Friday, December 9, 2011

~~~My Living Room at Christmas!!!~~~

Hello my friends! Today I am taking you on a tour of my living room all dressed for Christmas. There are alot of pics so please get comfy:) I hope you will enjoy the tour. When I said decorating here is like moving I wasn't kidding. EVERYTHING is replaced by Christmas decor!!!!! We will start here with the TREE!!!! It is a 10 foot "slim" tree. We had a regular one for several years but it was TOO wide for this space. It made it hard to get into the room on that side. My color scheme is red and gold, as you can see. I did this tree pretty inexpensively, getting many of the items on sale or even 75% off!!! Lots of the smaller ornaments were even purchased at the dollar store. Pretty does NOT have to be expensive!!!!
 I will take you down the tree in sections. Here is the topper. I tie 2 big fluffy bows near the top then add the sticks etc. The bows act as kind of an anchor for the other elements. 2 bows look like one big one when placed one on the front and one at the back.


 At the base of the tree, we place one of our nativity sets. My Joe made the creche. He modeled it on one they had when he was a child.
 Here are some of the beautiful ornaments. It took me 2 years to collect all the ornaments and other elements.
 This is a poinsetta and I got a 4 pack of them, this year, at Lowes! I saw them and LOVED them!
 A velvet like material and beads on the larger ball.
 I also use red branches and 3 different types of gold branches as filler. Another tip is to place some large ornaments IN the tree for depth. It gives so much more visual interest to the tree. See the big gold ball in there?
These pieces really looks like crystal but (SHHH) they are NOT! They are plastic from ....the $ store!!!!!!!!!! I got about 60 of them, I think they were like 5 for a dollar!
 I found many different types of ornaments in red and gold. This one is actually cut out. I'd say about 99% of them are also non breakable.
 LOVE these star ornaments.

 A reindeer is on this one.
 Another type of poinsetta ornament.
 Gold filagree ornament.
 Another tip: use different SHAPED ornaments as well as different sizes.

 Now onto the rest of the room. This is a Fitz and Floyd Santa, a gift from Joe one year. He is sitting on my blue and white garden seat.
 This is our Hummel nativity on the credenza. I adore this set!!!!! I actually didn't want J. to buy the camels cause I thought they were too expensive. I am SO glad he didn't listen to me;):)
 Our best friends gave us the creche for our 25th anniversary. They never made this one again so I feel fortunate to have it!
 Mary and Joseph, the donkey and cow.
 The "reason for the season", we should NOT forget that!!!!
 The shepards. They have such beautiful, hunmble expressions.
 Here are the 3 kings.


 Here are the magnificent camels. I truly love them.
 We always add this piece too. It is not part of the nativity but it is so pretty I like to show it too.
 The angel keeps watch over the stable.
 "O, come let us adore Him".

 This is the coffee table, with a F and F Santa and reindeer candle holders, sitting on a beaded small runner. One of Joe's smokers is sitting here too sometimes.
 This piece usually has part of my blue and white collection on it. At Christmas they are all replaced with angels!
 I'll show you each shelf...
 The angel on this shelf holding the candle is a Hummel and is musical!



 These next 2 ornaments were made by my Mom for my kids many years ago! This is the girl angel and....
 this is the boy choir boy. They are done in shells and I still love them and the memories they represent.
 These 2 reindeer on the sofa tables are covered in like a crushed nut covering. I actually don't know how to describe it, it isn't really nuts but not sure what. Just PRETTY!!!
 This is one of the 4 Santas from the lady in Texas. I call this one my "Regal" Santa because he is wearing a REAL mink coat and hat!!!!!!!!! I now realize I should have taken a pic fro the back too, sorry! But it is a full length coat. I, however do NOT have one:):)


 This is my Italian Santa. Since we got the Polish one first for Joe, we decided the next year I should have an Italian one;) He is holding a doll from Italy!
 Here you can better see the covering on the 2 reindeer.
 I got this ornament last year when we toured Winterthur Museum.



 Another few shots of the mantle. Most of you have seen this but it iS part of the living room.
 Didn't get these shots while it was good daylight but you get the idea:)


 This year I bought 2 red pots to keep for my poinsettias. We always place 2 on the elephants at Christmas.
