Monday, December 15, 2008

Deck the Halls 2008

Welcome!

If you are here from BooMama's Christmas tour of homes, welcome! I'm also having a little party here myself today with a few of my friends, so check out Mr. Linky below for more Christmas party fun. You are sure to be inspired.

Today we'll take a look at the livingroom, first stop the mantel. This year I did almost all natural greens here, with just a couple of faux springs tucked in for impact. Fresh greens from the tree lot, along with some magnolia leaves that were found nearby and that makes for a great looking mantel.
This year I was inspired to move an iron mirror from one of the bedrooms here to the livingroom, where I layered it with a grapevine wreath and some special ornaments picked up last year in the after-Christmas sales. I'm really loving this color combo of bronze, browns, and greens.
I really love to pick up special ornaments to use as centerpieces on wreaths or table displays, like this pretty star that I found in a specialty store after Christmas last year. The giant sparkly pinecones were from Homegoods, again on sale.
Wish, Joy, Hope! What better message for this time of year? These 3 glittered wonders were found at Kohls last year, again after-Christmas sales. I love to go out on the hunt and find the deals. You can see one of three faux pinecone sprays that I picked up at Hobby Lobby to use right here in the center of my mantel greens.
It blends in so well, you would never know it. I love to add candle holders as lifts to hold special objects and ornaments and you can see a glittered pinecone that I did last year.
These pretty bronzy mercury glass-like ornaments were a Hobby Lobby sale find from last year. I love the large size of them and when you have larger pieces, you don't need as many to make a statement.
Magnolia leaves at Christmas are a Southern staple and I love to find them and snip some branches.
I found a few brown/bronze glittered birds after Christmas last year at Target and they were fun to pull out this year to use on the mantel with all the other bronze items.
The Christmas tree this year was put over to one side of the sofa in the livingroom and still fits in here quite nicely, even though it's not front and center like last year. I've had gold and burgandy ornaments on my tree for many years, so I doubt I'll start over with this anytime soon. I do love it when it's all decorated and lit!
JOY is spelled out over the doorway (another giveaway gift from Stacy, at 19 Butternut, thank you!). I'll show a closeup of that down below.
I always admire those really decked out tree toppers that I see designers doing, so this is my version. I had pretty ribbon and feathers and just added some glitzy golden baby's breath around the bottom, as well as some glittered gold leaf sprays. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it.
The Tree...so very pretty. This year I tried out using an urn for the tree, since I really hate the bottom of fake trees. I managed to wedge it into a garden urn with some bricks in the bottom and so far so good. I like this so much better. I've seen urns that are made especially for fake trees, but haven't seen any this year. Whenever I find a pretty one, I'll get it. Anybody seen those this year?
Pretty ornaments and ribbon.
Thanks to my friend, Judy at Gracious Southern Living for passing on this ribbon find from sales last year. I love this ribbon, it's perfect for my tree, and it even matched some other ribbon I already had, just slightly darker in color.

Here's a closer look at the urn.Antique mirror coming up the front stairs with a hanging cone, found in a yardsale last year. I decided to put it to good use this time around.
Behind the sofa, 2 gold trees, long ago finds from Tuesday AM, decorate the sofa table, along with a paper mache angel.
The nativity scene is a good fit for this little side table.
Here's a closer look at the JOY letters, also from Stacy's giveaway.
I love to add pretty balls and baubles to my boxes and bowls around the livingroom. These red ones were found years ago at Garden Ridge.
Perfect in the gold box, along with some bronze garland and fresh snipped greens.

One red ball rests on top of an urn with moss.
More red balls in another box with stacking Christmas boxes behind them.
This little iron birdbath is a fun spot to change out for the seasons, with some extra lime green ornaments, pinecones and greens.

Fresh greens swag from the nursery tied with a big bow greets our guests coming in the frontdoor.
And another peek at the brown cone, filled with greens, berries and topped with a brown bow.
These berries are actually not real, but they sure are a good fake with their yellowy leaves. Found them over in Atlanta when I was home recently.

I sure hope you enjoyed the livingroom tour of the tree and mantel this year! I had a lot of fun doing it all. It's tiring, but so worth it to celebrate this Christmas season. I hope you and your family have the Merriest Christmas ever!

