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Home for Christmas: The Hallway and Bathrooms

christmas-decorating-talk-of-the-houseWelcome back elves! I am popping back in with another quick post on holiday decorating today.  We got the master bedroom all dressed up for Christmas the last time we were together, and today we are going to do the same for three small spaces here.  So if you are ready, let’s get started!

We are moving our decorating party on into the master bathroom by adding a pretty red tray and a simple amaryllis to the top of the dresser.


I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I really prefer the decorations in these areas to be understated.  Are you thinking we need a garland up there on the drapes or perhaps a wreath in the window?  Just wait, I will add more to the other part of the bathroom. Okay?

master-bathroomNow do you remember that I painted the interior of the bathroom’s antique cupboard yellow a few months ago?  It looked like this:


Don’t you think it needs to be red for Christmas?  Good thing I saved those pieces of beadboard that my husband painted red last year. 🙂  Within 2 minutes our yellow backed cupboard changes into red.

cabinet-with-red-beadboardWhat a difference that makes! We’ll wrap the bars of soap in gold foil and put them back in the jar on the top shelf.  Then we will add some greenery to the top and a couple of red bows….

christmas-cupboardAnd now the master bathroom is dressed for the season. 🙂

master-bathroom-cupboard-decorated-for-christmasNow let’s move to the kids’ bathroom.  It has a shower curtain and window panels made from black and white gingham.  To add some contrast, let’s add some green in there.  (I bet you thought I was going to say red. 🙂 )


A green Christmas tree in a jar and a gift tied with green ribbon are two easy touches.

christmas-vignette-childrens-bathroomThe chalkboard was black, but I painted it green for another spot of color in the room.

christmas-chalkboardAnd the same goes for the wicker in there.  It had all been black, but I spray painted it green.  That’s it for the kids’ bath, so we can check it off our list. 🙂


Now for today’s last holiday decorating project…the little bedroom hallway.  We’ll hang a wreath in the window first by tying it to the drapery rod with some wide red grosgrain ribbon.

christmas-decorating-hallway-wreath-in-windowLast month I made a new cushion for the hallway bench with leftover scraps of black and white gingham, and I recycled the red cording that was around the blue plaid one there.  For our Christmas decorating by the bench, we get the red metal basket out of the attic, weave a red ribbon through it again like last year, and fill it with our collection of children’s Christmas books.

basket-of-childrens-christmas-booksA couple of books on top of the bench along with a toy train make it an even more merry spot. 🙂


And that finishes our work for today.hallway-bench

Three more spaces are now ready for Christmas, and we will move on into our daughter’s bedroom the next time we get together here.


Thank you for coming along with me today! I hope you have a fun and productive weekend in store on this first official weekend of December.  Did any of you happen to see this movie when it opened last night?

I’m thinking it might be a good Christmas one to see this weekend. 🙂

Until next time…

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Sarah - December 16, 2016 - 8:53 pm

Nice touches for the baths. Love the red beadboard change out. Clever!

Debbie - Mountain Mama - December 8, 2016 - 3:15 pm

I just adore your home!! So cozy, warm, welcoming, homey….love, love, love!!

Ronda Watts - December 5, 2016 - 10:39 pm

Hi!!! Love everything-as usual. You are such an inspiration to so many people– so happy you are still blogging!!! Two questions– would love to learn how to write on chalkboards, etc. like you do. Is there a particular place you went to to learn the different techniques? Also, what brand/color green is that paint that you used to spray the wicker green? Thanks Kelly, once again, always love it when I see you have posted something new!!!
Good morning Ronda!
Thank you for your sweet comments. As far as writing goes, I just doodled and looked at examples (back then) in books to copy. Now I frequently study posters and fonts online to help me get a start on a lettering project. If you have not seen this post it may better answer this question: There is also a part 2 here:
The paint I used to spray the wicker is Moss Point Green by Olympic (sold at Lowes.) It does not come in a spray can. It is a mixed paint that I put in the sprayer that we own.
Thank you for reading the post and taking the time to comment Ronda.
Happy New Year!

