Thursday, December 16, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas-Part II


Hello farm friends, thank you for walking around the farm with us and checking out the decorations and our critters. It has turned quite cold since our last post--and sunny Saturday. The temperatures are now in the single digits, snow is on the ground and wind chills are registering below zero. Not easy weather for farm folk, or farm animals. So, let’s get out of the cold, take off those mittens and go inside for a look around. If you please, have some some cocoa or gingerbread coffee--all the better to take in the Christmas season.

Let’s start in the dining room. This room is black and cream so I use black, cream and gold decorations in here. The flocked tree has pretty black tassels, bulbs, gold ribbons and my very first Christmas ornament making it’s 41st appearance this year. I cherish that bulb and it works well in this room because it’s gold. The mantle is covered with greenery and white lights, but the highlight is the gold letters spelling NOEL. I love the way this room sparkles at night.





Our kitchen and gathering room has a simpler feel. The tree is tipped with iridescent hints of ice, and the greenery on the mantle has the same shimmer. We put red and white birds and lots of bird house ornaments on this tree. Everything in this room is red and silver with touches of green. My sleeping mouse from White Sheep Farm rests in this room.



I call the parlor "Mamaw’s parlor" because I have all her furniture in this room. Last year while I was decorating in here I could smell her perfume and I just knew she was sitting there watching me. She loved Christmas. I like to use vintage decorations in this room. The Santa and sleigh is a replica of an antique decoration. My goose feather tree also goes in this room. If there were a fly on the wall, it would have certainly seen me smiling the whole time I decorated this tree. It just makes me happy. The small mantle is adorned with greenery and burgundy flowers and beads.






Our live tree is a 10 foot tall Fraser fir. It is covered with woodland creatures, feathers, acorns, leaves, pine cone ornaments, pheasants, and lots of honeysuckle vine. I envision this tree in an old smoking library back in the 20s. It is beautiful and smells so good. I love the decidedly masculine feel of this room, and so does Richie.






I love this mantle with the silver poinsettias, clear beads and the reindeer standing guard. The little church, below, was given to me when my father passed away. I cherish it so much.


Well, that’s about it. It is hoped you enjoyed the Christmas tour of our house. What a wonderful time of year we get to share. I love all the decorations I’ve seen on your blogs and honestly haven’t seen a Christmas tree I don’t like. Everything about Christmas brings a smile to my face-except the last minute shopping. Ah, I still have nine days. I think I’ll sit down and have a piece of peanut butter fudge.

47 comments:

Unknown said...

Your home is so wonderfully warm and inviting! I love all of your trees and decorating...so festive!

You are right ... the cold weather is not easy for farm folk! Are you getting the ice storm?

xo,

annie

Farm Girl said...

Oh Amy, just lovely and oh so pretty. You have been really busy. I love each and every room. All of them are just works of art. I love the one your Mamaw liked. I would like to think she watched you decorate the tree and I like that you could smell her perfume. That is so special.
Thanks for taking me around. I carried my coffee room to room. Except I was still in my pajamas. :)
Have a lovely day.

Lori Skoog said...

Amy...you sure have gone all out for the season. What a flair you have for decorating your beautiful home.

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Oh Amy how beautiful!! I could not believe it when I saw your dining room. Have you seen my post on Hubbies office re-do? If not please go look. It will be in the November archives. I couldn't get the link to copy here. Oh well, on with the compliments.....I love, love, love the black armoire and the horse on top of it. Just awesome!!!! It is all gorgeous, and I honestly got cold chills when you told about smelling your grandma's perfume. I loved that. Love all of the trees. I'm just in awe of it all. Please don't forget to check out that post, and thanks for changing the box so that I could comment. That was so sweet. Oh, ya'll stay safe and warm in this weather.

Janice Grinyer said...

Lovely, just lovely...You did your mawmaw proud ;)...

I like the idea of decorating the tea table - i never thought of doing that! And your rich use of metallics really gives everything so much light" I must admit im a magpie too when it comes to shiny things lol!

Flat Creek Farm said...

