Why I Have Been Gone For So Long

Dear readers, I have missed you so much! When I explain what has been going on, I hope you will understand my absence.  Since our last visit, there have been a lot of changes. So many, I don’t even know where to start. Therefore, I guess I will just dig in.

During my last post, I told you I would be having surgery. What I didn’t tell you was that our home was for sale. Last year, my oldest son was sick and had to move back in with us. As hard as we tried to make everything work,  our home just wasn’t large enough to accommodate our family. So with a heavy heart, lots of prayers, and many lengthy discussions the decision was made to put our house on the market. Little did we know, everything would happen so fast.

To our surprise, our home sold within nine days! The buyers also requested a quick closing. I was in total shock! As soon as we went under contract, I started packing like a crazy woman. I had only a week and a half to pack before my scheduled surgery, and I honestly didn’t know how we were going to make everything work. My recovery would be eight weeks, and I wouldn’t be allowed to lift or do heavy housework. Luckily, Mr. Bleu agreed to hire movers, and it was worth every penny. Two weeks post surgery, we moved into our new home. I am happy to report, that I am feeling much better, and my family is thrilled with our new home.

Please, come in for a look around.

This wall is in the foyer to the left. I have decorated it very similar to the entry wall in our former home.

Upon entering, if you look straight ahead, you will find this wall below the staircase. It is the perfect spot for my French buffet and antique mirror.

I adore magnolias and think they are the perfect summer flower.




Next, on the tour, is the formal living space. It is a room full of lots of wonderful, natural light.


On the coffee table, I created a simple vignette upon a gold tray.

This pair of wingback chairs are some of my most favorite chairs. They are over twenty years old and were previously covered in green fabric.

I am really pleased with how they turned out.



In addition to blue and white chinoiserie, I have also been collecting Imari. Many pieces can be found displayed throughout the room.  I love the way the two compliment each other.

In this corner of the room, I repurposed the armoire from my previous master bedroom.

It is just the perfect thing to conceal the television.



This area was the perfect spot for my antique Italian barometer. You may notice something new…the cow lamp. It was a gift from my sweet Mr. Bleu.

In a previous picture you may have also spotted Mr. Faudree’s pastry table and lamp. I am overjoyed to tell you, I found the perfect place for it in our new home.

This vignette is on the wall of windows on the south side of the room.

A new addition to this room is the antique French chair. It is a Charles Faudree chair that I spotted in a shop in Tulsa. I wanted it so bad and knew that it would be perfect for this room. As an early birthday present, my sweet parents and Mr. Bleu gifted it to me.


There is so much more to share with you, but I feel that I have kept you long enough. I have missed you so much and promise to be back with more room tours.

To all of my dear readers and sweet blogging friends, the thoughtful messages of concern that you sent me met so much and truly touched my heart. I am beyond blessed by your kindness.

Enjoy your day, dear friends!!!


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  1. Shannon, how wonderful to see that you are back. You were certainly missed my sweet friend. Your new home is just beautiful, and all of your furnishings fit perfectly. I can’t wait to see more. I am so glad you are feeling much better since your surgery. I don’t know how you accomplished it all, but you did a fabulous job for sure. Welcome back!

  2. Janet Lane

    I’m so sorry to hear you had surgery. Hopefully you are fully recovered by now. Congratulations on your new home. Hopefully you are still in the area close to family.

    • Thank you, Mrs. Lane! We are so happy in our new home, and we are even closer. We moved to the east side of Broken Arrow, and we are living in Wagoner County again! Mom and Dad are so thrilled! Take care, and enjoy your week!!!

  3. I am glad you have that all behind you. Your new home is beautiful. Congratulations. I had a similar situation a couple of years ago so I know what a stretch that has been.

  4. Shannon, I’m so glad your surgery is over but my, you’ve been very busy!! Your new home is absolutely gorgeous and you have really made it look so cozy with you all of your lovely things! I’m hoping your son is feeling better and I know he is glad to be at home with his family for support. ❤️

  5. Karen Lande

    Finding your post in my mailbox this morning was a wonderful surprise! Welcome back, we missed you. You and your family have been through a lot, and I hope that things have settled down now and that you continue to be on the mend! Your new home is lovely, and I can’t wait to see more. I believe that all the planning and arranging everything you’ve done so beautifully helped you in your healing process, just don’t overdo it. Looking forward to more posts and wishing you the best!

  6. Sylvia Donaghue

    Welcome back! What a delight to see your email come through. While looking at this post, it struck me that your home will always look like your home, no matter what building it is in. Your decorating skill is all your own and recognizable. Thank you for doing all that you do. You are an inspiration. Be well. Be happy. No matter what life surprises come your way.

    • Sylvia, you are too kind! Thank you so much for your very sweet and encouraging words. I have missed everyone so much, and I am so happy to be back to blogging. Take care, and enjoy your week!!!

