Home for the Holidays 2009


Merry Christmas! I’m SO glad you are here.  I can’t wait to celebrate with all of you. IMG_7917

Come on in the house and let’s visit a little while.  I’ve been waiting for today when all of you would drop by.  The arrangement on the front door is new this year.  My friend, Cindi, who helped in the Holiday House made some of these to sell and I bought one.  Yes, I cheated and didn’t make my own.  🙂   Actually, I did add the 2 big pinecones to it and I really love it on the black door.  And that’s a new white Welcome done with vinyl on the door too.  IMG_7901

On the foyer table, you’ll see the new tree I found at Ballard Designs and it’s really a good looking tree, very happy I got it.  I decided to keep it fairly simple here and add my big hurricane lantern, with the tall tree and a few gold and white pieces. IMG_7902

I had all of these gold and white ornaments already and they work great on this prelit tree. IMG_7903

This cute little sparkly white and gold deer has been with me for a few years. IMG_7904

And this is the hurricane lantern I got last year from Linden Street (JC Penney) filled with 3 flameless candles that I got at Michaels.  I love these things! They really flicker just like the real ones and create a nice ambiance. I tucked a few fresh cedar greens around the bottom on the silver platter.IMG_7907

A faux wreath hangs on the railing looking up the stairs. IMG_7933

I had to add some Christmas cheer to my antique mirror.  Those Merry Christmas letters seemed to fit right in this spot and a couple of mercury glass votives flank the sides, along with some white pinecones I spray painted last year.  IMG_7937

I found this cute brown cone at a yardsale 🙂 and love to fill it with fake berries and real greens.  Those berries look real and I found them last year in Marietta on closeout for about 50 cents a stem.  You know I love those bargains.  The fresh cedar greens make the look and I cut them from a tree in our nearby woods.


Here we have ye big tree! It’s a 7 1/2 foot prelit fake.  I’ve been doing gold and burgandy for many years now and will probably not redo this tree anytime soon.  I still love it when it’s all glitzed up.  I  looked for those urns for fake trees for the last couple of years and haven’t spotted any lately, so I painted this plastic garden urn with some brown metallic paint and will share that with you later.  Easy to do! IMG_7826

Here’s the tree topper I did for the Birmingham News and I’ll share how to do that with you too.  Another easy project!IMG_7828

I tuck the tree here in this corner by the sofa and it’s a perfect spot to enjoy it.IMG_7823

Been practicing taking some artsy shots with my camera and I love how this came out.  Glass balls in a gold box that sits on an end table, with some golden beads draped over them, an easy way to do a table display. IMG_7840

White glittery JOY spells out a greeting above the door to the hallway.  This is a piece of wood molding tacked above the doorway that I painted many years ago.  I love this piece and it will move with me wherever we go.IMG_7843

My cute nativity scene has been with me for probably 25 years now and I love adding it to this little table in the living room.  Burlap comes in handy for a backdrop.IMG_7814

Are you planting any paperwhites this year?  I did it last year and had so much fun watching them poke through and grow tall with blooms.  I threw my 3 bulbs in the garage last year after Christmas and there they have been sitting.  Imagine my surprise, when I picked them up and saw some green shoots already coming out, just waiting to get back in some water, along with a couple of babies. 🙂   So, hopefully I’ll be rewarded with those wispy white blooms again in a few weeks.IMG_7884

And my other container of fake paperwhites will stand in until the real ones bloom.  I brought out a white yardsale birdbath that I’ve had, adding some red and green balls, real greens and a little fake snow for a wintery effect.  I love this!IMG_7886

Another yardsale iron birdbath holds more tiny ornaments and greenery.IMG_7919

And there you have the tree and mantel in the livingroom.IMG_7923

The tree at night, looking back towards the front door.IMG_7924

There is something magical about a Christmas tree.IMG_7882

Moving to the black console table, I loved all this silver last year so much, I did it again.  My hubby really likes this table too.   One tip I’ve learned is to group like colors together for an instant collection.  Most all of this is silvery tones and they all work together.IMG_7877

My favorite iron yardsale urn stands at center and the rest of the silver pieces are the accents.  Some is mercury glass, some glittery silver, silver ornaments, all different, but the tones unite them all.  Picked up that glittery Merry Christmas at a thriftstore.


