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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Home for the Holidays

The Christmas theme for my kitchen this year is "No Place like home for the Holidays"    I thought it was a perfect theme choice since the kitchen is the "Heart of the Home"

I will be creating vignettes on the kitchen counters with all kinds of  "homes" that I have added Penny touches to.

Today I wanted to share the home that I created for the pass thru between the kitchen and the family living/dining room.

The center piece for this vignette is a home that I built as a Christmas gift for my mother more than 20 years ago.    You can see in the photo above that I gave her home a complete makeover.....if you missed that post click here....

I set a stocking holder Santa and sleigh  on the porch......

I have a porch light on each side of the can find these at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section.  

 My pink Santa opens at his fat little belly to reveal a hidden compartment to hold a Christmas treasure or two.

I potted most of my small Christmas trees in silver sugar and creamers.  

The trees on each side of the house are decorated with chandys,  pearls and a few bouquets of roses/

I have mixed crystal and pink chandys on the pink vintage bottle brush tree.

On the other side of the house,   I have a pink Santa's.....

Orny Christmas trees.......

and a pink Santa with the sweetest face.

On the right side of the house I also have a white ceramic tree.

    Did you notice that I have my house sitting on a small pink buffet?.....I'll explain the reason for that in a minute.

Let's peek around the corner and look at the back side of the house.

This side of the house faces the living/dining room side of the pass thru.

This is how this side looked before the makeover.    I took the before photo after the burgandy carpet had already been removed.

Now to explain why I have the house on a buffet platform.......See the basement window behind the Let it Snow Sign?

I wanted my house to have a basement and that is how I accomplished it.

The first floor has a sofa and a black baby grand piano.....and the second floor is the bathroom

I have some small Victorian dolls sitting around the house.....

The basement is a large bedroom and play area.....

The bedroom set and black baby grand piano are the only new pieces,   the rest were in the house when I gave it to my mother for Christmas.

Love the miniature carousel horse

Front .....................................................................................................Back

I will create more vignettes around the kitchen as I have time.  

 I may not get as much Christmas decorating done this year since I am a full time nurse for H        He  had surgery Wednesday and will be down for about a month.  

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  1. Penny,
    I am speechless!! LOVE IT!!!
    Okay, I am not that speechless as I have a bunch of questions...
    Did you make all your bottle brush trees with the ornaments?
    Where did you get those pink trees and did we see them before???
    I can't remember if you painted that tree white or did you buy it that way?
    And last question
    How is H doing?
    Sending prayers for a speedy recovery to him!!
    Love all of it!!
    Joe and I have been working on the outside because the weather has been warm for this time of year but by next weekend, they are predicting snow showers so I want to have the outside finished by then....

  2. Everything is beautiful. If you have to be in .....I would think there no place like home & your home is so beautiful. Although there is no good time to be sick. I hope Mr. H . recover good & will be back on his feet by the end of the month. Can you tell us if he has been feeling bad or did this just happen. I will be thinking about you also. I know you will be a great nurse/caregiver. Both of you are in my prayers. Can't wait to see more of what you are doing in the kitchen.Hugs- Lou

  3. Oh, I'm always so charmed by your so stunning blog posts depicting and portraying your whimsical world filled with bliss, thank you fo sharing all this beauty and art with us !

    Wishing you all my best for your week just begun
    I'm sending blessings & hugs to you

    Xx Daniela

  4. Penny this is beautiful and full of ideas. Thank you!

  5. I love how you spilled the basement apartment out to full view... just beautiful. Where do you find the time to do all of these things? Of course, in fairness to myself we spent 3 days with multiple appts per day with doctors last week alone. Hope your H is well soon.

  6. Beautiful! Speedy recovery to Mr. H!

  7. Everything looks so pretty and festive! Sorry to hear about hubby, make sure to get plenty of est for you too. I hope he feels better soon!

  8. Oh Goodness, Penny. This is adorable, i bet the grands will want to play with this one also. So pretty---gush-gush, grins, Sandi

  9. That little house is so cute Penny! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  10. I' d like to live in this fabulous pink house! Everything so charming
    HUgs Alessandra

  11. wow - this brings back childhood memories and my metal doll house - had that one for a long long time. hope your husband recovers quickly. you really have it together - not even thanksgiving yet and you are all decorated for xmas

  12. Hope H is recovering well and will be up and about soon. Love your vignette! It is absolutely a dreamland and so magical. You are so creative with all your goodies. Can't wait to see more! Judy

  13. Everything you post is rich and luscious and feminine. Very pretty, hope your husband gets well soon.

  14. Love your decorations and your house! Thank you so much for sharing, I could spend hours just looking--Hope Mr. H is doing good, prayers for you both, Hugs

  15. Oh no. Praying for H. Your house is adorable. Thanks for sharing at Monday Social.

  16. Absolutely stunning vignette...Prayers for both of you for strength, comfort and peace during recovery! Cannot wait to see the rest of the house! hugs..

  17. I personally think it's breathtaking. A lot of work & love went into that I'm sure. I'm totally speechless. A lot of thought from the heart went into this I'm sure. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Wow, I love the basement! This is so adorable. Pinning everything!

  19. I love all your beautiful village houses and decorations. They are so exquisite. I put up a Christmas Village but I could only dream of one this beautiful. My grandson like to get in mine and Play Tornado. He doesn't break anything (yet), but it is cute and he is so funny, I let him. Nanas do that, don't they?

  20. Beautiful. It is definitely a wonderful place to gather with friends during the Christmas season.

  21. Love the "home" make over. My daughter would go nuts for that dollhouse.

  22. Wow...everything looks so pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. Sending well wishes for your husband. This is an amazing display and I can only imagine how much time this took. Whatever the amount of time I'm sure you loved every minute. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  24. You always have the lovelies decor all season long. I love your home during Christmas though. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  25. Penny, the house is absolutely darling! Love the idea of giving it a basement. All of the trees are super cute as well. I have plans to place some of mine in creamers this year as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Stunning! The pink Christmas trees are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  27. What a delight your kitchen theme is Penny. Thank you for all that you share at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring your kitchen at tomorrow's party. Hugs xx

  28. Penny that is a beautiful doll house and you have made it even more so by working your magic on it with all the pretty furnishings and dolls. I hope Mr. H has a speedy recovery.


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