Christmas in the Living and Dining Room 2018

I’m so excited to kick off this week with another Christmas home tour that I’m part of today.  I love being a part of the blogger community and sharing my home at Christmas is a big part of that each year.  I have always loved and decorated for Christmas and now since I’m a blogger, I get to share it with all of you.

Welcome! I’m so happy to be joining Mary from A Stroll Thru Life and her annual Christmas home tour.

If you’re stopping by from Nesting With Grace, welcome! I love Brooke’s home all decorated for Christmas, always charming.

Our porch looks all cozy and festive this year. I added Mark’s boyhood sled again this year and love it out here.

Inside the front door is the garland laden staircase, a treat coming inside. It’s all lit up with white lights.

I’m so thrilled to share the tree with all of you. I just love it this year, it’s my very favorite ever, I think. It truly is a mix of both of our childhood ornaments, Mark and mine. We both have Shiny Brites from growing up that we got from our moms. What a treat they are!

This tree is new to us this year and it’s a great size for our living room. Last years’ tree was way too big for this space and overwhelmed the room so much, I had to move out both chairs. This one is much better and fits the space perfectly. It’s from Tree Classics, the company I worked with for the last 3 years at Christmas.

I added new ribbon this year too, from Old Time Pottery, a mix of blues and a peacock ribbon too. I love them all together and especially on this colorful tree.

All this color makes me so happy and takes me back to childhood.

I couldn’t help but take a lot of pics to share.  I have the tree sitting on a basket this year, you can’t really see it that well here, but I added a throw over the basket too.

A capiz shell star and colorful pics finish off the topper.

Closeup of the ornaments that we love so much. These are a mix of vintage Shiny Brites and some newer ones, as well as colorful ornaments I’ve had for a long time.

I added in some picks too to fill out the tree.  I love this mix of nostalgic wrapping paper.

Blues definitely are a good color for Christmas, especially mixed with all the other colors.

Here’s a look at the ribbons up close. There are 3 on there, one is a blue mesh.

I’m just in love with the tree this year and it truly is my very favorite ever!

Side table with some gold ornaments in a brass tray, easy way to add some Holiday cheer around the room.

I added a pretty Christmas pillow to the sofa.

And another look at the lighted garland on the stairs.

I turn it on every morning when I get up and it stays lit all day.

Moving to the dining room, I love setting this room up for Christmas too.  Peeking to the foyer table from the dining room is a pretty view.

I hung these sparkly white and silver glass ornaments from our brass chandelier for some extra sparkle.

Even though we don’t use our dining room all the time, it sure is pretty to set the table and look at it all decked out with Christmas cheer.

In the middle of the table is a beautiful tray I leave there from Homegoods. I always just add whatever seasonal decor to it. These gold glitter bottlebrush trees are from Target dollar spot. I couldn’t resist them.

Blue and white plates I picked up at an antique store last year look great in our navy and white dining room.

As you can see, I love blue and white and leave it out most of the time in the dining room.

Adding my vintage gold tree in here is an easy fit with all the gold in the room.

I found this a few years ago at an antiques shop in Nashville and grabbed it up.  I’ve collected some pretty vintage ornaments to go on it over the years and just love it.

It’s so nice to see the tree sparkling in the living room.

Adding blue and white is so easy for the Holidays and really every season.

And that’s a look at the living and dining rooms this year. Thank you all so much for stopping by! It’s always fun to share this Christmas decor with all of you and I wish for each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy this Holiday season to the fullest!  We are making the most of it!

If you missed my Christmas kitchen, check it out and also the family room and foyer.

Don’t forget to stop by next to Sarah at Life on Virginia Street . She always has a beautiful home tour!

And all of these links below will take you to all the 30 bloggers on the tour this week. I’ll be updating all the links this week so that they will all go directly to the posts and you can come back and visit them all anytime you want some inspiration this Christmas season. These bloggers are all so talented!

- Rhoda


  1. Andrea G Corley says

    Great to see you and Mark yesterday. I love your new Christmas pillows…..

  2. Rhoda your tree is amazing! I think it is one of my favorites so far this year. I love how it pops off the color of the walls.