  7. Wow! First of all I am so happy that your are OK and surgery and recovery went well…Now we all will look forward to your beautiful new home!!! Don’t know how you did this…you are amazing!

  8. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    So happy to see you back posting. Your new home is beautiful! Looking forward to more posts.

  9. Hi Shannon, sometimes life just happens doesn’t it! Your new home is beautiful and your furnishings seem to fit in perfectly! You seem to be very settled for such a short time and a large upheaval! Take good care of yourself and your son, and don’t try to do too much too fast…so nice to hear from you!

  10. So happy to see your post this morning. So sorry you have been through so much but thankful all is working out. Your new home is beyond beautiful! Hopefully, you can take some time to just enjoy it.

  11. So glad you are doing well and hope your son is also. Your home is beautiful! I adore your front door and sidelights! We are building soon and I am planning to have sidelights and a transom. I’m curious about the sidelight glass, is it clear or some kind of privacy glass? I like the idea of the light coming in but not strangers at the door being able to see in.

    • Hi Vicki, the side lights are not covered. We live in the country so privacy is not an issue, but I do understand your concern. At a previous home, we had side lights, and I had plantation shutters installed for privacy. I also know that you can by frosted side lights, too. Thank you for your sweet comment. Take care, and enjoy your week!!!

  12. Hi, Shannon: I was delighted to find your email in my mailbox this morning. I couldn’t wait to get my ducks in a row at work so I could sit down with a cup of coffee and catch up with you. I so hope that you and your son are on the mend. Your new home is beautiful. I have missed seeing your beautiful decor — I get inspiration for my own home from yours. I look forward to seeing more of your new home.

    • Carolyn, your kind words made me smile when I read them. You are too kind! I have missed everyone so much, and I am so happy to be back to blogging. Take care, and enjoy your week!!!

  13. I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better. I hope your son is doing better too. You’re house is beautiful! I love how you decorated each room.

  14. Oh, Shannon, so happy that you are back and feeling well. Your new home is lovely and I know as the days go by you will make it truly your own. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Again, welcome back, my friend!

  15. So happy that you are feeling better. Hope your son is doing okay. Congratulations on your new home. It is beautiful. Stay well.

  16. Well, your home looks like you have lived there forever…everything fits so perfectly. Congratulations on your new home!

  17. It is wonderful to see your post. I have missed seeing your beautiful style and home. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope you and your son are both doing much better.

  18. farmerswife82 (Patty)

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest!❤️❤️❤️

  19. I am thrilled to see you back! Your new house is gorgeous!

    Wow! How did you do it ALL?

    Hoping this finds you feeling better!

    Looking forward to more of your beautiful posts!

  20. It’s hard to believe that you accomplished so much in such a short time!!! How wonderful that you are on the mend and found yet another absolutely beautiful home. Your furnishings fit this home perfectly. I’m so glad you’re back.

  21. Welcome back dear lady! So thankful that your surgery went well. Your new home is indeed lovely!

  22. Cathy Merritt

    I am so so happy that you are back! I pray that you and your son are both on the mend! I can’t believe you have moved again so quickly and that you appear to be so settled…you are a marvel!!! Your new home is stunning and I love how all of your furnishings and accessories are coming together here…GORGEOUS!!! I’m looking forward to seeing more!❤️

    • Thank you, sweet friend, for your very kind words! I am so happy to be settled and feeling much better. I have missed all of my dear blogging friends so much! I hope you have a wonderful week!!!

  23. Shannon, oh wow! First of all, hooray! You are back! I prayed for your recovery, and that you would soon be back to better than before, and here you are friend. : ) Your new home is beautiful!! You have so many gorgeous pieces, but really it’s your love of your home and your talent at creating a room that makes your home lovely. Hope that you feel truly blessed in your new home, Shannon. xo Lidy

    • Thank you so much for your kinds words and prayers, sweet friend! I am so happy to be back, and I have missed all of my dear blogging friends so much. I hope that you enjoy these last weeks of summer!!!

  24. Glad you are back. What a whirlwind pack and move! Glad your surgery is behind you and that you are enjoying your new home.
    It looks great. Thanks for the tour today.
    Wishing you a great week.

  25. Your new home is stunning! I love your style! Glad to hear that you are feeling better after your surgery and I hope that your son is also doing well…

  26. I am so happy you are back, and glad that you are settling into your new home along with recovering from surgery! You like quite moved in and styled!

  27. What a beautiful home. I’m glad you have recovered and that your move went well. I can’t wait to see more of your lovely house.

  28. Congratulations on your new home! Glad to see you back and recovering from your surgery! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s bash: http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/make-it-pretty-monday-week-305/ Have a lovely week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. You home is lovely, Shannon… So glad to ‘meet’ you through Make It Pretty Monday! Congrats on your feature, and your new home! Looking forward to getting to know you more! We would love to have you come party with us at Tuesday Turn About… we go live today at 5pm CST! Hope to see you there!

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