Hi, folks! Welcome to day three of the Christmas Home Tour! I have to tell you, I’m having SO much fun doing this series – I hope you are enjoying it, too!
So far we’ve toured two other homes this week! If you missed either of those, don’t despair!
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! Are you ready for day three? Here we go…
Tania’s House – Victorian D.I.Y.
Well, that’s Tania on the left. Her husband Lloyd is on the right! Tania decided that Lloyd need to be in the photo, as well, since they do so many of their Christmas projects as a team!
From the moment I pulled up to Tania’s home, I was hooked. Christmas was EVERYWHERE. Here’s what I saw…
Can you even take it all in?! And speaking of in, we still need to go IN!
Welcome to the formal dining room.
There are so many facets to this room, but let me just touch on a few of the details:
These special Christmas curtains and garland were hand-made for the beautiful bay window. Aren’t they gorgeous?!
Each of the place settings are arranged just so, with the perfect finishing touches!
This cabinet is transformed into Christmas in a variety of forms, with each shelf revolving around a different theme!
And the formal dining room is completed by a beauty of a tree!
Moving on to the formal living room…and my personal favorite…
This fireplace was crafted by the couple BY HAND, and not only does it flicker beautifully, but the sound of a real crackling fireplace can be heard from a cleverly-placed soundtrack. Perfect!
The tree is nothing less than magnificent, graced at the top by an angel that Tania created herself…
…and even boasts gorgeous custom-designed candles!
Can you tell what they’re made out of?
“When I get an idea in my head of what I want, I don’t stop until I get it,” Tania laughs. “If I can’t do it, Lloyd can! We figure it out one way or another!”
And the results are beautiful!
Each of these stockings are also hand-made by Tania. Such talent she has!
The kitchen and eat-in area both have beautiful touches of Christmas…
…with the perfect view back to the glow of the formal living room!
Kinda takes your breath away, doesn’t it?!
The family room boasts a live tree, which is very special, because it’s covered with all the vintage decor left to Tania when her mom passed away several years ago.
Did you see the cute little elves climbing the ladder to finish off the decor?!
More beautiful Victorian pieces adorn the hutch…
…and a beautiful centerpiece graces the coffee table.
But what’s that in the background?
The story goes that Ll
oyd’s grandfather, Domenico Paladini, built an entire paper mache wall for Lloyd’s mom to house her Christmas village on back in the day in Italy. He started the project sometime in October and would leave it up through the holidays. The first year that Lloyd and Tania were married, he built her this paper mache “mountain” and she made all the ceramic nativity figures. It’s tradition!
There’s also a little bit of Christmas down the hall in the guest bedroom…
…and even in the bathroom!
A fun little fact about the above signs: the paper backing here is old wallpaper from Tania’s parent’s home. She discovered it after her mom passed away, and decided to use it for a special memorable project.
Even a quick glance out the back door yields a beautiful and peaceful Christmas surprise:
But one of my favorite projects has to be the life-size carolers that adorn the front porch.
Not only did Tania build each of these figures (from PVC pipe and Styrofoam) but she also designed and sewed each one of their outfits! Seriously! And with a CD player sounding out some gorgeous a Capella Christmas carols, the stage is set for a beautiful Christmas season, for sure!
Tania says she spends a good three weeks decorating her home, and when her decor isn’t being used, it’s actually stored in a warehouse! (She would need one, right?!)
Many thanks to Tania and Lloyd for opening their home and giving all of us a sneak peek!
Did these photos inspire you? What was your favorite part of Tania’s home?