Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Open House Blog Hop

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to Day 2 of the Christmas Open House Blog Hop hosted by Sherry of No Minimalist Here. I'm so glad you're here, and I'm so happy to be celebrating Christmas in our new home. We just moved at the end of October, and this will be my first Home Tour to share with all of you. If you're new visiting here at Common Ground, I'm thrilled to have you!

I found myself using many of my things in the same way that I had used them at our last house and then the house we leased for the last 10 months... it just felt right and comfortable. This is an open concept home, and it's proven to be a little more difficult for me to place furniture since there's much less wall space. I couldn't get near as much in here as in our previous home, but I love having the high ceilings, and everything we need on the main level. 

From the Entry to the main living area and dining room;
the stairway is in the middle of the space and it separates the rooms.

With so much going on in these spaces, I wanted to keep the Christmas decor theme in mostly neutrals. I knew the Burberry look-alike ribbon was going to bring in the tans, taupes, and black that I wanted. My Wolff Pottery vases will probably be a staple here on the mantel throughout the seasons. I made these Holly topiaries years and years ago. They've held up pretty well and last year was the first time I used them with my Wolff Pottery bases. It took me several days to get the mantel right. I ended up adding a little faux greenery and the metallic reindeer to finally get just the right amount of "Christmas".

The large armoire is part of our master bedroom set, but we decided to use it here for our television and sound systems. I'm glad to have a place to shut the doors and hide it all away.

I didn't want to overwhelm things with too many decorations, since this year was my first to see how everything would work together.

Since you all haven't seen all the decor yet, I decided to just share the larger views of the rooms and vignettes. That way I can have fun sharing the details with you here on the blog until Christmas. 

Here's another shot of the Entry with my new bronze lantern from That black coatrack is an antique, that I don't think I've shown before. I'm thinking of giving it the ASCP treatment after the Holidays. Being black, it really sticks out, but helps with having a place to hang visitors coats.

Here's the Dining Room that I shared earlier in the week. I'm using my white Pottery Barn lanterns that I bought last year. A little Christmas tree decorated with birdies and woodland critters just barely squeezes in.

The Kitchen is open to the Living Area, and I'm loving my newly painted cabinets. 

My collection of black tole trays is helping to hide the backsplash. A subway tile backsplash is on my wishlist, but for now, I'm just trying to disguise this one! A few Christmas touches are here on the black granite countertops. Red plaid monogramed towels that my mom made for me last year add a little "Christmas" red and green.

I put several of my ironstone and ceramic figural animal tureens on the cabinet tops but they need a little boost, so they can be seen better. It looks a little cluttered up here, but I love all the black and white.

The chandy looked a little bare, so I added in some twigs and greenery. If you look closely there's even a little birdie nest hiding in there. I find my kitty gazing up there several times a day. She seems to think that it's perfectly fine to hang out there on the table. I'm trying to break the fur girls of some of their bad habits... not very successfully, though.

A variety of Tartan plaids are my favorite way to decorate for Christmas.
Blankets, ribbon, pillows, tins and boxes...

I'll be sharing more of the details soon...

Thanks so much for coming by to visit with the Blog Hop.
Be sure to click over to the next stop,
Shirley has an amazing home, full of beautiful Christmas cheer!

If you missed Wednesday's group, just start here.

Wednesday 12/10

No Minimalist Here
Uptown Acorn
The Vintage Nest
Dixie Delights

Thursday 12/11
Common Ground
Housepitality Designs
The Essence Of Home
Northern Nesting

Friday 12/12
Miss Kopy Kat
21 Rosemary Lane
A Stroll Thru Life
All About Vignettes
Thank you so much Sherry,
 for asking me to join in this Christmas Blog Gathering!
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Joining in on these Holiday Parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Sunday at Home at Thoughts from Alice


  1. Oh certainly have decorated your new home so wonderfully for your first Christmas....just all of the rooms and details from the gorgeous mantel to your signature dining room...taking another look to admire it all!!!....Happy to be partying with you!

  2. Debra,
    Stopping by to wish you a blessed Christmas season, as well as to say your home is so lovely, beautiful and each every detail is pure perfection. I know it has been a lot of work to move and decorate too and you have done it all so effortlessly and with such charm and elegance.

  3. Your new home looks so pretty all done up for the holidays! It looks like you've gotten settled in well. I love how you styled your mantel.

  4. Hi Debra! Oh, your house looks so gorgeous all dressed up for Christmas! I love all of the pretties on your counters in the kitchen. You've made your home so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Debra, Your new home is gorgeous and you have decorated it beautifully for Christmas. I so appreciate your friendship and thank you for joining the blog hop.

