Thursday, December 10, 2009

Home for the Holidays


Hi there! How have you all been. I have been busy trying to get my house decorated and meet with clients and build a business, whew there is just not enough time in the day. I am hooking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her Home for the Holidays segment. I love decorating for Christmas, and this year I am feeling a little rushed. So here are some pictures and more will follow later tonight when the lights are twinkling.

Welcome to my home Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Come on in and join the fun. This is my front porch. The sled was my husband's that he used as a little boy. The ice skates are my daughter's. This porch is very deep and one sided so I try to do a vignette to accommodate that.
Since there is no chance for snow here I use cut tree branches for ground cover, pine cones and red cardinals adorn the trees and ground. Front door was not done so I didn't photograph it.

Both banisters have garland ribbon poinsettia's and layer with two types of ribbon.

Here is the banister that over looks the living room. A close up of the bow.

This is the entry way table. This year I was able to decorate a little differently. Usually we have the Dept. 56 houses, Christmas in the City. So I bought this sled last year that was red and green. I painted it a Antique Bronze color with copper gold accents. Wrapped packages, added a floral and a Santa that was a gift. I used fabric from Joann's to try to get the snowy, sparkling look.

Here is our living room tree. It is real and 10 foot high. It was supposed to be a smaller tree this year but it was such a beautiful shape my children could not resist. I used all white and gold this year and copper accents. It does have lots of ornaments but they did not photograph well.

A close up of the tree!

The mantle in the living room all done in the same white and gold ribbons. Ornaments are hung from the garland and the tree topiary are stocking holders. I have had them for awhile and purchase at Bombay and Co. This might be the last year for these.

A close up of the mantle showing my violins resting on the garland.

I also added some floral to the painting above the fireplace. It is just fun to do.

Come on into the dining room. I have added greenery to the light fixture purchased at Richards.
The vase has Christmas balls, greenery and sparkling gold curly ribbon.
I had these two mirror from Bombay and Co and decided to use them as candle holders. the light reflect off the mirrors and it is beautiful when lite. I love the runner give to me as a gift from a good friend. It is brown velvet with antique ivory sheer fabric with music notes. It is just gorgeous.

This is part one of my post. I need to run some errands and take more photos. I will be back later so make sure you come on back to see the rest of my home. I will be looking forward to seeing all of yours. Remember to go to Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, she has some beautiful photos for all of you.

Ok I'm back. I cannot believe how long it is taken me to do this post. Anyway this is my family room, in the evening.

My Family room tree. I decided to do all red and white with the candy cane as an accent and overall theme. This tree was so cute when I saw it I just had to have it. Again it is real. I love the smell of a fresh tree!
Here is a close up of the top of the tree. The star is a little crooked but my daughter liked it that way so I left it alone! It is always fun to have a whimsical tree.! All the children ornaments are on this tree.

Here are a couple of pics of the same tree in the evening. My camera sometimes does not like to take clear photo in the evening when trying to capture the right lighting! Sorry for the blurriness

This is the bath adjacent to the family room and the guest bath.

Well this is my Home for the Holidays post for today. I do have my kitchen and master bedroom photographed. I will post those pictures tomorrow so you may visit other beautiful holiday posts. Thank you for visiting. Visit my post of February of last year when I was featured in the Valley Times, the local newspaper for their Home for the Holidays article. That was fun!
Remember to visit Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, she has some beautiful photos for all of you. Also The Inspired Room is having a holiday party go there and check it out!
So many Holiday Tours so little time. Check out the Nester for her Holiday Tour Dec. 14th


  1. Your tree and mantel are just beautiful! Love your color scheme. :) Visiting from Rhoda's. :)

  2. Everything is so beautiful! How cute your tree is with those giant candy canes!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Beautiful! I love how you used the mirrors on your table.


  4. Hi, Sophia, thanks for joining the party! So glad you did & your home looks beautiful, so festive and pretty. Love your mantel, gorgeous! That big tree, stunning!! HOpe you have a great Christmas! Congrats on your article too.

  5. Thanks for joining the party-I love it all. I have a sled like that and have thought many times of getting a pair of ice skates to drape over it--but they are hard to find in SW florida.

    Just an fyi most people are not getting the correct info in their reader-my updates are over 2 weeks old and I have made multiple other posts. I've been on with Google multiple times and they don't have an answer and I am not getting everyones updates in my reader either.


  6. LOVE the candy canes on the tree. CUTE!

    Merry CHRISTmas


  7. Your home is beautiful! Everything looks so lovely!! Great job! merry Christmas!

  8. It all looks so festive! 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!

  9. How gorgeous all your decor is!! I love the white and gold. You are very talented at home decor.