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Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas 2011 Foyer Table

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving! We had a fun day with some dear friends of ours...and let's just say, there was not a dull moment! We had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner...turkey, dressing, and all of the wonderful sides and desserts!  Each year, we order our delicious smoked turkey from Greenberg Smoked Turkeys out of Tyler, Texas.  Oprah featured them on her "Favorite Things", several years ago; and we have been ordering them since.  They are fully cooked and smoked, and shipped directly to your doorstep, just in time for the holiday! All you have to do is heat and eat! The smoked flavor is wonderful!

Also, to all of you who left your sweet comments over the past few days, I fell waaay behind on my email. I usually respond to each comment; but, between preparing to host Thanksgiving and getting my Christmas decorations up, I was totally swamped. Please know that I truly appreciate every kind comment; and I am, now, back on track! 

I also want to say a special "Thank You" to Diane Cayton-Hakey of The Blue Ridge Gal!!  Diane has done an amazing job with my blog headers and my new button! She is truly an angel for all of us newbies out there!  If you are a newbie, needing assistance with your blog, I highly recommend Diane to you!!

So, with Thanksgiving under our belts, we have moved on to Christmas.  In our home, it is a 'Tuscan-Inspired' holiday, using warm metallic shades of chocolate, gold, and copper, with small hints of red and green. Today, I  thought I would share my entry table with you:

The space beneath the centerpiece is reserved for party favors, when we entertain. It makes it convenient to hand them out, as our guests leave for the night. By Christmas Eve, it is the perfect spot for those "small gifts" that we like to give!

Because our normal color palette consists of warm reds and golds, the house transitions easily into the holidays.  I kept my everyday centerpiece and just added chocolate and gold metallic picks and tall gold accents.

The swag overhead consists of metallic chocolate brown ribbon, chocolate and copper ornaments, beaded fruit, and stems of red berries.

On the table below, is one of the African-American Santas from my collection.  This year, instead of grouping them together, I scattered them around the house.  I will show you more of them, as I put up new posts.

(In the mirror, you can catch a glimpse of our family Christmas tree.  We place it in the foyer, since it can be enjoyed from the family room, living room, and dining room.  The reflection in the foyer mirror gives us double the bling!)

Hanging from the sconces, flanking both sides of the mirror, are tassels created by Allyson of No Place Like Our Home.

And, that's my foyer table for this year!  I hope you have enjoyed your visit; and as always, "Happy Decorating"!

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Type A Decorating-Anything Goes
Not Just A Housewife-Show Me What Ya Got
The Blackberry Vine-Tuesday To Do
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia-Tuesdays Treasures
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BNOTP-Metamorphosis Monday
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  1. Very pretty!! I love catching the tree in the mirror. Your collections are amazing!!

  2. Simply stunning! What a beautiful and welcoming foyer to greet your guests during the Christmas season!

  3. Your entryway is stunning, Shenita! It sparkles so nicely & I really love the warm colors that you used.

  4. I always enjoy my visits here, Shenita. Wow, your entry is beautiful!! Can't wait to see the whole shindig when your finished (I have a feeling you will be doing something up until the very last minute :). Love the swag over the mirror!

  5. Please come take the 8 containers out of my storage building and start the process!! Everything looks wonderful!!!! I'll most likely start the Christmas process Saturday.

  6. WOW Shenita, that is simply gorgeous! You really did it up to the nines. I love all the sparkle. Thanks for sharing my friend.

  7. Shenita!! OMG!!

    Stunning, STUNNING!!

    I LOVE it!!

    I am doing my Home Tour room by room decorated for Christmas over at my Christmas blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas.If you have time, I would like for you to stop by...
    I have been so busy decorating that I haven't had much time to visit.
    I have to check if you are hosting any Christmas blog parties...


  8. Oh my goodness..... now that is a garland! So full and rich looking!!! Stunning is the only word that I can say at how fabulous your entry way is! I want my foyer to look as good as yours. Any suggestions?

