Holiday Home Tour 2011

12.04.2011

Welcome to the 2011 holiday home tour!   If this is your first time here, my name is Katie and I write this odd little blog where we talk about everything from fashion to music to parenting to basset hounds.  I have been married to my husband and fellow Tennessean, The Engineer, for almost ten years.  The Engineer is a rocket scientist, which is as cool as it sounds, except when he is schooling me at Trivial Pursuit.  We are the parents to Big Kid, Age 7, and Little Kid, who will be four next month.  Baxter the hound dog rounds out our family.  
I am a freelance writer, and we make our home in the Rocket City: Huntsville, Alabama.

Like many families, we made the conscious decision to spend/do/decorate less this year.  In 2010, The Engineer traveled with his job for most of the holiday season and I admit, I went a little Christmas Crazy.  This year he is home, and we are going to slow down and enjoy the season.  At our kids’ ages, Christmas is magic.  I do not want to be so exhausted that I do not remember it!

I admit, every year I have a theme to my decor.  I am one of those people.  I bought my first tree as a sophomore in college and after fifteen years {ack, I am giving away my age}, I have accumulated quite the array of decorations.  I usually lean towards glitter and sparkle, but this year, I have gravitated toward a rustic theme.  Among the few supplies I have purchased is a bolt of burlap ribbon, and I have woven it through our decorations, both inside and out.

The mantle greenery are decade-old swags and a matching wreath that used to hang outside at our previous home in Tennessee.  When we moved into our current house, I repurposed them as mantle decor.  The burlap ribbon blends in well with the Ballard Design stockings {which I bought after Christmas several years ago for a steal}:

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More burlap outside:

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Much of our decor are gifts or special mementos.  The Mary Engelbreit Santa trey belonged to my grandmother, and the Santa print was my aunt’s.  The Power T plate is all Engineer, though.  Santa is a Vols fan, isn’t he?

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As it gets closer to Christmas, I will add fresh greenery to the shelves.
We used to have a gigantic nine-foot tree.  You know the trees where you have to insert each individual branch?  I love decorating Christmas trees {shocker}, but when I was pregnant with Little Kid, the thought of dragging that sucker out and inserting branch after branch brought me to tears.  It may have been the hormones. I pleaded for a smaller tree, and we found a seven-footer at Lowes.  The best thing about Skinny Tree is that we store it fully assembled in our attic, and every year all we have to do is pull it out and dust it off.

This year, I went with a multi-colored look combining a variety of glitter balls with classic ornaments:  

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Our tree lights were toast this year, so I made a Black Friday run to Lowes {yargh} and found these.  They reminded me of the old-fashioned lights at my grandparents house.  One word of caution: they are extremely breakable {and hot}.   

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I am slowly making a dent in my wrapping but ran out of ribbon this afternoon.  I briefly considered a Hobby Lobby run, but you cannot get me to dart the door of HobLob on a Saturday three weeks before Christmas!
 
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My favorite new ornament is my alma mater’s centennial celebration ornament:

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Last year, my Disney tree resided in the playroom.  One broken ornament later, I decided that my beloved tree would sit in my home office this year.  I began collecting Disney ornaments in 1996, and have added at least one every year.  They have come from Disney World, Disneyland, the Disney Store, Disney Online, and there are a few from the corner drug store.  I don’t discriminate, I love all things originating from the House of Mouse:
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This year’s ornament is a Hallmark Keepsake that I found on clearance after the holidays last year for $4:

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Onto the Kid’s trees.  The Engineer is laughing right now because only I would consider three Christmas trees downsizing!

Big Kid’s tree holds all of the handmade and quirky ornaments.  Last year, we wrapped it fully-decorated and sealed it in plastic in the attic, so all we had to do this year was pull it out and plug it in.  Awesome.
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I asked the Big Kid to pick out his favorite ornament on his tree.  His choice was not surprising:

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Little Kid is very into Barbie this year and her tree reflects it.  Each year, she receives a Hallmark Barbie ornament for Christmas.  Barbie even has her own Christmas house which was a gift from my sister:

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Little Kid’s tree is very girly, just like her.  Check out the tree skirt—it is an old toddler tutu; very easy and affordable!

~Daytime~
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I love a Christmas tree in a dark room at night:

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This year we added a new Rockette ornament from our recent trip to their Holiday Show:

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We do not go over the top with our outside decor, mainly because me stapling lights on our two-story roof is Bad News.  We do like to pull out our Susan G. Komen pink reindeer to add a little holiday sparkle to our front yard:

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And that is it!  Thank you for dropping by.  I hope that you enjoyed the tour, and please stop back soon.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!

Team Skelley is joining in the following Holiday Blog Parties:

 

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14 comments:

  1. I am loving the burlap look. Your presents look so pretty in the brown paper. Love that look!

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  2. Beautiful. Want to come do mine? I love all the trees and one day want themed ones in my house.

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  3. Everything looks really pretty! I LOVE burlap (like, I had it at my wedding love!) and have it on the skirt of a tiny tree in my house. I bet you have some hound ornaments on your tree, too!

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  4. All of your different trees are so interesting! LOVE the big bulb lights, we always had the big multi-colored ones on our tree growing up. Pretty holiday house!

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  5. Your decorations are really pretty, Katie! Except maybe that Tennessee plate... should be a UGA one instead ; ) Thanks so much for linking up to the mantel party!

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  6. Beautiful home! I picked up that same Scrooge MacDuck after Christmas last year and he is now gracing this year's tree. :-) Love those after-Christmas discounts! As for the Rockettes - I'm so jealous! Would love to go to the show or just get an ornament as ever since I was a little girl and I would watch them on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I wanted to be a Rockette. My 5' 2.5" frame pretty much ruled that out (as well as my total lack of coordination!), but a girl can dream. ;-) Merry Christmas!

    www.carriesbusynothings.com

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  7. I love the red stockings and the red tree skirt.

    Kelly

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  8. stopping by from Kelly's Korner -
    your decor is so pretty!
    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Gorgeous home! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  10. Gorgeous decor! I love the stockings and all of the burlap. Your wrapping is too cute!

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  11. I have to know where you got your pink reindeer, my parents would love that!! If you don't mind telling me!! :) shawwendy12@yahoo.com thanks!!! Merry Chirstmas!!

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  12. Very pretty! I love the stockings, touches of burlap, and the wrapped gifts! Great little touches!

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  13. Your gift wrapping is so cute, and I love those stockings!

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  14. Cute picture of your children and the photo of your dog with the santa hat made me laugh. So adorable.

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