Hello, my name is Linda, the mom of the two sisters who started Diamonds or Pearls. I am so excited to be a part of this tour for the second year in a row. Christmas is my favorite time of year and an amazing time to connect with the special people in your life.
We moved into our Lake Cottage about four weeks ago, and I have enjoyed getting it ready for the holidays. There is nothing more fun than filling our home with Christmas traditions and giving it the Christmas spririt.
This craftsman style home is different than any home we have lived in, but I have enjoyed blending my traditional style with a little cottage twist.
The terracotta color on the exterior of the house isn’t anything I would have chosen, but I love it.
Step into our entryway where you will be greeted with southern hospitality and a collection of Byer’s Choice Carolers. I have always felt like the entryway sets the first impression for whats to come inside the rest of the house.
Merry Christmas and welcome!
After you enter, the family room is to the right. This space is for relaxing and TV watching so I kept my decor simple. I love the coziness of the tree and the view of the front yard.
Our master bedroom is to the left after you step out of the entryway. I love to give every space a touch of Christmas, and our room was no exception. Just a few touches of simple decoration are scattered throughout.
A little Christmas cheer in the bathrooms.
The room nods to a more laid-back style being it is an open concept floor plan. I went with the traditional red and green in this room with touches of mercury glass.
The coziness of the house and the amazing view of the lake drew us to this home.
I love this space because it is simple and you can see onto our back porch. My favorite detail of this room is the cute little window.
This is the best place to gather with family around the holidays. My tradition every year is to bake my grandma’s sugar cookies.
The crystal bowl means so much to me because it was a gift from a dear friend.
I wanted to share my family sugar cookie recipe with you and have attached it to the end of my post. Enjoy!
Our covered porch on the back of our home is like sitting in a tree house. We enjoy the evenings with a cup of coffee and a warm blanket.
Ribbon is one of my favorite things, so I used it throughout the house. It is so easy to switch up your decor each year just by changing out the ribbon. The one I have used for a couple of years is black and white striped, it looks great with anything!
The evenings are magical with the beautiful glow of the lights and the shimmer of the ornaments. What a way to end the day!
Tomorrow on the tour is Keli’s Virginia home. The theme is “Home for the Holidays,” and it is filled with fresh greenery and beautiful decorations. It is a must see!
- 3 cups- Flour
- 2 tsp- baking powder
- 1/2 tsp- salt
- 2/3 cup- shortening
- 1 cup- sugar
- 2- eggs (well beaten)
- 1/2 tsp- vanilla
- 1/4 cup- milk
- Preheat oven to 350 - 375
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Form small balls of dough and place on cookie sheet. You could also roll out dough and cut into cute Christmas shapes.
- Bake approximately 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle sugar on top of each cookie. Dip in milk and enjoy!
Easy & Delicious!