For more of my home tour, go here:


There's also a party going on over at Hooked on Houses, so check out her links too for more holiday fun. This is going to be a full week of cheer!

Now, for all of my friends here and anyone new stopping by who wants to join us, please add YOUR Christmas tour on Mr. Linky below and so we can all come by your house for some Christmas cheer. Let the party begin!

Monday Memories Participants
1. Diane
2. http://thepleasuresofhomemaking.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-home-tour-2008.html
3. Jerri (Simply Sweet Home)
4. http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2008/12/love-me-some-parties.html
5. Rhondi
6. Cyndi
7. http://thequintessentialmagpie.blogspot.com/2008/12/southern-hospitalitys-holiday-house.html
8. http://backporchmusings.blogspot.com/2008/12/holiday-house-tour.html
9. Nancy
10. http://www.gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com
11. http://hookedonhouses.net/2008/12/14/hooked-on-holiday-house-tours-let-the-party-begin/
12. http://gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com/2008/12/dining-room-decked-out-for-christmas.html
13. Beverly
14. http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/2008/12/tour-de-rental-christmas-version.html
15. paintergal
16. We are THAT family
17. Phillips Phamily Mama
18. Terri
19. Sherry
20. http://take90west.com/index.php/497/
21. coco-ordinary miracles
22. http://ordinarymiracles-coco.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-open-house.html
23. http://kristensbloglife.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-came-early-for-me.html
24. http://windycornerusa.blogspot.com/2008/12/tropical-white-christmas.html
25. Canyon Wren Cottage
26. Marie Louise
27. Historical Home
28. Carrie from Oikology101
29. http://cena-unexpectednecessities.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour-pt-1.html
30. Mary (Megardengal)
31. http://www.decorating-ideas.blogspot.com
32. Blanca - For the Love
33. http://3cheers4mom.blogspot.com/
34. Carrie, Reading to Know
35. http://creatingmyselfcreatively.blogspot.com/
36. http://livelaughblog.com/2008/12/14/2008-christmas-tour-of-homes/
37. Southernseven
38. http://www.seasonsforallathome.com/2008/12/holiday-home-tours.html
39. This Southern Girls Nest
40. Karen B
41. http://thebunnysbungalow.blogspot.com/search/label/Christmas%2008
42. http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2008/12/its-beginning-to-look-alot.html
43. Maya\'s Christmas Home Decorations
44. Frugal Carol
45. Artie
46. http://www.homebodyholly.com/2008/12/christmas-around-house.html
47. http://howtokeephouse.blogspot.com
48. http://theresa-sentimentaljourney.blogspot.com
49. The Imp
50. SOUTHERN MAMA
51. http://monroeice.blogspot.com/2008/12/welcome-to-our-home.html
52. Fifi Flowers Design Decor
53. http://www.shoot-scoop.com/2008/12/14/holiday-farm-house-tour/
54. Bonita Lillie
55. Jessica
56. Mary Vigil
57. Linda\'s Home
58. Stephanie
59. Lisa
60. Sidz Kidz
61. Lamp Tramp
62. http://eiselefamilynews.blogspot.com/2008/12/welcome-to-our-holiday-home.html
63. Jen R Sanctauary arts at home
64. Sharon in Texas
65. Gin, Good Morning World!
66. Miss Priss
67. Rhonda in OK
68. Connie\'s Turning 50!
69. Carrie in Colorado Springs
70. The Joyful Homemaker in Australia
71. Maria
72. Brittany
73. http://www.jlandwh.blogspot.com
74. Colors of CHRISTmas
75. Girly Stuff
76. Jamie Lea
77. http://marcirogers.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour.html#links
78. A Simple Walk
