Welcome to My New House Part 1

Good morning, sweet friends! I have missed you all so much! We are finally moved into our new house and are so happy to be close to our family. God willing this will be our final home, because I NEVER want to move again! It is amazing the amount of stuff you can accumulate in 23 years of marriage. It took two PODS, two U Haul trucks, one U Haul trailer, and two pick-up truck loads to move the contents of our home.  To save money, we decided to do the move ourselves.  I am still unpacking boxes, and it doesn’t seem like it will ever end. I have promised Mr. Bleu that I will never buy another dish. I just hope that I can keep my promise.

Wanting a home with some character, we chose to buy an older home in an established neighborhood. Therefore, some updating has been in order.  One significant change has been the interior paint color.  The walls were a deep brownish mauve, and it has been a challenge to cover up such a dark color.

In the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of the new spaces. Today, I want to show you the front of the house and foyer.


The neighborhood we live in is mainly comprised of Jack Arnold French Country cottages. I adore French Country, so it is the perfect place for me. It is like a story book setting with the cottages, mature trees, and pretty flowers.  Some day, I will have to take you on a tour.   We still have some yard maintenance to do, but we are getting closer to getting things in order. Next Spring, we will have lots of color with azaleas, dogwoods, and flowers. The flower beds were overgrown and had been neglected. I wish I had a before picture to show you.

Now, I want to invite you inside to see the foyer. First, before you see the new space, I want to show you the before picture. The paint color was much darker than it appears in this picture.

We changed the paint color to Straw by Benjamin Moore. I love how it lightened up the space. It just made it seem so much brighter and happier.



We purchased a new chandelier for the space. Since it is visible from the dining room, it is a compatible piece to that room’s chandelier. I will be sharing that space with you soon.

At the end of the foyer, I created a sitting area using a French Country bench.


Moving can be such a humbling experience.  Both Mr. Bleu and I are so blessed to have such wonderful parents who have helped us with our move.   I am also blessed to have such a sweet sister in law and brother in law who were also a tremendous help. My sister in law acted as our real estate agent, and we could not have made it without her. God has truly blessed me with the greatest family ever, and I am so thankful to be able to spend more time with them.  I love them all so much, and I am truly grateful that this opportunity was granted to us.

I can’t wait to show you more of the house, but I will have to go for now.   I am so happy that you stopped by today, and I hope that you have a blessed and happy day!!!


Linking with:
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Savvy Southern Style – French Country Cottage – Stone Gable – Confessions of a Plate Addict

Worthing Court – Between Naps on the Porch – Cedar Hill Farmhouse – A Stroll Thru Life – The Charm of Home

Katherines Corner – Share Your Cup –  21 Rosemary Lane – Rattlebridge Farm –  Life and Linda

Rustic & Refined – Celebrate & Decorate – Peonies and Orange Blossoms – Reinvented Collection

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  1. I’m so very happy for you and your parents that you are closer to them! It will be exciting following your journey as you decorate your new home. The exterior is extremely attractive. Blessings.

  2. Shannon, I’m so glad you all are finally settled. Your new home is gorgeous and I really like the new color of your foyer! I understand the frustration and excitement of a move. I did a lot of purging when we moved last year. I’m so impressed you are back at blogging so soon, too. It’s been a challenge to get back into the ‘posting’ groove but am working at it. Can’t wait to see more of your lovely new home! Zenda

  3. Your new home is beautiful, Shannon! I love the charm and character of the French country style and adore the color you chose for the entrance…so welcoming! Happy Tuesday!

  4. Congratulations on your new home! It looks lovely! I know that you will have so much fun decorating it! Also it is such a blessing to be near family! That is my goal, that when I downsize I will finally love near family. So happy for you!

  5. I meant *LIVE near family 🙂 Of course I will LOVE it too 🙂

  6. Settling into a new house is such fun and you will do it with great style. Lucky you to have gotten closer to family as well as a new house!

