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Dec 05 2010

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Christmas Home Decor Tour – 2010

Being sick did not work very well with my after Thanksgiving Christmas decorating. What usually takes me a Saturday-Sunday to do, took me over a week. I still have some finishing touches to put on the tree and the crates and boxes still need to go back up into the attic – but it’s lookin’ pretty much like Christmas up in Foodiddyland. I went with a different theme this year. Using last years decorations, I added pops of red and rusted metal. I’ve never had a traditional “red” in my decor and I’m loving it.

Last year I picked up some wooden candy canes at JoAnne’s Fabrics and Crafts – this year I picked up some really cool over-sized “real” candy canes from Beverages and More. They had a bucket by the register and I knew I wanted to use them this year. Other than a few berry picks, polka dot stockings, some new popcorn garland and the candy canes, I just re-purposed decorations from past years. I am not finished with the tree, still waiting on some burlap birds to come from Ballard Designs.

I will take you through the entry way first.

The bench off the front door has monogrammed pillows in black and creme check that match our stockings in the great room. The candle inside of the lantern is battery operated – so it has a really pretty evening glow.

I got my felted Santa several years ago at a little antique store I frequent. The lantern came from HomeGoods a few 4th of July’s ago.

This photo does not do the stockings justice, but they are adorable. They have braided cording and pearl accents, I just love the whimsy.

I used the snowman theme last year and really like the vintage feel of the mica snow people and wanted to keep using them this year.

My ballerina snow girl is fabulous.

I played around with the Canon 60 mm macro lens to capture her glittered star wand.

I found the pearl balls in the floral department at Michael’s Crafts a few years back. They look like snowballs, I think they make a great base to the wooden candy canes.

The mirrored niche has bigger versions of my vintage snow people. The ballerina holds glittered star garland.

The ornaments with our initials came from Pottery Barn last year. The two larger snow people anchor my Christmas card bulletin board.

I started using the bulletin board last year to display cards. By the end of the season it looks awesome – I use pearl headed push pins to display the cards.

A detail shot of my mica accented snowman.

O.k., we’ve moved into the the great room now. I got the stockings last year at Ballard Designs. They were only $15.99 each and that included the embroidery. Dan, Kath and Higgy. I love the burlap texture against the black cabinet. My Dad and I found the cabinet at a consignment shop 3 years ago. It was dark brown and only $120. My Dad refinished it for me – it stores all of my platters, oversized bowls and mixed plates and dishes  for all of my food blogger photography. 🙂 My Dad Rocks!  – He also did the entry way piece that the polka dot stockings hang from. It used to be my Mom’s childhood dresser.

More candy canes…

The old Thornton F&P wood crate was free, (a friend was having a garage sale and she gave it to me) it usually houses cookbooks – I emptied it out and created a home for more snow people. I once again used battery operated candles, so a warm glow could come from the crate at night while we sat at the dining room table for dinner. The bell jar on top of the crate has little vintage roller skate ornaments that I picked up in an antique shop while traveling.

I also used some burlap bows, greenery and berries in the dining room table chandelier.

The top of the entertainment center is fairly simple this year.

Oversized glass ornaments, lights, greenery and berries. I left the black striped canisters and containers up from Halloween.

More fun with close-up shots…

I didn’t get a full shot of the Christmas tree because the Rock Band drum set and the GT5 steering wheel and table were in the way. Gotta let the hub have his Playstation 3 fun!

This vintage santa is a Bethany Lowe piece. It’s a German inspired candy holder – the body comes apart. The detail is amazing, from the bottle brush wreath to the adorable lamb in his back pack. I picked this up in a home decor/antique shop 5 or 6 years ago, it will forever remain in my collection.

I went with a “star” theme on the wine bar. Metal and fabric stars with colored glass ball ornaments.

More candy canes in the guest bath – 5 cents each – I actually filled the bottom of the glass container with nickels.

I love everything about Christmas and decorating my house. I look forward to it every year. Christmas tunes blaring, Hallmark Christmas movies on the television and me running around like a little elf. Being sick this year made it more of a challenge, but I still had fun!

I didn’t even take photos of the master bedroom. We have a tree next to the bed, stockings hanging from drawer pulls and garland and lights adorn our dresser.

In case you were wondering, I have over 20 crates of Christmas decor, no children and a very patient husband. Ha!

Next on the agenda – lights on the topiaries by the front door. I’ve also convinced Dan to put a spotlight on the front door and wreath – my Dad did that at my childhood house and I just think it looks so polished.

My Mom and Dad also have beautiful home decorations for the holidays. I used to love our light up village – apparently my niece follows in my footsteps. She had Grammy and Grampy break out the old village to display in the room she has at their place. She has her own Christmas tree with homemade construction paper garland and ornaments,  I can’t wait to see it this year.

