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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016 Part I

Welcome to the 2016 Christmas Home Tour part one.

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If you are coming over from Sarah’s stunning home at Life on Virginia Street welcome to Decor To Adore!

This is the third year I have participated in the home tours hosted by my dear friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Each year I try to design a fresh look by using existing Christmas décor paired with new DIY’s.

This year I decided to create a vintage pastel pink and aqua theme in the formal living spaces at Storybook Cottage.

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I spent several hours creating this felt “Weiner Wonderland” table runner.

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It brings a smile to everyone who see’s it.

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The runner is even interactive. You can lift up the ears to see a hidden gold collar. Because I believe dinner parties should be fun.

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The gold polka dot tableware also adds a jolly touch.

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Over on the sideboard the pink and aqua theme continues.

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Cookies just seem to taste sweeter when they’re pink.

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Across the way is the entry.

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I made the vintage Shiny Brite wreath a few years ago. It moves to a new location every year.

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I am totally smitten with this gold glitter vintage Santa. He joins the Putz houses I’ve made over the years. 

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Over on the mantle tinsel trees sparkle and shine.

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I shared how I made the $2 Snowman Garland just last week.

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The mantle is reflected in the bar cart mirror.

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You can easily make your own drink stirrers to match any color theme.

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Let it snow!

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Of course the star of the show is the Christmas tree which aptly has a star on top.

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The star tree topper was made a few years ago.

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But I finished this new tree skirt just last week.

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The Santa detail makes me smile. A Blue Christmas indeed. For details go HERE.

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I hope you have enjoyed this years Christmas tour. Be sure to head over next to Haneen’s Haven. Her lovely home is one you don’t want to miss.

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You can see our Cozy Christmas Bedroom Tour HERE.

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Then starting next week, December 12th through the 24th, please join me for a “Little House Christmas”.

Little House Christmas Kitchen

A Little House Red Mitten Garland


May your days be merry and bright!


Linking to

Between Naps On The Porch, Monday Social, Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday,Make It Pretty Monday ,The Scoop, A Stroll Thru Life,Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style,Share Your StyleCreative Ways, Vintage Charm Party, Thursday Favorite Things, The Inspiration Gallery, French Country Cottage,Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, Foodie Friday, Link Party Palooza, The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, SIOMT, Sundays At Home, Nesting Place

Please also visit the other wonderful participants on the 2016 Christmas Home Tour.

Monday - Dec 5th

Common Ground | Life on Virginia Street| Decor To Adore| Haneens Haven| Hymns & Verses| Nesting With Grace 

Tuesday - Dec 6th

Cuckoo4Design|It All Started With Paint|Pink Peppermint Design|Remodelando La Casa|Simple Details|Decorating Delirium

Wednesday - Dec 7th

21 Rosemary Lane | Lynzy & Co. | A Stroll Thru Life |The Chronicles of Home | Simple Stylings | Design Post Interiors 

Thursday - Dec 8th

Thrifty and Chic |Our Southern Home|Setting For Four|Life and Home @ 2102 |Dimples & Tangles|Our Fifth House

Friday Dec 9th

Making Home Base |Inspiration For Moms|Far Above Rubies|The House of Silver Lining|Duke Manor Farms|Rain On A Tin Roof


Terri Steffes said...

It's beautiful Laura! I enjoyed the fresh colors and the whimsical details!

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Oh Laura I just love all the pretty blues and pinks. And your wiener table runner and the tree skirt you created are just darling. Your home looks so whimsical and delightful. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
XO Barbara

Julia Konya said...

How fun is this? Love the colors! Merry Christmas

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, Oh WOW this is stunning. I am really loving the blue and pink theme and the Wiener Wonderland is so fun. Your talents just take you over the moon my friend and I love it all. I really have to go back and enjoy it all again.
Love your tree skirt and that mantel snowman garland is so cute with the tinsel trees. Beautifully done!! Have fun this week in our tour and Merry Christmas xo

MEM said...

I was waiting for a dachshund to appear! I had one for 17 wonderful years and it is still my favorite breed. Right now I have a rescue who is part chihuahua, part dachsie and part jack russell. Regarding your shiny-brite wreath, I collect shiny-brites too and have quite a few that are badly scatched or missing patches of paint. Did you use glue to attach them permanently to your wreath or wire?

Decor To Adore said...

Hi MEM I hope you check back here. Since you are listed as a "no reply blogger" I have no way of contacting you. :(
I used a styrofoam wreath base and a hot glue gun. The styrofoam actually "melts" a bit when the hot glue is applied and creats a small hole that the top of the ornament then securely attaches into with the glue.
Once the wreath was finished I then wired it to the white fir wreath.

Yes, we love our doxies here at Storybook Cottage. We also have a short haired red. Both
boys will be featured in Wednesdays post. :) They truly are a wonderful breed.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You always do such unique and beautiful crafts for each season and especially for Christmas. I love your tablerunner, how fabulous is that and the tree skirt is gorgeous too. Your home looks beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the tours, you home is always one of my favorites.

Shelia said...

Everything looks so pretty! I love your table runner an that Christmas tree skirt is adorable! You're so very talented.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie Reinwald said...

Oh, Laura, what a gorgeous tour! I absolutely love the Weiner runner ;) And that tree by the staircase is stunning! Happy Holidays to you!

Vicki said...

Very festive decor! Thanks for the tour.

Katie Clooney said...

