Christmas is one of my favorite seasons. We begin decorating French Pemberley the day after Thanksgiving, and spend the next several days putting up the Christmas trees (there are 3), hanging lights, and blanketing the house in merry décor.
This year, however, the week after Thanksgiving found me on holiday with the entire family in San Diego for a week; the last trip of mine for 2014 (as I write this, Darcy is on a short trip to NYC–Christmas shopping). The race has been on to get the decorations up, and even though I am posting a short home tour this morning, I am still doing so…welcome to the Procrastinator’s Christmas tour.
I am joined this morning in this tour by 14 other lovely blogs. After the photos, please be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win $50 gift cards from both of the tour’s generous sponsors, OnLineFabricStore and Farmhouse Decor Shop.
Now on with the tour…
In November we did a huge remodel to our fireplace. This, coupled with the kitchen transformation we did last year, has made the living/kitchen open area the focal point of our upstairs, so our main decorating efforts holiday wise are focused there this year.
The fireplace transformation was nothing short of miraculous; 4 weeks ago, this wall, fireplace and hearth were all heavy red brick.
I have a small Nutcracker collection. Darcy picked up the bagpiper for me on a trip he took two years ago to Germany. We were married in Scotland. This was part an anniversary gift that year. I loved it.
The main living room tree is the pièce de résistance of the upstairs. It is 8 ft tall and covered with ornaments from our various travels. Ornaments are one of my favorite souvenirs. (I will be sharing some of those in their own post later this week, so please stop back by).
From the living room you get a lovely view of my new kitchen…musical ornaments in a row on the kitchen counter and a large Santa cookie jar adorns the Viking stove. The cookie jar was a gift from Darcy last year (whose real name is Brian but I don’t think I’ve called him that in almost a decade)…
Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes, anyone?
And to the ice skates that have hung on the door the past 4 years, we added a larger matching wreath to go around…
There is also a wreath hanging on my (still unpainted) chicken coop. Hey, don’t judge…
There are lots of different favorite Christmas knick-knacks now sitting about on dressers, side tables, and bathroom vanities. And two other trees adorn the kids’ spaces. Another tree in the shared girls bedroom, and this one downstairs in our homeschool room, covered in all the homemade ornaments the kids’ have made through the years (along with some cheap ones that little hands can hang independently without parental fear of breakage).
A small bookcase of holiday themed books sits next to the tree; the perfect spot for reading a Christmas story…
I’m still wrapping up decorating this week in the master bedroom and the dining room and the kids and I have plans to decorate some of the trees with some bird seed ornaments we saw in a “how-to” on pinterest. Darcy hung up the lights on the exterior of the house before he left for NYC. Some other favorite elements of our Christmas décor that I love is going on the dining room table today…all the framed photos of the kids from visits to Santas past. A table of memories, that I could linger over all season.
If you enjoy holiday décor, please check out the home tours of these other procrastinators:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our Christmas décor here at French Pemberley this year. Now on to the giveaway. Please enter to win a chance to win one of two $50 giftcards from our generous tour sponsors, OnLineFabricStore and Farmhouse Decor Shop.
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