Monday, December 13, 2010

A Christmas Tour

"You can pick your friends but you can't pick your family."  I'm sure you have heard this saying time and again.  I am fortunate and blessed to have a cousin who is both.  Not only are we family, but we are friends.  We have similar likes and dislikes, and because we grew up with similar morals and values, we have a common bond.  I visited with my cousin this past week-end, and we had a terrific lunch with her husband and daughter, and we put the finishing touches on her gorgeous Christmas decorations that I would like to share with you!  We'll start in the living room with her mantle.

The living room decorations are mostly done in silver with white lights.

Take a look at her Christmas tree, all adorned with silver!

Tree topper...

The tree just glistens with all the silver!

If you look closely, you will see a New Orleans' type mask...

Nativity ...

I love these little Angels on the round table between the two chairs...

A reindeer rests on the mirrored chest in living room

More silver, with a bit of gold added in, I love the glitz!!


The centerpiece on the dining room table is a lighted wreath and a bowl with reindeer handles.  It's filled with berries, gilded grapes and big ruby ornament is placed in the center.  Her mercury glass candles sit on each side atop a snowflake runner.

Also in dining room, I love the mirror under the arrangement.

Corner cupboard in DR with three lighted trees.

Kitchen table!

How cute is this candle in the kitchen window!!




I'm very blessed to have many cousins who are my family and friends.  Can't wait to get back together with them Christmas Day.  Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I enjoyed visiting.  Thanks for stopping by and as for now I'm striving for A Perfect Setting!!


  1. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love everything!!!!

  2. GORGEOUS!! I love EVERYTHING about the decor. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very very nice! I love the mirrored piece, so well done! The dining table reminds me a bit of something I just put together. The whole house is done so well. The tree is beautifully finished. I love things that are original and unique. Combining different items together to achieve that is the fun part to me and makes for a more spectacular look! Kudos on this lovely decorating!

  4. So rich, elegant & inviting ... beautiful!
    Christmas hugs & wishes ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  5. All of the detail you have put into your decorations is amazing! What a beautiful home.

    Email me, and I'll tell you how to get rid of the thing. It's really simple.

  6. Hi Betsy, Thank you for sharing your cousin's beautiful home at my party. The tree and mantel are gorgeous and I love the vignette with the reindeer and garland above the mirror.

  7. Oh your tablescape makes me feel merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  8. Just found your beautiful blog via Sherry's, No Minimalist Here. Your cousin has lovely taste, everything looks wonderful.
    I'm a new follower and will be back again soon.

  9. What a beautiful home so full of the Christmas spirit in such amazing decorations.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Merry Christmas,

  10. Your tree is beautiful. Gorgeous the large ruby ornament.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. What a beauriful Christmas tour! I especially love the three angels!

  12. Thank you for sharing this exquisite Christmas tour of your cousin's home. Everything is beautiful! Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  13. Hello...

    Ohhh my...your cousin has a fabulous home and it looks absolutely gorgeous all done up for Christmas...this tour was such a treat! It has been one of my favorites that I've seen this year! Of course, I just adore all the shimmering silver's the color I chose to decorate with this Christmas as well! And...your cousin's Christmas tree is my favorites...all time favorite...of all the trees that I've seen this year! BRAVO!!! It's just full of beautiful ornaments, etc.! I also loved how ya'll did the mantel...sooo pretty! Well my friend, this has been such an enjoyable visit! Thank you so much for sharing your cousin's home with us...please extend our thank you's to her!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Christmas dining room! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! Thank you!

    Warmest wishes and blessings to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

    Chari @Happy To Design