Monday, December 8, 2008

Foyer Christmas Magic

Foyer tables are the perfect place to decorate for the seasons and Christmas is my favorite time of the year to adorn this spot with sparkle and cheer. I found a few things on clearance after Christmas last year and it was a lot of fun discovering them again. The Joyful Tidings glittered letters were found, I think at Kohls. And this year I decided to continue with the limey green with white and a little red thrown in the mix too on the foyer table. Those large sparkly red and green balls were clearance finds last year too. I sprayed a few of my pinecones white and they mix right in too. Some old berry garland that I've had a long time from a yardsale adds a lot of pop. I love to highlight a few special ornaments here and there and you can see a little mirrored treasure chest in the birdbath. This is the same white iron birdbath that I scored this summer at a yardsale.

And I decided since I wanted to use my lime green small acorn ornaments here, I'd just make myself a white tree. Picked up a few old limbs outside and painted them white. I anchored them in the urn with seashells. Sticks can have a whole new look with a coat of white paint!
A few special ornaments are grouped here and I love to use fresh greens snipped and added to bowls and baubles. You know that most Christmas tree lots will give you all the extra branches that they've lopped off, right? I just go and load up my trunk and have plenty for the mantel and around the house. They do smell good, but not quite as strong as a real tree. I have a fake tree, but the real greens help a little. Just snip and tuck!
Found those green glittered hummingbirds last year too from Homegoods.
The new hurricane lantern (from Linden Street) takes center stage on the foyer table this year. Have you seen these cool battery operated candles? I started seeing them a couple of years ago and finally got myself a set of 3. They are a little pricey, but I used coupons from Michaels for 40 or 50% off and that helps a lot. I love these things! They flicker just like the real thing and I love that this hurricane is big enough to hold 3 of them. Add a little fake snow and some pretty balls and that's all you need.


Two more special ornaments that have been with me for years are hanging on the tree. Love this pretty little fairy.
And flying Santa is perfect for the white tree. I move them around from year to year.
A white iron urn (from a yardsale of course) holds some lime green reindeer moss and my little white bird from the diningroom shelf. It's always fun to move things around the house and use ordinary things at Christmas to make them extraordinarily beautiful for the season. One little thing I picked up from Mary Carol Garrity's Christmas book is that any ornaments that you lay around in a bowl or on a table, tie a little bit of ribbon to it to give it an extra special look.

I tried out my little video on my camera again to give you an up close look at the foyer table, so check it out! If you like it, I'll have to do more videos. I can only do about 35 seconds at a time since that's all my memory card will hold. Merry Christmas from our house to yours. Hope you enjoyed more of the tour this Christmas. There's still more to come!

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Barbara said...

Well, Happy Belated Birthday. I love your foyer decorations, gave me some great ideas. I am adding lime green to my purple tree and some additional gold. Hope you have a great day.

mrsjones6 said...

Rhoda, The foyer table looks really good. It is so full of Christmas cheer to greet your holiday guests! The lime, white, and red is one of my favorite combinations of Christmas color. Our Living room tree has a good deal of both on it. I love the groupoings of ornaments.
I hope your birthday was fabulous! Have a wonderful week!
Jen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, Rhoda!

Looks great. I love that Linden Street lantern, too. I've checked out some of their other offerings, and they have quite the collection!

You look all Christmassy! I still have to decorate... am sooooo behind!

Great post!

xo,

Sheila

Kelly said...

What a beautiful tablescape! I love how you creatively put everything together. That hurricane with the flickering candles is beautiful. Makes me want to go out and buy it too! I also love your tree branch idea. That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

I love it all and how it's displayed! I'm trying to get better about layering accessories on tables and putting things at different levels like you have done. You and Mary Carol Garrity are my teachers!

Linda Merrill said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda! Love the tablescape and the color combination. The video is a great idea - I keep thinking about doing that, but never get around to it!

nikkicrumpet said...