 This pillow is in the center of the sectional.





Thanks so much for your visit. I am having alot of fun showing you my Christmas decor! Tomorrow I will try to show you outside, then we will come back in. I will be joing all the great parties that are going on. SO much beauty and inspiration out there now!!!  See the party button on my left sidebar too for links to Christmas parties too!!!! XO, Pinky
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45 comments:

  1. Beautiful Pinky, all of it! Your tree actually looks a lot taller than 10ft in these pictures. Can't wait to see the outside.

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  2. Pinky! this is gorgeous. I love the tree and the wreath and your night time photos are so cozy and warm looking! Beautiful as always my friend!
    xo

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  3. Pinky, I have enjoyed seeing your holiday decorations! Everything looks so pretty! You have such beautiful tabletop decor; and you have showcased it beautifully!!

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  4. Oh Pinky, you're such an incredible decorator! I love your traditional tree with such darling ornaments, wow! Your vignettes in the rest of the house are fabulous, I adore your Nativities and your mantel is stunning! Merry Christmas to you and yours. FABBY

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  5. Pinky your house look absolutely beautiful!!! love your Nativity set, el Nacimiento, we have one, Tomorrow I hav eto begin with Christmas things, you inspired me:)))

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  6. Each piece of your collection is stunning. I was really struck by the expression on the camel..so sweet. Your tree is gorgeous!

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  7. Pinky.
    I LOVE the way you use the word CRÈCHE. Not many do. I only know it as that in my little head, lol.
    Don't you LOVE the dollar store. Nobody would ever know the difference... unless you tell them shhhh
    I used to be like you. I would take EVERYTHING down, put them all in rubber maids, pull out about 25 bins and start a month before. Now POOF, it's done in less than 4 hrs. Secret??? small cottage with limited space.
    I love it all Pinky.
    Great job except for that one pic that is long with nothing in it???? You can see the wall socket : )
    Love You
    Love Me
    xoxoxoxo

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  8. Such a gorgeous post! Your home is simply TDF!!! I love it all. We'd love to have you link up and share it with us over at "What's It Wednesday". It would be a pleasure to have you.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  9. What a fantastic tour! The tree and decorations are gorgeous and was perfect for getting me into the holiday spirit! Thanks Pinky. Happy Holidays.

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  10. Wow that's a lot. Love the tall, tall tree, the beautiful nativity set, the santas, the angels, wow, wow, wow!!

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  11. Your tree is always so pretty but I think this is the most beautiful one you have had!! I LOVE the different branches you've added and your "crystal" ornaments!
    Everything is just gorgeous!

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  12. Hi Pinky! OH, my goodness, how pretty! Your tree is gorgeous and I love your decorations of silver and the dark red. Your home is so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Pinky I always love seeing your Christmas decorations! I remember that Hummel nativity- so nice! Your tree is so beautiful and huge- I had to scale back to a pencil tree! Love all your accents! Happy Holidays!

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  14. Hi lovely lady.
    Your home look Beautiful with all the decorations for the Christmas Holidays Pinky. Your Tree is gorgeous !!! I know you have put a lot of work into getting it this way !! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  15. Pinky, your Christmas decor is stunning! The tree, such beautiful ornaments and your angel collection. Then the choir boys in seashells? I have never seen anything like them. Happy holidays to you and your family. xo

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  16. Pinky, thanks for stopping by. I had a little trip around your blog, especially June and July to see your garden. You have a lovely pond. I notice we both have a lot of shade. It will be fun to share our gardens in the spring and summer!

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  17. Wow! Pinky that is one big tree! It looks so much taller then 10 feet. You did a beautiful job decorating it too. It's Gorgeous!

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  18. Gorgeous Christmas tree dear Pinky!
    Looks very colorful and elegant.

    Have a great weekend.

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  19. Your tree is packed full of beauty Pinky! I can't believe all the decorating you do. Your home looks so beautiful!

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  20. It is all so very pretty! I do love your tree and all the nativities!!! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

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  21. Your tree is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Of course the rest of your room ain't too shabby either! lol You did a really great job mixing all of the different ornaments together and I adore the nativity under the tree. I've always wanted to do that. Can't wait to see your outside decor!

