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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- Rhoda


  1. That was a delight. I’m going back through to look again. It’s just wonderful. I’m feeling inspired and it’s only 4am!
    Be Merry~
    All Things Heart and Home

  2. Hi Rhoda,

    You house looks amazing! Hard to belief you showed only half of it in this post. I linked up with my girly craftroom where I can glitter to my hearts content. Lots of silver and golds in there too.
    Take care! Marianne

  3. WOW Rhoda! I couldn’t stop looking! Every square inch of you home is so festive and lucious! I guess I’d better get cracking with only my tree done. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!


  4. Rhoda, everything is perfect and so festive ~ just as I expected! How many other gals are up at 5am looking at Christmas decor on blogs, I wonder!?!? LOL

    I think your tree is beautiful and your photography is outstanding, too (the box with ornies and garland draped over it is fantastic!). I think my favorite item today is the tiered display ~ I wanna go yard saleing with YOU!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  5. Rhoda,

    I arrived at your house with an extra cup of virtual Dunkin Donuts coffee, figuring I’d be the first one here. Was I wrong!
    I am in awe. This is exquisite. My favorites include your mirror (I have a gigantic antique mirror in my center hall and you gave me some ideas how to dress it up) your to-die-for tree, and I am with your husband, the side table done in silver is stunning. I also admire the Welcome on your front door. I only have one question: What time can you be here to decorate The Fairfield House?!

  6. PS I hit submit before mentioning the iron birdbath and the urn — when you come to NJ bring them with you!

  7. As always Rhoda, your home is perfectly lovely! My hubby and I are sitting in the airport looking at all the beautiful pictures of your Christmas decorations. He is so impressed!

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful party!


  8. Your house is just gorgeous . . . as always! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I just enjoy every bit of it! I’ve linked my fairly new blog up to your Home Tour. Thanks for hosting. I can’t wait to check out the other homes on the tour.

    Happy Holidays!

  9. You have such a beautiful home!!!


    m ^..^

  10. Rhoda,
    Your home looks AWESOME…thanks soooo much for sharing it with us and hosting the PARTY! I Love how you used the BURLAP with your nativity scene…I did it too:) My fav…is all your MERCURY GLASS! Hope you have a FUN day at your PARTY!


  11. All absolutely gorgeous Rhoda! I love your door and the new tree in the entry is so pretty!

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  12. I just do not know where to start. It is all so lovely that it takes my breath away. I am just in awe. I want to go back and look some more to take it all in. I love the silver, of course I do, because that’s what I like to decorate with. You are so talented and have such exquisite taste.


  13. Hi Rhoda,

    You’re house really is all decked out! Love the new foyer arrangement. Absolutely everything looks just stunning – like pages from “Traditional Home” magazine!

    Thanks so much for hosting a Christmas Linky Party. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s decorations!


  14. Your decorations are gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

  15. Rhoda,
    It all is so gorgeous. I love the pine cones on the front door and the bowl of “glitz” on the end table and your trees are so pretty. Each piece is extra special.
    Thanks for sharing your home with all of us.

  16. Good morning Rhoda 🙂

    Your home looks gorgeous all gussied up for Christmas! I’m in love with your two birdbaths and am going to keep an eye out for one to have in our house too. I love the addition of the pine cones in the door swag and the table filled with silver loveliness is perfection. I love it all sweet friend 🙂


  17. Beautiful! I didn’t get around to planting paperwhites, maybe I still have time to enjoy them in later winter.
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  18. Everything looks stunningly beautiful and so festive….Just love your trees, and all the mercury glass! Thanks for hosting this, I can’t wait to get inspired by all the participants 🙂

  19. Don’t think I’m doing this correctly cause I’m having to add mine with 3 separate entries.

    Your home is gorgeous, of course! And yes, I will be by on Monday. I’ll email you later with plans.


