And Merry Christmas!!


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I’m so pleased that you dropped by for my Christmas house tour.

Can you smell the spiced cider simmering?  Here, let me take your coat.

Please, help yourself to some cider and sweets.


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Now let’s get started.

One thing that I always love when I take tours is getting the behind the scenes details.  And yes, I have a bit of that for you too.


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Don’t you love those pretty French provincial “screens” I found on the side of the road that grace the front windows so beautifully?

Read: Roadside Find: Vintage French Provincial Screen

You’ll notice that there is a little theme going on here, for the most part.  If you read my post yesterday, you may remember I mentioned how ‘JOY’ has become an underlying theme these past six months.  That just might be the reason ‘Joy’ is very much a part of our Christmas decor as well.


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We lease this humble home of ours.  It’s the smallest house we’ve ever lived in.  But, I can’t complain.  When we were only married a few years, we had one of Good Housekeeping magazine’s Merry Christmas houses built.  It was a saltbox.  Since, I’ve discovered that I can make any home a Merry Christmas home.  And you can too!


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Read: How to Make Folded Paperback Book Christmas Trees {A Tutorial}

How’s your cider?  It’s so easy to simmer it with a few spices.  I could enjoy a cup almost every day.


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You’ll notice several nativities.  We have them scattered all over the house.  They are little helpful reminders to keep the real reason for this celebration in mind.  It really is easy to get lost in greenery, glitz, and gifts.

If you’d like a better peek of my sideboard vignette with the wreath and nativity you’ll want to click here.


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We love to entertain.  During my recent flurry of decorating and picture-taking we were preparing to host our small group.  Though our home is small, we manage to extend our table to seat many people.  That’s the beauty of a combined living and dining room.  Or as I like to call it….a great room.


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Over the years, my husband and I have often bought Christmas decor for our home instead of exchanging gifts.  The print over the piano and the large white nativity are two very special purchases.


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Christmas has always been our favorite holiday.  My dad loved decorating for Christmas and everything about it.  I am so grateful for the many great memories I have of Christmases past.  I guess my love of decorating is a way of celebrating those happy memories each  year, as well.


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Aside from the free greens that we picked up at Lowe’s in a nearby town, a dollar pack of tiny red glass balls used to decorate the ivy and book page trees, and the $5 spent on Paperwhite bulbs, everything comes from my stash, or from the garden, or field.  My husband and I lost our jobs a few years ago.  He’s been back at work for the past year, but things will be tight for a long while to come.  I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being creative with the things I have.  It takes longer.  But, it’s been fun and satisfying.


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With my Swedish heritage and some Pinterest inspiration from a few Scandinavian blogs, I thought it would be fun to create a Swedish Christmas room in my sun room.  One creative afternoon I got out some leftover paint and transformed an old cabinet, and a chair I picked from the roadside in my neighborhood.  I even painted the chair seat. Those two things made my Swedish Christmas room come together.  It also helped that a month earlier I painted the natural wood trim white.   I promise I’ll share more about this project in an upcoming post.


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May I get you a little more cider or a Christmas cookie?


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Now that we’re living in the mountains and enjoy a great view, it’s a treat to eat in the sun room whenever the weather allows.


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Though I’m not a fan of the strong aroma of Paperwhites, there’s nothing like their beauty in the winter and especially at Christmas.


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For those detail-oriented people.  I am quite aware that I have a Dutch cocoa tin decorating my Swedish Christmas room.  It’s my nod to my mother’s Dutch heritage.  And, um, it’s red!


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Usually, I decorate nearly every room….including the bath…which has a small nativity I made, some greenery, and an angel with a tree.  Do you decorate just a room or two, or all?  We were blessed to entertain out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving weekend.  Rather than jumping into Christmas then, we chose to enjoy the season of harvest.   I’m still working on the other rooms.  My ‘studio’ as I like to call it, is next on the agenda to decorate.  You’ll want to stop by again for that.


