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A Merry Christmas Tour – part 2

Welcome back for another part of our Christmas tour!  When we ended part 1 Gabbie and I were in the hall outside our daughter’s bedroom.  So today that is where we are going to begin.  Come on in!

As a blogger, I know I am supposed to change things around and come up with new ideas for my readers each season, but this year I’m afraid that is not really happening, and it’s for a couple of reasons.

First, to me Christmas is about traditions.  I think we come to expect certain things to be the same each year…the same menu for the family get-together, the same ornaments on the tree, the same little village set up in the cabinet, the same Nativity set placed carefully in its same special location.  It becomes ingrained in our expectations of the season…our children even expect it as part of their holiday traditions. This has always been a struggle for me as a blogger at Christmas.

Secondly, we hosted a party last weekend for some of our dearest friends from college (some even from childhood!)  Oddly enough, as many times as we have partied and traveled with them, we had never been able to get them all together at Christmas. So with this year being the first time we have been able to do that, I decided to decorate with all my favorites from all the past decorating ideas around here.  So I’m afraid you are going to see “repeats” from the past…beginning with all the “snow” decor in our daughter’s bedroom.

And our sons’ bedroom is decorated yet again with bicycles….

on the small tree on the dresser…

on the wreath hanging over the bed…

and tied on the package on the desk….

all to go along with the fun Christmas book, Red Ranger Came Calling.

The children’s bathroom gets its little green chalkboard…

and a few Christmas accessories for a touch of the season.

That finishes up all the holiday decorating in the bedroom wing, so let’s take a minute to check out the workroom in its holiday style.

If you have been reading here for a few years, you will recognize the small tree with the quote cards there on the cabinet…

and the little vw beetle with its tree. 🙂

The cute vintage looking Santa mugs are back, but I found another thermos this year that works perfectly with them.

And of course, my advent calendar is hung on the garland draping the window by my desk again.

The last thing to see in this room is the wrapping table overflowing with Christmas gift wrap and ribbons.  I think I am addicted to paper! (And it’s so sad that this is the last year Target will be carrying the Sugar Paper line. 🙁 It has been my favorite.)

Alright now we are going to leave my workroom,
walk past the kids’ Christmas stockings…
(The labels say, “Santa stop here.” 🙂 )

 And go out the door there by the bench with the Santa sack on it.

The next time we are together, we are going to look around outside and then come in the “real” front door for part 3. Fingers crossed I get to share it with you before Christmas!  I have a MAJOR amount of shopping to get done today and then a lot of wrapping to do after that.  I hope you are at the end of your Christmas to-do list (or better yet… finished!)

Until next time….

p.s.  Oh I almost forgot! Thank you for all your input on having a striped rug in our master bedroom!  It was an overwhelming “no” to the idea.  (I think my husband told all of you to say that! LOL 😉 )

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Nikki Makonnen - January 10, 2018 - 9:37 pm

I LOVE the decor…Its cozy, nostalgic, and cute right down to the littlest detail…Happy New Year…Cant wait to see what in store to come..Warm Wishes, Nikki

Peggy Z - December 26, 2017 - 11:22 am

Your home wears red so beautifully. I never tire of looking at your ingenious use of it. I’m a very traditional person. My children, who are now 40 and 37, expect the tree to have our family ornaments, gifts to them through the years from grandparents and aunts. We tried to change things up when we moved to the farm, but no. And now our grandson comes to help decorate and those ornaments are becoming part of his story.
Merry Christmas, Kelly! I hope your family was all home to share the joys of Christmas.
Thanks Peggy! You KNOW I love red! (It is such a happy color! 🙂 ) Love how your traditions are passing from one generation to the next. Our sons were home for Christmas, but our daughter spent the holiday with her future in-laws. (Totally understandable. 🙂 )
Many blessings to you for 2018. Happy New Year!

