~Country Christmas~



It’s time for Rhoda’s Home for the Holidays tour of homes.  Stop by, Thursday December 10th, to see beautifully decorated holiday homes.


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 The Christmas pony was found at a garage sale last summer. 

When I decided to do a country Christmas, in the hearth room, I thought of the pony.  He fits in perfectly.

I posted the photo at the Back Porch, Monday evening, and turned off the comments.

It wasn’t long until the phone rang. It was 2nd oldest daughter, who recently moved  with her family to Kansas City. 

This is the first time she’s lived away from the home area since college.  That was just up the road at Kirksville.

She saw the post and wanted to know why there wasn’t a story to go with the photo!

No story, just old timey photo effects to go with our country hearth room Christmas.




We didn’t decorate as many trees as we usually do.

All the unused ball ornaments are on this tree, along with a few blown glass ornaments.

We are truly enjoying the colorful tree. 





 I purchased this Father Christmas at a home tour and open house, during the early 1990’s.


I made this Father Christmas around the same time I bought the smaller one.











 The farmhouse table is set, for breakfast, with odds and ends and this and that.

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 Pinecone flatware from Bass Pro Shop.hometour18A


hometour9A The Christmas plates, are Sakura Holiday Greens.  I don’t remember where they were purchased.







Joy is the middle name of this sweet girl. 

Molly has brought joy to our family since Christmas 2002.

The hearth room wing chairs are hers.  She lets us borrow them once in awhile.



 Thanks, so much, for your well wishes.  I am feeling much better than I did, last Friday, when I wrote Christmas at Kringles.  I still have a cough.  From what I understand, this may stay with me awhile. 

We have temperatures in the teens (F) today, with a pretty cold wind chill factor. I cancelled an appointment and will stay in, until later in the week.

I want to be healthy for the annual house tour, in our town, this weekend.  The last time I missed it was four years ago, when J had his appendix out, the night before.

This year, the home of a friend and fellow blogger is part of the tour.

I also want to thank you for your wonderful response to my tablescape.

I have a few more Christmas decorating posts planned.  Next…the kitchen.


I am also linking this post to Susan’s Tablescape Thursday.


Melissa’s Holiday Linky Friday.

Inspired Room Holiday Linky Friday

The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes


Julia’s Hooked on Holidays House Tours



Joy said...

I love your decorations :) That pony is so cute and I love how you decorated your chandy. Gives me an idea of how to do mine..hehehe.
Cold and windy day today isn't it?

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I had to run over & see all your pretty pics!! Thanks for joining my party, you never disappoint in your Christmas decorating. I can always count on you! It's just beautiful, love that big colorful tree. Your photos are such a treat.

I'm getting together with the 2 GI girls (Cheryl & Kee) for a home tour on Sat. in Mountain Brook here in B'ham. Can't wait for that too!

S. Etole said...

How very, very beautiful and Christmasy ... the pony is wonderful!

Sewconsult said...

Beautiful. I have got to get a new camera for Christmas. Your photos are wonderful.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Not only is your home gorgeous all decked out in its Christmas finery, but your pictures are a delight to look at! I love the angles and unique editing touches!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Pat, your home, decorated for Christmas, is beautiful! It all flows so wonderfully. I especially love the tree (stunning!) and the little wooden house/log home. I dream of collecting some more Christmas beauties like yours.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Wishing you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Pat, your decorations are stunning! Everything is so beautiful and I love all of the wonderful details you put into everything.

Keep feeling better!

Sandy said...

Can I move in? Pretty please...PLLEEASSE! The touches of RED and BLACK, the Santas, the chandelier, your tablescape and Molly (she matches the decor)...I could go on and on drooling over everything...I love it all! My little touches here look sad next to yours. Maybe your talent will rub off on us. One can only hope.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Awwww! I have to come back when I have time to linger at each and every photo. At a quick glance I love the old santa with the flag! Eveything's amazing!

Becca's Dirt said...

I loved the tour of so many beautiful decorations. Awesome.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Pat i pray you are feeling better my friend...Now all your photos are just magical and your home WOW!! its already a real treat to come and see your beautiful home better than any decorating book I own and I own a ton of them...Stay warm my friend...many hugs and smiles to you...Gl♥ria

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Stunning!!!! Wow, every photo just shows more beauty than the next one. I love the pony, so precious and the Santas are all wonderful. All of your trees and decorations are just fabulous. I truly love them all. Hugs, Marty

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Oh my goodness!!! I am sooooo in love with every thing in every picture! Absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the decorations on your chandelier and chairs. I sooo want to come eat something...anything... with you at that table!
Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful inspiration!