Dawn - December 5, 2016 - 9:48 am


I love your Christmas touches every where but I especially love the children’s bathroom! Your red looks lovely but green is always my favorite and I love that it is not a traditional “Christmas green.” The green is so inviting and clean. Thanks for sharing! Take care.


Judy - December 4, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Another great holiday blog! I especially loved the idea of the red wire basket filled with cherished children’s Christmas books. As a retired English teacher, I have many of them. Christmas is a good time to dust off some of those old favorites. Reading them brings back joyful memories of friends and family. Isn’t that really what we celebrate during the Christmas season? Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Anita - December 4, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Girl, you are soooo clever!!! Love it all…

Garden, Home and Party - December 4, 2016 - 8:41 pm

It all looks wonderful.I love the red bead board, yes, it was “needed”. 🙂

DeAnn - December 4, 2016 - 3:10 pm

I love your homey touches! Your place is darling. I noticed in one of the bathroom pics that you have a metal floor grate. Did you know that you can get them in wood to match your floor? Or in old-fashioned metal designs? We had the very same ones as you until we put in hardwood floors a few years back – and grates to match. You would love them!

marianne culver - December 4, 2016 - 10:06 am

Thanks for sharing a little bit of joy through your design work.

Great to hear that someone else out there stills sew their own

soft coverings. : ) Beautiful little cushion. Merry Christmas - December 4, 2016 - 8:29 am

Absolutely love all of the holiday decorating you are doing in your home! Your posts are always inspiring and a joy to read. Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead.

cl - December 4, 2016 - 12:59 am

Oh my gosh, I love your cheerful enthusiasm and taste and style!!!
Mary Ann

julia walker - December 3, 2016 - 10:36 pm

Kelly, You’re inspiring me once again! I love your bench cushion in the hall. Have a wonderful time with your daughter! Julia

Rosemary - December 3, 2016 - 6:39 pm

ps I’ve just noticed the little red pumps under the stool in your hallway …soooo. Cute! 🙂 did they belong to one of your children?

Rosemary - December 3, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Oh Kelly! Absolute perfection! I really do mean it just seem to have the knack of making simple things look so beautiful and just perfect for the season.
I really must try to look at my house as though through your eyes and see what I can do to make it look that extra bit special.
Thank you once again, for sharing your home with us all.
I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well and you’re having a wonderful week with your daughter. I especially like her “Christmas bedroom” in the pictures you’ve shown us previously.
Take care …

Gina - December 3, 2016 - 5:07 pm

I love how you spread Christmas throughout your house. 🙂 Great idea with the red bead board! I love that shade of green in the other bathroom too. Ha, I’ve been “repainting” stuff too. I painted a bucket (it was spray painted rust from years ago) for a little tree for my bedroom! 🙂 I always get our children’s Christmas books out too. 🙂 I want to see the movie, because it was filmed an hour and a half from here and one of the executive producers is from our town! I need to ask his sister-in-law at church tomorrow where it is showing. 😀

Renee Cook - December 3, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Oh, my goodness, you always do such a lovely job of decorating! One of my favorite things is the way you can change out the back of your hutch in the bathroom. I thought of doing that to our built-in bookcases, but never did, so yours is the first time I’ve actually seen it done. I also like how simply you’ve embellished each area. I feel like some of my garlands are a little too thick and I think I like yours better. Thanks so much for the continuing inspiration! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kelly!!

cindy hattersley - December 3, 2016 - 12:58 pm

I wish you would come to my house and decorate my house! You always inspire me to use more red! Lovely!

Nancy - December 3, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Hi, Kelly,
I so appreciate all the effort you put into creating this blog. I know it takes time to take before and after pictures, create all the lovely decor,and send them in a timely way to us when you could be doing other things. But–your blog is a lovely gift that we all enjoy. It is a delight to see your name in our email and know we will be transported to your warm, welcoming home. In addition to the pure pleasure of looking at all your creative ideas, we are inspired to bring beauty and cheer to our own homes. Thank you!
I am so glad you think of the blog as a gift. It is definitely what I feel led to make it. Thank you for your always thoughtful and encouraging comments. Your words are a gift to me! 🙂

Leslie Anne Tarabella - December 3, 2016 - 11:20 am

Your bench cushion turned out great! Love the subtle touches here and there.

