Friday, December 17, 2010

Noel a la Maison LeJeune ~ Chapter Five

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Everyone who knows me, {{{knows}}} that  there is always something to eat in our kitchen :))

Our love of food is as deep as our love of entertaining and having dear friends and family home for the holidays (or any time of year!)

Call it a "Cajun way of life" or call it whatever you'd like, I can assure you that our kitchen is the social area of the house.

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It's a small octagon-shaped kitchen, but it's filled with good times and LOTS of memories :)

For the holidays, I "borrowed" a good friend's Lefton China Christmas Colonial Village and placed it on top of our cabinets.

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My sister came and helped me place everything and made sure the "snow" was perfectly landscaped and lit. We had such a great (busy) day together! We always do!!!

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When company comes, chances are that you'll find everyone standing and visiting around the center island table.

Of all the places to sit and visit, this is where they choose to be.

I just L-O-V-E that! :)))

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You can usually find a Gumbo simmering, or maybe a HUGE roast cooking, or some big FAT gulf shrimp boiling.

There's always something to eat and Christmas is no exception!

But today, finger foods will have to do.

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I'm not "cooking" anything major until Christmas dinner so the kitchen will stay clean for at least a few more days.

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The glittery decorations on the stove will remain pretty and untouched for now...

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And there aren't any dirty dishes at the moment...

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For when the Rougeau-LeJeune families collide on Christmas Day, this kitchen will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of everything "Christmas" (including LOTS of dirty dishes!)

I cannot wait!  :)

Now don't get me wrong, even though we hang out around the food in the kitchen, we do "play" in the living room too!

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We've been known to find a comfy spot on the floor to call our own and play some old fashioned BINGO or a crazy game of Pictionary.

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Don't let the Christmas decorations in this room fool you...things can get pretty crazy in here. It looks nice and neat right now but just ask Cajun Santa how crazy things can get in here...

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This room is where we "live".

We break out with the pillows and blankets and cozy up.

We play games, watch football (which can get pretty rowdy),  and we watch NHRA and NASCAR (which puts me to sleep).

We sit and visit and sometimes, we tend to just be lazy in here on a Sunday afternoon.

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I know, the photos are dark.

There's not much light in this room as we keep it low because of the big screen tv...sort of like being in the theater.

If you're wondering what that "thing" is in the corner, it's a mahogany bird house. It's 6 feet tall and intricately ornate.

We have no bird...it's only for show!

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It's usually in the library but I moved it to make room for the main Christmas tree.

When my sister came for the day to help me decorate, she was DETERMINED to decorate the bird house too. I just let her do and I must say...it's the prettiest thing in the house!

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Everyone who comes to visit just says how pretty it is and I can't even take credit for it!!!! (Thanks Sis!)

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I love it all.

Everywhere I look is so full of Christmas memories and I'm constantly smiling.

I am SO enjoying the holidays and looking forward to Christmas Day.

I'm slowly getting my shopping done, the presents wrapped and I'm looking forward to being off of work.

There's so much to celebrate.

Health, Happiness, Family & Friends.

But most of all...

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 We'll be celebrating the most special of birthdays!!!

Thank you for following along in our Noel a la Maison LeJeune Christmas decorating and Home Tour.

We are wishing each of you a VERY MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS...& A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thank you for all of the sweet comments and emails. Those of you who are new to my blog...I thank you for following!

I am quite behind on returning the visits and comments but I hope to catch up with you soon. Thank you for being so patient with me!!! :)

57 comments:

BEAR's Mom said...

lovely and awesome sweetie...
enjoy your holidays with your family and loved ones :)
~victoria~

sissie said...

Hi Jodie,
Everything in your home is beautiful, festive and ready for a party.

hugs
Sissie

BonjourRomance said...

Everything looks lovely, you and your sister are a good team!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Mimi

diane cook said...

Jodie...I loved the tour, and do hope we get together in 2011, because I KNOW we will have so much in common. Take care and Merry Christmas my dear Cajun friend =))

FILIGREE MOON said...

So beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and decor. Looks like a perfect place for entertaining and fun. ~ Angela

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

Everthing is exquisite and emmensley Beautiful! I am ao happy to get to take a virtual tour! Hope you enjoy every detail of your holidays!

Rochelle said...

Oh Jodie! Everything in your home is so gorgeous...and I am in love with your kitchen island - yum, yum, yum!
Wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas
-Rochelle

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Jodie....your home is so GORGEOUS!!!! There is thought and purpose in each and every detail!!! I love getting to peek inside your house, thank you so much for sharing with us ~ I want to wish you a wonderful and very Merry Christmas sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

stephanie said...

