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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anne Marie's Home Tour and Her 101 Pound Weight Loss!!!!

I know it is a little late but bad weather prevented us from visiting our good friends, Anne Marie and Tony the first weekend in Jan., so we made our Christmas visit last weekend.....

But first I need to say some Thank You's.....

Thanks to Kathryn, over at The Dedicated House for featuring my Post ,
Christmas in the Stores: Country Folk Store Tour, Part 2, from Jan. 5th's Anything Blue Party!!
Thanks so much , Kathryn!!

And I also want to Thank Sinea from over at Ducks 'N a Row, for featuring my post,
Wanna See What We Bought for Next Christmas and Other Holidays? from last week's
Wonderful Wednesday's Blog Hop!
Thanks so much , Sinea!

I also want to Thanks Kathy over at A Delightsome Life , for featuring my post.
Wanna See What We Bought for Christmas #2? from last week's Home and Garden Party!!
Thanks so much, Kathy!!

Please take some time to visit and link up to these great parties!!

Now back to my dear friend Anne Marie's (and Tony's too) home......

Anne Marie changes her Christmas Decor yearly  and at the end of this post, I will have links to what her home looked like over the last several years decorated for Christmas.

This year, she chose a Pink, White and Silver Color Theme for her Christmas decor.

This is the Front Door and Entryway......
Please take note of the walls......

If you have not seen Anne Marie's Home before, Tony painted the stripes on those walls!!

It is NOT wallpaper!!

On the side of the front door......
Now, this is actually a Sewing Machine that is closed to create a table........
This is what this area looked like last year........

And this year.......
A simple white Tree with nothing but pink birds on it placed in a suitcase painted pink!!
I love this idea and I think I will get out an old avocado green suitcase that I have wanted to to something with!!

View from the front door.......
Garland on the staircase......
Antique canes......
At the end of the hall way......
Sorry for the reflection in the glass on the picture.....
That is one big dome!!!
Can you believe it was only $30.00 ??????
The Santa was bought on Clearance at J.C. Penney's this year.....

Looking toward the Living Room.....
Anne Marie has many antiques and sterling silver pieces that she left out and simply  filled with ornaments or greenery.......
Notice the Santa's.....

A carriage on the side of the sofa table......
It is filled with hydrangea's from Anne Marie's garden.......
To the side of the front door......
Moving into the Living Room......
Looking down from the stairway.....
On the side of the Entertainment Center.....
The Entertainment Center....
Anne Marie left her collection of rose vases out this year.....
On the other side.....
This is what this corner looked like last year......
She opted not to put up her big tree this year.....
Such a sweet doll!
The Coffee Table......
And now we will go into the Dining Room......
Anne Marie created the stained glass effect on those windows using Gallery Glass!!
She collects Funeral baskets.....
The Mantle......
Love this beautiful Angel......
Anne Marie took the angel off the mantle to show me the Antique Mirror........
It was a gift from Tony and he is going to build it up a bit higher after Christmas......
 This is what her Mantle looked like last year and this is how she displayed her funeral baskets.....
I just LOVE this fireplace!!

The buffet.....
More of her baskets....
 The Spitoon is a new acquisition......
 This is what it looked like last year......
So sweet!!
The front ball on each side actually lights up but I could not capture it on camera.....
The Hutch.......
A Tree from the Martha Stewart Collection that was at J.C. Penney's this year.......

I bought 2 gold ones and a white one too!!

Looking into the Kitchen.....
The Table is always set in Anne Marie's house......

This year, her table's color scheme is Silver, Pink and White........
 This is what it looked like last year.......
She has many antique silver pieces......
The chargers are actually silver even though they look gold.....
This is also new.....
This lovely piece was only $30.00!!
And what a wonderful surprise to find this calling card inside of it!!
To the side of the Hutch.....
The desk in the corner of the Kitchen.....
The Tree and the Santa are from Burlington Coat Factory.....
The window is also done with Gallery Glass.....
On the Kitchen Counters.......
The Bottle Brush Tree and candle are once again from J.C. Penney's Martha Stewart Collection.......
Don't you just love this antique Canister Set!!!
On the wall by the Bathroom........
There is a full Bath downstairs and upstairs in the house as the house once had an apartment upstairs and downstairs.

Tony and Anne Marie's Dad converted it into a single home several years ago....

The downstairs Bath is called Tony's Bathroom!!
A collection of Men's Shaving items....

Anne Marie dressed up the towel a bit!!
And now you know I have to show you the house in Candlelight!!!

Another new purchase of Anne Marie's......
So Pretty!!

And now I want to introduce you to my dear and amazing Friend, Anne Marie!!
If you have not been following my Weight Loss Journey on my regular Blog, Debbie-Dabble, let me tell you about Anne Marie......

In Jan. of last year I posted this picture on this blog of Anne Marie when we visited her home last year...........
She told me that when she saw this picture, she knew she had to lose weight.

She set her goal at 100 pounds!!!!



She did it with Weight Watchers!!

Look at her now!!!
I think she should be in a Weight Watcher's Advertisement, don't you???????
I started my Weight Loss Journey in March of last year and have lost 50 pounds.......

I still have 20 pounds more to go before I reach my Goal and Anne Marie is my inspiration to reach that Goal!!
Looking at these pictures made me realize that I need to go and buy clothes that fit me and get rid of my clothes that are too big!!

I have to tell you that Joe was taking these pictures and he almost never uses the camera so I kept telling him to take more because heaven knows how they were going to come out and we were all laughing......

And he kept snapping.....

And yet, I think he took the best photo of us together!!

I love this picture!!

And then on the other hand, you have this one.......