Diane said...

Pat, I love all the pics. Everything is perfect, as always. Your tree looks just the way I like them . . . full of color and "old fashioned" looking. That's how I do mine. I'll have to be back tomorrow and look some more when I have time but MUST ask about the pinecone flatware now. I'm always on the lookout for a new set of everyday flatware (I have a totally mismatched drawer full that I love and use that has been inherited but would like one full set once) and wonder how you like this pinecone set. Most are so flimsy that I refuse to pay what they want. I'd like to know how you guys feel about those. Thanks, Diane

Rose Mary said...

It's all so pretty and colorful, Pat! I especially love the little cabinet with all the Santas in it and I also, your dining chairs that are painted different colors. Your home looks so Christmasy and inviting! It's like a mini feast for the eyes whenever I click over to your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your home like you do:)

Cote de Texas said...

Wow. That's about it. Wow. unreal - it's all so pretty, but that TREE!!!!!!!!! gorgeous.

Pat, I really enjoyed your photography, I see you are enjoying playing with settings, colors, etc. I love it. You are the best!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Pat, hope this finds you feeling better. Gosh girl it is "cold" here. Temps are dropping like crazy, with the wind blowing too. We didn't get alot of snow. Had sleet like crazy last night. Now just the cold temps.
Girl your homw is so magical. I can see why you latched onto the pony. I have 2 in the attic above the garage, that's a thought for another Love the sleigh in the middle of the table.. Wish I had room for a farm table, what fun that would be. Love the flatware..going to have to try and hit a Bass Pro shop.. stay in and stay warm my friend...hugs ~lynne~

Dana and Daisy said...

Beautiful Pat! I've been down with the flu for several days myself. Kind of put the breaks on my decorating. But I'm going to have a great Christmas whether it all gets done or not.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Pat,
Excuse me while I close my mouth because it's hanging open in awe! I am so sure you have the most beautiful decorating I have ever seen! Every pic is perfect, I love that tree and the wreaths on the chairs! Fabulous, all of it! Cindy

Jenna said...

Everything in your home looks just beautiful! I also like your picture taking skills! You Are Good!!! They make me want to hop in the picture to see around the corner!

Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Pat, Everything is simply beautiful. No holds barred gorgeous! I love the tree so filled with baubles and the table is set to perfection. Plus, I love the pony.
We are getting high winds and the cold. The barometer and the humidity are making my already sore head hurt even more. Mr. Sullivan helped me decorate the high up places because I was too dizzy. I hope you stay well, too. It's hard to be under the weather.
hugs, Sue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

WOW!!!! Pat everything is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Loved the black & white photo! Is your home on a Holiday Tour?
Sure hope you get to feeling better. I know how you feel, as my leg has limited me way to much and I have things to do
Drop by - I having a giveaway.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, this is absolutely adorable. Everything is perfect. I love the tree, the pony, the Santas, the cabinet of Christmas decor, the dishes, the flatware, the ornament place card holders, the wreaths and ribbons on the chairs, and Molly curled up by the fire. It's ADORABLE. Great job! I'm not participating this year because I do not have the first thing done. Long story, but I hope I get something done by Christmas itself.

Loved seeing this, and I hope you are better soon. Watch that cough. You don't want it to double back on you. Gypsy Cold Care and Breathe Easy Tea saved my life two years ago.


Sheila :-)

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Pat, I'm telling you, no one can decorate a home and then photograph it as beautifully as you can. You absolutely amaze me. I brought my husband in to see that sleigh. Isn't it Jim Shore? There's nothing better than a country Christmas. I'm glad you told us about that post. I wondered why I couldn't comment! Take care of yourself now.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Your home looks beautiful. You are way ahead of my decorating. I have done a little but still painting and making grand's gifts.

Katherine said...

Hi Pat,
I want to move in that's all I can say. Your home is so beautiful and you and J have such talent in making it glow. Thanks for sharing with us.

Pat said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Everything looks so warm and homey ~ thank you for sharing.

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Pat! I'm so glad you're feeling better and hope you feel up to going on the home tour!
Now your home is just so outstanding! You have the most beautiful things and you know how to decorate! Man, you do! Everything is so gorgeous! I am always thrilled when I come and to your blog and see your beautiful photos and your home! You're truly the most special one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kammy said...

