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Monday, December 19, 2011

White Wednesday


Now that the halls are completely "decked" and all of the corners are "de-cluttered", I thought I'd share some actual "room-size" views of my home this Christmas....something I don't often do....( I do love those close-ups!)


Front Entryway.....





"Look Maman, I'm a Christmas tree!"


 Our son, at two years old....I just adore this photograph of him with Santa. He has the most awe-struck look on his face as he looks into Santa's eyes (AKA "Uncle Joe").

This is what I call my "Angel Tree"....

...I started collecting angel ornaments many years ago and accumulated so many ....


...that, each year,  I put up a small tree in the front hall for them all.

It is a precious collection.







Stairway to the third floor....

You've seen this wall of photos before. At Christmastime, I change them all out and add photos of "Christmases Past." 

They include some from me and my husband's childhood, our siblings, our son and all of our nieces and nephews taken at Christmastime.
 A "Wall of Memories."



Our Christmas stockings.....Hubby, myself and Tim. I hand-stamped the years they were born on theirs...."mine?" you ask......a woman never tells. Tee hee!


Entering the Living Room....



My favorite mantle...











The view from the Sunroom....





This mantle was originally in my husband's grandparent's home....

...it spent many years in "storage" before we claimed it and brought it back to life in our own home.




One of my most favorite quotes for this time of year....




Another corner of the Living Room....





The Sunroom....

...more precious family photos....

...a petite nativity....





Our "Family Tree"...


....most of the ornaments are handmade....

...or given to me as gifts...




...a petite pair of angel wings from Susan....



Entering the Dining Room...


I found this gorgeous mantle at a yard sale many years ago for 15.00!


A Jeanne D'arc-inspired candle I made...


The "Madonna Della Scala."





A garden plaque that I brought in from the garden this year. The sun was shining just beautifully on the prisms as I snapped this picture.


One corner of the Dining Room...
(Wanna know what I keep in this? My shipping supplies!)




The opposite corner of my Dining Room....
(Wanna know what I keep in THIS one? Items waiting to be mailed!)






This hutch once belonged to my parents. I well remember it growing up...


It was a dark wood with a veneer-type finish....I love it in the "French Blue."


A vintage ornament given to me by my Mother-in-law.


A Paper Reliquary Locket from the delightful Ozma of Odds. Sigh....

View from the kitchen into the Dining Room....


Dining Room chandelier....



I love this metal spiral tree....

..it holds my most beloved family picture ornaments.


I try and add to it every year.
~My Father~

~Me & my Son~

~Tim's First Snowfall~

~My Father with his Mother and Aunt~


The Kitchen...












The Pantry....











And some Xmas gifts all  wrapped and ready to give...







Celebrating my Family's Xmas at my brother's house this past Saturday....
~Hubby, "Moi" and our son, Tim~

Happy Winter White Wednesday mes amies. 
Wishing you all a Blessed Xmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


40 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. I love the pics !! I hope all is well for you.Have a very Merry Christmas !! ..Chickie

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  2. I really do not have the words for how extraordinary your Home is!!! Its really Magical Michelle, every inch is breathtaking, so beautiful thank you for the tour!!! I hope you and your family have the best Christmas ever!!

    Hugs~ ♥

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  3. Oh what a gift you have given us with sharing your home during the holidays. I'm speechless!

    Merry Christmas,
    Carole

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  4. ~ swoon ~

    so very beautiful!
    ~ each and every room has been be-decked in a vision of loveliness...

    merriest christmas hugs
    Rosemary

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  5. Oh Michelle,
    I am speechless!! I loved seeing your home, it is truly incredible! I really love all of the wonderful photos scattered around your home filling it with warmth and memories.
    Thank you for the beautiful tour around your home.
    Merry Christmas.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  6. What a beautiful Holiday home you have. I have found you through Pinterest, but didn't know you had a blog until I saw it on my friend Julia's blogroll (Vintage withLaces).

    I love your spiral tree with the picture ornaments. That is perfect for me to do - now I have to have one made or find one. (But I love the hunt!). I was drooling with your pretty white Santa in your kitchen and turned pea green with envy when you showed the pantry.That is my dream - in my forever home, we will have a abutters pantry. :)

    I had a wonderful time on your tour. Thank you for inviting us all in.

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

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  7. There are no words to describe how beautiful your home is during the holidays! I love the shadow box and picture of your son with Santa. What a treasure. The ornaments on the tree are amazing along with every vignette. The photo wall is amazing. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. xoxo

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  8. You really have such a truly beautiful home, and I can tell it's filled to the brim with love! Your family is beautiful, too! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! ;)

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  9. Such a gorgeous home and family too!
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Jane

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  10. Thanks for the tour of your Beautiful home all decked out for the Holidays.

    Do I ever know what you mean about all the clutter put away. That's what I've been spending my time doing lately, but it feels good to get things cleaned up. I'm hosting my family this year for Christmas, so it had to get done.

    I can't wait to get my camera and learn how to use it so I can give a tour of my home as well:-)

    Wishing a very Merry Chrtistmas!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  11. Merry Christmas Michelle. I just sat here enjoying each image of your beautiful home, that you so graciously shared with us all.

    The lighting was superb! Almost magical. You have the magic touch!

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  12. Your home is charming, warm and inviting. It is a truly LOVEly place. Thank you so much for inviting us in. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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  13. What a beautiful home Michelle! And may I say this? OMG, your precious son looks JUST like you!

    Merry Christmas sweetie,
    Judy

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  14. Oh how I love your White Christmas everywhere. Your tree kind of reminds me of one of my trees. Thanks for sharing, you give me so much inspiration. I loved seeing the picture of your husband and son and especially you! Merry Christmas to you Michelle.

