Christmas Open House: Part I

Even though it’s a little early for Christmas, this just might get you in the mood to get out those decorations once again when the time comes. Last week, I went to a Christmas Open House at Silk in Design here in Birmingham and even though I had visited the shop before, it was a whole different look after those ladies got busy and took Christmas to a whole new level.


I mentioned to the friend I was with that my Christmas decor suddenly felt very inadequate.  I think you’ll enjoy the tour.  IMG_6941

This greeted us at the front door.  Isn’t it stunning?  I can’t imagine how long this took to put together.


There were Christmas trees galore and all were amazingly decorated. My mouth was hanging open the whole time.IMG_6943

Over the doors, were simulated HUGE mantel displays.  And believe me, around here, there are plenty of mantels this big. IMG_6987

I would love to get this good at making bows and centerpieces.IMG_6944

Red and lime green are still very popular.IMG_6945

Lots of sparklies everywhere.

Cute, cute!  I could have brought it all home. IMG_6950

I’ve always loved these preserved boxwood wreaths.


And this faux JOY box was adorable.IMG_6952

Large sparkly bells.IMG_6953

These metal Christmas trees really caught my eye.IMG_6954

As well as these beaded cone trees and the reindeer.  SO pretty!IMG_6955

Here’s the large iron tree again covered with glass hanging balls and it was just amazing.IMG_6956

A whole table of silver and mercury glass was hard to photograph, but I loved it all too.IMG_6957

Oooooh, Ahhhh!IMG_6958

Beautiful natural looking wreath.


There was SO much to take in. IMG_6960

I loved the colors in this display.IMG_6961


I’m actually over in Atlanta this weekend, spending some time with my family and helping my sister do some decorating.  She is really changing out a lot of things in her house and we’ve been doing it by email and phone.  She has managed to get quite a few more pieces from Craigslist and I can’t wait to see all the things she has found.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pics for you to see too.  She’s excited about all the changes and progress.  They just got new granite in their kitchen too and she ended up with the same color I got, Napoli.

Come back tomorrow for Part II.

- Rhoda


  1. Beautiful photos … I decorated for fall in late August because I couldn’t wait and now I can’t wait for Christmas. Your pictures make me that much more anxious!

  2. All I can say is wow!

    Very much looking forward to the holidays and part two of this open house!

  3. I love that sage/plum combination with the antique gold. *Thinking about changing my tree* Thanks for the pictures, they’re really fun to look at.

  4. I will definitely be visiting Silk in Design the next time I am in B’ham. Love the pics. Can’t wait for the showhouse!
    I am also anxious to see your sister’s house. Have fun!

  5. Oooh, I loved the tour…thanks soooo much for sharing…think I will start putting up my trees (I have four) the week before thanksgiving. Hope you have a great weekend with your sister.


  6. Wow! Beautiful! I’m not quite ready for Christmas to be honest but I loved the pics. I’m going to hold on to Autumn for as long as possible though. 🙂

  7. Gorgeous! Will you be taking pictures of your sister’s house???

  8. How pretty! Lots of good ideas here.
    Enjoy the time with your sister. I know that whatever your hands will do will be fabulous!

  9. Oh, what a lovely shop! I would have gotten into a LOT of trouble there. I saw many things I liked.

    Have fun with your sister. Can’t wait to see what changes you helped her make.

  10. so pretty!

  11. very inspiring…i especially love the boxwood wreaths!!

  12. Oh my, what fabulous decorations. I think mine are definitely not up to that standard. Just gorgeous and what great inspiration. Hugs, Marty

  13. Sarah @ thriftydecorchick says:

    Wow, I just love it!! I’m already in the mood for Christmas, so this just made it worse! 😉

  14. Lord Have Mercy Rhoda!! I am so INSPIRED!!! I am going to HAVE to go to this place!!! I wonder what Steve would say if I started decorating for Christmas now. Too soon?

    LOVE red and lime green! I incorporated a good bit of that into my decorations last year! Thanks for sharing this, and I cannot wait for Part II! Have fun helping your sister and take photos!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  15. Oh that just makes me giddy! I cant wait to start my decorating!!! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration pics!

  16. I love the above the door mantle! I am guessing those are brackets holding it up? Fabulous, whatever it is!

  17. What wonderful pictures. I just hope with our move the end of next month that I can even have the time to decorate.
    That is quite a compliment that your sister chose the same granite as you, they say that is the most sincere form of flattery.

  18. Oh my word! What a joy it would be to visit this place in person. So much inspiration in their fantastic displays. Love it all and Love Christmas time!! More importantly, I love the reason for the season! Blessings!

  19. Hi Rhoda,
    I bet you felt like a kid in a candy store visiting this Open House! Thanks for taking us along with you. I’m glad I don’t live near this store because like you, I feel a need to change out all my decorations after seeing these stunning photos. TFS! Sheila

  20. This place looks fantastic, Rhoda! I love looking at Christmas decorations and how they are used. I love that little elf fellow and the boxwood wreaths. Christmas time is my favorite time of year, but I’m good waiting to decorate for it for awhile. This is a good time, though, to maybe plan out what I’m going to do, what I may need to get, and where I’m going to put certain things {usual spot or somewhere new this year}.

