Holiday Home Tour 2014


Welcome to our home…. this month is special to all of us here at home as we celebrate the birth of Christ and gather all of our friends and family to enjoy this beautiful holiday season.  I hope you enjoy a peek into our home, decorated for the holidays.

This year we re-designed our front garden, removing all the grass and replacing it with gravel and drought resistant plants and trees. It’s in the beginning stages, as it was just completed two weeks ago, but already I am loving that we now have a fence to add lights and garland to!



Come on in our gate! I decorated it this year with a dried boxwood wreath from last year, a French Willow hanging basket that I filled up with an ivy, a white cyclamen and a few glittering ornaments and berries and pinecones.



I basically pretended my home is in the Provence , when designing the front garden, with lots of gravel, a simple French style seating area, and lots of lavenders, herbs, and low water plants. In the background you can see several varieties of Silver Sheens which will grow to tall tree size, and some Little Ollies {miniature Olive bushes} and Lavenders.  Peeking over the table is the deer pillow I ordered from Lucy at Craftberry Bush, it’s perfect out there!


 Here is a close up of the table, set with two faux bois urns with moss and pinecones, and a weathered lantern with a candle that we light at night.

Here is another place that deer pillow looks wonderful, right by the front entry steps on an antique French bistro chair.  The little Christmas tree lights up at night, I love the new LCD light strings that are battery operated and have a timer, you simple push the “on” button at the right time just before dark once, and the timer “remembers” that time. They stay on for 6 hours and repeat that cycle every 24 hours. How great is that?!


Our living room.  Our home has an open concept, so that you can walk into the kitchen / family room from either side of the fireplace.  The extra high ceilings allows for an extra tall tree, which is decorated with antique ornaments, ornaments our children have made over the years, and lots and lots of lights.







This great printable is from thegirlcreative you just print it out on your computer and frame it!




I decorate mostly with fresh flowers and greens, flowering bulbs and plants, in the European manner, I’m a huge fan of fresh, green and natural, the antiques at home make quite a statement on their own, and need just a little bit of holiday embellishment to shine. This year, because our family is coming from Europe, I’ve actually toned down the decorations somewhat, as our living spaces are not that huge, and with fifteen or more people inside our rooms, I wanted to leave plenty of space and “restful” areas for the eye to see.


Welcome to our kitchen! This is where most everything happens….cooking, eating, meetings over coffee with antique dealers and magazine editors, everyone who comes over ends up in this kitchen at the big farm table eating home baked cookies or scones. It’s my official conference room, we watch movies here, you name it, it happens in this room.  Last year we had a kitchen remodel, and this stove…I love this stove.  I had quite a time hanging the deer over the stove {finally settled on one of those removable hooks after much discussion about NOT drilling a hole in the tile per Mr. FrenchGardenHouse’s instructions demands.} Tada…still hung the deer and he keeps me company while trying out new recipes to feed all the European family when they are here.


I love my new farm sink! A preserved boxwood wreath, two topiaries in urns that were a gift from a friend, a cachepot of paperwhites and red linens are all the Holiday dressing it needs.



I made these white cups that I’ve had forever into Hot Cocoa mugs by adding snow man features with a Sharpie, and wrote my grandchildren’s name on each one. They will wash off with soft scrub I think, and I’m hand washing these for the season. You CAN bake them in the oven to make it permanent {bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees}, I just didn’t so that I can use the cups again for parties later in the year.

Here is the armoire in the family room filled with my collection of Red Transferware.  {The photograph at the very beginning of this post shows it filled with ironstone when I made that wreath for a Romantic Homes Magazine shoot some years ago.} I set the table for a Cottages & Bungalows photo shoot using my transferware with red roses and brussels sprouts and asparagus for a centerpiece. I still love this table setting and may do a variation of this for at least one meal this season.

holidaytablescapes transferware


Another armoire filled with mostly ironstone, antique French dishes and religious antiques from France. {painted pinecone was a gift from Linden, my granddaughter}





Kitchen chalkboard I made from an antique frame with a board and chalkboard spray paint. I vary what it says for each month or season. {sorry, due to glare- bad photography by me- I had to add the letters in photoshop to Lord!}



The kitchen table chairs wear little preserved boxwood wreaths, so cute!

Outside in the back garden:





Thank you so much for stopping by! What a joy it is to share a bit of our life and home, I am not quite done decorating, next week is the week I add some more fresh flowers and greens everywhere. Here in California they tend to dry out so quickly, that I don’t dare do this before a week before Christmas. I hope you are enjoying your home and those you love during this magical time. We wish you a beautiful Christmas!


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37 thoughts on “Holiday Home Tour 2014”

  1. Oh Lidy, I enjoyed your Home Tour so much. Your home is so lovely and even more so, all dressed for Christmas. Your new front garden really does make you feel like the French countryside! Have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family!

  2. Oh, Lidy! I do believe we may have been separated at birth! I love your home….the decor is spot-on….so welcoming. The balance between bits of formality and moments of casual comfort is wonderful! This only happens when one does things that are true to their own soul., and you have certainly done that! Best Christmas Blessings, jan

  3. Lidy, your home love so festive and inviting! And I am so in love with your new sink. i could be…jealous LOL. bug hugs! xo t

  4. Lovely. Great to see some new ideas for my own home. I also always decorate the inside of my China Cabinet. Love the Hot Chocolate bar idea , and the Red Transferware !

