Magical Christmas Tree

I’m finished with all the Christmas decorating I’m going to do this year and putting up my tabletop tree in the living room was part of the process.  This poor little tree has seen better days and even though it’s a prelit, it’s not cooperating anymore, so I think it’s going to have to go bye-bye after this season.  I’m not sure any of the prelit strands survived and I had to add more lights and oh, how irritating that is.  To string lights on a prelit tree!

But, it’s beautiful now and shining in the living room, so I’m ready to celebrate the season.  My girlfriends party is Friday night and I can’t wait for them all to come over and celebrate with me in the new house.  Fun! I will definitely take some pics and share it with y’all.

coming in the foyer

Check it out!  Coming in my foyer, you can see I’ve been a little bit busy with a few new things there.  My happy and tropical door is painted Annie Sloan’s Florence and I’m really digging it with the turquoise houndstooth rug I found on Joss and Main (I think this is my rug, it’s a flat weave wool & was on 1/2 price from Joss and Main that day). 

Sometimes we just need a little color going on.

living room at Christmas

Big view of the living room from upstairs, I am not doing a big tree, but opted for 3 table top trees and I really like the simplicity.  I may  never do another big tree again!

Foyer table

Coming in the foyer from the front door, the tree is right at the top of the stairs in the window.  Notice my Merry Christmas blocks up top on the mirror.

mercury glass vignette

I love decorating my foyer table for the seasons and this one got it all gussied up as well.  Love the shimmer and glimmer of mercury glass and my growing collection takes up the whole tabletop.  All I did was add a few fresh greens in there for color and texture and a little pine scent.

Mercury glass

Nothing prettier than shiny silver reflecting in a mirror with a lit tree in the background.  Ahhh, Christmas, I love it!

silver ornaments

Piling pretty ornaments on a silver tray is about as easy as it gets.

mirror and tree

One more close up night shot.

Little tree

The little tree is tucked here by the windows and I used gold, bronze and white this year.  I found that white ceramic planter at a thriftstore this year and put it to use as a tree holder.

tree up close

I have plenty of ornaments to fill it up with sparkle.

Tree topper

Love how the ornaments play off my Ikat fabric on the windows and I love poking those cascading picks in the top of my tree for some extra pizazz, like the feathers and glittery fronds.

Flying Santa

Flying Santa I’ve had for a few years.

Fireplace rock

Since I don’t have a mantel at the moment to decorate with Christmas cheer, I added some fun to my boxwood wreath by stringing some aqua garland and hanging ornaments from it.  Cute!


My lantern got an electric candle, greenery, white balls and pinecones.


JOY fits nicely on top of one column.

Tree at night

One more night shot of the glowing tree and I’ll wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

turquoise ornaments under glass

I hope it is Merry and Bright and filled with all sorts of magical memories for you too.   One more shot of the mercury glass at night.  I got the Merry Christmas glitter sign to sit on the candlestick and it looks so pretty.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and read along this year.  It has been quite a thrilling year for me and I’m so, so happy to be in my new house, decorating for Christmas and counting my blessings!

 Today is the Christmas Tree link party at Sarah’s and our last party of the year.  Hope you’ll join in and link up your Christmas tree too. It’s so much fun to see all the inspiration and creativity in blogland and it’s positively exploding this year.

- Rhoda


  1. So pretty!!

  2. Love, love, love your painted door! It is so pretty with your drapes and it adds a brightness to your home!

    As always, your decor is lovely. Thanks for all your blog posts. I have traveled along with you on this journey this year. I look forward to many more posts regarding your home.

  3. Merry Christmas to you! Your decor is beautiful, but it especially shines with the love that has been poured into this home. Blessings to you & your family in this holy season.

  4. Gorgeous decorations in your gorgeous home !

  5. I love love love that rug in front of your door. Im going check them out now andI’ll tell them you sent me over. Your home looks just beautiful Rhoda!

  6. Diane Amick says:


    You’re home is lovely…been with you through the whole process and I must say you’ve done a beautiful job. I’m so impressed that you and your parents did so much of the work – what a job. I am lusting after your ikat drapes…absolutely love the fabric and the way you incorporated the colors into your decor. Good Job!!!

  7. I love your tabletop tree placed on a pedestal along with all your other decorations. And the shot of the aqua ornaments under the cloche stole my heart! Love the door color and the rug in front of it. Spectacular!

  8. Everything is beautiful!!!

  9. Small tree – BIG statement! Truly beautiful! Your entire room is stunning! Blessings for a wonderful Christmas in your new home!

  10. This is one Friday night I wish I was one of your girlfriends so I could come to the party. Oh how I love your home. It’s just amazing what you have done, you should have your own TV show. You are the BEST! I also love Mercury Glass and have some for decorations, but I so much like the way you put yours together, I’m going to change my things around to get the look you have. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I look forward everyday to your post. Keep ’em coming. 🙂

  11. Absolutely STUNNING! It’s truly magical what you you have done to turn that house into a home. It’s spectacular and I can feel the love you and your parents have put into it! Merry Christmas Rhoda!

