12.19.2008

French Country Christmas


I thought you might enjoy a tour of a house that belongs to Melessa, a good friend of mine. Her home is French country. Her home is very beautiful & the best part is that she did it all on a very limited budget. She shopped thrift stores, garage sales and deeply discounted items for all of it. It just goes to show you that you do not have to be wealthy to decorate a beautiful home. Patience, creativity, and a good upholsterer can really pay good dividends. Please excuse the quality of pictures. I was visiting instead of paying attention to taking pictures, so the lighting & focus is not my best work. I asked Melessa about her beautiful paintings & she found all of them at a buyers market for decorators in Dallas. She bought them many years ago & they stayed rolled up under her bed for about 10 years. She spent anywhere from $10 to $35 each for the paintings. The frames came from garage sales.



This is what you see upon entering her foyer.




This is the powder room just off the foyer.




She has a large collection of Santas ( all of which came from thrift stores & garage sales) spread throughout the house. This is what the family calls the reading room because everyone likes to curl up in front of the fire and read in this room.








The painting over the fireplace was an unbelievable $10. Her furniture all through the house was found at garage sales & she found all her fabrics at a wholesale fabric place in Dallas and she then took them to a wonderful upholsterer to be recovered.



Melessa loves to decorate with fresh flowers and fruit all through the house.






Yes, Even the chandelier was a garage sale find.



Melessa's husband built the bench




Can you believe this cabinet was blonde. Melessa refinished it with shoe polish.





This painting was $35




After Melessa was asked to be on the Christmas tour of homes she scoured the thrift stores to find enough Christmas ornaments to fill her bathtub.



This is a wall in her blue bathroom



This is a sitting area in Kevin & Melessa's bedroom.



Kevin also made the bed as a surprise for Melessa. He kept it a surprise for her. She didn't have a clue that he was doing anything like that.
This is one of her son's rooms. He is a Texas Tech fan so she did a Texas Tech wreath for him.

This is the guest room



A corner of the guest room. The print of the Santa was done by an artist friend who does a new Santa every year for each family member and then gives prints to all the other family. Each family member gets their own original.




This is the upstairs t.v. room


Kevin is quite an outdoorsman so Melessa did this tree in a rustic theme.


This is on the landing of the stairs

Can you believe this guy was $45 at a garage sale?


Hope you enjoyed the tour of Melessa & Kevin's house. Have a Merry Christmas!
Until Next Time
Debbie
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21 comments:

The English Cottage Collection said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving kind words! Your friends home is so gorgeous all decked for Christmas!
Mery merry~ Debra

Frippery said...

Stunning. I love the colors and that bathtub is over the top! Pam

Trisha said...

I love every bit of Melessa and Peter's house! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. What inspiration!

Trisha Evans
my2roses
a vintage white

Trisha said...

What a goof I am. I swear Melessa's husband was named Peter. SO sorry Kevin. ;O)

Trisha Evans

Stacey said...

It's just gorgeous! I love the colors and fabrics that she has chose. Would Melessa possibly share a little info about some of her art work? I like all of it.

I can't believe her husband made that bed!! It's awesome.

Liz said...

Oh My! This home is beautiful. So Festive!

Merry Christmas!
~Liz

Liz said...

I had to go back and look again! I think the tub of ornaments is spectacular!

Just had to add that!

~Liz

Angie said...

I sooooo love your friend's home and everything in it! It is totally the look and feel I want in my home!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Wow! What a stunning home! I love French Country decorating and the peek into her dining room reminded me of my own. I got a kick out of her tub filled with baubles. Cute idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your nice comment. Merry CHRISTmas!

Blessings,
Sandi

ABOUT ME said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With blessings,
Brook

The White Bench said...

OOOHHH! This home is just divine!!!!!!!!!! How creative a gal, and all the decorations are soo me!!! Thanks a lot for sharing this!!!!!(To Melessa, too!!).
Have a very Merry Christmas!!
Monica.

Chrissy said...

Hi... thanks so much for coming by,hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!

Shabby Chick said...

Wow, her house is immaculate! Amazing Christmas decorations too. She must be so proud of her home :)

Hope you have a lovely Christmas and don't mind me stopping by, Mel x

nikkicrumpet said...

What a gorgeous home she has created! I love the use of toile and all of the beautiful curtains. The whole home is just stunning...and even prettier all dressed up for Christmas!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh my! how gorgeous!

I want her dining room curtains :), they are too die for sweet and elegant!! I can't believe that tub of ornaments too, how amazing is that!? so creative and fun! Her rooms are such sweet eye Candy! Thanks so much for the tour!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas !! Hugs, Cynthia

lvroftiques said...

Hi Debbie!! Thank you for visiting my blog so that I could find yours! Your friend Melessas home is gorgeous! And soooo right up my alley!! (francophile that I am *winks*) Ane her hubby Kevin did an amazing job on the bench and their bed!! Wow! I really enjoyed this tour! Please thank Melessa for sharing her beautiful home with us! Vanna

Michelle said...

What a sweet house your friend has. I just LOVE the idea of the ornaments in the tub! How fun. :)

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Debbie,

Thank you so much for visiting my new blog and your kindness. I really do appreciate it very much! Come back anytime. You're always welcome! :)

Your friends home is so beautiful. Love her style.
Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos.

Hope you have a blessed Holiday.
~Melissa :)

Natasha Burns said...

Wow Melessa's home is amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us. I love that she did it on a budget too. That bathtub full of ornaments had me do a double-take, I've never seen that done before!
Merry Christmas,
Natasha : )

LillyB said...

Their home is wonderful! Her husband is so creative and talented and she has a great eye for color!!! What a treat!!!

LillyB said...

This home is gorgeous. Red is one of my favorite colors!!! Thank you for showing us!!