You all know my little cottage has been quite the work in progress! My husband and I franticly moved in right before Christmas last year, my busiest time of the year! Needless to say, I did not get to decorate for the Holidays. I was so excited to get to unpack all of my pretty Christmas decorations this year, so I wanted to have you all over for a little Holiday Home Tour. Welcome!
It's no secret that I love my porch and I love entertaining outside. In South Georgia our winters are usually rather mild, which makes for perfect outdoor entertaining! I keep my festive pillows ready to toss on the glider when guests come over.
I love the look and smell of fresh greenery. Most of my décor this year incorporates faux greenery but I did snag this cute fresh wreath to hang on my porch. Fresh wreaths are usually rather inexpensive and will last a good month as long as the weather is cool.
Decorating mantels is one of my favorite things. My mantle this year is decked with mercury glass and tinsel garland. Our stockings are hung with care, and labeled with my letter ornaments from Pottery Barn.
My grandmother Crain was a very creative lady. She died when I was in kindergarten, so I didn't get the chance to know her well. Not only do we look a lot alike, but I am certain we would have a lot in common. She made this little red bird ornament for me when I was little so I have it lovingly displayed here with her beautiful picture.
Bell jars are a great accessory to have in your home year round. You can change what you display in them with the seasons. I am loving my giant pine cone and extra large ornaments displayed under this bell jar on my coffee table.
,I'll be hosing Christmas breakfast at my house Christmas morning for a small group of my family, so I decided to go ahead and set up my table so I'll be ready.
I have quite a love affair with dishes, linens and silver so setting fancy tables is sooooo much fun! Here, I have used faux Magnolia leaves and extra large mercury glass ornaments to create a centerpiece. I didn't have just the right runner or cloth so I used a long piece of wrapping paper as my runner. I have already confessed to you my love of wrapping paper. This a great example of a different way you can use it and why it is great to have on hand! My fine china and antique silver plate were all wedding gifts and I love to use them on special occasions.
My little home is cozy and ready for company! Christmas time is so fun because it seems to be the only time of the year that it is acceptable to swath your home in greenery and glitter and all things fun!
My Christmas tree was so fun to decorate! After decorating so many at my shop, you would think I would be tired of trees and ornaments but every one is a work of art to me! This year I used a felt-like rope as the bow on the top along with large glittered snowflakes and silver tinsel picks. I have mixed new as well as vintage ornaments and all in shades of cranberry, dark teal, gold and silver. If you missed my helpful tips on tree decorating, you can click the link here to read it and brush up on your skills.
The little striped ornament is my favorite vintage ornament. It has all my colors, gold, silver and blue and is just so darn cute! The bells, flowers and polka dot ornaments are all new but still some of my faves. Some of them are available in our store.
You know I love a thoughtfully and beautifully wrapped gift. If you missed my gift wrapping guide you can click this link to check it out.
I've devoted one small corner in my hallway to one of my favorite places on earth, our family vacation spot in Colorado. This may sound very glamorous but I kid you not, it looks very much like the ornament. (And is about that size too!) I am so blessed to have a water color painting of this special place painted by my good friend Mary Ann Cox.
This guest room is ready! Now I just need a guest. Adding a cute Christmas pillow to the bed and a small, festive arrangement on the side table was just enough to brighten up this little room.
Even the bathroom got the holiday treatment with silver tinsel garland over the mirror and bright colored bottlebrush trees on the chest.
My bedroom is my sanctuary so it got the holiday treatment in the form of cozy pillows, tinsel tree and fresh flowers on the bedside table.
There are little touches of Christmas throughout the kitchen. Including the fresh, mini poinsettia. Wish I had a dozen of those!
These Christmas trees made of sheet metal are the perfect home for my special Christmas cards of friends and family.
Ok y'all, confession time. Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes are my all time favorite holiday dessert. I can resist Little Debbie snack cakes all year long but when the Christmas Trees hit the shelves, I just can't help myself! Call me crazy but give me a glass of eggnog, (spiked of course) and a Little Debbie Christmas Tree and I feel as though I have died and gone to heaven.
I am so glad you came over to take a peek at my little nest. Christmas really is my favorite time of the year and it makes me happy to share so many of my favorite things with my guests. Many of my favorite things are available in The Southern Mercantile Store but, if you saw something you like that is not listed in the store, chances are it is available in our brick and mortar store, The Shoppes at Fourth and Cherry. Shoot us an email, we'll be glad to answer any questions that you have! Merry Christmas!