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Friday, December 7, 2012

2012 Holiday House Walk - Stop 19

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 Surprise! It's me, Kimberly from Serendipity Refined and I'm delighted to be a part of my dear friend, Jennifer Rizzo's, 2012 Holiday House Walk. Thanks so much for inviting me, Jen!

If you're visiting from the amazing Tricia's Morning T, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by!  Isn't her home glorious? She's got the most beautiful style and her photos...well, don't get me started or we'll be here all day!


Let's get this tour started, shall we?!


Wow! Keeping this secret has been one of the most difficult things that I've done since hauling my concrete urns inside from the front porch! Come in...let me show you what I mean.



Yep, that is a concrete urn in the foyer. You'll see the other one in the living room hearth. I filled them with live greens to give our home the smell of Christmas even though we have artificial trees. The urns were heavy as heck to move but worth the trouble once they were in place!



 The living room, dining room and foyer were decorated using birch logs, pine cones and mixed evergreen boughs. The goal was to create a winter woodland feel that would blend well with my collection of flea market finds and vintage ironstone using materials that were often free and readily available and didn't involve me getting poison ivy, or dealing with wild animals.


 



In the kitchen and great room of our home, pine cones and birch twigs are joined by vintage red plaid blankets and plaid flannel ribbon for a rustic lodge-like feel that I've decided is something akin to Paul Bunyan meets The Polar Express. It's much more casual and I have to admit, it's in these rooms where we spend most of our time and where everyone feels most at home.



 

The kitchen is the heart of our home. It's where we make candy and bake so many batches of Christmas cookies that I've stopped counting.  It's also where you can almost always find homemade hot chocolate and marshmallows waiting on cold Chicago winter days when I've been outdoors shoveling after the plows block the end of the driveway with snow and slush for the fourth time in 24 hours!





You may wonder why I decorate the one room in the house where I have my eyes closed most of the time. The answer is simple: for me, there's nothing like going to sleep to the glow of twinkling lights (and it keeps me from tripping over the dog when I get up in the middle of the night to see if it snowed or if Santa has arrived. You can read that story and see more photos of this room here).




Needless to say, we're still in the thick of the holiday season with DIY projects, baking, and the 12 foot tall tree in the family room still left to decorate. I've also got many more photos of these rooms that I'll be sharing on the blog in the coming days so I hope that you'll visit again soon!

Now, please continue to the next stop on the tour, Paige from Simple Thoughts. Paige is a wonderfully talented photographer, mom, and newlywed!  She's got a style that is as elegant as it is powerful.  She's honest, candid, and will make you feel like you've known her forever. 


If you'd like to start at the beginning so that you don't miss any of the other houses (including Jennifer's own home that was featured on the Pottery Barn blog this week), click on the button.


 

xo,




Kimberly

I'm linking to:
Embracing Change
On Sutton Place
Stilettos In The Mud - Home for the Holidays

65 comments:

  1. beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!!
    your home is full of joy!
    merry christmas!!

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  2. What a wonderful home full of beautiful Christmas! Happy Holidays, Kris

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I have to keep going back to look at your pictures - there's so much to see, all of it beautiful! Love it!!!!

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    1. Thanks Brenda! There will be more details on the blog just as soon as I regroup from today. I have about 900 photos to sort through! Yikes!

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  4. Beautiful holiday home! I love all of the festive greenery ... your trees are gorgeous! And, what a lovely mantel (amazing wreath). Such a feeling of warmth and tradition as soon as you walk in! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I had fun with the wreath this year...the white "stars" are sticks from my yard that were painted white and hot glued! :)

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  5. Wow, I love your home beyond the decor. All the attention to detail, then with your decor on top is just stunning. I must become a follower...come by and check out my blog at foreverdecorating.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Terry! I'm headed over to check you out now!

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  6. good morning. wow. thanks for sharing your very inspiring home. that ladder in your dining room is amazing and the red touches in the family room and kitchen. beautiful.

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  7. Hey girl--gorgeous as always. The front hall is my favorite, then maybe the red plaid! What does my guest room look like? Nevermind, I can guess! Good job and congratulations on being one of the 20 houses Jen featured!

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  8. Incredibly gorgeous home!! Thanks so much for the wonderful tour!

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  9. Everything is beautiful but I think my favorite would have to be the Santas at the front door and the chandeliers! Beautiful! Thanks for inviting us in! Take care, Laura

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  10. Oh my gosh ! So beautiful ! Love it all from the front porch to your bedroom !

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  11. your home is just absolutely beautiful. So full of christmas cheer! Happy Holidays to you. Thanks for having me over.

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    1. Hi Laura!!!! Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment! Happy Holidays! xo

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  12. Kim your home looks beautiful!!!!! Thank you so much for being a part of the housewalk... you are a great surprise!!!!!! :)

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  13. Kimberly your home is just amazing! Thank you for taking us on a tour.

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  14. Thanks for the tour...your home is gorgeous!
    xo
    jeanne

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous, Kimberly! I can't even pinpoint specific things I love that you've done here because I love it all! The whole look is just perfect throughout your home.

