Showing posts with label Christmas Home Tour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas Home Tour. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Weekend Inspiration: A Christmas Home Tour

Hi Everyone, It's the weekend and time for a bit of Inspiration from the Archives. If you're like me "inspiration is inspiration", whether it's yesterday, last year, or a few years ago. This is a Christmas Home Tour from 2014, and one of my favorites.



Monday, July 25, 2022

Christmas in July Ideas and Inspiration

Hello Friends, today I'm doing something a bit different, this hot and humid day in late July.  Actually I'm going for a mental "reset" with an opportunity to start thinking about and grabbing some inspiration for the Christmas Holiday that will be coming before we know it. I'm joining in with a fabulous group of talented gals that have amazing ideas throughout the year! Our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse has put together this fun Hop and if you're coming from visiting CoCo at The Crowned Goat, thanks so much for coming by and continuing the Hop. Lets get going with some Christmas ideas and inspiration slightly ahead of the curve.





Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Vintage Christmas Home Tour

Hello Friends, today I'm super excited to be part of a wonderful Christmas Tour of Homes with a bit of a twist.  Our good friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home has put together a great group of bloggers to share how we decorate our homes for Christmas with vintage pieces and decor. Some of us are fortunate enough to live in historic homes, and others of us just love antiques and vintage furniture that we use to give our spaces a vintage vibe.



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas Home Tour 2020

Hello Everyone,
 Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas; unwrapping gifts, indulging in all sorts of mouthwatering goodies, enjoying the company of our loved ones, taking a walk/nap... It was quiet here, just the two of us, be we had a very nice day and stayed in as it was in the 20's. I'm a little late with a Christmas Home Tour, but I like to keep a visual diary of our home during the Christmas Season for myself and the blog. I'll be short on words, but I wanted to record the decor and essence of the Christmas Holiday Season, 2020.




Thursday, January 2, 2020

Making a House a Home: 2019 in Review


During the late Summer of 2018 we made a decision to purchase an older home here in our small Midwest city. It might have seemed like a spur of the moment event from the outside, but we had known since we moved into our previous home 5 years before, that we needed a place with more space on one level. We knew that it would need to be a home in an older subdivision close-in town so it would have a bigger yard to accommodate a house that was more square footage in the main living areas. We found a place, but it was not my dream home to say the least. It would require a lot of updating inside and out, but we made a plan to get to work. That takes me to the beginning of 2019.





Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Vintage Inspiration

I know it's late in the Christmas Season, but I'm still in "inspiration" mode since I haven't been able to do any decorating. I looked back in my posts and I realized I've only done one on Christmas decor and that was my Christmas Home Tour from last year. I've still been "pinning" pics of current posts from everyone; but hey, it will still be good for next year! So I thought I'd share a few pics and links from some of my fave inspiration... and I threw in a few pics from my past Christmas posts. You all know I'm anxious to get to the new place, even though it will be too late to decorate for Christmas.







Saturday, December 8, 2018

Spirit of Christmas Past: Entry in White

Hi Friends, I'm really missing not being able to decorate for Christmas this year. I didn't get to decorate for Fall either, but I knew that wouldn't happen from the minute we signed papers on the new house. But... I had hopes that we'd maybe be moved in by the end of November. As we started working at the new place more and more projects that needed to be done came to our attention, so now it's December and we are still working. At this point I'm hoping to move at the first of the year. I'm not complaining because I want things accomplished before we get there. So I'm doing a little reminiscing. 




Saturday, December 23, 2017

"All Together Now" Christmas Home Tour 2017

Welcome Friends...

It's become a little of a tradition to put together a post of all our rooms decorated for the Holidays. I've shared bits and pieces of our 2017 Christmas Home over these last several weeks, and I know this is a little late, but I realized I hadn't shown pictures of the Living Room. So this is the "Official Tour" that includes it all...  yes, even the Kitchen Sink.

Merry Christmas to Each and Everyone;
all my friends and readers here at Common Ground.



Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Mantel and Home for Christmas Features

Hard to believe we're counting down the days to Christmas now, and I still have several posts to share. Today I'm combining a little look at my Christmas Mantel and also sharing a few feature pics from the Home For Christmas Link Party, that's still Open.