Cindy - December 3, 2016 - 10:42 am

Kelly: I always enjoy visiting your blog. No matter the season, you decorate in such a way that there is attention to detail (wrapping soaps, putting train on Polar Express, etc.) which I think makes your home even more comfortable and welcoming. Nothing is “in your face”; the subtleness is what makes it very special.

Louvina - December 3, 2016 - 10:24 am

Another wake up post that is delightful! Simply beautiful! I think I will keep things simple too —just a touch here and there that says “peace, joy, love.” Have been saddened by the wildfires and terrible weather this week– we have much to be thankful for and hope you are enjoying the simple things of life. 💕🌲⛄️️🇺🇸😇

Mary B - December 3, 2016 - 10:06 am

Thanks for sharing the movie trailer . . . the movie looks great. And, of course, all of your decorating ideas are great, too! Thank you for blogging!!!!!!

Sandy - December 3, 2016 - 9:47 am

I love how you use such simple things like wrapped boxes, ribbon, and books to make everything so festive.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 3, 2016 - 9:41 am

You always have the prettiest ideas! Love all the red!

Marianne in Mo. - December 3, 2016 - 9:28 am

Really cute, love all the little touches that you do to add a bit of the holiday all around. Little red tennis shoes when you don’t have a little person around? I would never think of that!
You did motivate me – After 4 hours of work, I managed to get the tree up and lights on it – but that’s as far as I got! Have to say, in my defense, I used to work at a store that sold trees, and it was my job to decorate them (along with two other ladies). We were trained on the “proper” way to decorate them, so I have a problem not being so perfect with the whole thing. Each branch just so, lights wrapped along the branches and through the center, etc. At 62, I now just want to pay someone to do it for me, if only I could afford that!!! Will finish up today (I hope!) in between the regular chores I have.
Have a lovely weekend!
Whoa…I can see how that would steal the joy from decorating a tree. I do not like putting the lights on….wish someone else would do that for me. But I love everything else about decorating it. Once I get past the darn lights, I am happy. Wish I could have helped you with yours (after you did the lights perfectly of course. LOL) Oh, and I consider the tree a 1 day job, so if you got that done after a day of work, I think you did good! 🙂

Lynne - December 3, 2016 - 9:13 am

Kelly, I love the green you painted your black wicker with. Can you share the color of the paint with us? Your home looks so cozy and pretty! Merry Christmas!
Lynne, it was a mixed paint I put in my sprayer…not a spray can. It was Moss Point Green by Olympic sold at Lowes. But I did not like the smell of it…took several days for it to go away. The next time I need that green I am going to look for it in a different brand of paint.

bev - December 3, 2016 - 9:02 am

always delighted to see your posts. lovely!!
Thank you for sharing.

Arlene@Nanaland - December 3, 2016 - 8:34 am

Kelly, Red is my favorite color and I love how you have used it in your home this Christmas. It is a color that just makes me happy.

Donnie - December 3, 2016 - 8:25 am

As always, so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Carol - December 3, 2016 - 7:48 am

Wow, Kelly, your home is Christmas personified! I always am inspired by your decorating. (possibly because we love the same colors😄)
Won’t it be hard to leave your beautiful home? We are in the process of designing a new home and moving to another state to b e closer to family. I will miss my home and friends but am looking forward to new adventures! I hope 2017 brings you and your family wonderful adventures! Merry Christmas!

Karen - December 3, 2016 - 6:45 am

Always a delight! I Throughly enjoy all your decorative touches but am particularly smitten with the bench cushion. The red checked trim on the black and white cover is just too darn cute. I will have to remember that one!
Merry Christmas decorating Kelly!

Tricia - December 3, 2016 - 5:50 am

Oh my word, Kelly, your attention to detail never fails to impress! Who but you would think to transform the back of your cupboard for the season! I love it! Everything is so pretty and I love the green chalkboard. Your beautiful handwriting makes it particularly special.