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My kitchen is a dark room and not good for picture-taking.  So, I only have one photo to share with you that is worthy for this tour.  The message, though, says it all!


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I hope you enjoyed your tour.  If you did, would you kindly tell a friend?  It’s so much fun to meet new people and develop new friendships.    Please be sure to sign the “guest book” below (in the ‘Please Share Your Thoughts’ section at the end) and tell me what was your favorite bit of Christmas eye candy from this little tour.  I read and reply to every comment.


Thanks for stopping by for my Merry Christmas house tour!

If you enjoyed this tour, you’re sure to enjoy the lovely homes of bloggers featured on Jennifer Rizzo’s Virtual Holiday Housewalk Party.  That tour starts here.  And if you still want more inspiration, please click here.

Wishing you the most extraordinary and joyous Christmas!


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  1. that white chair with the red seat is so dreamy! i love the image its in with the eating nook, too!

    • Diane says

      It so is! 😀 I smile, Cassie, every time I pass by that sweet chair vignette.
      Thanks for stopping by the tour and ‘signing’ the ‘guest book.’
      Merry Christmas!

  2. Absolutely Lovely!!!
    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous and heartfelt Christmas decor, and your home for this tour!
    Yes, GLORY to God in the Highest!

    ~ Violet

    • Diane says

      Thank you Violet! 😀
      Wishing you an extraordinarily blessed Christmas!

  3. Jane Bowers says

    Hi Diane,
    What a lovely tour and beautiful home! Thank you for sharing it with us. It’s difficult to pick a favorite and best I can do is come up with 2: First, the little angel in your Swedish Christmas room and second, the table in your sun room. Perfect for 2 people, and I can’t imagine needing anything else while sitting in this room enjoying the food, view and love!

    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Jane. The Swedish Christmas room is a perfect place to start our day. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to ‘sign the guestbook.’ 😀

  4. Tracy Parker says

    Such a wonderfully magical tour! Enjoyed each moment of it and will be back again. I promise not to drink all the mulled cider and cookies! You truly have a gift and your home is extremely warm and filled with JOY!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Tracy! 😀 I only wish that you could come in person. {hugs}

  5. Bette says

    Very nice. Beautiful tree!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Bette! My husband strung all the cranberries for the garland. Good guy, huh?

  6. Diane,
    Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas house tour with us at NTT. You have a beautiful home that is full of JOY!!


    • Diane says

      Linda, I’m blessed to be able to hang out with the group at NTT!
      Thank you, for your encouraging words! 😀

  7. Oh my, everything is so pretty. I love how you have the whole house decorated. I hope you and your family have the Very Merriest of Christmas and a Wonderful Happy New Year. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Marty!! The same to you!! Thank YOU!!! 😀

  8. Oh it looks so pretty around your home Diane!! I’m chomping at the bit to do more decorating, as soon as those painters are out of here I’m going to put my house back together and get festive again! HAA! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thanks Melissa!! Glad your painters could come and get the job done in time for Christmas. That’s a terrific Christmas gift for sure!!!!!!

  9. Karen Fittry says

    Hi Diane,
    I always love to see your decorations. Those glass ornaments bring back memories. I love the white chair vignette, but you know I love white! Love your sideboard, too! Hope you both have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Diane says

      Oh Karen, I wish you were able to see them in person. I miss our little Christmas get together.
      Of course, I know you love all the white and creams. Guess you’ve had a little influence on me. 😀
      May your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed and joyful. {hugs}

  10. Hello Diane,
    As always you have done an extraordinary job decorating your home for Christmas. You have so much talent and decorating finesse. I love all the nativities you have placed around your home to remind us of the real reason for the Christmas season. Every room in your home looks cozy and inviting. I have three Christmas wishes for you. I Wish you and Pastor Tim a very wonderful Christmas. I Wish you didn’t have to move so far away. and I Wish we could spend Christmas with you both. I miss your small group studies and your end of the year Christmas party. So many happy memories. May God bless your Christmas and New Year with peace, love, and JOY.
    Love always,

    • Diane says

      Oh Jeanette, you just made my morning!!!
      We too miss you and all those wonderful times together and always will cherish the sweet memories in our hearts.
      May God’s peace and blessing be yours in overflowing abundance during this season of Advent and in the New Year.
      Love and hugs to you and each one in your family.