  9. Shenita!!! Your entry is done and done beautifully! I love all of it! And thanks for the tip on the turkey, I'm going to check it out...sounds good and easy...works for me. Thanks again and Merry Christmas, Helen

  10. Okay, I'm still here drooling over your photographs. I love love love the garland! Did you make it yourself? I looks like it came straight from a high-end retail store!!

  11. Stunning my dear! I love your foyer it's so luxuriously decorated, all the glitter and it's my type of decor, I also love the colors you have chosen. Thanks for the tip on the turkey Shenita, there will be more around here for Christmas! Can't wait to see the rest of your C'mas decor. I will also show parts of it, I'm starting with my breakfast room and granddaughters, lol! Have a great week. FABBY

  12. Shenita- this is beautiful! You have my colors too! Your garland wall swag is simply stunning and the hint of your tree looks beautiful too! Your turkey sounds marvelous. Looks like you are off to a running start on Christmas! The tassels are awesome- she did a wonderful job!

  13. Wow, this is gorgeous! You seriously can decorate! Beautiful job!

  14. OH my goodness!!! Where do you store all that stuff the other months of the year lol Looks great!

  15. I am speechless! Gorgeous. I love the chocolate brown accents. xo

  16. WOW, Shenita this is absolutely gorgeous!! Your garland is so grand and beautiful! You did a fabulous job! The tassels fit in great! :)

  17. Found your blog from over at Debbie's -Your foyer is absolutely gorgeous! I bet when the lights are on and the house is quiet it is magical!

  18. Beyond gorgeous lady!!! I love it all! Can you come on down and kick my butt in gear! I should be decorating right now but instead I am playing on here! ;)

  19. ARE YOU FOR REAL?!!!! Where have you been all of my blogging life?!!! Will you consider doing a tour of your home for us?!!! Seriously, every single time you post I'm like omg...no way can she top this~and then you share another glimpse of some room in your house and we are left speechless!!! I ADORE YOU!!! ENCORE!!! ENCORE!!! P.S. I love the santa ... did you see the one with a cheetah print cloak thingy at hobby lobby?! You would love him! P.S. where did you get your entryway chairs and table?! I hope you are entertaining tons this Christmas!!!

  20. Oh my goodness. Let me pick my jaw up off of the desk! ha-ha
    Shenita, this is stunning. It looks like something out of a decorating boutique. So grand and beautiful. Very classy and elegant. I am running out of words to describe this. I would love to see your entry in person, it must be even more beautiful..photos never do justice to how it really looks.
    I hope you share how you put this garland together to make it look so full and grand. Mine looks so skimpy compared to this!
    I like the idea of using the Santas through out the decor, too. Pretty.
    I can only imagine how the rest of your Christmas decorating will look.
    I want to see..more, more, more!

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Lu

  21. Wow! That looks like it took forever to do! Love all the colors you used. Can't wait to see more!

  22. Stunning is right! Gorgeous colors and sparkle. I like the idea of Santa in different places all over the house. We have a few Nutcrackers, now I am thinking about scattering them. :)

  23. WOW Shenita your foyer looks stunning!!! That garland is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more, Martina

  24. Oh, my goodness, Shinita! Your entry is the most gorgeous I've ever seen! You are an amazing decorator and I just love it!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  25. Add me to the list of people who are drooling over your pictures. WOW!! Now that's an entry! Classy and elegant, truly magnificent. Can you come decorate my foyer, pretty please? ;) Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to see more...
    xo ~Liz

  26. Oooh how absolutely stunning!... I popped over from Patti and Paula's party at Ivy and Elephants... our living room decor is chocolate browns, golds and coppers... so naturally I LOVE your foyer!... your centerpiece is just exquisite... xoxo Julie Marie

  27. That is over the top amazing! That is so fantastic! I absolutely adore the colors, the different textures in the foyer table.

