December 14, 2015

Holiday Home Tour...Part Three

Welcome back, my friends! Come on in, pour yourself a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa and join me as we take a peek into our hearth room and kitchen area all decorated for Christmas. : )

Right around the corner from the family room is our little hearth room. This is the room we gather in to visit, read, or sit and watch the fire on cold winter mornings.

There is a little wooden table that holds a yummy smelling candle...

that makes it feel nice and cozy.

The love seat is comfortable and cozy too...

and is right next to our little holiday tree.

It is decorated with wooden candy canes and little signs with notes to Santa himself. : )

And here is our little Brownie and his Brownie Boot, given to me by my dear mother when Madison was born. It is the same Brownie that rested on my fireplace when I was a little girl.

This is the mantle...all lit up and ready for the season.

And a few sweet pillows on my favorite rocker keep things cozy.

This is the view of the hearth room from my kitchen sink. The kitchen is directly across from the hearth room. It is nice when I am working in the kitchen, because I can still be part of things!

It is an open area, so we can visit from most any point in the downstairs. : )

This little corner always holds my seasonal candle and special holiday treats.

This is the scent I have burned in my Christmas home for years. It is the smell of Christmas at home, according to my children.

And this is cranberry orange coffee cake my Madison made for our afternoon tea. It was delicious!

Christmas soap is a must, right?

Around the corner is my apron rack...

with aprons old and new. This one my grandmother Mildred made for us little ones to wear.

I keep a picture of her right underneath, as well as a handwritten copy of her pumpkin pie recipe I make every single year. : )

This little shelf holds tea cups that once belonged to my great-grandmother Grace, as well as our Christmas cookbooks.

And this is the eat-in area of the kitchen.

This is the view as you enter from the hearth room...

and this is the beautiful new centerpiece I got this year from an amazingly talented woman on Etsy. I am glad people share their talents!

Just a little reminder next to a dish of Christmas treats for visitors as they come into our home...

Behind the table is our Santa center. Here is where we display our collection of Santas...old and new.

And of course, a Santa table must have a North Pole candle burning on it, right? : )

On the other side of the table is my desk and the memory wall of loved ones who came before and enjoyed special Christmas memories of their own.

This is the view as you enter the kitchen from the mudroom...and in the spirit of keeping it real...yes...that is a puppy pen in my kitchen. Mocha likes to be in the center of the action! : )

This little wooden table sits next to the door from the mudroom into the kitchen...

and offers festive treats to visitors and family alike.

Right next to the kitchen is our mudroom...

with a little table that holds a basket with our puppy leashes and a festive sweet smelling candle that greets guests that enter our home.

And that is that! A way too long post that shares some of our country home at Christmas. Thank you for visiting, and be sure to come back next Monday for the last post in the series where we will take a look at some decorations upstairs in the bedrooms.

Have a cozy week, my friends!


  1. Good morning Billie Jo,

    I have been looking forward to this post all week! I love your cozy home.

    Your hearth room is my very favorite room - I think you know how much I like a fireplace.

    I love that sign above the love-seat - There is no place like home for real comfort :) So true. And I love that pillow in the armchair - Christmas time is family time.

    I noticed you have a 'Kettle' Desk Phone! I love that! I would like to get one of those. It's so old-fashioned. Except, I do wish the would have the actual rotary dial - there is something exciting about the feeling of turning the dial and the sound it made as the dial spun back again.

    I am looking forward to your next addition of your home tour.

    Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home,

    1. P.S. I don't believe there will be another post all week in which I will have as much fun as I did here visiting your happy home.

      :) Hope

  2. Billie Jo you are truly blessed with a beautiful home, made special with all the seasonal details that you have lovingly done. I LOVE it all, a real feast for the eyes and a wonderful array of beautiful smelling candles.

  3. Your home is beautiful Billie Jo! Love all the Christmas touches, but I especially like your grandmother's photo with the recipe framed, just brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of so many great things about my childhood. I love that idea! Have a wonderful day my friend!


  4. #lifegoals That's all. I have to keep reminding myself that I have time to acquire more Christmas gear. And I don't have to buy it all in one fell swoop!

  5. How beautiful!!! Your house looks like it came straight out of a magazine.

  6. Love it all. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't ever leave the hearth room, though. You take such special care with each nook and cranny.
    Can't wait to see your next post on the home tour.

  7. Beautiful home! I wish I could decorate like you!

  8. You have a beautiful home! I am sure that it is a wonderful place to be and to invite guests to. xx

  9. I absolutely love these charming tours through your beautiful cozy home Billie Jo! I think that hearth room would be a favorite spot for me. So warm and cozy and that rocker would be calling my name. Right by the fire. ;)

    I love all of your Christmas cheer details - candles, treats, sweet signs and other decorations. So pretty and so warm. Thanks for sharing dear Gal! xoxo

  10. P.S. Just had to share that I also had a great Grandma Grace (That was almost my Annie's name, until I made up my mind I wanted to name her after my Grandma). Love that you have that spot with the aprons and her recipe and photo. Just love!

  11. I could feel the coziness in your home all the way over here. So warm and Christmas inviting. So many wonderful things to love, but I especially like the lighted scrap fabric garland above the cabinets and on the mantle. Very cute.

    Keep enjoying all the beauty around you and those sweet kids of yours this Advent.

  12. Oh no Billie Joe its not too long, its perfect! I love the layout of your home! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow, beautiful!! Love all the love in your home...and all the love you put into it!


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Billie Jo