Donnamae - December 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Everything looks in readiness…and so wonderful. I don’t really change my Christmas decor too much from year to year. The tree always looks basically the same…and my Santa and snowmen collection are out in full force. My 3 harshest critics, my children now adults, see to that! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!! 😉

Cindy - December 23, 2017 - 5:02 pm

Hello, Kelly:
Again, you do not disappoint with your posts! I love tradition; every year I pull out the Christmas pillow case that my maternal grandmother made me (now it goes in the spare bedroom and not used). I have made pillow cases for my husband and I, along with ones for family. Our trees have ornaments that have meaning to us; we add a new one every year from a place that we have traveled. Our family also gets an ornament that has meaning to us. Your blog is a favorite of mine, as you share your home with us…a home that is so welcoming.
Merry Christmas, Cindy

julia walker - December 23, 2017 - 12:21 pm

Just beautiful Kelly! I love the bicycle them in your sons’ room. Have a wonderful Christmas and take care of yourself. Love, Julia

Robyn - December 23, 2017 - 11:23 am

Christmas traditions are a huge part of our Christmas. My boys come home and look for specific tree ornaments and little things we have had for years. I do the same at my parents house. To me that is what Christmas is all about!!! Everything is beautiful!!!

Cindy Lou Hoo - December 23, 2017 - 1:26 am

Spectacular and creative ! lOVE the black and red combo ! Please tell me where you got the black message ornaments ! Wonder if you could make them! Anyway! Great job ! I enjoyed it ! Merry Christmas !!
Thank you so much! The black message ornaments aren’t ornaments at all. They are quote cards that come in a box in Target. I just used a hole punch to put a hole in the top, and then I tied a short piece of red ribbon through them to hang on the tree. Hope you had a merry Christmas!
Many blessings for the new year!

Sherry M - December 22, 2017 - 11:39 pm

I have been following your blog for quite a few years now. Never tiring of your traditions in decorating, I look forward to each and every inspirational idea. I could curl up with a book in the corner of the bottom bunk in your daughter’s room, or I would feel quite cozy seated in the chair in your bedroom (without the rug,) enjoying that pretty red ribbon clad tree. That’s what your lovingly decorated home does for your readers. It captures and draws us in. It compels us to linger and look. And especially at this wonderful season, I, for one, want to say thank you for taking your precious time to share the traditions that your family has come to love and expect. I love it too.

Kathy - December 22, 2017 - 10:20 pm

Kelly, I love your traditions! I am still looking for a VW beetle to tie a little bottle brush tree on. I buy every little bottle brush tree I find. I was in a grocery store in Beaufort, SC that had some little cars but not one red VW bug. I could go for a lime green VW beetle like the first car we bought our daughter but that red one is SO cute! So many of the things in your home have inspired me. I now have a collection of the Santa mugs…the first being one my grandmother gave me as a child, then I bought the Pottery Barn Outlet ones like yours, and have continued to buy them. That desk in your son’s room has spoken to me since the first time I saw it. I love the blogs with the different looks this year but I have to come back to the family traditions with all of the red and green. Merry Christmas, Sweet Lady!!!!!!

DiAnne - December 22, 2017 - 9:51 pm

Your house looks beautiful! I love the sparkle and shine message on the green chalkboard in the bathroom. It is the season to sparkle and shine.

Janice - December 22, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Your home is beautiful and equally beautifully decorated.

Tricia - December 22, 2017 - 5:53 pm

Kelly, I love visiting your traditionally decorated Christmas. Please don’t change a thing! My favourite room has always been Hayley’s. Thank you!

Audrey C. - December 22, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Kelly, I’ve been delighted every time you post a new blog, and have enjoyed “visiting” yours for the last four years! Traditions are wonderful for children and adults–it gives a feeling of joy and secure anticipation that will always be cherished. Love your Christmas trees and all the red! Thank you for encouraging us with your blog–have a lovely Christmas and a blessed 2018…Audrey

Mary Beth Bryan - December 22, 2017 - 2:57 pm

Your home is beautiful!

