A Shady Grove Christmas (Part 1 – Entry, Dining and Family Room)

Welcome to Christmas on The Shady Grove!  Come on in and let’s celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” together!  This is part one of our home tour and will include the front porch, entry, dining room, and family room.  Come back on December 3rd to see the kitchen, breakfast room, keeping room and master bedroom!


 As you pull up to the Shady Grove you will find simple exterior decor.  I purchased these prelit wreaths 5 years ago when we moved in the house and as with all prelit things….they come to a quick and frustrating end.


 Rather than messing with replacing the little white lights on the wreaths, we opted for bright spotlights lighting up the wreaths instead. I love the way the spotlights light up the whole house and it is a lot easier to maintain!



We added some greenery to the window box since it is empty for the winter.  Some people think this side of the house looks like a face and it really does :-].


The front porch features some of my antique and vintage finds.  An old sled, cute little red snow shovel and a wagon.


I don’t like hanging wreaths on my front door because they block the light and I don’t like seeing the back of them from the inside.  I just added a little greenery to the bottom of the glass to make our doors more welcoming.  My cute “There’s no place like home” sign from Charlie and Ella just happens to blend in beautifully with my Christmas decor so it gets to stay up all year.


How cute are these little wooden Christmas trees from The Rustic Life!  Such a sweet way to greet our guests.


This is the view as you come through our front doors.  To the left is our dining room and to the right is an open staircase to the terrace level.  Our floors are painted hardwoods and I love the cottage feel that they bring to our home.

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As you come through the front doors, you are greeted with this adorable ladder from Linen and Lace Shop adorned with a fun handmade “whimsical” boxwood wreath from DaisyMaeBelle.

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These precious little handmade dish towels are from The Ruffled Rag  and this adorable sign that greets you is handmade by my fellow Georgian, Heather, at Salvage Chic Market.


I set up a wrapping station that not only adds some beautiful Christmas color but is extremely functional and convenient!  This awesome ribbon rack is from Painted Fox and I store my tissue paper, tape and gift tags in the long drawer.  I can’t wait to change out the ribbon with all the seasons!


This is our “formal” dining room although nothing on the Shady Grove is very formal.  I moved our wicker chairs from the family room into the dining room to make room for our Christmas tree.  I have decided to keep them here!  They really cozy up the space and I love all the color that the quilts bring to the space.

This sweet personalized deer ornament is from my friend Amber of Peppermint Press Co.


Ruthie Carlson Art painted this custom cow for the Shady Grove and He is so adorable that he will be staying here year round!  He is quite at home on the Shady Grove and is a fun reminder of my sweet friend Ruthie.


This shelf top Christmas tree filled with beautiful glass ornaments from Jamieson and Clark is one of my favorites!  I love all the farm animal ornaments, especially the glass SHEEP, pigs and cows!

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I chose to add to the color in this room by filling my dough bowl with vintage glass balls.  I carried the glass ball theme over to the place settings by using the miniature balls as napkin rings.

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I use this little bench for extra seating in the dining room.   This sweet handmade pillow from The Little Green Bean is so fun and really makes the space cozy.


As you enter our family room, you are greeted by this happy Santa sign made by my friend Kelly of Art by Kelly. He just makes me smile and I think he will be a favorite of future grandkids.  And of course you can see my love of vintage scales and ladders in almost every room!



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And how about these awesome handmade burlap stockings from Heirloomed Collection.  I just love them!  I have a banner of their mini stockings hanging on my bed that I will show you next time.


I discovered So Loved Silver Stuff and I am so glad I did!  They personalize silver items.  I had all of our nicknames engraved on old silver spoons and I hang them with our stockings.  We pull them down and use them as place setting name cards for our Christmas dinner.


The mantel is decked out with wooden candlesticks, holly and red glass balls.  I asked the beautiful Ashley Anthony Art to create a painting that sums up the very reason we celebrate Christmas.  She entitled it “Good Tidings” and I just love the way the sweet SHEEP, the star, the shepherds are all hearing the “GOOD tidings, of GREAT joy, for ALL people!”



On our large ottoman, along with lots of feet, I have my tulip crate from Painted Fox.  It is filled with lots of goodies, including this precious sign from my friend Haley with Little Bits of Everything.  It is so fun and the perfect size for a Christmas vignette.



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I am head over heals for these vintage Christmas pillows from Decor Steals!  They are super soft in color and comfort!  I paired them with one of my flea market quilt finds and my old church pew to provide some extra seating for our family room.





Thank you for sharing A Shady Grove Christmas with me!  I hope you have been inspired, blessed and Christmafied!

Come back on December 3rd and see the kitchen, breakfast room, keeping room and master bedroom.


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A BIG Thank You to my sweet and talented future daughter-in-love for helping me with the photography!  If the picture is great, she took it and if they are not, I took them!  She is a rock star with the camera and if you live anywhere near Atlanta, you need to meet her!

Thank you Nicole Kyra Photography!!!

118 thoughts on “A Shady Grove Christmas (Part 1 – Entry, Dining and Family Room)

  1. Your home is AH-maaaaazing! It is a classic farmhouse. You were really able to capture the essence of what that means. I can tell that your home is so welcoming and bursting with that “southern hospitality”! Well done!!

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  2. Your home is gorgeous. I love the use of greens and the mason jars.. And the wreaths are lovely! I’m stopping by to say “hi” and to thank you for sharing such fresh ideas with us all! 😊 Happy holidays!

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  3. Your home is beautiful!! I pinned your front porch sign a while back and didn’t know it was yours!!! You have amazing style!!! Crossing my fingers I win your giveaway tonight!!!

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