  11. Your house looks so wonderful for the holidays. Beautiful red transferware, beautiful and interesting ornaments, and trees. All tastefully and well done.

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Carlene. Thank you for noticing the details that are so very special to me.
      May you and yours have the most extraordinary Christmas!

  12. Kim says

    I am happy my friend is doing something she loves and is good at, I miss her terribly. And I may not get to see first hand the beautiful, warm heartfelt decorations this year, the first time in more than a few years. There’s nothing like face to face, but the virtual tour sure does help the heart remember good times and a place of comfort. Peace to you my dear friend! Thank you for the memories, hospitality and love … Especially this time of year.

    • Diane says

      My dear Kim…your words of love mean the world to me. I’m so glad you came by for the tour. I know it isn’t the same.
      I so miss having my dear friends over enjoying all the pretties while they make themselves at home with a mug of warm cider. {hugs}

  13. What a lovely, warm home you have! Love the white chair especially. Thanks for linking up. We are so happy to have you!

    • Diane says

      Isn’t that chair so fun! It puts a smile on my face every time I pass it.
      Thanks for your hospitality Doreen!!
      Merry Christmas!

  14. Tammy says

    Love the tour everything is just beautiful….thank you for sharing at It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas Blog Hop.

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Tammy!! 😀 Thank you!
      Merry Christmas!

  15. Rochelle VanDam says

    Hello Diane, Wow! How pretty…how did you transform it so quick? It’s a Christmas hug! Your creative side is in full bloom. Love what you did with the window….perfect over your couch…and I have to agree with the others…the little red chair is darling..I just love it in the sun room. Don’t have a favorite..just wish I could come back and see it and you!

    • Diane says

      Oh Rochelle…it wasn’t that quick getting start. After you left I did a thing or two and then I missed my friend and dragged my feet. But, then I made up my mind to be creative…and the day I decided to get out the paint and do the chair and cabinet things finally clicked. Yay! I’m so glad you love the window and the sun room….those spots just make my heart sing. 😀 And yes…I wish we could just click out heels and transport ourselves between states. {hugs}

  16. Oh your Christmas decorations are so beautiful… and so is your home! I love that little cat!!! Thank you for sharing all your Christmas joy at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Yvonne!!! Your words mean a lot to me as I so admire the touch you have on your home.
      May your Advent be extraordinarily blessed!

  17. Diane, Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas and I love the book page trees. Thank you for sharing your pretty Christmas decor at the Open House party. Happy Holidays.

    • Diane says

      Hi Sherry!
      You’ll love this…I had guests coming and I thought that I needed something on top of the china…but nothing that would break if the cat jumped up there…which she does…but hasn’t yet. So I asked my husband if he’d sacrifice a book or two and fold the trees for me. Yup…I’m a lucky lady!
      Thanks for stopping by and being such a wonderful hostess!
      Best wishes for an Extraordinary Christmas!!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for being such a gracious host!!
      Those little book page trees seemed to have put a smile on everyone’s face this year.
      Happy New Year!

  18. Your house and decorations are so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! Have a great week! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Thank you sweet ladies!!
      Christmas blessings sent your way!

  19. You have a beautiful home, Diane! I love your Christmas touches throughout. Love that chest and chair you painted, too!

    • Diane says

      Thanks for noticing Kathy! You just put a big smile on my face!
      Hope your Christmas is Extraordinary!

  20. Sue says

    Your home is just lovely decorated for the holidays. I love the combo of red and white used in your Swedish sun room. And I too like to place my nativities around the house to remind us all of the reason for the season!
    Have a Merry Christmas

    • Diane says

      Thanks for stopping my and enjoying the tour. The Swedish Room just plain makes me happy. Who knew the joys of red and white?
      Sue…May your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed!