I  kept the little quail bird on top cause I just think he’s so cute.  With the addition of some mercury glass ornaments, the urn fits right in for Christmas too.IMG_7879

That tall piece is actually 2 silver pieces stacked together, both yardsale finds. The tall cone on top is just a silvery Christmas tree glass topper.  I’m completely ga-ga over mercury glass these days.   Just found those pretty little votives to the left at Old Time Pottery this year, really cheap. IMG_7875

These 2 silver pieces (pedestal and tray) are both yardsale finds and look so pretty at this time of year.  I found a whole bag of silver ornaments sometime back at a yardsale too, not sure if they are vintage, but they look to have a little age on them.  And all mixed in with the new mercury glass ones, it’s all pretty.IMG_7881

Love the sparkle!IMG_7878

And another yardsale find, this silver candleabra makes another great item to use on this table.  I just added a couple of pretty sparkly ornaments on top, with some silver pinecones hanging below and that’s it. You can be sure I’ll add a few more mercury glass pieces to my collection when I find more on sale.

So, that wraps up my house this year! I hope you enjoyed the tour and I can’t wait to see your houses all decked out for Christmas too.  Please add your link on, so that we can all come and visit you too.

If you missed the kitchen, diningroom and mantel and would like to see it all, just click on these links for the rest.  I’ve been decorating for Christmas like crazy!

Wintery Dining Room

Lime and Red Kitchen

Bronze Mantel

And please be courteous and link back to this post and my party, so that others can join in the fun. I’ve got a busy 2 days ahead and hope to get by every single link and it might take awhile, but I’ll sure try.  I’ve got the Lovelady Christmas party tonight that I’ll be helping with and tomorrow night, we host our own Holiday party right here at our house. 🙂

I’m joining in the following parties around blogland too:

Julia at Hooked on Houses Holiday Party

The Nester

Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick

Melissa’s Friday Linky at The Inspired Room

Have fun looking around blogland and be sure and leave lots of comments for everyone.  We all enjoy that too!