  28. You did an amazing job! I love the warm tones.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  29. It's simply beautiful Shenita!!! Where can I purchase a ticket for your Holiday Tour.lol


  30. Wow~ You have amazing decorating skills!!! I'm a new follower.

  31. Shenita everything is absolutely breathtaking! Gorgeous home and Christmas decor!

  32. Very lovely! I really like your colour combination!


  33. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing with us at "What's It Wednesdays".
    Patti and Paula

  34. This is magnificent. I have not seen the chocolate colored ornaments, but I have to make a trip out to see if I can. Your colors mirror mine with the reds and golds. I also love that you subscribe to the "more is more" decorating philosophy. I am new to your blog and looking forward to seeing more. Blessings, Barb

  35. Wow, that is just gorgeous, you have been a busy girl.

  36. Beautiful! Iam using the browns and golds too!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.Great job!

  37. Wow, what an amazing Christmas display! Your decorations are gorgeous and I love the Father Christmas!

    It is always so wonderful visiting you-your home is stunning!

    Best wishes,

  38. This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Shenita !! I mean GORGEOUS !! I love all of the elements you added ... the garland is stunning and Allyson's tassels look wonderful hanging from your lovely sconces. Your guests must be blown away when you greet them at the front door !!

  39. Your home is so pretty I'm back to see it again.


  40. WOW, just gorgeous Shenita. You gals are killing me over here. I'm so out of the loop with working. I can't wait to see the rest of your home all decorated. I might just have to hire you this year!
    Marianne :)

  41. How gorgeous! You have done an amazing job with your foyer table all decked out for the holidays. That makes a wonderful first impression when you come in, I'm sure. Your colorscheme is so pretty too. I like it when people keep to a theme with their holiday decor. It helps it flow and not look cluttered. Can't wait to see the rest!

  42. Hi Shenita...

    Ohhh my gosh...this is absolutely gorgeous, my friend!!! What a fabulous way to welcome guests into your home...with this magical Christmas display! Ohhh...I really do love your color scheme, Shenita. It's sooo very rich and elegant...I love the chocolatey browns with the gold and red berries! I fell in love with your large floral arrangement as soon as I seen it! It's truly magnificent...and then there is that gorgeous garland up above...well...it's simply breathtaking!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous Christmas home with us, dear friend! I can hardly wait to see more!

    Warmest wishes,

  43. Beautiful! You really have talent. People are giong to love coming to your home for the holidays. :)

  44. OMGoodness Shenita, your foyer is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see more of your home for Christmas.

  45. Gorgeous foyer decorations! Your entry is so elegant and I love your colors!

  46. Girl, that is one gorgeous foyer! Thanks for sharing all the little ways you added elements for one big, glittery impact. I saw your post over at "Anything Goes" Party.

  47. You have some of the most stunning and beautiful things ever!! Love it!

    It's Melissa from Walking in Faith. I wanted to let you know that my page has moved and that I'm now at: http://faithfulmelissa.blogspot.com so you can join that site now :)

    Keep these beautiful projects coming please!!
    -Melissa, Walking in Faith

  48. Your entry table is stunning, but I would expect nothing less from you.

  49. Absolutely Pretty, Pretty, Pretty! What more can I say......maybe another Pretty!

  50. So Amazing!!! I Love it!!!!! I'm excited to see more. Hope all is well.


  51. Thank you, Shenita! It's my pleasure to help you out with your blog..... Oh, and UPS says that Santa will be knocking on my door sometime today... can't wait.

    By the way, I am having a give-away on my blog if you want to come see! Just have to be a follower and leave a comment.


  52. I am so happy I found your site. You have ALOT of talent! Hopefully when my kids are a little older my house will look just like yours....Just wondering, the garland looks so full and thick, did u put more than one together? I haven't been able to find one that large, it's very pretty!

  53. Wow! what a warm & welcoming home... SO ready for the holidays.

    Happy TTT...

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

  54. Absolutely stunning. I can imagine how much work and love went into your decorating.

    Glad to be a new subscriber!

