Monday, December 28, 2009

Third and Final Post of the Holiday Home Tour 2009!

Well another Christmas is in the books.  I have eaten, entertained, celebrated and slept (a lot) and I think I'm  ready to post the final in my series of pictures.  I really have enjoyed doing yet another tour (my fifth), and loved hearing all the comments.  It was really fun during the tour to hear people say how they appreciated the reuse of items, rather then seeing them end up in the junk pile.  When you find a piece, look for that coolness factor in it.  Think outside of the box, and I'm sure you'll find some purpose for it.  It really is fun to get those creative juices flowing!  

It's easy to take all the credit for the decorating, but I have to give credit where credit is do.  First, I have been very blessed to have such  a great home to decorate.  It's a long story on how we came to be here in this beautiful home, really a gift from God, but we had the best builder in the world.  Thanks to Minks Custom homes in Ramsey for giving us the canvas to work with.  I also want to thank Sue Wolfe, of Destination Art, for helping me get ready for it.  Her creative talent is incredible, and she really helped me put it all together.  Thank you, Sue!  And not to forget those who put this on this year, thank you, Julie and Teri of the French Flea.  I think it turned out great!  So without further ado, here are the final pictures . . . 


This coffee table I'm assuming was originally used to hold a wash bucket or something of that nature.  When I purchased it, the glass had already been added.  The aquarium on the table works great for holding what ever collection you want to put in there.  Here it just holds a few ornaments.  The green pillow on the couch has an ornament hot glue to it for a little bling!

This telescope was purchased on a visit to North Carolina.  I knew I had to have it.  It's black and white color goes perfectly with my decor!

A wonderful piece of Destination Art work.



Scales, scales, and more scales . . .


This one may be my favorite.

Love this German tin.  It fits perfectly in this large space.  I only wish I knew what it's original purpose was.


The number is a European house number.

I love just a touch of red with my vintage Janite collection.

This unique architectural piece is perfect for candles.



I love these old snow shoes.  Canvas and metal, a great combo!

I think this was the most talked about addition to my decor this year.  A painted Christmas tree!


The balls were hung from the ceiling with fishing line and tacks at alternating lengths.  I wanted them to appear as though they were hanging on the tree.


They were also hung so they would be dimensional, like a real tree.  Funny thing, people wondered what I would do after Christmas.  Great thing with paint, you can just paint over it!


My wire water bottle holder was transformed into a hot chocolate stand with the addition of some stenciled tin pieces.  The huge jar I think was some sort of lab jar.  Works great to hold the hot chocolate!

 A simple dough bowl is transformed into a centerpiece with clear craft ornament balls (the metal piece removed), cedar greens and large pine cones.  I think simple, but dramatic.

A vintage grate adds some flare to a window.  Tiny vintage ornaments hang from cedar greens.  

This ornament holder from Crate and Barrel holds vintage ornaments.

I love old pillars.  This one just stands in a corner holding wall votive holders.  The sign on the window sill says, "It's okay to say Merry Christmas!"



Marshmellows in a vase with glittered twigs and popcorn in a platter with candles.  Think outside the box!


You know I love cloches!  Just a little treat for Santa!


This large tube holds coffee beans.  Goes perfect with the Destination Art coffee canvas!

Someone on the home tour told me this was originally a radiator cover.  I had always thought it come from a front porch.  Glass was added to make it a table.

I love this old oil painting.  The distressing I think adds to it!


I purchased these "curtain" balls from a local gift shop.  They're actually cotton balls on fishing line.


A glittered branch was added to the top, with a crackled bird hanging from it.

I have a small bathroom on the main floor, but am able to have this skinny cupboard in it.  It was originally a built in.

This cruet works great with candles in it!


There it is in a nut shell.  Another tour down.  Sorry if I took too many pictures.  I know I go overboard!  I try my best to make it feel like you're on it with me.  It was a lot of fun being a part of it, and I so enjoyed all the people who were able to come.  I guess I better not say it's my last year again.  Never say never, cause who knows what next year will bring!   Have a Happy New Year! 


Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

Oh Lani, I so enjoyed your home tour in pictures. It's the next best thing to being there in person. And there can never be too many pictures! Your home is gorgeous and your decorating style is superb. Thanks so much for sharing!! And Happy New Year!

Cynthia K. said...

Oh that was a wonderful tour - not too many pictures at all - I wanted to see every detail! Really remarkable and clever ideas - so appreciate the inspiration. Thanks.

