Hello and welcome to our home!
I am so very excited to share our Christmas home tour today as part of the lovely Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Homewalk 2012.
We are the final stop following the lovely Paige Knudsen.
If you are following along the tour and this is your first time here – welcome!
I want to thank Jennifer so much for including our home and allowing me to share it all with you and “invite you in”!
I hope you have enjoyed all of the homes and we are all so thankful that you have followed along with us. It is quite an honor to be part of such a beautiful group of homes for this year’s Housewalk.
If you have never been here before, I am Laura and I live with my sweet and handsome Hubby and my two lovable girls, Sunshine and Peanut in the Hudson Valley of New York.
At our entry, I decided to go a little non-traditional and put my endless collection of galvanized buckets to use.
And I applied the same principal to my stack of toolboxes that I have a love affair with.
Our dining room is set for a casual and comfortable meal with candles and boxwood greens…
Our little tree, is artificial, but I filled it in with boxwood cuttings and set in in a galvanized container. The “ornaments” are actually place setting cards.
Our living room is one of my favorite spaces and where we open our presents and relax on Christmas morning.
There is nothing prettier in my book than a room lit by Christmas tree lights and candles, or...
the warmth of a fire in our family room.
Our mantel also serves as our Advent countdown to Christmas.
I used a mixture of artificial and real evergreens, but my favorite are the two lemon Cyprus trees I placed in some vintage crocks.
My quirky sense of humor shows up on our coffee table with my '”cow-deer”.
A few years ago, I planned to meet my husband in Paris for the weekend – he was already there, hotel was booked by his company, we had the miles to fly me over and the babysitter was all lined up.
Except I never made it…
That was the weekend the volcano exploded and all of the airports were shut down. If you were in Newark airport that night – I was the girl crying at the Paris gate when they officially shut the Paris airport down.
Hubby, all by himself went to the flea market I wanted to go to and brought me back these postcards – they are some of my favorite things. But don't worry too much, we went back the following year when he was traveling for business again - and he took he to three flea markets!
I finally found the perfect spot for our nativity and I mixed it with a gold, silver and rustic woods.
This is the console across from out kitchen table. I keep craft supplies, paper, crayons, etc. for my girls. It seemed the perfect spot for a Christmas barn full of animals.
I don’t put a lot of decor in the kitchen to keep things functional – but I still wanted to bring in some bright touches.
On our kitchen table my husband’s truck from when he was a boy – filled with greenery and vintage ornaments.
The table was made by my father-in-law the year we bought our house – you can still the imprint on the table where my older daughter was learning to write the letter Z.
We take turns each year with the white tree in terms of who’s room it goes in. This year, with a Joy to the World theme, it is my younger daughter’s room.
My super talented friend Erin Witkowski of Eve's Wish Photography took these photos (except for the outdoor and kitchen ones - that is whey they aren't as good!)
And that concludes the tour to my home and the Housewalk for 2012!
But no worries, if you missed anything (or you want to see anything again!), you can start right at the beginning.
Thank you so much for following along!