Laura... I am in awe!! Your home looks positively stunning. I positively adore your wiener wonderland and your tree skirt is darling. I love your use of the beautiful blue in everything. We had a dachshund growing up named Pretzel. Have a wonderful week.

Vel Criste said...

You know I'm a fan right, so don't mind me gushing over you beautiful Christmas decorations Laura!!!!! Love the blues and pink touches all around and of course, the vintage vibe of it all! I adore the snow man garland by your fireplace! So honored to share this home tour with you dear! Cheers!

Debra Oliver said...

totally adorable Laura!!! I LOVE those pastels and wiener dogs and Christmas just go together perfectly. That table runner is priceless!!

The Boston Lady said...

Oh wow so much goodness! Gotta love the Franz photo bomb near the end! A Wiener Wonderland indeed! Beautiful job on the table runner and tree skirt Laura. I have always been a traditionalist with Christmas colors, but I believe you have converted me!! It is simply all lovely and delicious. You are truly amazing. Ann

sarah said...

Very nice.

Jann Olson said...

Laura, I love a pink and aqua combo! Everything is just stunning. Oh my, that doggie runner made me smile big time! And your wreath and star topper are gorgeous! I made a wreath this year. Mine is a little more cutesy, but love it in my basement. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home. I enjoyed it ever so much!

Katie Mansfield said...

Oh my. There is just so much to love. I adore all your vintage inspired sequined and felt items. They are just too wonderful. Everything looks amazing with your stunning chair.
Thanks for sharing.
I'm looking forward to Wednesday. said...

OH Laura, what total fun and yes I am smiling smiling! Turquoise and pink, swoon, and that dachshund runner is adorable! The vignette on the sideboard is too cute for words and I am crushing on the ornament filled wreath! It is all so refreshing, different and utterly delightful!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Well, this pastel blue and felt dachshunds and pink and white and teal is just Christmas heaven. I don't know where you find the time to get this all done. There aren't enough hours in the day. I know you said some of these treasures you made other years, but my gosh the work (albeit delightful, creative work) involved. You are Martha Stewart. Are you hiding a staff of eight back there somewhere? Everything is so delightful. I am in awe. ~Ginene

Laura @ duke manor farm said...

oh laura, how fun is your festive color choices this year. love it and the dog on the runner is the best! dinner parties must be so fun at your house. happy holidays!

Sarah said...

Laura, it's a treat to see Storybook Cottage dressed for the holidays. I admire that you make these lovely decorations for your home. I was a child of the 50s, and felt and sequin stockings and tree skirts were the fashion. I still have my pink Christmas stocking that my aunt made for me when I was a small child. These little works of art are heirlooms, and I know your tree skirt and table runner will become family heirlooms too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.


LOVE the colors of you of your Christmas decor! The table runner is so darling! Your home is lovely for Christmas.

InspirationforMoms said...

Hi Laura! That weiner runner is AWESOME! I love all the detail you put into your home for Christmas. Happy holidays to you!

Botanic Bleu said...

You are so creative to make so many fun Christmas decorations. The surprise dog collar is too cute. Looking forward to seeing more on Wednesday...

Joyeux Noël,

Jeanie said...

Oh Laura, the table runner and tree skirt are fabulous! They remind me of the skirt my mom is wearing in the photo on a blog post or two ago! The Christmas Skirt. A tradition.

Well, your blog has never been better named. Your Decor to Adore is adorable. I love the pastel -- it looks and works so well in your home. The tree is dazzling and I love the table and the drinks station. Like you, you have a love for the bottlebrush tinsel trees. I love every single detail here and just wish I could pop over for a sip of something and savor your wonderful decorations in person!

Emy said...

Laura, I love the felt runner and tree skirt so much. The interactive dog is too cute! Such a beautiful home. Love all of your aqua and pink!

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Eilis said...

Just lovely. You are so talented and your collection of little Christmas houses is charming.

Carol said...

Oh, Laura, your home is just delightful! The "Weiner Wonderland" is so preciously sweet and fun. I really like how you've combined old and new....perfect!

Warm hugs,

Bonnie said...

Your "weiner wonderland "table runner is darling. Looks like another magazine feature to me. Your home is stunning and amazing. Each vignette shows your creativity and personality. Love, love everything.
I wish you the merriest of Christmases.
I am AMAZED at the number of home tours!!! I can't keep up.

Lynzy said...

What a beautiful tour! I just love all the color you incorporated into your decor!

craftyles said...

I love how creative your Weiner Wonderland is. The table runner is so cute and the sequin tree skirt reminds of the one we had when I was a kid. You did a magnificent job decorating in the aqua and pink.

Cristina Garay said...

Laura, I love your vintage inspired sequined and felt items, your Weiner Wonderland table runner sure is my favorite! Your entire home, decked for the holidays is simply beautiful!

bobbie said...

You had me at the doxies!!!

Art and Sand said...

polka dots . . . wiener dogs . . . plaid . . . the tiny village . . . blue blue blue - MAGICAL!

Christy Little Our Southern Home said...

So pretty! I just love the touches of pink!

Miss G said...

I am loving your color scheme! The table runner is just precious as is the tree skirt!!! I like the pink cookies touch and the cheer banner on the mirror! My favorite is your entry way! Oh and I also like that you made your own tree topper! Oh and that turquoise bell garland!!! Merry Christmas! Kelly

Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} said...

It's all absolutely gorgeous! I chose to use that pretty pastel blue with silver a few years ago and it was just different enough to shake things up a bit. You are incredibly talented, love the runner and tree skirt! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}