Hey, girlie...Haven't been around blogland lately, but have been missing you so wanted to pop in this evening for a little visit. Absolutely love your kitchen...I think I'm feeling twinges of jealousy over how glistening your sink looks and all that beautiful wood cabinetry and, oh the loveliness of that island!!

Hope you are doing well and finding a few moments to get to just sit and "be"....Love you, friend...

Steph

Lisa said...

Jodie,
I have really enjoyed the holiday tours of your beautiful home! You've put your sweet touch on every single thing and it shows!
PS I absolutely adore your birdhouse.:)

Leanne said...

love love love love that birdhouse....

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Jodie, Your sister did indeed a great job with that awesome birdhouse. I'm sorry that you can't take the credit for this one but you certainly have my applause on everything you did, my sweet friend :-)!
Your kitchen is wonderful! I love that center island and wish we would have space in our kitchen for one. I can very well imagine that it is such a great place to gather around.
Have a wonderful weekend, girl!
XOXO,
Julia

The English Romantic said...

Thanks Jodie for such a wonderful tour of your beautiful Christmas home. I have enjoyed every trip over from here in England.
Merry Christmas Smiles, Angela.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow Jodie! Your place looks like a show home. Everything is so sparkly and beautiful! I can't imagine messing any of it up. Love your black and gold theme in the dining room. Just fits in so perfectly with who you are! And the birdcage decorated by your sister is magnificent. Have a most wonderful weekend. Blessings, Tammy

Vicki said...

I just loved the tour! The snow village on top of the cabinets is a great idea. The bird cage is fantastic. Have a blessed holiday my friend!

Sheila Rumney said...

Loved your tour... Stunning!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Claudia said...

Hi sweetie! I've loved your tour. Your home is filled with beauty and warmth and love - the most important thing of all.

Love your kitchen island, by the way! Such pretty detail!

xoxo
Claudia

Rose Brier Studio said...

Such a beautiful kitchen. I think I like the decorating in this room best . . . or do I say that with new each chapter?

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
~Marilee

Minx's Den said...

ay-yi-yi!! look at all those decorations!!! so many!! you did a superb job! and I love your bird cages too! (the fake birdie is just as beautiful too!! happy holidays to you!!

Dorthe said...

Jodie,-
wherever you "took me" it was (is) so fantastic---your home is a beautifull, and fantastic place to live- and so very special,-full of beauty and wonderfull things in every corner---thankyou so much for letting us into your beautifull home, dear- it must be a fairytale being there for christmas.
Wishing you merry ,and happy houers, Jodie with family- and friends.And all the very best for 2011-
Hugs,Dorthe

Pam @ Frippery said...

Very beautiful again Jodie. That cage looks fantastic and your kitchen too. Umm, about being off work...when do you work? Hahahahaha, sorry couldn't resist. Miss you loads. All of the photos of your home are bringing back so many good memories. Hugs, Pam

kana said...

Jodie,

It is all so very lovely and you must be tired from all of the hard work. But now the best part is that you get to enjoy all of it. Thing is....now that I have seen it, I want to come and enjoy it with you!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

trash talk said...

6' tall huh? You could keep Cat Daddy in there! Your sis did a beautiful job,, but then the whole house is just gorgeous befitting the Cajun queen that you are!
Girl...I can see myself in your countertops...that is some kinda sparkling clean! I see the island found a home and what are those "tins" on the lower shelf?
Debbie
Merry Christmas!!!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Darlin' your home is just as special as you are. It not only looks magazine ready, it looks like a very comforting and welcoming place to be!!!

Hope you're enjoying all the blessings this season has to offer.
Hugs and love...Tracy :)

NicNacManiac said...

My goodness....why am I not surprised that every vignette is so full of detail and is absolutely gorgeous!! The thought and care that you display in your beautiful home is breathtaking!
Enjoy yourself with your friends and family during the holidays...you deserve it after all of this cleaning, decorating...not to mention all of the photography and posting!
Thank you for sharing your home....loved it! the Saints room is my favorite!! xOxO Nerina

Honey at 2805 said...

Hey sweet girl! Your home is exquisite! I love everything about it. And what a sweet sister to have!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Thanks so much for sharing your home here! It is the perfect spot for holiday gatherings! All of your decorations are marvelous - and I love the sparkle of them against the shiny black!

... now - I have to go on a google search to find that birdcage - it's a definite must-have-or-I'll-never-live-happily treasure!

Happy Holidays!

Karen said...

Yay! We finally get to see some REAL pictures of your home! Love it - but then again - I knew I would!
Hmmmm...I think I would be quite at home plunking down on the sofa...
Marry Christmas Miss Jodie! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs from soggy So Cal - :) Me.

Sue said...

Your entire house is just lovely! Thanks for sharing it with those of us to far to stop in and visit. Miss you bunches, and have a wonderful Christmas!