Home for the Holidays 2009 Participants

1. Robin~All Things Heart and Home
2. My vintage Christmas Craftroom@Songbird
3. Stephanie~Angelic Accents
4. Funky Junk Interiors – my Christmas tree
5. Julia @ Hooked on Houses
6. Cathryn @ The Meighans
7. Growing Our Own Garden
8. A BEACH COTTAGE ~ Cottage Christmas Tree Decked in White!
9. Manuela @ The Pleasures of Homemaking
10. It’s beginning to finally look like Christmas here!
11. rue’s pb&j life
12. Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee
13. Paula – My Year Round Chrsitmas Blog!
14. Carla
15. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
16. Shanty2Chic ~ Thrifty Christmas
17. Linda@Coastal Charm
18. videos of 3,500 lights on my tree
19. m – tales from an oc cottage
20. Cheri (the tree)
21. Susie Q
22. Marsha’s Mpressions
23. vintage sled
24. Super Chic Wreath Hangers ~ s2c
25. Tammy of Yarborough House
26. Pat@Back PorchMusings
27. Chari @Happy To Design
28. Beverly
29. Sue@SullivanandMurphy
30. Audra@The Frugal Missus
31. our 4 kids unique themed Christmas trees
32. Our Mom’s Tree ~ s2c
33. Lori
34. Button/Snowflake Ornament ~ S2C
35. The Tablescaper
36. Thrify Ornament Idea ~ S2C
37. HoosierHomemade(Snowman Tree)
38. Arleen @ Seasons for All
39. Christmas Tree Lane
40. LarsenLoves~Holiday Home
41. Sue @ ThistlepatchHill
42. ::cottage instincts::
43. Beth@TheStoriesofA2Z Everyday Christmas Setting
44. Judy@Gracious Southern Living
45. The Story of Us
46. Judy@Gracious Southern Living
47. Gracious Southern Living
48. KATILLAC SHACK: Vintage Ornament Wreath & Giveaway!
49. Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
50. the wild raspberry
51. Christi at A SOUTHERN LIFE
52. Kathryn@BonafideSouthern
53. Amanda @ Serenity Now {The Great Ornament Debate}
54. Rhonda @ Blue Creek Home
55. Twice As Nice
56. Shelia @ NoteSongs
57. Tara @ Just Devine Style-Printable Gift Card Holders
58. Renee in GA (Rhoda’s Sister)
59. Sleepyhead Designs-I can’t sew
60. Michelle@Sweet Something
61. The tree in all simplicity @ Fun to Craft
62. Janet @ The Decorating Diaries
63. ellen b –
64. Julia @ Feitner Adventure
65. grannyann
66. Linda @desires of the heart
67. Alabama Southern Living
69. Sally
70. Terrie
71. Donna @ Sugar Spice Southern LIfe
72. Rachel
73. Karen Valentine
74. Beth at Aunties
75. Jane@Frugal Fine Living
76. The 21st Century Housewife
77. Tattered Hydrangeas
78. Christy @ Embellished Bayou
79. Andrea at Opulent Cottage
81. Storybook Woods. Woodland Tea
82. ThriftyAnnabella
83. Melissa Miller
84. Lauren @ Little Big Nest (Cone Tree Trio)
85. Lauren @ Little Big Nest (Ornament Wreath)
86. Lauren @ Little Big Nest (Xmas Tree)
87. Lauren @ Little Big Nest (Outside Garland)
88. Tammy @ My Southern Cottage
89. Rachelle @Fingerprints on the Fridge
90. erin
91. This Southern Girls Nest
92. Danielle @ Transforming Home
93. Dana
94. One Crazy Mama
95. TheGainesGang{ Make your own Illustory}
96. TheGainesGang{ A Holiday Home Tour}
97. The Soladay Family (Christmas at Home!)
98. Millie
99. Dirt Princess
100. Maria from Ohio
101. paintergal
102. Debbie
103. Debbie@lovethedecor
104. Pamela@My Cozy Cubby
105. Tracey @ Girls to Grow
106. Organize & Decorate Everything (decked out entry)
107. An Enchanted Cottage
108. Jo
109. Organize & Decorate Everything (master bedroom decor)
110. Happy Nester
111. Suzie
112. Sweetly Southern
113. Debra @ Bungalow
114. Donna@The Country Nest
115. Amanda @TheEckLife
116. TheEckLife-outdoor decor
117. Vanessa Life at our House
118. Heather@Prescription of Hope
119. Kirsten
120. Southenseven
121. Decking the Halls@This PLate Is Full
122. Southern Whimsy
124. Stephanie @ A Fine House (
125. Sofia @ Expressive Creations
126. Jennifer @ Newlywed Diaries
127. Brei
128. free diy wreath
129. Tara @ Home Again…
130. Amanda@Tin Roof Junkie
131. Cara@HomespunKitchen
132. mississippi artist
133. Lamp Tramp
134. Anne@ Calamity Anne’s Adventures
135. Starshine Chic
136. Little Lizard King – Holiday Home
137. Brittany
138. Erin D.
139. Merrie
140. 2 little Boys – Christmas Decor
141. Carolyn@Aiken House and gardens
142. FrenchGardenHouse
143. Paper Glue Etc.
144. Natasha’s Christmas House
145. TheGatheringPlaceDesign-My Christmas Mantel
146. Sweet Jeanette
147. InMyOwnStyle: Trash to Holiday Treasure
148. Domestic Goddess Diva
149. Norma Lee Good
150. Anita
151. My Slice of Heaven
152. Paula Grace Designs (Holiday Home Tour)
153. Trish@TheOldPostRoad (my house for Christmas)
154. Lisa @ Destination Seaborn
155. Pink Feathers, Photo Ribbon, and Countdowns
156. The Magic Brush stick arrangements
157. Amanda – Small Home Big Start
158. Melissa Burford
159. Elizabeth
160. The Inspired Room Holiday Home Tour
161. Jerri @ Simply Sweet Home
162. Be Thou a Knight’s Christmas Door Tour!
163. A Bushel& Peck- Kathleen
164. Girls In White Dresses
165. jammary N Ireland
166. FRESH POPPY DESIGN a christmas Craft
167. FRESH POPPY a christmas mantel
168. Tammy@InStitches Deck the Halls
169. SJN@tales of a golf gal