  12. Wishing you the most joyful time with your friends in your new home! A real Christmas miracle! And your Dad played Santa so well! What a gift! I can “hear” the joy in your writing!

  13. Your tree is lovely on the pedestal. I think all of your decoration are just beautiful.


  14. Lovely! You are so talented! Merry Christmas!

  15. Everything loods beautiful. I like the idea of the smaller trees rather than one large tree…I may try that next year! Looking forward to reading/seeing more great ideas in 2013.

  16. I am usually a lurker of your posts but, I just wanted to say the transformation of your home is stunning. it was interesting to see the progression and I’m sure we did not even see half of all the sweat and tears that went into this. You give me inspiration with your design. Good on ya!

  17. I am in love. Plain and simple. I totally am with you on the tabletop tree philosophy. So easy and when they are high like your’s, they make a statement. Love your door too!

    Many blessings to you Rhoda now and in the future. Enjoy your party!

  18. Beautiful job Rhoda!

    Have fun at your party, I’m sure it will be lovely.

    Merry Christmas to yo and your family.


  19. Annette Hale says:

    Love your Christmas decor! But I have to say I got a lovely jolt when I saw what you’ve done with your foyer. Its amazing and has such warm energy. I’m so thankful that you are near your family in your lovely home this year. You give all of us such joy to you readers that we want that for you. Have a wonderful time at your party!

  20. Your father was certainly Father Christmas thru out this whole process. Who would ever guess how much your life has transformed this past year. Merry Christmas blessings to you and your parents.

  21. LOVE the door color and the way your foyer table looks with the mercury glass. Very very pretty. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  22. Love your Christmas Decor! Your tree is beautiful! Happy Holidays!

  23. Elizabeth H says:

    Everything is beautiful, just like I knew it would be. Love your tree. Perfect!

  24. Rhoda, Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family. One of the posters called your Dad, Father Christmas, and I just love that!! You are so, so fortunate to still have both your parents and that they are in good health and so vibrant.

    I LOVE your decor this year….simpler but stunning. And if you had said you painted the front door Florence I would have gone yuck…but that’s why your the decorator and I’m not…I love it!! What a statement the door and rug make, a fun and youthful person lives here…

    Great job Rhoda, I wish you the best for 2013! Mary


  26. Rhoda…everything is just beautiful! I love the asp door. Did you paint the exterior that color too, or just the interior?? Donna

    • Donna, the outside is still black, but I wanted that pop of turquoise inside. You can definitely do different colors inside and out.

  27. You truly have been blessed by the Lord this year. How wonderful to still have your parents and to have them so active in your life. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year and to see the progress in your new home. I loved the blog with your kitchen decor. I tried to order the cloche from Wayfair and was unable to find it. Is there a particular code I should use? I can relate to your house project as we bought a house that had to be gutted. We even had to replace the plywood base to all the floors before we could put down new hardwoods. We replaced the whole kitchen and had to put in all new bathrooms. We had a dozen bats in our attic and snakes in our porch roof. We had them removed and set free into the woods. However, like you, we now sit back and count our blessings. May the Lord continue to bless you and your lovely parents in the year to come with good health and drawing y’all closer to Him from whom all blessings flow.

  28. WOW!!! Everything is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier for you.
    Merry “Christ”mas and Happy New Year to you and your precious family.

  29. love, love , love the Mercury glass and will be looking for it at my favorite thrift stores thru the next year. I have a “Tiffany” color small pre-lit tree and they will be fabulous surrounding it (all for 2013). Thank you for this blog, I have learned so much and applied those ideas to our new bought, old home. LOVE the color of your front door. I may be changing the colors in my den from red and sage to blues!! Have a blessed Christmas ………He is so Good!!!

  30. Your home is so beautiful! I absolutely adore all of your Christmas decorations.

  31. I am new to the blog world and I am really enjoying how diyers share their homes. But, yours has really been inspiring. My parents are both gone and they were such an important part of my life and my projects, just as yours. You have had struggles yet you turned it around and make a living doing what you love and have created a beautiful home. I am so proud of you. My mother’s favorite saying was, “Just do It” (long before Nike) and you “did it”. Merry Christmas!

  32. Rhonda,
    What a beautiful foyer and living area. Love the mercury glass and greenery! Your Ikat curtains caught my eye as I am looking for new window treatments for our dining and great rooms. They are lovely and fit right in with your tastefully decorated home!

  33. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    Such a magical time…wishing the human race will carry that giving spirit towards one another the whole year through, toast to your health/happiness….and kudos on all of you and your family’s accomplishments, (thnx for sharing)…have fun at your girl party (me too, having one on this Friday in my home – gonna do gift exchange and a movie)…FELIZ NAVIDAD 🙂

  34. Hi Rhoda!!

    You place looks amazing!!!!! Your foyer is so beautiful. I love the color of your door and the rug goes perfect with it. I call the color my Momma Mia Turquoise, because in the movie Momma Mia, the rooms and buildings are that color.

