A Traditional Christmas Home Tour

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!


  1. Shannon, I’m glad your husband has recovered well from surgery and I wish you great success in your new adventure. Your Christmas home tour is simply stunning! Merry Christmas!

  2. Shannon, Your home is lovely and so festive. I am amazed you are done so soon. Everything is beautiful!
    I love your beautiful Nativity on your mantle. The colors are perfect for your decor.
    Your sweet spirit shows in every vignette and touches of greenery!
    I enjoyed hearing about your new adventure and wish you well. That is very time-consuming but will be fun and exciting for you. Your other adventures sound fun too
    Have a lovely December!

  3. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    I always love touring your home. Your tree is beautiful. The garland on your mantel looks so real! How exciting you opened your shop! I used to have a booth at an Antique mall in NC for a few years and it was so much fun. Glad your husband's surgery was a success.

  4. Beautiful as always! Enjoy your new adventure and glad your husband’s surgery is behind him.

  5. Margaret Spain

    What a lovely visit! Everything looks so inviting and festive. I love the traditional and sentimental items. Merry Christmas and blessings! ❤️🎄

  6. Claudia Walker

    I love your home. I must say; I’m stealing some of your ideas😌.

  7. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! I love blue and white; but love how you include a "pop" of red.

  8. Shannon, your home is so exquisitely decorated Christmas!! Good luck on your shop!! Sounds exciting!! It must be a real treat to visit Nell Hill’s.
    Good luck to your daughter with her college experience.! Merry Christmas Shannon!

  9. Your home is lovely as always! I love how you add simple things like ornaments, florals and greenery to what you already have to make it look festive. The nativity is beautiful! I’m also a sentimental traditionalist who loves color, antiques and family heirlooms and pretty much use the same beloved pieces every year, perhaps changed up slightly. We live outside OKC and occasionally take a road trip your way, so I need to look up this antique store and check out your booth. Antiquing is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. Merry Christmas to your family!

  10. Cindy Baumeister

    So enjoyed the pics of your beautiful home. So not like what we see in most of todays magazines. Thank you. Glad your hubby's recovering, sounds tough. Have a wonderful Christmastime!

  11. I’m so glad you shared your beautiful home and filled us in on your family happenings. Fall/Christmas is such a busy time. Your new shop sounds exciting, hope you will share pics of all the treasures. You will enjoy a new adventure and it will be very rewarding. May the Lord bless your family in 2022!

  12. This post is such a pleasure. I love that you follow your traditions. Many blogs change everything every season and I find it a little tiring. We have a lot of Christmas decor and I change it a little here and there, but many things are tradition here too. It is very comforting to bring out these things with so many years of memories attached to them. I am excited to see your new pieces. We have been remodeling our lower level and the cabinets are taking five months to arrive. Glad to hear all is well and kudos on your new business.

  13. Oh Shannon how I love your home all decorated for Christmas! It’s absolutely stunning! And the new garland is gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for the tour.

  14. Shannon, your home is gorgeous and so festive. It is Christmas at every turn. Your new garland is so pretty, I love the long needle pine and it does look so real. I enjoyed the tour and the cider.

    Have a wonderful week.

  15. Shannon, your home is beautifully adorned and so inviting. I love your traditional style and your use of decor that has meaning and memories attached. I feel the same way. The nativity nestled on the mantle really spotlights it as the center of the season. Thank you for the cider and I so enjoyed my visit. Wishing you a most joyous Christmas Season

  16. Hello, Shannon,
    Welcome, Welcome, back, I missed you a bunch and all your beautiful thing's and home, but 1st I want to say how sorry I'am to hear about your hubby, but glad he is on the mend, Nice you are in a shop now you have so much to offer to people. Love all your pretties above and Christmas really is special for you and your family and it show's, love all that you have , just lovely, have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, you are truly Blessed.~~~~~~~~~~~Alway's, Jean, CA~~~~~~~~~~

  17. Your living room looks so beautiful ! I love your pretty tree and the mantel looks lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Wanda Flowers

    Wow your living room is so stunning and gorgeous and I love the colors that you have chosen and looks so elegant and so glad that I had found you and hope to see more of your gorgeous home and how to use such stunning and rich colors and have a Bless Day.

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