  21. Sally says

    Thank you for the tour of your lovely home and wonderful holiday decor, so charming!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Diane says

      Sally, your words warm my heart!
      Thank YOU for coming over!!
      Wishing you an Extraordinary Christmas!1

  22. Yona says

    Very beautiful! I love the “Rejoice” and “Joy” features throughout the home.

    I’m stopping by from Katherine’s Corner blog hop.

    Happy Favorite Things Thursday!


    • Diane says

      Oh Yona….we need to have joyful hearts and rejoice…especially at Christmas. Yes?
      Thank you for taking the tour! May you and yours have a blessed Christmas!

  23. Gorgeous house tour…you are so festive and I love all your touches, big and small.

    • Diane says

      Debbie, you are soooo sweet! Thank you for stopping by the tour!!
      I’m hoping to participate in one of your upcoming link-ups again.
      Merry Christmas!!

  24. Love the sweet vignettes throughout your lovely home. We downsized and now have a “great room” too. It’s wonderful. No need for a second tv for the dining area, and as you said you can set one big long table! all is just joyful! xo marlis

    • Diane says

      Hi Marlis!
      Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Downsizing isn’t all bad….it just takes a bit of an adjustment and creativity!
      May your Christmas be joy-filled!

  25. Doni says

    Hello Diane! It’s so nice to have you join my party this week with your lovely decor! I can almost smell those paperwhites!! Lovely!! The mandolin above your piano is beautiful. You and your husband can count yourselves very proud on your wonderful job!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet, Doni! Thank you for your kind words and warm welcome!
      May your Christmas be extraordinarily joyful!

  26. Brooke says

    Your home is beautiful! I love being able to tour homes! Thanks for sharing! My favorite is your Swedish sun room! So cute! Merry Christmas!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Brooke! It is fun to tour different homes. So many styles and talents to appreciate! I think I love my Swedish room best, too!
      May your Christmas be extraordinary!

  27. You have a beautiful home filled with gorgeous Christmas decoration and a beautiful tree. Thank you for sharing your lovely post at the hop xo

    • Diane says

      I fixed the typo Katie! It did make me laugh, too!! I hate it when I see after I comment that I totally messed up. 😀 As always, thanks for your warm hospitality and for your encouraging remarks!


  28. Mel says


    It’s all the little details, yaknow? I especially live the red snowflakes and the bare branch in the window–but I’m a sucker for red and white. The wee kitten on the door and the antique ornaments…….excellent.
    It really is about the little details for me. It makes everything personal and meaningful–which makes for a warmth from the inside out.
    Well done!
    And how nice the kitty slept through the tour. LOL

    • Diane says

      Thanks Mel!! That’s Taylor kitty’s favorite spot….in the way, but a spot where he can keep an eye on most of the house. He thinks he’s a watch dog. 😀
      I love it when the details are noticed….I’m all about those too. But, then I guess that’s obvious. You noticed the branch and snowflakes. This morning the sun was out and I got a good picture. I might do a mini post on those later. It’s not my usual style…but soooo fun!!

  29. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us Diane! You are a blessing.

    Merry Christmas sweet lady!

    • Diane says

      Melissa…I may have told you this before…but it’s a dream come true for me. 😀 You and your blog have been wonderfully inspiring to me. So…thank YOU!!!! {hugs}

  30. I love the rejoice on the frame…everything looks so festive! Dianntha

    • Diane says

      Oh thank you Dianntha! It makes me smile big every time I glance at it!

  31. I love your collages … and what an inspiration you are as you share that even though you’ve been unemployed, you’ve been able to decorate with what you have and what you find. True genius!

    Warmest blessings …

    • Diane says

      Oh Linda, you are so kind. Thank you!! 😀
      Merry Christmas!!

