December 5, 2016

Holiday Home Tour, Traditional Christmas Style

Welcome to my home!

This week I am teaming up with twenty other bloggers for a wonderful Holiday Home Tour, hosted by Chloe @Celebrate and Decorate. 

Let me show you some of my holiday decorating. 

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This pillow is in an entry chair it and welcomes visitors with an embroidered Merry Christmas.

I am so glad that you are joining me today for some Christmas inspiration. 

I tweak things every year, focusing on different colors and and collections. I like to play with the house during the holidays!

This year I am enjoying decorating the living and dining areas with red (and black and white!) 

I love traditional style...and I think you will see that in my Christmas décor.

I decided to spice things up a bit. I added a leopard throw and leopard ribbon. 

The inspiration for red this year is from my red velvet pillows. I am all about a very traditional Christmas style!  I also hope you see a bit of English country in my style. 

We downsized from a large Georgian house on a farm, so I have lots of accessories that I pull out each Christmas. 

While I do not live in an English style home any more, I still adore the style, and try to incorporate it into our current home. 

Red and Black hunt clothing on my carolers.

I began this year's Christmas decorating with a pile of accessories. Then I began choosing what to use for my theme. You won't see everything today. You will have to come back for more later. :-)

Let's start this tour in the parlor with my old butler's tray table...most of you know that it is a piece that we have had for years. 

It was in the formal living room at the Georgian on the farm and it held our Advent candle arrangement every Christmas as the children were growing up. 

We also gathered around this table for the kids to read Christmas stories on Christmas eve, and eat snacks in the glow of the Christmas tree. 

I could buy a new coffee table...but this one has memories, along with the dings, little scratches, and drooping leaves. Plus...who discards a perfectly good solid cherry table?  :-) 

Let's back up just a little before I get to talking too much. :-)

The story begins like this...

One afternoon I created a lovely sleigh and reindeer vignette on the coffee table.  (It's a little "over the top" design for me.) 

Then...I purchased a couple of extra reindeer. 

My vignette outgrew the coffee table. 

What did I do? 

I created a new vignette on the coffee table (and moved the reindeer and sleigh to a larger venue.)

I added some brass candlesticks and bowls to go along with the leopard pillows and throw. The sparkle trees have silver and gold glitter on well as all over the house. 

As great as those glitter trees look, I am seriously rethinking using them. ha!

I shopped the house for all of the accessories on the table. I love faux boxwood balls. I use them for all seasons, but they work especially well to give me some green for Christmas.

I put my pups in the vignette because they are black and white and go nicely with my red pillows and white sofa and chairs in the room. 

The lining of my white lamp is gold foil which casts a very golden tone on everything. I love it. 

Hubby purchased a cute golden retriever pillow at Pier One, in memory of our fur baby Mikey. Mikey loved Christmas lights, as well as Christmas crumbs on the floor.

Santa is keeping an eye on everything. You know...there is that naughty and nice thing!

View from the dining room into the parlor. 
I took this pic on Thanksgiving afternoon. 

At the time of this pic...the tree was still a work in progress.

Where did I put the sleigh and the reindeer? Let's take a look in the dining room!

These twin sleighs were quite the find! They are cast metal and should last a long time. I love the silver look.

I put silver sparkle jingle bells in the large sleigh, and tied ribbons around both sleighs. 

I thought I would go a little wild and use mismatched ribbon. There is something about it that appeals to me this year. Just trying to be a little "fancy" maybe? :-)

I considered purchasing silver reindeer but I fell in love with these more natural reindeer with silver sparkle.

I tied lengths of ribbon around the base of each glitter tree. (The glitter trees and reindeer are from Hobby Lobby.)

I could not find a new Christmas table runner that appealed to me so I just folded an ivory damask cloth and made my own. I was wanting a snowy look, so this works. 

I added a faux boxwood wreath to the china cabinet, and topped it with a red plaid ribbon that matches the table ribbon. 

I twisted red plaid ribbon into the berry sprigs.

Now, let's visit the kitchen for a minute...

I am carrying the red plaid theme into the kitchen also. 

Simple plaid napkins add just the zing I need to make the kitchen table festive. post

Even my kitchen is has red, black, and white! It is always black and white...which made it easy to add red for Christmas decorating. :-)

To see the details of the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop just click here.

I have much more inspiration to show you, but for this post I will stop now.

I hope you come back for more Christmas posts...there will be many!

You might like to subscribe so that you get the posts in your email...for free. :-)

I have a tab at the top of the page called Holiday Decorating. There are two Christmas choices from which you can choose to see more of my Christmas posts.

Many thanks to Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate who organized this delightful home tour. Chloe is on be sure to visit her! 

Please visit my blog friends who have created some beautiful inspiration for you. Their home tours will go live on the day listed below. I invite you to come back each day to click their link and see what gorgeous surprises await you.

I very much appreciate your taking the time to visit me today! I hope that you can come back to visit again soon. I am mixing and moving decorations around the house, so there will be a lot more to see as we move though the Christmas season. 

Some previous Christmas posts... 

Sharing my posts with these blog parties...    
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Sat Linkup)
The Everyday Home Blog, Share it One More Time Inspiration Party (Sat Linkup)
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
My Heart Lives Here, Social Monday (Sunday linkup)
Botanic Blue, Social Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party (Sunday Linkup)
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday (Sunday Linkup)
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Creative Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
The Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Cozy Little House, Home for Christmas Link-Up.
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays
Oh My Heartsie Girl
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday 

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Everything is so pretty and I definitely see English country in your style.

  2. Sheila, your home looks beautiful! I love all the bows and the red and black together. I decorated with a lot of red and black this year too. Hopefully, I will get some of those photos up on the blog tomorrow! Enjoy your week!