Gina - December 22, 2017 - 1:03 pm

I like reading your blog because you ARE different than other bloggers. 😉 I always think your decorations are festive and inspiring. 🙂 Hope you finish all your shopping and we are lucky enough to see Part 3. I’m just doing a little more baking today. 😀

jae - December 22, 2017 - 12:17 pm

I love seeing your decor, even if it is the same. I think use of traditional, loved pieces is what gives Christmas decorating a warm, glad to be home feeling. Please dont change. Merry Christmas!

Sandy - December 22, 2017 - 11:28 am

Don’t you kind of hate it when the hubby is right?! 🙂 I love seeing your traditional stuff each year. It doesn’t get old, and you are so right, it is what we all expect and it gives a warm fuzzy feeling each year. I actually didn’t do a Christmas tour last year, because I didn’t do much different, but after seeing yours, I know we still love seeing it all again. I love your workroom. My little room looks like a bomb went off in it from wrapping. I am headed there to tidy up and finish wrapping presents.

Susan - December 22, 2017 - 11:17 am

You have such a gift for warm and meaningful holiday decor her! Did I miss somewhere the source/download possibility? For the lovely black quote cards? I must have them! And I too am a big fan of sugar paper from our favorite target…thank you so much, and merry Christmas!

N from VA - December 22, 2017 - 11:02 am

When its this good–repeat it again and again! Love your holiday cheer. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas, N from Va

Sandy - December 22, 2017 - 10:52 am

There’s not much to write that hasn’t been said in the dozen previous comments. I was so excited to see a post from you and then realize you wrote on the 20th too. I have been baking up a storm with my darling ten yr old granddaughter and haven’t had time for iPad or computer. Your Christmasy home is darling. I believe in tradition and I love the red! A blessed Christmas to you and your family from our home in Ohio.

Carol Ann - December 22, 2017 - 10:45 am

Kelly….if I had to use one word to describe the way your blog and decorating makes me feel is FUN! I love your colors, stories and themes…..just FUN and always inspirational. Never heard of the book Red Ranger Comes Calling but looking forward to ordering a copy and reading it. Children’s books are the best…for all ages. Merry Christmas and looking forward to post #3. 🌲🎅🏻😊

At Rivercrest Cottage - December 22, 2017 - 10:34 am

Oh Dear! I’ve not been told we couldn’t decorate the same each year. I come drop by your place to see the Christmas decorations I love so much. I would truly be disappointed if you change things up too much! Mainly I love that wonderful porch and the way you do it up. The rest of the house is just gravy on the biscuits! Until someone pays me to change my Christmas decor, I’m afraid I’ll be a bad blogger and just keep putting up my favorite decorations and I hope you will too. Merry Christmas, love. your home.

Patty in Michigan - December 22, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love your home at Christmas! It wears Christmas beautifully! Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Kristy - December 22, 2017 - 10:23 am

Your Christmas décor is traditional & lovely. I still love the bicycles in the boys room.
I hope you have a glorious day for last minute shopping. As we all do, I’m sure you have many things to do between now and Christmas day.

Renee Cook - December 22, 2017 - 10:17 am

Merry Christmas, Kelly! Your home is absolutely beautiful, festive and inspiring! Even if you did repeat some of your decorating ideas from previous years, it always feels fresh and new. I agree, tradition is important, especially at Christmas. Thank you for all your hard work throughout the year producing your beautiful blog and sharing your life with us. I hope your whole family will be able to be together for the holidays. Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas!!

Anne from Atlanta - December 22, 2017 - 10:17 am

Love your Christmas posts! I love tradition, too, so I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your home again at Christmas. So many special touches you bring out at Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

Marianne in Mo. - December 22, 2017 - 10:08 am

It doesn’t matter to me if you use the same things each year, I just love to see your home! And don’t you think it’s so much easier if you repeat traditions? You never have to worry if something will work, because it’s been proven! This year I wanted to find ’50’s ornaments to add to the collection. I brought home three beauties I found in an antiques store. Well, they don’t “go” with anything, so I am at a loss on what to do with them. So, traditions are much less stressful in a hectic season! And my favorite of yours so far is your daughters’ bedroom.

Dawn - December 22, 2017 - 10:07 am


Thanks for sharing! It all looks so cozy and inviting. Good luck with your shopping! Take care!

