Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Home Tour

Hello there :),

I hope you are feeling calm and with all the preparations for the big day finished. And if you are not, relax it will all get done and it will be just perfect.

Today I want to invite you all into our humble home all decorated for Christmas. I LOVE Christmas and I always like to go to town with my decoration. I am definitely a more is more girl especially this time of the year. Our home is small like many of the UK  houses but is cosy and very comfortable. And there is nothing in this house that we are precious about if  it got ruined or broke so this makes it a very relaxing environment to be in.

Ok so come on in I will put the kettle on and we’ll have a smooch around.

As you come through the front door this is what you see. The hallway is not wide enough for a console table so a radiator cover gives me a bit of room do create a bit of interest. This space has not been decorated for the last 10 years so I stick with a silver white and black  theme because of the black and silver wallpaper, I am dying to change it up, maybe next year :)

hallway

Ok so I am simply in love with the two paper houses inside these glass hurricane lamps. I cut them on my Silhouette using a free file from this site. (please consider making a donation if you use them though, the files are just beautiful). I cut them in natural white card stock from Stampin'Up!. Plenty of dazzling diamonds for the roof and over the windows and doors. I used packing tape over the windows and doors then I rubbed more dazzling diamonds over it. Battery operated tealights and voila( they took about 30 minutes to make. Oh and I couldn’t get fake snow anywhere so I used Epsom Salts for the houses to sit in.

hallway 2

As you enter the living room the first thing you see is THE TREE :) allFor the first time in my life I have decorated a fake tree. Real is usually the way for me but I LOVE the look of a flocked tree and finally bit the bullet and here it is :).

Do I love it ? YES !! 

Will it stop me going real? I DON’T THINK SO !! I love the smell and feel of a fresh tree and I can see myself going for real again, but not for a few years. I love all the snow on this tree, yes is huge !! do you play musical furniture at Christmas time? we had to move a huge cabinet into the conservatory to have the tree up, we do it every year and its worth it!!!!

front 2

I went for gold's, silvers and whites together. I love mixing metals in spite of what the rules say. I do it with my jewellery and definitely I do it in my home. Also I just knew that an all white and silver combo would have been lost amongst all the snow tipped branches. Can’t wait to see it with a red combo. But for now is perfect !!

A different angle

tree 2

And looking the other way

blueberry 1

At the other end you can see the fireplace and the windowsill behind the blueberry (the world’s comfiest sofa), it looks tiny in this picture but is whooping 2.3 meters long.

See that little drink table? I work on that all day long unless we are entertaining. Normally the table is covered in my paperwork and laptop :), oh and please pretend I hid the lights cable :). The windowsill behind the sofa hosts an enchanted forest with sparkly reindeers :)

We have two beautiful bottomless glass lamps in this room and I love the opportunity to decorate them seasonally, so I shoved a mini tree in each one this time. Yes the shades  gets a little Christmas love, tiny wreaths made in a snap using fresh eucalyptus branches. The silvery leaves go with my snowy theme.

table

And here’s the other wall, bits and bobs from around the house get pulled together. And while you are judging my art taste I just need to let you know that its temporarily here and she doesn't belong to me :), although Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my fave movie :)

room 1

Ok so looking from the living room into the kitchen, and a little table top tree in the conservatory beyond.

kitchen lights

My friend Julie made me the gorgeous table arrangement, now this is big news as this is one of the first crafty thing she has ever attempted so it has special meaning as she made it just for me. I might get her into making cards next :).

I am sorry about the naff table runner, is a heavy duty (read plastic – fantastic) one that we use for everyday and I forgot to take it off, I should have set the table but I already had to clean the whole house before this shoot so I was done by then :), yes just keeping it real for you.

mini wreaths

More mini wreaths from fresh eucalyptus leaves, they smell divine. My beautiful table is a French Antique which I lovingly painted  and distressed !!!! I have also stripped the brand new chairs and refinished them to suit my battered style. Yes only done two so far, the other 2 are still shiny brown (nice).

I hate the lights in our kitchen, but I hate poor lighting even more so I put up with them, still looking for the perfect ones. This year I decided I am going to pretend I have fancy chandeliers so I added some twisted willow from the garden and to disguise the uglies further I suspended a collection of mercury glass ornaments,sparkly snowflakes, mirrored hearts and garlands. This is my favourite makeover for sure, the whole thing sparkles and twinkles and I will find it hard to take it down :(

kitchen

Another  radiator cover, another opportunity to add some festive decor all year round not just at Christmas.

skates

Love those little ice skates which you have seen here on my blog before, and did you spot the burlap fat bows? I made my own minimums this quarter by buying burlap ribbon for my home decor, I am sure of it :)

Sweet details, the bird house was £3 in TK Maxx and it fits in with the birdies on the Ikea fake trees. The birdies are looking a bit tired they have been with us for at least 10 years so their feathers are a bit worse for wear, ruffled shall we say :).

detail Another vignette in my kitchen is actually my favourite one, and the real reason we celebrate Christmas :).

