Tradition With A Twist

A pair of fresh evergreen wreaths and garlands embellish the front entry doors.

 Homeowners Sandra and John Shaw.

Poinsettias, fresh greenery and candles add holiday color to the corner fireplace.







Tradition with a Twist
Wander these rooms to find many seasonal vignettes.

by Debby Larsen  |  Photography by Betsy Allen

Sandra and John Shaw’s holiday décor is traditional, but incorporates elements that give it a Southwestern slant. In every corner of the home, there is a surprise to be discovered.  

Holding center stage in the living room is a seven-foot tree displaying dozens of Old World-style glass ornaments that have been collected over many years. In addition, hundreds of tiny lights and gold candles shimmer on the branches. The tree skirt was once part of Sandra’s mother’s festive apparel.

When this artificial tree is finally retired next season, it will have a new home on the porch with the twinkling lights still illuminating it.

According to Sandra, lighting is a very essential element in the décor. Strands of tiny lights are added to the landscaping so they can be enjoyed from inside the house during chilly evenings.  
Also, to create a subtle ambience for the interiors, Sandra employs dimmer switches in all areas.

Each year, when the day arrives to begin decorating, the family’s crèche is the first item to be displayed, becoming a centerpiece in the entry hall.

Sandra started collecting glass trees several years ago and combines them with votive candles and quartz specimens displayed on mirrored stands.
Masses of white or red fresh roses and fragrant fresh greens are surrounded by tiny LEDs.

Each year the fireplace mantel has a new look. In this example, lightly frosted faux-garlands were laced with pale pink French ribbons, white candles and fresh greens.

Even the kitchen gets the holiday treatment. A wreath adorns the stove hood. Twinkling lights and silver ornaments are scattered among large, silver serving trays for the holiday buffets. The breakfast room table is set for Christmas Eve dinner and the dining table is adorned for a Christmas Day brunch. HG