LOL, Amy... I'll just sit and have a piece of fudge with ya! I'm no where near ready here. I LOVE your decorations.. all of it, just beautiful. Thank you for the tour. I am now inspired (after fudge & more coffee) to tie up a few loose ends this afternoon :) Merry Christmas to you and yours! -Tammy

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Hey there again, just wanted you to see how similiar the wall paper is. Really, ya'll stay warm and I hope all of the animals are ok in this weather.

Leah said...

Thank you for the tour --- I love to see all of the themes and decorations.....I have many ornaments I don't even get out maybe someday I will have plenty of time to put out more Xmas trees. Happy Holidays -

Inger said...

I loved the tour, Amy, it reminded me of the recent special about Christmas at the White House. You have such a lovely home and your decorations take one's breath away. I loved the live tree and also all of your mantle decorations. I know you will have a wonderful Christmas, cold weather and all.--Inger

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Amy, Amy, I so enjoyed the tour of your house! Everything is beautiful and so tastefully done. I love your vintage ornaments and decorations. I have boxes of things like that, my house just is too small!! I can't wait to post a picture of our tree, you're going to laugh with surprise!! And now I'm going back to look at your post again, as I always do at home tours (at the best houses!)Ha!

Lori Lynn said...

Just beautiful! Wish I had room for more than one tree :-( Not in THIS tiny cottage! LOL!
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Nancy C said...

Gosh Amy, that's about the most beautiful gathering of Christmas trees and decorations I think I've ever seen -- anywhere. Just lovely. Thank you for taking us on the tour of your home. :)

Nancy C said...

Oh, I just use plain ol' chocolate chips and parafin wax for my candy. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your real tree. That is gorgeous and it is so large! Did you all cut it down yourselves or buy it from somewhere? Have a great day.

Patrice said...

I want pretty pretties like you have, but we are under construction right now and my things are packed away. I am putting up a small tree for my small daughter. The rest of us would probably be fine with less, but little ones will be little ones! Your place looks beautiful! I really like the "NOEL" on the mantle.

TexWisGirl said...

All of it is beautiful. And its obvious you enjoy doing it as you put a lot of heart into it all. :)

BTW, I ordered myself a picture puzzle from that website. I got it this week - haven't put it together or anything, but it looks like it'll be fun! It's just nice to have a puzzle of OUR place. :)

Flavia Galasso said...

Your decorations are beautyful....ciao Flavia

Bee Lady said...

Your place looks lovely. I might have to talk my man into paying y'all a visit after we get settled in our new home. We've been trying to decide if we want to mess with 'farm' animals or not.

Cindy

Sharon said...

Amy,

Your home and decorations are so elaborate, yet inviting and cozy feeling - how did you accomplish that? It really looks great!

Thanks again for the lovely basket of goodies!

Sharon

Angela said...

Oh Amy, everything is just so beautiful! Loved seeing all of your trees and decorations. I had hoped to take pictures of my tree today but the kids are home from school and my house is a disaster! I just can't win.... Sigh.... Oh well, they are only little once.

Merry Christmas!
Angela

Jen said...

Simply Beautiful :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

WOW! Your home looks lovely and festive for Christmas! I love all the trees throughout your home.

Unknown said...

Your home is just amazing! I love the Christmas spirit you have (and the energy to put up so many trees! :)) You have a real knack for making a house a home!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Amy, I don't know how you do it all. The house looks stunning. What is really neat about your trees is that each one is different from the next. Almost impossible to choose a favorite.

Rebecca said...

I wish I could come and see your farm in person-I'm falling more in love with it all the time!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Amy your trees are absolutely breathtaking. Puts me right in the mood for the big day which is coming quickly. Thanks for your comment tonight on my blog. Regarding your question about how we heat the coop - We heat with flat panel heaters that are cool to the touch. We had the best luck with those sold thru shopthecoop.com. The others that we tried didn't heat up enough. You would also want to invest in a thermostatic plug for your outlet. This way you don't have to keep track of the temperature and turn the heaters on/off.
Have a great evening!
Staci

A Brit in Tennessee said...

