Welcoming Our Guests at Christmas

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas is the season of hospitality, ...and we're so glad to welcome family and friends into our home, whether by front door or back!  That's exactly where the Christmas Tour of my home will begin, at the entry ways!  

I'm thrilled to be sharing Part One of my Home Tour along with 20 some other very talented bloggers this week in the Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop, so graciously hosted by Chloe, of Celebrate & Decorate. For wonderful, festive, "let's get your shine on" inspiration, be sure to check out the other tours, links located at the end of the post. And a big jolly thanks to Chloe for organizing and hosting!

So step on in... we'll enter through the front doors of my home!

The ornate table and mirror was the first piece of furniture we purchased for our home eleven years ago.  The foyer table and an antique wood icebox in my kitchen receive a new look the most often, ever revolving with the seasons and holidays.

The monogram "wreath" hanging from the mirror, was a project crafted last year.

The Santa fondly reminds me of my step-father-in-law. Looks just like him, and he's a sweet, jolly ol' fella, too!

Poinsettia, not traditional red... but isn't it so pretty in pink?

If you were to come in by way of our back door, you'd step right into the living room. The fireplace is the focal of the room. 

The white and silver shiny penguin, new for this year, was the inspiration for the mantel Christmas vignette. What can I say, ...I'm just head over heels for this dashing guy! Love at first sight, it was! ;)

Old Dazey Butter Churn overflowing with festive greenery...

Top of the TV Armoire... The flag from my FIL's funeral always remains in this spot. He loved Christmas, especially the twinkling, sparkly lights of the season! Without fail, every year he would spend an entire week prepping and cooking for our Christmas gathering on Christmas Eve. Miss him even more at this time of year.

Nativity on the coffee table...

Just beyond the living room, a glimpse of the Christmas tree can be seen, which I'll share in Part Two of my Christmas Home Tour next week.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit! 
Hope your Christmas is off to a very Merry start! :)

Holiday Home Tour Blog Hop Links...







Sharing Post At:
Blue Sky Kitchen - Your Inspired Design
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm
Between Naps on The Porch - Met Monday
Coastal Charm - Show and Share


  1. Rhonda, ooh boy, I love that mantel and fireplace composition! You certainly outfitted the penguin quite nicely AND the butter churn in front of it sings to my vintage heart! Your tribute to your FIL on the armoire looks very handsome too. Haha...little drummer boy's plate speaks volumes, but so does his facial expression. I want to see more of your home's layout, so I'll just make myself at home here...thanks for the mini tour, and have a merry little Christmas!
    Rita C at Panoply

  2. Hi Rhonda, walking into your foyer and seeing Santa under a black & white monogram wreath, makes me so happy! What a warm Southern welcome! Your tree is gorgeous and peeking into the gorgeous fireplace is wonderful! Love all the silver and shimmer. You must reveal where you got the incredible angel and soldier, LOVE! And I love pink poinsettias too! You are all set for a merry holiday! Happy holiday hopping!

  3. I love it! Your entry way and mantle are so beautiful Rhonda. That butter churn? Oh My!! That just steals my heart. You did a wonderful job and I look forward to seeing part two!

  4. Rhonda, I have so enjoyed my tour this morning! Your home looks so warm and welcoming. It looks like a place that you would want to stay and visit at for a while. From, the minute you walk through the door, you are greeted with beautiful Christmas decorations. I love your entry hall piece and mirror! You have adorned it perfectly for the Season. Your fireplace is stunning with all the sparkle and glimmer, and your tree looks beautiful! I have had so much fun participating with you and the other talented ladies on the the blog hop tour. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Rhonda, beautiful vignettes throughout your lovely home. I love your silver metallic touches ~ we speak the same language. Happy to be on the holiday home tour with you.

  6. Rhonda, you have created such a warm and welcoming entry! Love that monogram! And the living room is just beautiful...like a Winter Wonderland! All of your pretty vignettes are just wonderful! Love that cute little Santa dish...I have issues, too! LOL!! Where did you find that? Everything is beautiful!

  7. Rhonda, I always love seeing what you do in any season. Everything is perfect. I love the little skinny legged people....I always have to Google to remember what they are called. :) Your entry is very welcoming and that poinsettia is gorgeous.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  8. Rhonda, your home looks gorgeous. Your mantle ...Elegant! I love your special accessories scattered about creating a festive style. Thanks for the visit. Sheila

  9. Rhonda, from the entrance into your lovely home I felt welcomed and cozy. I love your mantel all dressed in silver and white to go along with the Penguin. So sweet to read of your remembrances of your FIL, Christmas is a time of precious memories. I loved Part 1 and will return next week...the tree is stunning!

  10. Rhonda, your foyer is so festive and pretty. I simply adore the monogrammed wreath an your Santa. The penguin was a merry inspiration for your silver mantel--he is so adorable and elegant, all at once. And your tree--wow!! I love the stars, ribbon, and the stunning topper. What a gorgeous home. I loved visiting you!

  11. Indeed, as your post title states...you have "welcomed" me as a guest in fine style! I loved entering through your front door and seeing that gorgeous table so beautifully decked out. The Santa is very jolly and the pink poinsettia does look pretty! I have a soft spot for winter-y decor and I really like the way you decorated your mantel with the fabulous penguin and the icy touches. You've created some wonderful vignettes and arrangements in your living room too. Thanks so much for the tour - I really enjoyed it. Happy Holidays!

  12. Hey there- it's Kristy from Starfish Cottage (Hayley is my daughter- I'm not sure why Blogger keeps signing me in under her name!?) Anyways- wonderful job on your holiday decor! Everything is so festive and beautiful...I especially love your Silver and White touches! Merry Christmas and it's been so fun blog hopping with you this week!

  13. Amazing decorations. Everything is so beautiful.....its hard to pick any one favorite. What a wonderful setting for your guest.

  14. Oh is that fireplace just stunning, the fur wreath and those silver glittered branches in the silver pots! Beautiful! Thank you so much for opening your home to share as part of the blog hop. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a lovely holiday season!

  15. Silver and white is so very elegant. I love the mantel. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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