I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol



Christmas is my favorite Holiday and my favorite time of year!

I go all out decorating our small townhouse for all Holidays but especially Christmas!

Every room in our home has a different Christmas Theme and Color Scheme!!

I prove that you do not have to live in a large home to have several Trees, over 20 in all shapes and sizes!!

The majority of my Christmas decorations are placed in the same spot every year and I know that this is not what most Decorator's care for but it is like seeing old friends again when I decorate each year for Christmas.......

I do try to add a few new things and change up things a bit but for the most part, these decorations are part of my Christmas traditions and I will not change them until I can no longer decorate like I do......

This blog is dedicated to All Things Christmas!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Anne Marie's Christmas Home Tour 2012 !!!!!

 This is the 3rd year that I have shared my dear friend Anne Marie's  Home  decorated for Christmas!!

She changes the way it looks every year and this year she decided on a red and green theme.

We will start with the Christmas Tree in the Living Room........
In the several years that I have known Anne Marie, she always did her tree  in pink.  She did not have hardly anything red so she bought bunches of poinsettias from Michael's ,on sale of course, to stick into the tree.
She also used white beads and white beaded sprays.
She then made her own Christmas  vintage card ornaments and addition to some store bought ones....
Looks lovely , doesnt it?
Stunning all lit up!!

This is a new acquistion that is on the left side of the Tree...
A phone table and chair and yes, she does have a phone inside the top part...
Love the apothecaries and the sweet Bear....
Next to the Tree on a table is this silver bridal basket...

 On the right side of the Tree is the Entertainment Center....
The guys were watching the game......
I love these......

Look at the books with the jewels hanging off of them......

And this is the corner on the other side of the entertainment center.....
I love this chair and everything else in this vignette for that matter....
Tony wanted a cane this year......
I have to mention that on Sundays, Tony and Anne Marie can be found frequenting different kinds of shops and antique stores through out Pa. N.J. and into N.Y.

This cute child's desk is by the front door....
Isn't this sweet?  I believe this is called "Dollie's Concert"
This is in the corner by the front door.....

And here is the front entrance.....
I do love antique sewing machines.....

Looking at the stairs and down the hallway.....
I must mention that Tony painted the walls to look like this........

Isn't he a gem?????
I do love what she did with the stair case this year....

This is another new piece found on their antique buying trips .......

At the end of the hall way.....

Her sofa table.....

 Cute fairies.....

Here are the guys admiring the little phone desk and chair......
A carriage full of dolls.....

The coffee table......
Anne marie has many beautiful antique silver pieces.....

So pretty......
Another bridal basket by the entrance into the Dining Room.....

Looking from the Dining Room into the Living Room.....

The Dining Room Hutch....

Look at this......

More Bears.....
The buffet......
I totally love the silver punch bowl.....

It actually is not a matching set ( but who cares!) and only cost $50!

This is the fireplace that if I had somewhere to put it in my house, I would want this one!!
They actually did not have room in the Living Room so that is why the fire place ended up in the Dining Room but I totally love it here!!

This year, Anne Marie chose to display her collection of Funeral baskets on her mantle.....

She did the windows on each side of the fire place , using gallery glass.......
Sorry , the mirror is reflecting the flash......

Look at the ceiling that Tony did......

When he plastered it, he added sparkles to the mixture so the ceiling sparkles in the light!!!!

And look at the rug!!!

Anne Marie always sets her table for every season and Holiday......
These dishes were bought at Kohl's several years ago......

And this is the corner over by the Living Room.....

They ordered pizza and subs......

You can see the Kitchen......
With their eyes closed, Joe and Tony look like they are enjoying the food!! Or at least dreaming about it!!
This is where the computer is in the Kitchen......

Love the clock.....
Again, Anne Marie did the window with Gallery Glass and I love the greenery and bells hanging....

We will go around her Kitchen counters.....
Beautiful antique silver.....

Over on the wall.....

And last year, Anne Marie inspired me to create a Manly looking dresser for Joe in our bedroom with these pieces in their downstairs bathroom......

I adore how she used the silver pieces to display everything......
Well, that concludes our tour of Tony and Anne Marie's stunning Home decorated for Christmas this year.

