My Sister’s Christmas Home 2013

Today’s Feature Friday is my sister, Renee’s house all decked out for the Holidays.

You all really loved seeing Marc’s house (my sister’s neighbor) and they are truly similar in that they both love to decorate every room in the house.  My sister has 12 (count em’!) trees in her house this year, a mix of floor trees and tabletop trees, but 12 trees nonetheless.  It’s beautiful and festive and this is where our family spends Christmas morning, around the big tree in their great room, fire blazing, Christmas music on the stereo, and she makes a wonderful Christmas brunch for all of us.

It’s wonderful and it’s family time!  We enjoy it so much, that Christmas morning together.

So, I’ll take you on a tour this year of her Christmas home, which takes weeks to finish.  But, she truly enjoys it and she has a great hubby who also helps her get it all down to decorate for the Christmas season.  She also does a few parties every year, inviting friends in for the festivities this time of year.

Hope you enjoy!

front door

Their front door is always decked out too, with lighted garland at night, very welcoming.

foyer table

Inside the front door, the foyer table is decked out in lighted garland too with lots of pretty white Christmas décor.

Several of you have asked the paint color, so I’m adding it here:  Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat, the same color I had in my old house.

Christmas table

It is beautiful at night all lit up.

foyer white tree

The white flocked tree in the foyer and large size Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus.

garland on stairs

Lighted garland with bows and white poinsettias going up the stairs.

living room tree

To the left is the living room, with a tree in the urn.


Nativity set in the living room.

living room tree 2

This tree is in gold and bronze tones.

living room side table

Just inside the living room, a big white Santa greets guests.

living room to dining room

Looking right from the living room is the open dining room.  Their whole house is all open and is perfect for parties, since it’s all in a circle for guests to move around.

round dining table

She has bought a ton of her furniture on Craigslist, including this huge round dining table and chairs and the hutch in the background.

dining room hutch

A green and red tree is festive in here.

dining room tree

Love this tree!

centerpiece on table

She adds large Christmas balls to this big container in the middle of the table for the holidays.

mirrored side chest with tree

A cute animal print tree is on the mirrored sideboard.

great room

Moving straight in from the foyer is the large two story greatroom with the biggest tree.

great room2

This is where we gather on Christmas morning as a family.

great room big tree

When that first grandbaby girl is born, she will love coming to her nana’s house for sure.  This tree is very nostalgic with all the Santas and old fashioned ornaments.


The mantel is all filled with Santas and lighted garland and a lighted wreath.  Pretty, pretty!

Tree Classic lighted wreath

I was sent a beautiful wreath this year from Tree Classics and let my sister use it on her fireplace and it’s perfect here with her garland. They do have some very nice faux garlands and wreaths if you’re in the market. This is the Venetian Elegance.

entertainment center

This big room feels very homey and cozy all the time, but especially during Christmas.  She adds her lighted village to the big entertainment center and it’s so pretty too.  She found this beautiful entertainment center on Craigslist too and it’s one of the best things she has ever scored.


Not a great pic, but I love the coziness of a lighted village.

greatroom console

The console table in the greatroom gets some Christmas spirit too.

colored tree greatroom

And one corner of the greatroom has a fun and festive colorful tree.

New Orleans santa

Lauren brought this New Orleans Santa to my sister one year.


From the greatroom, looking back is their big kitchen. It’s all decked out too.

above the fridge

Santa on top of the fridge.

kitchen tree

A cute candy/baking tree in the window of the kitchen.

bakers rack

She’s collected so many nostalgic Christmas things and adds them to the bakers rack.  Buster says Merry Christmas too!

Lauren's room

On that same floor is Lauren’s old room that she still uses when she is home.  It was redone a couple of years ago in blues and browns and I don’t think I ever showed you this room.

laurens room 2

It’s a pretty room and we really loved this rug in here that we found shopping.

tree in laurens room

It has a cute little tree in here too.

laurens room 3

Just a little touch of Christmas in the bedroom.