I am still looking for the perfect nativity set :(

nativity I did the chalk board sign by hand drawing using the chalk marker from Stampin’Up!. Yes I know, I need more practice!!! you wouldn’t believe that I took calligraphy classes in school.

Next a view from the kitchen back into the living room, love to catch a view of that snowy tree from another room :)

vista

I only wish I could have the luxury of a separate tv room so that the big black box wouldn’t exist about the fireplace :(

One more look at the beauty (well, at least  I think it is), have you spotted the peacock feathers? I added them as a nod to the blueberry, we are not finished changing this room so things are not completely pulled together colour wise just yet. The tree has 1600 lights on it and hundreds of baubles. Really cheap plastic ones in the background and special fancy ones at the front :)

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There are peacocks perched on a garland on the mantelpiece :)

peackock

   And remember the windowsill? well here it is again this time at night.windowI had these reindeers a good 5 years now and they usually go by the fire. I fancied a change and tried them in the window then I ended up cutting up a flocked garland to create a little forest for the reindeers to roam in. Clear lights and a few feathered birds were enough. I am loving the starburst effect on some of the lights in this photo :) I am wondering if I am the only one who likes to look at the lights on the tree with squinted eyes LOL.

So that is all, I do decorate the bedrooms as well(even the bathrooms) with tiny little touches but I couldn’t cope with tidying the whole house in one go. It was more fun trying to capture fun pictures of this lot for you all, as I  know you are just as nosey as I am when it comes to looking inside at peoples homes.

bauble

Well thank you so much for popping round, it was lovely to have you here.

xoxoxo

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38 comments :

Maxine said...

You should be featured in 'beautiful Homes' magazine!
Absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas xxxxx

boopnut said...

YOur decorations are absolutely beautiful. I love the white houses and Epsom salts probably works better than fake snow! I like the idea of the tiny wreaths and might steal that from you next year!
Deb

ali said...

do you want to come and do mine next? the tree is fantastic monica!!

Pam Carter said...

You have done a beautiful job at decorating your home. I would love to just spend time in the living room and just take it all in. You are such an artist, right down to taking a picture with your reflection in the ornament. Great job. Have a Merry Christmas.

Mary said...

Oh Monica, your home looks absolutely stunning! I love everything about it. What an amazing work of art. I would love to see it in real life. What a labour of love. You certainly have the Christmas spirit and yes, I love your "more is more" style because you can make it work. I shudder to think how long it took you to create this Christmas winter wonderland and where on earth you store all this loveliness from year to year.
I hope your Christmas is as wonderful as your decorations promise. Thank you so much for sharing.
Love
Mary

Brenda in IN said...

What a beautiful job you did with your decorating. It is really breathtaking. Have a wonderful holiday.

Tina said...

Beautiful Monica, have a lovely Christmas xx

Dawn said...

Stunning your tree is THE nicest if has ever been.
Your house interior looks like it could be in a Christmas home magazine.

Susan said...

So gorgeous, thanks for sharing and have a lovely Christmas.xx.

Debbie Speijers said...

Oh my goodness, utterly amazing! Can I come to your house for Christmas! We just don't decorate here in Australia like you guys do in the UK I am totally gob smacked by your beautiful decorations and that tree is just to die for! TFS and Merry Xmas from sunny Queensland.

Carol D said...

Your home looks like it's straight from a magazine, I think you should send those photos to a magazine publisher, they could always use it next year, your home looks fantastic, thanks for the tour.
Have a wonderful Christmas.

Carol x

worrywort said...

Beautiful Monica. I love seeing your Christmas decorations.
Merry Christmas and love, peace and happiness to you and yours.
Lynnexx

Kathy D. said...

What a great way to start my day, Thank you for sharing your lovely home all decorated. Love your ideas and love the eculytus wreaths! must go find and make those next year. I have those gold deers, Great job,have a great Christmas!

Lisa Barton said...

Oh Monica this should really be featured in House Beautiful! Am stunned at the sheer beauty of it all and the time and love you must have taken to create it - a true masterpiece in home decor :) Do you have any room at the inn for one more this year - simply to marvel at it all? ;) Have a wonderful Christmas amongst the festiveness! xx

Gay Ferland said...

