Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More Christmas Decor - Entry Way, Staircase & Loft Tree

Today I am sharing more Christmas photos! I hope you're not getting tired of them yet! I decided to share the foyer, staircase and the upstairs tree.

When you enter our front door, you are standing in our foyer and straight ahead is the staircase. At the top of the staircase is the upstairs tree. Therefore, I decided to do these all together.

Stepping in the front door, you are greeted by yet another snowman! This one was given to me by my friend, Tonya, a couple of years ago for Christmas. He displays the countdown to many more days until Christmas. (It's the first thing Little Miss Joy does everyday when she gets up!) He is also holding some prim candy canes and pinecone greens. And beside him is my bushel basket filled with poinsettias.

To the right of those is the old faithful bench. On any normal day, you would find the bunnies (made for me by my Aunt Jo) in everyday clothing resting on the bench, but at Christmas, they get special Christmas clothes (another decorating thing that Joy looks forward to doing every used to be Colt that dressed them!). The only other thing added here is a small Christmas pillow.

Now back to the staircase.....straight ahead on the wall leading up the staircase, is the primitive rusty snowman star that was a Christmas gift last year from my friend, Tonya. I traded out the normal Americana wreath for a Happy Holiday wreath.

On the staircase landing, is really one of my favorite little trees. I still just love Americana and I love to incorporate it in with my Christmas decorating. Besides loving the way the two mix, it really is more cost effective for me to add the Christmas decor to my everyday decor, instead of changing everything out (and storing it).

This slim tree is nestled inside a picnic style basket and only decorated with flags, raffia and homespun, and topped with a twig star (can you tell I love twig stars?). Above the tree, on the wall, is a Christmas wreath, "Merry Christmas" blocks, and the stockings for our two kitties, Matty and Bambi.

And this year, for the upstairs, we have something a little different. For the past few years, we've had a simple tree lit on the front porch and this is the tree we have usually used. However, remember this year, I decided to keep it even more simple on the front porch, with NO lights, so we added this tree upstairs. I didn't want to spend money on this, so Joy and I brainstormed on what we could do. First of all, we thought about what purpose our loft serves. It is a combination of library (with the massive wall of shelves), playroom, and computer/craft nook. So keeping this in mind, Joy decided she wanted to do stuffed animals (as a toy tree). We tried to keep it to Christmas stuffed animals. Then I remembered all the Little Golden Books I had from when Colt and Joy were really little, so we added those. And that's how this tree came to be. No cost to us, and I just love how it says alot about this area and us. And I also love the fact that you can see this tree standing downstairs, looking up into the loft.

And here's a photo looking downstairs.

You can actually get a little peek here at the living room below. I love to sit in my recliner with the lights dim like this with all the twinkling lights around me....with my cup of cocoa and watch Christmas movies! Did I mention that before? :)

And then here's a shot looking up at the loft area. It's been a tradition for quite some time since living in our home, to hang greenery and bows in the "open window" areas of the loft. It wouldn't feel the same to have this decor every Christmas, so every year, I climb up there (with my fear of heights) and hang this. If I'm lucky some years, I can get Jason to do it for me. This year we did it together.

And that's it. Thank you so much for stopping by again! I really appreciate all that have stopped by and those that have left comments. It is so fun sharing Christmas decor, especially with those that really love Christmas and decorating just as much as I do!

Stop by again soon for more Christmas pictures. Next up will either be the living room or the kitchen, depending on which one, I get pictures of next! I'm looking forward to our ladies Christmas party here Friday night, so maybe I'll have pictures to share from that too!

Happy Wednesday!


Janel said...

The pictures came out great! I will never get tired of looking at your home...I just love it!!! I enjoy seeing how you decorate for Christmas but I love your home all year round! Blesings, Janel in NJ

Anonymous said...

Tammy I love everything. It is so inviting and makes me feel all warm inside. You have once again done a beautiful job. I love the little tree on the stair case. Once again you made me think of my Nanny she loved decorating for Christmas but she was very patriotic. She would love this tree. I can't wait to see the rest of your home. Wish I was coming with the ladies from Church so I could see it in person and meet you! :)


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

your home looks so cozy and the decorations..I love that wallpaper too...can't wait to see the next photos!

basketsnprims said...

Everything looks wonderful, Tammy. I just love the pictures of your home. I can't wait to see more. Enjoy your day.

~ Pam

Kindra said...

Christmas isn't your favorite holiday, is it? LOL Love the staircase! So nice!

Kath said...

oh-How could anyone get tired of looking at your beautiful home!!?? I so enjoy all your pictures!
I love it've done a wonderful job with your Christmas decor, Tammy.
I really like the skinny tree in the basket on the staircase landing!!

It's ALL Beautiful!

Have a happy Wednesday!


Homespun Simplicity said...

Your house looks beautiful, Tammy. It's like looking at Country Sampler! Thanks for sharing with us! It's so much fun to see.

Janene said...

Holy Bejeebers Tammy~Your foyer is to die for!!
I love to dim the lights at night with just the twinkling of the Christmas lights too! Hot cocoa and Christmas movies included!
It just brings me such warmth and peace after a stressful day!
Thank you for sharing your home, I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Wendy said...

If I tried putting that many trees in my home we would have to move out!!LOL I love it Tammy you have done a great job!! Can't wait to see more!! Have a great day!!~wendy

LBP said...

Wow! Your holiday decor is just beautiful! I love your tree with the books on it, what a great idea!



Sandy said...

Everything looks so Christmas like :)
I loved the tour...thank you.