Susie - December 22, 2017 - 10:02 am

Kelly- I look forward to seeing your decorations and holiday RED. Traditions make wonderful things and your family are blessed to have you and your talents.

Dawn E Brown - December 22, 2017 - 9:57 am

Where did you get those sweet Santa mugs. Your pictures are beautiful.Blessings, Dawn E. Brown

Leigh - December 22, 2017 - 9:45 am

I look forward to all your posts, but Christmas is my favorite! What a comfortable and festive feel your home has. I have used some of your ideas in my own home and really like the look. Merry Christmas to you and your family and happy shopping 🎁

Lanita Anderson - December 22, 2017 - 9:43 am

I always so enjoy seeing your decorating posts for the holidays! It’s always so beautiful, as well as festive and fun!! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration – hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Blessings to you….

Bonnie - December 22, 2017 - 8:46 am


A Merry Christmas Tour – part 1

Merry Christmas dear friends!  I hope you are enjoying this holiday season to its fullest.  Like many of you, I absolutely LOVE Christmas, even if it does make my brain race with to-do list items from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning to the moment my head hits the pillow late at night.

And if you are like me, you tell yourself, “Next year, I am starting early (or doing less) so that there is some downtime in this crazy busy time of year.” Right?

We were in Vermont last week staying in our favorite inn in Stowe. In each room there was a single vase with a small evergreen branch.  That was all the Christmas decorating. Period.  Nothing more. I loved it…the beautiful simplicity of it.  And I remarked to my husband, “That’s how I am going to decorate next year.”  He shook his head, looked at me like I had lost my mind and said, “Sure you are.

It would be very hard to restrain myself to just that.

You know as well as my husband does that I kind of…um… go overboard during the Christmas season…just a little bit. 🙂 But I can’t help myself!  This house just seems to be made for Christmas.  All the cozy wood…the shiny brass…all the red. During December those of us that adore red find a way to put red ribbon on everything that doesn’t move! (Even the light fixtures. 🙂 )

And if there is space for a tree in a room, well you know I am going to find a way to put one there.  I started out with an artificial one in the master bedroom, but it just didn’t look right to me.  So I un-decorated it, moved it upstairs to my husband’s office, and bought a freshly cut live one to put in the bedroom…and then decorated it with red ribbon and bows. 🙂

And it’s not just the inside of this house that calls out for Christmas. We have pine and cedar trees all through the woods and 8 gigantic hollies in our yard that are covered with red berries, (and a bunch of other holly varieties too) so how can I possibly resist using all that fresh greenery in our Christmas decorating??

And when I go shopping, there are sooooo many beautiful holiday items in the stores. There doesn’t seem to be much red at other times of the year, but good grief you can find it in December!

My mother’s biggest shopping weakness is dishes, but pillows seem to be mine. I found that new lumbar one with the embroidered holly leaves and pinecones at TJMaxx.  It had red patches that said Fa La La La La on it, but I snipped them off to simplify the design. (I thought the bed already had enough red on it. 🙂 )

With the shorter days, candles seem to make the rooms around here more cozy and add to the festive feel. 🙂

I tried out a little red rug in the bedroom just to see how a striped rug might look in there.  I am thinking of buying a large one possibly in a black stripe soon. What do you think?  Too much?

Here is the space again without it so you can compare.

Each year, I usually begin my Christmas decorating in the master bedroom, and that is where I started this year.  When it was finished it was time to move on to…

the master bathroom with its red paneled antique cupboard.

And I just had to put some greenery on the cabinet by the bathtub.

in yet another red pot of course!

When the bathroom was finished, I moved on to the hall (that was at the top of the post.)  After that it was on to the other bedrooms, and that is what will be in the next post for you to see.  Gabbie and I will be waiting right here to see you then. 🙂 (This photo makes her look huge! She is heavy, but not that heavy.)

Until next time…

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Robyn - December 23, 2017 - 11:18 am

Your home is gorgeous and especially so at Christmas! I like you LOVE red and I use a lot at Christmas!!! I love the simple touches of fresh greenery and red ribbon!!!

