Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Spirit

I've been Fifi'd! Check out Fifi Flowers, if you haven't already. I won one of her giveaways and will receive a set of notecards of the photo of my choice that Fifi drew and I chose my laundryroom, which goes along great with today's post of lime green. Isn't it so cute?! I'm excited that I finally won a drawing of hers and will cherish these and I love how she captured it so well. She has an Etsy shop too with all sorts of pretty things she has done. Thank you, Fifi!

Ballard Designs

Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn

Christmas inspiration for me comes from all sorts of places. Pottery Barn. Ballard Designs. Mary Carol Garrity's Christmas book has been a huge inspiration for me last year and this one and I love all the natural decor shown in her book with acorns, pinecones, and real boughs of holly and spruce, and the way she mixes it in with some gold, silver and glitz. I guess you could sum it up this way. I like a mix of things and don't think I could pick just one look. Have you noticed all the lime green out there the last few years in Christmas decor? I've really been attracted to that color and since I love it all year round, it only seems natural to bring it in at Christmas too, so the last couple of years, I've collected lots of lime green ornaments, shiny and sparkly. I also do a lot with bronze, gold & silver mixed with those natural elements and have started a little mercury glass collection, so you can see I'm all over the place when it comes to Christmas decor and you'll see that as I share my Christmas decor. So, we'll start in the kitchen this year... When it comes to decorating for Christmas, don't forget those little nooks and crannies that are so much fun to add sparkle and cheer to during the holidays. This little shelf above the sink in my kitchen is perfect for displaying my green Bordallo bunny dishes all during the year, but when Christmas comes around, it's extra special with some added green and red of prized ornaments and keepsakes from friends. I found the Christmas Spirit sign last year at Homegoods on after-Christmas clearance and it was fun pulling it out and finding just the right spot this year. Those of you who were reading last year will remember I decorated this little shelf, but this year I changed it up a bit and I love it even more.
It fits perfectly under the shelf and I put it up with velcro. Lime green satin ribbon is used to hang the sparkly lime acorns. The topiary tree is a year-round fixture and the hand-painted Santa candlesticks were a gift from my long time friend, Wanda, years ago. I love them for their old-fashioned quality and they are perfect in my little nook.
The tiny wreath was won this year in Stacy's, 19 Butternut giveaway and I loved all the little Christmas things she sent me. This was perfect here to add to the look. Thanks, Stacy!
A few snips of holly from the yard adds to the simple scene too.
I adore these tiny green pinecones and acorns and have been lucky enough to find a couple of packs of them in the last couple of years.

Skinny Santa was also a gift from another friend years ago and they all just work so well together on this little ledge. That large green ornament was a yardsale find last year.
Here's a closer peek of the painted Christmas Spirit sign.

Hope you all are catching the Christmas Spirit yourselves. I'm working away in my little Christmas nest, spreading the cheer around our home and I'll be sharing more with you as I get things up and done!

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Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, I love the reds and greens too. I have been using them for a few years now and I love how they look with the things I already have. Your kitchen self is lookin fab! Blessings, Nancy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those are darling cards, Rhoda! I saw them the other day when I popped in at her blog. I'm glad you picked the laundry room. It's so cute!


Sheila(Happy Blue Monday, by the way!)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What sweet and adorable images!

Carol said...

Rhoda, this is beautiful! I have used lime green also and this year mixed it with my brown transferware and included some ivory/white in snowflakes. I thought the lime mixed with the brown and cream really popped.

I am from Indian Springs just south of B'ham and enjoy your blog very much! Looking forward to seeing more!

Bo said...

Hi Ms. Rhoda...Your kitchen shelf would make a great Christmas card photo...just lovely. Also, I want to let you know my computer is sooo sick...I've got to try to find somebody to fix if I'm missing in action, you'll know why...I'm using my DH's acc't. to post this...Oh the misery! ;-) Bo

Leigh said...

Festive! I love it!

tardevil said...

I swear sometimes I think we were separated at birth. I can't tell you how many times I have looked at those green bunny plates. And I just looked at those green pinecone ornaments on Sat. & the only reason I didn't get them is I knew I had TJX "rewards money" waiting in my mailbox when I got back into town!!! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

Lori said...

Hi Rhoda. Your taste is exquisite. I like that you give attention to the fine details. It really stands out and adds so much. It's lovely!


