Colorful Shiny Brite Christmas tree, with neutral foyer decorating ideas and a vintage dining room decorated for Christmas. Come along for a vintage feeling Christmas!
Welcome to December and all things Christmas! Of course, as always I’ve decorated our house for Christmas and it looks very similar to past years, but I do move things around a bit here and there. I hope you enjoy this tour of our living room, foyer, and dining room. If you missed my Christmas front porch and the mantel and kitchen decor, you can catch those on other posts. Merry Christmas to you all! I’m looking forward to all the festivities that this month brings.
Come on in and let’s look around. I use the same garland, bow, glass ornaments and gold bells on my staircase every year. I doubt I’ll change this up, we love it so much. Here’s a set of gold bells similar to mine. I love them! You can see one of Mark’s vintage Santa blow molds on display a the top of the stairs.
I got these beautiful glass ornaments from Tree Classics a few years ago and love them so much. They are bold and shimmery.
Looking right into the living room is our big 7.5 foot tree. It’s decorated with Mark and my Shiny Brite’s from our growing up years. We both have them and treasure them from our moms.
I put his Shiny Brites on one side of the tree and mine on the other so I can sort of keep them separate when they get stored again. I’ve also bought a couple boxes of new Shiny Brites that you can find now and they will be collectibles one day too. I’ll share below this post some similar items to my decorations if you want to take a peek.
I add 3 different blue ribbons to the tree and that really adds a lot of volume and interest. I cut my ribbon in 2 to 3 foot strips and tuck it in the tree, billowing out the strands as I wind it down the tree. It’s a lot easier to control shorter lengths of ribbon.
The topper is a gold lighted star and I add several sparkly and colorful picks along the top of the tree.
I then add all the glass ornaments and a few picks all over the tree. I love all the explosion of color on our tree, it’s very happy and makes a big statement.
On the glass tabletop, I added a cloche with fake snow under it along with little people that I’ve had for years when I used to put up a collection of lighted houses. I sold those a few years ago since I don’t have a good place to use them. But I sure love little vignettes under glass for the Christmas season.
I added a pretty glass garland that I think I got from Michael’s. It’s vintage looking but new. In this clear glass hurricane vase, I simply piled left over solid glass vintage ornaments and a vintage tree topper that was in my family. I love the simplicity of this look, sprinkled with a few fresh cedar clippings.
I just added a couple of Christmas pillows to the sofa and kept that simple too.
Looking back towards the front door from the living room.
Another look at the full tree. Mark set up the train set again this year and it worked for about 10 minutes and then it just stopped and he couldn’t get it going again, so we took it up.
I got Miss Daisy to pose a little bit in front of the tree in her new Christmas sweater. She’s such a cutie pie and we love this girl.
She’s such a little doll.
I couldn’t resist posing her on the rattan chair in front of the tree.
She was motivate with treats and I didn’t leave her there long. That sweater is so cute!
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A few more shots of the pretty Shiny Brites. I love them so! Here’s a cute story. After we sold my parents house in January, I’m still in touch by message with the mother of the gal who moved in there. The parents helped fix up the house for their daughter and grandsons. They found this box up in the rafters of the utility room and inside was some old Christmas decorations. The box on the outside was my mom’s handwriting and said “For Renee and Rhoda Christmas”. She texted me and told me they found it and wanted me to come and get it, so I did. There were some satin ornaments, I gave Lauren, that tree topper I showed and one nice box of Shiny Brites, so I got yet another box from my mother. I was so excited to see that!
My nativity scene that I’ve had for years and years is on my side table.
Moving to the foyer, I usually leave this table neutral, since I have so many pretty mercury glass, white and silver ornaments. I love the sparkle and shine along with the white lights.
The Christmas sign is a few years old from shop Between You & Me signs. I still love it.
Two large reindeer with a hurricane lantern light up below and on top is an assortment of brass and metallic accents I’ve collected over the years.
I found the smaller brass deer at a thriftstore a few years ago and just recently found the large brass deer with antlers at a local antique store here in Acworth. I had to have him!
I knew the addition would be perfect with my other 2 brass deer and I loved that the antlers hold votive candles. These are the votives I’m using now. They are remote controlled and use a standard button battery that’s not too expensive. You can find the candles here and extra batteries here. I love using fake snow too!
I found these mercury glass trees a few years ago at Homegoods.