After losing her job last year, Anne Marie started a new job a few months ago that requires her to work longer hours so she did not have time to decorate some of the upstairs like she usually does.
Plus , she takes orders for cakes and cupcakes on the weekends, so she is really busy!

I guess you can see that we have similar tastes and why we are friends. I would be lost without her. Even though we do live about a half hour away from each other and don't get to see each other often because of our work schedules, we do email each other a lot.

Here are my Christmas gifts from Anne Marie....

A cute ice cream cone ornament that I will use on my Summer Tree in the Craft Room.....

 And all of this......

 A beautiful Christmas plate and tea towel.....
 I love this sweet little Christmas pillow.....
 In the bag is a bayberry candle with this saying....

 And this is soap but we love the box!!
 And this sweet snowman!!!!! Or I should say snow girl!!
And she also bought me some Valentine's Day things for my birthday in Jan. which I will share with you in a later post but I had to show you this!!

My One Little Word  for 2013 is JOY!!!!
 And I am over JOYed to have Anne Marie as my friend!!
 Love ya, Anne Marie!!

If you would like to see how Anne Marie decorated her home last year, please click HERE

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  1. Anne Marie's home is just beautiful! I enjoyed the tour so much...my favorite thing? That gorgeous silver punch bowl! I hope your home is recovering from the leak...ugh, those are awful! Hugs, Penny

  2. Oh my God, your home is beautiful! so many beautiful Christmas decoration I love your antique sewing machines.

  3. Hi Debbie, JOY is how I feel looking had your gorgeous home and decorations. Elegance and Wimsey everywhere in every corner. Thank you for sharing your hard work and effort to make Christmas meaningful in every way.
    xo, Jeanne

  4. wowzers!! That is one beautifully decorated home and it is very clear why you two are friends....how great for both of you!

  5. Good morning Debbie, I came back to see how silly I was not to realize it was your friends home. I have to say she is a great inspiration for the maximum Christmas festivities, just like you. I'm thinking you inspire each other. Smile. It is a lesson in observation because you did mention Anne Marie's name several times. I can only add that both of your homes inspire me so very much. Thanks for your comment and letting me know my error. I visited so many Pinkies yesterday my mind was boggled I guess.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  6. I love the red. The picture of Dollies concert is so unique, never seen a picture like that. I have a little play piano I bought for my daughter 38 years ago that looks sort of like it. I must show this to her.
    I am going back to look again at all the pretties.

  7. Debbie, What a beautiful house Anne Marie has. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tour and awesome photos at Simple & Sweet Fridays.Very inspiring house.


  8. Beautiful holiday decorations, Debbie. Thanks for sharing Anne Marie's home.

  9. Wow, Anne Maries house is just beautiful! So many pretty christmas accents everywhere.

  10. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

  11. Debbie, I can see why you and Anne Maries are friend. How wonderful to have a dear friend to share ideas with and enjoy decorating the same beautiful way. It's all so magical. Thank you for visiting and your good wishes. I know it's a little early but wanted to wish you a Very Happy Birthday. Hugs...Lu

  12. Thank you so much for the beautiful tour of Anne Maries home! Her Christmas tree is gorgeous. I so enjoyed seeing all of her beautiful decor. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! I hope you have a wonderful week. :)


  13. It looks like your friend is as creative as you. She has some winderful things and ideas too. Love the red and green for Christmas!

  14. What fun to get such a good peek inside your friend's lovely home -- all decked out to Deck the Halls!


    Thanks for sharing Anne Marie's home.

  15. Just lovely, Christmas is my favorite, what a wonderfully festive home! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

  16. So many beautiful decorations! Thank you so much for sharing them at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


  17. Your friend's home is absolutely breathtaking, but you still are the big winner when it comes to decorating.

  18. So pretty!

    Thanks for linking up at Inspired Weekends! This week's round is open if you would like to stop by.

  19. Her home is lovely!
    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey at Embracing Change

  20. Hello Debbie, Love the Christmas decor - the tree is exquisite - I can tell she puts a lot of time and love into her decorating. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  21. Debbie, thanks for sharing your dear friends home with Share Your Cup. It's always fun to see how others decorate for Christmas. Love the basket collection.


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