79. Linda#Lime in the Coconut
80. Jennifer on the Front Porch (Tour of Decor)
81. The 4 Sullivans
82. http://anewdaydawningforkymber.blogspot.com/2008/12/decking-halls.html
83. Julee
84. http://mrsjones6.wordpress.com/2008/12/15/christmas-open-house/
85. http://pamcocomama.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-home-tour.html#links
86. http://samandnicolegraves.blogspot.com/2008/12/oh-christmas-tree.html
87. http://www.magnolia-manor.blogspot.com
88. VeryVeryCherry
89. http://www.andreaw123.typepad.com
90. http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com
91. Kelly\'s Korner
92. frenchgardenhouse
93. http://www.livinglocurto.com/index.php/2008/12/holiday-house-tour/
94. ~ * WHITNEY CAROLINE * ~
95. mishelle
96. Darlene at Our Creative Life
97. Beth
98. http://diapersandstilettos.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html
99. Our Creative Life
100. http://wheretheboysare.wordpress.com/2008/12/15/2008-christmas-tour-of-my-home/
101. kim at charmed I\'m sure
102. http://bunchofscrap.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-home-tour.html
103. http://lindathompson.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html
104. Tanya
105. Amber.Filkins
106. http://beverlysandhills.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-open-house.html
107. Robin
108. http://imperfectlybeautifulms.blogspot.com/2008/12/holiday-party-palooza.html
109. kayellen
110. The Muse
111. Melissa
112. http://jans-gems.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tree-decor.html
113. http://bibsandcribs.blogspot.com/2008/12/holiday-decor.html
114. http://mollyandmarshal.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-time.html
115. http://gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com/2008/12/den-at-christmas-2008.html
116. Melissa
117. Upside Brown
118. Lela Faye
119. http://amysfinerthings.com/a-little-christmas-y-tour
120. Angie
121. Carolina Mama Christmas
122. SARAH ~~ A BEACH COTTAGE
123. Shay
124. http://deedee-warren.blogspot.com/2008/12/2008-christmas-tour-of-homes.html
125. JudyBug
126. Kate
127. Nise\'
128. http://randldunning.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html
129. Junk Mammas
130. http://hookedonhouses.net/2008/12/14/hooked-on-holiday-house-tours-let-the-party-begin/
131. Cynthia Eriksen
132. Bronwen
133. Sisters Christina & Victoria
134. Paula - Buckets of Christmas Ideas
135. Angela (Cottage Magpie)
136. Jessica
137. Calamity Anne
138. http://mclainmoments.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-open-house.html
139. Serendipity
140. Joanna {sweet finds}
141. The Charm House Christmas Tour
142. THE KRAMER ANGLE
143. http://agirlwhosjustpassingthrough.blogspot.com/2008/12/ho-ho-holiday-tour.html
144. Southern Fried Gal
145. Ivory Spring
146. Carrie
147. Mrs.Rabe
148. http://quillcottage.blogspot.com/2008/12/invitation-to-christmas-celebration.html
149. Pink and PolkaDot
150. Tardevil
151. Jen ~ Be Thou Exalted
152. KARI AND KIJSA
153. Cherry
154. santamaker/ Rose
155. The Decorated House
156. deb
157. http://meandmyinsanity.blogspot.com/2008/12/holiday-open-house-2008.html
158. AshestoBeauty
159. edeenut creates
160. Melissa Burford
161. Sugar Mommy
162. http://peterpanandfamily.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html
163. Stacy - Themes to Me
164. http://eastofedentoo.blogspot.com/2008/12/boo-mamas-christmas-tour.html
165. sue-cottage
166. NEW EVERY MORNING
167. Empty Nesters
168. Jayna
169. Kiersten - The Pretty Neat Company