Joanna said...

I just love it, and the ornaments hanging is just beautiful!

Ms. Tee said...

Hi Rhoda - all of your things are so pretty and festive! I love all of the green! :)

Smelling Coffee said...

I love your shelf - and the laundry room drawing! How beautiful. Can't wait to see more... :-)

Lisa said...

Looks like you have a beautiful start to your holiday decor this year Rhoda. I can't wait to see the rest.

Cathy said...

Looks great!


Terri and Bob said...

Congrats to you!

I love the red and the lime... such a whimsical yet elegant color scheme. I love the shelf, too. I need a whole picture... are you making us crazy on purpose?? ;)

Bonita said...

Such beautiful things and that picture of your laundry room is absolutely adorable.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Was that your kitchen or just inspiration pics? I have a huge window in my kitchen that I need to decorate so I'm looking for inspiration!

justabeachkat said...

You're so lucky to win something from Fifi. I had hoped to get her to do a drawing of Miss Daisy, but waited too long. Another time....

Your decorations are looking good. I love the lime green color!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love Fifi's painting of your laundry room! And your Christmas decorating is looking great! I decorate in reds and golds mostly...I have just started my decorating.

Becky said...

I love the Christmas sign and the way you have it displayed! Thanks for the tip about not leaving out the nooks and crannies!!!

Come on over and sign up for my giveaway. It ends at 6 p.m. CST. tonight!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful. I love Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs also. I love going to their outlet stores. And I am also loving apple green. I picked up a couple of the apple green velvet pillows there on Friday. You really do such a fabulous job. Thanks for inspiring us.


Amber said...

Love those hanging ornaments! I may have to do that over my sink. :-)

Design by Cathleen said...

Hi Rhoda,

Just adorable! Love how you added your bunnies. I will be getting started today with my decorations, thanks again for the inspiration! :-)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Such lovely little touches! I think the nooks and crannies of our houses deserve some love, especially around the holidays!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love reds and greens together. My LR, DR and MBR are decorated that way. Easy to decorate for Christmas!

Love the drawing you won from Fifi! Congratulations!

salmagundi said...

How wonderful your shelf looks! Those bunny dishes are great with all of the touches of red. Sally

Rue said...

Hi Rhoda :)

I'm finally back from my vacation and just finished catching up with you. Love Fifi and her work :)

Your kitchen looks gorgeous dressed in it's Christmas finery!! I'm just now starting to pull things out. I love this time of year :)

It sounds like you had a fabulous Thankgiving and your table was beautifully done. The dinner sounds delicious... yum!


Jules from "The Roost" said...

Just WONDERFUL! I love it all :)

Tracy said...

Oh Rhoda, I love your green bunny dishes! The shelf looks great! When are you coming to Texas to do mine? LOL

Tonja said...

Oh, I am so missing getting to decorate this year, but with the move coming on the 15th, it would be foolish. I started a mercury glass collection last year after Christmas, and have added to it all through the year. I can hardly wait to be able to decorate with my new treasures.

I love the lime green that is being used so much now, it is a nice change.

Enjoy the season and great pic for the notecrds!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhoda,
Love your Christmas style! Using the velcro to hold the sign is so smart.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your decor in the days to come!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Rhoda, the Fifi card is so cute! Lucky you! Love the shelf - the sign looks like it belongs there!


Tara said...

Hi Rhoda

So cheery and festive Here!

Elaine said...

OMG!! I have the same bunny pieces! Yours of course look much cuter than mine do./ Your display is sooo sweet!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow, I love your Fifi painting! So pretty.

I was just admiring your Thanksgiving table, too. I love the way you set it. Beautiful! Glad you had a nice holiday with your family, Rhoda. :-)

Luvin' Dixie said...

Rhoda, I must admit, I'm a stalker! I MUST check your blog everyday! I love all of the great things you do in your home. This is no exception! Love the lime green with the red. And then today, you moved up another notch for me! When you mentioned Mary Carol Garrity, I knew I was in good company. I just moved to Mobile from Kansas City. Mary Carol (who happens to be a doll!) has a store in North KC and then her original stores in Atchison, KS. Each year, she has a tour of her home and believe me, it's to die for. I didn't make it this year for her holiday open house, but I'm sure it was over the top. So, you are warned, I'm a stalker. Keep up the great stuff and I'll enjoy it daily!

