The Upstairs Family Room Decorated for Christmas

Welcome to the 153rd Metamorphosis Monday!

Merry Christmas!   I have just a quick “Before and After” to share for this Met Monday.   I added a few holiday touches to the upstairs family room this year and never got around to sharing those.  As always, I hung a little wreath on the grandfather clock.

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This year the armoire got a bit of lit greenery and I moved the feather tree from its usual spot in the guest room to the upstairs family room.

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A view at night…

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Snapped a quick pic today right after I finished icing the coconut cake.  The wax paper was still under the layers.

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With the wax paper removed…

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You’ll find the recipe for this cake and the icing, HERE.  I changed the recipe up a bit this time.  I wanted the cake to be even taller than normal.  The recipe calls for all-purpose flour, but I used half self-rising and half all-purpose flour.  And, I still added the normal amount of baking powder.  It was definitely taller than ever, almost too tall for the lid to fit on.  Be careful what you wish for. lol

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Once the cake was done, it was time for the best part.  I surely couldn’t let all this icing just go to waste. Right?

Hope your day was filled with lots of yummy moments!  And I hope YOU got to lick the beaters.

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  1. Susan
    Your home always looks so beautiful and during the Holiday's it shines bright and merry!
    And your cake… well that looks just too good to eat!
    Thank you for hosting.
    dee dee

  2. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Merry Christmas, Susan. LOL I always lick the beaters!

  3. The coconut cake looks so yummy and your upstairs FR looks so comfy. Hope you are enjoying Christmas with family, Susan….Christine

  4. Lissa (Bellenza) says

    Love that armoire! The whole room looks so cozy & Christmasy!

  5. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Don't have anything to share again this week – hope that will change down the road as I have several things I hope to get done before to long. That cake looks so good!!! Hope you have had a Very Merry Christmas!! Can't believe it has come and gone so soon.

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Everything looks so pretty, Susan! And that cake is yummy…I know because I have tasted it! Merry Christmas! Hope it was wonderful!…hugs…Debbie

  7. On Crooked Creek says

    Your upstairs family room is so bright and appealing! I adore your feather tree and adding the lighted garland to your cabinet. That cake looks yummy!!! Thanks for hosting this weekly meme!

  8. martinealison says

    L'ambiance de ce petit lieu est bien agréable et cosy … ma chienne dalmatienne Olwen, lorsqu'elle entend tourner le robot en cuisine; elle accourt dans l'espoir de lécher un plat quelconque…
    Un gâteau, hum qui devait être délicieux…
    gros bisous

  9. Wow, your beautiful cake dwarfs your red mixer! I have the same red mixer…love it! Great idea with using some self rising flour too. Merry Christmas!

  10. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Merry Christmas. Thanks for having us over. That cake looks delish.

  11. Desire Empire says

    Thanks so much for hosting Susan even in the holidays.

    Happy Holidays to you
    Carolyn xx

  12. Desire Empire says

    PS The coconut cake looks adorable

  13. Tombstone Livestock says

    once again you did good girl … did you notice any change in taste by using the 2 flours in the cake.

  14. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Oh that cake looks wonderful! I love your upstairs family room, it's so pretty and cozy. I'm so glad you had a great Christmas with your family, dear Susan. Thank you for hosting and for having us even at Christmas Day!
    Merry Christmas!

  15. Susan, that is my all time favorite cake. Seven minute frosting ~ I could eat it by the cup full. Actually just give me the icing, I don't really need the cake. LOL
    Your cake is beautiful. Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

  16. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Tombstone…no, it tasted the same, but it was a lot fluffy…less dense…which was great.

  17. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    MartineAlison, that's so funny about your doggie. 🙂 Reminds me of how my Golden Retriever used to act. 🙂

  18. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Sarah, Me too! I'm pretty sure 7 minute icing must be what the angels eat in heaven.

  19. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Hello my friend, wishing you all the best for 2012 and thanks for your great blog and inspiration. Cheers

  20. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Your upstairs family room is so charming! And the cake – yum – turned out beautiful! Linda

  21. Buone Feste!!

  22. I would so love to have a cozy room like your upstairs family room! I need a bigger house- LOL Guess my 3500 sq. ft. one isn't cutting it! That cake is definitely going to be made for my next party! Big and fluffy is never a bad thing. And the fact that it will taste yummy is the "icing on the cake." *grin*

  23. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Thanks for hosting, Susan! That cake looks delicious!

  24. Your upstairs family room looks so charming & totally inviting! And that cake — yummy!

  25. Hi Susan! Your family room looks wonderful with all of your pretty Christmas touches! Your cake! Oh, my Lord! I love coconut cake and yours is so pretty! I'll have to go and check out your recipe!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas,
    Shelia 🙂

  26. Betsy@ coastal-colors says

    This room looks amazing! It's so pretty! Wow, your cake is beautiful and looks yummy! Thank you for hosting another great link party! Happy New Year!

  27. Richard Cottrell says

    I love your family room. Richard from My Old Historic house.

  28. Sweet Designs says

    I really enjoyed the tour thru your lovely family room, blue is one of my favorite colors.

  29. ceodraiocht says

    Just gorgeous and your cake is oh so perfect!

  30. Glad you had a good Christmas! Thanks for hostessing the party, I linked to my post about Hunter's Grove, my husband's family's 220-year-old farmhouse where we spent Christmas day. Great family, great location – great Christmas day!


  31. Ami w/AliLilly says

    The cake and the family room look wonderful!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  32. BerryMorins Bits & Tips says

    You're amazing! The coconut cake looks so delicious. And your decorating of the family room was so beautiful.
    I hope you and your family have a blessed New Year!

  33. Nann from At Nann's Table says

    Love your family room anyway you do it. Those colors are close to my heart. And that gorgeous cake. Oh it looks so good. Growing up my grandmother who lived with us would make that very cake about once a month or oftener. It just brings back such fond memories to me.

    Thankyou too Susan for taking the time and posting on my blog. It means alot to me as you are one of my mentors. It was because of you, Stonegable and a couple of others that I finally started my blog. And I'm so glad I did.


  34. Farmer's Wyfe says

    There is NO WAY I could stop at just licking those beaters!!! WOW that looks goooooood!! Thanks for the fun party and hope your Christmas was full of family, fun, and great memories…and pieces of cake!! 🙂

  35. What a beautiful cake, like a miniature winter wonderland all by itself.

    Glad to see you are putting your new baking station to such good use.

  36. Cottage and Broome says

    Looove coconut cake it is family favorite, your look delicious. Thanks for hosting again this week! Laura

  37. Fifi Flowers says

    A little late to the party… hope you had a FAB holiday!

  38. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says

    That coconut cake is makin' me hungry! LOVE coconut cake and yours looks yummy. Thanks for hosting.

  39. Lakeshore Cottage Living says

    Your cake looks beautiful and delicious!!!

  40. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    I love little traditions … like how you always make sure to hang the little wreath from the grandfather clock. So cute. The little feather tree adds quite a bit of holiday charm, doesn’t it? It really stands out in that room. I love greenery and garlands and the top of that armoire is a perfect spot for some. Those simple additions you made really changed the feel of that room. The little things mean so much.

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