Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Deck the halls, Treiber style

Hello, and welcome to our home!
This year I decided to participate in the Holiday Homes tour, sponsored by Jen the magnificent.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now that the day to take and post pictures is here, I am second guessing myself. Will the decorations measure up? Did I really need one more damn thing to do in a crazy busy week?What if I just took pictures of someone else's' stuff?

Let's start at the foyer!
I have this awesome bunch of curly twigs that I got at the farmer's market. We threw in some teal colored glitter twigs, and I had some various silver ornaments that didn't fit on the tree. An entryway decor is born! The only piece of real evergreen is on the table, and it's already shedding it's needles like nuts. Between the pine needles and the glitter, maybe this whole scenario should have been moved somewhere where every person who comes through the door doesn't track it in. Lesson learned!

The truth of the matter is that we have so many decorations. Literally 30 totes worth of stuff. Not all of it gets put out. This year we didn't put out our Christmas village, or the Nativity, or the snow globes, or 2 of our trees. This is just a smattering of the stuff that did get chosen this year.

This is my family room. I didn't finish decorating the mantel (because I am lazy and it involved dusting). I made the quilt before we were married.
My husband has collected the Hallmark car & truck of the year ornaments since they very first began. About 5 years ago, we decided they needed their own tree. And they outgrew that tree, and got a new even larger tree, This year, he chose to display them on a garland over the fireplace. I didn't count, but they barely fit onto the 12 foot garland.
Our anniversary is one week before Christmas. One year, I bought him this palm tree. Many of our favorite beach/sea/nautical themed ornaments are on this tree.
In our living room is our main tree. We don't have a theme. It's decorated with ornaments that we have collected over the years. Some the kids have made. (My kids are 12 & 14, and begged for many of their handmade ornaments to not be displayed. Buttheads.)
This is the tree during the day...
...and at night.
This is my snowflake & icicle window. It's been an evolving project over the last few years. It's also the very last thing to come down; usually in February. This year I added the snowy trees at the bottom, and the lights. It's my favorite place to sit in in the house. I love that the tree reflects in the windowpanes, and it's warm and cozy.
Last, but not least, is our new kitten Dexter. We got him a week ago. He loves the tree. He loves the packages. He loves the string. He loves everything about it.
We decorated outdoors as well, but I tried many times to get a good photo or two and was unsuccessful. You'll have to trust me when I say my hubs did a great job with our blue, green & white lights. Very classy. Would look lovely with snow.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our home!

13 comments:

Soccer Mom said...

Beautiful! I love the cars on the garland ... very festive and fun. The tree in the evening is just beautiful!

smalltownme said...

It looks great! And even better with a new cat.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

The window is breathtaking! And I do so like your branches and little touches of garland here and there in the glitter and shine!

bdaiss said...

Oh where to start...

Dexter! What an adorable name for an adorable kitty! Your night tree photos are oh.my.gah. That's straight out of a magazine! Love the snowflake/icicle window. And 30 tubs of decorations? Wow! What I wouldn't give for a stash like that!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Molly said...

I don't know what I love more - the silver/teal/curly branches display or the wonderful twinkling lights of the tree/snowflakes/icicles/window combo. I know my son would deeply covet that car garland. Gives me a good idea of a new tradition I should start for him. He's my most enthusiastic Christmas decorator!

Jen said...

I like the balls hanging in the hall, they look like planets

Andrea said...

Beautiful and fun! I love the tree in the foyer and of course, I love the furry decoration most of all!

Jen on the Edge said...

You have so many seriously awesome things that I almost can't take it all in. A car ornament garland? Awesome. A snowy/icy window? Even more awesome. A Christmas palm tree? Super awesome. I think that next year I need to plan a field trip to your house for some in-depth investigating. :-)

bunny said...

oooo...nice use of decorative sticks in the foyer! you're home is lovely esp. the big window. nice.

Kim Kasch said...

I really love the curly twigs and the cars!!! Happy Holidays!

Susan said...

Love the snowy window - the trees and lighting are magical. You have so many clever, colorful touches - just great!

jen_alluisi said...

OMG I love your colorful, modern, lovely entry way! So pretty!!

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

Your decorations are beautiful! I have also started a beach/nautical ornament collection and hope to have enough someday to do a tree.
The car garland is a great idea.
Thanks for sharing all your pretty things!