunate to have discovered your blog and its bits of wisdom tucked amongst the gorgeous colorful art. Your home is as I would expect,---full of color and beautiful things. Merriest of Christmases, blog friend, and may the peace and content that is Christmas be with you all year long!

Julia said...

The decoration of your house is fantastic! Love the cozy feel!

Diane said...

Hi Alberta, I'm Diane--new to blogland, and I just found yours :) Beautiful home, beautiful art, and beautiful blog!! Merry Christmas!

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Diane said...

Hi Alberta, I just wanted to thank you for the comments that you left on my blog. I had to tell you that what caught my attention at first when I saw your blog, were your dining room chairs--mine are almost identical. Actually, the dining room set that we have is my parents, and it was the dark wood also, but my father refinished them and their lighter now, but the set still has that great vintage look--I can't imagine having any other d.room furniture--Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Janny said...

Great post and pictures! Thanks for sharing you gorgeous home! And what I can see from the painting look beautiful! Merry Christmas;o)

Becolorful said...

Gorgeous! I am finally catching up on my blog reading. Your home is really picture perfect. Gotta love a red dining room :)

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

wow..your house is gorgeous..love the colors, and the decorating you did! Happy New Year!

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