My Snowy Christmas Great Room

This year my Great Room Christmas decor began with a beautiful flocked tree.

Thus began with the thought of doing a Snowy Christmas theme of

white and neutrals in the room and maybe a pop of color here and there.

Today, my friends and I are partnering with the wonderful company

of Tree Classics for Snowy Sundays, featuring My Snowy Christmas Great Room.


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The tree that I chose is the 7 1/2 foot Flocked Alpine Spruce Tree.

It was a perfect fit for the space in my Great Room for its slender profile.

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It’s the very first thing that you see when you enter my home.

You know how much I love color, but this year, I really wanted to embrace

more gold and neutral tones …. with a little bit of bling!

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Another inspiration was definitely the elegant gold satin sequined tree skirt.

Packages wrapped with sheer gold ribbon, snowy ornaments and beads

lie beneath the snowy tree.

Even my bird’s nest glistens with lots of sequins.

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Snowy . . . snowy Sundays. What do I do on a snowy Sunday?

Well I can tell you it is not what my hubby would do.

He would be sledding down the hills of the golf course with the neighborhood kids.

Yes, he fits right in . . . as he is definitely one of them.

They call him the Pied Piper of kids and dogs.

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And speaking of the Pied Piper of kids and dogs . . .

there is a special gift under the tree for him.

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I placed my antique bamboo stool under the tree to give a special gift

a place of distinction.

I love placing small pieces of furniture by the tree.

So this year, I chose my antique bamboo and cane chair.

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A royal gift deserves a crown!

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Since we are seeing what lies beneath the tree, let’s take a look

on what is at the very top!

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A snowy tree has to have a snowy owl or two!

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And a snowy bird too . . . all perched on snowy branches.

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I chose to hang gold and silver ornaments with a small amount of blue.

Many of the ornaments are from my collection I have gathered over many years

and there are some beautiful ones added this year from Tree Classics.

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A set of the Silver and Gold Ornament Collection adds true elegance to the tree.

Along with the Silver Finial Collection.

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Talk about adding a little bit more color, I added these poinsettias to the hearth.

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These creamy colored poinsettias remind me more of Winter.

And speaking of Winter and Snow . . .

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Let’s talk about what I may typically do on a quiet Snowy Sunday.

Well, Sundays for me is a day that I try to just “enjoy the day.”

So when there is snow on the ground, I just love to sit on the sofa with a favorite

drink and just gaze upon the beauty outside. And if it is actually snowing, that is a bonus!

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And . . . if we are lucky enough to have a White Christmas, then it is even better,

as I can gaze upon the fruits or should I say trees, of my labor and just enjoy them.

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Now, I must say that I have been a Florida girl most of my life,

with a brief stint (other than the Army bases we lived in my younger years)

in Iowa. Yes, my dad thought it was a good idea to move the family to Iowa,

where he was born and raised on a farm, until he joined the Army for WWII.

Well, we lasted only one winter there . . . it was my siblings’ and my first

experience with snow. . . My Dad said he forgot how cold it was there

and we quickly moved back to Florida!!!

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My family had many Christmas traditions and when I had a family of my own,

we soon created our own. I will tell you about one tradition that we had.

Of course I was the one who decorated the tree. The men in the family just

weren’t  interested. My hubby’s job was to put the tree up and the rest was up to me

which was fine as I get a little picky and obsessive about my trees!

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I always saved two things for my hubby and my son to place on the tree.

My hubby placed the star on the tree and my son would place an ornament

that I had purchased just for him that year.  I did that  until he left for college.

When he left for college, I found this most wonderful and appropriate ornament.

That ornament became the one he would place on the tree each year when he was away

at college or on his own . . . until he got married.

I will leave you with that  ornament,  which  often times had made me a bit weepy.

Still does!

I am such the sentimental one.

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How about you? Are you the sentimental one when it comes to trimming the trees

with your treasured memory ornaments?

My thanks to Tree Classics for partnering with us to bring you the amazing

Snowy Sundays tour.

Visit my friends for more gorgeous Snowy Sundays Inspiration!





Note: Tree Classics sent me the gorgeous flocked tree and products mentioned above

for review. I LOVE these products and all glowing opinions are joyfully my own!!

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  1. Marty Oravetz says

    Your tree is absolutely stunning. I love your son’s ornament too. Yes, I am the sentimental one and wish everyone was home for Christmas. Hard to do when they are grown and married and live in different states.

  2. I have been waiting to see this tree and it is simply stunning! I LOVE the tree topper!
    I can just picture your hubby playing with the neighborhood kids in the snow.

  3. A beautiful home you have. Your tree is gorgeous and so are your decorations Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the tour.
    I had to look at the post a few time to take in all the beauty.

