20 November 2008

Trim the Tree Thursday Part 2

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Our Family Room is decorated in a retro (50s) style. When my sis and I were growing up, we heard all about the 50s as my mom and dad both graduated from HS during that time. Tammi and I had an aluminum tree and I thought it was beautiful, but I think I might have been the only one. My sister found this tree and a working color wheel and gave it to me for Christmas one year!



The santa on the heater was the Santa that was in our house while growing up. I bullied my mom into giving it to me. That was after one year that he didn't make it up in her house! I cannot imagine Christmas without him!



The tree in the background is decorated with colored lights and all the family ornaments. We have photographs of family members who are no longer with us on the tree. These ornaments go back to our childhood and most from our lives together. I think it might be my favorite tree in the house.



Bob's parents owned a grocery store while he was growing up. His family owned the store for more than 100 years! This coke machine was in the store when they decided to sell and retire. Bob asked for it and got it!



The tablecloth on our yellow formica table came from an auction. The work is hand done and is full of sequins. The table came from the parish where Bob served as altar boy! He had a few meals at this table!

Hope you enjoyed the tour of our Family Room!

(photos from 2007)




25 comments :

  1. I remember the aluminum tree and the wheel. I kinda wish I had one too!

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  2. Everything looks fantastic! I love the aluminum tree!!

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  3. That was a fun tour...

    I cannot imagine having the time to do all of that. Maybe one day.

    For now, I think this will be Chelsea's second year to decorate.

    Too bad, in a way, that this is prime candle sales season. I constantly have a mess in the kitchen. But, on the flip side, the house smells great!

    Loved your pictures and the stories behind them.

    Becky K.

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  4. Hi Terri, Thanks for the neatest tour! I remember those silver trees all too well. I think I would chew on the tinsel. LOL! ~Melissa

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  5. Hello! I really enjoyed your retro Christmas and other decor. I remember those aluminum trees. I was born in the early 50's.

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  6. My mom had an aluminum tree similar to yours. Very nice!
    Kathy

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  7. Beautiful! And thanks for sharing the memories too. Memories are what make Christmas so special.

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  8. Great photos! I love the tablecloth-those little elves are too cute!

    And what a fun space!

    Thanks for joining us!

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  9. Great post, Terri. I enjoyed seeing your "50's" room. Brought back some special memories for me!

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  10. Groovy! ;o)

    I have a small aluminum tree but it's not vintage. I love your retro decorations!

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  11. How fun to see all of the treasures that you enjoy. My sister asked for and received our childhood Santa. He's plastic and has a light inside his tummy. Personally, I am delighted that he adorns her house and not mine. LOL!

    What a wonderful way to honor those no longer with you by placing their photos on the tree. I really, really like that idea!

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  12. I love it! So much fun!

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  13. Thanks for the tour. Your retro touches are great! I have a coke machine in our TV room that was in my parents' shoe store in the back room. Oh the memories!
    Carol

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  14. i LOVE your retro look!
    and so organized too. My decorations won't be up until after Thanksgiving.

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  15. Terri...I am so jealous of your silver tree...and to have a working wheel as well, that makes it double jealous. I bought a small silver tree and wreath. Thanks for sahring. :)EllenL

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  16. When I was growing up we lived in the music store that we owned. Sounds wierd I know but we lived in the back and the store was in the front with only a wall and door seperating the two. We had a tree just like that in the store window with a color wheel. I loved it then and I love it now!!! :)

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  17. Very nice Terri! I always loved your basement room! And all the stuff that went in it. Now that I know a lot of it came from Grandma and Grandpa I'm very jealous. I've always wanted that Coke machine! :-) Ever since David and I first started dating.

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  18. Your family room decor is a treasury of family memories.

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  19. Terri...love all these wonderful vintage Christmas decorations...so great hearing about all the special memories that go with them. Aren't those silver trees with the color wheels just the best! :-) Great post! Susan

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  20. I did enjoy my tour. Love that aluminum tree and what a beauty that tablecloth is. You have some wonderful heirlooms to enjoy. That coke machine is a classic. Thanks for sharing your room with us. laurie

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  21. What lovely Christmas photos...every thing looks just fabulous.

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  22. thank you for visiting my blog on Friday. I love that little velvet suited Santa. My mom had one when I was growing up. I'll be posting more about my decorations in the days to come! p.s. love your blog skin!

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  23. My in-laws have the same tree....their 'family room' is set up to be a dinner from the 50's, booths, juke box and working soda fountain...the whole nine yards! I'll try and remember to take pictures at Christmas, to show you! You have lovely trees!

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  24. I love this room! What fun! My Grandma had a tree just like that...and that formica table in yellow! My folks had one in red. : )

    You are such fun...I would have a hoot visiting you!!

    Love,
    Sue

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