  7. Martha in Michigan

    Your new home is BEAUTIFUL! I have always admired Jack Arnold’s plans, and this one looks perfect for you. You must be so excited to get on with the decorating. Can’t wait to see the rest of it!

  8. Shannon, what a beautiful French-style home with mature trees and landscape! I haven’t moved in 38 years, it makes me nauseous to even think of packing and transporting all of this stuff. I love the BM straw color in the foyer and what a stunning chandelier. I can’t wait for a room by room tour. Being close to family makes it all worthwhile…I missed you and welcome back!

  9. Oooh la la! Shannon, your new home is beautiful! I just love your house exterior – love Jack Arnold’s French Country houses! It is so perfect for your style. The new paint looks so much better – mauve is so 80s! I love your beautiful French bench too!! Looking forward to seeing more pictures! Happy to see you are back to blogging!

  10. Wow Shannon- what a beautiful home. I love the French Country style. Love the new foyer color and the French bench. I look forward to the rest of the tour! Kudos to your relatives for their assistance. Glad you are back!

  11. Congratulations, Shannon! Your home is gorgeous, and I can see that it suits you perfectly. I look forward to your future posts about the updates you are making. The straw color is so much happier than mauve. I’m thrilled for you in your new home near family. Big hug after all that work lugging boxes and unpacking! 🙂

  12. So happy for you, Shannon. Glad you have the worst behind you. I remember the last time we moved and it was awful! That has been 17 years.
    I’ve missed you, too. I look forward to seeing all you have done. Great to be near your family.

  13. I just love it! It is so French country and so you. Your things will be perfect in your new home. I can tell you are loving this new adventure, even if it is a lot of work. Looking forward to seeing more!

  14. What a beautiful new home! I can’t wait to see the rest!

  15. Saw this on the Ruby TFT. Congrats on the new house and love it! Look forward to seeing the rest.

  16. Congrats on your new house and more importantly surviving the move! Ugh! So much work, but a labor of love I’m sure. It means a lot to have family close by and your neighborhood and house look simply charming! So glad you’re back Shannon~

  17. Moving is no fun but decorating sure is. Your house is so lovely. It will be fun to watch you make it all yours.

  18. I knew that might be a Jack Arnold home as soon as I saw it! Don’t you just love the sweet secret that the best French country homes are in Oklahoma? Who would guess. 🙂

    You will turn this into the gem that it can be at this point in time. Meanwhile, everything I see is gorgeous!

  19. Shannon, your new home is gorgeous! I know soon it will have your lovely touch everywhere and be yours. Congratulations!

  20. Hi Shannon…love your new home! I so love Jack Arnold homes! Yes, it is one of the most difficult things to do … move … We have done it many, many times and will be making 2 more in the future .. moving to a rental … then to our “right sized” home after it is built. The house just went on the market, so we shall see 🙂 Cannot wait to see more of your beautiful home! So great that your family helped you with the move .. I know you will be so happy to be near to them now!

  21. Loving your new home, those shutters are making my heart flutter! Love the new foyer color too, it’s dreamy. Can’t wait to see more. Happy Home Coming 🙂

  22. It looks beautiful, and I cannot wait to see more!

  23. Congratulations! Your new home is just lovely, and you’re doing a great job making it even prettier. Hope all your renovating and settling in is going well!

  24. Shannon, thank you for sharing your lovely home at TFT. I pinned and featured xo

  25. Your new home is gorgeous and I love your entry!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  26. Congrats on your new home and being closer to extended family! Your house is lovely! Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts on how your making it your own. Take care, Cynthia

  27. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Such a beautiful home. Congratulations!!!

  28. Welcome to your new home and you have been missed. The exterior is so pretty and I look forward to your gardens next year. The paint really did lighten up the foyer, it looks great. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

  29. I am so glad I wandered in today….I have SURELY missed your sweet home!!
    This new place looks like it is going to be even more beautiful than the last, and I am so glad that you are keeping your wonderful red/yellow colors.
    Blessings to you!!

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