Thursday, December 8, 2011

CHRISTMAS ON TARPLEY PLACE............

It was a glorious Day in the South today so I decided to
get out the Nikon and take some
Christmas pictures....
We haven't celebrated the holiday in years since we usually spend Christmas
up in Jersey....But not this year....
We will be spending time on
Tarpley Place.....

What a difference a year brings.....
This is our new cul de sac.....
Dorothy we aren't in the "Hood" anymore.....

We actually got to decorate outdoors!!

Each house has rows and rows of garland with red bows....
You know me....I have to be different...
We went with wreaths all along the fence....
13 in all....
A Bit Fancier on the gate....

I've had this ribbon for years....I knew someday it would come in handy!!

I had fun inside too!!
I've been collecting nutcrackers for over 35 years....
They seem to fit well in this house...

I wondered when you were going to ask why the pictures look a bit odd.....

Two Words.......Fisheye Lens....

Looking from the Kitchen into our Great Room
See the tree hiding in the corner....
I wanted it in the entrance hall.....
The Boss said next year...
It's 9 feet tall and it remained right where he assembled it....
Can't argue with the Boss...

the Dining Room....
Nutcracker plates and mugs from Williams Sonoma....
A Christmas gift from the guys last year...

The Centerpiece!

the Library had to have a little holiday cheer....

a simple decoration adorns Aunt Mary's picture....

Yes...we really have a Deer Head over the mantel...
Most people assume the Boss had something to do with this....
No....it's my Deer Head....
The old Lionel Train is his....

More Nutcrackers on the Mantel....
At one time I had over 100....
Mostly "Steinbachs"
little by little I sold them on E-Bay....
The wood tends to dry out over time and parts start to fall off....

Align Center
What's This???
Another Deer Head.
and the Tree.

Mostly decorated with glass ornaments...

90% of them have been bought in Germany....
They have held up well over the years....
I started collecting them back in 1970 when we were first married
and took out first trip to Munich...

Love the little clip on ones....
Here is Santa in a plane....

I hope you enjoyed seeing our Home........
We just seem to wander around from room to room and comment how this house
was made for Christmas decorations.....
Happy to Finally be "Home"....

12 comments:

Ellen said...

Love the photos of your house.

Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas in your new home.

Pondside said...

It looks like you had lots of fun with decorating! You're right - this house is made for Christmas, and you've made it look wonderful.

The Country Nest said...

Sue,
Everything looks festive. Was it fun to find places for all of your decorations in a new home? Your new home is just stunning.

I have been meaning to get back to you about the willow furniture. Mine is comming apart, but it has been outside for 10 yrs. I really should have brought it in out of the harsh New England winters. It would have been better off. Not to mention the squirrels pulled the bark off in the winter. I can't seem to find any twig furniture up here to replace it. I just love the look of it.
Merry Christmas!
Hugs,
Donna

Babs said...

Sue, Merry Christmas!! Your house looks wonderful and welcoming, and the nutcrackers and the Boss's train are perfect with "Rudolph" over the mantel. :) Hey, is that a NJ deer?
Of course, I LOVE your bench in the entry with the tartan throw and wellies. Love seeing all your great decorations. Have a great Tarpley Place Christmas.
Hugs,
Babs

Cheri said...

Looking good. I bet you had fun decorating a house this year and the girls will LOVE it when they come.
Merry Christmas to all of you.

Chatty Crone said...

Well you have had some fun decorating this year - I can tell.

Andy why now it is your new "home".
It's really pretty Sue. I really enjoyed the fisheye pictures.

When do the girls get home?

Love, sandie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I know how much you enjoy decorating and it's great to have your wonderful new home. I love your nutcrackers. have a good visit with your girls. hugs, Linda

Salmagundi said...

Boy! "House Hunters" really missed out. I'm so tired of those young things thinking that they need their forever, dream house right then. You would have been perfect - waiting so long for your forever house. Of course, I love your blown glass ornaments. I loved Munich this past summer - the museum complex especially was great. Didn't buy anything in Munich - my Christmas souvenir came from Rothemburg. I'm all for individualism - glad you bucked the neighborhood decorations. Take care, Sally

SweetMarie said...

Everything is so lovely, cheerful and warm. Your home is beautiful and inviting. Love the wreaths outside and the fact that you did what you wanted...such a leader! You go girl! Your neighborhood reminds me of homes I've seen in Alpharetta, GA. Do you live in that area?

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I agree that your home was made for Christmas decorations. Everything is beautiful, Sue, and all your work was worth the effort. I love the wreaths that decorate your iron fence.

Sara said...

It's always a pleasure to see your new home...and I love that fisheye lens effect!

Kathleen said...

I bet you are having fun decorating your new house! It looks great, and this year you can hit all the after Cmas sales to stock up for next year!
Have a wonderful Christmas, Sue. I bet you can't wait for the girls to come join you. Enjoy the time with them!