Big Holiday Hugs,
Sue E.

A Cottage Muse said...

I can only imagine how delish your house must smell during the holidays or for a "just because" gathering!

So happy you are sharing everything with us, even the kitchen sink!!!

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

What a beautiful home you have! I love your kitchen and can see why peeps would want to sit around that island.
I adore your bird house, birds or no, it is gorgeous!'
Blessings~
Gwenny

Rebecca said...

Hey Jode
That's what I call my daughter... thank you for my birthday wishes! Your house is amazing... that kitchen is huge and wonderful!
All your lovely decorations just add the sparkle like magic.
Wishing you a beautiful Christmas week
Many Blessings to you and yours
Rebecca

Ruby Grace's said...

Wow...just beautiful. Let me know your address and I plan on stopping in a lot to see what is on the stove! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Denis

Kay Ellen said...

So pretty Jodie!

Merry Christmas to you~~~I love your island in the kitchen!!

Everything looks so festive and fabulous!

Have a blessed holiday:))

Hugs,
Kay Ellen

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Jodie ~ it's been so long since I stopped in to see you on your blog! Just wanted to tell you how gorgeous your home is! I will try to visit more in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! ~Stacy~

Honey at 2805 said...

Sweet Jodie, have a very Merry Christmas!

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hello Jodie,
I realy love your house. It's very beautiful decorated.
I want to wish you a merry christmas and a very happy new year.
Hugs Ester

Heidi Meyer said...

Everything is so beautifully decorated! What fun times to be with family, not only on special days but any day! Sending lots of love and Christmas blessings your way. xxoo

Miss Gracie's House said...

I love your island...and your entire kitchen...so full of beauty and laughter...perfect!
Merry Christmas1
Rene

The Antiques Diva said...

SO cute to arrange your Christmas Village on top of your kitchen cabinets! It's an ideal space to display them! Will use this idea next year!
Toma

Susan said...

I am just finding the time for a quick visit...everything looks beautiful. I will be over for a game of "pictionary"..it's my favorite! Susan

A Fanciful Life said...

Dear Miss Jodie,
Your home is picture perfect - as if it came straight out of Beautiful Homes magazine. You've done an incredible job of making it a holiday home. I do hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Lots of love,
Sharon and Miss Gracie too

Sinta Renee said...

Your home coundn't be more warm and inviting! I hope you had a very merry Christmas that will bring you wonderful memories through the year!

Kellie Collis said...

You have a very lovely home! And the kitchen is just amazing! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Your kitchen, your decorated home ~ darling ~ awesome!
Dropping in for a visit to wish a dear gal a most happy New Year! Thanks for having a blog that inspires and delights my heart! Most dearest wishes for a bright and blessed New Year my friend! <3
~ Katie

Scrappy Jessi said...

Hey Doll,
"Happy New Year!"
Have A Fabulous 2011!
Your home is amazing!!!
oxooxx,
Jessi

Honey at 2805 said...

Hey Friend! Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful and rewarding New Year. Hugs, Honey

Debby said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. I am totally amazed at how beautiful your home is for the holidays. Absolutely gorgeous.
Debby

Elizabeth said...

I so enjoyed visiting your home!I have not spent much time in blogland this past year but that is changing this year! I will be back soon and hope you visit me as well. Elizabeth

Deb said...

Oh my, everything is gorgeous. You have a beautiful home. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas.

Happy New Year!

Diny said...

Love that kitchen....wauw ..It is beautifull!
Happy New Year and greeyings from Holland, Diny

Linda said...

WOW, you have a beautiful kitchen!! Mine is nothing like this and appears homely by comparison in our very small, modest house. I love, LOVE the idea for the lighted village on top of the cabinets. That I could do next year, but not with my small cardboard/Japan house, retro village, lol, since they couldn't be seen from below. But still, I love that idea and I'll have to remember it for future reference.

You have a beautiful home indeed.
~Linda

A Fanciful Life said...

Hello Miss Jodie! I'm back visiting your home again! What a beautiful home you have - it so suits you and your artistic style. I hope your holidays were wonderful. I think of you OFTEN and wonder what big adventure you are up to next. Yes, it's good to be Miss Jodie! Well, I just wanted to say hi and happy new year to you, and I am looking forward to seeing what you are up to in 2011!

Hugs,
Sharon :-)

Honey at 2805 said...

I am beginning to think that the "big boss man" has locked you up and thrown away the key! Do you need me to form a rescue party?
Honey

Patrice Martin said...

very nice, lovely I like what you did and what you feel.

Pat.

Marian Collins said...

Very nice blog

Aunt Kristin said...

Oh my goodness, I am IN LOVE with your kitchen! That is absolutely beautiful. It's so inviting.

Kristin