A Better Late Than Never Christmas House Tour

Hey there - how are you surviving this crazy week before Christmas??
I hope you are finding time to be merry amidst shopping, wrapping, baking, and cooking!

Take a break from your running around and come on in for a little Christmas cheer!
I didn't get around to decorating every last nook and cranny, but I don't think you'll mind, right?

Bruschi just got a Christmas grooming and is so nice and clean.  Come on pup, you can come in too!

We hung our wreath right on our whale's tail door knocker.

Our Christmas tree is in the living room this year.  I love to see it's twinkling lights from the street through the big picture window, and also from the foyer, the den, and the kitchen.

I used all our white, silver and gold decorations this year......

.....along with lots of glittery pinecones and coffee filter "snowballs".

All the munchkins in the family get colorfully wrapped presents though!

Is there anything so beautiful as a Christmas tree at night, bouncing light off everything around it?

Here's the mantle in our family room that I shared a couple of weeks ago...I ran a string of lights under the fresh greens so it feels Christmasy in there, too.  The snowflakes are cotton balls threaded and hung from the ceiling.

I think receiving Christmas cards might be one of my favorite parts of the season...reconnecting with friends and family, and seeing kids grow year to year.  
How cute are these two monkeys, my little niece and nephew??

I always find a spot to hang cards our own Christmas cards that we have sent through the years.

 Could someone please tell me how these babies......

...grew overnight?!?

This year each of my kids has a little tree in their room too,  where all our colorful ornaments found homes.  We all love this new tradition!

Seanie's "tree skirt" is a pile of books because there are so many ornaments on the tree that it kept toppling over.  He loves to put the lights on when he reads at night before bed!

One last room to share.

A room for our guests on Christmas Eve.

We've really decked this one out!

Wait 'til you see it.

It's a beauty!




Really special!.....


Are you ready?

Yep, that's my 13 year old's room.
He's a good boy and works hard in school, and I have learned to pick my battles,
so normally I deal with his propensity towards messiness by closing the door :)

However, when our guests stay in here in just a few short days it will hopefully have gone through quite the transformation!!

Just wanted to share a little shot of real life with you, in case you are a feeling a bit overwhelmed.  
See?  You're not alone!
The older I get, the better I am at letting go of "perfect" and embracing where we are in our life.
Someday I'll have a guest room that is neat and tidy all the time because no one will live in there, and I'll be wishing my kids were 13, 11 and 9 again!!!  So for today I'm going to remind myself to live in and LOVE the present - the pretty and the messy parts of it - because they are all signs of the full and blessed life we have in this house.

I hope you are able to live in and love these moments of Christmastime too, even if they are chaotic, disorderly, and not always color-coordinated and picture-perfect!

Wishing you and yours
a merry merry merry
joyful and blessed 
filled with love and laughter!

I'm joining, better late than never, Rene at Cottage & Vine!
Cottage & Vine


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it all looks beautiful.... even the beautiful mess. ;) boys!
hannah's room is sooooooo adorable! i love it- such a happy place!

pam {simple details} said...

So pretty, Lisa! I can tell you've created a warm home, filled with love! I didn't know you had a son 13, me too, and I grew up with St. Bernards(gotta love them both!).

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Sylvia said...

You have a wonderful house ready for Christmas ..., but you are right ; having each other and our love is what makes a house a home.
I wish you and your happy family all the joy , hope and wonder of this magical season! Merry Christmas!

classic • casual • home said...

My 19 year old son is home from college and his room looks like that...but just a tad better as now that he is doing his own laundry he appreciates clean clothes. I dooo so love Christmas cards too...the actual paper kind and not elecronic.

Have a very merry Christmas!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Absolutely love the hanging cotton balls. SO whimsical and cute!

I enjoyed the tour in your home. I believe I saw bedrooms I've never seen before!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Your place looks so festive and cozy. So cute to have little trees for the kiddos, too! Merry Christmas!!!

Brandi said...

Hi Lisa, your home is beautifully decorated! I love your daughter's room as well and her adorable tree! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

thank you lisa for sharing the house...i will say my favorite part is the room with the door you just close and not look at too often....I guess because I can relate so well. Looks beautiful! Merry Merry!


Andrea said...

Your house looks beautiful and your tree is just gorgeous! Love the message too. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Courtney Lane - Blog said...

Your home looks beautiful! I love the tradition of kids having heir own tree in their room. We recently started that one too :)

Noelle said...

Lisa your home looks so beautiful, even the "real life" mess!! I have 2 boys home from college, and two rooms looking just like that!!! But I love it, they are good boys who also work hard in college, playing football and managing to pull off a 3.5 gpa....Oh I'm on a Mommy tangent...forgive!! Have a very Merry Christmas with your beautiful family!!!

René said...

Wait, how did you get a picture of my son's room? Those teenaged boys must all be the same, ha-ha. Well your house looks absolutely lovely Lisa. And what a sweetheart Bruschi is all decked out for Santa's arrival. Thank you for joining the party!

Katie said...

Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for opening your lovely home! lol about your son's room. :)

Calypso In The Country said...

You are so funny - I totally get it since I have two boys! Your house looks beautiful and I love your tree. I also love how you displayed the Christmas cards! Have a Merry Christmas!

A Vintage Vine said...

Wonderful tour, the tree is beautiful! I have one of those teenage boys rooms too, I keep thinking, "I will miss it someday"! HAHA! Love the dog, we had a St. Bernard when I was a little girl, they are beautiful dogs....BTW, love sofa in your living room that is a wonderful green color. I wish you a wonderful Holiday and look forward to all you share in the new yr.!

Val said...

Wow-how peaceful and truly magical your home looks.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Merry Christmas Lisa! Your home is decorated so beautifully. I love your gold, white and silver tree and your big pup is so precious :)

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Your home is beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

special 'k' said...

It is so beautiful. I have been enjoying all the Christmas Decorations here in bloggerworld. Thanks so much for sharing so we could all enjoy. I will follow on my way out so as I would love to visit again. I hope you will find the time to come visit my place and do the same. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to engaging and supporting your blog in the New Year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for the messy room picture. Now I know I'm not alone!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Beautiful! Hope your Christmas was a great one!