  55. Wow! I just found your beautiful blog. What a beautiful arrangement. I'm happy to have found you and am your newest follower!


  56. Absolutely lovely! I also wanted to let you know that I picked you to receive a blog award. You can check it out here: http://mommyknowslife.blogspot.com/2011/11/versatile-blogger-award-goes-to-me.html.


  57. Hi lovely lady.
    WOW your decorations are Beautiful. I love the way you put this all together for the Christmas Holidays. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescap for Christmas. I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  58. Shenita, Your foyer is absolutely breathtaking! LOVE your color choices and centerpiece with garland above. Your party guests must feel so special seeing your decor.

  59. Just wanted to let you know I'm now folloing you! I also pinned your picture

  60. Wow so fancy. That turned out amazing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.


  61. Girl you are the queen of embellishments. I'm in awe of those arrangements. Simply stunning.

  62. oh my goodness.. I didnt know where to look first at all this amazing holiiday beauty..

    I looked and looked and I'll be back to look again... Your home for the Holidays is absolutely over the moon Beautiful..


  63. AMAZING!! I love the Santa. I've actually been thinking about collecting some myself. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

    P.S. More the Merrier Monday ends tonight. Stop by and link up if you have not already.

  64. Your foyer is stunning! Thanks for the inspiration.

  65. Beautiful!! Total eye candy! Thank you for sharing it! I feel inspired :)

    Lou Cinda

  66. Drop dead gorgeous, Shenita!! I had to go back and look at the pictures twice. I love everything about this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas decor at the Open House Party.

  67. Yes, Stunning is the word that comes to mind for me too! What a gorgeous foyer!

  68. Wow! I can sum it up in one word, GORGEOUS! No two words, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

  69. I;m stopping back by to say thank you for linking this gorgeous foyer to Potpourri Friday!

    Do you give lessons on creating things this beautiful?

  70. Just Gorgeous Blog!!!

    Following now from Katherines blog hop. HOpe you'll stop by and FB


  71. This is absolutely unbelievable!!! Truly stunning...gorgeous...beautiful...and a million more adjectives. LOL! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week. We always love having you there! :-)

  72. Simply gorgeous! Thank you!

  73. That is a very impressive foyer!!!


  74. Shenita!!!! oh my goodness girl!!! Everything is just gorgeous! You are so talented!

  75. Shenita, it just doesn't get any better than this. Gorgeous!

  76. This is a gorgeous way to decorate your beautiful foyer, really, so pretty, love it!Thank you for joining the hop this week, please let me know if you'd like to co host some time. Did you remember to add your wonderful blog to the blog list page? Big Hugs and have a happy weekend!

  77. Your collection is STUNNING! I love Christmas!!! We can go over the top and it looks even more beautiful!

  78. Oh, Shenita, I've been behind on my post reading since Thanksgiving, and I'm lovin' your foyer....sooo opulent. I really like the Tuscan style, too.

  79. Wow! Simply gorgeous! I just came across your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

  80. This is just gorgeous!

    - The Tablescaper

  81. This is just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  82. Shenita, you always seem to amaze! You should really be in the decor business. I'd love to have you stop by and deck out just one quarter of my house. I love to stop by just to drool over all of your pretties! You my dear are very inspiring.
    xo kim

  83. This is stunning and I featured it on tonight's Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  84. So beautiful! I'm featuring you on my blog! Feel free to come grab a featured button! Thanks so much for linking up with us!



  85. From the amount of emails, you have one great looking, beautiful, sparkly foyer I've ever seen. I don't have a foyer, so I'm so jealous! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration over at Sunday's Best! Keep coming back your part of the family now!

  86. Shenita, can you please tell me how you HANG this amazing garland over your table??? It is gorgeous. I just repinned it from someone else and had to come ask! Happy new Year!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  87. Awww I can feel the Christmas completely through your holiday decorations. The Christmas table decorations are also wonderful. I love it so much.