Sunday, November 25, 2012

Just About Done!

My Christmas decorating for this year is almost done!  

Because this is the first time that we're decorating for Christmas in this house, it has taken longer than I thought it would.  Next year will be a piece of cake now that I know that each of our treasures has it's own special place.  I still have a little tweaking to do in the pantry, our bedroom and my studio which shouldn't take too long leaving just the outside to do but that will be easy.

So if you'd like to go for a little tour, just follow me!



First is the mud room as you enter our home through the back door.  That is a live holly bush which will be transplanted into the garden in the Spring.



From there we enter into the kitchen area.  This is a little vignette I created on the top of our stove.  Everything is sitting on a dough board which makes it easy to remove when I have to cook.



This little grouping is on top of an antique dough box which sits in front of the window overlooking the front yard.  The candle on top of Santa's head is a battery operated one that is set to come on daily at 4 p.m. and then shuts itself off automatically four hours later.  It looks so real!



From the kitchen, we step into the sitting or family room.



This next photo is also in the sitting room directly opposite the above photo.



Just off the sitting room is the dining room.  The picture is a little dark but can you see the feather tree sitting in a trencher filled with "never melting snowballs" and rusty bells?



This photo is of the dining room as well but taken from the other side of the room.  The green vase in the background on the right contains fresh holly and fir boughs pruned from shrubs and trees on our property.



The downstairs bathroom at night with just the mini lights illuminating the room.



I'm really pleased with the way the living room came together.  We tried the tree in a couple of places and this is what we finally settled on.



Panning over to the left of the tree is the hunt table which overlooks the front of the house.



This next photo was taken from just inside the entrance to the living room looking towards the opposite end of the room.  

Can you see my Wish quilt hanging on the wall on the right side?  It's perfect there and I love it!



Follow me upstairs now.  There's some Christmas stuff happening up there too!

First, the upstairs bathroom.



And from the doorway.



Next is the guest bedroom or what I refer to as "Emily's room".



Did you notice the Comfort & Joy quilt on the bed?  You didn't?  Then let me show you a few more pictures.








Ollie and Frankie were a big help but they preferred chilling in front of the fire.



Poor Ollie.  He was just plum tuckered out from all the work.  I wonder if he is having visions of sugar plums dancing in his head...or a French poodle perhaps?


Bonjour, ma cherie.  Ooh la la!
I hope you enjoyed visiting our home.  

Remember, the kettle is always hot and if you'd like to come and stitch for a while, do stop by.


78 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your home is just lovely - decorated for Christmas - or any time! Let's do some virtual stitching together this afternoon.

Bev said...

Wow, Ollie is big! Your home is gorgeous! I'm surprised some magazine hasn't come in to do a photo shoot!
Thanks, as always, for sharing!

Cheery wave!
Bev

Colleen G said...

How nice to see all your Christmas treasures out of the box. All your special touches have made your home very inviting and especially glad to see the focus on those new quilts that you worked so hard on this year. Sit back and enjoy the season. (And a little early snow I heard.) I may not get our treasures out this year but if I need a little Christmas, I will pop by your blog.

Lori said...

Hubby just got all the Christmas totes down from the garage. You've inspired me to get started today!

Michelle said...

Love it all Kaaren...what is the name of the quilt pattern on the one above your sitting area in the family room?

I have thought of getting some things out today but am having back spasms so am going to pass on carrying any boxes..plus I need to change the living room around a bit. our house was built in 1930 so not a lot of wall space or shelf space so have to be very creative.

Thank you for sharing.

michelle

and I think Ollie is dreaming of an adorable Yorkie Terrier. :o)

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Your home is so beautiful...love how you decorated it for Christmas! Thanks for sharing :o)

Sheila said...

Just like a magazine , incredible, you have such talent and it looks so cosy ,I love it !!Thanks so much for sharing :-)

paulette said...

Better Home and Gardens couldn't have done any better!! Gorgeous!!
P

ria vogelzang said...