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Home For Christmas Blog Link Party

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to the Home For Christmas Link Party! This is the place to come link-up your favorite Christmas Posts from this year or the past. I'm hoping everyone will take the time to join in to share all the fun and inspiration. I'll be doing a feature's post later on in the week, of some of your wonderful Christmas Party links. After you're finished linking up, if you have a minute, run by and say Hi to Amber my co-host at  Follow the Yellow Brick Home. I have a feeling she has something fun going on!







Friday, December 8, 2017

Our Home for Christmas 2017 Tour

Welcome, everyone! Yes, we've made it to Day 5 of Marty's wonderful Christmas Home Tour Week. A big round of applause needs to go to our friend and hostess, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. She does an amazing job of gathering a diverse and talented group of bloggers and decorators who all share a love for celebrating Christmas.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Woodland Santa in the French Wagon

Do you have a favorite piece to decorate? ... a bookshelf, your coffee table, an Entry chest? Do you have something that just begs to be kept changed up for the Season or Holiday? While I enjoy decorating all those different pieces, I think the one element I love to decorate most, might be my little table top "Frenchy" wagon. (whoops, Santa looks a little tipsy here)


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016 Part 2

Hi Everyone, 
I hope you're having a wonderful week before Christmas.
I imagine it's a busy one too!
I'm here to share Part 2 of my Christmas House Tour with you.



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016 Part 1

Here we are Friends, the week of Christmas!

I'm excited to share my Home with you for this very special Christmas Season.
This is Part 1, as I've brought all my Christmas photos together for two posts.
Thanks so much for joining me!



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Don't Miss these Home for Christmas Features


I hope you're enjoying this week,
 I know some of us still have some things to do before next weekend gets here,
 But it's not too late to come by and Link-Up to the
This is a Linky Party for anyone wanting to share their Christmas Posts,
past and present.

The Link will be live until Christmas 
so come by any time and join in.

I love hosting a Link Party,
 because it gives me a chance to meet some new Bloggers,
and to reconnect with some old friends.

Here are just a few of the wonderful Links from the party so far...


My first love is Vintage,
so when I saw this oh-so-creative 
stacked box and basket Christmas Tree I totally fell in love.
Having the little Evergreen perched up there,
 made it over-the-top fun!

JoAnne from A Pocketful of Blue 



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Home For Christmas Blog Party Link-Up

Hi Friends,
so glad you're coming by to celebrate with us at the Blogger's Party
Home for Christmas
and to hopefully join in on the Party Link-Up today.




Brenda and I invite you to share your favorite Christmas Posts
 as you celebrate your 
Home For Christmas.
You can link up to 3 of your posts from this year or previous,
please just have them be related to Christmas...
Home Tours, Christmas Decor, Family Traditions, Recipes, DIY, 
anything Christmas!
*Please have a link to the party in your post.

I thought I'd share a few more pics from our Home this Christmas,
as I'll be sharing a complete Christmas Home Tour a bit later in the week.
These are mostly room views, which I usually don't get around to taking,
but since it's Christmas, there's a little more to see.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Antique Rocking Horse on the Mantel...

I thought I'd share a few more pics of my antique rocking horse
 on the mantel, that I showed yesterday in the house tour.


My Mom was telling me this week, how she and my dad answered an ad for it in the paper, around the time of my second or third birthday. This was before the age of the heavy plastic bouncing horsey on a big metal spring. I'm old, but I'm not as old as this horse so don't go making me older than I am! Mom said it was an antique when they found it, but it still had it's tail, mane, saddle and the red wooden stand that it set on. It had been stored in one of our barns, so between then and the time mom gave it back to me, the humidity, cold, (and mice) probably took it's toll.





Monday, December 5, 2016

House Tour for Christmas 2016

Hi Everyone... and Welcome to my
2016 Christmas Home Tour




I know there will be many new visitors besides my own readers this Season
so I hope you'll feel welcome, as I show you around.


Today, I'll be sharing from several areas of our home on the main level. We have a newer walkout basement Open Concept home that we've lived in 2 years, but this is our 3rd Christmas here. The Entry, Dining Room and Living Room are basically in one large space. It's easy to decorate, but at the same time, it's important that I have a theme and a plan! 