  20. Everything is absolutely gorgeous, looks so inviting! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to get around to take some pictures to link up if time allows.
    Blessings to your family this most Holy Season,
    Matthew 21:22

  21. Hi Rhoada,
    I’ll be back this evening after work to see your beautiful home and the others. 🙂

  22. your home is AMAZING!!!!
    absolutely gorgeous~I’m so glad that I came by today!

  23. You never cease to amaze me, Rhoda. Your Christmas decorations are just GORgeous!! Thanks for hosting this fun party. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has to share. 🙂

  24. Good morning, Rhoda! Your home is simply FABULOUS!!! The only word I can think of. 😉 Thanks so much for hosting. I wasn’t able to get pictures of all of my rooms in time, so I chose to focus on one ornament today and have some fun with it. 😉 Thanks again…you always throw wonderful blog parties! 🙂

  25. You have been one busy Christmas elf…and it shows!
    First, everything is just beautiful!
    I really love what you did on the console table – the silver, mercury glass, that wonderful urn! Be still my heart!
    And, I also adore the rusty white bird bath filled with reindeer moss, and the little ornaments.
    And, the paperwhites sprouting one year later is just wild!
    The lime and red is a real favorite too.
    Thanks for much for sharing your beautiful holiday house and for hosting another great party!

  26. What a lovely home you have Rhoda! Your Christmas decor is beautiful. I really like the idea of putting the burlap under the nativity scene. Thanks for hosting the party!! Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours…

  27. Oh your home is so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Your decorations and tree are absolutely fantastic. I can’t believe what neat things you found at yard sales, etc and how you put them all together.

  28. Elegant and dramatic! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas all season and sharing your home now. I particularly love that you show how a warm burgundy and gold tree can happily coexist with silver mercury glass. So many people think you shouldn’t mix gold and silver, yet you manage it flawlessly.
    Thanks for hosting the Home Tour – it’s always fun to browse through others’ homes without leaving mine!

  29. Everything looks lovely. I am sure you spends hours decorating. But it is worth it as it all looks gorgeous.

  30. Rhoda, your home is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for inviting us in to enjoy the beautiful eye candy. That lime and red kitchen is my absolute favorite!

    When the season is over will you do a post about how and where you store all your goodies? I often wonder where you put all this stuff when you aren’t using it. I only have a fraction of what you have and it already takes up more than six plastic tubs in my basement.

  31. Love your bulbs Rhoda!

    Thank-you for hosting the beautiful party! Happy Holidays sweetheart!

  32. What beautiful decorations you have Rhoda! Thanks so much for hosting!!

  33. Just dropping by to see your decorations, and my but you are decked to the nines! That’s a mighty fancy tree and topper you did, Rhoda, and I like how you put it in an urn. Neat! I also love that iron birdbath with the ornies and moss in it. You just look so Christmasy at your house, and I haven’t done the first thing here. LOL! I’m sorry to miss your party, but things just kind of went south with some unexpected work we are having done. I will get something done before Christmas. I have to because I am having company for lunch that day! 😉

    Love you…


    Sheila 🙂

  34. Your home is just stunning, Rhoda! I loved everything that you did. I especially loved the vintage silver ornaments mixed with the mercury glass in the silver tray – sure wish I could find one of those at a yard sale! Thank you for hosting this great party.
    Happy Holidays,

  35. Rhoda Your HOME IS STUNNING… JUST LIKE your decor. I love your lamp on your table right as you come in from your front door, to see that table, lamp and tree, what a treat. I love YOUR gold brown very full tree, and mantel ALL OF IT… Your sisters holiday home is stunning too, my goodness you both must have a blast decorating and shopping and giving eachother input. Sisters are the best!

  36. Rhoda, Your Christmas decor is beautiful! So elegant. I will have to go back for a second look at everything.
    Thanks for hosting the party!

  37. Rhoda, all your decorations are beautiful as usual! Thanks for allowing me to share mine! Merry Christmas!

  38. Rhoda, all your decorations are just beautiful! I love your tree topper! It’s just breathtakingly beautiful.

    I linked up {twice by accident}. The first link up was with “Frog Phobia” attached to my name. I am unsure of why it added that when all I put in was my blog title. This was the last title that I did use for a Mr.Linky, maybe that had something to do with it. I have no idea. But none the less if you want to remove that one, I totally understand. If not that is ok too. They both link to the same Christmas tour post.