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the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Rhoda, you're tree is so decked out! Love that topper - it's beautiful! Everything looks just lovely as always. Thanks for hosting this shindig!

Manuela

Rhondi said...

Hi Rhoda
Everything looks SO BEAUTIFUL as always! Thanks for hosting the house tour.
Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Rhondi

Kimba said...

I just knew that Christmas at your home would be spectacular. You did not disappoint!

Your tree is stunning! It looks like it's wearing a fabulous feather crown. I love it!

I linked up my Monday party post and added a link to your party.

Kimba

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

Rhoda,
I always enjoy looking at pictures of your home and your decorating talent.

But at Christmas your home really glows! It is beautiful.

I'm going to have to come back and look at everything again.

Thanks for hosting this open house!

diane

kymber said...

Rhoda,
As usual you have done a beautiful job - your house is so lovely! You are such an inspiration to me- I always get wonderful ideas from you.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Blessings to you,
Kymber

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Hi Rhoda. Thanks for hosting this. I love all your decorations. It looks like you & I are "neighbors." I live in Decatur. It's nice to meet you!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It all lookssimply beautiful, Rhoda!

I took a few photos with my little camera yesterday at the house tours and posted them at the Back Porch. That's the link I used for Mr Linky, since most folks have seen our home, this Christmas.

I love those magnolia leaves. Brings back happy memories of living in the south. They are so great for decorating at Christmas time.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhoda, it looks wonderful! You outdid yourself, girl! And I love your stockings!!! Just all so Christmasy! :-)

If you are wondering who you new friend "Sheia" is, that would be yours truly! Can you believe I spelled my name twice that way this morning??? Once over at Sally's and once here! Anyhow, I'm not finished, but I did get some things up JUST FOR YOU! :-)

XO,

Sheila aka Sheia ;-)

Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, your tree is beautiful as is everything else!!! Thanks for hosting a party...I am signed up. Merry Christmas, Nancy

Judy said...

I put my dining room pics on this morning. Your tree is stunning as I knew it would be.

For the last few years, I've put my tree in a wrought iron urn elevated up on my mahogany chest in the den (so little ones could not reach!) and I love that look. Of course, I was inspired by Mary Carol Garrity's Christmas decorating book, which is my "Bible" at Christmas time. I will be putting up pics of the den and bedroom later this week.

Have a wonderful Monday!
Judy

The Nester said...

What a fun day! Rhoda, your house looks fantastically festive!

Faith said...

Oh my, that tree is incredible! Everything looks amazing!

Terri and Bob said...

I love all the greens and the mantle is lovely. I also love how you repurpose things to mix it up!

Cathy said...

Rhoda, your decorations are lovely!

angela | the painted house said...

Girl, you have been busy decorating! Your home looks amazing!

paintergal said...

Beautiful, as always! I really like the pinecones you've used. So lovely.
I added my link.

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Love your feathery tree topper and live greens! Every year I see pretty live greens, but never muster up the energy to go buy some. Beautiful!

Lady of the Mote said...

spectacular!!!

SMH said...

Everything is just so BEAUTIFUL! Your home is gorgeous. Very nice!

tardevil said...

You're taste is SOOOOOOOOOO my taste! Love the tree & it's beautiful ribbon & feathers, the mantel is awesome...we even have some of the same ornaments! It's ALL beautiful!

coco said...

Rhoda,

Everything is gorgeous...as usual! Thanks for hosting the party.

Coco

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Rhoda, I'm almost embarrassed to have my tree on the same tour as yours! They're not even in the same league. You are so creative and talented! I'm in awe, as usual.

I do like that color combination. My mom just moved into her new house, which had lots of brown and peachy tones in it, so we just decorated with ivory and bronze, and it's really pretty.

Thanks for linking to my tour, too! Here's to a great party! -Julia :-)

windycorner said...

Merry Christmas Rhoda!
Your home looks so beautiful and inviting. I especially love the way you wove in "Hope" and "Joy", my favorite sentiments of the season. Thanks for hosting this Open House.
Holley

Bo said...

Hi Ms. Rhoda...how did I miss the fact you were hosting a Christmas Home Tour?! Well, I'm sure glad I didn't miss seeing yours...it's as exquisite as everything you do...
Love the bronze & gold items too!
;-) Bo
(P.S.--thanks to you for all of your help in the beginning, my lil ol' blog is coming along..♥)

sandra/tx said...

Gorgeous, Rhoda. I think you've outdone yourself this year. I need to get a camera like yours. I struggle to get decent photos, much less magazine-worthy ones like you manage to get.

Thanks for hosting the house tour. :-)

Elizabeth said...

I just love your wish wreath!

Marie Louise said...

Love your holiday decor! Everything is so beautiful. Would love you to wave your magic wand at my house!

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Beautiful as always! Your home is such an inspiration!

Carrie said...

What beautiful photos! I linked from Kimba's.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

I LOVE all your greenery. It's beautiful! Your mantle is wonderful! Thanks for hosting the tour!

