Media Room Simply Dressed for Christmas

The last room I decorated was the Media Room simply dressed for Christmas.

Using Holiday pillows which can be taken into the Winter months,

and a few things here and there to give the room a festive look.

Media Room-Christmas-Housepitality Designs

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The Year’s Past Christmas Tour

When I begin to decorate my home for Christmas,

I look back on the year’s past Christmas tour to see how I can use my current Christmas

decor in a different way that I had in the past.

While referencing last year’s Christmas tour, I thought that I would present it again

to you and for those who are new to my blog, a chance to see what I did last year.

Decorations once used in the kitchen has landed in my great room this year.

I am dancing to the Christmas Shuffle.

Welcome to my 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Welcome to my home!

Christmas 2015 Front Porch - Housepitality Designs

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The Upper Porch Dressed for the Holidays with Chinoiserie

It was supposed to be a birthday and Valentine’s Day gift,

an outdoor rug that I saw in the Frontgate catalog

that I fell in love with!

I ordered it and they said it was on back order.

OK . . . I can wait, but it took 9 months! . . . . But have to say, it was worth the wait.

Upper Back Porch 2015 - Housepitality Designs

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Christmas 2015 Front Porch with Rudy

Welcome to my front porch dressed for Christmas,

featuring Rudy.

Rudy was given to me years ago by my niece Melissa

and he usually stood in the front yard

confusing the real deer.

Now he stands proudly on the front porch

greeting family and friends wearing his scarf of ribbon.

Christmas 2015 From Porch - Housepitality Designs

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas -The Christmas 2014 Front Porch

Twas the Night Before Christmas . . .

When all through the house . . . . not a creature was stirring . . . not even a mouse!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Christmas 2014 Front Porch-Housepitality Designs

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Guest Room and Garlands

For the most part, many of us have guests over the holidays.

It is always wonderful to have either family or friends gather together to celebrate

treasured traditions.

Therefore, it is a good thing to have your guest room ready for either the

expected or sometimes last minute guests.

Christmas Guest Room-Housepitality Designs

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A Holiday Getaway {The Decorated Back Porch}

When all of the holiday preps are done ~

~ ~ this is the place that I will retreat to.

To sip a cup of tea or a glass of wine.

I placed red and white Pottery Barn pillows that I already had ~

~ ~ along with my Williamsburg Pineapple pillows on the sofa and chairs.

A soldier/nutcracker stands sentry…

It’s a rainy day..but not cold ~ ~ for long that is.

I wish you “JOY” ~ ~

Have a wonderful day ~ ~ I am heading to the mall for some last minute gifts!

A Christmas “Greenscape” in the Dining Room

I thought I would change out my china this year for the Christmas table . .

~ ~ but I love it so much that I used it again this year.

My Lenox Holiday Tartan.

If I am feeling energetic, I may try another tablescape later 🙂

For today, the table is set, a “greenscape” . .

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

~ ~ a little less sparkle and a little more green this year.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The tree of fruit stems and garlands sits in the corner as it did the years past.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I placed a garland of greenery and added topiaries, cardinals (our state bird), ornaments and candles.

~ ~ the bird has such a serious look!

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The place setting of Lenox Holiday Tartan . .

~ ~ Green charger by Franciscan.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A gift package ornament is placed on the napkin . .

~ ~ it is filled with a “surprise” that my granddaughter has placed in it.

We were told “not to peek”!!

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I utilized the bread and butter plate as a “coaster” for the stemware.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A beaded pear is placed in a vintage sherbet/custard glass.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I also used the same glen plaid table runner that was on the table for Thanksgiving.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Taking you around the room . .

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A new Pottery Barn “winter birds” pillow sits on the antique bench I purchased at the Country Living Fair.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The tree in a “different lights”

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A wreath of guilded and beaded fruit and ribbon.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The vignette on top of the dining room hutch..

