Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Home Tour 2008



Welcome to BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes as well as Southern Hospitality's Open House. This is my first year to participate in a open house and I'm so delighted to have you come by. I have coffee and cranberry Stollen ready. Or would you prefer tea? O.K., let's go - I'm so excited to show you around!




I think we'll start in the dining room.




This is my centerpiece. I usually decorate in red, lime green & white but this year I felt glittery. So I tried to incorporate some shiny & glittery into my Christmas decorating.





This is my black china cabinet. I can't even remember the original color as I've painted it a couple of times but I really like the black. The silver with the black looks so nice.





This tree is trimmed with teacup, teapot, tureen ornaments and I threw in a few transferware demitasse cups that I had.





That's it for the dining room. But peek out into the screened in porch to see some of what I did out there. It's too cold to go out there today!




Let me show you the living room now. There's definiately more red and lime green in this room!




That's a pillow made from a vintage tablecloth and it has lime green pom pom fringe (my favorite)! Next to it are my paperwhites that I planted a few weeks ago. They grow pretty fast!




That's a dollar store foam snowflake on the red table. I just couldn't find the right place to hang and I thought let me try it on that table...and it works!




That's our "W" wreath above the sofa. I love incorporating letters and sayings in my decor. It was originally a plain evergreen wreath and I added the Christmas balls last year. I put a red toile blanket over the wicker chest that serves as our coffee table. I don't know about you, but I can always use extra storage!




This is my white hutch filled with transferware (which I LOVE)! Toile and transferware - I can never have too much of either!





Lastly, here's my fireplace mantel. I painted and glittered the star on the mirror. I used some of my mercury glass collection, some dollar store pieces (the small cones), and some items I already had. I love all that shinyness!



Whew, I don't know about you but I'm pooped! I think we better stop now and have a look at the other decorations later!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed showing you around and I hope I see you again!


93 comments:

Lady of the Mote said...

your home is beautiful!

Kelly said...

You have great taste! I love all the glitter

kymber said...

Absolutely Beautiful! I love everything- you have so many great ideas - I LOVE the snowflake on your table - simple yet lovely.
Thanks for sharing!
Kymber

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Wow! Everything is beautiful!

Terri and Bob said...

Gorgeous! You had me from the snowflakes on the crystal chandelier!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love it all, and I can't get enough toile or transferware either, which is why I always love seeing what you've done to your home:>)

Heather said...

everything looks amazing! the table centerpiece is my favorite!

Susan said...

LOVE your house - you should be in Better Homes and Gardens! Everything is just lovely. Merry Christmas!

paintergal said...

I came over from Rhoda's blog.
What a lovely job you've done. So many pretties.
Merry Christmas!

Nancy said...

Oh my this is gorgeous!!! Enjoyed!!!! Nancy

Rhonda in OK said...

Your decorations are so pretty, and your home looks so comfortable - that is the best combination!
Merry Christmas to you and thanks for the lovely tour

philben5 said...

Love your style... We'll be visiting again!:-)
Blessings
Roxanne

Deb said...

Your home is so lovely Manuela! I really enjoyed the full tour! Deb

Cyndi said...

Love your home the initial wreath on the mirror is great.
merry Christmas

Steph said...

Manuela,
I am so glad I found your new blog! Your house looks great!

Carol said...

Wow. It's like something out of a magazine. I think you should submit these photos and get featured. Seriously.

Merry Christmas!

salmagundi said...

I love how every detail is thought of in your home. Just beautiful! I missed commenting on your previous post - those plates are worth checking for after Christmas. They would set a dynamic table. Sally

mishebe said...

Of course i love your tour. thanks. mishelle

Blanca said...

Beautiful, warm, and cozy. Love it!

Blanca

Lady Katherine said...

Your tour was great! I love the W over the sofa! Great ideas! The toile on the chest! candy canes hanging around. Love the mercury and dollar finds. The red transfer is great! I got to see your whole dining with the black cabinets!! Love all those book shelves! But when do you have time to read?? lol

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I just love your home! It's classy, whimsical, elegant & stylish...it really has great ambience!

glorv1 said...

