Monday, December 15, 2008

Kimba's Holiday Open House!


How fun! Kimba is hosting an openhouse....and I didn't even have to clean my kitchen to invite you over! Notice a lot of close-ups though - with it being a snow day and having three little ones with toys everywhere I had to do some creative photography. Just know that there were legos,light sabers and Lauren's toys strewn about everywhere!


My entry table - my brother and sister-in-law bought us this cute card tree from Pottery Barn as an early Christmas gift this year. I love it - before I was taping the cards and sticking them to our coat closet door, the horrors!
My sad wreath above my fireplace. I'm planning on having a much larger one there next year. This one just seems off scale to me. But I LOVE my Target stockings that I finally had our names put on this year! My friend Cindy in Alabama did these and my tree skirt, so that was my splurge for the season on decor. I love how they turned out though! This mantle has been re-done THREE times now. Miss Lauren likes to pull the light cord and it all comes crashing down. She is getting SO quick. I'm not sure how to stop that with her if I want lights up there. Wait till she's three or four?
My dining chandelier...I cut a wreath, put in in the light fixture and then wired it back together, and quickly stuck in some froo-froo and then added bows.
The kid friendly tree. After day two I gave up. Lauren keeps pulling the tree skirt, the boys keep re-arranging. "The snowflakes need friends so they have to be together " or "Mom, why don't you want my 5x7 preschool ornament right.in.front." I've moved a lot UP away from Lauren and the rest - whatever. It still looks pretty at night when lit and someday I will be sad when the boys are old enough to care less about the tree and what's on it.
I love collecting ornaments from vacations - this is one of my favorites from a weekend Dan and I spent at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
And I always have baby Jesus tucked in the branches of the tree for the kids to find.
My side buffet. I've had this runner pulled by LuLu a few times too - this girl is a major decorating hindrance this year! I had to tuck up the sides so she couldn't pull it anymore!

I didn't put out as much as I usually do, I just saw "disaster, crawling baby in the house" flashing before my eyes. And I've found my taste is changing and I'm ready to do something new for next year anyhow!

Thanks for stopping by! Please come by and visit again!

37 comments:

Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home said...

I love your Christmas decor, including your blog design! I especially like the way you've decorated the chandelier. I did the exact same thing (garlands, ornaments, and little lamp shades) in a home I lived in for 14 years. I moved a few years ago and don't currently have a the same type of light fixture in my dining room. So, it was fun to see yours!

Thanks for inviting me into your home and thank you for visiting mine. Merry Christmas! ~Arleen

Jennifer said...

Wow, so pretty! I love all the red!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Your mantle is so pretty, and I love the card tree!

Chris said...

I loved your decorations and your tree is beautiful.

Hugs,
Chris

TAMI said...

I've never thought of putting a wreath in our hanging light fixture - what a GREAT idea!!

Even though we live in San Diego (and probably because) we've spent a few weekends at the Hotel Del, as well - it's wonderful!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Everything looks lovely and I have stocking envy! Merry, merry Christmas!

Laura B. said...

I love your stockings! Merry Christmas.

Melinda said...

I love your decorations! I could learn a thing or two from you. You stayed at the Hotel Del Coronado?! I'm jealous! I've never stayed there, but it's beautiful! They used to have our high school proms there, but I also never went to prom.

Amber said...

Love it!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are absolutely lovely!

Jenny and Jared said...

Your house looks beautiful- I saw it in person too and it looks even better in person. I know what you mean about little crawlers pulling everything down. P.S. I was laughing so hard at the comment your wrote on my blog about my flip flops. :-)

Kristin said...

I love the Christmas card tree, it looks fantastic!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Everything looks beautiful! Girl, I feel ya on the crawling baby thing. My youngest just turned 1 and she is trying to undecorate the whole house! But, truly...I wouldn't have it any other way.

Merry Christmas ~ Amanda


p.s. Your version of the Fairy Door is TO.DIE.FOR. awesome! I've always wanted one, but am soooo not willing to shell out $45. I think I can do that myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nicol said...

I love the wreath on your light! I hate my kitchen light with a passion. Maybe that will make it a little less ugly.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Phew! I am glad to know I am not the only one who has to shove toys out of the way in order to get a good photo of the Christmas decorations! :) Yours look so pretty!
Carrie

Caren said...

Everything looks really pretty! My almost 5 year old still has issues with the tree skirt and so does my puppy so they only look straightened out once in a while...no big deal though, right?

Thanks for the tour! Happy Holidays!

The Graves' House said...

your tree is beautiful! love the ornaments...
~nicole

Chris said...

Wowza! Talk about some beautiful decorations! You don't give yourself enough credit, girl. It looks amazing!

Jen r. said...

I love your chandelier! I tell people I am in the 4 ft and over decorating club because I can never put anything out under that! :)

Stephanie said...

I love it all, especially the beach chair!

keysha said...

Beautiful, and I was able to see it in person!

I also collect christmas ornaments from various places. I love it. It's fun every year when putting up the tree to remember what happened with each ornament!

Erika said...

LOVE your entry table and chandelier!! Your tree is wonderful and I love that you have baby Jesus hinding in the branches!

Thanks for the comment on my blog, and thanks for the tour!!

Jeana said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I would much rather have a Lulu than a lot of decorations! Your house looks beautiful. All the red makes me want to redo my stuff.

Janet said...

Very pretty home!!

Charlene said...

Don't ya just love a party you don't have to clean up for! Thanks for sharing.

Celestial Charms said...

Super lovely chandelier wreath. I'm so impressed by that.

Sit A Spell said...

All looks wonderful...was hoping I would find at least ONE toy in a shot that you missed : ) Great shots of you kids below...beautiful kids.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Looks great! I love seing how people display their cards... your little tree is cute :)

So this will be my life next year huh? A crawling baby! My other two were born in the summer!

NatRat said...

Darling, darling, darling. I love the wreath on the light fixture, so creative.

Trisha Paddock said...

Such cute Christmas decor....I especially love that Tree from PB...all so cute!

Jessica said...

So pretty!! I love all the red :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

It is allll sooo pretty! Love that little airondack chair. cherry

Susie Harris said...

Just so pretty... even with your little ones touches. That makes it all the better! LuLu is the sweetest thing~ I see why she is a daddys girl...too too cute~

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog!! I love your decorations. My baby girl is 10 months old also!
Blessings,
Megan

kjtroxel said...

I think your tree is prefect...and it looks even better in person! Thanks for the tip...preschool ornaments to the back :)

Jo said...

Your home looks lovely ~ a perfect Christmas card!

Jo

Misadventurous Mommy said...

So cute...I especially love the card holder...I need one of those!