bHome for the Holidays!

Happy Friday!  So glad it’s the weekend and the first weekend of December and the Holiday season.  Mark and I have some special things planned.  We are celebrating 2 years together and 4 months married this weekend (along with my birthday next week!) and will be going to the Marietta Pilgrimage tour of homes on Saturday afternoon and evening for the Candlelight tour, so it’s going to be a nice and festive weekend.

Today, I’m joining a fun blog hop with some of my blog friends and bHome app bloggers for the kick-off to the Christmas season. You’ll find some great links for inspiration for Christmas decor and more, so be sure and visit all of these talented ladies who are linked below.  If you haven’t discovered the bHome app yet, go and download it for free for lots of home decorating inspiration right on your phone!  You can download the app for free from your app store (just look up Bhome) and find the newsletter here.  All of us are on the app and it updates daily with all our new posts and social media feeds, so it’s constant inspiration right at your fingertips.

If you’re new here, my husband and are newly married this summer and bought a new house together so this is the first Christmas in our new to us house.  I shared the front porch at our house earlier this week, so let’s go inside and see the foyer table!

We both love Christmas and it’s just such a special time of the year that we are so  excited to have our house all decorated for the season this year.

I couldn’t resist adding this Better Not Pout sign to my front door wreath.  Tis the season!

Coming in the front door, we’ll get to those garlands in a later post, but it’s been really fun to have a staircase to decorate for Christmas. Come on in!

I love a festive entryway and giving guests something pretty to look at when they come in the door.

The new foyer table got decked out for the Holidays so let’s take a peek.

I went a little old-fashioned with it and just used things I already had, making a pretty entry table. It’s not all fancy and elegant, but rather cute and Christmas-y.

That’s the vintage bamboo mirror I found while shopping in Panama City that was shipped to me and I just love it with this table. I knew it would be perfect to use with this table and my vignettes here.

I started those paperwhites around Thanksgiving and they are already shooting up and will be blooming before long. I love growing paperwhites at Christmas. They look so festive and pretty.

They are so easy to grow, by anchoring them in a bowl and adding pebbles.  I actually have a bulb holder that these are sitting in and then just add water and watch them go crazy.  I bought a bunch of fresh cedar branches at my local Home Depot for smell and texture.

I love my cloche that I’ve had for so many years and it fits perfectly on this Target marble and brass tray.  You can find that tray in my Shop my Home link above if you’re interested.  I really love this tray.

I just added faux snow and some little people under glass to make it like a little snow scene Christmas village under glass.

These two things are Mark’s Christmas collection, so I added them to the table too and I like it all together for something different.  He loves these fiber optic Chrismtas trees and has one in his man cave too. The colors are pretty!  And I think the Santa and baby Jesus figurine is just precious.

Here’s a peek at the Christmas tree in the living room looking towards the dining room.  I’ll be back Sunday to share the tree and will share more rooms next week too, so stay tuned for more. It’s fun to break things up and not share it all at one time and I’ll be in a couple more blog hops too.

I just love this gold vintage tree and I added it to the dining room this year with my blue and white porcelain pieces.

And here’s a peek at the kitchen with my Traditional green and white I’ve used for a long time. I’ll be back to share all of that space later too.  That’s Mark’s cookie jar and isn’t he cute?  My friend, Andrea, gave me that cute Southern Christmas towel last year and it’s adorable.

So, that’s a peek of our foyer table and entryway and I’ll have lots more to share later. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you’ll enjoy all the links below.  Please visit these ladies, there is so much talent out there!

Lidy with French Garden House is hosting a giveaway for our blog hop, so don’t miss that if you love French antiques!  She has a gorgeous shop full of beautiful French goodies and she’s giving away $250 shopping spree to her shop.

All you have to do to enter is visit and tell us what antique has captured your heart in the comments. You can get extra entries for following @FrenchGardenHouse on Instagram and FaceBook too. Just let us know you did along with your favorite FGH antique.
Just tell us in here on my blog in the comments, we trust you!  The give-away is open to readers in the USA and Canada. Good luck!  Each of us will choose one person from our blog comments to enter in the drawing and ONE person will win the final $250 giveaway!  Good luck to all!  Have a great wekend and enjoy all the beauty on these links!
Winner randomly chosen on 12/7 and notified by email ) 
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- Rhoda


  1. Happy Birthday and Happy 4 Month Anniversary! What a joy filled month December will always be. Your new home looks so ready to welcome Christmas with everything beautifully decorated with a melding of yours and Mark’s most treasured pieces. Santa with baby Jesus is just precious, and your cloche is so much fun. I can hardly wait to see more of the garland on the stairs. Coming to your website is part of my morning coffee routine and I’ll enjoy it all the more for the season.

  2. I love the gold stars suspended from the second floor stair landing. I have a similar set up and I’ll be copying your idea only using some large snowflakes I’ve had for years. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I went to The French Garden House site and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flower buckets! The one with the hare and the one with the squirrel are lovely! Thanks for sharing this site!

  4. Very pretty! Loved that you reused in a in a new way what you already had and loved. I’m rather bored with the newly bought, “matchy” Christmas décor. Not creative enough for me. Speaking of creative – love the 3 stars hanging from the upper landing! The house is looking like a home now. Your hard work is paying off. The Panama mirror looks like it was made to accompany the console table! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the house.

  5. Visited the French Garden House, which was new to me. Loved: I decorated the French gold mirror with a dried rose-leaf garland, and an over-sized holiday decoration I love. It’s covered with real German glass glitter, which really makes it sparkle when the lights are on in the evening.

  6. Rhoda, everything looks so festive and beautiful! I love your snow scene under the cloche! The bamboo mirror looks as though it was made for your wall! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home! Happy birthday!