  32. Sandy says

    Your home is so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Diane says

      Thank you sooo much Sandy! I’m blessed that you would take the time to stop by for a tour!
      Wishing you the most Extraordinary Christmas!

  33. What a lovely home you have ~ thank you so much for the tour and for linking up at this week’s party! Have a joy-filled week.

    • Diane says

      Thank you for so graciously hosting, Mary Beth!!
      May your Christmas be truly extraordinary!

  34. Anna Starner says

    I love your book trees!!! If you have a post about them I would love to read about them. Did you make them? and what are they sitting on?

    • Diane says

      Anna, you just put the biggest smile on my face! 😀 I don’t have a post…YET…expect one in a few days. I have the photos…just need to put it together. P.S. Very easy to make…my husband did the work for me. 😀

  35. Stunning – your guests won’t want to leave!

    • Diane says

      Oh my goodness Kelly, your words cause me to blush! 😀 Thank you!!!

  36. Absolutely wonderful job Diane, I love your Swedish sun room ~ every inch is perfectly styled, warm and lovely!

    • Diane says

      I’ve never had anyone say “perfectly styled,” Pam!! Your words are a Christmas gift to me! 😀 Thank you!!
      May your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed!

  37. Gail says

    You’ve given me an “itch” to use words in my decor. Tomorrow, out comes the cricut machine and I’m cutting “grace”, “joy” and ” winter frolic”. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Also, I am copying your idea to use a Longaberger basket as manger scene backdrop.

    • Diane says

      Oh Gail! You made my day!! I love it when my little bits can be inspire another’s creativity! Have fun with it all!!!

  38. Sylvia Faye says

    I have never ever seen JOY made with the two angels and the Christ Child in the O before. Would you mind sharing where/when it was purchased? I am so impressed by it as Jesus is the reason for the Season and I loved all the creche scenes. Have a Mary Christ Mass and a Holy and Blessed New Year…2013…
    Sylvia Faye

    • Diane says

      Hi Sylvia! The JOY nativity was a gift quite a few years ago. It was made by Roman Inc. Item #42779 from their Milllenium series. I hope it helps…maybe there is another available online…I checked Amazon….and Roman only had a Santa in the joy…not quite the same. This one is surely the nicest I’ve seen and I love putting it in my secretary. Thank you for loving it too!
      May your CHRISTmas be joyous!

  39. Hey there, thanks so much for linking up to our Countdown to Christmas link party. We’re excited to tell you that you were the most viewed link last week featured! Stop by and grab our feature button! Hope you’ll continue to link up with us! Merry Christmas! 🙂

    • Diane says

      Shut the door!! I’m totally amazed! Thanks ladies for hosting and for all the love.
      May your Christmas be truly extraordinary!

  40. Jeannie-JB says

    Very Beautiful! More so because your circumstances did not allow you to go buy lots of things to make your home beautiful. God Bless You and your family. Glory to God in the Highest! Merry Christmas.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Jeannie for your kind words and for taking the time to stop by and leave them as well! 😀 This has been a very good adventure for me. It’s interesting how we often think we need new things. But, we really don’t.
      May your Christmas be extraordinarily blessed!

  41. Beautiful! Classic and traditional. So warm and welcoming! Merry Christmas, Diane!

    • Diane says

      Oh Roeshel…that’s so nice of you to say. Thank you!!!
      May your Christmas be truly joyous!

  42. Joni says

    Love your Swedish room! I love the red pops of color. Love the red and white chair and the Rejoice sign. You sure have a festive home. Love your photos.

    • Diane says

      Thank you soooo much Joni!! I really had a lot of fun playing with old things in a new way.
      Merry Christmas!!

    • Diane says

      Thank you soooo much Joni!! Red is one of my favorite colors, too. It was fun playing with old things in a new way.
      Merry Christmas!!

  43. Well, I am just i love with all of your holiday decor! So fun and pretty. And the cheerfulness makes your home feel very welcoming! Thank you for sharing at TTF last week. I hope you join again!