Hi Pat ~
I loved the very very nice ! I have a skinny tree for this small house - I wish I could have a big one like yours...probably will one day when the kids move out and we buy a bigger house...LOL !
I love everything and the pictures are great...I have a rocking horse out in the barn...I will use it one day , thanks for reminding me.. I love that picture of Molly and how nice she shares "her" chairs with you and hubby. I love Molly's stocking...too cute.
I hope you won't get this below zero temps we have had here, the last couple days. It was 22 below zero when I left for work at 7 a.m. this morning....brrrrrrrr

cityfarmer said...

I feel like I was there!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Oh, so beautiful!!!!

Joyce said...

This was a wonderful treat for me to sit back and come into your beautiful home. I LOVE the flatware and I am now putting the Bass shop on my list of places to shop. Your tree is just amazing with all the ornaments. I applaud all your hard work and you made me smile:) I hope you are feeling better. Merry Christmas.

Gayle said...


Your home is absolutely beautiful! Can you please tell me the manufacturer of the three bird plates in the plate rack? I love them!



Michelle@Sweet Something said...

PAT! This is awesome! What an amazing post! You're style and taste is amazing!
Merry Christmas!

Janie's World said...

Your home looks absolutely GORGEOUS! Everything is so tastefully done. Merry Christmas!

Sheila said...

Amazingly beautiful! I love all of the color on your tree!!! Your home is just perfect.

Hope you feel much better soon. I've had a bug too & it has about wiped me out. Never did finish my decorating...but maybe there is still time to do a little more.

Merry Christmas!

From a very blustery, frigid Indiana!

Pinky said...

HI Pat, thank you SOOOO much for ths wonderful tour of your FABULOUS Christmas decorations!!!! I loved EVERY single picture and can't pick anything as a favorite! I do this much decorating too and am posting my decs on RMS, since I dopn't have a blog!!! I love this time of year and ALL that goes with it. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!!!!! XO, Pinky

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have so many beautiful and unique Christmas decorations! I have enjoyed seeing them and look forward to more!

Feel better!


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Beautiful as always! I love the Santa you made. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

A Hint of Home said...

Everything looks amazing. I love the decor on the back of the dining room chair and your silverware.

bj said...

I've not seen a more beautiful home tour as yours!
Everything is in such fine taste and so well executed. Just stunning.

Kathy said...

Your home is stunning and inspiring in every single post you create, wishing you a speedy recovery. Kathy.

Dining Delight said...

What a Christmas treat to be allowed to see inside a home as beautifully decorated as yours! Your house should be on the Holiday Home Tour you are attending! I love all of your decorations and you have captured a very Christmas-y feeling with your pics!


susan said...

Pat-There's country, and there is country done right--This is more elegant countryside and I love it all. Good Heavens--I never considered tablescape shopping at Bass Pro! The rocking horse is a perfect addition

Ribbons and Pigtails said...

Your home is SO beautiful and warm...and I love that sweet Santa you made...Adorable!!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a warm and welcoming home. I love your tree. It looks like it's filled with treasures from the tippy top to the bottom.

- The Tablescaper

Beth at Aunties said...


Everytime I come for a visit I feel so mesmerized by the beauty you create. Your home absolutely charming and gorgeous, yet filled with warmth and love. The pony is wonderful addition! Your colorful tree looks like a child's delight no matter how old that child's heart is. gorgeous photgraphy!
I hope you are feeling much better. Our niece who lives with us is on the tail end of H1N1 flu.
Many Christmas blessings to you and to your family!

D said...

Your home is lovely. I especially love your eating area. Isn't it fun to see in everybody's house? :)


桂綸鎂Diana said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Oh, Pat, your country Christmas decor is so warm and inviting. I just love everything. I'm glad you're feeling better and make sure to tell us all about the home tour!

Southerner said...

I love your decor. I have a beautiful doll in a sled and I am now going to look for a deer like your's to go with it for a centerpiece.

jeanne said...

Dear Pat, I am sorry to hear you have been sick. I hope you are on the mend and the cough goes away soon. I wish we would have a home tour here in NC. However, this mountain town is so spread out, which is a problem.

Your decorations are worthy of a magazine spread. So are your photos. Everything is stunning. I love the way you used the many Christmas balls etc. that we don't seem to get out each year. the tree loaded down is awesome. I would love to see the tree in person. I love the background in your hutch. I should do mine. I just need to find the right design.

Decoration in our home are sparse because we will be in Florida for Christmas.

Christmas joy to you and J.
Hugs, Jeanne

Gaston Studio said...

I love all of your Father Christmas' but I especially love that large sleigh, what a beauty!

Your home provokes warm feelings of a grand, traditional Christmas Pat, and your photos are incredible.

Tammy518 said...

Good golly, that Miss Molly is a cutie! Love that picture of her you captured.