How exciting Manuela. Your home is so comfy looking. I really enjoyed your tour and thank you very much. Take care. Merry Christmas.

Emily said...

It all looks great, but my favorite is your decor in your white hutch!

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,

I enjoyed the Christmas tour so much! Your home is so beautiful. I love your glittery centerpiece, your pretty trees and all the toile! Thank you for sharing!
Love, Paula

Laurel MacD said...

Your W wreath is great!

Shilo said...

Oh Manuela, it was so fun seeing more of your home! Everything is fabulous...you put so much love into it, I can tell!
Have a blessed week!
Shilo

Vedder Mountain said...

You have a beautiful home. I absolutely love your style. The tree with teacups is my favorite!

KarenB said...

Manuela, your home is lovely. i especially love the cabinet with the toile and transferware. I have a lot of both, myself. Merry Christmas and thanks for participating.

Bonita said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I have to say that I heart the way you decorate your home! It's so beautiful and all that toile and checks- heavenly!

ohhollyf said...

Wonderful cozy look to you Christmas ! Holly

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Hi Manuela~I'm a regular reader of your blog but today I must comment. I love your decorating style. Everything is just beautiful! I've often wondered about the black painted cabinet. I have a hutch in my diningroom that needs a facelift and I've been cowardly about painting it. Your blog is an inspiration! (including the conversation about frugal/simple living) Thanks for it all! ~Kathy

linda said...

I love these home tours don't you!?! They've become a highlight of my holiday season.

You've done a great job decorating your home for the holidays...everything looks just gorgeous!

Adrienne said...

Everything looks so nice, Manuela. So cozy and inviting. Thanks for asking us in today. ~Adrienne~

Mrs. Rabe said...

Lovely Manuela!

Betsy said...

Everything is beautiful! :)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Just wonderful Manuela....... and that cranberry bread yum...... you sure make me feel at home
Hugs
Linda

Jen r. said...

Your house looks beautiful! I love that Christmas pillow and your dining room looks like it comes from a magazine!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Everything looks wonderful and I especially love your tea cup tree!

Merry, merry Christmas!

CookinsForMe said...

I just wanna have Manuela's talent when I grow up! ;)

Tina Vega said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful. I'm off now to check out the rest of your blog!

Lora said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

Betty Jo said...

Your home is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. xoxo

The Graves' House said...

loved touring your home! thanks for sharing...
~nicole

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Manuela, thanks for coming by my party! I just love everything you do, girl...gorgeous! The red & green, mercury glass, all of it is just beautiful. I know your family must love it all. You've made Christmas special around there.

Susie Homemaker said...

Manuela...
Everything is so lovely...you have the touch!

Blessings,
Susie

leslie ruth said...

Your style of decorating is stunning. Now I have so many ideas for our own home...thank you!

P.S. First on my post-Christmas shopping list? Any mercury glass piece I can find!

Joy @ Five J's said...

You have decorated so beautifully! Absolutely gorgeous. Have a Merry Christmas!

Tracey McBride said...

Absolutely Gorgeous...I love everything...especially the toile over the wicker chest and the black china cabinet (you're right...it looks fantastic with the silver inside...makes the silver pop).
Thank you so much for all the hard work Manuela. You always inspire me.
Blessings and good thoughts...
Traceyxo

laurie said...

I love your style! Everything is beautiful. I love that nativity silloette (sp?). laurie

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Everything is wonderful! I especially love the little Ballard Knock Off that your daughter drew and you cut out! GREAT IDEA!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Everything looks great...very festive. You have a beautiful home!

Lisa said...

First, I'll take a little slice of that cake and some tea please...lol.
Your Holiday Decorations are beautiful Manuela.
Lisa

mrsjones6 said...

It looks great, Manuela! I love the toile and transferware as well. You have a great collection and it fits so well in your holiday decorating.
I hope that you are having a great week!
Jen

Sue said...

Hi Manuela...your house is so beautiful...you really have a talent with that toile...but my very favorite thing is your porch. I love what you did on that sideboard....

ivoryspring said...

Hi Manuela,

Thanks for the lovely tour!!! Beautiful Christmas accents.

ellen b. said...

