Welcome to our Home!
It’s time for the 2011 Christmas Home Tour and I am as ready as I am going to be. Come on in…make yourself at home. This is our Texas Hill Country home located much closer to the Texas Gulf Coast than it is to the hill country. I am a NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) girl at heart but I got to Texas as quick as I could…
This is my first year to join the Christmas Home Tour…and I am already blown away by everyone’s Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and thanks for stopping by our home.
The hubs and I really love everything about the Christmas season. We love decorating our home inside and out. We enjoy shopping for gifts for our family. We split up the list and my husband buys the gifts for the guys and I take care of the girls. We both take care of our own wrapping. My husband is always the first one to put gifts under the tree.
We have been married for over 20 years and it wasn’t until this past year that we had a place big enough to host our family Christmas Eve gathering. We are hosting again this year and we are looking forward to the whole family being together in our home for all of the Christmas Festivities!
This is where all of the fun will happen…everyone buys for the kids and the adults participate in a Dirty Santa gift exchange. It gets loud and competitive with alliances being forged all for the sake of a AMEX gift card or a spotters scope. It is the most fun I have ever had a Family Christmas party.
We have a fireplace but no mantle…its a long story which I will save for another day. I like the clean contemporary look of our fireplace sans mantle…well that is until Christmas rolls around. This is our second Christmas in our new home and I am still looking for the perfect architectural piece to hang over the fireplace. Therefore, in place of decorating a mantle I focused on our dining room sideboard.
This little space will be one of our dessert tables during our holiday parties…The baking begins tomorrow.
In the short amount of time we have lived in our home we have hosted about a dozen gatherings. We are finally getting a feel for how things flow best…we typically will set up a variety of food and drink areas throughout the kitchen space. We want our friends and family to leave their worries at the door and relax while they are hanging out in the country.
Our Christmas tree is a forever tree…we have had it for over 10 years and it looks great in our new home. I don’t know what it is about photographing a Christmas tree that is so difficult. Flash…no flash…it just never seems to look as pretty in pictures as it does in person. So after trying numerous settings on my camera I decided the best pictures were the ones without the flash and up close…
One of my absolute favorite features in our new home are the custom-built-ins. I am a collector of things…I do not collect one particular thing but lots of different things. Our built ins make it easy to highlight my small collections in little vignettes. The shelves hold a mixture of crocks, frankoma pottery, glass jars, antique locks and vintage spools of thread mixed in and amongst our family photos and my sons artwork not to mention a collection of books that have pink covers.
In years past our home has been an explosion of Christmas decorations…this year I tried to reign myself in a bit. Just a little bit of Christmas in each room of the house. Well at least that was the original plan. My sons room has been deemed off-limits to Christmas decor…but no one had any objections to me sprucing up the guest room.
There are so many things I still plan to do..I still have to finish up our bedroom as well as the front and back porch area. I will also be painting our fall pumpkins to look like snowmen, I will be dipping the bottoms of our everyday wine glasses in chalkboard paint and I have a yard sale table begging for a fresh coat of paint. Today I purchased all of the ingredients for my baking needs. I will be making peanut butter clusters, white chocolate dipped oatmeal cranberry cookies, almond toffee and pretzels rolled in white chocolate and crushed peppermint. I hope you will check back over the next couple of weeks and see how things have progressed.
Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas from our Texas home and a nola girl at heart!!!
I am linking up with 2011 Chrismtas Home Tour at The Inspired Room…