Happy Blessed New Year to you...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

the Garden Register said...

Your home is the perfect mix of rustic and refined. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing it with us. There were definitely not too many pictures; enjoyed seeing all of the details.

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I love so many different elements... I could never choose a favorite! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love all the colors. So bright and cheerful, lol

Jana Johnson Label said...

Thanks for all the fun display ideas...I'm always looking for new inspiration for the store. I love mixing it up with junk too.

Faded Charm said...

Thanks for sharing all your photos of your House Tour. I've really enjoyed looking at all of them and you have a beautiful home with tons of charachter. I especially enjoy your blog for all your ideas of what can be done with old junk.

Much happiness to you in the New Year.


Junk Sophisticate said...

Oh my goodness, Lanette. I just completed your three-part home tour and am just blown away! Wasn't I there just a few months ago? It's almost hard to believe because everything has such a fresh and new look to it. (And it was GORGEOUS before!). I will definitely keep these posts as reference for future holiday decorating.

Beautiful job, Lani! Your home is such a treasure!

Junk Girl said...


Love all the pictures! Your home is just gorgeous! Thanks for posting them and have a fabulous 2010. Hope to see you sometime in Minneapolis in the spring!

Again, thanks for sharing your home with all of us! Andrea

LuLu said...

Your home is magical... it has so many wonderful things that catch my eye.... you'd never get me to leave if i visited in person :)
wishing you a wonderful New Year and thank you for the home tour!!

junkermidge said...

Lani, definitely not too many pictures, wish there were more. I love your house and your flair for decorating. I actually gasped when I saw that big round grate --GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing your home, you SO inspire me (I'll be sharing soon).


alice said...

Lani oh my !!!!! You did such a beautiful job! NOT to many pic's!!!!!!!! Thanks a bunch! Happy New Year!
smiles, alice

Tracey said...

Hi Lanette

Definately not too many pictures. I enjoyed the actual tour and it was great to be able to see it again. I always look forward to it each year. Thanks for the inspiration...I painted a similar tree on my wall. Check it out on my blog.

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Everything turned out so beautifully! The painted tree and the hanging ornaments look fabulous!!

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Good Gosh... I am drooling over your decor pieces and displays (I am guessing this is in your home?) I am going to have to go back and supersize the pics so I can see the detail! LOVIN it all! Hugs, Janna

Anne Lorys said...

Wow, super gorgeous work there!
Love that sweet little hot chocolate stand. Ugh, I made a pun, sorry. ;-)


Anonymous said...

What wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing them! This is my first time to your blog, but I'll be back!

Unknown said...

hi Lani!

Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year....let's get together soon...and chat...


creekside rummager said...

Everything is beautiful, but I absolutely swooned over the iron grate. It is gorgeous

Cassie said...

Lani, I so enjoyed your tour! Love your style. You've got some great collections there!
Have a very happy 2010! Hope to connect with you again soon!

Gaia said...

Hi! Your house tour is superb! You have so many great repurposing ideas. I'll be sure to come by again!

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beth said...

greetings lanette!

i thought i would introduce myself as a big fan of your's! your very inspiring! i am in awe of your "wall" tree!

and i must laugh at your twitter mention of lack of motivation as i am going thru it currently myself! i to am a fellow minnesota girl and the predicted 40 below windchills moving in tonight has my shivering more so!

just wanted to say hello and let you know i really really enjoying visiting your site!

happy day!

Anonymous said...

So many great images - it's all so pretty and I love the creativity. I'm a little late, but just wanted to wish you Happy New Year. Hope 2010 is your best year ever.

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

You are truly a gifted decorator Lani....absolutely stunning. I loved looking at every picture!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Well, I have just spent a couple of hours going through all your posts. There is a vacant house next door to me...please come move in and share your fabulous ideas with me! I too love scales and cloches. I am cracking up about the aquarium...I am always amazed at the ideas out there. I love the wall sinks as window boxes...and the old car mirror in the bottom of a cloche. See, I really was here for a while!! I already added you to my favs. I am not shabby chic...but I love old things and incorporate them in my decorating...not as good as you...but I try!

Zane Wooder said...

I love how you painted a Christmas tree then added Christmas decorations around it. That's way more cool and unqiue then what most people do. Most people have a real Christmas tree. That is cool to but it's more generic.

-Zane of ontario honey


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