12/15/10

This is a "Best of the Best" Tour

Hi everyone.  I sure hope you are all surviving the chaos, albeit magic, of Christmas.  I know some of you are having some extremely cold and/or wet weather, so I won't even tell you that we've been complaining about the 80+ degree weather we've been having.  Oops, sorry!  Anyway, I'm just about "tweaked out" on holiday decor, but thought it would be fun to do a collection of my favorites from around our home.  Some you may have seen, but others are new to the blog.  I'm not going to do much dialogue, just lots of photos.  I will be linking to the following sites:  All Things Merry & Bright ,  Tablescape ThursdayThe Shabby Chic CottageNo Minimalist Here ,  Boring to Better Party, The DIY Show Off , Deck the Halls Friday,  Favorite Things SaturdayFunky Junk Interiors,  Vanessa's Inspiration Friday, Metamorphosis Monday & Cottage and Vine.  Hope you enjoy the tour.





















My small collection of crystal & faux mercury glass.




                             































































This is a fun little wallhanging that I put together a couple of weeks ago.




































































































If you look out the window you can see one of our 2 pink grapefruit trees.  We have tangelos & a couple of different oranges & lemons.  Everything is just loaded with fruit this year.









































We need lots of this!










































Abby likes to walk around on top of the packages.  She thinks it's her duty to make this part of her house patrol route.





















I just bought these sweet little bird salt and pepper shakers at Pier 1.  You will be seeing more of these little cuties in vignettes in the future.




















This beauty was a gift from a dear friend.  She said she got it at Sam's Club which means Costco probably has them, too.


I took this photo as part of a photo challenge which was to photograph a reflection.  As you might guess, the reflection is me taking the picture -- that would be lots & lots of me!







































We've been doing some cosmetic remodeling on both of our bathrooms.  My earlier post today has before and afters.  First up is our guest bath which is very small, but we are pretty happy with our redo.  I have my new favorite Bath & Body Works soap, Vanilla Bean Noel & the matching hand cream sitting right there ready to use.  Yummy!





Have had these cute little hand towels for a couple of years.



This is our master bath after the cosmetic upgrade.  I really want to keep the look very simple in here because it is a very small room.





I hope you haven't fallen asleep looking at all these photos.  The last couple of days I've finally caught up on everything and had a chance to just walk around and enjoy my own surroundings.  I just wanted to share it with you.  Hope you enjoyed your stroll through my Christmas house and please come back real soon.
CAS







25 comments:

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Cas,
Everything looks so beautiful. Loved the reflection shot with the Christmas bulbs, and your neat wallhanging. Enjoyed the tour very much!!
I am hoping to finally put away all the boxes tomorrow once I decide what to do as centerpcs. for Christmas brunch and dinner. We are already enjoying the great room, but I still have some
stuff in the living room and looking forward to
putting it away. We were out all day..........
I hope you have a Joyous Christmas!!
Blessings, Nellie

Robin said...

Everything looks so festive. I love your santa quilt and the mercury glass is gorgeous.
I love what you said..."just walk around and enjoy my own surroundings" We all need to do that ...
Merry Christmas~
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

your home is beautiful all decked out in its holiday decor~!! thanks for sharing it with us..

Happy Holidays
Sonny

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything looks just fabulous. The entire house is decked to the nines. So glad you are having such wonderful weather. Hugs, Marty

Traci said...

Everything is sooo pretty!! BTW, I haven't tweaked anything since I told you I was done!! I'm so proud of myself.

Heidi said...

I do love your "HOPE" plate! You home looks so inviting!
Christmas blessings,
~Heidi

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cas, thanks for linking this post up, too. Your home is quite festive.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh your vignettes make me feel merry and bright!

Seasons greetings to you and yours.

Entertaining Women said...

Enjoyed a leisurely scroll stroll through your neat vignettes. The swag hanging from the skylight ( I think it's a skylight) is a really unique idea. Thank you for sharing your charming ideas and for stopping by my post. Please, come visit any time. Cherry Kay

Sharon Haynie said...

You've given me lots of ideas to decorate my house. I especially love the picture blocks hanging from the ceiling. Thanks for sharing today!

Designs By Pinky said...

I know just what you mean about taking time to ENJOY our surroundings! I ahve only had one night to sit and enjoy my tree!!! I may just do that in a minute! I love your display in your window and wish we had fruit trees. Today we had SNOW!!! I ma in Pa. Merry Christmas!!!! XO, Pinky

Pamela said...

Love all the little touches of the holiday around your house! I really like the blocks with pics on them hanging down! Thanx for for stopping by earlier and Welcome to blogland!:)

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

I really enjoyed you holiday tour! So festive and pretty. I love the picture blogs hanging from the ceiling. How smart!
Blessings~
Gwenny

Vanessa said...

Hi! It was so great to get the full tour! I really love your combination of mercury and crystal. They work so well together! And, I especially LOVED those little wreaths on your cabinets. I may have to try that next year on my glass front ones! Thank you so much for linking up to my party!
Merry Christmas!
Vanessa

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Hi Cas,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
Love your glass containers filled with miscellaneous holiday items.
Happy Holidays
Michele

Sue said...

You have a lot of things displayed that make your home look very festive! And I love seeing grapefruit trees out that window. I'm looking out mine and seeing a foot of snow and barren brown branches! LOL It IS pretty, though...
Merry Christmas~ Sue

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Thanks for stopping by! It looks so pretty around your house.

What a nice kitchen remodel you did too. Ruby's house was built in the mid-1990's, so might not be as old, but she is really happy with her new kitchen too. Beautiful job you did.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I enjoyed the tour so much. Everything looks so pretty. I love the way those snowmen are lit from the bottom (lights in the snow?). Your tree looks so pretty. I love the photograph of your reflection in all of the Christmas balls. Both of your bathrooms look reat, and I love that pretty spray that is on the mirror in the guest bath. What a cute Santa in the rocker, and those photo cubes are so cool. I'm so glad you linked your Christmas decor to Favorite Things Sat. Have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

Heather said...

Ohhh what a nice tour! Thank you for sharing.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

It all looks outstanding...love those cute towels in the bath. Love your blog, so I’m going to follow along. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Linda

Tee said...

So pretty, all of it! My favorite is the white cabinet with the wreaths on the doors. And I love Abby's skinny tree.

Jennifer said...

How festive and beautiful! I love all of the little touches from the hand towels to the apothecary jars.

Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

What a cheerful and festive home! So many pretty little details - thanks for sharing. It was fun touring your home! Have a merry Christmas!

Rene said...

Thank you so much for joining the "Home Tour" party CAS! It was a treat seeing your decorations and I just love the shape of your Christmas tree. We are always looking for one that is narrow at the base like yours so that we don't have to always rearrange the living room.

Happy holidays!
-Rene

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cas, Everything is so pretty and festive. Thanks for sharing this at my party and Happy Holidays to you.
Hugs,
Sherry

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