The farm is looking so festive, such wonderful warm and cozy decorating, and gorgeous trees. Makes me want to sit with a cup of tea and enjoy all pf the beauty...
You have been a very busy lady, and your attention to detail is just magical :)

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

always so beautiful and festive and you know how much i love to visit. my fave is the pony and the live tree but of course all are beautiful. i don't know how you find the time to work so hard and put all of your decorations up. i am still not done! ;-)

Judy said...

What a beautiful home you have Amy! Thank you so much for the tour. I just love your Christmas decorations.

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Thank you for your comment! Sometimes I think people think I am crazy for feeling like being left-handed is difficult (I do love it most of the time though!). I absolutely love your blog. Your farm is so fantastic and I have enjoyed reading your posts so much since I discovered your site. The pages about the chickens, pigs, and ducks warmed my heart and made me smile. The way you describe the animals and their unique personality's is just wonderful.

Teresa said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Amy! I love it all, but especially love the sweet little church and the sentiment behind it. Your Noel reminds me of the very large NOEL letters in front of a shop in our town....years ago, teenagers would periodically re-arrange the letters to say LEON and it would crack me up. Harmless fun. I very recently discovered that one of the perps was my very own charming child. He also confessed to a few other high school activities, and let's just say that ignorance was bliss. Makes me wonder what my current high schooler is up to!
Merry Christmas Amy!

Janet, said...

Your decorations are so beautiful! I can tell you have put a lot of work and a lot of love into it.

Lisa said...

Well amy, I love the inside of you home. You have done a beautiful job with all your trees and other decorations. I love the dining room walls. I just love toille. It reminds me of that lovely fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

What a beautiful tour, everything looks lovely, warm, and welcoming!

-Mary

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Rush, rush, rush, but had to stop to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I LOVE your farm and all you share here. Thanks for sharing all the beauty.
EnJoY!
Leslie

Anonymous said...

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Tete said...

You are so ready for a visit from Santa! I love it all, but the dining room is my favorite! I love the black, cream and gold together! The noel photo is the best- and it just glows with the holiday spirit.
Hope you are your animals are doing ok in this cold, cold weather!
Thanks for all your comments- on good days and bad!
Hugs- Tete

jp@A Green Ridge said...

The house, Amy, looks wonderful! But...did you say Peanut Butter Fudge? YUMMY!...:)JP

Carol............. said...

Just BEAUTIFUL! You must have spend hours and hours on making your home so lovely.

Happy Holidays!

Terry said...

Oh Amy, it's just lovely. I wish I had your gift for decorating.

Laura @ Our Wee Farm said...

OH WOW!!!!
it's so christmassy!
We only have room for the one tree in our house as it's just so small so it's just lovely seeing all of yours. No secret I've been loving all the decorations this year.

*Susycottage* said...

Hello Amy,
that wonderful home you have!
the wallpaper, a fireplace, decorations .......
all charming. Yet here we are in Italy
in the grip of frost ... brrrrrr!
Merry Christmas Susy

Deb said...

your home looks so inviting...love that you have a Mamaws Parlor...this time of year I always think of my Nana...and miss her so much...your decorations are beautiful..

Coon Hollow Farm said...

Everything looks so beautiful Amy, I got into the holiday spirit just looking at your pictures! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Dawn

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm going to quit reading your blog. You have shiny floors. And all your decorations up. I still have the greenery/brownery up from last year. Seriously. I'll take a picture.

;-)

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Amy what a beautiful home you have and your decorations are gorgeous. Look at those shiny floors and that tin ceiling! Yes I WAS looking at your decorations too ;) I love it all...just beautiful. I'm sorry it's so cold there right now...it's 57 here today and I'm inside baking cookies...go figure. Anyway THANK YOU for showing us your beautiful decorations. Merry Christmas to you and Richie and your critters.....
Maura :)

Pams Fiber from Dream Come True Farm said...

What a beautifully decorated home! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year!! Enjoy, Pam