  3. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says

    Such a beautiful tour! Your tree is a stunner and I always wanted a grand banister to wrap a garland around. So pretty

  4. Rhoda, everything is stunning. I agree, your tree is a favorite, really so beautiful and I adore all those vintage ornaments. The garland on the stairs is another favorite, beautifully done. Your dining room is so pretty and the tray centerpiece on your table is also a favorite. Such a beautiful home and tour. Thanks so much for joining the tours, it is always so fun to see how you decorate your home.

  5. Rhoda, your home looks wonderful! That big tree in the sitting room is so beautiful with all the ribbons and shiny brites! I would want to leave it up way past Christmas and enjoy it for a long time. You and Mark did a great job decorating your home!

  6. Rhoda, is the fiddle leaf fig tree you have fake or real? I love it and the shape and size of it. I have been wanting one but hesitate to buy the real thing.

    • Hi, Lynne, that’s a real fiddle leaf fig that I got about 2 months ago. So far it’s doing great. I got it at Home Depot, they had a bunch of tall ones for $89. I’m hoping it makes it, so far so good.

  7. Beautiful, Rhoda! Your style is very much aligned with my preferred aesthetic. You’ve done a wonderful job with Mark to make it your own, together. Happy holidays.

    • Thank you, Rita, I think there are still color lovers and traditional lovers out there, so I’m happy to share in that.

  8. Such a pretty and happily decorated home. Merry Christmas!

  9. Becky in 'Bama says

    You have a real flair for ‘tree’ decorating (as well as all of your house). I need to hire out you or someone else to do mine. I start out trimming the tree with real anticipation, but about half way through I fizzle out. Your decor is a Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner. 🙂

    • Thank you, Becky, I really love this tree so much & I’m pretty sure it’s going to stay like this from now on.

  10. I love your tree so much that it inspired me to change our’s up a little this year. I got a glimpse of your tree a few days ago and loved seeing how you have so many ornaments on it so I added many more to our’s. I only have about 4 Shiny Brites and treasure them. I looked online for Shiny Brites and learned that Christopher Radko makes reproductions of them. Our tree has about 42 Hallmark ornaments & one a year was purchased for our children as they were growing up. Your Christmas Home looks wonderful & I will go back & take a second look to take it all in.

    • HI, Linda, thanks so much & yes, Christopher Radko now makes reproduction Shiny Brites, so I guess one day they will be as collectible as the originals are. I’m so glad you got inspired!

  11. Phyllis Limiero says

    Would you mind letting me know the beautiful blue used in your house. We are thinking of painting our dining room and love the blue. Thank you so much. Your home is beautiful

    • HI, Phyllis, thanks for stopping by! That blue paint is color matched to the grasscloth wallpaper in the dining room and it’s Ben Moore Spellbound, so check it out.

  12. This is a gorgeous tree. I can understand why it’s your favorite. I love vintage ornaments too!

  13. Everything looks perfect for the Christmas holidays! Have a great one!

  14. Looks so beautiful. You will never, ever be able to top that tree. It is so colorful and love the vintage ornaments.

    • Hey, Mary, and I don’t think I will even try. You all can just get used to seeing this tree for the next 10 years. Ha!

  15. Gorgeous Rhoda! How lucky to have Mark’s childhood sled to use in your décor! Your Christmas tree certainly is a sight to behold. The colors are spectacular. I can see why it would be a favorite! I have to admit I am having a bit of front door envy! It is just the style of door I have been looking for! So pretty all dressed up for Christmas too.

    • Thank you, Maureen, I love that front door too and our colored tree makes me so giddy this year!

  16. April N Hoff says

    Rhoda, your home looks SO elegant for the holidays! I love all of it!

  17. Rhoda, your Christmas decorated home is gorgeous. Love the bright cheery colorful tree with all the pops of blue. It’s my favorite color. And how you blend in more shades of gold and silver in other areas. A very festive and elegant tour.

    • Thank you, Patti, it’s been fun to decorate this house for Christmas and use all my stuff I’ve had for a long time.

  18. I just love your Christmas tree. It’s so perfect with all your living room decor. You should leave it up all year! 🙂

  19. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says

    Such a gorgeous tree! You and Mark have done a fabulous job of decorating your home. Everything is just so beautiful! Enjoy!

    Thanks, so much, for sharing your beautiful home with us! Blessings! Have a great week!

  20. I just LOVE that tree ❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕🥰🥰🥰 sooo pretty. Your home looks beautiful. Enjoy the season with your lovely family and special hug to Miss Holly ….. what a great name for this time of year 🐶🥰

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