Sunday, December 16, 2007

BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes!

Hello! Welcome to Florida and Golightly Place on BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes! I'm so delighted to have you stop in; I remember seeing BooMama's first homes tour a couple of years ago and thought it was such a fun and brilliant idea. I'll confess that I'm the kind of person who will look in your window if the curtains are open and the sun has set and I happen to be passing by. I just love to see how homes are set up. Modest or extravagant, I don't care; I just like to see what other people like and how they live... rather, how they feather their nests! :)

So, come take a peek into my nest today. I see you've brought your sweater and that's a good thing. It's chilly today! It's beginning to feel a little more like Christmas. We actually dipped down into the upper 30's last night, which is about as cold as a winter gets here on the Gulf Coast of central Florida. We had to go out and cover the tomatoes...

But don't let me keep you outside here, in our "Winter Wonderland," come in, come in!

Come on up the walk past Santa and a few other trinkets...

... and in here, through our front door.

As soon as you come in, you will have arrived in the living room. It's such a nice, sunny morning! Can you see Sparkle Pond out back? That's one of our favorite things about our house - the view of the water and all the wonderful wildlife!

To the left, you can see our dining room and the hallway into the kitchen and the girls' rooms. We'll go that way in a minute, but I'll show you around the living room first.

May I take your sweater? I can hang it here to the right in the closet. I hung these little pictures here this year. I got them a few years ago; I just love Victorian imagery - especially at Christmastime!

Come on over here and I'll show you the mantle. While I can't say I'm thrilled with the 80's style fireplace and mirror, I am thrilled with the wood-burning fireplace, itself. Perhaps, some day we will re-work the facade, but in the meantime, I work with what I've been given and am very, very thankful!

The glider has on her Christmas pillow and Lucy decided to hop into bed there. She's really friendly and is my constant shadow. Just tell her to get down if she jumps up on you. If you're a dog person, she loves tummy rubs!

This year, I wanted a bit more color than the traditional red and green, so I bought some new, pretty balls and ribbon and hung them up . It kind of makes me think of a gingerbread house or a Nutcracker theme.

To the right, on the other side of the sliding glass doors, you can see my first creche.

Behind your, looking back toward the front door, you can see the loveseat, with its Christmas pillow and to the right, behind it, is the dining room area and the tree. Let's go there next!

This is the first year that we've had this table in here. My mom gave us her smaller kitchen table for in the kitchen when she moved, so we were able to convert the dining room - which had been used as office space - into an actual dining room. We love it! But we didn't know if the tree was going to fit as it usually does. It did, but it's pretty tight... er, cozy - in this space! :)

Since I hung the ornaments at the fireplace this year we've had to say, "The stockings were hung on the chairs with great care..."

You can see our Advent wreath there in the middle of the table. It's so simple, but I love it!

Behind the table, on the sideboard, is my newer creche - my Granny's - that I inherited last year. This one is my favorite!

On the floor by the sideboard, we have our Christmas books.

Let's go on into the kitchen now. When you have a green kitchen , you really don't have to do to much in here to decorate for Christmas! :)

Here is the breakfast bar that overlooks the eat-in/homeschool area. The girls keep their mugs in front of their spots all through the Christmas season.

I got all three of these at the church thrift store a couple of years ago.

Here is the newer, smaller table Mom gave us this past spring when she moved. It's where we have breakfast and lunch and do the majority of our schoolwork.

I like to tuck things here and there all about the house for a little bit of Christmas everywhere. Here is our bakers rack that has never been used as such, but instead, houses our little, friendly stereo system. I know many folks have televisions in their kitchens, but I find that a bit too intrusive. I just like my radio with NPR or music, or some of my favorite Christian talk radio programs.

Incidentally, the school bell there is one my mom brought back for me from St. Augustine. She purchased it in the Oldest Schoolhouse in America. An yes, we love to use it! :)
Here is the only snow you'll find around these parts right now.

Finally, in the girls' bathroom, I've put a few festive touches too. I just added some leftover ornaments on this little wreath.

And a little bit of snow found its way in here, too.

Well, this is where our tour ends. Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave your calling card to let me know you stopped in today. Enjoy the rest of the tours and have a very Merry Christmas!