    Your taste in decorating is just gorgeous!!


  35. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    Oh another thing…….your home looks beautiful with the Christmas sparkle here,there, everywhere, lots of work, I know but oh so rewarding…as I looked closely…question, what is that hanging above your window at foyer, is it iron, wood, it frames the top of your foyer window so nicely and I am looking for something creative to do over a picture and or door way between living room and dining room, any ideas, thank you…

    • Hi, Delores, that is ironwork over my windows. I promise I’ll show that later on. I had them in my old house over the windows in my living room.

  36. Your new home and Christmas decorations look beautiful! I love the color of the door!

  37. Everything is SO beautiful!

    I’m in love with all your mercury glass ornaments ~ & the window treatment fabric is TO DIE for! You nailed that one, for sure (I always love your fabric choices…!)!!

    I hope you have a wonderful time Friday night: Merry Christmas!

  38. Rhoda, it just looks great! If I were in Atlanta, I would be SO tempted to crash, even though I’m not single. Your party sounds like a blast! Have a great time and a Merry Christmas!



  39. Everything looks beautiful! I like your tree, so pretty. We are doing a smaller tree this year, 4 ft, our other tree just seems overwhelming. (so lazy!?)
    You have accomplished much this year, Ms. Rhoda, God has blessed you. Blessings Paula Lusk

  40. I love the top of your tree, what a fabulous idea. Of course the whole room looks wonderful, imagine your first Christmas in your wonderful new home.

    Lee 🙂

  41. Your home and your decorations are just lovely! I put up several small trees throughout my house and one big one in the “NOT formal living room” mainly because I’ve collected so many ornaments through the years. But I too am thinking maybe just the small trees would be better (read: easier on an older gal). I love the blue accents and the curtains (maybe the JOY should be blue too?)

  42. Hi Rhoda, I’m looking for some drapery panels similar to yours to create the same look as yours. I have the same bamboo blinds and would like some color on either end. What brand are yours and what length are your rods? Thanks!

  43. Hi Rhoda,

    I have so enjoyed your blog for several years, and so thankful you are willing to share with all of us. Your new home is joy-full, as are you. Looking forward to seeing what the Lord has next, for you☺ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  44. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Looking forward to your partay! One single gal to another! So gorgeous! We knew it would be. Lots of lovely touches – Everywhere! Love the new color on the door, all the rugs and details everywhere. You decorate with love, style and creativity! Your excellent taste carries through in your Christmas decor. Your mantel-less fireplace looks great! So creative there too! Enjoy the season and my what a wonderful New Year you are going to have. All 4 seasons and 12 months of decorating in your new home! Can’t wait to see all the projects you’ve already done (office closet) and your porch all made up too! You teased us with your laundry/storage room so we can’t wait to see your magic there too! Blessings to you during this holy season!

  45. Your taste is impeccable and your home lovely and warm. Congratulations!

  46. Hi Rhoda! Oh, your little tree pumps a lot of pretty! Your home looks wonderful all decked out for Christmas. I know your girl friends are going to love seeing your pretty new house! You’ve done well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  47. Looks lovely, Rhoda! There’s so much joy and thankfulness to celebrate, for you, this year!
    Blessings to you and your family,

  48. Hi Rhoda! I’ve been following you since GI. I love what you have done with your new home.

    I had a 12′ pre-lit tree and the lights finally gave out. We just couldn’t throw it out so my husband and daughter spent a whole afternoon cutting off the lights. Now we string the lights the old fashioned way. I’ve also taken the lights off of small pre-lit trees because I just could throw them away.

  49. Your little tree couldn’t be more beautiful and packs as much punch and joy as a huge one! That foyer is fabulous, love, love, love your stylish home!

  50. I love your foyer especially because I am a fan of Mercury glass. I like your small tree as well!

    Your house is really becoming a home!

  51. Rhoda, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your Mercury glass collection. Something about it manages to say vintage and modern, all in the same look. How is that even possible?? lol

  52. What a surprise to see the ASCP front door! One of my favorite colors and so gorgeous in your house! Yay! Enjoy the fruits of your labor and your lovely decorations this Christmas season!

  53. Love the turquoise door!! so pretty and fun!

    Love your trees too – and wow, your house is already so together and pretty! I know you were itching to get in there and get it feeling like home again and you did it for sure!

  54. Your Christmas decor is lovely, and I am enjoying seeing your new home and labour of love decorated so nicely. Wishing you and your family (including your sweet parents) a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!

  55. LOVE the turquoise houndstooth rug! Your home is lovely. All your, and your parents, hard work was worth the finished product! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  56. I love that you are decorating again. How fun! It all looks great and I hope you had a very special Christmas in your new home!!

  57. Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of a reindeer engraved on it. It was super cool and I found out that a firm out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I am considering ordering from them this year…check them out if you like wooden item

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