ARGH!!! I swear coming here is such a double edge sword! I love coming and seeing the simply brilliant and gorgeous things you do. And I look at them and think "hey that's not so hard I think I could do that too!" Then I gather up my stuff...try to kinda copy one of your vignettes...and it is an unmitigated disaster!!! You make it look so simple but it is so HARD and takes so much talent!

niartist said...

Rhoda,
This is stunning!
Artie

Lady of the Mote said...

that is just beautiful!

Sweet Designs said...

Rhoda, everything looks wonderful, I love the limey green ornis too. I am almost finished with my decorations, thank goodness, I am so late this year!

Wendy said...

Pretty. pretty. and more pretty!

Ally0005 said...

When I was decorating my family room I went out and got limbs and painted them white. Used them on my mantel and also my fire place. see here.http://allyscorner-ally0005.blogspot.com/2008/12/come-along-and-take-tour-with-me.html
On Saturday my husband went to HD and got extra branches and I used them on my outside decorations. I will show what I did on my blog on Thursday.

Patricia said...

WOW!
Simply stunning!
I love the look of the differnt greens with Red this season!
You are an artist!

Arlynn said...

What a lovely vignette of holiday decor for your foyer! Thank you for sharing all of your fab ideas; I can't wait to start shopping those after Christmas clearence sales ; )

~ Arlynn from Fleur De-Licious

The Berry's Patch said...

Your foyer table looks gorgeous. I'm liking the lime green. I may add that color next year. Depends on the sales after Christmas. :-)

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Hi Rhoda,
I love the lime green!
I started working on my family room today and decided to add lime green instead of the brown and copper in the formal area. So, I am glad that your color was lime green today, you have given me lots of inspiration!
-Cheers, Amy

Cathy said...

Rhoda, your "Foyer Magic" looks great! I have several battery candles and love them.

Cathy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything is so pretty. I need to get some of those candles. I like to have candles lit during the holidays, but with grandchildren, I have to be careful where I put them.

Joanna said...

It all looks so wonderful. I love teh lime green and red. So very modern and pretty!

Those candles are great, aren't they? Pricey yes, but they last forever! *smiles* And you can put them in so many places you couldn't have put a real candle. They are just ingenious!

Michelle said...

Absolutely beautiful, Rhoda...love everything! I always enjoy seeing your lovely decor :)

Terri and Bob said...

I love your foyer! I love the lime green and the touches of red bead garland. I bet it is even nicer in person!

JudyBug said...

Love everything! My favorite is the little white tree branch with the green acorns. Cute, cute! AND you reminded me I forgot to get the battery candles after admiring them in the stores last year.

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Rhoda,
I love your foyer decorations. The tablescape is so very pretty. I also like that color theme, it is what I use for my kitchen Christmas decorations.
Have a wonderful week,
Tam

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Happy Birthday! I hope it was a good one!

Your foyer looks so elegant and beautiful!

Have a great week!

Lori said...

Hi Rhoda! You always have such beautiful and interesting posts. Always some treat for the eyes.

Lori

Woodsy Ivy said...

Rhoda~Love your little southern accent! I adore that little acorn tree! I think I might have to copy that! :-)
Jill

pammiejo said...

Beautiful - thanks for the ideas! I loved the little video - it's nice to hear your Southern voice!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Rhoda...this is so beautiful! I'm really loving all your lime green! Also HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY wishes to you! It sounds like you had a great one!

Beverly said...

It looks fantastic, Rhoda. I love the lime green, white and red. Thanks for the suggestion of tying a bit of ribbon in the ornaments. I will definitely use that idea.

salmagundi said...

Every detail is perfect. Enjoyed the tour!

justabeachkat said...

It looks wonderful Rhoda!

Hugs!
Kat

(I like the idea of a video. I have a few I plan to show later this week.)

Shelia said...

Hi Rhoda! Your pictures are gorgeous and I love all your Christmas decorations! You are so good at this! Love those fake candles, I saw some in Macy's yesterday and thought about buying them, but didn't. I, like you, like to get things on sale.