What about you? Clearly I’m obsessed with all things Christmas… What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

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  1. Rachel

    WOW!!! Your talents are amazing and your house looks gorgeous. Thanks for the virtual tour!!

    1. foodiddy

      Thanks Rachel. I got a couple of emails from people that read the old blog asking if I was going to show my decorations this year. So yep, did it on the food blog.

  2. jodi

    my hubby made fun of me when he was helping me w/the decorations and i only have 8 bins! 20 is amazing, i’m jealous! wish i had a bigger house because i’d totally do it up like you… i finished yesterday and toned it down this year because of the little one – i just don’t have time… very beautiful though… 🙂

    1. foodiddy

      Your nursery is proof positive that you’ve got amazing taste Jodi – us designer girls… we stick together. Man I wished you lived closer 🙂 Eric and Dan would be in trouble.

  3. Stephanie

    I really enjoyed seeing your photos… great clear photos and impeccable taste! Clever you! I am now looking around my home and feeling inspired…. How do you decide on presents for family members etc…. Where do you get your inspiratrion? I am really struggling this year… 🙁

    1. foodiddy

      Hi Stephanie – so glad you stopped by for a visit. To be honest, I miss the old blog and everyone’s comments and feedback – but this blog is less stressful and I’m having fun sharing it with family and friends. Hope you continue to read. As for family member presents – I am SO BEHIND this year. I usually pick things up months in advance – I see the perfect gift, etc. I try to get wish list items from them, but then take it to the next personal level. You can never go wrong with photos and beautiful frames. Good luck shopping this season.

  4. Jess@atasteofconfidence

    Looks absolutely beautiful- I love those little snowmen!

    1. foodiddy

      Me too! I fell in love when I saw them in the little shop – their shapes are so fun and the vintage feel makes me wish I cared about decorating back in the day, ha!

  5. Jessica

    Love it! Love the art shots w your new camera!

    1. foodiddy

      I’m having so much fun with my camera, learning new things daily.

  6. Theresa

    It looks so beautiful!!!

    1. foodiddy

      Thank you Theresa!

  7. Jen @ follow my bliss

    I always look forward to seeing your Christmas decorations! They’re gorge. Happy holidays!!

    1. foodiddy

      Thanks and Happy Holidays right back at you Jen!

  8. Kristen

    I love the pop of color that you added this year! Nothing gets me in the mood more for Christmas than decorating the house. I love to come home from work and turn on all of the lights – – I just love the glow that it gives the room. I put up 2 trees, 4 lighted/decorated greenery swags and a dining room centerpiece. SO, much fun!

    1. foodiddy

      The glow off Christmas lights is definitely my favorite part. I would sleep with the tree on all night if it was just me – but I’ll take the husband over the glow, LOL.

  9. Steph

    Love your decorations! I just put up my tree today. My favorite holiday tradition has always been decorating the tree. When I was kid, my whole family would gather around to decorate the tree. My sister and I would fight over who got to put up the “special ornaments”. After we were done decorating, we would sit around the tree drinking hot chocolate, turn off all the lights but the lights on the tree and listen to Christmas music and just be a family. To this day, I love sitting around with just the lights from the tree on and just reflect on my life and think about all the special Christmas’ I’ve had.

    A bit sappy? Yup. 🙂

    1. foodiddy

      Sappy is a good thing when reminiscing about family and holiday traditions – I’m the same way. I feel so blessed to have shared so many wonderful holidays with my family, great memories and the new memories keep on coming.

  10. Rebecca - Thru Thin and Thick

    I’m so glad you posted pics… I was hoping you would!!

    so lovely!

  11. TUWABVB

    Everything looks amazing! I always enjoy the tour of your home around this time. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! And I love to see how much fun you are having with the camera – it’s really showcasing your impeccable eye for detail!

    I was so excited buying Jack’s stocking this year – it was kind of pathetic really!! 🙂

  12. Les

    BEAUTIFUL! Just like every year I’ve seen pics. Wow – you could SO make a living as a decorator. I love all of it, but I’m pretty sure the little “extras” like the skate ornament in the jar and the nickels in the candy cane jar just make it so unique! LOVE it!

    ~Les

  13. Dub U

    WOW!!!! Please come decorate my house 😉
    Have fun in Vegas and I hope you feel better.

  14. Sandy

    Your house looks beautiful…….as always!! Merry Christmas to you and Dan……Higgy, too.

  15. Deede

    Ah man, I am excited to see the place. It seems that we never get to hang out during the holidays and I always miss your awesome decor. Pictures are great! 🙂

  16. House ornaments

    I love the decor you put up!!! Great job!!!

  17. interior

    Very cool

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