  21.! Gorgeousness! Looks like a LOT of hard work! I LOVE the boxwood wreaths…gonna have to find me some now! Thanks for sharing! I’m always inspired when I come here! Have a wonderful day!

  22. WOW, truly incredible holiday decorations!!! I love all of them. Such creativity. Thanks for the tour. I’m sure once the Christmas season gets closer, I will be revisiting this post many times for inspiration and ideas.

  23. Oh, this is so beautiful. I love fall and all that it brings but we got 2 feet of early snow and I just wanted to put out all my Christmas stuff!

  24. So inspiring! Aren’t you glad you took pictures to remember it all? I love Christmas, and I really don’t think it’s too early to start thinking about it. By the time it gets here, those who haven’t been planning sooner will probably feel overwhelmed! Looking forward to part 2.

  25. Rhoda I can’t wait to see part II! Lots of Christmas inspiration here! Evergreen’s open house is the first weekend of November. It usually is beautiful and I’m looking forward to it!

    I know your sister’s house is going to be fabulous! Sounds wonderful!

  26. ooohs and ahhhhhs all around!! I love the Santa with the fur coat and the apple tree. Thank you for sharing it made my day and got me inspired:)

  27. I am very thankful that you posted these pictures. I always adore looking at Christmas decor. I never can get enough!
    Have a great day!

  28. How fun! I love the topiary in the first photo and may have to figure out how to create something similar for myself… but then, it would put the rest of my decor to shame… I’ll have to find a happy medium!
    Thanks for sharing this, Rhoda!

  29. How beautiful!! Thanks for the tour. Those decorations sure make mine look tacky.

  30. WOW I have been tempted many times to do the purple theme….it catches my eye every year!!! But I am too attached to my stash of Xmas goodies. Maybe someday…

    Thanks for the eye candy Rho…it’ll be here before we know it… We actually had snow for about 45 mins this morning, the ground is too warm for it to stick….but it made me sad to think I have to put away all my open toe shoes …depresses me every year UGH !!!

    Have a wonderful time with your family, looking forward to seeing what your sister got….it;s so nice you both love to decorate 🙂

    Happy Week-end,
    Kathy 🙂

  31. I can’t wait to see what you do at your sister’s house. I’ve been wading through the pile of stuff here at my house that’s landed here from mom’s….what a mess. Went out and bought china storage containers and other containers for pictures, albums, etc. I can’t even see the floor in my sunroom.

    I am so wanting to come up one day soon so we can get together so you better save some time for me!

    Love ya,

  32. That natural topiary is amazing!

  33. It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner. I even started my Christmas shopping this week. These displays are all so beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great time in Atlanta! 🙂

  34. What wonderful new ideas for Christmas decorating. The stacked apple wreath tree in urn has me thinking about how to use that idea in my decor!! Love the look! Thank you for sharing with us!


  35. my goodness you are right. I just did a Halloween post & then I came over here…& well now you got me thinkin of Christmas girl!!!
    Anyway I love it! Love it all. Christmas is just pure magic. And we all need some magic , dont we?

  36. Wow, just wow. Boy does your post take me back to my shop keeping days. I’m torn between, Thank God I don’t have to do that any more, and I can do that and I did do that. At this point in life I am just wishing that we would have taken more pictures of the store when we made the transition to Christmas and all the other holidays and that I still had all the youthful energy and enthusiasm of those bygone days.
    Maybe closer to Christmas I will do a bow making tutorial. It is all in the ribbon!

  37. I love the inspiration! Early or not, I need to start thinking. I am determined to make my own swags for the mantle this year… I even bought the greenery last year on sale. A first for me ! I am going to bookmark this for the sparkly one. Love it.

  38. Rhoda,
    I am a giant lurker, haven’t left a comment yet, but I just had to today. I LOVE this post. I am so pleased to see that quality silks have not “gone out of style”. I am so inspired to start decorating for Christmas! Thank you for taking time to post all that you do. I am sure there are many like me who check your blog everyday for education and inspiration and don’t comment; but we do appreciate all of your hard work.


  39. Hi Rhoda, wonderful photos of the tour. I’m particularly in love with the “stacked” wreath topiary in the 2nd photo!

  40. Those boxwood wreaths are my favorites, Rhoda. Love them!


    Sheila 🙂

  41. I remain a fan of fairly traditional colors for Christmas decorating, but I ADORE that natural wreath. It was stunning!

    Thanks for posting so many lovely pictures. I DO feel inspired!

  42. Oh, I just love that black ribbon swirling all around the tree. I MUST figure out how to have that look ! And my head is spinning with all the sparklies. Love these photos and all this Christmas inspiration !


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