At Rivercrest Cottage - December 22, 2017 - 10:50 am

Kelly, I love how you go overboard for Christmas! Come on, just a branch for decor? You’re kidding right? My how your little dog has grown. Just posted about two abused and rescued chihuahuas my daughter is fostering during the holidays.After little kids, dogs are next in line for Christmas love. Looking forward to the rest of your Christmas decorating.

Peggy Z - December 21, 2017 - 11:56 pm

It is always such a pleasure to open my email and find a post from you. Your house at Christmas always inspires me. And I say yes to the black striped rug. I love your trees. My four year old grandson helped decorate the tree in the living room and the tree is a little bottom heavy. I love to sit and look at it in the evening. Not changing a thing. Wishing you and yours the magic of a Merry Christmas!

Linda Ishmael - December 21, 2017 - 8:24 pm

Love the lumbar pillow!!! I’m going to check out TJMaxx and see if I get lucky and find one!! Merry Christmas!!!

Anita - December 21, 2017 - 7:37 pm

I so love your posts! I was so excited to see you had posted a Christmas Tour Part 1, that just means I have more to look forward to. 🙂 Gabby is growing up and she’s a beautiful fur baby!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

GramiePamie - December 21, 2017 - 4:52 pm

This was – and is ALWAYS – a treat! Your red ribbons are perfection. And your bedroom is perfection with no rug. IMHO

Kristy - December 21, 2017 - 4:46 pm

Your post was a lovely surprise! No to the red striped rug. I’m not a red person, — I like blues and purples, and now more greens in my holiday décor. I’m leaning toward the greens, but seems to be harder to find. I’ve been ready to cut some fresh spruce from our tree to fill a large vase….still waiting on my DH to do so. Pillows are fantastic additions – (I have to restrain myself from buying dishes/glassware in re-sale & antique shops).Your home is beautifully decorated as always. Can’t wait to see your porch, it’s always my favorite.

Mindy - December 21, 2017 - 1:44 pm

Beautiful & inspiring but please skip the rug:)

Donnamae - December 21, 2017 - 12:22 pm

I absolutely agree…your home is perfectly suited to Christmas decorating…it all looks so festive! I think it’s the paned windows, along with the pine trim, and the wainscoting. My decorations are more muted this year…which suits my 70’s home better. But, I always get lots of ideas from you…so keep it up! 😉

Gina - December 21, 2017 - 10:51 am

Beautiful and festive as always! I’m right there with you “overdoing”it and thinking of ways to plan better, start earlier or simplify. 😀 I have made a lot of changes through the years though. I love all your fresh greenery. How fortunate to have your own supply!! I tend to “overdo” baking and candy making. I definitely have cut back this year!! 😉 It’s a woman thing. 😀

Kaye Ann - December 21, 2017 - 9:48 am

Your decorating always inspires me….. even the evergreen in a vase… I like that.

Merry Christmas my friend!

Cindy - December 21, 2017 - 9:32 am

Merry Christmas, Kelly:
Your home is very welcoming at any time of the year. I love all the Christmas touches; its perfection. I noticed your basket of Christmas books; for over 25 years, I buy a Christmas book, for our home, and now for grand nieces/nephews.
I enjoyed your VT pictures; we are fortunate to live where we have all four seasons and am very happy that we are getting snow tomorrow and Christmas.
Looking forward to part two!

Karen B. - December 21, 2017 - 9:26 am


You always do the best decking of the halls! The red touches are wonderful and festive. I don’t really see you as a minimalist-Christmas-decor kind of person. 🙂

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Enjoy the season.

Stephanie - December 21, 2017 - 8:10 am

Beautifully decorated. Gabbie is all grownup looking now. She is one gorgeous girl.Merry Christmas to All!!🎄🎄🎄
From Tennessee

DiAnne - December 21, 2017 - 6:54 am

Your house was made for Christmas! I love the Christmas tree in the bedroom, the cupboard in the bathroom, and red ribbons everywhere. Ii also like the idea of a single evergreen in a vase . I will have to back to your Stow pictures and see that because I missed it. Sometimes less is more and I have some apts where a single vase with a sprig might just do the trick. I don’t know about the striped rug in there. I think the room is just great without it. Just my opinion though.
Merry Christmas!

