I'll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for the Deck the Halls Party and also A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!
We'll start by walking up to the front doors of Le Beau Paon.......
I made this Christmas wreath our first Christmas in the house, in 2006.
When you walk into the front entry hall, right away you are greeted by my theme tree, which this year is white with birds and snowflakes.
Here's a picture after I put up the garland that goes on the staircase banister. This artificial garland I also made the first year in the house. I chose gold and cream colors, to compliment the white woodwork and the mustard yellow walls.
I have lights in this garland. It all looks so pretty lit up.
Naturally, there's Olive playing on the stairs. She likes to poke her toys through the openings and watch them fall to the floor. Sometimes she waits until I'm right underneath the stairs and I get bombarded with a catnip mouse.
To the left of the staircase is fireplace number 1. I used natural greenery embellished with pine cones, faux greenery and berries.
In keeping with the natural organic feel, a gold woven reindeer basket holds glittered grapevine balls and pine cones. The gold glitter and the gold bead garland add just enough bling to satify my need for sparkle!
To the right of the front doors in the hall is the piano
If we continue straight ahead, we will enter into the dining room.
Even our ugly light fixture looks pretty with some holly, red ribbon and a red beaded garland.
The sideboard is also dressed for Christmas.
As we leave the dining room, we move into the family room.
Christmas pillows add a touch of holiday cheer.
A vintage nussknacker sits on the mantel of fireplace number 2.
This white nutcracker riding a white horse was a recent purchase this year.
On either side of the fireplace box is a Santa.
And a ski sweater-wearing Snowman. Both of these were gifts.
I usually put my poinsettia fairy on the mantel too. He is a Dept. 56 Krinkle figure by artist Patience Brewster. If you're not familair with her unique and whimsical ornaments and figures, click HERE to see more of them. I like them because they are so unique and crazy looking.
A kissing ball in the doorway between the family room and kitchen.
Next we will walk through the doorway into the formal parlour.
To the left is fireplace number 3 and our stockings hung "by the chimney with care".
Our deer stocking hangers were purchased at Pier 1 Imports.
Above the French doors that lead back to the hallway is more fresh greenery...
Martha's portrait is decked out as well.
An angel doll wearing a Venice lace trimmed dress sits on the harmonium
The antique secretary gets glittery snowy pine cones.
And on "center stage" in the parlour is our big tree, the Victorian tree.
I've been slowly collecting ornaments for my Victorian tree over a period of 15 years. Many of them were gifts, including my angel topper which my mother bought me in Chicago many years ago.
These three vintage ornaments were given to me by my late grandmother before she died in 1991.
I added a bow with long trailing tails this year; it's the same green paisley ribbon I used on the fresh garlands. Tip: to make nice curly tails on your wired ribbon bows, wrap the tails around a broom handle.
I also have a Krinkle poinsettia fairy ornament on my tree.
There are two other Krinkle ornaments on my tree; this green Victorian boot,
And this tin Christmas Tree Man.
Here are a few pictures of some of my ornaments; you will notice there are plenty of peacocks, birds and even shoes.
The bride and groom ornaments were a gift from my mother-in-law in 2007, the year we got married.
I also tuck some antique cabinet cards from my collection into the branches of the tree.
Now that night has fallen, let's look at all the lights!
The tree reflected in the huge mirror above the parlour fireplace.
Thanks for joining me on my tour! (P.S. I did fix the lights around the door which I noticed later were sort of hanging off the left side!)