All of your decorations are breathtaking, Pat. And every time I see your long harvest table, I'm so jealous. I love it!

The pony is such a cute and whimsical idea.

Debbie @ said...

HI PAT! I couldn't wait to see your are the first one I picked and I knew it would be beautiful. I love all your touches and how you decorate. Very you place Things. So beautiful. I love seeing your home...I bet everyone just has a FIT when they see it. Big smile.
Have a blessed day!

Susie Q said...

Have I ever told youthat this area of your home is my favorite? So I was so pleased that it was you rfeature today. I had to stop in as soon as I could today. I knew I would be delighted with all your touches. You never fail to leave me smiling and inspired...

And oh that sweet Molly. What would we do without our fur babies??

I didn't go all out like I have in years past but still enjoy decorating so much and seeing what others have done is always a treat!
Thank you so much for sharing your always beautiful home with us Pat!


Kathysue said...

Pat, your post are always full of such eye candy, I enjoy every single one!I would imagine entering your home at Christmas is like going into a winter wonderland.Merry Christmas to you, You are a very talented and inspiring woman. Kathysue

Blue Creek Home said...

I love your farm house table all decked out! The texture is wonderful...bamboo with tartan plaid and crystal- I love all the layers. And the different painted chairs, each with it's own little wreath is adorable!
The tree is wonderful too! And your handmade Santa is precious!
And Miss Molly Joy - delightful!

Deb said...

Oh sweet Molly ♥ She looks very content to sit in her chair and admire all the festivities :-)
A country Christmas is my favourite too Pat ~ everything at your home looks warm & inviting!


Everything you have shown us in your home is charming and beautiful! Love the Father Christmas doll you made. I was supposed to go on our city's House tour last week, but felt ill and did not go:( I hope you are up to it and enjoy it. Blessings!

Donna said...

I love your home for the holidays! So cozy and inviting. I noticed many Jim Shore pieces..I collect them as well.
It is very cold here today!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

This was so enjoyable--just to sit and look at your decorated home! I love the tablescape and the chandelier!! Love all the santas sprinkled around. The tree looks so beautiful all filled with the ornaments!! Love the swan or goose? in front of the winter picture--nice!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

It is all gorgeous!!! And the tablescape is so beautiful. I especially like what you did to the chair backs. I mean to try that I just never get around to it!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW! Pat you truly have the most beautiful home EVER! It is stunning and magical decorated for Christmas. I adore your tree!

Molly is so precious in her red bow!

Enjoy this joy filled season!
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Pat. It's really cold and snowing here today, too, and I wish I could spend the day sitting by the fire and drinking hot chocolate. :-)

Your home is beautiful and inviting at Christmas, as always. I get so many ideas looking at your rooms.

P.S. My Hooked on Holiday House Tours party is tomorrow--I hope you'll add this post to it. I know my readers would love to see how you decorated! :-)

Beverly said...

Pat, there just isn't an adjective that is wonderful enough to describe the perfection that you have created.

ellen b said...

Oh how I always enjoy walking through your home! It has so many details that really are pleasing to my eyes. You have decorated everything so nicely Pat! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your pictures are great, Pat! I love your tree. Makes me think I should double up on the amount of lights I put on mine. I think it really makes a difference. Love all your little spots that you've decorated and the table looks terrific, too!

paintergal said...

As always, Pat, your decor is elegant and sophisticated.
Your photography skills even bump it up a notch. So lovely!

Linda (Bushel and a Pickle) said...

I am inspired! So very beautiful, warm and welcoming. Thanks for sharing. Almost as good as a live visit!

shirley said...

Pat, I could just sit and look at these pictures all day. Your home looks so warm and inviting.Love the table settings, the flatware really caught my eye. Merry Christmas to you and J. Thanks! for sharing parts of your Christmas with all of us.

Rue said...

I'm so sorry to hear you hadn't been feeling well Pat! I'm glad to hear you're on the mend now :)

Your home looks beautiful as always. you amaze me with all that you and J do and how different it looks from last year. Your pine hutch is incredibly gorgeous with that white china in it and I love your tree this year. Molly Joy is adorable :)


Debbie said...

I love all of your decorations, and that dining room table is to die for. Would love to tour your home. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. Blessings, Debbie

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Pat,hope you're feeling better! Everything looks just beautiful!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Pat, I am enthralled. I feel like I just went on a Christmas home tour and yours was my fave! I love everything! That rocking horse and the effect of the photo is so wonderful. Are that big sled and Santa Jim Shore? Absolutely fabulous! Oh, and you have such pretty Father Christmas figures. Every time I see one of your hutches and your harvest table, I fall in love with your home all over again! laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sorry, I had to come back, because I forgot to say anything about your gorgeous Christmas tree and that beautiful tree skirt! Can you tell I loved everything in this post? laurie

fairfieldhouse said...