~ ~ just added a couple of stems of silvery green leaves.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I placed an ornament “upside down” in a silver creamer . . it resembled a “tree”

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A vignette of trees of fruit and a Byers Choice Caroler.

A few more rooms to be “fluffed” for the holidays ..

~ ~ definitely “trying” to keep the decor more simple this year . .

Thanks for visiting ~ ~ Have a beautiful day!!

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My Living Room Tree…finally!

Finally…”better late than never”…the living room is finally all decked out for Christmas…



It takes a lot of going up and down a 10 foot ladder to deck a 12 foot tree…

…..I am getting too old for this…need a smaller tree!

However, it looks so “majestic” with the height of the ceiling.



I overlaid the green ribbon with a gold glittered ribbon…

…..for a little more bling!



Rather than line the foyer with poinsettias as I did last year..I chose a more natural look…

……I can hear my friend Linda applauding me now…



Rather than embellishing the garland with ribbon, etc..

…..I chose to leave it natural..adding a few birds here and there.




The tree is filled with many sentimental ornaments…

… this “vignette” for my son…he played soccer…still does!


Another “vignette” of “Florida” ornaments given to me by friends…


The train “stained glass” ornament was my very first Hallmark ornament purchase!


I love Christopher Radko ornaments…especially the “911” tribute collection…




And then there are always the “travel momentos”…

…..bought this one on one of our “Christmastime” trips to NYC.

My friend Linda and I were browsing in the gift shop before the show…We spotted this beauty…but there was only one!…The clerk said that there were more across the street from the show…the show was starting soon…but we ran out of the Music Hall..crossed barricades and darted into get another ornament!..What we do for a great ornament…We made the show just in time!…:)


Tavern on the Green…so enjoyed our lunch there…so sad it is gone!


I recently received this beauty from a friend…

…..she knows how much I want to go to France…She has been there many times…

So if I concentrate on this enough…I may someday go…hope so K & K!!


I love my set of carolers that I place around the tree..

…..this is the other side of the tree…


And now I am going to share some more “vignettes” around the room…




I embellished my existing decor..something that I am going to do more of next year..

…..more natural….less is more.



The top of the secretary..I made the swag/garland..

…..and the print is a gift from my friend Sherry…the artist is from N.C.!



Hard to get a good pic of it due to the reflection…


Glad you are hanging in with me with all these pics…have lots to share..

…..before Christmas!

Down the stairwell are two vignettes of Byers Carolers…


Many of these have been generous gifts from family and friends…


My Salvation Army Collection…below the Thomas Kincaid limited edition he painted after 911.



Here is my antique Salvation Army Hat…


A few more tidbits around the room…

My fruit collection..


A poinsettia in my Red Wing crock on the hearth…



And I leave you with one of my favorite Radko Ornaments….


See you later with my large upside down tree in the sunroom…

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Living Room Christmas Mantel

After a couple of days of working on the mantel…I finally finished..

… 10:30 that evening, I sat down on the sofa with my cup of tea…admiring my mantel…

……….then crash!!…the left tree toppled over, taking part of the garland with it.

I did not cry or curse.

I just took a deep breath and with the help of my hubby and “all the king’s men”..

… was secured and back together again. (oh that rhymed!)

So here is my living room mantel for this year…

…..another woodland type theme.


Two winter trees flanking each side of the mantel..

… is lit with led lights..

……….with owls and birds happily perched.


The mantel has an evergreen garland for the base…

…..and two holly berry twig garlands intertwined.

I placed my wooden monogram over a cotton wreath that I had made.




I hung ornaments beneath the garland…

…..I found ornaments that coordinated with the holly berry garland.






Pretty owls and birds frolic in the trees and garland….







When seeing this photo…I am inclined to say “Peace On Earth”


And the squirrel keeps coming back every season for a visit….


A view from the left side of the mantel….


So there you have it…my Living Room 2012 Christmas Mantel..


Hope you enjoyed it !!!

And if you would like to see my mantels from 2011…click here

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