Like I said,,,,,, He seldom uses the camera!!
I hope you liked my tour of Anne Marie's Christmas Home for this year!!

If you would like to see Anne Marie's and Tony's beautiful Bedroom, please click HERE to see that post over on Debbie-Dabble........

If you want to see more of Anne Marie's Christmas decorations over the years.......

 Anne Marie's Christmas Home Tour 2012, please click HERE

 Anne Marie's Christmas Home Tour 2011, please click HERE

Please leave a comment to let Anne Marie know how much you enjoyed seeing her home and congratulate her on her amazing weight loss....

 She would love to hear from you.....

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  1. That was a super post, Debbie. Wow, Anne Marie really goes all out decorating for the holidays!

    Thanks for all the wonderful photos of her lovely home.

    She looks marvelous after than 100 pound weight loss and you look great after the 50 pound loss.

    Wowsers. You girls are an inspiration. Congratulations to you both! Susan

  2. Hi Debbie, I loved that tour of your friends house decorated for Christmas! I also love the story of how she lost 101 lbs and you 50lbs. you are both amazing. Congrats and heres to friendship! Yay!
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

  3. Beautiful home! I need to see about that Gallery Glass--is it some sort of window cling covering or actual stained glass. You are both beautiful in Joe's picture!♥♫

  4. Congrats to Ann Marie, she looks like a different person! And kudos to you, too, Deb. Ann Marie really puts her heart and soul into her decorating, as you do, and I can see why you two are close friends! What did you guys eat? Lol. xo

  5. Anne Marie's home is just gorgeous! All her decor is amazing, but what did I notice the most? Christmas 2012 had lots of red decor....Christmas 2013 had lots of pink decor! (you both know which is my favorite..lol)
    You both look beautiful...hugs, Penny

  6. Congratulations to both of you. What an inspiration. Lovely post.

  7. What a fun post! I was smiling all the way through it. I'm so glad you had a nice visit! What a good way to help you on your ME journey this year. You stories are inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Angels to you both!

  8. wow -- what an amazing home! So many details! And congratulations to you both on your weight loss! You both look wonderful.


  10. Her home is opulent and you both look fabulous!
    I'm so happy for you.
    I'm down 50 from last Christmas.
    I feel so much better. I bet you do, too.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  11. Anna Marie' s home is gorgeous and rich of beautiful decors. I love the white tree with pink birds in the suitcase.

  12. Wow - a beautiful home. You both decorate your homes with such wonderful finds, so much eye candy everywhere and some great ideas for next year!

  13. Great job losing the weight...and yes, you need some smaller clothes! Show it off girl!

  14. Wow! What a home! So beautiful, like a museum! Congratulations to both of you on the weight loss! You both look fabulous. Now...what is gallery glass?

    Misty @throughthedutchdoor.com

  15. Your friends have a lovely home. All the decorations were amazing. I loved the tree in the pink suitcase! Congrats on her weight loss! Thanks for linking to TTF!

  16. Hi Debbie! I'm stopping in from Let's Get Real today. Well.......I thought you were one of a kind and then you introduced us to your twin. You two are amazing! Both in your decorating and your weight-loss journey.

  17. What a beautiful home!!! I really enjoyed each of the photos. She really has a gift!

  18. Beautiful decorations. How long does it take to get that all set up. It is truly amazing. Those weight-loss successes are, too. Kudos to both of you. It's not an easy thing to lose a bunch of weight.

  19. Debbie, sorry, I am very late visiting your post because I am having major computer issues right now.
    You and Anne Marie have much in common, I see. You both adore Victorian and Christmas. She has some amazing things and I love her beautiful angel on the mantel. I enjoyed seeing the both of you together. Friendship is a precious thing! She certainly did well with her weight loss and yes, she should be a model for WW. It's wonderful that you have each other to lean on for support and encouragement. Congratulations to you both!
    Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely week, my friend.

    Blessings & hugs,

  20. Congrats to both of you on your weight loss!
    Happy 2014 , Debbie!

  21. The house is amazing and the ladies are gorgeous! Congrats on the weight loss, amazing job, God bless you both! Debbie you look wonderful!!!!!!!!! Have a lovely week.

  22. Thank you for joining Happy Tuesday this week. The photos of Anne Marie's home are simply unbelievable! So many treasures in one home! I think it's wonderful that she can have the things she loves on display for others' enjoyment. Congrats to both of you on your weight loss accomplishments. :-)

  23. That was fun :)Beautiful home and friend.I should have gone to Penney's this year,looks like I missed out.Your good friend should be blogging,We would all follow her.Hope all is going well with You-Denise

  24. What a heavenly post! I love Christmas and so happy I found your amazing blog. You and your dear friend are impressive ladies, to say the least!


  25. I love your antique canister set!!! And Anne Marie looks great! Congrats to her! And you look great as well! Yes, definitely buy some smaller clothes. Shopping for new, smaller clothes is so much fun!

  26. Debbie everything looks beautiful but I have to say my favorite is of you and your friend Anne! She looks amazing. You both look beautiful!

  27. Cute pics of y'all together! More pretty lamps, and she sure sets some pretty tables. Thanks so much for linking this to the History & Home Link Party. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  28. Debbie, you gals look amazing! Wonderful job on the weight loss! And, her house looks so pretty! Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. Thank you for the lovely tour! I especially like the top hat and shoes vignette! Congratulations on all the weight loss! WOW! Both of you look wonderful! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  30. It is easy to see why you two are friends. I love the suitcase idea, the goblets on the table are beautiful, and so, so love the baby carriage. Yes, my friend you need some clothes that fit, you look like you are swimming in them. Thanks for being a regular on Tuesdays With a Twist, hugs.


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