Merry Christmas!

Carrie said...

You have done a beautiful job decorating. I love the bronze mixed with the green also. Looks fabulous.

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Oh Rhoda your tour was JUST BEAUTIFUL! I love the feather topper, it is just DIVINE.
-Many Christmas Cheers! Amy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You have such great taste! Love how you added a little bit of glitz to natural elements. And the whimsy of the stocking was the perfect touch!

Beverly said...

Rhoda, your home is absolute magic. Everything is festive and glowing with your touch for elegance and wonder.

You are always so gracious to invite us into your home. Thanks you for sponsoring this holiday blogging event.

Joanna said...

Your tree is gorgeous! And of course everything else is beautfiul as well! (as always, *smiles*)

Becky said...

WOW!!! Your mantel is FABULOUS!! I love the "big" gold balls from Hobby Lobby! And your tree is to die for! Can you say "JEALOUS"! Yep, that would be me!!! Merry Christmas Rhoda!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Rhoda, your home is so lovely and is such an inspiration!

Southerner said...

So pretty! I am slowly getting things out. I am trying to figure out what to keep in this new house and what to get rid of. I want some new stuff and need 340 feet of garland for my bannister and to go around my door with side lights. I stole a photo to link to you- let me know if it makes you hate me.

Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home said...

What beautiful holiday decor! Thank you for inviting me into your home, please do visit mine, and Merry Christmas! ~Arleen

Joanna said...

I am finally all linked up! It took forever to get the post together. *smiles*

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Rhoda, Thanks for inviting me! You sure do have your lovely all all decked out! Happy Holidays, DebraK

KarenB said...

Merry Christmas Rhoda! Your home is beautiful as usual. Thanks for hosting the Christmas tour. I would love to visit your home in reality.

Wendy said...

Just had to join the fun! THanks! And what a beautiful job you've done with your decorating. AMAZING!

Maya said...

Wow Rhonda, you did such a wonderful job. It looks all so great and festive! Merry Christmas.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Sorry Rhoda... for sneaking an n into your name!

Holly said...

Rhoda, it's just stunning, as always! Gorgeous!

Heather said...

Your home is beautiful!! I love your mantle and Christmas tree!! Merry Christmas!!

the voice of melody said...

Everything is beautiful! I like all the reds you've used, it's such a perfect color for Christmas.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

How Beautiful Rhoda ! Love it ! Come see me, I signed up !

Sue said...

Rhoda,
All your gorgeous fresh decorations made me do a second Christmas House Tour post. I went out and cut some fresh branches and freshened things up just for you!
Thanks for hosting, you always give such great parties.
Hugs,
Sue

Fifi Flowers said...

BEAUTIFUL home tour! Thanks for sharing! ENJOY the holiday season!
Fifi

I'm off to link to YOUR DECK THE HALLS! WHat a FUN day of tours!

Bonita said...

Your decorations are gorgeous as always. After looking at so many lovely homes I decided to join in with my few decorations. Thanks for the inspiration!

Fifi Flowers said...

I hope you don't mind... I made a little link button with one of your photos so I could have a link to your Deck the Halls similar to other buttons in my post... ENJOY!
Fifi

We are THAT Family said...

Your home is stunning!

Stephanie said...

Oh wow! I am in awe, and so very inspired for next year already. Wow.

Merry Christmas to All!
Stephanie

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, Rhoda you have been a busy bee. Just fabulous. I could look at these photos all day.

All I have set up is a tour of the ornaments on my tree, LOL. That's about all the festiveness I managed this year. Where does the time go?! I am so happy for the blog world...I'm loving peeking into other people's windows. Legally. ;-)

Lisa said...

Rhoda,
Thank you for the Holiday Home Tour! I love all the colors you've chosen. Beautiful.
Blessings
Lisa

S said...

Oh my goodness, Rhoda! Everything is so amazingly beautiful. I would love to experience it all in person. I'm sure it would knock my socks off and take my breathe away. I'm so inspired for next year because of you. Thanks for the open house party, so fun!

Jen r. said...

Great decorations Rhoda! Great party!

Sharon said...