  7. Andrea Corley says:

    Hi Rhoda, I love your home decorations for Christmas. I wish I had your flair and eye for decorating. I see you used the towel I gave you and it looks awesome where you have it. Congrats on 4 months marriage. I know you are loving it. Thanks again for your friendship.

    I reviewed your friends blog and loved the French Country Apple Topiary Green. I am now following FrenchGardenHouse on Instagram.

  8. kathy olson says:

    I liked the 1900 Silver Service Tea Set and the apple topiary!
    Thank you!

  9. Everything looks so pretty. I love Marks additions to the foyer table and your Christmas scene under the cloche. Did you spray the snow or just cut a mat of white cotton for the snow effect?

    • Hey, Lynne, it’s that faux snow in a bag. You can find it at the local stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. It’s loose and really looks like snow. I just reuse the same bag every year.

  10. From FGH – the bread boards!! I think of the hands making bread.

  11. Patti Osmus says:

    I loved the botanical prints. Of course, everything was gorgeous.

  12. ..and not a turquoise chevron was heard! Your decorations and decor really suit this new house , which is now a HOME!!! lovely job and in such a short time frame!!! BRAVO!

  13. Your home is coming together in a lovely way. I absolutely LOVE that bamboo mirror! What a wonderful find. Merry Christmas.

  14. I liked the 1900 sterling tea set, the bread boards and the button bracelet. So many petty things. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  15. The footed compote with the sweet little birds and any of those bread boards…so much eye candy! Your house looks beautiful and lived in and I love that!

  16. Audra Taliaferro says:

    Your house looks terrific! Love the garland on the stairs and the Santa & Baby Jesus figurines.
    It is so hard to choose just one thing from the French Garden House! She has so many nice antiques! I will say that I collect Limoges boxes – old and newer – so the Limoges Hat Box was definitely a fave! But I also love hand painted porcelain dishes and she had so many to choose from!

  17. Rhoda, I love seeing your new home decorated for Christmas! I am picturing you and your Mark there snug on the sofa, looking at your tree all lit up at night. It is a blessing to be on this bHOME TOUR with you, friend.

    As always, you inspire me! xo Lidy

  18. Sara Powell says:

    Hi there Rhoda!
    House looks beautiful! I especially love seeing what you’ve done since we looked at this house this past spring when we were house hunting. I’ll be at the candlelight tour Saturday night as well. Maybe I’ll see you there!

    • HI, Sara, so neat that you looked at the house too and can see the changes. We are thrilled with it all! Hope to see you there too, please say hello!

  19. On the French Garden House blog, I love silver. My mother died young and had none. We didn’t receive any for wedding gifts and have collected pewter and Armetale throughout our marriage; however, in the past few years we added estate sale silver finds and love the glow they add to Christmas celebrations. On your site I love the 40s and 50s characters in the vingettes – brings back childhood memories of Woolsworth treasures I shared with my grandmother. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home and Merry Christmas!

  20. So excited to see the Christmas green and white in the kitchen again !! And oh my goodness… that staircase !!!! Just beautiful !!!!! Congrats on the amazing new home !!!!

  21. I love the Silver Pressed Paper Cherub Garland!

  22. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Just beautiful, Rhoda! You have done such a great job with your Christmas decor! I especially love Santa, with his hat tucked in his hands, kneeling before baby Jesus along side that cute little lamb! This is just precious!

    Hope you and Mark have a wonderful week-end. So happy for you both! It’s going to be such a special Christmas for you — lots of wonderful memories being made in your gorgeous new home! Bless you both!

    Have a wonderful birthday! Blessings!

  23. That silver and crystal table cruet set is a wowser! l’ve been looking for one for ages! All these gorgeous homes and Xmas goodies to look at for inspiration is wonderful!

  24. bobbi duncan says:

    Rhoda, congratulations on your two year anniversary and a very happy birthday! Your new home is lovely and I know you and Mark are so excited to be sharing this first holiday season there. Wishing you both many years of joy. I used to live in Marietta back in the early 90’s so I know y’all will have so much fun at the Pilgrimage tour! Happy holidays!

  25. Donna Ingalls says:

    My favorite item from French Garden House is the Peacock and Pearl Dazzle necklace. It’s so lovely!
    Your Christmas decorations are just beautiful. I love how you combined both of your own decor together to make one beautiful new home together. Wishes for much happiness and love together.

  26. Rhoda, Congratulations!!! Hope you and Mark have a wonderful weekend. Your home is beautiful. I really like all the trays featured at French Garden House.

  27. The flower buckets are 😍
    Abd your house is so pretty! Great job!

  28. Love the Original Antique French Prevelles Water Jug

  29. Hi Rhoda, enjoyed your home tour. Love that snowman cookie jar! I visited French Garden House and love the Louis Phillips guided mirror and the Bronzed Hand Door Knocker. I followed on Instagram, too. Thanks for both the beautiful blogs!

  30. Love, love, love it Rhoda! I got some ideas for a few finishing touches I can add in my kitchen. Thanks! Always love your holiday decor! <3

  31. Rhoda I just loved every inch of your festive home! But my favorite thing would have to be that “do not pout” sign – it is so cute! And I’m especially excited to see your paperwhites! I’m just doing them for the first time this year and mine are growing so quickly. They are so much fun – and yours will be gorgeous in that bowl you have them in!

    I’m so excited to be a part of the bHome team and am thrilled to be “hopping” with you!

    Happy Holidays!


    • HI, Sheila, thanks so much! I’m so enjoying those paperwhites blooming this year, they are just starting to bloom and it always makes me smile.

  32. Rhoda your new home is so beautiful and I love all of you Christmas decorations! What a great year it has been for you….xo Sherry

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