  39. Absolutely beautiful! Everything looks so elegant and artfully done. Makes me just want to come sit in your home and inhale Christmas.

  40. Hi Rhoda!
    wow…your Christmas Decor is gorgeous!! I especilly love the tarnished silver pieces embellished with ornaments!! i too love mercury glass and i’ve been experimenting with different craft techniques to get that look (not quite there yet, but close). thanks so much for hosting the fun party!
    Happy Holidays!

  41. Your house is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!! Absolutely love the mercury glass…what gorgeous sparkle!!

  42. Your front door looks great, Rhoda! What a nice welcoming entrance. I did a swag on my front door as well this year, rather than a wreath {nice to change things up every once in awhile}. Love the burlap with the nativity ~ that fits in great! I love all your containers filled with bulbs and beads; the silver display is just lovely. Great idea having all these containers on hand ~ they certainly come in handy and make it easy to decorate. Looking forward to seeing how to make that topper!

  43. Rhoda,
    You outdid yourself Girl….fabulous!
    My decorating this year is minimal due to no one being home!
    Blessings Friend!

  44. Wow it all looks so nice.

  45. I absolutely love your foyer table. So elegant!!

    If you’re a fan of mercury glass, you should have a look at the post I just did on my blog last night! I have noticed that it is all the rage lately.

  46. Rhoda Your home looks amazing as always…thanks for sharing…Pat H
    Merry Christmas!

  47. Rhoda, as always, a beautiful job.
    I thought you had photoshopped the “welcome” on your door. Pretty cool that it’s a vinyl cling!
    I think I may have to borrow the idea of the frame around the decor above your antique mirror. Pretty!
    Have a fabulous Christmas, Dear!

  48. Rhoda,
    OMG, your house looks so beautiful. You really went all out this year and I’m so glad you did and that you are sharing it with us. Hopefully before the day is over I will get my camera out and join in the party.

  49. WOW!!
    After seeing your lovely decorating it was hard to post my very “average ” decor. Yours is all so very lovely!! Simply Stunning

  50. Of course, everything looks super fabulous, Rhoda! Wish I had time to visit everyone…maybe this weekend…

    Thanks for sharing, and I love your photos. Very cool!


  51. Hi Rhoda, Your home looks beautiful as usual. I thought I’d join in today.

    Merry Christmas from Elderberry Street

  52. Absolutely gorgeous! Glad to join the party!
    Have a wonderful season!


  53. Everything is so pretty! It looks like a magazine!

  54. Rhoda, wanted to let you know: I linked to Susan’s TT, so if you’d like to see ONE of my holiday tablescapes (there wioll be more), please stop over to Between naps on the porch! XO, Pinky

  55. Rhoda, your home looks so festive and elegant and warm and inviting what a wonderful combination. You have outdone yourself this year. Love the tree topper sooooo impressive. Hugs Kathysue

  56. I don’t even know where to start… Your entire home is so elegant and gorgeous! I do love your manger with the burlap roof… it made my heart skip a beat when I saw it :)… Donna

  57. Hi Rhoda,
    What a magical party! Thank you very much for hosting it for us. I’m thoroughly enjoying my tour of everyone’s homes.
    I was so busy drooling over your amazing home photos earlier that I actaully forgot to leave you a comment.

    Your home is magical and so gorgeous dreesed for Christmas! Love, love your tree and the stunning topper! Your front door, entryway and mantel as well. Sigh….It all belongs in a magazine. You have outdone yourself my friend!

    Thank you for your sweet compliment on our home as well.