Hi Rhoda,

I was drawn to your site because of your name (my sister's name is also, Rhoda). Your home and Christmas decorations are STUNNING! Possibly the prettiest I've seen so far. Love your wreaths, Christmas tree and Nativity! Also love the cute stockings!

Thanks so much for the tour. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God Bless!

blessed mama said...

Rhoda,
I am officially obsessed with your home. Seriously, have you ever been blog stalked because now you have. Gorgeous!!! I love that you incorporated non-Christmasy colors into your decor. It is just amazing!

Miss Priss said...

Your decor is some of the prettiest I have seen!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Everything looks beautiful and I have stocking envy! Merry, merry Christmas!

Connie said...

Rhoda...love to see all the beautiful ways you decorate. Merry Christmas! Connie

hthr said...

What a beautiful home! I love your color scheme. Merry Christmas!

GinSpaghetti said...

I love your decor! Thanks for sharing! It's beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Maria said...

Feeling so inadequate. It's so beautiful. My house looks like the equivalent of Charlie Brown's tree...
Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

salmagundi said...

Every detail is wonderful. Love the tree in the urn. Sally

Carrie in Colorado Springs said...

Gorgeous, I love all your accents!

Lady Katherine said...

Your tree is so lovely. The topper is so stunning.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

It's me again. Mr. Linky seems to have gone on sabbatical. ;-) I added a link to your post from mine today, and I'll check back to see if I can pop a link to mine over here when Mr. Linky returns.

Happy To Be said...

Oh Rhonda it all looks just beautiful girl...I love all the fresh greens you used and the urn for stand..job well done..thanks for sharing hugs and smiles Gloria

Nise' said...

Your decorations are absolutely beautiful! The colors are so warm and inviting! Thank you for hosting.

Leigh said...

Rhoda,

Everything is as pretty as always! Great job! I so enjoyed our lunch today! Lets do it again soon.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Mr. Linky crashed - too much eggnog I think ;) My home tour can be found here http://bunchofscrap.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-home-tour.html

I am bookmarking your blog to try and add it later and to come see more of your too cute stuff!! Glad I found you!

Laura B. said...

I think I commented already but just to comment again, Rhoda, everything is gorgeous! Gorgeous!

justabeachkat said...

So so so much "eye candy". Everything looks so beautiful Rhoda!

Christmas hugs sweet friend!
Kat

The Graves' House said...

love all the natural elements you worked into your decor!
~nicole

Sandy Toes said...

OH my goodness..your stuff is just so beautiful!!! Such a wonderful home tour!!!
-sandy toes

Jamie Lea said...

I love it all, so beautiful. Thanks for having us to your home. :-)

Marci said...

Your home is beautiful! Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh! I am just seeing you are hosting a holiday tour too! Must be the day!!

Your home is lovely decked out in it's holiday splendor! Love how you get up close and personal with some of the pics!!

Thank you!

ksarra said...

Wow. Your home is an absolute Christmas wonderland. I LOVE everything you've done, especially bringing in the natural elements and the brown/bronze tones!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! Everything is just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

You have the tree of my dreams! My word you have a gorgeous home!

kymber said...

Rhoda,
I couldn't resist joining in the fun. Thanks for inviting us!
Blessings,
Kymber

laurie said...

Beautiful! I love your tree topper! laurie

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

I love your decorations...the stockings are beautiful...

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Your home looks beautiful. Thank you for the tour!

KMfamily ;-) said...

Rhoda - you spoil us all with your lovely decorations!
Your tree makes me want to go out an buy stuff for mine!! Its beautiful! & the urn idea-marvelouse!
I truely wish you & your family a wonderful Holiday season!
& now its off to visit more houses

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Rhoda, as usual, your home rocks! It's ready for Christmas, everything looks just fa bu lous.

XO Lidy

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

RHonda- I am coming by to beg your forgiveness- I signed up then totally forgot to put the link up on my site as I was working today- I am doing it the minute i get off here-

I love your tree- It really is breathtaking and the star ornament on your wreath--exquisite!

Ok now I need to go fast and get that link up!

blessings
mary

Amy from Texas said...

Rhonda,
Your home is gorgeous!!! Thanks for hosting such a fun party!