Wow, you did a gorgeous job! What a lovely house!! I'm sure to pay you lots of virtual visits.... :))
And how Ollie has grown! Such a sweet picture of him sleeping.
Enjoy the season!!
Love, Ria.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Kaaren, I LOVE your cozy home. The kitchen and bathrooms are my favorites, because you had added such warm touches. Thanks for the tour!

Darlene D said...

It all looks lovely and cozy Kaaren! The Wish quilt fits that spot so well. And the Comfort and Joy too, I didn't realize it was big enough for a bed. Hoping to get my kitchen tree up today and the candles in the windows!

barcord said...

A beautiful home Kaaren. I love your Christmas decorations, especially your two NEW quilts. Emily's room is just gorgeous. Enjoy your Christmas season.

GerryART said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.
Christmas is on it's way

hugs

MaryAnne said...

My son and his family haved moved 1500 miles away. My dad passed away 2 weeks ago. My heart is filled with sadness. But your Christmas spirit has given me some hope. I was going to by- pass Christmas, but now I think I will get out my decorations. Thank You for some inspiration. Merry Christmas .

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your home is beautifully decorated--Santa and his elves would be envious!

Poor Ollie he looks plum tuckered out--I can relate

GerryART said...

Christmas to me represents Comfort, Home, Memories

Kaaren, you've provided all with this post.

love and hugs

Shirley said...

Just beautiful.

gracie said...

Very inviting!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Well, I am afraid that if I stopped in, you may have a difficult time getting rid of me! :) Your home is just lovely and a beautiful place to usher in the Christmas season!

celkalee said...

Like Karen above, I am struggling to find the passion to decorate, but with friends who inspire with all their lovely settings, how can it not rub off? Your home is so welcoming and to me that is the most important character for a home. The two new quilts...stunning. thank you so much for sharing. As soon as I sign off I am going to dig out my candles, they also stay on for 6 hours, shut off and come back on 24 hours later. When they come on I will thank you.

MoeWest said...

Everything looks lovely and very Christmasy Kaaren. It must have been fun to find special places all of your for Christmas decorations.

Carrie P. said...

I enjoyed both posts. Your home is just lovely and I am sure that anyone who walks through the front door would feel very welcome.

barb's creations said...

I love how you've decorated every little nook of your house,even the bathroom! Look forwad to seeing what else you come up with. I'm hoping to start my decorating this week :) Barb.

Kathie said...

oh it is just wonderful! Congrats on getting it all done!
I am so impressed and it isn't even Dec 1st! hope you enjoy every single day from now till the end of the holidays seeing all your treasures.
Kathie

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the lovely holiday home tour. Now...when does Ollie get is own quilt? :o)

Sandi said...

What a lovely setting you've made for the Christmas holidays.

May your cider be warm as your heart is. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Merry Christmas to you and Mr. PQ Ollie and Frankie. May you have just enough snow to enjoy the season.

Barb said...

everything is so festive and lovely!!
Boy I'm jealous! i just started today.

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Everything looks lovely. I'm sure you will enjoy it this Christmas season.

Love all your ideas. Have just started here.

Have to get the Grey Cup party over first.

Enjoy your day.

Dianne

Darlene said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Kaaren. Thank you so much for taking us on a delightful tour.

You already know that I dream about visiting you and your lovely home. It's a pipe dream but it's fun to dream. :-)

Rita said...

Beautiful! You have inspired me to get my Christmas things out.

Lesley said...

Merry Christmas to you! Just home from a weekend away in time to enjoy your wonderful house tour! I think I can even smell the season of Christmas! Your home is a delight...decorated so well and with such taste! Would love to drop by for a stitching good time, but sure didn't like driving on snow-covered highways today so I am going to stay put for awhile! Thank you for welcoming us into your home!

Mimi said...

You definitely make your home very welcoming. Thank you for the tour.

Jeanette said...

What a beautiful home you have, I love your upstairs too. I am aching for that hutch full of quilts!

Catarina C said...

Thank you for sharing the photos from your lovely home, that you have decorated so beutiful.

KaHolly said...

