Happy December and Merry Christmas, my dear friends! Today, you are invited to a traditional Christmas home tour. A warm cup of hot cider awaits you as you enter through the front door. First, before I show you around, I feel I should bring you up to speed on everything that has been going on in my world.
I’m sorry that I have not blogged in a while. After we adjusted to Caroline going off to college, I began a new adventure that has kept me quite busy. With Mr. Bleu’s encouragement, I opened a little spot in an antique and home interior market in Tulsa. The name of the market is Windsor Market, and if you happen to visit Tulsa it is a wonderful place to shop. The market has been around for 25 years and has the most wonderful and helpful staff. I am so happy to be a part of the shop, and it is such a joy finding wonderful treasures to share with others.
In addition to my new adventure, Mr. Bleu had sinus surgery. With the backlog of surgeries due to the pandemic, he had been on a waiting list since April. In October, he was finally able to have his procedure. He has been plagued with sinus infections for a very long time, and the doctor said he had the worst case of sinus polyps that he had ever seen. He also had a broken nose repaired that he doesn’t remember breaking. The surgery was a success, but it was quite a recovery.
A few home projects have also been in the works. I previously told you about a trip to Nell Hill’s to order a few new pieces of furniture for the living room. The pieces were ordered in early July, and I am still waiting for them to arrive. However, I know that it will be worth the wait. I revisited the store in November, and I am working on a project for the front sitting room. The estimate is eighteen weeks for those furniture pieces to arrive. While visiting Kansas City in November, we surprised Caroline for her 19th birthday with a weekend getaway including a special birthday dinner, shopping, and tickets to the Van Gogh Alive exhibit. The exhibit was so much fun, and we had a wonderful weekend! Since Caroline’s school is only a couple of hours away from Kansas City, it makes for a perfect weekend destination.
Now that I have brought you up to date, we are ready for that Christmas tour. I have missed you all so much, and I am so happy that you are here to visit me today.
Each year, my Christmas decorations tend to remain the same. In everyday life, I am a very traditional and sentimental person and that includes the holidays. My living room tree ornaments tend to reflect the true meaning of the season. Not much changes from year to year. You will find lots of angels and ornaments of the Holy Family. A few new ornaments were added along with new navy and plaid ribbon.
This year, I purchased pine garland that I found at Nell Hill’s for the mantel. I love it! It looks so real!
My grandparent’s Nativity is a treasure and takes center stage.
For the coffee table, I placed an arrangement of beaded fruit, an old fashioned santa, and red candle upon a mirrored tray.
Simple Christmas greenery, pinecones, and red ornaments create a seasonal vignette.
Before you leave, I want to show you around the dining room. Tomorrow, I will be back with my tablescaping friends to bring you our Christmas tables.
The table centerpiece is kept simple. A Spode Blue Italian pitcher and basin is filled with Christmas greens and berries.
Festive touches of red magnolias, pine branches, and candles are added to the china hutch.
Next week, I will show you more of the house decorated for Christmas. I hope that you will come back for a visit.
My friends, it is my wish that by visiting my home, you carry with you a little bit of joy and peace to take with you during your day. Please know that your visits and kind words always mean so much to me. May you have a most blessed and happy day!