This set of votive candle holders are from Pottery Barn and they are gorgeous. They are still available and on sale on that link.
I found this twig tree at a local shop a couple years ago and just add my extra white and glass ornaments to it for fun.
Spot the puppy?! She loves hanging out when I’m doing anything.
Moving on to the dining room, I decorated the table much the same as I did last year, I loved it so much!
This pink runner and those pink and blue glass trees came from Walmart and are still available. I just love the vintage feel and how great they flow with my vintage Shiny Brites.
I added a few smaller Shiny Brites to the gold tray along with a eucalyptus garland and twinkle lights.
That cute pink reindeer was found last year at Homegoods and I had to have her, she’s so cute!
And she goes so perfectly with those glass trees! Those large pink ornaments are vintage too.
Sure makes for a sparkly table.
Those red and white transferware plates I’ve had for years and they work well with my colors.
The sideboard has a simple pinecone garland with mercury glass trees and candle holders.
I still love these gold bamboo hurricanes I found this summer. They are still available too if you want to order. They are gorgeous and I’ll use them year round.
I’ve got a lot of fun things in my Amazon storefront and especially the Christmas shop, so take a look at all I’ve added. I add new things all the time.
Here are a few things from my home that you can still get so check them out below. Just click through the shopping widget. Those 3 glass trees are all still available from Walmart:
PEGGY DALEY says
Love the floor lamp with the fluted scalloped shade vintage or new?
Those are made by Mark. He uses old lamp parts and makes them new again.
Coreen Pike says
Everything is decorated so beautifully, so exciting you received more ornaments that were your moms. The vintage ornaments are beautiful, and mean so much more even so.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year
Thank you, I was so excited to get another box of Shiny Brites.
Everything is so beautiful. I love that you have COLOR!
Thanks Jessie, I do love color, plus some neutral metallics too. So I do them all!
Sandra Mosolgo says
I love my Shiny Brites, some from my family, some from my husbands family. I’m afraid of breakage so I display them in a glass fronted bookcase. Older decorations bring back special memories.
Your Christmas decor is beautiful. I adore mercury glass and I am so glad that you can find it more readily in the shops these past few years. I think your foyer is really spectacular.
Thank you Lorna, I appreciate that.
Love your house and all your gorgeous decorations. I love your stairway wall and carpet. I do forget what you did at the top landing to transition flooring. I have a very similar entryway and have wanted to add similar carpet for a while but haven’t done so yet. You are an inspiration to me and I just read your update on your folks. Love them as they are, see them as often as you can and you will have no regrets!! Prayers for you all!!
Love the staircase garland, your amazing Christmas tree and of course your adorable Miss Daisy! Merry Christmas!
I just love all the colors in your home and I really enjoy hearing about your family. Thank you for a great blog.
Rhoda, your “shiny bright” tree is GORGEOUS, and I love all your other decorations, too! Thanks for the tip about cutting and tucking the ribbon on the tree, such a good idea! Also, thanks for your update about your family and particularly your parents! Blessings to all of you!
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Rhoda, your home is so beautifully decorated with all your lovely Christmas items! I just love the bright colors you have used — as well as the beautiful mercury glass. How nice that you were able to get more of the shiny bright Christmas ornaments from your Mom! Such precious memories! Your pictures of Daisy are just so cute! She’s such a cute little dog! Hope you and Mark enjoy a wonderful week in your beautiful home!
Barbara Moore says
Everything is stunningly beautiful. But Miss Daisy? She’s the STAR!!!
Victoria Hempe says
Your dog is just adorable. You have inspired me to take similar pictures of my tree with my dog because yours turned out so cute! Love your multi-colored tree too! Merry Christmas.
Your home is always beautiful, but especially so at Christmas time.
So…I hope you don’t mind, but can you tell me what breed Daisy is? She’s absolutely adorable. ❤️
Thank you, Donna, Daisy is a Shorkie a mix of Shihtzu and Yorkie.
Just love it all! Mine’s not decorated yet – illnesses with my Dad and hubby knee surgery – but I will get it done! I loved seeing all the Shiny Brites. I bought 2 boxes when I moved to my first apartment in the 70’s. I think I paid about $1 for each box and I still have them. Such great memories of that time. Thanks for sharing all about your festive house. I may just have to look for those glass ornament garlands. Merry Christmas!