Monday, December 20, 2010

finally...Christmas home tour

I must be one of the last ones to show you my home.  I'm notorious for putting things off until the last minute and Christmas decorating and shopping are no exception.  Surprisingly, I'm finished decorating and just about finished shopping and there are still a few days left before Christmas.  That's a first for me.

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I can sum up my style in 3 words: red, metal, traditional.
Now I'm not one of you awesome people who decorate every room.  I decorate the front porch, the entry and  dining room and mantel area.  That's about it.  My idea of decorating the entire house is putting some Twisted Peppermint soap from Bath and Body Works in the bathrooms and calling it a day.

So, here are my little decorations.

The Front Porch  

A simple bucket of red ornament balls 

They add a little sparkle...especially at night when the Christmas lights are on.

Did I mention we have a surrey? With fringe on top and everything.
Wouldn't it be cute to sit your little one in that for Christmas picture?
My almost 14 yr old little one wouldn't do it.

Pardon the cords but the surrey has white lights on it and is so cute lit up at night.
The metal Santa in the back also has lights inside.

As a kid, my sister and I would pedal around on this thing.  

My cousin gave me this old metal snowman one year for Christmas.

He's all cracked and rusted and so cute.

3 metal mittens hang by the door.

The Entry and Dining Room
We have this cool old sled.  It's in great condition because we live in Texas.
Not much opportunity for sledding around here.

The little tags are metal and spell out "jingle bells" when they all
face the same direction.  Love those little red bells.

The tree is in the dining room for two reasons: 1) I love it lit up at night in the front window of our house
and 2) it's fun to have dinner by the glow of the lights

All of the ball are red even though they look pink in the pic.

Love the tin icicles.

White chippy tin snowman from my neighbor.

Handpainted tin bear ornament

These vintage red ornaments were given to us by my mother-in-law 
for one of our first Christmases.  She had used them for their first Christmases.

I've had the tin icicles for years.  I can't even remember where I got them.

 I still have so many presents to wrap.  

The Fireplace Area

These "old looking" stocking hangers are cast iron and I picked them up 
a few years ago at Target.  Yep, Target and they were cheap.

Sorry for the blurry pics but I love this little tree.

It's made of bells painted all different colors.  I got it a few years ago
at Michael's craft store.  I bet some of you crafty people could make one!

My recently acquired cheap red vintage ladder has found a home in our main living area.

Happy Holidays!



  1. I LOVE your red ladder! And that twisted wire garland~where did you get that? It's so cool.

    Everything is so unique, Gina, and very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Everything is perfect. That surrey, what a treasure to still have. I learned a tip for non-blurry pictures from Funky Junk Interiors, set your timer, tripod if you have one. But if not the timer really helps, I set it for two shots.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. I'm glad to see someone else who is late with the decorations. I totally missed all the linky parties.

    Your Christmas decorations are totally you - you even have lots of things in threes. I love your surrey on the porch. It looks like it was a bit of a challenge to get it in there. I would have loved to ride around in it (and still would). What's up with kids these days not wanting to pose in the surrey. I love all the red you have around too - just gorgeous.

  4. A surrey???? Awesome! What a great porch set up! I love the idea of a tree in the dining room, though mine isn't big enough. It does sit just next to it, so we can see the twinkle lights :)

    Love all the metal and red...those icycles are wonderful..very YOU!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Such a pretty home tour. Your decorations are all so great. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your home looks so festive! I'm loving all the red holiday touches. My favorite is the bucket of red ornaments at the front entry - genius!

  7. Oh it looks so pretty. I am so wishing I had a sled. I love yours. I'm sure the front porch looks great all lit up!

  8. uh, excuse me; did you say ladder? A red ladder? Wow!
    I was really liking all your christmas decor, then you threw in the red ladder and I can't even remember what else you showed in this post. I'm in ladder love right now, and it's all your fault! ;)

    Love all your vintage and metal christmas decor, but you know for me it's the red ladder that made my heart go pitty-pat.
    I'm a procrasinator too, finally did my decorating and shopping and have started the wrapping. Now I just need to go back and add ribbons and bows. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. good red stuff I would say--ladders are always good--but surrys are a hard get! Merry Christmas Sherron

  10. Your home looks lovely! I would love to have a sled similar to yours for decorating. Wonder if my old one is in my mom's barn??

    Visiting from the CSI Project.

  11. Love the red balls on the front porch, love them even more that they light up! And the tin icicles? To die for!!! Merry Christmas! jules

  12. Gorgeous!! I love that Michael's bell tree, too.

  13. love your home! the red and metal is fabulous! i love that little jingle bell tree too AND the ladder with poinsettias is adorable! i might have to copy that idea ;)

  14. It all looks so cozy and warm. I really need to get one of those old sleds! I like how you tied a red ribbon on it. Your home looks beautiful! Thanks for the tour.

  15. I love your house! It is exactly what Christmas should be...RED! Although I think it always should be about RED. Merry Christmas and a Blessed (RED) New Year!

  16. so fun! love the surrey, does it stay out all year? LOVE the red ladder, i have a few myself, not in my home yet, but painted for photo shoots. also love the simple bucket of ornaments on your front porch! i need to look up where in texas you are!


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