Monica, I felt I was looking through a classy magazine like Victorian Collection! Your home is so beautiful!! You must not have children or pets...everything is beautifuly placed!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Gay Ferland

Bev said...

Looks beautiful xx

Nikki Spencer said...

Thank you for the delightful tour Monica...it is all so beautiful, your hard work has paid off. Absolutely adore your light makeover and that stunning Christmas tree. Merry Christmas to you, l'm sure it will be wonderful with all of those pretties. xx

Sue Ann F. said...

All I can say is WOW! Your home and decorations are absolutely beautiful. Beautiful homes magazine worthy. Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

Pat Smith said...

Breathtaking!! I have a lot more room, but don't do nearly half as much decorating!!! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!

Helen said...

Thank you for inviting us to tour your lovely home for the holidays. I felt like I was walking through a cozy, winter wonderland; a place people dream of being. Your home is absolutely beautiful, and it definitely should be featured in beautiful home magazine. Gorgeous! Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing! Xx. Oo

Kristen P. said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for letting us peak into your home! You are more than welcome to come to my home & decorate for me... ;-) Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

lloyddiane said...

Absolutely beautiful Monica.
Have a wonderful Christmas in your festive home x

Lois Stueve said...

Does Pete help you with this? 1800 lights on one tree is awesome! My hubby would explode! Your cheery UK chatter is so engaging--nothing we are "precious about", "bits & bobs", "naff" table runner, "battered" style, "fancy a change", "in one go".
I love the way you write. Is a book in your future???? Lois

AuroraDawn said...

Just A M A Z I N G Monica!

Your tree just leaves me speachless. Utter gorgeousness !

Hope you snd Pete have a fantastic Chrstmas

Xxxxx

Monica Gale said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments, I am thrilled you delighted in the pretties for a while here on my blog. Much love and I wish you Happy and peaceful Christmas. Hugs Monica xxx

Sara said...

Wow, you home looks like something out of a glossy magazine, you have a beautiful natural flair for home decor and your house looks amazing, warm and welcoming for Christmas. I am also one to look at the tree lights through squinty eyes LOL, Have a great Christmas, hugs Sara xxx

RitaR said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I just had to write to thank you for inviting us in to tour your beautiful winter wonderland!! You have a very special gift for decorating and I've thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of your displays .... I've actually returned three times to try to take it all in! I especially love your nativity scene display and your tree is s-o-o-o lovely!

By the way, I wear glasses, so I just take them off so that I can see the Christmas lights turn into stars! That's one advantage to having poor eyesight ... LOL!

Blessings to you and your family during this holy season!



Gibmiss said...

Hello Monica
Your house is stunning.... And the tree all those baubles....i love all your house..... All the Decorations... You have impecable taste.....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Annette Elliott said...

Wow! How beautiful! You are definitely talented and it shows! Lovely home. :)

Terstamper said...

Beautiful home, it looks like a magazine shoot!

Ter ;) Canada

Alison said...

wow Monica...you home and decorations are stunning...you have such a wonderful gift for making things beautiful. I hope you have had a lovely Christmas...and thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you give all year round. Alison x

Highdesertstamper said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS decorating.. I agree, you should have been featured in House Beautiful, or even on HGTV for decorating during the HOlidays.. thanks for the tour... enjoyed it! What a lovely home.

Sharon said...

Absolutely stunning!! A real work of art!! My favourite pieces are the reindeers in the window with their twinkling forest. Everything is gorgeous! And well photographed. Thanks for sharing pictures of your home. Xxx

Sharon said...

Absolutely stunning!! A real work of art!! My favourite pieces are the reindeers in the window with their twinkling forest. Everything is gorgeous! And well photographed. Thanks for sharing pictures of your home. Xxx

Allie Jolliffe said...

Monica, your home is just gorgeous, really stunning.

Catherine Pooler said...

will you PLEASE come and decorate my home!!??? Beautiful, Monica!

Stamp Happy Jackie said...

Oh Monica, I agree with every comment made, your home looks like a true Christmas wonderland absolutely beautiful.
Love
Jackie xx

Terri said...

Monica, I just found your website through Pinterest. I am going to attempt your card in a box! I love it!

I started from the Home point of your website and saw your home beautifully decorated for Christmas. It was GORGEOUS! Something out of Better Homes and Gardens. I was so impressed. Thank you so much for sharing your with us.

Blessings,
Terri