Tricia - December 21, 2017 - 3:21 am

Merry Christmas, Kelly! Your home is definatly made for this holiday. Fresh greenery is one of my favourite touches and a real tree is a must in our house.

Looking forward to part 2. Thank you!

Dee - December 21, 2017 - 1:18 am

I was so excited when I opened up my email tonight. What a great Christmas present to hear from you. I love what you’ve done this year for Christmas. I also love the color red and use it every chance I get. I started out to decorate very simply this year but ended with double or maybe triple the decorations I planned on using. Christmas sure has a way of making a person happy. Thank you for sharing. We all have missed you. I am really looking forward to your next post.

Ruth - December 21, 2017 - 1:10 am

Such a wonderful Christmas surprise to find this delightful, cheering holiday tour among my emails! Everything looks so inviting and festive. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, inspirations, and fabulous style! What a treat!

Susie - December 20, 2017 - 11:55 pm

Very excited to see your post today. I appreciate your style and talents. Thank you for the glimpse of your Christmas,

Linda Rossi - December 20, 2017 - 11:39 pm

This post was like getting a surprise Christmas present! Your home is so warm and inviting it makes me happy to visit. I love your seasonal and holiday decor and can’t wait for Part II. Thanks so much for sharing. This was such a treat!!

Judy - December 20, 2017 - 11:31 pm

Great to see your lovely home decked out in its Christmas finery. I love this time of the year. I think my house looks its best with the green and red additions. My table is set with my mom’s Apple pattern which lends itself to all those holiday colors. Lanterns with candles, vases filled with red and green, wreaths on the doors and widows- it’s all so lovely. Your vacation in Vermont makes me think …
I’m going to put a red vase with some cedar greenery in my guest room. It will be perfect , thanks for the idea.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your lovely family. Wishing you good health and great adventures in the new year! 🌲

Pinky - December 20, 2017 - 11:29 pm

Everything looks BEAUTIFUL! I sure envy you being able to just go outside for your fresh greens! Merry Christmas!

Lori Lucas - December 20, 2017 - 11:18 pm

I’m a huge red lover too. —-And everything else about your home too!

Cindy - December 20, 2017 - 10:52 pm

Absolutely DARLING !!!!!!! No to the striped rug ! Too much ! The room looks PERFECT ! Great Job !

Marianne in Mo. - December 20, 2017 - 10:33 pm

So good to have you back! I enjoyed your instagram feed from Stowe! I love all the efforts you put in to decorating for the holidays, but agree – your home is perfect for Christmas! Love the pillow you found too, and I like it the way it is – don’t need those letters. Good idea to take them off. Can’t wait to see what Gabbie has for us in part 2!

julia walker - December 20, 2017 - 10:31 pm

Merry Christmas Kelly! I needed your blog tonight because I haven’t been inspired to decorate. THANK YOU! I love the real tree in your bedroom with the red ribbons. Beautiful!!! And I envy your trip to Vermont. Did you watch “The Sound of Music” Sunday night? Take care. Love, Julia

Terry Cross - December 20, 2017 - 10:19 pm

Your house is beautiful and feels like the perfect Christmasy place to come home too! I’m inspired to add some greenery to my bathroom, it had thus far escaped lol!
Love your sweet Lab, she is gorgeous!

Katrina - December 20, 2017 - 9:42 pm

Oh goodness … so so pretty and yes I feel just like you …. I LOVE Christmas but it sure keeps my brain racing too! I have this cute little Christmas notepad that each night I write a daily to do list for the next day on!
You house looks lovely and I adore your real tree in your bedroom! All your fresh greenery looks great. I seem to always be trying to find fresh magnolia each Christmas. On Monday I was on the way to my granddaughter’s school for the class cookie decorating party and scored big time! I spied a huge pile of fresh magnolia branches waiting on the curb to be picked up by the city. I quick texted my husband who took his truck and gathered it all for me.
I really like your red rug but I think I like your room better without it.
As always you are my favorite blogger! Can’t wait for Part 2!
Merry Christmas Kelly!