170. Katie @ Making This Home (in Germany)
171. THE STYLISH HOUSE (Christmas JOY!)
172. Anita@Theycallmejammi
173. Jen R vintage inspired tree
174. Becca @ Adventures in Decorating
175. Cena @ Unexpected Necessities
176. Katie’s Nesting Spot
177. Restyled Home
178. bcpmylife
179. Nicol @ Classy & Sophisticated
180. Traci @ The Bakery
181. Christine @ More to Me
182. Cathy@Hazelruthe’s
183. {ae filkins}:: Our home at Christmas!
184. an unpink life {OUR HOME – CHRISTMAS}
185. Joan @ Applejack Lane
186. Molly
187. Katie
188. Caroline – A 12 year old girl’s room!
189. We are THAT family
190. Rene @ Cottage and Vine
191. Melissa Burford
192. kim at Charmed I’m Sure
193. Amy@NewNostalgia Christmas Home Decorations
194. nesting instincts
195. Town and Country Mom
196. 2 little Boys – Christmas Home Tour
197. An OUTSIDE VIEW, A house can never stand alone
198. Tammy- A tree good enough to eat
199. Yoga Gal for the Holidays
200. Wanda’s House@Two Carolina Nesters
201. Elizabeth @ Blue Clear Sky
202. BlessedMama
203. Centsational Girl’s very decked hall
204. Amanda @ My Nashville Nest
205. Jessica @ Brixton Lane
206. Christmas with the Knights
207. Girly Stuff
208. Sara’s House @ Two Carolina Nesters
209. Dreams and Decor
210. Jess@ Frugal w/a Flourish – O Christmas Tree
211. Homebody (house tour)
212. Julie From Inmates
213. Hydrangea Home
214. The Blackwoods
215. Rebecca @ RootsAndWingsCo
216. The Lions, Tigers, and Boys Home At Christmas!
217. Sherry@No Minimalist Here-Ballard Knockoff
218. Kate @ Stolen Moments (Kitchen Christmas)
219. MAGIC Transformation Wonderland
220. Sharon at Good, True & Beautiful
221. Kelly’s Korner
222. Lana: Copper, Amber & Vermillion Delight
223. The ChildrensNook Christmas
224. Sherri @ Design to Shine
225. Alana @ Just Nifty Thrifty
226. Molly@ Toile in the Family
227. Myra @ Happy Housewife Living Life (Finally Decorated!)
228. honeysuckle@quincycottage
229. Kelley
230. Kiersten Whimsical Wonderland House Tour
231. A Pineconey Christmas- Sara @ Queen of the House
232. Spoonfuls of Sugar with the Spences
233. Snowy in Salt Lake
234. Patricias Christmas Scenes
235. Tiaras & Tantrums
236. Tinsel & Company
237. Marci @ All Things Wonderful
238. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads
239. Erin @ Thimble Ambitions
240. Centsational Girl’s Holiday Home Tour
241. Cheri Quite Contrary – Christmas Tour
242. TheManyFacesofMom – Pampas Frond Tree
243. Cheap Like a Birdie
244. 5 Minutes for Mom
245. Chas @ A Woman’s Haven (Holiday House)
246. A recycled Christmas
247. dena@sweetpicklesandchocolate
248. House of Grace
249. Reynie@SouthernGirlRambling
250. Jennifer@Where the heart is
251. jodi @ Pleasant Home
252. Amy @ Playing Sublimely
253. Ashleys Christmas Tour
254. Sarah @ Life {Sweet} Life
255. red.neck Chic
256. Snowy in Salt Lake II
257. Lisha@Lisha’s Life, Love, and Marriage
258. Pamela- From My Front Porch To Yours
259. Holiday Home Tour for the Bush Adoption Fund
260. Your Little Birdie (mAD fOr PlAiD)
261. Darlene @ WorthWalkingToward {Heirlooms and Traditions}
262. TidyMom (The Halls are Decked)
263. The World Is So Lovely
264. Emma @ Toddler Awesome
265. Rebekah @ Good Enough
266. Christmas Tour at Loulou’s….
267. Abbey @ Practically Perfect
268. The Sweet Life
269. Sheri: Merry Christmas
270. The Little Brown House – Christmas Tour
271. Mullis Memories
272. Brenda
273. Rachel @ Future Pastor’s Wife
274. Heather
275. Stephanie@The Wheawill Home
276. Senkyoushi@Life in the 10/40 Window
277. Jamie
278. Jen @ Jentility (Christmas Decor Home Tour)
279. tatertots & jello
280. My Insanity-Jennifer’s holiday home
281. Sonshine @ Glimpse of Sonshine
282. The Winters Family
283. Holly @ Nepper’s Nest
284. Mittens, Roses, Sleds, and Birdhouses on a TREE
285. Judy@In His Grip~Holiday Home Tour
286. Karla @ It’s The Little Things – Christmas Tour 2009
287. Jen ~ Be Thou Exalted
288. Just a Blink (Holiday Home Decor)
289. Abbi @ Proverbs 31 Living (Handmade Christmas)
290. Lisa @ Destination Seaborn
291. Welcome to Our Home {Stephanie Lynn}
292. EmilyA. Clark
293. blessed mommy(Our Christmas Home)
294. Artsy Fartsy Shopaholic
295. Little Moments
296. Roeshel @ The DIY Show Off
297. Sunnymama
298. Sherry@No Minimalist Here-Ballard Knockoff
299. Shannon @ Coopers Corner
300. Monica Wants It
301. Casa Haus
302. Our Home Part TWO {Stephanie Lynn}
303. Tour My Living room@Americana By Candlelight
304. Farmhouse Christmas @ continental calliope
305. The Sots’s Southern Christmas
306. julie@just a little house
307. D@SunnySide
308. palmtreefanatic
309. Maison Noel, Delores @ Vignette Design
310. Mommy’s Memories, Christmas House Tour
311. Baby Boys Room (Hire to Inspire)
312. High Heels & Aprons – our home at Christmas time
313. Cherry Blossom
314. Jill @ The Cribb Family

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  1. Beautiful! Thanks for making us a part of your holiday decor!


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