Are y'all "holidayed" out yet? Sick of looking at Christmas decorations and ultra gorgeous houses? I really hope not because I just have to share a few pictures of a beautiful home I visited over the holidays.
I was invited to a little impromptu gathering at Jim's house by a mutual friend, and almost didn't go because I was so busy doing Christmas baking, prep work, wrapping, and last minute gifts. The babies had gone to spend the weekend with a friend and I was in full blown Christmas mode. And then I remembered that the Christmas season is about people. Not stuff. So I gathered up some homemade nuts for the host and off I went.
The get together was in a new subdivision on the outskirts of the city. So new my GPS couldn't find the place and I got lost. But wow, wow, wow! Totally worth finding!
The party was fantastic and I had a great time. I haven't laughed that hard in a looooong time and I'm so glad I put down the oven mitts and left the house. Lesson learned. Jim (the single, straight, guy who owns the house) was kind enough to let me come back after Christmas and grab some pictures and give me some history and thoughts on his home. I didn't even have to bribe him with any more nuts. Ok. Maybe a little jar. And some pumpkin butter.
Jim has lived here for four and a half years and put the house together bits and pieces at a time. He has an incredible eye for design and detail. The house is a large ranch style with soaring ceilings and gleaming wood floors. The main living area is all open concept and just flows beautifully. And don't even get me started on the kitchen. I could go on for days and I'm going to try to limit my pictures to how Jim decorated the house for Christmas. Not saying I'll be completely successful, though.
I love this urn sitting by the front door and I'm kicking myself for only taking one BLURRY picture. It's like a little teaser of what's to come.
|Stupid camera....but this was too pretty to not post.|
There's a small guest room to the left of the foyer and Jim's placed a tree in the window and decorated it with gold and bronze ornmaents. The tree sits in the window looking out to the street. So pretty. Jim used the bronze to tie in with the brass and gold in the room and it looks great. Unfortunately, my camera didn't completely capture the greatness.
|Gorgeous guest room and a cute little doggie named Foxy|
|Bronze and gold decorations in the guest room|
I loved this dresser in the guest room so much that I had to include a picture of it. Plus, it gives a sneak peak of the hall leading to the main living area.
As you enter the main living area you're greeted by a gorgeous tree that stands ten feet tall. Seriously. It's enormous. And perfect for the space. I'm not kidding about Jim's ability to work with his space and figure out what it needs.
|Another blurry picture but so pretty|
Jim decorated the tree with red and white ornaments, ribbon, and sprinkled it with just enough gold and darker tones to catch the eye and keep you interested.
|Main living area and Christmas tree|
The main living area is a really big and grand space but Jim has done a fantastic job of making it warm and comfortable with his use of color and the way he's arranged different areas. I love this nailhead ottoman and the floor pillow next to it. And check out the cute little trees by the fireplace!
Another view of the living area.
There's a casual breakfast area behind the loveseat and next to the kitchen with a walk out to the deck. The view from the back deck is pretty spectacular as well.
And this kitchen! Oh. My. Goodness. I have such serious kitchen envy right now.
Jim didn't miss a trick here either. Check out this little cutie on the counter top. And I'm loving that vintage napkin dispenser beside it, too.
More festive kitchen decor. I wanted to take this little fellow home. Along with Foxy.
A few more Christmas fellows hanging around the breakfast bar. Complete with a glimpse of my pumpkin butter in the background.
The dining area, too, is all decked out for the holidays. Don't you just love the tree lit up from below? Such a great idea. Those hurricane lamps were out on the breakfast bar the night of the party. I may have suggested using them for wine. I don't get out much.
|Dining table center piece|
Even the office got in on the Christmas spirit. Look closely to the left and you'll see a framed puzzle of Jim's dog, Foxy. That dog is so darned sweet. And photogenic.
Now at this point, I had almost forgotten that I was supposed to be looking at the Christmas decorating and was slobbering over vintage tables and distressed chairs....gah!
|Recovered chair....love the distressed wood.|
Another festive touch in the master bath.
And how about this little vintage Christmas vignette in the rec room? Love it!
I'm seriously crushing on this house. It's just the perfect combination of open space and cozy warmth you can see why Jim spends the time and effort to dress the house for the holidays. A big thanks to Jim for hosting the party and then letting me come over a second time to poke around!