Home for Christmas: Our Master Bedroom

christmas-decorating-master-bedroomWell my dear friends, the Christmas decorating whirlwind has been spinning through the house.  And this year, for a change, I thought I would just drag you right along with me as the merriment progresses from room to room. 🙂


I always always begin in our master bedroom.  It is a room that is out of view from the rest of the house, so I can start there as early as possible and still feel like I am not taking away from Thanksgiving.  (Plus I had to start early this year in order to be ready for our daughter’s “Christmas visit” this week!)


We start by hanging the wreath above the bed.  It is stored in the cleaning closet the rest of year with a garbage bag over it to keep off the dust.


Our next job is decorating the tree in there.  Everything needed for decorating it is in box #1 in the attic Christmas boxes – all the lights and red ribbon.  I normally have to iron some of the ribbon on low heat to get out the wrinkles that set in during the year of storage, but that usually doesn’t take very long.


I’m not tweaking the decorations in the master bedroom very much this year because the room has new drapes which gives it a somewhat new look anyway.


The gifts under the tree do get new gift wrap and tags.
(Don’t you just love Sugar Paper’s tags again this year?!)


And an amaryllis plant is in place of my typical holly arrangement.


The yellow quilt and shams that were on the bed for fall are replaced with our old red comforter and quilted shams for winter. They will work perfectly for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. 🙂

master-bedroom-with-christmas-treeA red platter (an old old one from Hobby Lobby) and a teapot- both from the kitchen, are put with a bottle brush tree, a Pottery Barn Santa mug, and a candle on the dresser for a bit of Christmas decoration there.

master-bedroom-dresserAnd voila! The room is now holiday ready. 🙂

HomTime to move on down the hall to the next room.
(Yes, there really is a method to my madness! 🙂 )


As I am dragging you from room to room with all the Christmas decorating, I’ve decided to do shorter but more frequent posts during December.  I think that will work better for both of us during this busy time of year.  I hope you are having fun getting things ready at your home for Christmas.  See you back here real soon for the next room(s) to be decorated!  🙂

Until next time…
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p.s.  If you need an Advent Calendar to use for this month of Christmas, don’t forget about the one here from last year.  I really enjoyed it during the last Christmas season and will be using it again this year.

diy Advent calendar garland

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Debbie - Mountain Mama - December 8, 2016 - 3:18 pm

Too cute!! Your bedroom is so much more ‘Christmas-y’ than mine!! Oh well, that’s what makes the world go round – we all like to pop in and visit each other, and see what inspiration we can gleam for next year’s decorating!!

Edwina Wood - December 5, 2016 - 10:12 pm

Just found you! So excited, will be following closely this Christmas! Merry On!

Dawn - December 5, 2016 - 9:51 am


I love that you are sharing as you go! More frequent, short posts is perfect for the Christmas season!


Teresa Person - December 3, 2016 - 8:19 am

Love your shiplap walls… Black and white check chair and ottoman so cozy… Pretty Christmas decor….thanks for sharing… Teresa

Kristy - December 2, 2016 - 2:16 pm

So lovely….I don’t have room for a tree in the MBR, but I think I may use a lighted garland over a chest. I mulled the tree over, while I sorted through décor last night, and looked at everything I have tucked away, trying to decide what to set out when! Your MBR has inspired me to get busy. Thank you for sharing.

Kaye Ann - December 2, 2016 - 10:38 am

Just beautiful. I have a tree in my master as well, but you’ve given me some new thoughts…..

I love the glow of the lights at night.

Jayne - December 1, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with us. I really miss you when you’re away from you blog. Just little snippets of your home inspire me and keep me wanting to be as neat as you appear to be. Your taste is perfect.

Rosemary - December 1, 2016 - 5:53 pm

Your bedroom looks beautiful! Stunning, Kelly.
I’m so jealous 🙂 I mean that kindly …not in a mean way! I’ve honestly never though about decorating my bedroom before …sometimes it’s hard just keeping it organised 🙂
You’ve inspired me,yet again!
I’m so happy for you, having your daughter home…enjoy your time together.