Kaaren, your home is just lovely. So warm and cozy and full of holiday spirits! Thank you for the tour.

Maxine said...

Simply beautiful. And so inviting. Wish I were close enough to drop in to stitch with you.

Merilyn said...

Beautifully decorated Kaaren! Really enjoyed the tour!!!!

Candace said...

How absolutely gorgeous your house looks, Kaaren! I think you've finally come full circle from the move and everything else! You and Mr. PQ have made a lovely home - and with Frankie and Ollie to keep you company it all looks perfect! Mr. Squash and I couldn't be happier for you both!
Cheers!

Susannah said...

Kaaren my dear,

That is the best house tour that I have been on in years and years. Everything is so wondrous...just like Christmas should be!!!So clean and pretty....not a a tiny dustball around!!!! Seriously, I totally enjoyed seeing all of your pretty things and where you have placed them. The quilts are beautiful!
Thank you, Kaaren...very nice of you to show us your fabulous home.

Bev said...

Truly eye candy to enjoy. Your house is so beautiful and inviting. Warm and cozy for the holidays. Ollie and Frankie seem to be a team. They are both so cute together. Bev W.

Cathy said...

Spectacular decorating as usual. I can't wait to start decorating..but must be patient..moved 3 wks. ago. My brother is busy ripping out carpet from all 3 brdms. and laying laminate. Master bedroom will be my bedroom/sewing room combined and it is almost done. Can't wait to unpack many, many boxes of fabric and get started. Decorating comes somewhere in the mix..as some of the family (20 adults and 4 kiddo's)are coming for Christmas dinner.
Sharing a home with my handy/jack-of-all trades brother has worked out well for me! And he gets home cooking like his wife used to provide for him prior to her passing 6yrs ago.

Polly said...

Oh, what a lovely and inviting house full of beautiful holiday wares! Don't Westies just sleep adorably??? Give Ollie a squeezin' hug for me and Yogi!

Joy Burkhart said...

What a wonderfully warm and inviting home you have, Kaaren! Love the new quilts you finished this year, too. Ollie must have worked so hard with you, putting out all the gorgeous treasures! :)
I've been trying to decide on whether or not to get out our decorations. Maybe I'll just visit here this year for a cuppa Christmas Cheer! Blessings!
xoxo
Joy

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Your home is lovely. And the decorations are so pretty. The removable dough board on the stove is genius! Thanks so much for the tour.

Shakerwood said...

You seem to have fit everything in just nicely. And now you have it documented for next year in pictures. You're right, it should be a piece of cake!

Karen said...


What a wonderful series of displays. While doing this did you think back to a year ago? I did and am so proud of you and hubby, and all of your accomplishments. I recall the before and after of your remodel. You now have a wonderful and lovely home.
I have two questions..
Do the four legged kids pull anything down? My cat loves our tree and the ornaments (swat, swat), and has found that she can have so much fun with the bows on the packages.
Lastly, in the living room, behind the cabinet, what do those doors go to? I have wondered that for some time.
Thank you again for showing us your wonderful home.

Pam in IL said...

What a warm and inviting home you have! Love seeing the Christmas quilts displayed and I'm sure you are enjoying being able to see them everyday too.

Thanks for sharing and giving us a tour!

Colleen said...

Kaaren... just beautiful! I love everything! And Ollie is growing so big! What a cutie pie... still pulls at my heartstrings whenever I see his picture :o)

Needled Mom said...

It all looks so Christmasy and inviting. Would you come do mine now???

Angie said...

It is all so GORGEOUS!!! I would love to come by, have a cup, do some stitching, and wait for the snow to fall. Magical house. :)

Nancy in IN said...

Good job. We are at our kids in VA and they decorated their house today. All three grands helped. I watched, mostly. I have to do mine when we get home. Hubby always puts the lights on the tree.
Happy Christmas.

Karen said...

Kaaren -- I LOVE it ! Thanks for sharing your most spectacularly decorated home -- just love it!
*
Karen

Pat said...

Your home is just lovely. It looks very homey and inviting. Sure looks like Ollie is fitting right in.

