Monday, December 14, 2009

Doors of Welcome!

December 15th
The finale!

Well Good Morning! You must be here for the December Doors of Welcome that Karen is hosting here at Some Days Are Diamonds. Karen has had such a delightful time with this party. Thank you so much for visiting. But . . . you are here a little early . . . I mean, you've kind of caught us without our lights on! How embarrassing!

Well, you can go on up to the door, but I don't think
they are up yet - you probably can't get in. But you can take a quick peek,
and then I know they would appreciate you coming back this evening.

Hi! We're Jorja and Harley!

The reindeer were right, the rest of the family isn't up yet.
Bt we'll let you in for a quick daytime peek at the entry.
Just be very quiet . . . and then you'll have to go!

Trust us! Things look much brighter here at night!!

GASP! uh-oh!! I hear someone up! OH NO!

You gotta go! Hurry. See you tonight!

("Whew! that was a close one Jorja . . . ")

WELL HELLO AGAIN! You're back! We're glad.
(you know we are glad because the doe raises her head up and down!)
Now you can enjoy all the pretty lights.

We look much better lit up - don't you agree?

We thought we'd tell you a funny little story to start off your tour.
When Mark, Karen and the boys first moved into this house,
they couldn't wait to decorate for Christmas. They lined the
all the eaves and with icicle lights. It was really, really scarey
being that high off the ground! Karen even hung a
huge wreath over the door that lit up. It was gorgeous. Justin
laid white lights all around the perimeter of the grass and it kinda
looked like snow. It was so pretty!
Unfortunately, they soon discovered that you can't see their
house from their street.  So all their work (and a $350 electric bill)
was visible only to someone who parked directly in
front of the house or came to the door.
Needless to say - that the was the first and the last time
they put up all those outside lights.

But they still put them inside the house!

Please watch your step - and pardon the cords.
(Mark says there really is no other way.)

(I know - there is another cord. Please don't tell Karen you saw it . . .)

She's very proud of her "drums" this year.
Don't tell her I told you, but they are really
just upside-down velvet baskets.

OK you may go on in. The entry is all part of the tour.

To the left is the living room . . .

straight ahead is the dining room . . .

OK just peek around the corner down the hall -
yup! There is Karen's $50 hutch. But more
on that another day.

Karen's Father Christmas's line the stairs.
Oh - by the way? Don't forget to look


(uh-oh forgot about those darn slippers again!)

Well, this concludes your tour of Karen's Doors of Welcome. If you would kindly leave a comment in the comment box, and let her know how both the dogs and us Reindeer did guiding you, we'd sure appreciate it.  She wasn't too sure about giving us the job, but we figured hey, if those little black and orange birds, and a turkey can do it - we certainly can!

I know Karen wants to give special thanks to each and every person who participated. And thank you for everyone who has visited.  It's really been a fun time for all!

Now head on down the list and see all there is to see!

Merry Christmas!!
the Reindeer
Harley and Jorja

Oh and . . .


Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Karen Everything is so beautiful, oh yes the reindeer AND the pups were great guides. I enjoyed the tour! Thank you for hostessing such a wonderful party. MERRY CRISTMAS!!!

Sue said...

Well, when I saw the way your staircase circles out upstairs, and the tree there...I just decided that I was moving in. You really have a gorgeous home and the decorations just show if off a bit!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Karen!
This is just gorgeous! The stairway is so way wonderful, the outdoor lights just twinkling and glorious! I am so in love with your gorgeous dining room, you have the knack girl! I honestly think your home could be a B & B, we just need the snow! LOL! The puppies are adorable and I love the reindeer and how you put this post together! You go girl! thanks for being our hostess and I hope you don't mind that I shared the B&B for Doors of Welcome, it just seemed like a more glorious front door than mine! Hugs, Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...


Your home is lovely!! Your front yard and doorway are so cute with all of your decorations and your foyer, too. Your staircase and upper level are awesome all decked out in garland and lights. What a wonderful job you have done making everything so festive!! I enjoyed the tour a lot!

Happy holidays!! :-)


Lisa said...

Everything is just gorgeous! You did a fabulous job on your home and this fun series!
PS Tell the reindeer they are wonderful tour guides. :)

Love the Decor! said...

Oh Karen
It is all so beautiful!!
I am in awe of your stairway!!
This has been a fun tour and a great way to meet new friends
Thank you so much!!

Sandra said...

Hi Karen! Oh it is all beautiful! I love it all! Those Shih Tzus are so cuuuute! My Shih Tzu Skipper wants to play with them! You did great, girl! Thank you for hosting this fun party!

stefanie said...

