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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Home Tour

I shared several posts last week during At The Picket Fence’s Christmas Blogger Block Party about my Christmas décor.  Today, I’m joining A Room by Room Christmas Tour at Cottage and Vine.  My home was featured on the annual Christmas Parade of Homes Tour in my hometown last Sunday. We had a great turnout with many visitors to La Belle Epoque.
This year I’ve featured a French Country theme throughout the house. Beginning in the foyer, a large early 1900s terra cotta cherub statue from the garden greets guests as they enter.  Fresh poinsettias add a pop of color. Instead of yards of garland (that I used to do), I have now opted for classic swags of Della Robbia fruit. The Parisian mirror over the sideboard is flanked by tall trumpet vases filled to the brim with glass ornaments and I have sprinkled my custom made fabric French Country pillow ornaments embroidered with holiday French sayings on a variety of things. I gave these away to the first 100 guests during the Parade of Homes and everyone loved them!
Contemporary lighted branch trees in mercury glass vases add a bit of urban chic to the vignette.  The Joyeux Noel sign was done by a wonderful artist, Paula Small, who I discovered on Etsy. Please visit her at Castle and Cottage Signs.
I have three slim trees, the tallest of which graces the sunken music room. I prefer using slim trees because of their versatility and ease in use when decorating.  They can be moved and changed up so easily depending on the look I’m going for.
The trumeau hangs on the other side of the music room.
The master bedroom mantle.
There is a bright red and green tree in the family room with an Eiffel Tower topper.  A large garland fruit swag graces the traditional mantle of the see-thru fireplace.  A French tian is filled with large pinecones and French jelly jars have votives set atop cranberries.  Looking through the gallery,  a wreath surrounds a tall zinc pitcher sitting on a French biot, or olive jar.
I discovered these great feather trees for the dining room and also used them in the butler’s pantry.  I kept the table top simple with European grain sack runners and fresh flowers with boxwood.
Little Joyeux Noel treat bags are filled with mini Godiva chocolate ballotins and I even had my 17 year old daughter stud some oranges with fresh cloves while we were watching a UK basketball game one night!
And, finally, I’ll leave you with a few more Christmasy pics from around the house.
More signs by Castle and Cottage.
A vintage pewter vase and French pottery dish, tart tins, and enamel number.
If you would like to read more about my additional Christmas décor or specific details just click on any of the December posts in my sidebar archives.
Merry Christmas,
Linking to:
A Room by Room Christmas Tour at Cottage and Vine
Newbie Party at Debbie Doo's Blogging and Blabbing
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage 


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks so much for the tour Kim. Your home is stunning. Of course I love the cherubs. The rich warm colors are very inviting, and your mantel is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Absolutely perfect!! I love how warm and cozy it all is!

I'm your newest follower! I would love for you to come by my blog and follow me back if you get a chance :). Found you through Debbiedoos newbie party.

Merry Christmas!

René said...

So many festive touches Kim. Love those pretty stockings. Isn't it fun to decorate that grand staircase? Thank you for joining the party!

the decorating chica said...

Beautiful home!

pam {simple details} said...

It's gorgeous, Kim! How fun to be included in the Parade of Homes tour! I bet they loved it!

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the Christmas air is thick in your rooms! i really love it!<3

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Debbiedoos said...

Hi Kim! What a stunning home you have. You have it decked out for the Holiday so beautiful too. Thanks for linking up to the newbie party.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a gorgeous home, Kim! You have decorated it beautifully for Christmas and I bet it was the hit of the Parade Of Homes. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a very Merry Christmas.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!! LOVE everything!! Come share it at FNF too!! :) Merry Christmas!

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