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  15. What a bautiful,beautiful home you have,Michelle.Thank you so much for the tour.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  16. Hi sweetie!
    What a wonderful post. I am all drooling here now. Such a sore good sight for me now that my house is in chaos.Lol.
    So many beautiful decorations,pretty flowers,madonnas angels, handmade items. Siiigh... <3 Your angel tree is a cute darling, no wonder about that.Do you know how many you have, or will you rather not count them? lol.
    The family tree is magical, so much prettiness have I never seen in a single picture before. You inspire me to get my mood going and make something for our tree. I feelt it was so boring last year, to much glas things, to few items on it. Today is all about making the house livble for xmas here for me. Tomorrow our new floor is beeing put down.So looking forward to that. Thank you for the energy kick.
    I wish you the most memorable and wonderful christmas. Enjoy your family and life.
    Lots of hugs and kisses! <3
    Cathryn

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  17. Oh, Michelle, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your beautiful home! I have been oohing and aahhing over each photo and every detail, and then I would let out an 'awwwww...' upon viewing the precious family photos. What a gorgeous happy family you are in that last pic, too!
    I feel happy visiting here, my friend, in your magical Christmas wonderland.
    Merry, merry Christmas to you - we will chat again soon after the holidays!
    (my computer is giving headaches lately - shutting down for no reason - so I'll be in touch once we fix it - wish us luck!)
    Love Susan

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  18. Your home is a work of art and love. Absolutely a place of beauty. I really enjoyed my visit today. Thank you.

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  19. Oh Michelle...your home reflects you perfectly ~ warm and beautiful! The family photo is wonderful! Going back to take another peek...

    Merry, Merry Christmas Michelle ~ looking forward to another wonderful year with you!

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  20. Wow, Michelle. This is the most beautiful Christmas decorated home I ever seen. I can`t understand how it`s possible to make it so gorgeous.

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

    Hugs Bente

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  21. Dear Michelle,

    If I were you I would leave it just the way it is All year long!!
    What an extraordinary Christmas themed home you have lovingly created for you and your beautiful family!!

    May Christmas bring you all great Blessings whether they be large or small.

    Happiness and Love,


    Susan
    xxoo

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  22. Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas Michelle! Your home is simply stunning as usual! Marcia

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  23. Hallo
    I love your Blog !!

    fijne feestdagen toegewenst.
    vriendelijke groetjes
    Manja
    Brocante de Knotwilg

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  24. Such a beautiful, loving home! Every little detail is just gorgeous, Michelle!
    Wishing you all a very joyful Christmas & New Year!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  25. Oh Michelle- this is the most beautiful collection of photos ever. Your home is magical- it is absolutely stunning- I am in total awe of such loveliness! Every photo is a piece of incredible magic-
    Thank you for sharing all these pictures- I've enjoyed them so much. Your family photo is wonderful- you look beautiful- and your guys are quite handsome.

    Merry Christmas-
    Vicki

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  26. Wonderful post ! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas ! Gail x

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  27. Wow--I am so impressed. Everything is so beautiful and homey. I love it!

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  28. You have the most wonderfull house i know.
    I love your pictures, and thanks for letting me in to your home.
    Great holidays.
    Love Annette

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  29. Your home is so beautiful Michelle. I keep scrolling back and forth to take it all in. I love the family photo too.

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  30. bellissimo!!!!!! la casa piĆ¹ bella!!!!! Buon Natale!!!!!! <3

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  31. What to say? I am in awe, in amazement. I adore your house and am so thankful you shared it with us. I will of course have to come back again and again to take in different aspects of it. I would be so relaxed there. Beautiful.
    tammy

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  32. Michelle,
    Wow, so much to comment on! First of all your home is just beautiful. I wish I had an old house, but alas it's subdivision land for me, LOL
    The reason I love your style so is that like me your home represents family, history & tradition. Too many faves to name. But where did you find the spiral tree? Is it old? Would love to do that.
    Have the best Christmas ever sweet friend!
    Lisa

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  33. Wow everything is gorgeous! Love your idea of replacing photos with Christmas past. And also love the spiral Christmas tree for your ornaments.
    Merry Christmas Michelle!
    Martha

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  34. WOW Michelle you take Christmas decorating to a whole new level! Stunning! Makes me want to re-do my entire home! You could have your own magazine!
    Wishing you and yours a Joyful and Blessed Christmas.
    Hugs Lynn

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  35. Dear Michelle,
    I alwayes love seing photoes from your home,-but those christmas ones, are fantastic. I love your winter white decorated rooms, where all speaks christmas-and all is looking like a fairy tale-sprakling and glittering, and so very beautiful.
    I have so enjoyed this post,and will return to get all the little details,also.
    HUGS, Dorthe

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  36. This is such a wonderfully beautiful post...Thank you for sharing all of your perfectly white rooms. I love them all!
    Have a very Happy New Year!
    Hugs,
    Rae

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  37. Gorgeous house! Love all the decor. Yummy!

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  38. What a serene and beautiful Home you have... so glad I'm finally catching up with Archived Blog Posts I missed during the busyness of the Holidays!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  39. Michelle, You have a beautiful home. Thank you for sharing with us. so many gorgeous mantles, and ornaments. I love the French blue hutch and the old pantry with the wood top is just gorgeous.
    Eileen @ cottage beach house

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  40. WOW!!! I don't even have words for a home so GORGEOUS!!! It's a never ending White and Cream heaven!!! You certainly have a gift for decorating!! I wish you lived next door to me, I would be begging you to come and help with this place of mine.... What a pleasure it was going through the rooms of your home. Thank You for sharing!

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Taking the time to share your thoughts...your words...and your inspiration fills my soul....Merci.
~*~Michelle~*~