Janet O. said...

How could anyone not be in the Christmas spirit after touring your lovely home? You certainly have a gift for decorating with just the right touch--nothing gaudy, just tasteful, comfortable decor. Beautiful!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Your house is really festive now. So many beautiful items, especially those quilts.

moosecraft said...

Oooooh I would certainly LOVE to stop by and stitch for awhile! Your home is decorated just right and looks so inviting! Merry Christmas! :-)

linny said...

I would really love to join you in a cup of tea & some stitching. Also to see your decorations close up, but unfortunately Queensland, Australia is just a bit too far away. But never say never, you just never know. Love how your Wish quilt turned out. Bronwyn is such a talented lady.

Helen said...

When I grow up I would love a house like yours. Your house decor is really beautiful. Helen

Jeanne said...

Beautiful home and decorations! Thank you for sharing your virtual tour.

Ali said...

Thanks for showing us your beautifully decorated Christmas home. My favourite part was getting to see the quilts you've made being lovingly displayed in your home. It's a good job you've got Ollie to help you out. Have a lovely week.
Ali x

Diane said...

beautiful home all decked out. I have a few of those automatic battery candles-they are the best!!

joan said...

Wow! Everything looks greatt. I love the quilts...You are a pro at decorating.
B E A U T I F U L ♥♥♥

Nyla said...

Such a beautiful home! I going to use your home as inspiration, I need some new ideas! Thanks!

Siobhán said...

Everything looks so lovely! I like the yoyo garland that you have on your tree, too. Very nice!

Karin på Ösäter said...

A beautiful home!
I will think of you when I have my afternoon fika and sewing with you in my mind and Wishes.

Hugs

Karin på Ösäter

http://karinpaosater.blogg.se/

sewprimitive karen said...

Your house is magical. The best part is dear Frankie and Ollie. Ollie is adorable and obviously needs a good nap!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow you home is so beautiful with all the decorations...Quite inspiring! :o)

Janet said...

Your Christmas decorations are whimsical and delightful. Everything in your home has a place and is organized so tastefully. Love pictures of Ollie and Frankie. Seems they are the best of buds. Take care and Happy Holidays!

Rosemary said...

Kaaren...such wonderful decorations...I noticed in your "Emily" room the pillow, is that a crochetted cream on white sham? It looks very old fashioned and wonderful. I really do love those types of projects whenever they are displayed. Happy Holidays! and to Frankie and Ollie too!

Sue said...

Beautiful! I love your home, you really have the touch for decorating.

Janet said...

Your decorations and home are lovely. I think what I like best is that it is so subtle, it just blends. I see your Wish Quilt and I think I got to get on mine so it will be ready next year. It is beautiful and I love where you have it hanging. Comfort and Joy looks great on the bed. You are 2 wonderful new additions to your quilts. Where is the poinsettia quilt?
Janet

Becky G said...

So sorry to hear of your losses and heavy heart.
During the holiday season, i light a special candle on my mantle in remembrance of those who are no longer with us... A visible reminder that they remain in our hearts and thoughts. Peace, b

Melanie said...

What a Beautiful home--- has the pup got into Christmas Mischief?

Stina Blomgren said...

Absolutely amazing ....thanks for the Christmas tour!!!!:0)
Loved every single picture!!!
Have started on my Christmas decorations... And finds out things to change all the time... So I dont think I will get finished this year..lol...
Enjoy your doings!!!:0)))

Phyllis said...

What a wonderfully decorated home. It makes me want to decorate my own home if I could just find the time. Thank you for sharing. Frankie and Ollie seem to get along so well.

edyB said...

So warm and cozy and filled with beautiful treasures! I can almost smell the cinnamon. Would love to come for tea and cakes or a nice bowl of soup.
Lovely!

cheri said...

Karen Everything in your home is beautiful. I reall like your quilt cabinet. What is the size of it. I would love to have one made just like it Thank Sharon

Carmen María said...

Wow! So beautiful! The quilt cabinet is really wonderful... A dream.
Kisses, Carmen María.