PamperingBeki said...

It's beautiful! And so.very.rhoda.
:)

mishebe said...

great tour. love your trees. Love those stockings. mishelle

Angela said...

Thanks for having me over! I do love your decorating style. What fabulous ideas I'm getting!

beth at aunties said...

You home looks so icredible and lovely. The words mostly which comes to mind as "Joyful Elegance" with an unique twist which I love!
You are so inspiring!
Your tree is gorgeous and you did not disappoint any with all of our anticipation:-)

Thanks for hosting this Holiday tour and may your family enjoy an incredible Christmas.
Beth`♥

Rochelle said...

Hi Rhoda.....all I can say is amazing! Everything looks so well put together and I am in awe...
Merry Christmas
Rochelle

mrsjones6 said...

Merry Christmas Rhoda! Your home is stunning and cozy as always. You give such fabulous inspiration to us all! I really love the golds and burgandys. They make a great combination.
Have a wonderful week,
Jen

Shelia said...

Rhoda, your decorations are breathtaking!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

RosyRose said...

Hey Rhoda...Thank you for letting me stop by...I guess I just missed being the 100th visitor:) I don't know why that matters but often the 100th one gets something free...:)
I love your home and your creative ideas! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Everything is so gorgeous, it's classy and elegant and I just love it! I really love the large glittered pine cones and the green acorns!

philben5 said...

Wow... how beautiful..I had to look through your pics twice just to take it all in.
Blessings
Roxanne

Robin said...

Rhoda, thank you for hosting such a nice party. Your home is beautiful. Hope you are staying dry during these rainy days in B'ham...I am! Please visit my nest to see my Christmas decor!

Gollum said...

Well, I certainly enjoyed the party, Miss Rhoda. I love the way your holiday decorations celebrate Southern style and hospitality. They radiate beauty and warmth.

KayEllen said...

Hi Rhoda:)
Decided to join in the fun at midnight...Still working on my house..a few snippets will tease everybody!lol
Blessings to you for having this holiday treat!
KayEllen

The Muse said...

I adore those polka dot stockings :)
and the feather topper is lovely!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Beautiful! I love the pine cone ornaments on the wreathe! Your tree is amazing!

Janet said...

Your home is beautiful. I am so glad I found your spot in blogland. Thank you for the tour it was very nice.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

WOW! thank you ALL for coming by to join the party! It will take me days to get by to see you all, but I promise I'm gonna try. Have a wonderful week of touring homes.

xo,
Rhoda

mollyandmarshal said...

I love your tree and the tree topper!! So beautiful!

Melissa said...

Breathtaking!

Upside Brown said...

gorgeous!simply gorgeous!

Lela Faye said...

Your home is one of the most beautiful I have seen yet! Thanks for the tour. I'm so jealous!

Have a most blessed Christmas!

Jessica said...

Wow.. what a beautifully decorated home! Merry Christmas!

SophieMae said...

I can't remeber the last time I oooooed and aaaahhhhed so much. Thanks ever so for the tour! It helped (finally) get me in the Christmas mood. 8-]

Check out my first giveaway!

Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

Reynie said...

Mrs Rhoda--I love all your Christmas decorations! They are just beautiful!

Katie said...

I love your style and home it is wonderful. Love it all, good job!!!
Katie <><

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

So breathtakingly beautiful. But I would expect nothing less than that from you!

Mimilee said...

How absolutely beautiful, Rhoda. You just cannot beat using natural greenery with pine cones, etc. So pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas!

Kat said...

Oh Rhoda!! What time is the party?
There has to be a party! Your home looks ready for one. I cant pick a favorite but I never can at your house. Its all so beautiful.

JudyBug said...

So beautiful. I love the use of the magnolia leaves for the southern touch!

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Your home and Christmas decor is beautiful. I especially love your tree and fireplace.

Elizabeth

Cyndi said...

Your home looks beautiful! I love the greenery on your stairs lovely.
Merry Christmas.

Kelly said...

Your home looks absolutely amazing!!! I'm not surprised - you have GREAT taste!!!

Creations from my heart said...

Your decorations are beautiful. Thanks for hosting the party. Blessings...Sherry

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a great party you had Rhoda!