  4. You really outdid yourself with this tree Shirley and your home looks amazing for the holiday season! Fun touring with you today…xo, Janet
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  5. Hi Shirley, your tree is absolutely beautiful! I love the white and gold with touches of blue. A snowy Christmas is perfect!
    xoxo Jo

  6. Shirley, your home is absolutely gorgeous! Your tree is amazing! Hey, it pays to be picky and obsessive when decorating a tree. I loved hearing the story about your son’s ornament and how that tradition endured for years. xoxo

  7. It’s all so pretty, Shirley! I love the layout of your house. Pretty little spots all over the place. 🙂

  8. How beautiful it all is Shirley! When my boys grew up and left for there own homes, we packed up and sent their special ornaments with them.
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  9. Shirley this is just so beautiful. Love love your snowy tree. The tree topper is my fave. That is so fun with the white tree branches and owls. Love that! I think I need a snowy tree for my white cottage. Have a great weekend.
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  10. OH Shirley! Your tree is beyond beautiful, it’s stunning. The colors, the textures, and then the inspired topper of white twigs and birds. You create true beauty, I can only imagine how magical this tree looks in “real life.” Happy Sunday to you, snowy or otherwise. Xo Lidy

  11. Shirley, it is all just absolutely gorgeous! Your house is so elegant and pretty and your tree just shines with all that sparkler and gleaming gold. I love it all! Merry Christmas to you, my friend!

  12. Hi Shirley! What a lovely post. I enjoyed your story about living in cold Iowa, then moving back to Florida. Snow is beautiful…inside on a tree! I hope you enjoy the holiday season. Hugs from Colorado, Pat at Bringing French Country Home
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  13. Oh!!! Your snowy tree is exquisite! The ornaments are gorgeous and the one for your son is perfect. I am sure it would make me a little weepy too! We always miss our son now on Christmas since he moved to Fl. But we get to see him every Thanksgiving so for that I am GRATEFUL! Your whole room looks beautiful Shirley. I hope you are enjoying this pretty Sunday even though it is not snowing:) We are off now to Lancaster county yo pick up something for Joe and then have an early dinner up there. XO, Pinky
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  14. Shirley, as always you have decorated a beautiful tree. I have enjoyed waiting for your next adventure that you add to your beautiful home. I am loving the touches of nature the birds and owls, that of course go with trees. I have one special ornament that goes on my tree each year, a Christmas elf my son made in kindergarten and he is now 52. I call him the keeper of the tree.

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  16. Sherry Myers says

    I love it! Beautiful! Gorgeous! You always have the touch, Shirley! Thank you for sharing. And I would be with you on the couch watching the beauty of a snowy day. Sentimental is good! It brings so much joy and gratefulness to life! I would love to step through your front door. But pictures are worth a thousand words. Thank you.

  17. This tree is absolutely gorgeous….love the silver and gold on it! Sentimental?….I know how that is! That may be part of my storage problem!!

  18. Oh I love your white tree Shirley! My daughter and I were ohhing and ahhing over flocked trees yesterday when we went to get our trees at the lot… next year!! So pretty! Your tradition of your husband and son placing special ornaments is so sweet!
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  19. Your tree is absolutely beautiful. I am loving flocked trees more and more. I think I see one in my future!

  20. Shirley, that truly is a gorgeous tree! I love the sparkle of silver and gold. Winter and snow has not come to Utah yet. It has felt more like spring. I am loving it, but we really need the snow!

  21. Absolutely gorgeous… it all! Beautiful home!!!

  22. STUNNING! What a beautiful tree and all the decor is gorgeous. Have a happy day Shirley!
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  23. The flocked tree is a beauty and with your ornaments it’s gorgeous! I love how you did the top – beautiful! We should be getting snow this week- perhaps the cooler weather will make it’s way to your area soon.
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  24. Becky in 'Bama says

    Your tree is quite the show stopper. I USED to be picky about my tree and the decorations on it. Those days are past – I’ve edited and edited – and now I’m down to a little 3-footer. Ha. Obviously it takes less time to decorate and un-decorate than the former 10 foot tree. Now I’ve got to talk myself into editing all those unused ornaments taking up valuable closet space. I love your decor – but even more I love my lack of decor to dismantle when the holidays are passed.

    p.s. – admittedly I do still have all my daughter’s hand-made decorations from her grammar school years – and she will be 40 this year. Mothers…that’s what we do.

  25. Shirley, I believe you are the queen of Christmas trees! Your tree is stunning, my friend! You have a real talent in putting it all together and making it the piece de resistance! What a sweet Precious Moments ornament and I am so sentimental!
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  26. Oh, Shirley. Your decorating always speaks to me, and this lovely white tree is just gorgeous! I have to admit that I like the “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” best of all, though. SO sweet–and I know just how you feel!

  27. Amy Chalmers says

    This gorgeous flocked tree looks completely at home in your majestic room Shirley. I just love the tone on tone decor with the tree following along the lines of the room. The gold accents make it sparkle!

  28. Everything looks beautiful Shirley!
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  29. Shirley, I’m in awe of your gorgeous snowy white tree and Christmas decor! I love flocked trees and yours is a beauty with your gold and silver ornaments and twigs and snowy owl tree toppers. ♥
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  30. Absolutely beautiful! I love what you have done with the place; you should be proud of your accomplishment.

  31. Shirley, your tree is so lovely! It’s both whimsical and beautiful at the same time. I love the flocked tree and your decor choices are perfect. So much interest and yet so cohesive. And how fun are the owls? Love!!
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