    • Diane says

      Oh Diann you just made my day! Thank you for your warm and encouraging words…and hospitality too!
      Wishing you the most Extraordinary & Blessed Christmas!!

  44. Carol says

    First time visiting your blog. What a lovely post. I shall go exploring more, now!
    Merry Christmas!

    • Diane says

      Welcome Carol!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour! You make me feel like all my efforts are worthwhile…thank you!
      Wishing you a Blessed and Joyous Christmas!

  45. Beth says

    Your home is beautifully decorated! I love the window above your couch! Your dining areas are pretty. Please don’t feel you need to apologize about the size of your home – your home looks really lovely, and to live in the mountains – how cool is that!!!
    Merry Christmas!

    • Diane says

      Oh Beth….you must have the gift of encouragement. Thank you for your kind words!!! The window was given to me by a friend. It hung in her old sunroom where we made lots of great girlfriend memories.
      Merry Christmas to you too!

  46. Pam says

    I do love your house and all the decorations! This is the place to tour for great ideas and the why didn’t I think of that! Your house appears large in the photos and the photos are so gorgeous because your house is gorgeous! The image of a cottage is the perfect theme. The sun room is wonderful with the Swedish feel and I love the chair and cabinet for they are so pretty and thrifty. You are so fortunate to have a beautiful home and the kindness to share it with us. I could point out many different parts that are lovely but I will just say it is is all great!

    Thanks, Pam

    • Diane says

      Oh Pam I could give you a great big hug….unless you prefer your personal space. 😀
      Thank you so very much for your very encouraging words. They are like honey to my soul.
      May you and yours have the most blessed and extraordinary Christmas!!

  47. Thanks so much for sharing your stunning home tour at It’s Party Time linky party last week! I am featuring you today on my blog – stunning home you have :D…Merry Christmas!!!!

    • Diane says

      Thank you for the feature and for saying the most amazing things!! 😀
      Wishing you the most extraordinary Christmas, Heather!

  48. It’s all so pretty! You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the party. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Diane says

      Thank you Kathryn!
      May your Christmas be filled with peace and joy!

  49. Karin Michel says

    I am moving in!

    • Diane says

      Haha!! I wish you were close to have come in person for your visit! 😀
      Thanks for stopping by Karin! You put a great big grin on my face.

  50. Your Swedish Christmas sun room is spot on! LOve it!! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  51. Beautiful!

  52. Suzi says

    That darling little girl with the Raggedy Ann reminds me of my own daughter when she was a little Raggedy Ann lover. So sweet. The red and white chair is both elegant and adorable. I thought it was upholstered in red leather!

    • Diane says

      Ah…I can imagine what a precious picture your little girl was with her own Raggedy Ann.
      Painting that chair seat was such a whim….glad it worked out!!!

  53. Glenda Kremer says

    I always enjoy seeing the beauty you create! as I looked I kept thinking only the Lord could help you survive this time without your STASH to create more–then I thought I bet she has already started another STASH some way! ha! MERRY CHRIST CENTERED CHRISTMAS!!!
    Glenda Kremer

    • Diane says

      Haha…you are so sweet and kind Glenda. But, no, I have not started a new stash…I’m being really good.

  54. Linda says

    Diane, every inch is beautiful & peaceful! I LOVE cats, so loves spying ours. The style in which you decorate remind me of someone very dear to me who lives in Montana, who is getting up in years, has health issues & someone I MISS VERY MUCH! We havn’t seen each other in over 10 yrs & I fear I may not again. I can’t afford the cost of travel. Somehow seeing your home brought me close to some past memories that I cherish of their home when they lived here in Cincinnati. You seem much like my friend, especially in a spiritual way. I wish i could find that peace. Thank you SO much for sharing part of your life with all of us! There was so many beauty in your decor I cannot just pick one! God bless you & Merry Christmas!

    • Diane says

      How sweet is it that this little tour brought back such special memories.
      Oh I do hope that somehow you and your dear friend are able to see each other again.
      Thank you for your kind thoughts too. [hugs]
      May your Christmas be truly blessed.