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  22. Love it all! The Nativity sets are beautiful.

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  23. So very beautiful. Such good taste. I loved looking at all you photos.

    Chris

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  24. Pinky~ You've decked the halls so beautifully and your Red & White tree is gorgeous! I love your nativities and so amazed at Joe making the creche! First your mantle and your now creche~ how talented and handy he is!

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  25. Your Christmas home is gorgeous Pinky! Loved seeing all you have done!

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  26. That is the tallest and most decorated tree that I've seen this year in blogland, so far.
    How gorgeous it is, and what an amazing collection of ornaments!
    Your home looks beautiful in all it's seasonal finery, thanks for the tour.

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  27. Pinky - I love your tree, it is decorated to perfection. I can't believe those are $$ store "crystals' - great shopping. I love all your nativity scenes and the creche your husband made is so special. You have so many wonderful touches, I really enjoyed the tour.
    I found you from Seansonal Sundays, and am a new follower.

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  28. Your living room at Christmas is just gorgeous. The tree is stunning and I really liked the creche you should us ... all of them! So beautiful. Happy Happy and a Merry Merry to you!

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  29. Wow...this is some pretty post. Lots of eye candy. :)

    Everything looks so pretty, Pinky.

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  30. Oh Pinky, your home is so beautiful!!! Your tree, ornaments, wreath, mantle, nativity sets...... everything looks gorgeous!!
    Hugs,

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  31. Pinky!!! Look at your gorgeous living room!! I love that tree, OMG I can't imagine having space for a 10' tree. Our ceilings are just under 8.5' here, so 9' is all I can get away with, and it's so tricky, I stopped using it! I love the red, the "crystal" and that tree topper with its bow and picks, absolutely fabulous!

    I'll be in your neck of the woods this Saturday and Sunday. You, Mimi and me should meet up at Terrain and do some shopping!

    xo,
    A

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  32. Wonderfully gorgeous, Pinky! The tree is beyond stunning.

    Barb ♥

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  33. Oh Pinky, this is just unreal. Your tree, santas, angels and all of your other decor is totally stunning. I love it all. I was so sad to hear that your son can't make it for Christmas. I miss my children so much at this time of year. I really am Blessed to have them here this year, and I just keep telling the Lord thank you. I am so excited. I hope you have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Marty

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  34. Hi Pinky
    Oh my goodness, I am "in-love" with your tree. You have done a phenomenal job on it. Everything you've done is just stunning, so warm and festive, and cozy! I like your mantle and nativity, too! You've been a busy girl for sure! =) Thank for sharing with us, loved this post!

    Happy Holidays! xoxo ~Liz

    P.S. Thank you so much for the last several comments on my blog posts. I apologize for not responding sooner. *blush* ;)

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  35. Pinky, your tree is gorgeous. I love the red, silver and gold. I really enjoyed seeing all of your collections. Those are some really pretty creches you have. That's something on my wish list.
    Sharon

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  36. Hi, Pinky. Everything looks beautiful! I can imagine the fun of putting it all out, but if you're like me, it won't be much fun when it's time to put it all away! :) Enjoy it though, because it's beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  37. Pinky,
    Some Traditional Christmas Carols playing in the background and a cup of egg nog by the fire...for my dear friend, you have capture my heart for Christmas! Thank you for the lovely tour!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  38. Your tree is so majestic! Lovely the mixture of traditional ornaments! Beautiful. All of you holiday decor is wonderful!

    Thank you for linking this to the Christmas Tree Party!

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  39. Absolutely stunning Christmas tree! I love your ornaments - especially the little red one shaped like a pointsettia! So lovely! :) Merry Christmas!
    Jennelise

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  40. Your tree is gorgeous...so many pretty ornaments...you are definitely a Christmas girl. Mona

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  41. Your tree is beautiful and I love the nativity scene under your tree.

    Hopping over from the Christmas in July blog hop - #57.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  42. O my goodness! Your tree and mantel are absolutely gorgeous! I agree, we shouldn't forget the Reason for the Season...Jesus!
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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