13th day of December – Welcome to my House Tour

One of the highlights since starting to blog was discovering the annual Home Tour hosted by the delightful BooMama.  This will be my 3rd Christmas inviting blog friends, old and new, to take a peak into my world of Christmas here in N Ireland, and hopefully they will invite me to visit their blogs too.

So whether you have been before, or first time here, come on in and make yourself at home.

Front Door Wreath

Bannister Decorations – the gingerbread hearts are a new addition this year – not my baking I assure you – thanks to Ikea :)

Also in our hallway is our Christmas Pyramid (from Austria) which we light each Sunday of Advent, and sing carols as a family – usually “Away in a Manger”

As the kitchen has had a makeover since last Christrmas, the kitchen/family room would be a good place to start.

A jingley wreath

A heart tree (more Ikea – you will see a pattern developing here!)

Cupboards and windowsills

Before we leave the kitchen, please help yourself to some of my Mum’s delicious home baking – Florentines, Shortbread and Mocha Fudge Truffles.  Recipes to follow soon (thanks Mum and Dad!)

On through to the Family Room. The tree – we let the kids decorate the t in here, and as long as there are white lights – anything goes.

These 2 remain some of my fave items on the tree in this room.

Our minature fireplace and stockings

 A child-proof nativity

Some of the “Christmas clutter” on the new shelving.

On to the living room, and here I retain control of the tree and decor!

Cream, gold and neutral shades are the order of the day here.

This year the fireplace continues the gold, cream theme, with some new tree-shaped candles.

On the hearth I was able to use my new tiered baskets to fill with some surplus baubles, golden fruit and cones.

On the piano is a “mini forest” of Christmas trees

And of course, as always another Nativity set.

Do you have a nativity set?

If so, I hope you will come back here on 21 December to join in my Christmas Nativity Set Carnival.

If you grab this button and put it on your blog with a mention of the carnival, be sure to let me know, as there will be some prizes!

Finally, George, our cat, obviously is very keen for the arrival of Santa down the chimney!

So Merry Christmas to you and yours, from Northern Ireland with love – here is  my Christmas Card to you.

If you leave a comment, with a email address or blog, I promise to visit/reply.

Enjoy the tour(s)

For more festive fun that you could ever imagine check out

Nesting Place: Christmas Tour of Homes

Thrifty Decor Chick: O Christmas Tree

Funky Junk Interiors: Christmas Trees Unite

19 comments on 13th day of December – Welcome to my House Tour

  1. Amanda
    13/12/2009 at 11:54 pm (5 years ago)

    jan, everything is so lovely!! You are SO talented!! I love all the beautiful pictures!!

    Many blessings-

  2. Mrs. Miles
    14/12/2009 at 3:27 am (5 years ago)

    Sigh – your house looks DREAMY, like a page out of a magazine. Your designing touch is everywhere and I’m sure you are planting magical seeds of inspiration to your children as they grow up.

    I love the photo of George, he’s quite the character!

    Thanks for inviting us in!

    Love, Barb

  3. Sharon
    14/12/2009 at 3:30 am (5 years ago)

    What a beautiful home you have! I especially love the bells… so romantic!

  4. girlie
    14/12/2009 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

    oh janmary!! you house is so lovely!! i love all the christmas decorations and all the simple details you put! i envy you for having such a lovely home!! i hope to have a house with enough space…maybe next year if we get transfered!! hahaha

  5. Nana K
    14/12/2009 at 10:53 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Jan Mary,
    Your home is so beautiful!!

    I especially love your gingerbread hearts and of course your mums baking :)

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Creative Junkie
    14/12/2009 at 1:03 pm (5 years ago)

    JM, you’re so holiday-ish! I love it!

    Oh and sure … just go ahead and rub it in that you have an Ikea and that I am the last person on the planet who has never been to one.

  7. Heather
    14/12/2009 at 2:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Your home is beautiful!! ALl your decor is so pretty, I am so glad you shared! Great job! Merry Christmas!

  8. Cindy
    14/12/2009 at 7:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Your home is lovely and so very festive looking! I am so glad to find a blog from Ireland. I most definitely have a Nativity set, if you visit my blog today you will see it. The photo is very dark unfortunately. Your children are so sweet. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Cindy S (from Canada)

  9. Fifi Flowers
    14/12/2009 at 9:08 pm (5 years ago)

    LOVELY holiday decor!

  10. Anonymous
    14/12/2009 at 10:43 pm (5 years ago)

    Photography is a bit disconcerting with all the angled photographs and large watermark. Have a little faith in your readership that your photos will not be used improperly.

  11. Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista
    15/12/2009 at 12:29 am (5 years ago)

    I love those little fabric hearts! I have some for V-day…and I must confess, I got a little giddy thinking about decorating for that after Christmas! haha! I do V-day big like Christmas. Gotta love pink and red! :)

  12. Marina Capano
    15/12/2009 at 3:14 am (5 years ago)

    beautiful home!You have wonderful family!
    merry christmas!


  13. Beautiful pear tree lane
    15/12/2009 at 3:21 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful home with beautiful decorations, especially the Nativity sets, thank you for sharing.

  14. Allison
    15/12/2009 at 5:35 am (5 years ago)

    THanks for the tour. Lovely photos and decorations. Looks like I missed the chance to join all the tour of homes, but I hope to get mine up in a few days. I hope you’ll stop back by when I do!

  15. Jen @ homeinthecountry
    17/12/2009 at 4:02 am (5 years ago)

    Beautiful home tour! I especially love the gingerbread hearts and the heart tree! Adorable! Thanks for sharing!


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