  3. Gorgeous Holiday décor. Each vignette is wonderful and you've used lovely details as well. I will pin it to save.
    Yes, it's English looking and it's my fav in every décor !

  4. Everything is beautiful and I love the coffee table!!!

  5. I like both the vignettes you created with the sleigh and the reindeer! Your plaid ribbon is so pretty! Love the wreaths out on the chairs on the porch. Glad you like red too- it's my absolute favorite Christmas color! I do believe I am finally done with my decorating!

  6. What fantastic decorations and you've created such beautiful vignettes throughout your gorgeous home. I love the red, black and white colour combo for Christmas but what I love even more is how you mixed plaid with leopard - looks terrific and definitely not something I would have thought of! Your first pic with the black lanterns by the chair and the lovely pillow just says "come sit and enjoy the decorations" and I'm pretending I got to relax there and take it all in...really enjoyed my stop on the Hop!

  7. Sheila, a beautiful tour...I am a huge fan of English Country! I would say we have very similar styles with traditional decor. I love the sleigh and reindeer on your dining table,,,they found a great stop over there! Wishing you a wonder-filled day!

  8. Beautiful Shelia! I love the leopard, plaid, red and black! So striking and to carry that theme all through the house is so effective. Your sleigh and reindeer are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  9. Sheila, your English traditional style is beautiful, and carried very well throughout your home. I especially love the pops of black with red throughout. The DR centerpiece turned out gorgeous, even if it does mean glitter dust everywhere (although I can certainly relate to pondering over that). ;) Happy Holidays!
    Rita C at Panoply

  10. I love it! The leopard skin throw and ribbons and sparkly reindeer - oh my!

  11. oh Sheila, love how you mixed in the animal print! That's such a winning combo and your dining room looks just spectacular.

  12. Sheila, I love all your vignettes. Each one is special and I can see how it's tempting to move things around. What fun. The leopard throws with the red velvet pillows is genius. Wonderful colors and your slightly English vibe is lovely.

  13. Sheila, I love your traditional style! Everything looks beautiful! Your house is gorgeous adorned for the Christmas Season! It looks like such a warm, happy, and inviting space. Thanks so much for the tour! Merry Christmas!!!

  14. Your home is spectacular as always. So fun, so festive, so chic!

  15. Everything looks wonderful! I hope you can sit down and put your feet up now...unless you are re-styling your coffee table yet again! That cracks me up! I feel like when I am done decorating something for the holidays, I don't have time to go back and re-arrange it! There are still so many cookies to bake!! I LOVE those silver sleighs! They are beautiful and there are so many ways you could use them! I am happy your little dogs made a re-appearance for the holiday, too. The leopard print ribbon combined with the red is a great touch and I am always loving on all of the plaid!

  16. Lovely!! I love the pops of leopard against the red!! Such a festive home, just beautiful, Sheila!

  17. Hello Sheila,

    Your home is simply gorgeous. All of your decor and vignettes are stunning. I am loving your color scheme and textures. The red plaid and leopard prints give your home a sophisticated feel while still being cozy.

    I also love the reindeer on your table. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your beautiful home with us.

    Happy to be on this blog hop with you,

    Happy holidays,


  18. Hi Sheila! Your home is just stunning. You certainly have the Christmasing touch.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Your home is beautifully decorated for the holiday! Merry Christmas to you!

  20. Sheila, everything is just gorgeous! You have a good eye for shopping for elements for decor, things that can be used again and again, and look fresh each time. The Mikey pillow is probably one of my favorite things.

  21. Hi! It's Kristy from Starfish Cottage (my daughters name is Hayley and I apologize because I don't know how to update it!?) Your home is so beautiful decorated for the holidays...I love all the gorgeous plaid ribbons and festive decor! Thanks so much for sharing your photos- its been really fun blog hopping with you this week.

  22. Everything is so beautiful and your dialogue is charming. I'm loving the combo of the tartan and leopard ribbons. Daring, yet classic. It's been fun participating in Chloe's blog hop. Thanks for your post.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  23. I have enjoyed seeing your sneak peek photos on Instagram, and now I have the joy of seeing the whole tour. I love your traditional style, with the fresh, beautiful spins you add. I loved your decorations last year, and I love them even more in 2016. The plaid bows are so merry and pretty, and I adore the red dog pillow, too! The sleds, the boxwood wreaths, the dog figurines, the reindeer...I love it all! Christmas cheer and magic is present in every detail!

  24. Sheila, everything looks beautiful! I have incorporated a touch of animal in a lot of my decor and tree this year too! I love it mixed with the plaid too! The deer are beautiful as well as the sleighs. I'll be back for sure!

  25. Sheila, once again, you have overloaded the senses! I was mesmerized with the first photo of plaid with leopard print. Simply gorgeous. I love it all! Thanks for sharing. It's an honor to post alongside you!

  26. Beautiful Sheila, love all the red plaid ribbon and napkins. The cute pair of dogs, and reindeer. So many beautiful pillows. Well done Sheila.

  27. Sheila, your home is so pretty and inviting! I absolutely love the touches of leopard! You've added it in unique ways that brings your festive decor alive and makes a beautiful statement! Enjoyed the tour! :) ~Rhonda

  28. Your home is truly gorgeous have that right touch to make everything look so many beautiful vignettes and know how much I love your style!!!

  29. Your home is just beautiful for Christmas!

  30. I love the way your decorated your elegant and beautiful home Sheila! The plaid and leopard look amazing. Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
    Julie xo

  31. This is what I call, traditional with a kick! Love the mix of plaids and leopard! Fabulous!

  32. Everything looks gorgeous!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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