Our Complete Family said...

Hi Rhoda!
Your shelf looks great! I love all of the goodies you have on display.
Happy Monday to you!
Merry December~ Les

sobeit said... this makes me want to decorate the house more! :)


Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Rhonda!

What a treat to have come across your beautiful blog! Spent some fun time here visiting, now off to add you to my favorites! I will be back soon!


Anonymous said...

Rhoda, I'll be checking in daily for more of you beautiful displays! You have given me quite a bit of inspiration just with your kitchen post! I can't wait to see your entry table and dining room.
The cards are darling! I certainly hope you frame one and put it in your laundy room.

Beverly said...

These images are all beautiful. Thanks for putting all of these great ideas together to share with us. I finished decorating yesterday, but more tweaking can occur at any time. ;-)

Jen Kershner said...

Gorgeous drawing from Fifi, you lucky girl! Your holiday decorating looks wonderful as usual. I've yet to even start. Today, for sure!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

LOVE, all!! I am just getting started.
I SO want my stockings to complement each other or at least match, but my kids refuse to put up new ones and must stay with "their" stockings. My five year old still has the pink one that says "baby's first christmas" sigh...she just loves it. Oh well, what a mother will give up for the sake of her children - hee hee.

Faye said...

Hi Rhoda,
I love you C-mas shelf. I also love how you used green Bordallo bunny dishes that aren't the usual C-mas decoration. I am inspired to pull out my decorations now and see what I have and how I can mix it up too.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pick out something special to send in for your centerpiece of the month in December.
Isn't fifi fabulous? She is so talented.

sarah abeachcottage said...

mmmm great inspiration here Rhoda, as usual, loving the reds and green..


KMfamily ;-) said...

Wonderful Inspiration here!
I too love the lime greens..they "pop" so well in almost any theam!
I too have dofferent collecting styles..some of my christmas decorations are very much the basic green & red & then I find myself collecting blues & silvers. One way i find it easy to decorate with different styled things is to keep each style to a room. For instance I have all my silver and blues in the dinning room and me Greens & Reds in the living room with the tree.
Ahh I love getting into the spirit!

Angie Lessard said...

Wow! Just the little area you are showing is beautiful!! Can't imagine what the rest looks like. Can't wait to see it.

Thanks for coming to my blog! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho,

So glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving..we did too.

What a little piece of heaven you've made. I love how it looks. I am so behind in decorating, I hurt my ankle and it's been a long process !!!

Congrats on winning over at Fifi's
I just love her work, I too would love to win !! Although I seriously think I am the Susan Lucci of blogland :(

CUTE VIDEO, and NO you don't have a heavy accent just enough to make you a Belle :)

All the best,
Kathy :)

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh I love the cards and Fifi-creation... she is awesome, isn't she? She captured your room brilliantly - so fun!!
I am loving your beautiful Christmas vignettes and decor... so pretty Rhodie! Love the pinecones too!

Sue said...

Congratulations on winning one of Fifi's drawings, so cute!
Your kitchen shelf looks gorgeous. I had to scroll back and forth to see if it was out of the PB or Ballard books or if it was yours. Bravo.....
Hey, great tip on the post below for enlarging pictures. If I get a minute I'll be back to try it out. I've always loved how Kim enlarges her pictures at Daisy Cottage. Thanks for the info.

Jadehollow said...

Rhoda everything is so beautiful. Can't wait to see what all you add next!
You've been tagged. Visit me for rules and details. Look forward to learning more about you.
Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

The cards are so cute! She does a great job with her art.
All of the Christmas inspiration is so wonderful! Your touches are just so elegant and not cluttered at all. I'm always afraid that my groupings will look so cluttered. Traditional reds and greens are my favorite way to decorate. Hopefully I'll be finished this week with ours.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

sandra/tx said...

You always get such a great jump on your Christmas decorating, Rhoda. I haven't even started. :-/

Stacey said...

It all looks so pretty. I just love that green!

Stacy said...

You are so welcome my dear! It looks fabulous! All of it!! I have a hard time spreading the holiday decorating love around my house, but you have given me some good ideas!


Edna said...

Every corner of your home has been decorated according to Christmas theme.