Manuela! You have such a lovely, lovely home with great spaces and wonderful pieces of furniture. I loved your tour. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Susie Q said...

It al looks so lovely Manuela. I love your home is any season but it absolutely glows at Christmas!

Love,
sue

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Manuela, I hope I can be you when I grow up!

Your home is so beautiful, I loved the W wreath so much and the snowflake on the table was such a great surprise! You are so talented!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my I love your place more and more every time I come to visit! You do have such a wonderful style!

blessings
mary

Fifi Flowers said...

Lovely home... Great tour! ENJOY the Holiday Season! Fifi

JanMary said...

Hello again, nice to see some familiar show and tell blogs on the BooMama tour.

LOVE your centre piece - stunning!

Thanks for sharing your home and decorations.

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Gettysburg Mom said...

Will you mail me a piece of that cranberry stollen? Oh so yummy looking. Thank you for sharing. Your decorations are beautiful! Have a great holiday season.

Marybeth said...

I just love your home-- stunning!

Storybook Woods said...

Sighhhhh, I ma ready to move in. Clarice

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Manuela! I love it ALL! Precious!

XO,

Sheila :-)

She'sSewPretty said...

Manuela, Your home is just beautiful! So warm and welcoming.

Mom in High Heels said...

It's all so beautiful! I just want to come over and look around! I'm sure there would be much ooohing and ahhhing.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Your home looks so beautiful, very creative decorations you have...Happy Holidays!

Erin said...

Manuela - your home is beautiful! It looks like it should be in a magazine - Cottage Living maybe? Thank you for the tour - Merry Christmas!

JudyBug said...

Everything is just beautiful. I love transferware as well!

Love the black cabinet with the silver in it...very striking!

Sharon said...

Your place is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.!!! Just gorgeous! It should be in a magazine (if it's not already).

Thanks for the kind words you left on our blog. After seeing your exquisite Christmas decorations I'm kinda embarrassed that you saw our tacky decor! LOL. Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Robin said...

I enjoyed myself so much...your centerpiece is so creative, and I'm going to have to add teacups to my kitchen tree next year! Thank you so much for the ideas!

Connie said...

Your decorations are very pretty. I love the tea themed tree. I might try that next year on my buffet. Merry Christmas! Connie

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

WOW! I'm in awe.

becky said...

So glamorous and I love the "W" wreath. Happy holidays!

Connie Weiss said...

Just beautiful!

Jessica said...

You are the bomb! Where have you been all my life? I love your decorating!! I will be a new blog stalker for sure. Thanks for visiting my blog.

The McCarls said...

I love your home. It is absolutely gorgeous! You are so crafty and talented. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Donna said...

Your home, decorations, and photos are simply stunning. Thank you for the nice tour!

Gabby said...

Okay, now I do not like my decorations so much. You have a beautiful home.
I love the chalkboard on the bed. So precious.

Keetha said...

Oh I love EVERYTHING - - - but I love the tea cup tree the bestest!!!

Merry Christmas

Vicky said...

Lovely home! So many unique ideas! I enjoyed your tour! Love what you did with the old frame turning it into the blackboard. Merry Christmas!

amber johnson said...

beautiful job decorating your house and I can tell it is probably beautiful all year around as well.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Everything is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment love!

Brittany said...

Wow, you have a beautiful home! I especially love your white table and black chairs! So unique!

Paige said...

I love the "W" wreath above the fireplace. What a great idea!

Best wishes to you and your family this Christmas season.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful! I love your living room, and the white hutch with the transferware! Wow,....looks like a photo in magazine.
Oh,and that snowflake on the table is too cute!

Peach said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Merry Christmas Manuela!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Be-U-T-FULL!!!!!! Stunning!!!

xo
Becky

justcandice said...

Wow, you are a professional! Love all your stuff but my absolute favorite is your mantel. Awesome! Merry Christmas.

Lallee said...

It's all beautiful, Manuela.

Laura @ Shoot-Scoop said...

May I have some cream in my coffee? ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I'm so very happy I went back to catch up on all of the holiday house tours I missed and found yours.

Bravo!

DustyLu said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love everything! Just stumbled upon your blog! so great!
Thanks for sharing lulu