There’s no place like home…everybody including Dorothy knew that. Santa knows it…he’s been living at the North Pole for centuries. Jesus knew it…He visited here, went home, visited here again, went home again. Heck, even that dang Elf makes his way to his shelfy little home each night. So it comes as no surprise that I enjoy visiting dear ole mom and dad at the place that I called home for over 15 years. And it helps that my mom goes all out for Christmas
Warning – Little Debbie (that’ll be mom to me) is like a color maniac. She loves it. So each room has a different feel and style. The first room I crashed was the living room….
I love the simplicity of the glass vase filled with ornaments.
And the icey silver continues onto the coffee table and side table…
By far and away my favorite is the oversized footed bowl filled to the brim with balls. It’s actually a trifle bowl that she uses a lot for desserts and fruit salad…it’s such a good reminder to look at even kitchen supplies for decorations!
And I love the glass candleholder with the giant mirrored ball ornament on top. My Ma did live through the Era of Disco so I guess it’s only fitting just in case she wants to break out the moves.
On the other side of the couch, she set up her simplest display – three sequined cone trees.
Fun Fun Fun.
And then beyond that is her tree. When we were little, we had two trees – one for mom to decorate (she did different themes each year) and then one for us kids (for our nostalgic homemade popsicle stick ornaments and for any oldie memory ornaments). I didn’t understand until now why she did that. It was a creative outlet for her…and her theme trees are so fun, why not make room for more?!
This year she went with the color scheme of pink, lime, turquoise and purple.
The entire tree is filled to the rim. I love it that way.
And she did her curly cues again with the pipe cleaners. Mom is certain that in five years everybody is going to be doing pipe cleaners on their tree. She thinks it’s like the new tinsel. I think she’s hilarious.
The clip on dragonflys and butterflys are gorgeous. I love them like boys like adreneline.
But she also has sentimental ornaments…things that ‘reflect’ each person in her life…like a fire hydrant (my bro Brad was a volunteer fireman)…a small hurdler (apparently my dad did track in Highschool with the other 402 sports)…and a piano (my mom’s a music teacher & Nornie & Cole are both awesome). Next year I gotta keep my eyes peeled for a camera ornament…because heaven knows that primping poodle doesn’t represent me.
In the kitchen, mom went with a little more traditional color scheme – good ole red and green.
I love this nativity. I love the oldness of it. I love that Mary looks like she is praying over the new baby. Probably something like “Dear God, Please don’t let me mess this up.”
I need to copy her kitchen table centerpiece. It’s so easy…a simple striped vase with rosemary clippings and some berries tucked in. Seriously cute.
And I also love how the kitchen setting (yes, she is one of those people that constantly has a set table ready for the massive amounts of food she is gonna serve) is so not christmas and then she added the napkin and it was suddenly transformed.
Moving on – and I like to think I saved the best for last….the dining room.
In here it was all about the bling…show me the golden girls…seriously…do you have that on DVD? I love that show.
Back to the table setting…it’s gold and bronze and amber and hot pink. Love.
Mom typically sets tables and then serves the food on the island in the kitchen. It allows her to have more decorating space.
How cute is that yellow and white Pier 1 plate mixed in with the amber glassware and the bronze charger? And as traditional as the little napkin ring is, I’m totally diggin’ the idea of a tassel.
She even carried that idea over to the chair backs…
yup, the girl can work a theme.
I love how she used glassware for candleholders too. Cuts down on the amount of space that you would need for actual candleholders
And the centerpiece is really a mishmash of stuff that seems odd to think about putting together for a cohesive unit – but all in one package, it looks great. I love that she stuck the little amber vials in there…you know, just for kicks.
But really, what makes this color scheme pop is the pink. It’s actually just a couple berry picks that have pinkish tones, a pink ribbon and some pink mini ornaments on the table…but it’s like the ice in my Coca Cola…it makes the whole thing sizzle.
Love this gold tree. I wonder if I could make it?
Oh and she included a little splash of color on the chandelier too…in the form of pink beaded accents. I betcha you could make these with a little help from Michael and his store
So that’s it folks – consider my parents house officially Christmas crashed. What do you think? Anybody else out there that decorates each room with a different color scheme? Or perhaps you are just diggin that pink n gold look that’s oh-so-Mariah? Maybe it’s the trifle bowl that’s more your speed?
p.s. Wanna get some more Little Debbie? Here’s her holiday decor from last year to check out!