Jen. said...

Thanks for opening your home to us out here in blogland! Everything looks so warm, cozy & festive! And thanks, too, for the link to the lovely snowflake pattern, we enjoyed making some of those last week.
Merry Christmas!
love, Jen.

SimpleFolk said...

Oh, thank you for the Christmas tour! You have such a lovely, warm home.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Simple Folk

Keetha said...

I just loved the suitcase 'o Christmas books! And all the ornaments on your mantle - that's such a fun, festive look. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hon,
Home looks just "loverly" as usual!
I like the girls' bathroom decorations!

Lisa@Take90West said...

I love the suitcase filled with books and the ornaments hanging from the looks great!

Hootin' Anni said...

I love the ornaments off the fireplace.

I have a slide show for my tour.
I hope you can get connected to view with me, if not, I have a few thumbnail images on my regular blog too.---

My Slide Show Tour

Anonymous said...

What lovely Christmas decorations - not a surprise at all! Have to admit, I will miss you all this Christmas, per usual, but your tour put me right there, if for just a moment.


ellen b. said...

What a lovely tour! Your home is warm and inviting! I love the old suitcase with the Christmas book collection. Blessings...

Marianna said...

Wondeful tour! What fun it is to see your home. I love the balls hanging from the kitchen cabinets...what a clever idea.


Jenni said...

What a beautiful, sunny home you have! I love the ornaments hanging from the mantle, and the Christmas books! TFS!

Revee said...

What a festive home you have! I really like the ball ornaments hung around the mantel - such a nice touch. :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a clever way to display your Christmas books, and I just love the Christmas balls on ribbon from your mantle. Your decorations are lovely, and sunny weather too. We are freezing today in New England. Merry Christmas, Karen

Southern Heart said...

Thank you for the tour of your lovely home! Everything looks so festive...I especially love the adorable mugs!

Merry Christmas,


E said...

Your home is beautiful! I love the ornaments hanging from the mantle. I think I'm going to borrow that idea for my house too. Thanks for the tour!

Nancy said...

Thanks for letting us peek in. Your home is so sunny and warm. Are those aprons hanging in your kitchen? I am coveting those, as well as your little toothpick holder! Your home looks great.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks wonderful, I LOVE the ornaments hanging from the mantle, love it so much I might borrow it next year *lol*. Have a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas.
Jamie Lea

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

You have a lovely home; it looks so pretty decorated for Christmas!

It's a Mom Thing said...

What a festive home! I love the ornaments on the mantle and the old suitcase full of books. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Joyful Days said...

I love everything. Makes me want to just visit and hang out for a bit!! Thanks for the tour.

Kez said...

Thanks for being such a great hostess - I loved the tour :)

Robin said...

Your home is so pretty! I love how you mama;s incorporate decorations in your children's rooms - what a sweet idea! And I love your hanging Christmas balls - so festive!

Jenn said...

wow I love all of your decorations, your home looks so very nice!

Dawn said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Love your home!!!!

I am originally from Florida myself (Port Charlotte) and never saw a house there with a fireplace...LOL. Interesting...

Thank you for allowing me a visit into your home!

Merry Christmas from Dawn in Germany!

Mrs. Pivec said...

Yes, Dawn, I find it a bit ironic myself that after having lived so many years in Minnesota, I had to move to Florida to find a house with a fireplace! :) But, believe it or not, we use it!

Dianne said...

Merry Christmas! Yeah! I got to 100!!
Your home looks so Christmasy and is in a pretty area. I love all your special touches. Thanks for the tour!

Cherdecor said...

I do love that Sparkle Pond out back. Thank you for inviting us in to view all your Christmas decorations. I love your fireplace and the snowflakes. You are a good snowmaker. A person has to do what she has to do! Ha! Ha!

JanMary said...

A belated visitor from the Christmas Tour. Sorry I took so long. Beautiful tour. Thanks for sharing. Hope your Christmas was lovely.

Happy New Year from Northern Ireland!!

Anonymous said...

I'm still touring too. :) Everything looks so nice. I like the ornaments on the mantle. Happy New Year.

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