...Now I only need an entire weeked to catch up on all the great looking posts!

Christina said...

We just had to join in too.

Everything in your home is just beautiful. I just love all of the luscious colors. Your tree is just lovely.

Cottage Magpie said...

Oh, your tree is so gorgeous! You really have a way of putting things together. Just beautiful. We joined in the fun, too! Thanks for hosting the tour!
~Angela :-)

Southern Fried Gal said...

Your home is lovely. I kept oohing with each picture! Love, love, love the glass ornaments on the mantle AND the lime green pine cone ornaments. When you are ready to rid yourself of them please give me a shout!

sarah @ a beah cottage said...

hi Rhoda

love it all, of course I do!!

my fave is the mantel, the tree and the wreath

the cones are gorgeous, I am going to keep an eye out in the winter to collect some of my own

I'd love to come by your house for a Christmas drink....

sending festive wishes from AUS

Sarah

Me said...

Your home is so elegant and beautiful!!!

Merry Christmas,
Anne

dec0r8or said...

Your house looks great, Rhoda! I've joined the party too! Thanks!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Every photo is more beautiful than the last. Thank you so much for the tour. You are an amazing keeper of the home - your decorative touches are not only festive, be welcoming.

nikkicrumpet said...

Your tree and your home are so elegant, lush, and gorgeous. But then who is surprised!

Gail Kramer said...

Sorry I'm so late to the party! It amazes me how everyone's homes are so different. Same concept - decorating for the holidays but everyone has their own style. It's like people. No two are alike!

Mrs. Rabe said...

Beautiful!

Merriest Christmas to you and your family!

Deanna

Miss Sandy said...

Rhoda,

Your decor is glorious!!! Thank you for hosting this event. I am fashionably late to the party but hope to party hop through the links in the next few days. Have a very Merry Christmas!

kari and kijsa said...

Rhoda-
Kijsa finally got out of the Memphis airport and to a computer...sorry we are so late...but those delayed flights and icy weather kept us away!!
We are so glad we got back in time to see all the wonderfulness you have! Beautiful decor!
Thanks for hosting
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Everything is breathtaking.....stunning! Cherry

santamaker said...

Hey Rhoda,
Thanks for hosting such a fun and festive tour. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time (in fact it was the first blog I found before I knew what a "blog" was..about 2 years ago!) I "found" you googling for the "Street of Dreams" tour of homes in Atlanta, which I also attended in 2007.
I too am a garagesale-a-holic and love to see how you have transformed castoffs into treasures. Happy Holidays!

The Decorated House said...

Hey Rhoda~
Finally got over to see your latest pictures. Brings back lots of good memories. Beautiful. Loved seeing each picture.
I'll go add me to your roll and get your button for my blog.

Merry Christmas!
Donna

dlh said...

wow, very classy decorating. I admire your decorations. Merry Christmas

AshestoBeauty said...

Hello Rhonda...love, love the feathers in the tree! Just Beautiful and so whimsical... Thanks for hosting the tour..it has been fun!

edeenut said...

I love all your greenery, it's just perfect!!
Thanks for bringing all the linkers together for the sharing of decorations.

KJ said...

What a wonderful tour !

KJ

Sugar Mommy said...

Here I am!!

Anne Marie said...

Your decorations are just perfect and your photography is stunning.

How did you learn to take such beautiful photos?

Paige said...

Thanks for the tour! It was superb.

Best wishes to you and our family during this Christmas season.

Sue said...

Thanks for hosting the house tour---your home is beautiful


sue

new every morning said...

I know I'm late, but I SO enjoyed this open house.

My favorite is the bow and greenery on the stairs. Fabulous!

Mark and Trisha said...

Everything is gorgeous!!! You picked the right profession to go into. You have incredible taste!! Thanks for hosting the tour. It is so much fun.

Alicia said...

Per your usual self, everything looks gorgeous, Rhoda! You take such care to do things just right. I always love the polka dot stockings. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Allicia

Laura B. said...

Gorgeous!!

Yay!! I'm in!

Pam said...

RHODA! Slendid to look at! Can I hire you to do my home next year?