My Sister’s Christmas Home 2013

Today’s Feature Friday is my sister, Renee’s house all decked out for the Holidays.

You all really loved seeing Marc’s house (my sister’s neighbor) and they are truly similar in that they both love to decorate every room in the house.  My sister has 12 (count em’!) trees in her house this year, a mix of floor trees and tabletop trees, but 12 trees nonetheless.  It’s beautiful and festive and this is where our family spends Christmas morning, around the big tree in their great room, fire blazing, Christmas music on the stereo, and she makes a wonderful Christmas brunch for all of us.

It’s wonderful and it’s family time!  We enjoy it so much, that Christmas morning together.

So, I’ll take you on a tour this year of her Christmas home, which takes weeks to finish.  But, she truly enjoys it and she has a great hubby who also helps her get it all down to decorate for the Christmas season.  She also does a few parties every year, inviting friends in for the festivities this time of year.

Hope you enjoy!

front door

Their front door is always decked out too, with lighted garland at night, very welcoming.

foyer table

Inside the front door, the foyer table is decked out in lighted garland too with lots of pretty white Christmas décor.

Several of you have asked the paint color, so I’m adding it here:  Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat, the same color I had in my old house.

Christmas table

It is beautiful at night all lit up.

foyer white tree

The white flocked tree in the foyer and large size Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus.

garland on stairs

Lighted garland with bows and white poinsettias going up the stairs.

living room tree

To the left is the living room, with a tree in the urn.


Nativity set in the living room.

living room tree 2

This tree is in gold and bronze tones.

living room side table

Just inside the living room, a big white Santa greets guests.

living room to dining room

Looking right from the living room is the open dining room.  Their whole house is all open and is perfect for parties, since it’s all in a circle for guests to move around.

round dining table

She has bought a ton of her furniture on Craigslist, including this huge round dining table and chairs and the hutch in the background.

dining room hutch

A green and red tree is festive in here.

dining room tree

Love this tree!

centerpiece on table

She adds large Christmas balls to this big container in the middle of the table for the holidays.

mirrored side chest with tree

A cute animal print tree is on the mirrored sideboard.

great room

Moving straight in from the foyer is the large two story greatroom with the biggest tree.

great room2

This is where we gather on Christmas morning as a family.

great room big tree

When that first grandbaby girl is born, she will love coming to her nana’s house for sure.  This tree is very nostalgic with all the Santas and old fashioned ornaments.


The mantel is all filled with Santas and lighted garland and a lighted wreath.  Pretty, pretty!

Tree Classic lighted wreath

I was sent a beautiful wreath this year from Tree Classics and let my sister use it on her fireplace and it’s perfect here with her garland. They do have some very nice faux garlands and wreaths if you’re in the market. This is the Venetian Elegance.

entertainment center

This big room feels very homey and cozy all the time, but especially during Christmas.  She adds her lighted village to the big entertainment center and it’s so pretty too.  She found this beautiful entertainment center on Craigslist too and it’s one of the best things she has ever scored.


Not a great pic, but I love the coziness of a lighted village.

greatroom console

The console table in the greatroom gets some Christmas spirit too.

colored tree greatroom

And one corner of the greatroom has a fun and festive colorful tree.

New Orleans santa

Lauren brought this New Orleans Santa to my sister one year.


From the greatroom, looking back is their big kitchen. It’s all decked out too.

above the fridge

Santa on top of the fridge.

kitchen tree

A cute candy/baking tree in the window of the kitchen.

bakers rack

She’s collected so many nostalgic Christmas things and adds them to the bakers rack.  Buster says Merry Christmas too!

Lauren's room

On that same floor is Lauren’s old room that she still uses when she is home.  It was redone a couple of years ago in blues and browns and I don’t think I ever showed you this room.

laurens room 2

It’s a pretty room and we really loved this rug in here that we found shopping.

tree in laurens room

It has a cute little tree in here too.

laurens room 3

Just a little touch of Christmas in the bedroom.


Outside the greatroom is their covered back porch and of course, she decorates out here too.  A wildlife theme tree  is featured on the porch.


