Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cottage Elements Presents: The Final Installment of the On-Line Holiday Home Tour"!

It's been so long, I forgot where I was!  I don't know how these blogger's do it, putting out a post everyday, or even every other day.  I'm so not worthy!  My hat goes off to them. 

So let's see, where was I again?  Oh, yes, finishing my home tour.  Seems like Christmas was already so long ago.  And I'm still taking down my decorations.  I mean seriously?  You don't realize how many you put up, until it's time to take them down.  So here we go.  Continuing on the tour......

The Hearth Room

Aren't battery operated candles great?  These even flicker and are scented!  Seriously?  I was even able to embellish them with ribbon and a single upholstery tack.  The outside of the candle was actually real wax.  Way cool!

I'd  never seen snow shoes like these before, but then again, I'm not much of a winter outdoorsman.  I love the medal and canvas.  It almost gives them an industrial look.  A simple extra-large ornament and a pair of vintage hockey skates jazzes them up a bit. 

The Dining Area

This vintage iron English street sign is all I think my table needs.  Keeps it simple. 

I again this year added branches to my chandelier.  These were actually tamarack branches.   Ornaments hung from them at different heights are great adornments.  The black ornaments I thought were very unique and unexpected.


This past summer I picked up these vintage iron tables.  They fit under this newer table from Ikea to give me extra storage.  I like this arrangement for serving when I have guests over.

What a great saying! 

Old aquariums are great to use for so many things (besides fish)!  The clear bulbs are from the craft store ornaments with the metal pieces removed.  They look a little like "bubbles".  You could probably add ice to this as long as it's still water-tight.

The slats on these tables hold wine bottles perfectly.

These are vintage baby bottles with jingle bells on the bottom.

A great ornament given to me by a friend this year.

The Kitchen
I really didn't do much in the kitchen this year.  Sorry.  This large wall vase is filled with coffee beans.

K....I know I've used these frames throughout the house, but they're so fun (and so cheap)!  Another fun idea is to fill vintage jars with Christmas candy.  Also, handy to have around.  Mmmmmm, good!

This year, instead of painting a tree on the wall, I  painted a chalkboard wall and just drew the tree on

The First Floor Bathroom

Another aquarium, or is it a terrarium?  These vintage Christmas lights are a great filler.  I particularly love that they are all white.

If I ever need a hand, I have  a couple of them here.

 This was a gift from my Cousin Vickie.  She made it from Gramma's buttons.  Thanks, Vickie!  I love it!

My most favorite vintage Christmas Ornament.  It's of a downhill skier.  Though I don't ski, it's a unique piece.

The Mud Room 


This architectural piece I cleaned, stenciled and added the old skeleton key.

This piece which I'm sure is newer, was suppose to hold a flower pot, but I removed it and added the recycled glass bottle. 

Well that's end.  The end of another Christmas season and the end of my on-line home tour.  I hope you enjoyed it!  Take care and stay warm!  It suppose to be below zero here this week.  Yuck!

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Anonymous said...

OMG, Gorgeous! Completely makes my Christmas decorating this year look blah. Please make sure you keep this post archived on your site until next Christmas so I can refer to it :-)

Miss Obara said...

I'm glad you shared! I think it would be hard to take down because it is so beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do for Valentine's.
P.S. I'm the same kind of blogger...I just don't know how others do it!

Cassie said...

Thanks for the tour Lani....loved it all.....especially the metal tables under your Ikea piece!
Hope 2011 is treating you well so far!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

I've enjoyed your home tour. What lovely decorations and vignettes you created for the holidays. Your home is so warm and inviting!

Have a blessed week,

sherryberry079 said...

O my gosh i just love your home, i keep coming back and looking at everything.O yea what are those flowers made out of, the ones in the big glass jars i love them!!! Thanks so much sherry!!!

Gracie's Cottage said...

love it all..especially the aquariums!


Junk Girl said...

Your home is lovely as always, Lani! I love the two new tables under your black one in the dining room! I've been on the look-out for a fish tank for awhile now but guess my battery jar will just have to do for now.

Happy New Year to you and your family!


Laura Everyday Edits said...

I'm your newest follower. I love the street sign on the table. Inspired! laura

Laura Everyday Edits said...

p.s. Where did you find the "subway art" signs of Minneapolis and coffee etc? Love them. They are called subway art, right? laura

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Hi Lani!
Completely S*T*U*N*N*I*N*G!
I didn't want the pictures to end!
P.S. I have added you to my side bar!

judi said...

you made me laugh at the get-go...cuz that's the way i blog. don't worry...i remembered i never finished my kitchen reveal! and that was (i think) over a year ago.

btw..i "just" finished putting all my decoration boxes away this week. but yours is so unique, i'd leave it up all winter!


Donna said...

Love the house Lani! Hope you are all staying warm. It is freezing here too and more snow on the way! Spring where are you??? Thanks for the New Year wishes. Hoping yours will be full of wonderful new adventures. Hugs!

Prior said...

Yes, I have loved it! Did you enjoy being off this year from the real tour? Lezlee

Daniel Bryan said...

I love your winter house. Looks like it is primed for the Christmas Season. The silver theme is exquisite. new homes

spynetwork21 said...

Your decorations is just wonderful. Perfect for a winter Christmas feel.
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