    Enjoy this joy filled season!
    ~Warmly, ~Melissa 🙂

  58. Looks fabulous as usual , Rhoda! Merry Christmas & would love to know how you did the topper! It is very striking!

  59. Your home is so beautiful and Christmas-y. Looks like you are all set for a beautiful and blessed Christmas.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  60. Rhoda, your home is beautiful, and so warm and friendly..makes me want to curl up with a soft throw and cup of tea and read a good book…As for me, no decorations out yet..Hubby is stringing lights outside as I type..maybe the tree will come out tonight or tomorrow for sure. We will be festive by the weekend. Late start this
    year:( I will be posting pics on my blog after we are all holidayed up..Have a great day!

  61. Thanks for the tip! I’ll try that. I did try the command hooks there, but they didn’t hold up! Your house looks amazing! My favorite is the Christmas bulbs and moss!

  62. Gorgeous decorations, Rhoda! I love the silver ornaments on the silver tray! All are just beautiful!

  63. Ohhhh, Rhoda. Your home is beautiful. That really is stunning. Those photos are all the reasons why I love Christmas.

  64. WOW I can’t wait to hop all over Blogland !!!!

    Love the look this year Rhoda so pretty !!!

    Kathy 🙂

  65. Just lovely Rhoda.
    everything looks so festive & beautiful!
    I love the iron bird bath – green & white are so clean looking together.
    Tnanks for a great Party!!!

  66. Rhoda as always, everything looks wonderful. Thanks for hosting such a fun party.

  67. Rhoda, your home looks beautiful, and it always does. Thank you so much for hosting this. You make it all special for us.

  68. Your home is gorgeous Rhoda! I was going to add my home pics to your party, but I can’t find mr. linky. Where o where is it?

  69. Oh nevermind. My Firefox browser was blocking it. I got it now. LOL

  70. WOW! Everything looks so festive and elegant…….I love it all Rhoda!

  71. Your home is just lovely. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party!

    My Desert Cottage

  72. Oh my goodness Rhoda, your home looks so amazing! I love the new things you added ~ all the silvery treasures and mercury glass. I think this is why Christams decorating is so much fun….anything goes, mixing colors is just fine, and it’s all personal to reflect each of us! Thank you so much for hosting HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS and I look forward to visting with everyone!

  73. Hi Rhoda,
    I’m baaaaack! 🙂 Just finished touring your gorgeous home and everything is soooo festive and beautiful! Love the piece on your front door and pine cones were the perfect touch! I love your yard sale urn with the ruffle edges! The whole tablescape is just breathtaking! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun, fun party!

  74. I am squinting my eyes, and pretending our tree is as fabulous as yours. You never fail to amaze me with your creativity. I hung some shiny balls, while you created masterpieces. Thanks for sharing all of the prettiness. Enjoy seeing your old friend, all of the festivities, and may the new year bring you 5000 more blog readers.

  75. The pinecones make the arrangement! Love it & the toile lampshade. Very eye-catching.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  76. Beautiful decorations, Rhoda. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for the tutorial on the tree topper!

  77. Your home is just magical! How beautiful and inspiring your decorating is.

    Thanks for hosting another fun party.

  78. Hi Rhoda,
    I love how you have decorated your home for the holidays.Thank you for hosting this great event!


  79. Everything looks very pretty and festive! I too love the mercury glass. Silver is a favorite of mine and it blends well with everything I think. Thanks for inviting us in!

  80. Gorgeous! I just finished my home, and did two blogposts about all the decorating! Happy Holidays, Rhoda, please come visit me too, and I’ll make us a cafe au lait, or maybe some French Champagne to toast the Holidays.
    xoxo Lidy

  81. Your home is truly amazing Rhoda! I can’t articulate how stunning everything looks! I am going to have go back and study every little detail!

    Thank you so much for having me today and hosting this great holiday party.

    Best Christmas wishes, Natasha.

  82. Hi Rhoda. Wow, your home looks so festive! Thank you for hosting a holiday home tour party this year, and Happy Holidays to you and yours! ~Arleen

  83. Oh. My. GORGEOUS! I want to be like you when I grow up 😉

  84. So lovely Rhoda! I linked mine, and linked back to you. Plus, I tweeted about the party! Thanks for being such a wonderful host! I loved my tour!


