Saturday, December 15, 2007

Come in........................

Welcome, friends, come on in.....this is the foyer......a chest I found at Goodwill for about $75.00 painted white....we had it stripped and refinished and it was burled walnut......a $5.00 brass chandelier......Looking into the hallway......The lamps on the chest came out of an old barn being cleaned out that belonged to friends....a little cleaning, new shades and two great lamps.......
Once we had a formal living room with a white damask Queen Ann sofa, wing chairs and accessories that we used a couple of times a year....as our family grew, we made the living room and dining room into a huge dining room....
This is a great spot to sit and watch a beautiful sunset. This chair is one of a pair that I originally used in the den with matching fabric window treatments. Sometimes I use them on either end of the table. Our dining room has been painted red for many years and I never tire of it.......


Frosty was purchased at a bazaar this year and graces one corner of the dining room......
I usually set the dining table with Christmas dishes but this year decided to use the red and cream dishes... a Christopher Radko Christmas tree with a train around the bottom is in the center. I found it still in the box at a Goodwill store.....the over size table cloth was purchased for $11.00 at a thrift store. The young girl charged me only $1.00 for it and when I got home folded inside was a tag for $11.00. I returned and gave her $11.00. Her mother was thankful and I was still a happy camper..... The china cabinet was $40.00.



This is the neatest wreath bought at a thrift store. It plays music and tells the birth of our Lord Jesus' birth. I had it hanging and my husband knocked it down breaking it into many pieces......Elmer, is one of my dearest friends. Patiently, I glued it back together and now it is placed on the table........


This is our Christmas goose.....a $2.00 purchase at a thrift store...

My sweet granddaughter, Elisabeth, does Gingerbread House workshops and she surprised me with one......


This mantel came out of an old house being torn down...


My son-by-love made the hanging plate rack for me...the blue and white dishes are by Johnson Brothers, Elizabeth is the pattern. The Willow Tree figurines are Love, Peace and Joy. The Nativity is white porcelain. The cake stand was a gift from a friend. Inside is a metal bundt cake pan sprayed brown and it looks like a chocolate cake........white lights meander around and on the top of the glass apothecary jars and cake stand.....my husband says people passing by think we have some sort of an altar.......
The church pew was in a church that my grandmother was a charter member of in the late 1800's...It was originally 10 or 12 feet long. I have a better picture showing the curved legs but punched this one in and it is such a bother to delete and replace maybe I'll use it in a later post.......


We live in the deep south and snow is not common. The winter of '89 was a different story. We had a white Christmas....my husband made this picture and I think he did an exceptional job........next visit we'll see another room.....come back

9 comments:

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Betty,

Thank you so much for the beautiful tour of your warm home. Please pack up that red dining room, there is a little spot for it under my tree. No need for a bow.
LOVE that!!If I had a dining room, red would be the color.
Merry Christmas, dear Betty.
xo Lidy

dot said...

Your home is very beautiful!
I remember the snow in 89 and many other memories that went with it. Thanks!

Mary said...

Dear Betty, thanks for stopping by and reminding me to visit your pretty home to see your lovely decorations. Everything looks so comfy and cozy - love that mantle - we have the same clock! You certainly are a great 'thrifter' and have found super bargains which look beautiful. I had a red dining room for a while too - enjoyed but then moved on as the paint roller kept grabbing me!!!

Know you will have a wonderful Christmas - blessings to your family for the coming year.

This music is fabulous - I like carols but always enjoy instrumentals as they make better background music for the holidays when everyone is chattering away.

You should participate in the Holiday Home Tour this Wed. - details are on my blog post a few days back.

By the way - Frances Mayes lives near me now!! Bramasole is really beautiful - well from the exterior - unfortunately I didn't get to go inside!

Tracy said...

Your home looks lovely, Betty!

Beth said...

Hey,

I so enjoyed your tour and I love the the great snow of 89' picture! I have very fond memories of that Christmas,we were living in North Georgia and my grandparents lived in South Georgia. We raced to their house to make it before the snow! I was 6 and that was a wonderful thing to wake up to on Christmas morning! We have pictures and many fond memories of that year!

Thanks for sharing,
Beth

PEA said...

Dear Betty, everything looks absolutely beautiful and isn't it amazing what we can find at thrift shops and such! I also love it that you have a church pew from the church your grandmother attended...wonderful! The little gingerbread house your granddaughter made you is just precious:-) xox

Tina Leigh said...

Betty your home is soooo pretty. But I LOVE the picture your husband took!!Wow!

Barbara said...

Thanks for another tour Betty. Your beautiful dining room reminds me so much of many other Southern dining rooms that I have seen.

Penny said...

You have a beautiful home! It's easy to tell that you love your home and making it an extra special place to be.