Outside the greatroom is their covered back porch and of course, she decorates out here too.  A wildlife theme tree  is featured on the porch.


The backyard garden is in Winter mode now, but they add a lighted snowman and tree out here for fun.

back porch

Lots of cute snowmen out here too.

hall table tree

A cute urn tree in the upstairs hallway has greens and whites, these are the things we got for the Michaels dream tree this year.


The upstairs hallway has a group of carolers added.

master bedroom tree

In the master bedroom is a beautiful blue and brown tree. I love this one!  If you missed my sister’s master suite makeover that we did 2 years ago, go and check it out. It’s a gorgeous space!

blue tree topper

Bronze tones and blues are so beautiful.

master tree blues

With a pretty brown sequined skirt.

looking to greatroom below

From upstairs, looking down to the greatroom tree.

basement tree

All the way down in the basement is their media room and she added a tree in there.

sports tree basement

It’s a sports theme tree. Go Dawgs!

basement fireplace

They added a fireplace in here a few years ago and it’s a very cozy room for watching movies.

As far as where she stores it all, they have a complete finished basement and she has a really big storage area that holds most of her Christmas decorations. The rest of it goes up into the attic, where there’s lots of room up there too.

That’s my sister’s house this year! I hope you enjoyed the tour. She does way more than I do. I don’t have the energy to do that much, nor do I want to put it all away, so I keep my Christmas decorations a little more simple.  But I know everyone is different and she LOVES it, so more power to her. It’s great to be over there and enjoying on Christmas morning, so I do appreciate the effort she puts forth.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

- Rhoda


  1. Your sister’s house is beautiful! So rich and welcoming. Her home is truly a labor of love. It is certainly magazine-worth. Thank you and her for sharing.

  2. Your sister’s home is lovely and, yes, it would takes ages to do, but clearly she loves it and it reflects that.
    Your home is also beautiful, Rhoda! It reflects your sweet personality and is so peaceful and reflective. I love it!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Beautifully decorated home! I’m curious how the bedskirt with the fringe is done. Is the fringed portion a separate skirt? Wishing you a very blessed Christmas. Thank you for being willing to share your family and life with us.

    • It is actually two bedskirts. The brown overskirt came with the bedding. The one with the fringe came from Touch of Class catelogue. With high beds, it takes a longer skirt and at the time I got that one, it was one of the few companies that offered longer lengths. I think they still carry it.

  4. Her home looks lovely! We are thinking of adding a fireplace in our home so I’m interested to know how they added the one in her basement and approximate cost of it if she wouldn’t mind sharing?

    • We did it as part of a much larger repair/renovation project after we had a flood, and I am not sure of the cost. It is one of the vent free fireplaces like we have in our bedroom, but because that wall backs up to the underside of the stairs, we were able to inset it into the wall. Then the stone and hearth were added to it, and my husband put up the mantle.

  5. Wow! I just love how she decorated her home with natural colors.

  6. Oh my word, that is gorgeous! How does she find the time? I’m still putting up my main tree. :/

    That master bedroom tree may be one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen. You and your sister certainly share a talent for decorating!

    Thanks for sharing so many pictures. I know that posts like this take a ton of time!

    By the way — if she ever tires of those Craigslist dining chairs and is willing to ship them to Texas, I’d love to take a couple off her hands! I have the same ones (hand-me-downs from my mom) and need a few more!

    Merry Christmas to y’all!

  7. Thanks Rhoda for sharing this absolutely wonderful house and Marc’s with all of us. It is so beautiful and kudos to anyone who goes to these lengths. What an amazing spirit .. Christmas deserves this ! Merry Christmas and I am sure you will be enjoying this lovely atmosphere! wish we all could do this. Merry Christmas.

  8. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful, big house. How long does it take her to take this all down?

    Merry Christmas to you, Rhoda!

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