Gorgeous, your home looks amazing!!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Beautiful Karen. I haven't downloaded mine yet...but it will be there tomorrow for sure!
We didn't do much this year. But it is pretty...just simpler!
Your staircase is fabulous. I love the little balcony....Ooooh, a wedding someday there would be gorgeous!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love your cute little hosts, Karen! And what an awesome staircase you have! The lights are so pretty. Very creative with those drums. We'd never have known what they were if your little munchkins didn't tell us! Thanks for hosting. And you have a welcome so very fitting for the occasion.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

O Harley,
O Jorja!
Dear reindeer too!!!!
Ya'll have done such a beautiful job as tour guides, Miss Karen would be soooo proud of the hospitality you've shown us!!! In all that beauty, I didn't even notice the electrical cords but I did think the slippers were left for me at the bottom of the stairs. I was hoping I could make myself comfy in that beautiful home of yours! Speaking of goodness those are prettier than the ones from Gone With the Wind! Simply beautiful!
What? did I hear someone? I hear giggling...and that..Is that Karen and Lillian cutting up? Having a glass of wine? What? NO FAIR! If I would have known that, I'd have stayed even longer!!!!!
I loved the tour and thank you ALL for letting me come along...
everything vintage

Bonnie said...

Your staircase is amazing and the dogs are precious! very festive!

CurtissAnn said...

Beautiful, beautiful! You are such a creative woman. Thanks for sharing the beauty and inspiration, and for hosting this blog party.

Merry Christmas!


Blue Creek Home said...

Your house is incredible all dressed up in it's Christmas finery!! The staircase is just grand!
I loved the tour.

Theresa said...

What a wonderful time I had with the tour guides, they did a perfect job showing me around. Oh my goodness, Karen... SO BEAUTIFUL. No wonder it took you a while to transform your gorgeous home into a Christmas Castle! I can't even pick my favorite because it is all so beautiful. I love looking up at the top of the staircase and seeing that tree. Ahhhh-Merry Christmas Dear Friend and thanks for hosting such a fun party!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how pretty everything looks -- now I've got to train my boys to be tour guides! Love the lights and the second story tree! Beautiful~

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Jorja and Harley!
You two did a great job taking us on a tour of your beautifully decorated Holiday home!
You tell your Mommy it's really magical and just glows with warmth.
The view up to the balcony and stairs just took my breath away. WOW! What a glorious Christmas welcome here today! ~Gorgeous!

Thank you for the amazing tour Karen and for hosting. So fun!

Many Holiday Blessings,
~Melissa :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Karen it's gorgeous inside and out! And I love the dogs - too cute! Thanks for hosting such a fun party.

Sue said...

Hi Karen- I made it!! It has been a whirlwind week & I only finished it up late last night. But didn't take all photos til today... What a late Louie!
I love your entry both inside and out! The colorful lighting outside on the porch, the beautiful mile of garland on the banisters! *grin*
The humongous pretty tree, the fireplace.... Everything just glows! Thanks for hosting the party. Happy Holidays! Sue

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Karen,
Your house looks amazing inside and out. I can see why you have so many tubs for Christmas. You have so many beautiful things.

Dawn said...

Hi Karen. Jorja, Harley and the reindeer did a great job but I missed you! I haven't been by in a while and was hoping to chat.

I really enjoyed snooping around the house while you were out. Jorja and Harley said if I bring dog biscuits I can come for dinner in that fabulous dinning room!

Now that staircase is a perfect place for a Christmas tree, as long as Santa sticks to the hot cocoa and nothing stronger. Wouldn't want him doing a back flip over the rail while putting gifts out!

Remember the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future? Well, they forgot one ~ the gohst of Christmas procrastination. You can see her erethral image in my door of welcome if you look close enough! LOL! I made it though! Still didnt' get the door painted or the screen fixed so I'm afraid you'll just get a glimpse...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful mini-series. It has been so much fun seeing how everyone welcomes family and friends during the holiday season.
Christmas Hugs,

zandra said...

Just beautiful, Karen! Finally, got most of it up, still a little more to go! lol Love your two little Santa Paws! Thanks, for letting me play. I had a great time seeing and sharing in the festivities! Merry Christmas.
Hugz, Z

Anonymous said...

O Karen this is just lovely! Your stairwell is gorgeous with all the garland and the front looks so festive in the evening! What a funny story about your lights!

Love the "drums"!


Cass @ That Old House said...

Dear Harley and Jorja,
Thank you for the wonderful holiday tour! Your home is spectacular, very beautiful. You are lucky to live in such a pretty place, and where there is so much attention to detail -- very pretty!
LOVE the stair garland, especially as it ropes up and around the railings. Fantastic.

Connie said...

BEAUTIFUL as always!!! I love it!!


Stephenie said...

OMG!!! Everything is just stunning... I love the pretty garland on the banister.. Love all the decorations on the front stoop.. Jorja and Harley are just to darn cute..
Hope all is well.

Maggie said...

Hi Karen,
Your home is just gorgeous,your style and good taste evident everywhere. The staircase looks so grand and the dining room is beautiful.
The pups were fabulous tour guides and really did you proud.
Thanks for hosting this great get together and I hope you will come and visit us in Normandy soon.

Arts and Herbs said...

I can't believe my eyes Karen. So many lights ! Your staircase looks like it's in a castle or something. Absolutely gorgeous !!!