  55. Diane Lindstrom says

    Good Morning, Diane!

    I’m sitting here with a nice hot cup of chai tea because here in this part of Canada, we’re snowed in! I just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your house tour! You really go all out at Christmas and it’s stunning! Thanks for sharing!


    • Diane says

      You’re snowed in?!! Hope you’re enjoying it!
      We’re getting plenty of snow today too. It’s been snowing all day, but only 7 or 8 inches. Though that is more than enough for me. [wink]
      Thanks for taking the time to take the tour…wish it could be in person.
      I LOVE chai too!!!

  56. Shirlene Weber says

    Absolutely beautiful. You sure have a gift for decorating. Thank you for sharing!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Shirlene! Thank you for your warm and encouraging words. [hugs]

  57. Mel says

    It’s still a WOW…… And I gotta tell ya, I noted so many things I missed the first time around! But I’m back to the branches with the snowflakes which I really wanna do now that I’m mobile and can get myself to a place to steal a branch! HA!!
    So…..that’ll be my adventure for today…..unless the roads tell me different.

    The photos are warm, inviting and really DO say a lot about where your heart is, yaknow.
    (silly camera needs to cease being fussy…..though I’ll note mine, from 208, is starting to fuss as well….rraaawwrrrrr!!! LOL)

    • Diane says

      Get out!! You are tooo kind!!
      Oh I do hope you hang a branch of snowflakes. Truly….I love that so much…leaving it up way way too long.
      Side note. I never told this…but those snowflakes actually were originally made to stick on my white cupboard doors in the kitchen of my NY house. It had a Swedish nod as well…though different than the sun porch.

      Have fun venturing out. I trust your roads are way better than here where it’s been snowing since Friday night. Ugh.

      Maybe digital is a code word for planned obsolescence? [shrugging shoulders]

  58. Beautiful Diane! I love all the red and white… I have never grown paper whites but always wanted to! So pretty- thanks for sharing it:)

    • Diane says

      Krista…I hope you do get a chance to grow paperwhites…if you can get the bulbs…you ought to give it a try. They are beautiful after Christmas, too!!
      Thanks for your kind remarks. 🙂
      Wishing you JOY this Christmas!

  59. Joy says

    Your tree is so beautiful! Love that milk glass pedestal bowl. Very pretty. I am a longaberger collector too.

    • Diane says

      Joy, the milk glass pedestal bowl belonged to my grandmother and then my aunt and when I got married it got passed to me. It has some fine cracks in the bowl and the hand painting inside the bowl has almost worn off from use. It’s been very loved. 🙂
      Thank you for your sweet remarks. 🙂

      Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas!!

  60. Beautiful, just beautiful! My favorites are the book trees and the swedish room. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a Merry Christmas!


    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Deborah! Thank you so much!

      Merry Christmas to you too!!

  61. Thank you for linking to Tuesday Trivia. Oh I just adore your tree, actually I Love it all. Your print above the piano is priceless. What a beautiful home and breathtaking at Christmas. I’m featuring you today.
    Have a very Merry Christmas,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    • Diane says

      Wanda Ann….you just made my day! Thank you sooooo much for your kind words and the feature. [hugs] ~Diane

  62. Cindy says

    Beautiful home tour, thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Merry Christmas sweet friend!

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Cindy….thank you for always be the hostess with the mostess!!!

  63. kim says

    Here I am a year later,I subscribed to your posts only a few months back,peeking into your sweet Christmas home! Have you thought of becoming a decorator or staging homes for selling? Your rental looks so warm and inviting,love every little detail!
    Is that a folding screen I see in front of the picture window in the living room? Great idea!!!!
    I’m sure God has something VERY special in store for you and you dear Hubby, and He will reveal it in His time.

  64. Janet Johnson says

    I loved every room, so beautiful.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much for coming by Janet and for your kind words. {{hugs}}


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