Friday, December 19, 2014

My Christmas Home 2014

Can you believe we are less than a week from Christmas Day? Are you ready?

I said this year I was going to keep things simple, but somehow it just isn't possible!
I've managed to have just as many decorations placed throughout my home,
 and today I am sharing some of them with you!

Here my Christmas tree that sits in the corner of the living room 
and holds so many dear memories from years past. 

Next to the tree sits a wooden sleigh I painted back in the 90's. 

This mirror hangs in the entry and is the perfect place for my metal snowman.

The dining table is set with my Franciscan Apple dishes
that I have been collecting for many years. 

My snowman family centerpiece was purchased a long time ago at
  Filoli Mansion and Gardens in Woodside, California.  

Cute, aren't they?

Of course the bar is ready for a Candy Cane Martini, glass of wine or a specialty cocktail or two!

The Santa painting here is called, "Santa Lights Up".
 This was a project I taught back when I used to teach decorative painting classes.
I especially love my Christmas lamp I received from my girlfriend years ago.

This year I added a kitchen Christmas tree.

My last post had a giveaway of a Santa Rolling Pin.  
Here is my own I painted a few years ago.

 This here is a metal Christmas calendar I just love.
The snowman reminds me of Christmas when I was a child.

This Santa has an old wooden spoon used for his face.  
The ceramic Santa coat and pants are actually salt & pepper shakers 
and were a gift this year from my daughter.

Last is a simple Christmas greenery arrangement in my country cabinet
 that stands in my kitchen eating area.

Along with the arrangement is a metal snowman
 who holds a battery operated candle that comes on in the evening
 and glows brightly through the stars.

Thanks for stopping by The Checkered Apple!
Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy
 New Year to all of you!


  1. Oh, your home looks so beautiful! Your tree is lovely and I'll bet it's gorgeous from the outside too being between the windows. Love that little snowman centerpiece in your dining room and the dishes are beautiful! I collect the Desert Rose pattern. My aunt had these and I so wanted them when she passed away but another cousin got them! Shoot! :) Your kitchen is magical and I'm so amazed at your talent - all of the painted pieces are precious! Merry Christmas, sweet friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Hi Diane, I had to hop over her to see your Christmas tour and wish you a merry Christmas! Everything is beautiful, and I loved how you used a funnel as a topper for your kitchen tree! And what a good idea to paint a Santa on a rolling pin! I'm sorry I missed the giveaway for one! And that metal snowman has stolen my heart! So many pretties-looks like you're all ready! Take care and enjoy your holiday! ~Jane

  3. Everything looks so pretty, Diane! I never knew you were such a talented painter! I'm impressed!

  4. Everything is stunning!!! I wish I lived closer so you could teach me to paint. : ) I can't believe there are just a few more days left until christmas. I am showing off my beautiful rolling pin today ~ sorry that I am so late, that sickness threw everything off balance. Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Your home looks beautiful Diane, I especially love the Christmas tree, covered in decorations, and your painting skills are amazing.
    I hope you're enjoying the holidays, have a lovely Christmas xx

  6. Merry Christmas, Diane! Your home looks beautiful!

  7. Your decorations are gorgeous, and I especially like your kitchen tree! It all makes me want to concentrate more on my inside decorations next year instead of going nuts on the outside decor. All I did was put up the tree inside ;-(
    Happy New Year!

  8. Hi Diane,
    Just stopped by to say Happy New Year! Of course I had to scroll through your beautiful photos again! Christmas seems a bit distant already. It passes too quickly for me! Enjoy the new year!


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