My friend Steve and his family love Christmas. Steve and his wife Amy have been collecting Christmas ornaments and decorations for years. They each have many family treasures, and they've also collected special pieces together. Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Steve takes their three kids and two dogs out of town for the weekend while Amy does one of her favorite things – decorate the house for Christmas.
She does have a designer help her with a few things, like the garland and the wreaths, but she also has quite the eye herself. I was not the designer for the project, so I do not take any of the decorating credit. Their house and decorations are beautiful though, so I wanted to share the photos with you. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own house!
A close up of the stunning garland and wreath on the front door:
When you walk in the front door, you’re greeted by this adorable reindeer and his red trees.
On the chest to the right of the reindeer was one of my favorite things in the house. These colorful finials really caught my eye. They were bright and beautiful and sparkly!
My favorite one out of all of them:
Also in the foyer, is another beautiful garland strung along the stair railing. The mixture of colors and textures really makes the garland interesting and unique!
Over and around the doorways leading from the foyer to the kitchen, Amy hangs four garlands. They are filled with Christopher Radko ornaments – she uses Santas and snowmen only.
There are a total of 217 ornaments on the four garlands and it took Amy 2 ½ hours to put them all together! A few of their favorites:
Amy sets up five trees throughout the house, but one of Steve’s favorite things is the ‘main tree’.
The main tree is filled with special ornaments that Amy thoughtfully hangs in special places. Amy and Steve both share the same favorite ornament. Olivia the octopus (on the right) was an ornament that they both, unknowingly, picked out for the other when they were first dating.
Another one of the trees is the ‘kids’ tree’. It is filled with more playful ornaments.
Many of the ornaments on the kids’ tree are still special, like this penguin Steve has from his childhood. He said it was purchased from the local drug store where he grew up, and up until a few years ago, it still had the 15¢ price sticker on one of his skis.
In their kitchen area is this tree, decorated with all penguin ornaments.
This guy was my favorite – a penguin and he’s purple, yes please!
I loved this tree that Amy sets up in their bedroom.
The lighter colors coordinated with the feel of their bedroom and the cascading ribbons added softness to the tree.
The fifth tree is adorned with all silver ornaments.
All of the ornaments on this tree hold extra-special meaning, especially to Amy. Her mom and sister collected silver ornaments, so many of these are their ornaments that have been passed down to her. There are bells, balls, and other figures, some of them are engraved with the dates of their children’s first Christmases or other special years.
The five trees are not the only amazing decorations in the house. Steve and Amy also love nutcrackers. During the holiday season, their pool table turns into center stage for their collection.
Amy’s mom needlepointed her two son's stockings, and Amy said she even learned new stitches in order to make them! She passed away before having the chance to make their daughter's stocking, so to have them all match, Amy tracked down the needlepoint winner of the state fair of Texas (Amy's home state) to stitch Hunter's.
One of Amy’s favorite things is their Fontanini nativity scene. She says that setting it up each year reminds her of being a young girl and playing dolls with her sister.
Steve and Amy have several nativity scenes set up throughout the house. They are all beautiful and have sentimental meaning to the family.
On the chandelier in their kitchen, Amy strings a garland and clay ornaments to create a casual focal point for the room.
The clay ornaments are a mix of ornaments that represent the 12 Days of Christmas, and ones that are labeled with the year and the family’s names.
Amy and Steve also collect the Dicken's Villages.
Amy enjoys finding new ways to arrange the scenes each year.
I know that my pictures have not done Amy and Steve’s house and decorations justice. I appreciate them allowing me to come see all of their decorations and share them with you. They love the spirit of the Christmas season and find great joy in discovering special pieces throughout the year and reminiscing about the memories each one holds. Their biggest joy, however, is sharing their collection with others and passing along the happiness and love of the season.
I want to leave you with a few more photos from their collection.
Thank you so much, Steve and Amy, for opening your Christmas Wonderland to us!
° What is your favorite Christmas ornament?