Sandy - December 20, 2017 - 9:04 pm

I always love your home at Christmas. There is nothing like fresh greenery too. The holly bushes are a plus for sure this time of year. I have banned myself from buying anymore dishes, but I am on a pillow kick lately. Unfortunately, I discovered an online blog several years ago and she has a shop where she does a seasonal set. Not good, I tell you. I need to show some restraint. AS for the rug, I think I like it better without.
Beautiful as always, Kelly.

Roxanne - December 20, 2017 - 8:50 pm

I love all the red! I collect Santas, so my house is overflowing with red too…can’t have too much! Everything looks so festive and just perfect in your home. Every year I think I won’t go overboard, but once I start opening the storage boxes full of my treasures (and the memories that come with them), I can’t stop myself. On the striped rug….it may compete with the buffalo check curtains, too many big geometrics in close proximity. The pop of color is great there though.

Barbara - December 20, 2017 - 8:27 pm

I always look forward to your Christmas posts and this one didn’t disappoint. As always, thank you for all of the love and effort you put into your blog. I know it’s hard work but it is deeply appreciated. Merry Christmas and every good wish to you and family for the coming year.

Donna - December 20, 2017 - 8:25 pm

I was so happy to see your beautiful home in today’s post . Everything looks so merry and bright ! Even Gabbie was treated to a red bow ! Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas !

Leslie Anne Tarabella - December 20, 2017 - 8:20 pm

Oh, that Gabbie! All grown up and beautiful. I’m with your mom on dishes, but I’ve always been a fan of the way you store all of your fabulous pillows and other linens. That makes it so much easier to find things (I would think)! Merry Christmas to you and all those you love.

Llisaisa - December 20, 2017 - 8:18 pm

Your home looks beautiful & so inviting. I certainly believe more is more when it comes to Christmas decorations. It takes me a full week to get everything done but it’s definitely worth it!
Like you I’ll think next year I’m scaling back but when I see all my treasures waiting to be displayed I just can’t resist. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
I love your real tree in the bedroom. I imagine the fragrance is divine!
Not sure about that red & white rug. Maybe black & white after Christmas. But everything is lovely.
May you & your family have a blessed Christmas.

Marlene - December 20, 2017 - 8:14 pm

Kelly, I have red throughout my house also. I never tire of it…even in my bedroom. I just so enjoy seeing all your touches that makes it so special. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Look forward to part two.

martha - December 20, 2017 - 8:12 pm

I had just thought about you this morning and how much I missed your blog, especially at Christmas. I love red as much as you do and there can never be enough. I’m with Jan about the single evergreen spray….it sounds lovely, but I need more. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to the next post.

Calypso in the Country - December 20, 2017 - 8:11 pm

I always look forward to seeing your home decorated for Christmas! You’re right, your house is made for Christmas with all the red and cozy touches. I do like the idea of the single evergreen in a vase..but I probably couldn’t restrain myself either! Great to hear you were in Stowe last weekend… We were close by in Killington last weekend! Nothing like Vermont this time of year! Thanks for the tour and Merry Christmas to you!

Dawn - December 20, 2017 - 8:10 pm


It is always such a pleasure to see your home decorated for Christmas and I couldn’t agree more that you have the perfect home for it! I love the big red ribbon woven around your book basket. Gabby steals the show though. Thanks for sharing. Take care.


Design Chic - December 20, 2017 - 8:01 pm

I’m always excited when I get your email in December, knowing that your home will be a feast for my eyes. This year is no exception- it looks amazing! I love all of the red bows, trees and garland. Like your husband, I can’t imagine a vase with a single evergreen branch – no, you’re right, your house is made for Christmas! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

jae - December 20, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Beautiful! Im thinking the single evergreen spray in a vase would be a good winter look, but Christmas? Never! Like you, I need red, red, red or it just doesnt look like Christmas. Hope yours is merry!

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