It’s day four of the Christmas Home Tour here at The Road to Domestication! It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been SO much fun photographing these homes, putting these blogs together and sharing them with all of you! I hope you’re having as much fun as I am!
If you’ve missed the first three days, no worries, here they are:
Just a little overview for any new readers: I wanted to do a week of Christmas home tours here on the blog, so I’ve hand-selected five ladies who have invited me into their homes to view their Christmas decor. And I’m sharing it with all of you! So, without further ado, allow me to present…
Kitty’s Home – Every Tree a Memory
Kitty was not a fan of having her photo taken, and I’m not a fan of forcing folks to let me take their photo, so you’ll just have to imagine how wonderful she is after you see how she decorates her home.
She did point out the most important pieces of her Christmas decor right off the bat:
Such a gorgeous nativity! And it’s located right in the entry of her home, along with…
WOW. It took my breath away when I walked in and saw it. Kitty put this tree together in memory of her mother. Here’s a few of the special details:
This delicate angel was one of her mom’s Christmas ornaments, and spent many years on her tree before it was passed on to Kitty. A multitude of white doves also graces this particular tree, because they were a favorite of her moms!
Yes, trees are the main feature of this home, and Kitty says that each one is simply full of memories. “I smile and even cry a little sometimes when I’m putting them up,” she commented. “It’s healing. It’s therapy, really!”
In the formal living room stands this beauty…
This tree is in memory of Kitty’s sister, Missy, who has also passed away. The butterflies are key on this one!
On the way to the living room, we came upon a pretty lil’ tree in the dining room…
…and some beautiful decor in the kitchen, too!
The gumdrop trees were hand-made by Kitty, and the gingerbread houses (see them under the domes?) were made by Kitty and her daughters.
And here’s the family tree!
It almost looks like it’s on fire with all of that glorious red, doesn’t it?!
All the special keepsake ornaments are located on this tree…from the ornaments the girls made in preschool to ornaments that have commemorated special events in the family! This wee stocking actually belonged to Kitty’s grandfather…
…and she created this pretty globe ornament on her last visit to see her Texas-dwelling daughter!
Of course, we can’t leave out the stockings…
Even though all three of Kitty’s girls are grown, married, and two out of three of them are mommas themselves, the entire family comes home on Christmas Eve. They all stay in the house, and their hubbies fill their stockings. Everyone wakes up together on Christmas morning and celebrates! Such a neat tradition!
Just around the corner from the living room is the master bedroom, and maybe my favorite tree in the whole house.
Is that not beautiful?! And do you notice how most of these trees don’t have a traditional tree skirt?
“I don’t love tree skirts,” Kitty emphasized. “I use fabric. And I fluff it up underneath with tulle.”
It’s a great idea, and I love the look it gives!
Here’s a few details from THIS tree:
And this woman even has a tree in her LAUNDRY ROOM! I love it!!! (Hey, that would brighten up the endless task of laundry, right?!)
Now, let me clarify, that there IS indeed some kind of tree in every room of the house. Some are small figurine trees, or wrapped vine trees, etc. But I have specifically hit on every single “decorated” (with ornaments and garlands, etc.) tree in this house.
Now, for the upstairs…
This beauty resides right on the landing, and can be seen from the first floor and from almost anywhere on the second floor, covered in butterflies and reindeer!
And it has a small companion, as well!
The following three trees are strategically placed in grand-baby rooms!
See all the Mickey ears?! Collected by one of Kitty’s daughters!
This one is ALL girl…and I love the idea of decorating with a beautiful dress on the wall…do you see it?
Can you tell that the topper on this one is crafted from pipe cleaners?! So fun!
There’s one last tree in this home, and it’s in the family’s media room:
I think the large ornaments at the base are the PERFECT touch – love that idea! (I won’t say that I haven’t looked for some to match my tree since I saw this, ha!)
My heartfelt thanks to Kitty for opening her home and especially her memories to all of us! I love the idea of walking into any given room of the house and being met with the soft glow of a Christmas tree – such beautiful inspiration!
If you could decorate a tree for every room in your home, what kinds of themes would you have? And what kind of memorial trees would you create? Such an amazing way to honor a loved one, right?