Oh, I wanted you to know, I did use your instructions on enlarging pictures on my blog a few days ago. The tall ones were great, but the horizontal ones were cut off. I know I'll learn, but the ones that worked out were beautiful. Thanks for sharing that!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Happy belated birthday! I was away from my computer for the weekend baking crazy amounts of cookies and treats (and picking glitter out of my hair, the dog, the floor, etc., LOL!). Your foyer table looks fantastic! I'm sooo behind...I really need to light a fire under it ("it" being me, not your foyer table!!).

Hugs from cold and windy NYC,
Laura

Melanie said...

Love the Christmas birds!
I'm all about the birds.

The Nester said...

Yeee HaaaW!

I get to meet Rhoda! See you in a few months!

Sugar Mommy said...

Having just had baby #4 and hubs gone for work until after Christmas, we're doing the bare bones of decorating. Just the tree, mantle, and porch.

But, if I had the energy, I'd totally copy everything you've done here! Just fabulous!!!

Katie said...

That looks so great and welcoming! I love the color combo you have used...that lime green just pops in there and looks so unique!

Natalie said...

Your foyer looks so festive. Those are the most realistic electric pillars I've seen! Everything you've done is beautiful.

KMfamily ;-) said...

Still more to come- wow
Where do you store all of it when the holiday is over?
I only have about 4 big plastic boxes with christmas in it & I can see I need to do some catching up!

That display is wonderful!!!

It is a wonecrful and beautifull welcome to anyone coming to your house for the holiday.
Fantastic job!!!

Happy To Be said...

I just love your entry way Rhonda its all so beautiful...really like the branch you painted how cool is that..I also love the pine cones..I take the pine cones and spray them what ever color and add a little birds nest on top and a mushroom bird put a ribbon on it to hang with...of course all done with glue gun..and hang them on the tree they always look so cute..great post girl...thanks hugs and smiles Gloria

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

Hi Rhoda,
I love your foyer! I added some of the lime green this year and I'm loving it!
Diane

Karen @ Arise and Shine said...

Very pretty! You always know just how to add that special touch to all your decorating. Enjoyed your pictures. Have a blessed week!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Rhoda, it looks wonderful.

I love the new hurricane, beautiful!

Leigh said...

Very pretty, Rhoda!

Vanilla Lavender said...

Wonderful! Very cheerful! Love it! :) Vanessa

sarah @ a beachcottage said...

Happy Belated birthday, I did come by but Blogger wouldn't let me leave a comment, I tried three times and then gave up!

love love love the video, oh my goodness your accent is to die for! I listened to it twice. heehee!

i love the green with the white, I don't have any green decs, you've inspired me (as usual!)

Sarah

Sue said...

So pretty Rhoda. I love all the colors you are using this season.

Simply Dandy said...

Hi Rhoda,
Your decorating is beautiful! I love the red and green polka dot ornament. I did a lot of apple green with red this year and I love that combination. Your hurricane is awesome! As usual, everything is AMAZING!

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Lady Katherine said...

Love your simple white tree with the green acorns. The foyer look great.

laurie said...

Beautiful as usual. I love coming over here for my daily dose of inspiration. Thank you. laurie

Jules from "The Roost" said...

You just have a way of bringing it all together so lovely!

Gollum said...

I absolutely love the green acorns, and the adorable tree. Your table is gorgeous! I still have my tree in 3 sections and can't seem to get it--or myself--together. lol

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

I've got the lime green and turq. all over in my home right now.

You did a great job with this vignette. I love the white pine cones, great touch!

Lisa said...

Your foyer looks lovely. I especially like the white tree.

SophieMae said...

I do so admire y'all who have a talent for putting things together to create lovely vignettes! My efforts always look like clutter, lol!

