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December 6, 2010

Greetings from Carlsbad, New Mexico!

Hello everyone!  I've decided to post these beautiful pictures of my "internet" friend Betty's front porch, who lives in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  We met (as well as a bunch of others) through Rate My Space on HGTV's web site. 
A bunch of us moved over to Facebook and became friends.

Betty and I (as well as Linda, my Blog Angel) have shared countless e-mails, pictures of our homes, projects we are working on and just general conversations about our lives. None of us have ever met in person, but we've shared so much between us we feel as though we really know each other.  I am grateful for these new friends and thought I would take a moment to share a bit of Betty's holiday glamour, since she doesn't do any blogging (as of yet)! 
A  few weeks ago I sent her a picture (copied from Frontage) and said "I want to see this on your front porch"!  I knew she had a large covered porch as well as a pair of urns that she could decorate.  (Inspiration photo at bottom)
She loved it so much she went right at it!  I was so tickled when I saw what a great job she did that I just had to share it!
I love the placement of the lanterns too! 
 I love how full the garland is as well as the wreath! The mass of lights are wonderful and casts such a wonderful glow!  
 Betty lives near the Pecos River in Carlsbad and every year they have a holiday event called Christmas on the Pecos that people can take tours along the river. Everyone decks out their homes and yards for the event...how pretty to see sights like this!
The urns turned out fantastic and set up the whole entryway! 

These urns have a boxwood shrub already planted in them so she added the greenery around them and the red spikes to the top!       

I think she did a great job of interpreting the picture and applying it to her setting, don't you?

This is the inspiration photo from Frontgate 

Have a great day and please leave your comments so I can share them with Betty!!


  1. Hi lovely lady your home is so Beautiful for the Holidays! You know just how to put it all together and I also like the Christmas Music so nice to listen too. I hope you are having a Great Day.

  2. She did a fabulous job!!! I LOVE her lanterns!

  3. OMG! It is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that she used so many lights!!!!! I am a lights person too but constantly have to CONVINCE my hubby!!!:) I always say, "you can NOT have too many lights" especially at CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!! I wish I had 2 urns to do now:) Thanks so much for sharing this!!!! If she is on FB maybe we could all "friend" her????? XO, Pinky

  4. PS, Liz, can you ask her how many feet of garland she used??? Then let me know???? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. It's beautiful Liz!!! You are an inspiration to me as well and such a patient, warm and kind friend. Thanks so much for all your help throughout this entire year!! I'm going to keep checking your blog, you might be getting me in the Christmas spirit!!! Betty's front porch is gorgous and I love the lanterns too. So glad to see the nighttime pictures! What an impact!! T

  6. wow its so pretty Liz i have a cousion who lives there also:)

  7. Beautiful job on duplicating the Frontgate look.
    Betty did an amazing job. The garland with so many lights is a wow factor. I love the urns!

  8. That is one stunning home. She has is decorated so elegantly and tasteful Thanks for sharing Liz. It is wonderful all the friendships we have formed here...I really enjoy it!

  9. Betty did an amazing job her home is so Beautiful and the porch is just stunning! You are such a nice person and I just bet Betty is very special. I feel so blessed to have all my friends from RMS now on FB thanks for sharing Liz and please thank Betty for being so kind to let you share her beautiful festive home with us!

  10. Thank-you everybody for your wonderful comments!

  11. Liz her home is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. I really enjoyed the tour.

    I'm happy to see you back. WOW! Your blog design is elegant and festive. I love it.

    Have a good week sweet friend!
    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

  12. Oh Liz thats wonderful, Betty did such a great job... she copied things more better... I love her Urn more... Simply stunning at the night. lights give it so romantic and dreamy effect... Hi Betty I love it really...
    And Liz what a great place is RMS, that we all meet and bind together with such a beautiful relation of friendship and lear so much with eachother... World is a global village now... Now I can applied this for me too. it is for me too now...
    And thanks for your lovely comments on my post and your idea of keeping them in a drawer. yes another useful thing to do...

  13. Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments on my front porch Christmas decorations, I think these are keepers!
    Thank you Liz!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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