Your home is so inviting. Country Christmas at it's best! Thank you for sharing and inspiring those of us who still haven't started decorating yet.

Kathleen said...

Pat, this post reminds me of the first time I saw your blog years ago when you were doing the house tour. You had just had a very sad event, yet you went on with the show..
You are amazing.
I would love to see it all in person, it looks so beautiful!
I will be back for the rest!
Stay warm and fell better!

Mimi said...

Stunning is the only word I can think of...thank you for a peek into your home. Your decorations are all gorgeous, but my favorite is the elaborately painted sleigh and Santa...what wonderful pieces of art...hope you tell us more about them one day. Thank you for sharing a little of your Christmas with us.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Wow, stunning! Love those special little touches like the bow around the swans neck. The rocking horse was an amazing find, and your tree with all of the ornaments is just amazing!

Richella said...

It's all breathtakingly lovely! Thank you for the tour.

I think my favorite photo is the one of Molly. What a darling!

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Pat, sweetie I'm speechless. Your home is truly the most beautiful I've seen and that's saying something because there are some gorgeously decorated homes out there! Just stunning and inspiring! Sweetie, if you have time, please pop on over to my blog for a Christmas giveaway. Wishing you a wonderful day my sweet friend.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Jerri said...

Such beautiful stuff!

I love that tree!

Julie said...

Hi Pat... Your home is truly beautiful...Everything you have shown us beautiful... Love it all...Would love to be able to walk all around and just look at everything...
Merry Christmas

Sarah said...

As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Your beautiful photos tell the story. Thank you for sharing your lovely home ready for Christmas. Love the Santa dressed in the old quilt. ~ sarah

Marydon Ford said...

What a gorgeous presentation of your home. It is lovely ... love the horse & your picture story. Have so enjoyed my visit ...

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon
new blog ~

The Stylish House said...

You have skillfully created Country Design in a sophisticated way that is classic and timeless! Your home is warm and inviting, and one I thoroughly enjoy viewing each time I visit.

grannyann said...

Your tree is beautiful. Can't believe how many ornaments you must have put on there. I also love your dining room chairs, having them painted different colors. How very special!

Sam said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE love love the farmhouse table. You did a wonderful job with all the decorations.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, it is truly beautiful....every single bit of it.

Christmas Blessings,
Barb ♥

Sandi McBride said...

Well, I'm sorry but I think you could give the "Mansion in Asheville" a run for their money!!! Love it all...

Trez said...

beautiful as always!! Check mine out if you get a chance!

Sharlotte said...

Your home is just lovely! I love your decorating style...everything is so warm, welcoming, and festive! Thanks so much for sharing!

Trez said...

yeah Pat! Thanks for visiting. I bought those deer years ago at Kirklands!

The Decorated House said...

Hello Dear Pat~
During the last years I've always enjoyed my visits to your home, but it's Christmas that I look forward to the most! Each year it is one of my favorite things to see all your Christmas decorating. The love you have for the Season and sharing it with family and friends always shines through!
Hugs, Donna

A Little Of This And That said...

Magazine perfect.

this blessed nest said...

i will be dreaming about your long gorgeous simple dinning farm table
your house is picture perfect. beautiful. that tree...speechless.

happy weekend!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I was here earlier in the week . I tried to post, but was having trouble, so I don't know if it did or not. I think you should win a award it is so pretty!!! 50stars for you my friend.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

It's beautiful Pat! Trees filled to overflowing with ornaments are one of my favorite things. ♥

mom2oem said...

What a beautiful job you did. Can I come over for Christmas! :)

Miss Janice said...

Your tree is stunning {Note to self: More lights and ornaments next year!} Love the chandelier decorations in the breakfast room. Love the tablescape and the chair decorations. LOVE the toile backing on the hutch and that beautiful china inside.
Miss Janice

Bonnie said...

Your tree is dazzling. Everything is beautiful. I want to find the ornament place card holders-they are nice. Thanks for the great tour. I am inspired.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Spectacular. Your attention to detail is so much fun! I love to sit and pour over all the ways your home oozes with Christmas personality!

Blessings (and hope you are feeling better soon!)


Daisy Cottage said...


I think these are my favorite captures of all - such a gorgeous home in every way....


Carol said...

Totally beautiful...Christmas warmth and splendor at its best~I love it ALL!!! (specially Molly Joy~)