In The BNOTP Library: Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg

My most favorite way of decorating my home for Christmas is when I’m able to use fresh greenery from the garden. I first fell in love with using fruits and greenery in decorating when I visited Colonial Williamsburg many years ago.

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That was when I saw my first apple cone or apple tree centerpiece. (Tutorial for making a Colonial Williamsburg style fruit cone/tree centerpiece can be found here: Colonial Williamsburg Apple Cone Tree Tutorial)

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The book I’m sharing today shows how to make an apple cone and many of the other decorations you would see on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg.

In the BNOTP Library: Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg
Author: Susan Hight Rountree
Hardcover: 144 pages

Christmas Decorations From Williamsburg by Susan Hight Rountree

3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • Great tutorials for many of the beautiful natural greenery and fruit decorations you would find on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Information and tutorials cover making wreaths, cones, topiaries, kissing balls as well as decorating Christmas trees, mantels, tables, stairways and windows. Love the pictures showing these being used in Colonial Williamsburg homes.
  • Lots of yummy recipes under the chapter titled “Holiday Tables” toward the back of the book.

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  1. I have this same book, Susan!

  2. Susan, have had this book for years and still enjoy looking through the pages.
    Everything is so beautiful. Hope you enjoyed a special Day of Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for your friendship and the amazing information and inspiration you provide us, your readers. Happy Holidays!

  3. Love this book! I have been making apple cones and others since 1978. Even taught some classes. So beautiful! You can not get the wood cones anymore. I must have about 8 in different sizes. Great book and I do adore Williamsburg. I live across the river from there.

    • Wow, that’s amazing Peggy! I just have the one cone, given to me by a friend many years ago. I’ve bet you’ve made some beautiful cones/trees over the years!

    • Peggy, if you make one this year, takes some pictures of the process so I can share it here on BNOTP. I know BNOTP readers would love that!

      • This year I am just using my faux ones I made. My family is coming and we will be running around. I can send some photos of those.

  4. Thanks Susan,
    I just ordered this book thanks to you. I have been fascinated with this look for ever and would love to visit Williamsburg some day. Thanks for the info.

  5. Hi Susan, I too have had this book for years. A gift from my sister. She works at Colonial Williamsburg. She also lived in one of their houses before she bought her home in the town of Williamsburg. I love visiting there at Christmas.

    • What a fun place that would be to work, especially during Christmastime! Carol-Ann, that is so cool that she was actually able to live in one of the houses! Short commute to work, too. 🙂

  6. Can you tell me if it includes decorating a traditional chandelier? I am having trouble finding what I am looking for. I know I would enjoy the book!

  7. I have had that book for over 10 years and I still love it!!

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