  6. It's so pretty. I love the details on the fireplace and the black trays in the kitchen.

  7. Your home is so beautiful and love very single detail you added. My favorite is your kitchen..but then I'm partial to kitchens! Very pretty Debra!

  8. Debra, everything is so pretty and your hard work shows.

  9. Debra your home is simply gorgeous!! Happy Holidays!

  10. Debra it all looks love the way you decorated your mantel!!

  11. Your rooms are all so beautifu! Your furniture looks fantastic in your new home. The kitchen is just so cozy. LOVE the reds and plaid. Gorgeous!

  12. It all looks so pretty Debra... I love all of your plaids... and kitty on the table... Merry Christmas to you!... I have a card for you, but only your old address... not sure if they will still forward it?... xoxo... Jule Marie

  13. That's pretty bad when I can't even spell my own name right!... I just type too fast!... xoxo... JULIE Marie!

  14. Debra, your new home looks just beautiful. How fun it must be to decorate for your first Christmas there. I remember your black tole painted trays from your other kitchen and they look just at pretty in your new one..Happy Thursday..Judy

  15. Your new home is very pretty and elegant, Debra. I love all the textures and fabrics and knew I would find some of your pretty tartan plaids in one of the rooms at least.

  16. Debra,
    Ah~h~h. . .your new home is sprinkled with exquisite Christmas Decor , dear friend!!!
    You have cleverly shown me "just enough" to keep me wanting more!
    Love a photo shot of your fur baby!
    I'll be watching for close ups of Christmas on Common Ground!!!

  17. It looks beautiful, Debra! Your home is cozy and looks so loved.

  18. your Christmas decorations are lovely. wondering if the kitchen tile could be painted?

  19. It looks fantastic. I love the ribbon. You've done so many cute, cute things. I love your kitchen cabinets.

  20. Hi Debra,
    I am loving your house tour. I did not realize how much white you went with in the new house. Love it!!!! Your decor is so pretty. Love your kitchen gorgeous.

  21. Your new home looks absolutely beautiful Debra---I'm amazed at everything you've accomplished since you moved. I think I need some of those vitamins you're taking :)

  22. i take a 3 month break and look what i'ved missed! your new home is simply gorgeous, debra! you must be in heaven this christmas:) your kitchen area is amazing--love it! (i want subway tile in my kitchen, too:) wishing you a sweet christmas and healthy new year!!

  23. It's so fun to see everyone's different "take" on Christmas decorating. I love the way you decorated your chandelier -- cute, unexpected and very festive!

  24. Debra, I'm amazed that you not only found your holiday decorations after the move, but that you've been able to paint, organize, and decorate everything to perfection! From the front door to the kitchen, it's all beautifully done! Enjoy!

  25. Oh Debra your new home is just beautiful! And you have such a knack for pulling together gorgeous vignettes . I love the kitchen and the way you've incorporated the tartan plaids, so pretty.But those kitchen cabinets are to absolutely die for! I so want to paint ours after the holidays. I will have to go back to find your "before" pics, but really everything in your home looks so festive and ready for the holidays!
    XO Barbara

  26. Debra, I love your new home. Each room is decorated just perfect for Christmas. You always have the best ideas for design. Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas Open House.

  27. Your new home is spectacular, Debra. I love been able to see others decor at Christmas time. It is my fave time of the year. Happy Holidays!

  28. Your home is lovely...the rug in your LR is amazingly beautiful!!!
    If you figure out how to keep the kitties off the table, I wish you would share the secret :^)
    I left mine sleeping IN the DR centerpiece this morning...oh well...white fur looks like snow right?????
    Blessings to you,

  29. Hello Debra!
    i just find your blog, and I loveee your house.
    It is so beautiful and your christmas decorations too.
    I´m going to follow your blog and I want to invite you to my little blog if you want! It is called "Don´t call your mum"
    Regards from Spain.

  30. Everything is just lovely (as usual). The mantle blew me away - SO pretty! xo

  31. Debra, you have decorated your new home beautifully! I hear you about the more open home and less wall space. I felt that same way when we moved into our home 5 years ago. Love your cabinets painted white. I would love to do that to my alder wood cabinets, but I don't think hubby would go for it. Love your plaids! I did my bedroom with touches of plaid this year. Did a post showing it yesterday and shared my darling deer pillow that I won on your blog. Have a very Marry Christmas!


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