Your birthday date sounded fabulous! What a concert! All the artists you saw are among my all-time favourites. And Michael English! I, too, have been following him for years. (And I thought he was treated most unfairly during his 'fall', especially since two female artists went through similar situations and nobody batted an eye.) He does have the most beautiful voice, doesn't he? I'm so glad he did't quit altogether.

Sheila said...

Rhoda I love the foyer you are so talented! You just amaze me with your natural talent of using everyday items to decorate not only for Christmas but all the seasons and holidays. I love stopping and visiting, like getting to see a new magizine article each day! One you love and cant wait to devore.
Have a blessed day.
:0)
Sheila

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Love all of it..I have been decorating with the limes as well. Love your tree....it is fun spraying them isn't it..I actually went back with a foam brush to mine. Your hummingbirds are gorgeous! Cherry

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Such gorgeous pictures of your entry. The video was fun and gave an even more personal touch to your home tour! It's hard to say, but one of my favorites is your little sweet fairy. Don't you just love reindeer moss? Love the color and the texture and yes, maybe even the smell!
Donna

Mrs. Trixi said...

Just when I think your house and decorating couldn't get any cuter, you go and do more. Oh, it is so cute!!!

Happy Belated Birthday, I hope your day was wonderful!!!!

Amber said...

It all looks gorgeous! Love the pinecones and sticks painted white. Yet another great use for spray paint. :-)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh my, such delightful decorations!

Reynie said...

I love all the pretty shades of green and red against the texture of the white pinecones and trees. It looks so inviting and fun! Very cheerful! Another great project!

vintagewindow said...

Hello, This is my first time visiting your blog. I love all of the creative pictures you've post of your Home, Holidays and Life. I'll definitely be back to visit often.

Your holiday decor is beautiful. I love the color scheme.

Also a fan of a SEC team ..ahem..(UT VOLS). I was happy to see both Bama and Florida representing our conference and for both to end up in the top 5. saaaweeeet!!

Mary said...

First of all, Happy belated birthday, dear Rhoda! I'm glad you had such a special day. :)

I LOVE your foyer table -- so beautiful, and so many lovely things to look at. And the video -- the best thing about it was hearing your sweet southern accent!
xoxo,
Mary

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Rhoda, Beautiful vignette! Love the acorn ornaments! ~Rhonda :)

beth at aunties said...

Rhoda,
Your fayer table looks fabulous and I LOVED putting your voice and southern accent to the wonderful and creative lady I have come to respect and enjoy.
I really liked the color combinations fo lime, red and white. The flickering candles gives to a rich welcome to your guests.
Your home is so pleasant to visit!
Oh, it looks like it is your birthday, I hope it is/was a wonderful one. Enjoy a great week.
Beth~♥

Blondie's Journal said...

Just came upon your blog and was so excited to see all your photos and ideas. You not only have great luck shopping yard sales, but you manage to find things I overlook at Kohls etc., and then create beautiful displays. I have several sofa tables throughout my home and you gave me new ideas. I will visit often!!
Janet

Sandi McBride said...

Rhoda darlin' you have enough pretties for three households, so how's about holding an auction? We'll start with that village...I'm sure you have a house or so that you'd part with, lol! Lovely things...makes me feel all eggnoggy inside! Cheers!
hugs
Sandi

southernbell said...

SMILES RHODA YOU ARE A GIFTED LADY . MY DAUGHTER [MONKEY GIGGLES] TOLD ME ABOUT YOU .I AM NEW WITH ALL THIS . I REALLY ENJOY ALL YOUR IDEAS . I WILL VISIT OFTEN THANK YOU FOR YOUR IDEAS .

KarenB said...

I just KNEW I'd love your Christmas decorating. I can't wait to see more. It looks fabulous. I'll have to get prepared for your Mr. Linky. I'd love to join in.

ksarra said...

Hope you had a Happy Birthday!!! Love your Christmas decorating style, and the lime green accents are soooo exciting!

Cote de Texas said...

One comment for all your posts on your holiday decorating: beautiful!!! My favorite is the Christmas Village - I don't know why - I just love that one!!!!