The backyard garden is in Winter mode now, but they add a lighted snowman and tree out here for fun.

back porch

Lots of cute snowmen out here too.

hall table tree

A cute urn tree in the upstairs hallway has greens and whites, these are the things we got for the Michaels dream tree this year.


The upstairs hallway has a group of carolers added.

master bedroom tree

In the master bedroom is a beautiful blue and brown tree. I love this one!  If you missed my sister’s master suite makeover that we did 2 years ago, go and check it out. It’s a gorgeous space!

blue tree topper

Bronze tones and blues are so beautiful.

master tree blues

With a pretty brown sequined skirt.

looking to greatroom below

From upstairs, looking down to the greatroom tree.

basement tree

All the way down in the basement is their media room and she added a tree in there.

sports tree basement

It’s a sports theme tree. Go Dawgs!

basement fireplace

They added a fireplace in here a few years ago and it’s a very cozy room for watching movies.

As far as where she stores it all, they have a complete finished basement and she has a really big storage area that holds most of her Christmas decorations. The rest of it goes up into the attic, where there’s lots of room up there too.

That’s my sister’s house this year! I hope you enjoyed the tour. She does way more than I do. I don’t have the energy to do that much, nor do I want to put it all away, so I keep my Christmas decorations a little more simple.  But I know everyone is different and she LOVES it, so more power to her. It’s great to be over there and enjoying on Christmas morning, so I do appreciate the effort she puts forth.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

- Rhoda


  1. Your sisters home is just lovely but I would love to see a post after the holidays that shows how and where they store all that stuff. Inquiring minds want to know ;) Merry Christmas!

  2. Her home is just beautiful, she really is a great designer. That is a lot of Christmas and a lots of work, and storing. Love the way all trees are different, beautiful job. How many trees where there all together? WOW Christmas is definitely here. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Lovely! How long does the decorating take and where does she store everything in the off season? I would love to decorate every room, makes it more festive.

  4. Wow, nice but excessive…less is more and where does one store all of that stuff?

  5. I want to know what vitamin pills she and her neighbor Marc takes, I only wish I had energy like that! It’s all so beautifully done. One room is prettier than the next. What a wonderful space to share your Christmas Morning. Thanks for sharing her gorgeous home with us.

  6. Rhoda, show us all your sister’s stuff packed up. It is beautiful, but I can’t imagine! I have next to nothing out, and the artificial tree and a few things here and there in the rooms takes up 10 Rubbermaid tubs in the attic.

  7. Wow! Beautiful home!! Would you be able to share the paint color for her walls downstairs, living, dining, kitchen and great rooms? It looks like all one color since they flow into each other.

  8. Sue Richardson says:

    Beautiful home!! She really is a great decorator. It’s homey and warm. But I agree with the previous comment, the Christmas decorating seems excessive. You can’t appreciate all she’s worked so hard for because there is just too much. Thanks for sharing this lovely home .

    • Denise Cosgrove says:

      One of the keys to appreciating beauty and the gifts of others is take yourself out of the picture. Just enjoy it, dream a little, and enjoy the inspiration to maybe try one or two ideas in your own home. Merry Christmas to you and your talented sister!

  9. Hey, I just edited to add where she stores it all. She does have lots of storage for everything and it all gets packed back up in bins for the most part. Her attic is huge too with a floor and she hangs garlands and wreaths up there. I don’t have the energy to do this much either, but she loves it and it does feel very festive when you’re there with all the lights on, so I’m sure not going to take away her joy. Let her do what makes her happy. Her grandkids are going to love it!

  10. How warm and welcoming! Such a beautiful home… you and your sister have lovely taste! Thank you for the tour :) Merry Christmas!

    • Fay Sanchez says:

      Wow! Where does she get all that energy! It is beautiful but, I cannot even imagine doing all of that decorating. Of course I cannot imagine cleaning all those rooms either!

  11. It is fun to see the simple and the very festive. I love your remark “…I am not going to take away her joy”. Why would anyone question how any of us live or celebrate? I am simple this year because my knees hurt!! Merry Christmas.