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  16. totally beyond fabulous, Kimberly. Love it all and had to start a new Pinterest board for Christmas Home Tours!!!

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    1. Hi Debra! I'm so happy that you stopped by! I SAW your pin boards and I can't possibly thank you enough! Hugs to you and Merry Christmas! xo

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  17. Merry Christmas Kimberly! Thanks so much for the kind words about my home- you're too sweet. YOUR holiday home is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the greenery. Everything is so festive and cozy. Thank you for having us over and enjoy the rest of the tour today.
    xoxo~
    Tricia

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  18. wow, wow, wow! Beautiful! I am speechless - your decor is just divine! I love everything about this. And I smiled big when I saw the Rudolph book - I still have mine from childhood. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Timeless...that's what I keep telling my sons! Merry Christmas and thank you, for taking the time to visit and to comment!

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  19. Oh Kimberly your home is FABULOUS! Your pictures look great! I love everything! Wow, what a special "surprise" treat!! :) Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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    1. Thanks, girlfriend! ...and I still covet your mantel. xo

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  20. Wow your home is gorgeous! LOVE all of your Christmas decor!
    xx
    Anne

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  21. SOOOO beautiful!! Really enjoyed looking at pictures of your wonderful home, it looks so magical! Merry Christmas!! xo Holly

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    1. Thanks Holly! Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend! xo

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  22. Just wonderful....winter wonderful. You wouldn't believe the holiday season we are having & this tour just gave me "calm". Your home most closely relates to my own design aesthetic & even your Christmas decorations. We haven't even been able to open the attic to our stuff yet & with a family death this week amongst major construction I had decided to put a few free tree trimmings in baskets and call it a day. Until...I stopped here! Now, I want to get that Rudolf children's book and the plaids out of the attic! Thank you

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    1. Thank you. You comment puts to words the very best of what I hoped to achieve..beyond my wildest dreams. I'm so happy to have provided you with a moment of calm in what sounds like a hectic time in your life. Hugs to you and Merry Christmas! xo

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  23. nice work, lady! I wish I could just come and hag out over there till Christmas!
    Gorgeous!
    b.

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    1. Thanks Breida! You know that I'd LOVE that and you're welcome ANY time, right!? xo

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  24. WOW, I am new to your blog but will be a follower as soon as I finish writing this :)
    Everything is gorgeous! I love all of the decorations, there isn't a spot without Christmas which makes your home look and I'm sure feel so cozy to all that enter. This is everything Christmas should look like!

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  25. Your home is gorgeous! I love your stone fireplace with the huge wreath and train on the mantel. You did a wonderful job filling up your home with Christmas cheer!
    -Shelley

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  26. Jeepers...Muchly warm fuzzies...Outstanding!

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  27. Oh my goodness! I had to go back and look at everything twice. Your home is gorgeous and decorated beautifully for Christmas.

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  28. I'm absolutely speechless, Kimberly! Your home dressed for Christmas is wonderful!! And, you are funny and modest! And, you live in Chicago and so do I!! How about some snow soon!

    XO,
    Jane

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  29. Kimberly,
    I am over the moon, THRILLED for you. You are the perfect surprise!!
    Your home is overflowing with Christmas Cheer! The urns.. and everything else is stunning!! You were the right girl for the job :) Congrats on being involved in this wonderful holiday event.

    Shannon

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  30. I love your home!! The flocked tree is so pretty!!

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  31. I just had to wipe the drool off my lower lip. WOW, amazing, just gorgeous!

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  32. Looks like a wonderful, old fashioned Christmas with hot cocoa, egg nog and Christmas carols. Just gorgeous! I will never tire of seeing your kitchen...just a piece of Heaven right there. :)

    Thanks for inviting us into your home and Merry Christmas!

    Pat

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  33. Everything looks so gorgeous! Your dining room is especially fabulous! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I can't wait to have dinner in there on Christmas Eve! :)

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  34. Wow! You definitely achieved your goal of creating a winter woodland. LOVE your Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

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  35. Your home is BY FAR my favorite home on the tour! Your decor is everything that Christmas should be---elegant, colorful, and warm. LOVE IT!

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  36. Your house looks like a magazine house! You did an amazing job!

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  37. Your home is amazing!
    Thanks for the tour :o)
    Thanks for linking up to the party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  38. Simply beautiful. Stunning displays. They look as good as any retail store I've seen. You've achieved coziness and an old world elegance in your rooms. I love the winter wonderland theme,some of it will carry over nicely to January.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  39. Wow!!!Your home is absolutely gorgeous.

    - The Tablescaper

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  40. Okay my friend. Your home is GORGEOUS!!!!! Love, love the high-end finishes and the rich moulding ... and that kitchen!!! Swoon! You absolutely need to get those home tour posts going. Room by room. And I'll help you with how to promote them for max impact ... seriously. People will be swarming all over your blog!

    And do you have a Hometalk account set up?

    :) me

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  41. I ADORE your entry! Putting the chest on the diagonal is wonderful!!! I love the NATURAL decorations! Everything looks fabulous!

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  42. Your house looks so joyful! I esp. love those Santas on the front porch and your kitchen!

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