Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Christmas Tour - Day 2

As promised, I'm back to show you around our diningroom & "poofy room" via the front door entryway!

We have a 2-story entryway and as you can see, the builder's have placed a coat closet to the left which created an odd sort of "landing" which I try to decorate for the different seasons. (Wasn't very successful this year though, LOL).

I usually have a Christmas tree up on that landing as well as a few other packages, etc. This year I was happy to get this lovely couple up there to say hello & goodbye as you come to visit!! The stacked boxes were a real "steal" from a Hallmark store in Toledo, OH. My friend & I were at the mall shopping and when I saw this (what I thought was ONE box) with the Night Before Christmas scenes on it, I just had to have it ... (of course, not realizing at the time that there were actually 6 boxes all fit one inside the other). Upon returning home we were going through our purchases and that's when I realized that they were stack boxes! The price on the largest box was $8.95. Evidentally the cashier didn't realize there were more boxes inside either because $8.95 is what I paid ... and each box was priced individually ... there are SIX boxes all together and the lowest priced one was $2.95. I called the store and told them what had happened and they just said "Well, shame on us for not catching it ... Merry Christmas!"

THIS ... is MY "poofy room". Mark calls it that because this is the victorian furniture I purchase for our formal living room in our last house which was of Victorian style. I love anything vintage and although you can't really see it well here, I have crammed a lot of my favorite vintage pieces into this one little room. My husband bought me the curio cabinet so I could have a place to showcase some of my more treasured pieces and the mantel clock is an authenic German made wind-up clock that keeps perfect time and the Westminster chimes are beautiful. The pictures on the wall in the top right photo are those of our families. My grandmother with her 12 children (left) and Mark's parent's wedding photos on the right. Over the door going into the familyroom is a 1950's photo of Mark's brother's visiting Santa ... isn't it PRECIOUS!! (you can click on any photo for a larger view)

HERE is our formal diningroom that you see to your left as you come in the front door. We don't use this room very often, mainly holiday's but it's nice to have when we are fortunate enough to have a family or neighborhood gathering! Our family are all at least 1-2 hours away so they rarely come HERE, we ususally go there!!

How do you like my baker's rack ... isn't it awesome!! My DH bought this for me while we were still living in Toledo and he actually brought it home himself in his Ford Explorer. That was so funny because, my husband is NOT A SMALL man and he had to have his driver's seat all the way up in order for there to be room for this to fit ... and I mean it barely fit!! He drove about 15 miles in that position in order to surprise me with this!! WHAT A GREAT GUY!!

I have a Santa collection (and a teapot collection) and I look forward to bringing the Santa's out each year and remembering who & when I received each and every one of them. I wished you could see them in person ... they are all so beautiful. I have many more than what you see here ... they are scattered throughout the other rooms of the house. I have a number of teapot Santas & Snowmen that are displayed through out the kitchen. (Please click on the photo for a larger view).
Well, that does it for my little tour! I hope you enjoyed it and if you'd like to see the rest of the house, you'll have to COME AND VISIT!! Thanks for stopping by. I hope to have some new cards/projects to share with you the first part of the week. Have a great day!!!


  1. I love your 'poofy room'. I used to live in a mobile room, and my living room had these colors in it. I bought all these beautiful pink and white vintage ornaments to put on my tree. They are gorgeous, but now I haven't used them in 10 years because I don't have a single room in my house those colors. I still hang on to them though, in case I ever 'repaint'. LOL! Thanks so much for showing me your house. Its so neat to see where our online friends live.

  2. How festive and fun! Thanks for the Holiday trip around your beautiful home Darlene!

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I don't know how you & Amy get it all done-----I could never in a million years do all that, and my house is very small!

  4. Darlene you have a beautiful home!!

  5. Your house is beautiful, Darlene! I love the *poofy room* and the pinks! Oo la la!!

  6. Darlene, what a nice tour in a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. What a very lovely decorated home you have! Thanks for the fun and festive trip!! :) Happy Holidays to you my friend!!


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