  12. delores g bembry says:

    Just beautiful and so tastefully decorated. Noticed downstairs on her Sports Themed tree she also had a FSU ornament. LOL I am a die hard.

  13. Vicki Crowe says:

    I truly enjoyed your sister’s home, and Marc’s!! What a treat! It’s true we can’t all decorate like this, but I’m going to enjoy theirs and anyone else’s that is willing to do the work and open up their homes. It is a labor of love! Thanks so much for sharing their JOY and beautiful homes!!!

  14. Rhoda – I love your sister’s home, she does a beautiful job of decorating for Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and to her. I can’t wait to see pictures of her grandbaby when she arrives!

  15. I ♥♥♥ the over the top decorations and trees. It exhausts me thinking of the hours your sister must put in packing and unpacking everything…it is definitely all very beautiful!

  16. Becky in 'Bama says:

    Do I spy that same sideboard (commode) piece in your sister’s house that you have in the entry way of your house? :) Hers has the nativity scene on it.

  17. Oh the caffeine I would need to do this much decorating … Nevertheless, it is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  18. What fun it was to read this post and discover the themes of each tree–so ingenious!

  19. WOWOWOWOW… How beautiful!!!! I do see “Rhoda similarities” :) in some of her Christmas decor… sisters thinking alike…… I am a sucker for the traditional Red & Green… and she has done a fantastic job!!! I am like one of your other readers…. do a take down post from your sister’s house… that would be fun to watch!!! LOLOLOL

  20. Rhoda,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. Your sister is truly an inspiration! I love her style and I can see you have similar tastes as often happens with sisters. You are so blessed to have such a beautiful family and more blessings to come with a new baby arriving soon! Merry Christmas!

  21. Susan B. Jones says:

    WOW! Absolutely gawgeous!!! Love home tours and getting ideas from other peoples’ homes. And I am swooning over the long buffet table in her foyer — was that a Craig’s List find as well?

    • Hi, Susan, I think that piece came from a local store that is no longer here in ATL, called Grand Harbor. Her daughter, Lauren, actually bought it but doesn’t need it, so Renee kept it in her foyer.

  22. what a treat your sisters home is. The grandbaby will always remember what a special time a year it is. I admire all of the hardwork it takes to decorate and it is worth it. Why are people so judgmental when it is not their homes? Anyhoo, I enjoyed the tour and please compliment your sister and husband on their gorgeous home! Merry Christmas!

  23. Truly spectacular! I’d love to see it in person. I’m sure it takes your breath away.

  24. Wowza! I need caffeine! I do have one question: how does she secure the trees in the urns? I tried that one year, and had to wire the thing to the wall at the top so it wouldn’t lean. Suggestions?

    • She used styrofoam packing peanuts (to keep it lighter) mixed with plaster of Paris and layered it all in the urn, stabilizing the tree until it all dried and the tree was straight. She has an engineer for a husband and he helped with that project.

  25. Kimberley Miller says:

    What a beautiful home to spend the holidays at!!! I’m curious if you know the brand name of the entertainment center? I also Love Love Love her kitchen Curtains.

    • Hi, Kimberley, it’s a very similar piece to Habersham brand, but we think it’s a copy of Habersham, another company who did similar styles. Nonetheless, it’s a stunning piece. Their kitchen island is also the same company. I don’t think they are in business anymore. They got a steal on both pieces! One of those lucky Craigslist finds.

  26. Gorgeous!!! Every single detail!I know how much creativity, work, and effort this takes. Thank you, Renee!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rhoda!

  27. What a beautiful home! I’m inspired!

  28. Your sister’s home is lovely, but then so is your home. I’m kind of like your sister, the more Christmas decorations I have out the better I like it. Of course it will take me a week to sort everything out and put it away but that’s ok too. Thank you for sharing, I feel like I know your family so well. I know your parents through your post, which remind me of my parents (no longer with us) and your sister. You are blessed to have your family still with you. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  29. That looks like a lot of planning an work but it turn out lovely.
    I wish I had a small amount of her energy this year.
    Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

  30. Great design runs in your family! Beautiful home. I love it!

  31. I love Christmas!! I say the more the merrier. Probably your sister doesn’t mind taking it down or she wouldn’t decorate so much.

