Virtual Open House Tour

Welcome to our home! To get started with the tour, make sure your speakers are turned up.

We live in Southern California where you have probably heard that it never snows. Well, hardly ever! Duane and I are happy you’re here so come on inside to get out of the cold.

006

See that huge wreath? People can see it from a block away, shining from the second floor window over the entryway. We hope you feel our love of all things Christmas as you come inside. Welcome!

IMG_1822_2

 

IMG_1825

My stuffed reindeer collection lines both sides of the stairs in the entryway, and numbers over 100 to date.  All of them received as gifts, given to me over the past 40 years as people hear of my love of reindeer.

IMG_1802

You can see our stairwell is lit up with street lights, reminiscent of olden times, as they might line the winter streets in small towns everywhere.

IMG_1803x

 

IMG_1805

 

IMG_1807

At the top of the stairs, our loft belongs to Miss Piggy, who equally loves all things decorated brightly.

Pig Wreath

The Miss Piggy tree is covered in pink and purple satin bows, with over 200 Miss Piggy ornaments collected over the past 30 years.

IMG_1839

 

100_0488

Continuing through our downstairs home entryway, you will see a fresh evergreen tree. The fragrance sets the tone for Christmas!

IMG_1837

 

IMG_1827

 

IMG_1845

Duane halves a real tree, and secures it to the wall, so I have a place to proudly display all the Christmas cards and letters we receive through the season. I use multi-colored lights for this tree. They’re Duane’s favorite.

IMG_1842

To your left, on the wall, as you pass the Christmas card tree, I proudly display our “Papa Santa” pictures.

IMG_1864

Duane dressed up as Santa when our first grandchild, Sophie, was born twelve years ago.

IMG_1867

Every year since, we have his picture taken with our growing number of grandchildren – now ten in all. To this day, any Santa Claus our youngest grandkids see during the season think he must be our Papa Santa.

IMG_1865

We only missed one year taking a picture. It was the first year our son, John, took his family to Peru as missionaries. Since then, every time they come home for a visit, we make sure to schedule in a Papa Santa picture.

Heading into what I call our parlor, the real Santa Claus has his rightful position in my display cabinet. Santa is all things fun at Christmas.

Open House Collage 6

I love my Santa collection, and have had some of these items over 40 years now, holding great memories for all of us.

IMG_1878

 

IMG_1872

 

IMG_1880

Across from the cabinet, the two story playhouse Duane made for our grandchildren also needs decorations.

IMG_1856

This year the kids have a miniature tree, a fireplace and stockings inside the playhouse so, they too, can have a Christmas ambiance inside as they play.

As we round the corner into our great room, we find the baby Jesus.

Open House Collage 4

Our entire family knows that Jesus is the true reason we celebrate Christmas. Baby Jesus is found, prominently placed front and center, on our fireplace.

IMG_1940

These hand made figurines of Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child were gifts from one of Duane’s employees on our second Christmas as a married couple. This year will be our 44th Christmas together.

Next, my bookend Christmas trees, one at each end of our great room.

IMG_1887

To the right, is our main Christmas tree. The Gifts of Gold theme is represented by a million sparkling white lights and gold ornaments of all shapes and sizes, setting the stage for the golden gifts. I wrap any box I can find, from Jello boxes to cereal boxes and all sizes in between, in a variety of gold papers, to cover the tree!

IMG_1893

IMG_1899

 

IMG_1905_collage

 

IMG_1897

 

IMG_1889

 

IMG_1889_cropped

 

IMG_1895

And yes! That is a boat. A real, full-sized 16-foot fishing boat. It is part of our regular beach theme in this room. A couple years ago, we painted our living room a light blue, befitting a beach theme. But for Christmas it plays nicely with our theme, filled with gifts of gold.

IMG_1901_boat cropped

 

IMG_1960

(If I’m the first person you have ever heard of who has a real wooden boat nailed to the wall in her living room—and decorates it for Christmas— you just have to comment below. I’m dying to know if anyone else has ever thought of this.)

To the left, in the kitchen, is one tree—full of appropriate holiday cooking utensils, sprayed gold to fit with my theme this year. (I lost count of the different layers of paint used over the years!)

Open House Collage 5

This miniature ceramic Christmas town is child-proof and the grandkid’s favorite.

IMG_1924

They spend hours arranging and re-arranging the houses and people, even naming entire families each year.

IMG_1925

 

IMG_1927

The secret they particularly enjoy is hiding the tiny Santa figurine on the roof of different stores and houses, seeing if their cousins can discover its location.

IMG_1929

No Christmas is complete without a festive puzzle. This year’s project looks like Santa has finished his rounds and is in serious need of a nap!

IMG_1930

Here they are … all 10 of our precious grandchildren in glorious black and white giant photos.

IMG_1913

IMG_1914

Our castle room, off the great room, also needs decorations.

IMG_1954

The grandkids pride themselves in doing the decorating all by themselves.

May I serve you some sparkling cider?

IMG_1949

Hungry? Help yourself. Oh please, takes several and enjoy!

Open House Collage 7

Do you know how much fun it is to decorate Nutter Butters for Christmas? Around here we kinda’ go nuts with the ideas …

Open House Collage 9

Go ahead kids! Fill your pockets and take all you want… there are lots more where these came from!

Thank you for taking the tour—virtually. Wasn’t that fun?

It was such an honor to share our home with you for the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas to you and yours and God bless you all!

XmasCard

Thanks to InstantImage photography by Brent Varela

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Nancy

    Beautitul! So glad I was able to see it all the way in GA!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Us too sweet daughter! Love to you all!

  • Cheryl O’Neil

    Love love love it!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thank Thank Thank you!!

  • Paul and Janet Moore

    Beautiful! Looks like you keep Duane VERY busy!!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      HA! I think he will agree with you! Thanks for coming! Love to you both!

  • Moya

    I love this!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thank you for coming!

  • Shelley Laverty

    Thanks for the tour. The Nutter Butters were delish! MERRY CHRISTMAS

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thank you Shelley!

  • Judy Taylor Beck

    Lovely! Merry Christmas to you and Duane!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Back at you and Dale! Love you guys!

  • Barbara Alden

    Kathleen, it was so fun! Thanks so much to both you and Duane for opening up your house at this time of year.

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thanks for coming Barb! You looked spectacular too!

  • Sue Wood

    Stunning and fabulous, Kathleen! I was looking forward to seeing how you’d deck out your boat…!
    Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thank you Sue!! Love you all!

  • Debbie Pelichowski

    Kathleen…I LOVE it, I’m hungry and now I can’t wait to open my GOLD box 🙂 LOVE you so much!!!

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      I love you more! Thanks for coming!

  • Kendra Walker-Reyes

    Wow! You’re both so creative! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love you, the Reyes Family❤️

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Love youReplyguys!!

  • Merry Heart

    Thank you Kathleen for sharing this special tour. You have boundless energy and creativity…and i am joyous that you are in Georgia! what a great gift to nancy and family.

    • kathleenchapman@cox.net

      Thank you Merry!!