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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Home Tour

I’m finally ready to show off our holiday decor! I met my deadline and had the house decorated by Sunday night, which I know is a little later than most people in blog-land this year.  It just took me a while to get in the holiday spirit I guess!

Welcome! Here’s the wreath I re-fashioned last year with some large purple vintage mercury glass ornaments from an estate sale, some gold ones I had on hand, a new bow, and a sparkly greeting:


It sets the tone for the decor you’ll see inside….more purple and gold (surprise)!

IMG_3580 The entertainment center gets jazzed up with a lighted garland, ornaments, and bow/fleur de lis centerpiece.



Kind of a “tree” theme going on here.


I love the warm glow the light creates at night.  See my little LSU tree glowing in the background?!

IMG_3644IMG_3586The stockings hung with care. No fireplace here, but this little pass-through ledge between the living room and dining room is the perfect spot.

IMG_3585IMG_3587I bought a bunch of picks a few years ago on super-clearance after Christmas to dress it up a bit and continue the purple and gold theme.  Can you tell they’re plastic?


Extreme close up!


I switched out my normal candles for these pretty tree shaped ones and grouped them with a gold sparkly tree and my grandmother’s glass trees.



Adding some inexpensive ornaments fill up the extra space and gives an extra festive touch.


More sparkly trees behind the couch:




IMG_3601Another simple arrangement on the side table continuing the theme.

IMG_3598IMG_3623Other table arrangements.  What’s Christmas without a tacky leg lamp?!


A simple basket filled with ornaments makes a great low-profile centerpiece for the dining room table. IMG_3625 IMG_3627 IMG_3629 IMG_3630

A coordinating look on the table in the kitchen.  We don’t use this table everyday, so the taller arrangement works here. IMG_3632 IMG_3633Mr. Nutcracker supervises all the holiday baking in the kitchen:   

Moving on to one of my favorite and most special Christmas decorations, the Lenox Jewels Nativity.  I started this collection in college with the Holy Family and gradually added more over the years.  I received many pieces as Christmas gifts and bought a few at the Lenox outlet.  This year I found the little manger on the left at Goodwill for 99 cents and thought it would be the perfect addition for one of the animals.


The Innkeeper is one of the most colorful and detailed:


And, last but not least, our tree!  In the daytime:       IMG_3602

and at night:

IMG_3645 I’ll share more details of the tree in a later post, including some of my favorite ornaments.

I’ll be linking up with all the holiday parties going on, click on the buttons to visit everyone.

  Christmas Tour of Homes with The NesterHooked-on-Holiday-House-Tours KellyShowUs inspired room The DIY Show Off

This post brought to you by Gidget, the Christmas pug!

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  1. Oh how gorgeous. I love the purple and gold. Such an unexpected color scheme, and yet so beautiful and regal. All of your decorations are just stunning. What a wonderful idea to use the pass thru as a place to hang the stockings. We don't have a fireplace either and I never can figure out what to do with the stockings. This is just perfect. You have the most beautiful garlands and all of your vignettes are so beautiful. The tree is fabulous. I hope you are having a Blessed Christmas Season. Hugs, Marty

  2. I absolutely LOVE all of this! So sparkly, festive and elegant without being stuffy. Great job and thanks for some neat ideas. :)

  3. Ooooh, your tree looks so pretty! I love looking at a lit Christmas tree at night. Love having various holders to just put extra ornaments in ~ so great for adding a little touch of Christmas anywhere.

  4. OH MY GOODNESS…….your decorations are beautiful! I love the tree and all the little touches of LSU purple. The little trees on the table are super cute.
    Thanks for inciting us into your home.
    I also wanted to thank you for the info on creating a button. I had no idea there was a site out there like that. I’m not sure I did it correctly but I’ll get the hang of it :0)

  5. I love the collection of trees you've got going on - beautiful!

  6. I love that you decorate in purple in gold, and not the "traditional" red and green! I think that it shows that ANY color can be a Christmas color if done right.

  7. Oh I really like your color combination for your decor. So regal! What a beautiful nativity set you've added to. Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! Blessings...

  8. Purple my favorite color. Your decor is very pretty. Love the LSU theme. I told DH I might have to start him a Saints tree for next year.

  9. Everything looks wonderful! I especially love the shot of your tree at night - so cozy. And I adore all of the fleur-de-lis I spotted - I myself have a minor addiction to the lovely shape.


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  11. Great decorations!!!
    And way to go getting finished. I have yet to do anything but the tree.

  12. Oh, how beautiful! I love your pretty purple and golden decorations. Everything is gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Beautiful stuff! Purple and gold is such a great color combo!

    Hope to see you next week for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!

  14. LOL... I kept thinking.. she named her child Gidget? The there was her sweet self at the bottom of the post. She is so cute!

    Your home looks lovely and your tree is gorgeous day or night :)


  15. I am loving all the glittery stuff I see here. :) You have some great ornaments and picks that you've used as "filler." Very pretty!!! Visiting from Julia's party. :)

  16. Love your pretty tree (it looks amazing!) and your fresh color scheme! So lovely!

  17. Now those are some FAB.U.LOUS decorations....LOVE all of it...especially your wonderful nativity.

    Warm blessings,

  18. Wow! Can I come over to your house to cuddle up and read a book by the fire? Looks great Christy!

  19. The purples and golds look LOVERLY together! Love the tree theme you have going on too...Festive and romantic :)

  20. So sparkly! The purple and gold are royally elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Christy - it's all so beautiful! I love the gold and purple. Gorgeous. I can't decide what I love best ... the garland, the glass trees and your arrangements or your amazing tree! I love it all!

    Thanks for adding your inspiration to the DIY holiday party! :)


  22. Your home looks beautiful! i love the color scheme!! The nativity set is gorgeous and so is your tree! Merry Christmas!

  23. What gorgeous decorations you have. Enjoyed it.

  24. 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.

  25. I love the purple and gold-very pretty and unique but still very festive! Merry Christmas!

  26. I love the purple and gold! Beautiful!

  27. What a treat to visit your blog, most certainly for all of us Louisiana fans - that LSU tree is great!

    Beautiful Nativity display and the goodwill Manger for the animals looks like a perfect match.

    Very beautiful Holiday home.

    And what an adorable little dog.

  28. Beautiful decorations! My favorite color is purple :)

  29. Beautiful! I love the untraditional purple and gold! Very unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  30. I love all of your pretty Christmas trees - those glass ones are so beautiful!

    We recently moved to Louisiana in July so I know why you like all the purple and gold! : )

    Merry Christmas!

  31. Your purple and gold theme is so elegant!

    Thanks for showing us around. You are welcome to see my home anytime. Merry Christmas!

  32. It looks very pretty. My daughter loves fleur de lis and would be thrilled with yours.


  33. I love the purple! I don't think I have seen it looking so royal before. I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog.

  34. Stopping to say hi from Nester!
    Stunning home I love the purple so much... I dont use it enough!

  35. Hello!! I LOVE purple and gold too!! I thought I was the only one!
    -Sahsha's Mummy

  36. I LOVE the leg lamp and all the Christmas trees in different materials all through out the house! It looks beautiful!!


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