Marianne in Mo. - December 1, 2016 - 4:18 pm

I should have read this first thing this morning, for motivation! I can’t seem to get moved to do much lately, even though I have good intentions when I wake up. We have the outside done, and I did the mantle, but that’s as far as I got. What fun to come here and see your decorating! I always love what you’ve done, no matter what it is. Now I think I will drag the tree box upstairs from the basement and see what transpires! Thanks for the push!
Looking forward to the rest!

Every time I go on Pinterest, I see your kitchen sink area dressed for Christmas. Wonder how many times it has been pinned? I know I have it! 🙂

Barbara (WA) - December 1, 2016 - 11:35 am

How fun to follow you from room to room! I have a Christmas quilt on our bed in the Master Bedroom this year, the first time ever. 🎄

Garden, Home and Party - December 1, 2016 - 11:14 am

I love the red, and the room looks festive and fun. I love the idea of shorter posts this month. We’re all operating with less free time, which is fine by me, so you’re helping with the season’s requirements. 🙂

Cindy T - December 1, 2016 - 10:16 am

I am always excited for your Christmas posts! You have inspired me to the point that I have ordered first pair of Buffalo check curtains for the bedroom.. Unfortunately I’m not as talented as you to make my own! Everything is beautiful!

Sandy - December 1, 2016 - 9:41 am

I love your bedroom. The new curtains are lovely too. Great idea to start in the bedroom and get that headstart without interrupting the wonder of Thanksgiving. Look forward to the rest of the home.

Donnamae - December 1, 2016 - 9:26 am

Love that your tree is decorated ornament free! So beautiful! Happy to hear you will be posting more often! Enjoy your day! 😉

Leigh B. - December 1, 2016 - 9:12 am

There is nothing quite like red, and at Christmas….wow! So lovely and welcoming. I look forward to seeing the rest of your beautiful home as the posts keep coming. Merry Christmas🎄

Gina - December 1, 2016 - 8:59 am

I haven’t ever decorated our bedroom for Christmas, but I’ve been thinking about it. I feel inspired by your room. Guests would catch a glimpse of my room on the way to the bathroom so I should!! 🙂 Haha, I think you’ve motivated me to do it. 😉 I love how simple yours is. I’m a slow decorator and have just started. I plan to knock out most of it today though. 🙂

Leslie Anne Tarabella - December 1, 2016 - 8:55 am

I’ve decorated the bedroom in the past, but got away from doing it. You’re beautiful room has inspired me to go at it again!

Louvina - December 1, 2016 - 8:24 am

Turning over the calendar to December and waking up to your post –what a great way to start the Yule Season! Loved seeing your master bedroom and have been inspired to tweak mine! First time I have had Christmas bedding that will carry over into February since it looks more wintery! I am recovering from another surgery and should be fine by the last of the month!! Know you are going to enjoy your daughter’s visit this week and hopefully be able to spend some holiday time at WDW — the happiest place on the planet!! Happy December to you and yours Sweet Kelly!! 💕🌲⛄️️🎶

mari1017 - December 1, 2016 - 8:20 am

Welcome to December, Kelly!!!! Been absent due to caring for my mom, but I have been reading all your posts though hurriedly. So glad you are back to be excited about your blog! It’s such a pick me up for me personally, and I thank you. I love how you decorate with so many basic and beautiful items, adding your special touch of creativity. Thank you again for sharing with all of us!
December here we come even if it is 75 degrees here in Virginia! It’s one reason why I moved here. Hope you and yours were ok in all the storms. Have a blessed day!

Monica - December 1, 2016 - 8:17 am

Kelly, Yours was the first blog I ever read 4 years ago and it is still my favorite!
I love your decorating style, practicality, timing of posting, and lack of pop up advertisements. It is a pleasurable, happy time in my day when I see your email.
Happy Holidays!

Design Chic - December 1, 2016 - 7:51 am

Everything looks so beautiful, Kelly! I love that you have a tree in your bedroom and the wreath over the bed is a fabulous idea…may do the same thing! Thank you for the inspiration!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 1, 2016 - 7:34 am

I always look forward to seeing your home decorated for Christmas! Your master bedroom looks beautiful with all the red and I love that advent calendar!

Amy Mac - December 1, 2016 - 7:01 am

I love how you always show that just a few little special touches can make a huge impact! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorations in the rest of your home!

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