One of the ways that I keep a look going is to use wired ribbon to coordinate through all the rooms. This year I found a fun metallic gold polka-dot on a burlap/linen look background, that I paired with my favorite Christmas accent, Stewart Red Tartan Plaid. Here in the Entry, I kept things in neutrals with just the gold polka-dot. I used it to hang the Boxwood Wreath and to adorn the vintage look tree in an iron urn. I found the "Merry and Bright" wooden plaque at Hobby Lobby. It really stated the message I wanted to share this Christmas.





When you come through the Front Door, the Formal Dining Room is to your left. It's not a large space and all my big furniture really fills it up. I love antiques and vintage decor, (if you hadn't guessed) and I feel most at home with using old and new pieces alongside one another. Decorating with the seasons keeps things fresh and interesting for me, and part of that is changing out the
 table runner and decor here in the Dining Room.




My first plan when thinking about Christmas Decorating, was to find a Red Tartan Plaid fabric piece to use as a base for my burlap printed Holly table runner. I found a large tablecloth instead, and just folded it in two lengthwise. This year I used a large white lantern from Pottery Barn and Holly Topiaries that I made many years ago, in Restoration Hardware pottery by Guy Wolff. I love the high ceilings in this house, but anything that's used as decor on this table has to be good sized, otherwise it's lost.





An antique market basket on wheels holds seasonal faux floral stems.
 I use Hydrangeas for every season, and here they are paired with Red Winterberries.









I didn't use the large white tree this year, so this smaller Entry tree is standing in.
It's wrapped in a White Printed Burlap Ribbon sitting in my galvanized olive bucket.





This is a view looking back from the fireplace toward the Dining Room;
that's the staircase as the room divider. 













I have a love/hate relationship with this fireplace. I love having a fireplace, but this is a little bigger than I would have designed. I'm a small person, so whatever I do up here has to be done on a step ladder. And like the Dining Room, it has to have some "heft", otherwise you can't see it. This year I wanted to use my Antique Rocking Horse as the focal point. He's adorned with the Tartan Plaid Ribbon, as are the smaller Pottery Barn Lanterns.











I really do LOVE Plaid, and what's better than just Plaid for Christmas?
A Gold Metallic Reindeer ON Plaid, of course!








The main Living Area moves into the Kitchen Sitting Area,
that has become my favorite spot in the house for decorating.
I have a Christmas Morning Tablescape set here on the old oak table, 
that I'll be sharing right before Christmas.







A Baker's Rack that I've had for years,
holds my seasonal vintage decorating odds and ends.
Each Season and Holiday finds it's way to the Baker's Rack for display.






My Kitchen China Cupboard holds my Brown and Red Transferware dishware.
I don't have "sets", just orphaned bits and pieces of various patterns.
A few of my Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments are displayed alongside 
some of my collection of old Putz Houses and Churches.









Our previous home had a small Sunporch that held my wicker settee, chair and Baker's Rack, but since I don't have one at this home, I'm enjoying them here in the Sitting Area. My love for Plaid is right at home here on the wicker, and I use this old cobbler's bench as a small coffee table/foot stool.








If you're new to my Blog, I hope you'll come back to visit.
There are several ways to stay up-to-date on my sidebar.
 I'll be sharing much more of these areas in future posts.





Thank You so much for coming by!



Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Home For Christmas" Blogger's Link Party

Hi Everyone, 
so, raise your hand if you've been snacking on leftovers 
while simultaneously decorating for Christmas.

I just wanted to let you all know that Brenda and I will again be co-hosting
a Linky Get-Together to celebrate with all of you, our homes for the Christmas Season.



We'd love to have you join in by coming by our blogs December 13, early morning,
and link up your Christmas and Holiday decor, recipes, crafts, traditions...
anything that "says" Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Welcome to My Christmas Home Tour 2015

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour for 2015.
I've added a few more pics, so you could call this the extended version.

For those of you who are new here, or in case you haven't visited for a while,
this is our 2nd year in our new home and we're a bit more settled than last year.
We downsized by almost half in the Fall of 2014, but it's good to be here.

You can click on the photo and click again for a larger version
in more detail.

Hope you enjoy your visit!



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