  85. Everything looks so beautiful!! Love & blessings from NC!

  86. Hi Rhoda, your tree is beautifully decorated and I love all your Christmas decor! Thanks for hosting. I’m having a ball touring everyone’s homes! 🙂

  87. Thank you so much for doing this exciting and festive party! 🙂 Your holiday decor is just stunning and very warm and tasteful.

  88. Oh my post is lame….but I tried!!!!! Merry Christmas!

  89. Rhoda, your house looks amazing all decked out for Christmas. All of your mercury glass is so pretty. I saw some pretty pink mercury glass trees a few weeks ago at Home Goods and I’m so upset I passed on them. Too bad the nearest store is nearly 2 hours away from me!

    I enjoyed joining in your Home for the Holiday Tour. I linked my dining room to your blog, but since I linked up, I’ve also posted my living room decorated for Christmas on my blog. I’d love for you to take a look to see what inspiration I got from your Holiday House posts. Also, this weekend, my mother, sister, and I are trying our hand at the candy cones you showed a couple weeks ago. I’ll be posting about that too (if they turn out good)! Thanks for all of your inspiration. I love visiting your blog!

  90. Such lovely decor! Thanks for hosting this event!

  91. Thoughts: I need to go to the yard sales you go to!
    I would like to get some paperwhites … pretty!
    I love the burlap as a backdrop for the nativity.
    Thank you for having me over!

  92. Hi Rhoda,
    Your home is beautiful, and so warm and inviting. Thank you once again for playing hostess!

  93. Everything is beautiful…
    Thanks for hosting this event.


  94. Thank you for allowing us to come inside your beautiful home. You are always an inspriration. hugs ~lynne~

  95. I’m linking a bit late…hope that is OK but I just became aware of your party via another blog. Your decorations are beautiful…love all the glitter and glitz.

  96. Beautiful, beautiful! Love your tree topper- =)
    Have a Merry Christmas

  97. Rhoda everything is beautiful. I have the same ribbon on the burgundy and gold tree but I decided to do white and gold on my living room tree. Stop on by. Thanks for having this wonderful post.

  98. My favorite decoration is the Welcome on your front door. It goes with every season! Lovely decorations!

  99. Greetings !! I’m new to the blogging world (having just created mine earlier this week), but have long admired your decorating talents (INCREDIBLE), often enjoying your posts way-back-when on Great Impressions !! Your home looks so warm and inviting all decked out for the holidays … your personal touches and creative ideas are wonderful !! I joined your holidays party (and apologize for my faulty link) … I have SO much to learn !! Thanks again for sharing your GORGEOUS home. Hopefully, you’ll be able to stop by my blog sometime. Take care, Becca

  100. Gorgeous display, Rhonda. Those mercury glass trees had me swooning! Stunning.

    Hope that you have a wonderful holiday!

    If you get a chance, stop by my blog today and enter my children’s Christmas book giveaway.

  101. Your home is just gorgeous! And what fun this tour is. I finally got my pics posted and I’m still touring all the wonderful homes. Thank you for hosting this!

    Cathy ♥

  102. oh Rhoda, you are so, so talented!! I love when you invite us into your home for a look around!

  103. Your home is so beautiful. You have a wonderful collection of furniture and accessories. My favorite is your antique mirror. Thank you for hosting us!
    Norma Lee Good

  104. Another wonderful year of holiday decorations Rhoda!
    Happy Holidays!

  105. GORGEOUS, Rhoda!!! Thanks for opening your home to us! I really feel like I’ve been there and experienced it in all of it’s elegance!!

    Btw, linked up to your holiday tour party. 🙂 Too fun!

  106. Thanks so much for hosting! I can’t wait to get started looking at everyone’s decorations–so much inspiration! I love your mercury glass collection! So pretty!

  107. WOW! Unbelievable! That is just gorgeous!

  108. WOW what a crowd…you throw such a great party Rhoda 🙂 I can’t wait to visit everyone….I think i’ll get me a glass of wine and sit down and visit, wait it’s only 2 thirty….LOL I’ve been up since 5 seems later than that !!!….it is soooo cold here not going outside today !!!

