Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Simply Christmas 2017~

Happy Day after Christmas friends.  I pray you and your families had a Merry Christmas, and enjoyed your time together yesterday.  For those of you missing loved ones this year, my heart and prayers go out to you as this was our first Christmas without my sweet Mother-in-Law, so I totally understand how bittersweet the holidays can be.  I did manage to recreate her much loved  Anise flavored Christmas cookies, and it made it seem like she was close by (actually I know she was definitely coaching me through it, or laughing at me, as I tried to recreate them gluten, dairy AND soy free).  My hubby commented that she would be asking "why I was asking someone named Alexa to set a timer and what in world is gluten, dairy and soy free and why would anyone want to eat like that!!???" She was 98 1/2 when she passed away, and the DVD player still gave her fits.  I can only imagine what she would think about Alexa!

The weather leading up to Christmas was somewhat depressing, cold, rainy and generally overcast, so taking indoor pics was a bit challenging.  And then again, maybe it was just the photographer ;-)  But I did manage to snap some over the weekend, and thought I would go ahead and share our holiday home with you. I actually quite enjoy this week.  The week after leading up to the New Year.  The hustle and bustle is over, and we can just sit back and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season.

Lots of pictures, so I'll mostly let  them do the talking.

Welcome to Simply Christmas 2017~

The entryway received fresh bows this year along with tiered packages that we set atop our urns.

The skates that adorn this wreath belonged to my youngest.  Our girls were competitive figure skaters for many years, and lots of hours were logged in the skates that adorn our home this time of year.  Lots of blood, sweat, tears and precious memories.

As you enter our home, our staircase is also sporting a pair of ice skates and it just wouldn't be the holidays without LOTS of plaid!

The doors leading to my home office are each adorned with wreaths that have the initials of our family members on them.

The hall leading to the kitchen got spruced up just a bit with a bench that normally is in our family room.  However, I am kinda liking its new spot so it might stay after the holidays.

I made this adorable ribbon wreath at our Women's Ministry event earlier in the month.

Our downstairs powder room got a touch of Christmas as well with a woodland and cardinal theme. I also love swapping out the frame near the sink area seasonally.

As you enter our home to the right is our living room/library/piano room.  This room houses our vintage white tree and Shiny Bright ornaments.  The baby gate is a necessity. 1) to protect those precious ornaments from our resident 75 pound Golden Retriever and 2) it gives our little 14 pound Cairn a space to escape the aforementioned canine buddy of hers!  So, it too got a little touch of Christmas with a wreath and bow.

This room held so many memories this year.  Many of the shelves have pictures of my sweet in-laws, and the Shiny Bright ornaments and sweet little church that illuminates and plays Silent Night belonged to my Mother in Law.  I feel honored to be able to display them now in our home.

A top the piano our little Christmas village is displayed.  We have had this set since our girls were little.  I look forward to setting it up each year.

The rocking chair belonged to my husband when he was a child.

Our vintage tree adorned with hand me down Shiny Bright ornaments.

Our dining room.  This room is a bit harder to photograph as it tends to either be flooded with light or dark.

I just love this vintage crate.  My husband proposed to me at my parents home on Fox Hollow Drive. This was a lucky find.  I have my local blog friend Kim of Savvy Southern Style to thank as she had posted a picture of it on her blog after out antiquing, and I was lucky enough to find it still there when I went to look for it.

The kitchen got a few Christmas touches as well.

Our advent wreath is center on our kitchen table.  A reminder of what the season is truly about.

The industrial shelves were a new addition to our kitchen this year and I have loved decorating them for the different seasons.

And we love our coffee and hot chocolate!

On to the family room.  This 13 foot beauty takes center stage for sure.  She is by far the prettiest tree we have had to date and has dropped only a handful of needles thus far!

And Christmas just isn't complete until my girls decorate their gingerbread houses after dinner on Christmas Eve.  I just adore the new dog houses!

Well, that concludes this year's tour. Less than one week until a New Year begins.  I pray you all have a blessed week heading into 2018!

Merry Christmas friends.


Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

What a gorgeous home! That ribbon wreath is darling and I adore those industrial shelves. And who knew they made those cute gingerbread dog houses?! Wishing you and your family a wonderfully blessed 2018!

bj said...

Your decorations are just lovely...the gingerbread dog houses are adorable...the neatness of your bookshelves make me want to get to mine and rearrange....:)

Andrea Nine said...

LOVE all the ice skates and your sweet Christmas touches! The story about your MIL Anise cookies...so sweet!

Billie Jo said...

So enjoyed spending time with you in your beautiful Christmas home!!!!
I love everything!
Your tree!!!
And your new shelves!!!
Thank you for sharing, and like you, I treasure these in between days.
So cozy, so comfy, and still festive!

Tanya said...

Your home is just beautiful. I love the ice skates, the coffee/cocoa bar, the vintage tree and the little village. I agree the week after Christmas is a favorite of mine too. Last year we went on a trip that week, and this year I said No Way...I want to relax!

I also love your study/office. I want to get a white desk when we redecorate. Have a relaxing week!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love that you honor your late MIL by making the anise cookies (which I adore). I really enjoyed the shots of your festive home decorated for the holidays! I hope your Christmas was wonderful!


Ellen Ross | Ask Away said...

Whoa! I love what you did with the ice skates! So neat!
XO Ellen from Ask Away

Junkchiccottage said...

How cute are those dog houses. Your home looks so cozy and festive. Love the new shelves. Glad you could recreate some cookies that were a favorite treat from your MIL at Christmas. I know she was right there helping you through the process. Glad you have a good Christmas. Now onto a new year hopefully full of lots of good things, happiness and great health for all. Enjoy this last week of 2017 as we head into the new year.

Laura said...

Your dear mother-in-law would be so proud! And your home is simply gorgeous as always at Christmas time, dear friend! Happy New Year!!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Lovely touches of Christmas throughout your home! Have a very healthy and happy 2018!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Hope your Christmas was a happy one. -2 when I left Detroit this morning, so happy to be back in Florida.

Pam Jackson said...

Beautiful...Everything looks so nice. I esp loved the skates on the door. Hoping you have a great start to the New Year.