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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nothing prettier than shiny silver reflecting in a mirror with a lit tree in the background. Ahhh, Christmas, I love it!
Piling pretty ornaments on a silver tray is about as easy as it gets.
One more close up night shot.
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.
I have plenty of ornaments to fill it up with sparkle.
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 I’ve had for a few years.
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.
One more night shot of the glowing tree and I’ll wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
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.
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?)
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!
Love your blog. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. You can brighten a person’s day. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Hi, Sharon, I bought my fabric (Tilbury from Calico Corners) locally and then had them made by a local shop who charges $55 per panel (+ lining) so total of about $130 total for the labor charges. The fabric was about $150 total.
Ballards also has this same fabric called Balboa & you can order drapes from them that are different lengths. But, it’s more cost effective to buy the fabric and have them made.
My rods are 48″ wide.
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!
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!
Can’t wait to see you, Beth!
Your taste is impeccable and your home lovely and warm. Congratulations!
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,
Looks lovely, Rhoda! There’s so much joy and thankfulness to celebrate, for you, this year!
Blessings to you and your family,
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.
Pam @ Simple Details says
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!
Mary Ruth says
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!
Kari Hayes says
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
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!
Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker says
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!
[email protected] Blue Clear Sky says
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!
Jamie Wyatt says
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!
Jane Jones says
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!!
Betty Sue says
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