  5. Wow your home is so beautiful! Love your outdoor space and your tree is awesome!! Living in Michigan I just cant imagine Christmas without the white fluffy stuff!! Thanks for this tour!! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!!

  6. Linda P.

    Dear Lidy,
    Your home is just beautiful, very inviting! I am so happy to see that you have a lot of beautiful things in your space! I Too have a lot of things and I just love it! It is so nice to see another person share that excitement with you!
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and your family! Linda

  7. Jillian

    Just lovely! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and your JOY for the Lord with us. Have a very Merry Christmas!


    1. Thank you Jillian! Merry Christmas to YOU and those you love, too! xo

  8. You have captured the Christmas Spirit and offer so much inspiration – wow! What a beautiful home and garden – thanks for a great blog all year round!
    Merry Christmas!

  9. I enjoyed your Christmas Home tour so much. It’s beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  10. Karen Walker

    I love all of it! It makes me feel happy!! Merry Christmas!!

  11. Lidy, your home us beautiful, it was so lovely to see it,very elegant
    Have a wonderful Christmas

  12. Lovely and Festive! Thank you for sharing your home this Holiday Season. Have a Blessed Christmas with your Family and Friends!

  13. veronique prus-wieckowski

    Votre maison est si jolie, des tres belles decorations… vous avez tres bien arrange votre “home sweet home” bravo bravo… j’aime beaucoup votre site et merci de partager toute cette beaute!!

    Kindest regards,


  14. Beverly Scott

    Absolutely spectacular. It looks like a home anyone would be anxious to come home to for the holidays!

  15. La'Rhett Melton

    Lidy, simply lovely! Enjoy your holidays. Merry Christmas…Peace, Joy & Happiness in the New Year!

    1. Thank you, La’Rhett….Peace Joy and Happiness wished for you and your family, too! xoxo Lidy

  16. Joyce Goodstein

    My Christmas Wish for you and yours Lidy is “All things bright and beautiful”…..and I see that your have already achieved that….It is just wonderful….Merry Christmas,Lidy…..

  17. Janice Radigan

    Dear Lidy…..What a wonderful time of year…to enjoy our traditions with family and friends.
    Your home is so welcoming with that romantic French twist we yearn for.
    Thank you for the inspiration and the ability to bring it to us.
    We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!!!!!

    1. I agree, Janice, this is the most wonderful time of year! This year, our family from Europe will be here, we are so excited! I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas, too. xoxo

  18. Oooh Lidy, how breathtaking your home is… thank you so much for the tour… where to begin… your new farmhouse sink is so beautiful!… and your kitchen is so warm and inviting looking… it just says “welcome”… your hot cocoa bar is perfect, and I love your red transferware and ruby glasses… tea by your fireplace would be so much fun to share with you!… and your new deer pillow is gorgeous… I am such a Nature lover, I would love to get one of those too… now, I must make myself another cup of coffee and go back and look at everything once more… Merry Christmas to you dear Lidy!… I am so grateful for our friendship over the years, and the many exquisite items I have purchased from your shop… do you remember my antique compote I got from you?… it holds my homemade chocolate wine balls this time of year, and I always get compliments on it… much love, xoxo… Julie Marie

  19. Julie Marie, thanks so much for your sweet comments! I always love visiting you, too, online friend. It would be wonderful to be able to have tea by the fireplace together, wouldn’t it? Merry merry Christmas! xo Lidy

  20. Thank you so much everyone, for your kind Christmas wishes! It is so sweet of you to take the time to leave a comment, I appreciate that so very much. I hope for each and every one of you that you will have the happiest of days during this holiday season, share lots of love and laughter with those you love, and have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the still beauty. xoxoxo Lidy

  21. Joanne Boulter

    Your home is exquisitely decorated for Christmas. Love it! Joanne

  22. Lidy, your home is lovely decorated for Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by. I have been browsed your shop on and off for quite some time.

    1. Thanks so much for the visit, Kim, and for leaving a comment. I love your blog, and your lovely style. xo

    1. I love yours, too…so personal and welcoming Anita. Merry Christmas!

  23. Lidy, your home is stunning! I love your choice of adding gravel to your seating area to add the feel of Provence to your home! This area is lovely decorated for Christmas! Your tree is fabulous- it glows! Your kitchen looks wonderful and I adore the preserved Boxwood wreaths! You have crated a magical Christmas home!

    1. Thank you so much, Shelley! Thanks for the visit, I wish you beautiful holidays with your family. xo

  24. Just beautiful, thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Di

  25. Lidy, I have followed you and FGH for a number of years, and I love that you’re sharing your home so personally, yourself! I love all of your renovations to home and garden, and you must be over the moon in anticipation of sharing it all with your family coming from Europe. Enjoy your holidays and the magic of your home’s beauty! Merry Christmas!
    Rita C at Panoply

  26. Thank you everyone for visiting, and for your kind comments. Merry Christmas!! xoxo Lidy

  27. Sandra

    I just had to take one more look, so that when I plan my holiday look this year, I know what to strive for!

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