Rettabug said...

What an incredibly beautiful home you have, Karen & you've done an outstanding job of decorating it, too. I actually gasped when I saw that tree at the top of the staircase.....SPECTACULAR!!!

I'm sorry I didn't get to participate in this month's Doors of Welcome. My husbands heart attack on the 1st has halted all decorating & photos. We're just taking things one day at a time right now.

Thanks for this lovely glimpse into your home & for hosting the gathering, too.

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, everything looks gorgeous! You need to hire yourself out and decorate homes for the holidays...just beautiful. The tree on the upstairs landing is such a wonderful unexpected surprise. I've really enjoyed checking out everyone's decorations. I've been embarrassed at my own, which is why I've backed out these last two times. If you host next year, I will try and do better. This has been a great idea and fun to follow. Merry Christmas!
P.S. The reindeer, plus Jorja and Harley, were fantastic tour guides.

Anonymous said...

Oh, aren't you just two of the sweetest looking little fuzzy faced angels! Oh, tell your Mommy her home is so beautiful! The home is so pretty from the lights outside, to the doors, to the entry, the garland all around the rails upstairs - everything! Lovely lovely. And tell you Mommy you both were very good little tour guides.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tammy said...

Your home looks wonderful...thanks for the tour and mine is up and running.


Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Okay Karen...
I'm back just to tell you how much fun I'm having! And I haven't even visited one fourth of the party yet!!!! yay!!!!
While I'm here, I'm grabbing a glass of wine and I'll be on my way again...I promise not to get in anyone's way or anything ;)
everything vintage

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hello Karen! I've never been to your blog before! Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Your Christmas lights are beautiful! I think I'm gonna sneak in and join your Doors of Welcome! And start following! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Unknown said...

Unbelievable Job you did on your house decorating! I think my whole house would fit in your foyer. My husband and I did the little bit of decorating together and that made it so fun. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part.
Blessed Christmas to You and Yours! Meg

Charlene said...

Your decorations are gorgeous as always! Thank you for hosting this. Will we have a spring time edition, lol?

Delchick42 said...

Hi Karen. Sorry I didn't have anything on my blog for your doors of Welcom today. I have been sick with bronchitis and have not been out. But, your stairway inside your home is stunning! I love the lit tree on the balcony. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

Your home is gorgeous Karen!! It must take you forever to decorate!

Kathleen said...

Well, that is just gorgeous..but I thought we were just supposed to show our DOORS!
Sorry I was late, just got in before midnight. No cable service all day...
Have a wonderful Christmas, you sure have a beautiful place to enjoy it!

... said...

your home and Christmas decorations are absolutely beautiful. thanks for opening your doors.

Mimi said...

Dear Karen
and Harley and jorga too!!!!
Your home and the tour were fabulous!!! Your friendly welcome made my day!!!!I love the yard and the lights are perfect, we use to put up more lights too, but now keep our feet on the ground!!! After breaking mt left foot twice in 4 years, I try and stay on the ground!!!!haha
The staircase took my breath away!!!!! That is the only time I wish I had stairs is at Christmas!!!!The tree at the top is the perfect place, it just draws your eyes to it!!!! All of your decorating was worth it!!! Even if it meant missing out on the dunes trip!!!! I love the dunes!!! I usually go at least once per year with the boys!!!!
thanks for hosting!!!!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Pssst. Karen...Your tour guides were excellent! You have a beautiful home! The view from the entry up to your second floor is stunning! Everything just says...Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs!! P.S. Thanks for letting me in on the funny word verification! Potty!! Ha Ha!!That's was a laugh!

Kammy said...

Holy Cow Karen, I didn't know you lived in Cinderella's Castle...WOW !
That staircase is so pretty as your front entry....I don't have a nice front entry here in the country...just s cement step -so I didn't join in....I loved seeing everyone elses :o)

SmilingSally said...

I came thinking that I could join in with my red door and wreath, but I am so humbled. What a decorator you are! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning Karne...Girl you out did yourself once again...Love the tree up on the stair looby thats just too beautiful gir...Now those fur babies are just too cute for words...My daught has 2 of those...Molly and Missy and we call them M&M's I don't think Missy has ever walked yet as my daughter carry that dog every where she goes...I told her she could sell it as " Dog feet never used" and make a million from it...ha ha!!Thanks for the great tour my friend...Many Blessings to you....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nina Diane said...

wow....that is so is your home! And those doggies, they are just the cutest!!

debi said...

Karen, your Christmas home is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE your stairs and all that railing up and fun to decorate!
Can I come live with you?
Your front door is so pretty and welcoming. Beautiful!
This has been fun...and you've been a wonderful hostess. Thanks!
Hugs, Debi

Divamom said...

Your home is beautiful! Great job decorating!

Be Blessed!

Barbara said...

Your home is simply gorgeous, thank you for sharing, your little Jorja and Harley are so precious, I have a little female one named Zoie Michelle, she is 3 now and the love of our family. Thanks for sharing, you can see mine at