The Magic of Christmas Lights, Truly Enchanting!

Welcome to the 673rd Metamorphosis Monday!

My friend, Teresa, and I have had some fun adventures over the past few years, including a trip to Egypt that I don’t think either of us will soon forget.

Camel Ride, Giza Plateau, Egypt


Sadly, we live many states apart but recently we were able to spend a week together at her beautiful home.

Egypt, Camel Ride in the Sahara Desert


Teresa and her hubby, Frank, have their home beautifully lit for Christmas this year. It looks spectacular!

Exterior Lighting for Christmas


Is this not stunning?! Notice the lit wreath over the entrance–just beautiful!

Decorate with Lights, Exterior Lighting for Christmas


The double front doors are decorated with triple wreaths!

Triple Christmas Wreaths for Double Front Front Doors


Double Front Doors Decorated for Christmas


A few years back I did a similar look for my front door. You’ll find that post with details on how I hung all three wreaths here:  Decorate with Triple Wreaths.

Triple Wreaths for Double Front Doors


A few days ago I shared Teresa’s wonderful Christmas tree here in her home office.


Here’s a view of how it looked lit at night…so pretty! If you work from home, I really love the idea of having a Christmas that you can enjoy all day as you work.


You may remember when I shared this fabulous wall of “album art” in the guest room I stayed in during my visit. (If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: Repurpose Old Record Albums Into Unique, Exciting Wall Art.)

Repurpose Old Record Albums or Record Album Covers


One thing I didn’t share in that previous post was the wonderful backyard and pool view I had from my room. Teresa’s home is like staying in a beautiful resort!

Pool View, Peeking Through the Shutters


This is the view during the daytime looking out from the breakfast room to the backyard! I could suffer to look out on this view each day! 🙂 How about you?

Beautiful Pool View from Inside


At night, the view was even more beautiful!

Christmas Decoration with Pool View


The backyard felt truly magical with all the beautiful Christmas lighting. I would be tempted to keep it this way all year long! Wonder what the neighbors would say?! Ha!

Add Lights to Landscape for Christmas


Look at this view of the pool at night! Oh my gosh, it was stunning! Unfortunately, I took this photo right after the hot tub was turned on so the waves erased the view of the wreath in the water, but you’ll get another view of that in just a minute.

Enjoy a Nightime Swim at Christmastime


This outdoor seating area is so pretty. I love the way it’s decorated for Christmas!


A view of the beautiful lighting inside…

Outdoor Entertaining Area


The lighting inside this outdoor room was subtle, perfect for relaxing and enjoying in the evening.

Outdoor Room Decorated and Lit with Lanterns


Here’s a picture Teresa shared with me and I love how you can see the wreath reflecting in the pool. So beautiful! Thanks so much to Teresa for letting me share her beautiful home all decorated for Christmas! Pictures do not really convey how beautiful it was in person!  I love how lighting makes everything even more enchanting and magical. Did you do any exterior lighting this year around your home?

Decorate with Lights for Christmas, Backyard Lighting


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  1. What a gorgeous home and Christmas decor! Thanks so much for hosting this great party. Have a wonderful Christmas week, Susan!

  2. Gayle Kesinger says

    Susan, could you ask Teresa about the print of the nun with the cat in her office. I love that. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful home with us. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to more posts in 2022! Gayle

    • Hi that original oil was created by the very talented LISA ROTENBERG in Toronto, Ontario many years ago. Thanks for noticing.

  3. Teresa’s home is truly beautiful with all the lights! How nice that you were able to visit after they had been put up so you could enjoy them along with the beautiful views.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow, Teresa’s home is definitely a luxury resort! What fun you must of had, thanks for sharing, dreamy! Merry Christmas Susan!

  5. penney helms says

    I am fascinated by the art with nun in your friend’s home. Do you have any info on it?

  6. franki Parde says

    THAT took some pretty planning…multiple views…don’t usually “just happen.” Absolutely stunning!! franki

  7. Beautiful home! Thank T for sharing. Lots of lights up outside for me. I love how they look at night.

  8. Teresa’s home is very pretty. My favorite is the tree in her office. I wonder where one finds the snowman head to go on the tree.

    • Nan, I was able to find a very similar snowman head tree topper at Big Lots recently. I first saw it on one of Susan’s BNOTP recent posts. And I do agree with the other posts – Teresa’s home is gorgeous!

    • I believe she said she found the snowman head in Cracker Barrel last year or maybe it was the year before. There are similar ones online, but I haven’t been able to find one exactly like the one Teresa has. I really like her’s a lot, would love to find one like that. Cracker Barrel needs to bring it back!

  9. Gorgeous! Must be Texas, am I right?

  10. Your friend went all out! Nice decorations for the holidays. Merry Christmas to you

  11. It looks like the home is in Southern California! Beautiful home and lighting. Perhaps you two will get to do another trip together in 2022? Merry Christmas Susan.

  12. Wow!!! Looks like you were at very exclusive resort. So beautiful!

  13. Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  14. Wow, wow, wow! Teresa’s home is just stunning and even more so with all her gorgeous Christmas lights and décor! I would definitely say staying at her house is like being at a high end vacation resort!! Glad you got to enjoy that Susan! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Brenda

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