Welcome to my holiday tour! Don’t let my neutral wreath fool you, the colour starts as soon as you walk in. I just dressed to coordinate with the plaid wreath for this photo.
The best thing about my neutral family room is that I can switch up the colours with pillows, throws, and accessories every season.
In my colour workshops, I talk about how you have to have small, medium and large gradations of the accent colour you’ve chosen. Generally, you kinda have to commit to colour in your artwork or a chair for the room to look like it’s been well decorated.
I can get away with not having an orange chair or even orange art in this case because this is such a small room. And you can see the small, medium and large orange with just the home decor items I’ve added to this room.
Anyway, I liked the feel of the orange in this room which I recently posted decorated for fall, so I decided to keep the same colour scheme for the Christmas tree.
Finding orange ornaments proved to be a challenge, so I bought out the local Michaels of all their orange ribbon and ended up making my own colour chip ornaments.
When my nephews come over and see my perfectly wrapped gifts, they know better than to wonder if their gifts are bought and wrapped yet, haha. They know they are strictly for decoration this early in the season.
The orange roses from my fall bouquet were reused on the garland on the mantel.
I pull these white boxes out every year and put them somewhere, I love the playful silver and white polka dots.
My orange striped urns fit in this holiday mantel perfectly!
You can get this Pottery Barn floor lamp here.
First I created a template for the colour chip ornaments with this post I found on Pinterest.
I also added some black and white houndstooth ribbon for contrast. And of course my tree is flocked again this year, I just love that it feels like snow since we rarely have a white Christmas here on the West Coast.
The Merry Christmas pillow and orange throw I found at HomeSense.
The owls I found from Superstore. I can’t resist a cute face.
Willam and Markus
I had my sweet nephews over last night to make Minions gingerbread houses. William’s roof would not stay on with the icing that came with the kit I bought.
Markus and I followed the instructions and assembled the entire house BEFORE we added the icing which made the icing droopy. Oops. Next time I’ll do better, haha. I should probably keep my day job. A pastry chef I am not.
Here is the gingerbread house in the end:
Photos by Maria Killam
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Also, I’m excited to share my podcast interview with the fabulous gals at Ballard Design! They came to Day 1 of my Specify Colour with Confidence event in Atlanta this Fall and at the end of the day we recorded the podcast which they recently posted on their blog!
Here is Caroline, Taryn and Karen matching up the wall colour for our ‘fixing the room’ exercise that happens on Day 1.
I am so honoured and grateful to be a part of the impressive lineup of designers on their ‘How to Decorate’ podcast.
Check out the podcast here.