    Happy Holidays Everyone…
    Kathy 🙂

  109. I could have sworn I commented, but couldn’t find it… so I’m back to thank you for hosting this party, Rhoda. I’ve seen so many innovative ideas! Your home looks just gorgeous! From that burgundy tree to the mercury glass, it is just classy. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for your sweet words.
    Blessings, Sue

  110. What a beautiful home and we can tell lots of love went into your decorating!! Thank you for such a fun party! The only thing better would be to be able to visit each one in person!!


  111. Cant wait to see everyones decor!

  112. ALL your decorations are beyond gorgeous, but I absolutely adore the birdbath idea. I would reach in and “borrow” it IF I could. I love all the mercury glass. I laughed at one of your posts about NEEDING more from after Christmas sales.,..but I totally understand.

  113. Your Christmas decorating is spectacular! I especially love the mercury glass and the paperwhites, but my favorite is the feather tree topper! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! Patti

  114. Your home is absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for the tour!

  115. Rhoda, Your home and Christmas decorations are just gorgeous! I hope your holidays are wonderful

  116. What a beautiful sight and a beautiful home. Such effort! Thank you for hosting a tour – that is so much fun!

  117. What a great tour! Your home looks gorgeous. I just can’t get enough mercury glass and silver glass glitter! Thanks for putting this together!

    Best wishes,

  118. It’s perfect! I can’t stop looking at all of the photos. Lovely!

  119. The decorations are absolutely stunning!

  120. It is all so lovely as always ! Thanks so much for hosting !


  121. OH MY WORD! Your decorations are just STUNNING!!!

    What an incredible home you have! Just so inspiring!

  122. Rhoda~absolutely stunning! I love the brown cone with the greens inside and your mercury glass! I’m joining very, very late….life is a bit crazy around here with moving. Oh, and what an amazing game your boys played against Florida! I’ll be rooting for Texas, but it will be a good one 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  123. You have a stunning home! You truly have an eye for decorating. Thank you for sharing.

  124. Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

  125. Your decorations are absolutely STUNNING!!! Thanks so much for sharing and for all of the wonderful ideas! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  126. Your home looks amazing!! {not surprised!} It is great to stop by again, I hadn’t been here for a while. Your blog is wonderful as usual.

  127. WOW!! Everything is gorgeous!

  128. Thanks for allowing us to share in the holiday fun! Your house is beautiful – we must have some of the same taste – I made a pair of black toile curtains for my guest room that look almost identical to yours!! God bless!

  129. Beautiful Christmas decor Rhoda. Your home is so gorgeous! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party! Sorry I am a bit late – last week was beyond crazy for me!


  130. Absolutely stunning!

    Forgive me, I am not sure if I have already left you a comment but I just wanted to thank you for hosting the tour, and tell you how much I like the decor. You have provided a lot of inspiration for me next year! 😀

  131. I found your party via The Nester’s, so I linked up my post as well. Hope its OK. Your house looks amazing! Thanks for hosting!

  132. Beautiful holiday decor! Thanks for the tour.


  133. Stunning! Thanks for sharing your holiday home with us.

  134. Your home is beautiful! I hesitated to even include my link when I saw just how opulent and beautiful yours is!

  135. Your tree is gorgeous! That feather topper is unbelievable. Loved it all!

  136. It all looks wonderful! I love your JOY. 🙂

  137. Hi Rhoda! I just added myself to mclinky- I love your pics and wanted to share mine as well. :o)

  138. Dear Rhoda, I love your home! It’s gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this party, I hope I’m not too late 😉 Happy Holidays!

  139. love your decor! you have a beautiful style and I cant wait to spend some time at your blog!!!

  140. I love it all!!! I absolutely love that foyer table! I am stopping in from Nester’s Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the ‘Christmas 2009’ tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

  141. I love your decorations. I am looking for inspirations to do something different this year, now I wanna do everything. Thank you

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


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