Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Tour!

Happy New Year!

I realize I am late to the game on the whole Christmas Decorating BUT I just received my pictures from The Christmas Tour of Homes!  The lovely Rachel Boe was kind enough to come over and document this "epic" (it was a big deal to me" day.

Here is a little back story....back in July we were asked if we would allow our local Historical Society to show our home on their annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  It happens to be their largest fundraiser and a lot of fun to attend ( I go every year).  Since I am crazy I thought it would be no problem at all to show our home, with 3 small children, a dog, a full time job, and only a two page list (back to back) of things that MUST be done.  I'm going to be honest....I can't do it all nor did I get all of my "MUST HAVE" things done.  I had sick kids, life, Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, birthday preparations....the list goes on.   At one point I decided our home is ours and we love it and it will never be perfect.  It is what it is and to be honest we love it that way.  I realize these pictures may look like CHRISTMAS OVERLOAD.  I do adore all of the images on pinterest that show clean, simple, natural Christmas (check out my boards here and here)  But I used what I had and I went with it.  We are loud and eclectic and I think that shows.

This is getting too wordy and there are many pictures....ENJOY!

I collect ornaments...can you tell?  I have many  many more.  When we travel rather than purchase a  tchotchke I purchase an ornament.

I am addicted to Christmas ornaments and I am fully aware this tree is too large for the space.  Each year my husband picks the largest tree he can find and we jam it into that corner.  It's what we do and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I fully intended to purchase all new dishes and do something BIG on the table.  I ran out of time and couldn't find what I wanted so I used what I had on hand.

Mr Deer is my only purchase for "The Tour"  I had ordered another but it just wasn't right.  I went downtown the week before and picked up this lovely.  He is staying up all year long.  Renee painted the print of our family in an old truck (my dad used to have) picking out our Christmas Tree.  I'm in love with and truly don't want to take it down.

Thanks for stopping!  I hope you enjoyed a snipet of the day.  I'm so lucky to have a great family who put up with the CONSTANT projects and chatter of "The Tour".  Thanks to Renee for driving all the way down to help me with 1 million tasks (and listening to me carry on and on and on about decor).  Thanks to my Dad for coming a day early so I didn't have to stay at home alone.  Thanks to my hubby for packing up the kids and shipping them to the inlaws.  Thanks also to my friends who gave up their weekend to help me!  I really do appreciate it (you all know who you are).  Thanks to Rachel for packing up her newborn to come and take pictures of our home.  Make sure to visit her website.  She does a great job!  Thanks to my Mom for always making Christmas such a big deal and for paving the way by having her home on a  Christmas Tour of Homes years ago!  It really does take a village and I am grateful for all in my life.  It was a fun ride but I am certainly glad "The Tour" is behind us!

P.S. Stop over again to see the basement transformation.  The basement isn't 100% done (is a home ever truly done?)  But it looks quite nice if I do say so myself.

P.P.S. I love to hear from you! 


  1. Yay!!! I've been waiting to see these! It looked fabulous! Way to go!!!!

  2. I LOVE it! I wish I could have been there. So magical!

  3. The house looks beautiful...and loved:)

  4. Love, Ang!!!! Love, love, love your style! Why don't you make the trip and come help me make my final decisions on our house!

  5. Love, Ang!!!! Love, love, love your style! Why don't you make the trip and come help me make my final decisions on our house!

  6. Gorgeous Angie! Looks like it should be in a magazine! :)

  7. Words fail me........