Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas at "My Old Kentucky Home"

Welcome to Christmas tour 2011!  This is not exactly a candle light tour of "My Old Kentucky Home" at Christmas.  As a matter of fact, I was really thankful for a beautiful, sunny day a few days ago that allowed me to get these picutures. 

What I thought I would do is start at the front door and work my way through.  So, there may not be a lot of explaining, maybe just captions under the pictures telling what room it is.  I know you ladies are busy touring all the other houses out there in blogland.  Occasionally I might say something about an idea that is orgingal with me.  Most of the ideas are from someone's blog or straight from Pintrest.  I don't mind that.  If it's something I like, and I know they don't mind me being a copy cat, then I use it.  I would hope that others would find a little bit of inspiation when they visit me. 

So come on in ya'll!

Front Door...ugly cord and all!  Can you guess what is on the back of the two chairs?  Hint:  most people would wear it, not cut it up and use it as a decoration!  It acutally was an out of style skirt; out of style as far as the design, but not the fabric.  Red and black and white plaid never goes out for Christmas.  Right?  I was contemplating getting rid of it, then had a light bulb moment!


Nativity scene, designed by daughter, Hannah who was helping me clean and get ready for a Christmas get together.  This is on the piano which sets in the foyer (picture above this one).

Thw stairs to the left of the piano.  I ususally decorate with greenery and lights, but this year since I am going with a more simple approach, I used these "swags".  They are made from greenery and berries from the yard.  Can't get much cheaper than that!

Back to the foyer and to the right of the piano, let's go into the Living/Dining Room:

Music notes ornaments from the girls' piano teacher many Christmases ago.  Still love them.  Hoping to make a bunch of these.  I've been seeing them a lot lately on different blogs.

I love to decorate with sticks out of the yard!  Couldn't get much cheaper than that!

This pictures the other direction looking at Dining Area into the Kitchen.
 Holly cut from a holly tree at the church.  Cheap, again!

A little Christmas touch in the hutch.

Decorations on the buffet.  These may change.  I love how some have set up a hot chocolate center.  I would like to do this for a Ladies Sunday School Class get together here on Sunday.  So, if I do, I'll try to do a post about it.  For now, it looks like the above picture.

From the dining room to the kitchen......

and from the Kitchen looking back into the Dining/Living Room

The following are pictures of the Kitchen taken from different angles:
This is actually an early Christmas present for which I am very thankful.  We have gradually been updating our appliances  (see some of this here) from when we first built the house 18 years ago.  We just updated the stove with this one.  I sorta like it!

Some Christmas Kitchen Close-ups

A Christmas gift from last year that I love!

Saw this idea of the candy canes hooked over the edge of a container, on a blog, but I did it before I saw it on the blog....promise! 
Little trees in buckets on  each side of the sink....you know I did not come with this on my own!
A quick "cover-up" for and unfinished update on the island.

Now, for the last room, we will go from the kitchen to the Family Room.

  The fireplace actually separates the kitchen from the Family Room.  So here is one side (before you go, though, look closely at the doilie (real close!, because it's white like the wall), inside the picture frame over the mantle.  This is a doilie that my mom made me several years ago.  I love to use it at Christmas because I think it looks like a snow flake.  Guess I'm for sure the only one with this idea!)

and here's the other side when you're standing in the Family Room.

Guess you thought we didn't have a tree!  We do, and another piano!  We love music around here!  This piano does not work...only for looks!
The tree and the shutters that I have had for a long time and used in several different places, but think the best use for them is to place Christmas cards on them. 
Also, if you look closely you can see where I used scarves for garland on the tree.  Since scarves are so popular right now, I thougt this was kinda cute.  It definitely is an original.  I'm sure no one else would even think of doing this!

The scarves!

Love using cranberries to decorate and to garnish with!  You can see this here.  Beautifull with some snow!
The special gift from last year (click here to see.)  Can't wait to exchange with the girls this year.  Rebecca will get mine and I will get Hannah's, I think.
The red sled that I found in October at place in West Virginia.  I have been wishing for one for a while.  I had to give it a fresh coat of red paint and think it turned out OK.  It sets at the back door.

Well, there you have it, the 2011 Christmas tour of "My Old Kentucky Home"!  I sure have enjoyed having you.  Wish you all come for a real visit! 
Ya'll come back anytime to visit!


  1. Everything is so beautiful. Love the simple touches of greenery here and there. I love using it too and love that it is free! ;) What a great idea to use scarves! And of course I love your new stove! I am sure you a excited to use it this Christmas! :)

  2. Ahhhh.... I feel like I have been to a friend's home and just had a nice, relaxing time sipping a cup of hot chocolate and walking around admiring the clean beauty of it all... and not tripping over toys! :-)

    Thank you SO much for sharing! Makes me miss you, too!

  3. Gail, your house is great! Thanks so much for sharing your tour. I love all the white...with touches of greenery and pops of red. Such a calming look, I think. Love the scarves-as-garland too! Beautiful touches everywhere...

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  4. I love your home and your style. It looks cozy and comfortable. I especially love the color of your dining room/living room. What color is it? Thank you for sharing your home on the Christmas Tour for the Inspired Room. That is how I found you. Sincerely, Patti H. from Livonia, Michigan