I just love Christmas time and when the homes are all decorated. You get such a Christmas feel :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Everything looks great Tammy! Your home is so pretty! I love the tree with the toys and books, but my favorite is the skinny tree with the flags, and raffia! So simple and prim!
Have a nice evening!

Colleen said...

Oh, Tammy -- everything looks amazing! Especially with the twinkle lights sparkling at night...

I'm glad to hear that you've been busy shopping, decorating, and enjoying the season. And what fun to picture you sitting in your living room -- watching Christmas movies, and enjoying the warm, festive glow.

Keep the photos coming!

Lynn said...

Tammy, I love everything so far that you've decorated for Christmas and have shared with us! You've done such a beautiful job on each room!

I don't think I'll ever tire of looking at pictures of your home, whether it's your pictures during the holiday's or just some pictures of a regular day and time of the year... I always thoroughly enjoy looking at them that's for sure!

Love Joy's idea of using stuffed animals and your idea of your children's books for on your one tree! You and Joy are sooo creative!

Have a wonderful time with the lady's from your church this Friday Tammy!

Take care and please do keep those picture's coming!

Love & Blessings,

FourOf5zs said...

Wow! Your home is beautifully decorated. The spirit of Christmas is there.

Linda said...

I am NOT tired of looking at your pretty home. What a wonderful staircase to be able to decorate. Just lovely!

Susan said...

Hey Tammy,
Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your blog. And your home is beautiful. Have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow Tammy, i have stumbled upon your wonderful blog and just love th decorating you have done. Your home is s warm and weloming..i could sit with you watching Christmas
I certainly will return.
luv Ann.xx

Julie said...

I would love to have a staircase to decorate like that. It looks so pretty. Great idea with the books on the tree--that is darling. Thanks for sharing--can't wait to see more. take care. Julie

lindanuts said...

Beautiful-just beautiful. Reminds me of when the kids were little......

shopannies said...

I especially love the rag doll christmas tree. I am a fan of raggedy ann.

The Whites said...

I love the story book tree! What a great idea. Everything is so cozy and festive!


Leslie said...

My favorite photos are the ones with just the pretty glow of the lights :) Looks great!


Lauren said...

Everything looks so great! So warm and cozy too:) I don't ever get tired of seeing Christmas decorating..keep those pictures coming! <3Lauren

Tammy said...

So fun getting this tour of your home, all decked out for Christmas! It makes me feel as though I just had a visit...all I need is some egg nog! ;)
I love getting ideas, too...your staircase is just wonderful. And I love the toy tree idea!

Deb said...

Hi Tammy! Everything looks so lovely just like the Country Sampler! I just love your home. I've finished my decorations too I've posted my den and will be getting pictures ready from other rooms. Deb

CozyCoops Corner said...

So beautiful Tammy ! Your stairs are done just gorgeous ! Have a wonderful Christmassy day ! :-)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Everything looks so pretty, Tammy!
And I love the little Christmas outfits the bunnies are wearing!! Those are too cute!

Shellmo said...

I feel like walking up and down your staircase 20 times! It's beautifully decorated! And I love the idea of the tree w/ the stuffed animals and children's books - very whimisical! We are headed back up to the log cabin this weekend and will be finishing our decorating. I'm still working on my staircase!

country gal said...


I just love Christmas! I just love Our house. I just love all houses at Christmas!!! That makes this post a great combanation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol!

Love, Joy

countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Tammy...your house is just beautiful! I can see why you like having just the lights twinkling from the trees and decoration. It's so cozy and warm feeling.

Thanks for letting us into your home!


The Charm House said...

Your home is beautiful! I especially love the tree with the books on it! Books are special to my heart!
I am having a giveaway for a Fontanini "The Holy Family" Nativity. Come on over and sign up for it!

Angie said...


I just love your home anyway..but it really dresses up nice for Chrismtas..thank you for sharing it with us! I especially love the tree with the children's books! I hope you are having a lovely week! Love, Angie

Shelley said...

Hi Tammy, my name is Shelley! Just had to tell you,I love your style of decorating. Your Christmas decorations are so pretty and prim. I like decorating in the country prim style,as well! Love the tree with the stuffed animals and books. The Eloise Wilken Little golden books are my favorites.I read "Baby Dear" to my girls over and over when they were small! I have added you to my favorites,and will be back to visit often...
Have a blessed weekend...Shelley

Mariella ;) said...

wow your decoration is wow!


have a wonderful day Tammy!



Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Tammy... I will NEVER get tired of seeing your home all decorated. I could never be that creative!!! You have a GIFT...

We just got home from ARKANSAS.. We went to Mt. Nebo--and had a wonderful time. Ever been there?

Stephanie said...

I always say, I wish you lived close, I would come visit you!!! I love your home!

The Vintage Rose said...

Thanks for sharing your love of Christmas decorating and spreading some Christmas cheer!

Terry said...

I've always wanted a staircase to decorate. I love it, and love all of your decorations. It's so welcoming. I think I love the patriotic tree the best.


Amy said...

Found your blog last night. Your pictures are wonderful. You have a beautiful home and a great talent for decorating. I so enjoyed looking at all the pictures thank you!!!!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Tammy, that staircase is ... well I'm speechless ... its gorgeous. I really like what you did with the toy tree. That is so special.

I remember one year we had a tree in the boys room and they hung matchbox cars all over it. It was the perfect boy tree!

Christmas blessings,

Anais said...

Everything looks so festive.!! I really enjoyed to see your Christmas decorations.