Sunday, December 13, 2009

Nester's Tour of Homes

and welcome

to my third time to participate in a blogland Christmas home tour.

It was one of the first "bloggy" things I did after starting my own blog and I've found them to be a lot of fun. Whether this is your first or your 5th please settle in and make yourself at home.

It is my hope that you will see things that fall into the categories of . . .

(Betty, here's your close-up of these wonderful fabric covered balls)

photo by my wonderful husband

my entry way decor was inspired by the last photo in this post from the Curious Sofa Diaries

I ran out of time to dig out all of my silver platters and you know what? It's okay.

floral frog hung on the wall

garden faucet handle turned "snowflake"

view looking up at my ornament "chandelier"

my mama as a baby in that sweet little frame

do you know what "vietato fumare" means in Italian? I was quite happy to find two little such metal signs in an old dusty antiques shop literally in the shadow of the Duomo

looking into the living room . . .

jar 'o golf balls makes me smile

peppermint candy "wreath" saved for decorating from my stocking at my in-laws' last year
don't worry we ate my husband's :)

Thank you, Rebecca!

newlywed ornaments . . . a gift from my friend, Erin (thank you!)

a fun thrifted find from this summer simply stapled to the
wall with the frame hung on top as my frame had no back

I love having my milk glass all gathered together in one place

these jaunty fellows are going ajourney to visit la tour eiffel

(Sandi and Debi, I hope I got the French right!)

I love bottle brush trees!

another mother-in-law contribution to my Christmas decorations!

do you decorate in your bedroom?

I do. This year our tree even went in the bedroom.

banner made by my sweet friends Emily and Pam

"naked" tree (I decided that was not something I felt like doing and undoing this year) with presents sent from family

don't forget to believe

I found this in a "grab bag" of ornaments at a sale! Hooray!

camel brought back from Bethlehem

(thank you, Marla!)

sweet handmade ornament from my friend Carolyn at church, the beads represent our wedding date & one of my newest ornaments that I could resist when I went here Hooray for gift cards!

Making lemonade out of lemons . . . when you have to have repair work done in the bathroom and take your shower curtain down you can put up glittering ornaments!
a plus to cleaning out all the memorabilia saved from my semester abroad in college . . . a beautiful postcard of the nativity no longer hidden away in a closet

For those of you who have been following along with the countdown this month, those photos were taken the Christmas before I began blogging so I decided to post them this year.

The shelves are now decorated in red and white.

photo by my husband

reminder of my alma mater

vintage mixer a gift from my friend Brenda (thank you!)
and recipe box a housewarming gift in my very first apartment from my friend Erin, such sweet memories and a precious friendship!

into the kitchen

notice the chocolate chip jar is virtually empty . . . did I say I'd been having cravings?

and in the soon to be nursery, soft colors

a small stocking from Sweetie, my grandma
(thank you!)

thank you for coming! have a lovely day and a very Merry Christmas! Kelly


Mindy S. said...

I think that my favorite picture is of the nearly empty canisters in your kitchen. I can't help but wonder what you have been baking to have just a little bit of powdered sugar and chocolate chips left. :-)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

What fun and lots of great ideas! Merry Christmas

Deborah said...

In the words of one of my favorite people in the world, "That was FABULOUS!"

Jorgelina said...

Great pictures.
Merry Christmas!!!

Cary/Ashley said...

What a beautiful "touches" you have created all through your home. What a festive whimsical place for a baby next Christmas!
Thanks for sharing a piece of you with your readers!
Merry Christmas!
I love the classic nativity postcard in the red frame...simply beautiful!

K Mommy said...

very beautiful! I love the shelf that appears to be books. very cool!

Sandi said...

Love it -- you are so creative!
And your French was perfect. :)

Anonymous said...

hi Kelly, thanks for the tour. i think that 'vietato fumare' is something like "smoking prohibited"
Merry Christmas
julie d

Kori said...

I would love to know about your book shelf that is literally a book. :-) My chocolate chips look like that too - but I never keep mine on the counter or they wouldn't make it 5 minutes. Even when NOT pregnant!

Julie said...

Kelly, your house is beautiful... I loved the tour!

Thank you for your visit and your sweet words left for me.

Bless you!

Lindsay said...

looks so good! I love all your sweet little ornaments everywhere!

Karen said...

Wonderful tour! Beautiful as always! Merry Christmas sweet daughter!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Oh my! I love it all! Your home is filled with wonderful treasures. I love the chippy green architectural piece hanging on your wall. Beautiful!

Sandy said...

Fun to see your home, Kelly!

Merry Christmas! It's an exciting year for you, isn't it?

Love, Sandy

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Wow, you've really decked the place out! I'm impressed, so fun and festive just like you. Love what you've done with the ikea cubicles!

everydayMOM said...

Wow! Your house is lovely. You have so many cute things! I especially like the framed sheet music.

Brooke said...

my favorites are your front door wreath and the framed jingle bells

Superchikk said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your decorating style - Christmas and regular! I got a few great ideas from you (I'm not creative, I just copy other people. Ha!).

Kim said...

WOW! That's all. WOW!

alissa said...

Loved the tour of your home. I especially liked the fabric wrapped balls, your wreath, and all the vintage decor! Also loved your Italian sign. I love that you found it in Florence.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I MUST get to Anthroplogie and find that measuring cup made in Italy! Merry Christmas!

Amanda said...

The wreath on the front door is beautiful. Thanks for the tour.

Anonymous said...

I love that every where you look there is something new to see! I love the vintage look and I think the facet thing is cool too! It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

Britt said...

Oh my goodness! You went all out -- ornaments on the shower curtain rod?!?! I wish I had thought of that! I love your milkglass collection, too -- you have some really cool pieces.

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