  32. Oh how I would love to see it all in person! So magical! I too, would love to know her paint color, I am struggling with what color to paint my dining room and adjoining two story hallway, then the living room on the side of that. Tell Renee thanks for sharing!!

  33. WOW! So beautiful ~ both the decor and her home! I have a ton of Christmas decor but don’t have the space to display it every year so I have been rotating some of the times each year. Thank you for sharing; I want to be adopted into your family!! :)

  34. Carolyn Ericson says:

    What a spectacular Christmas Home. Has she ever had her home on tour. It would certainly be inspirational to many people. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home. Merry Christmas to you and all your extended family.

  35. Wow she has a beautiful ginormous home. What an amazing amount of energy and Christmas spirit she must have to decorate it all so lavishly. She has created a truly magical atmosphere and yes her grand kids are going to think they’re at Disney or something! It’s just a joy to look at these pictures. Thank you for sharing!!

  36. Alisa Lesmez says:

    She needs to add her home on a Holiday tour. Loved it all. You and Renee have a wonderful eye for decorating.

  37. Absolutely beautiful, as I’m sure it is all year, but especially at Christmas. There must be a very dominant “decorating” gene in your family! I envy her energy as others mentioned. I, also, am interested in her paint color. Finding just the right color is so hard.

  38. Hi, for all who wanted to know the paint color, it’s Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat, which is the same color I had in my old house. I’ll add it to the post too!

  39. So very, very beautiful…simply enchanting!!..Thanks for sharing your sister’s gorgeous home!!

  40. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Rhoda, Thanks to you and your sister for sharing her lovely home! You’ve got to love anyone who loves Christmas so much. Happy Holidays to you & yours!

  41. Your sister’s house is beautiful! So rich and welcoming. Her home is truly a labor of love. It is certainly magazine-worth. Thank you and her for sharing.

  42. Your sister’s home is lovely and, yes, it would takes ages to do, but clearly she loves it and it reflects that.
    Your home is also beautiful, Rhoda! It reflects your sweet personality and is so peaceful and reflective. I love it!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  43. Beautifully decorated home! I’m curious how the bedskirt with the fringe is done. Is the fringed portion a separate skirt? Wishing you a very blessed Christmas. Thank you for being willing to share your family and life with us.

    • Renee Sofge says:

      It is actually two bedskirts. The brown overskirt came with the bedding. The one with the fringe came from Touch of Class catelogue. With high beds, it takes a longer skirt and at the time I got that one, it was one of the few companies that offered longer lengths. I think they still carry it.

  44. Mary Tanner says:

    Her home looks lovely! We are thinking of adding a fireplace in our home so I’m interested to know how they added the one in her basement and approximate cost of it if she wouldn’t mind sharing?

    • Renee Sofge says:

      We did it as part of a much larger repair/renovation project after we had a flood, and I am not sure of the cost. It is one of the vent free fireplaces like we have in our bedroom, but because that wall backs up to the underside of the stairs, we were able to inset it into the wall. Then the stone and hearth were added to it, and my husband put up the mantle.

  45. Wow! I just love how she decorated her home with natural colors.

  46. Oh my word, that is gorgeous! How does she find the time? I’m still putting up my main tree. :/

    That master bedroom tree may be one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen. You and your sister certainly share a talent for decorating!

    Thanks for sharing so many pictures. I know that posts like this take a ton of time!

    By the way — if she ever tires of those Craigslist dining chairs and is willing to ship them to Texas, I’d love to take a couple off her hands! I have the same ones (hand-me-downs from my mom) and need a few more!

    Merry Christmas to y’all!

  47. Thanks Rhoda for sharing this absolutely wonderful house and Marc’s with all of us. It is so beautiful and kudos to anyone who goes to these lengths. What an amazing spirit .. Christmas deserves this ! Merry Christmas and I am sure you will be enjoying this lovely atmosphere! wish we all could do this. Merry Christmas.

  48. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful, big house. How long does it take her to take this all down?

    Merry Christmas to you, Rhoda!

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