My Raspberry & Orange Holiday Tree in 2013

I really, really wanted to give you the tour of my house from the photo shoot 3 weeks ago and Christmas but Tracy Ayton, my awesome photographer, sent them into a national magazine and they are going to be published, hooray! I’ll confirm who it is very soon!

So all I can do is give you a sneak peek now of my Christmas Tree! I do have another very special holiday tour coming up on my blog which you’ll love!


My Holiday Tree 2013


My Holiday Tree 2013


I’ve been a wrapping and ribbon Christmas elf for 2 weeks, I’m exhausted. To wrap presents so they look perfect together takes a lot of work, I just want you to know.

My Holiday Tree 2013

 Interior Design by Maria Killam; Photography by Tracey Ayton

Remember I told you I installed hot pink drapes in the living room to go along with my sunflower yellow sofa? Well here’s a glimpse of them as well.

Sorry I can’t show you more! Gotta run, it’s snowing and it’s only supposed to last one day and I need to build a snowman with my nephews!

Happy Weekend my lovelies! xo Maria

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  1. Oh… the anticipation! This sneak peak is wonderful Maria, a very happy and beautiful tree.
    I am waiting patiently for this mystery magazine…

  2. You have such exquisite taste:) Love seeing your gorgeous decorations, especially as I was not able to have any of my own this year due to our move. Next year I’m going all out!

  3. Hi Maria…love the color scheme! Would not have thought of that! I still have to decorate my two trees. Been very busy working out in the Hamptons – doing a design on an entry floor – so my back and my knees are killing me. Will be nice to be upright for awhile!

    Beautiful color for those drapes! Mine are soft pink silk in my living room – you are gutsy!!


    • The Hamptons! So perfect. BUT, your comment reminded me of a story I love to tell at smart dinner parties. It happened at a Hampton’s, ‘Elle’ event I attended as my daughters guest, while visiting her in NYC. I bought new platform shoes (haven’t worn heels since the eighties but I didn’t want to be walking under my girl’s nearly 6′ armpit, soooo). Just as we reached the end of the ‘red carpet’ (lining a very, long white-stoned driveway) my ankle twisted and I dropped to my knees. Luckily, the photographers were mostly still inside the grounds shooting the Elle folks. My daughter promptly dug my flats out of her bag and I never wore those shoes again. :))) I love telling that story.. hee hee.

  4. Awesome job – especially the unique colour combination! This is definitely not “luck”, this is the result of a BIG commitment to design planning, tons of hard work, pursuit of perfection, & investing in professional photography. Well done, Maria. You inspire me to reach higher.

  5. Maria,
    Don’t you love how you can do almost anything against a white canvas and it looks fabulous? I love the co-ordinating hits of pink and ‘yellow’ around the room and under the tree .. so ‘happy’ and uplifting.
    Merry Christmas!!

  6. Maria, this is a beautiful room and a fabulous colour combination. You are so talented and inspiring. Merry Christmas !

  7. Such a happy tree! I think, with the hot pink drapes as a background, that tree is never going to want to leave. So eager to see all, in the secret mag and in your blog. Super job, Maria!

  8. Even though the tree and the drapes are not in the same room, they’re aware of one another and delighted with the acquaintance, I’m sure.

  9. I’d have called it raspberry and clementine but whatever you choose to call it is FABulous. 🙂 Happiest of holidays to you. Looking forward to 2014 and more inspiration from you.

  10. I posted your tree and Santa with the hot pink drapes to PinIt because they are so cheerful. Your color sense is terrific. I laughed out loud over your comment about it taking two weeks to wrap gifts to match your tree! I can relate. Please give the source for the drapes. I hope you and your nephews made a fun snowman—share pic’s please.

  11. Maria, I live your non-traditional Christmas colors. I, personally am so bored with red and green! Can’t wait to see your new drapes. Merry christmas and thanks so much for your blog.

  12. M, i am confused about the layout…the tree is in front of the shelves w National Geo mags to rite of fireplace in the LR so is that a Den w the cream sofa and orange pillows? Where is the yellow sofa? Almost seems like first photo was reversed? Your DR is to right of firplace. Right?

  13. EEEE Gads, Woman! You make me feel like a lazy gal with my dollar store bags shoved under my mediocre tree-hehe-but hey, I love your tree and presents, beautiful to look at-thanx for posting and can’t wait to see your tree in a mag!! Merry Christmas M & T !!!!

  14. Maria, as usual everything looks spectacular! What I’m really interested in are your awesome end/coffee tables made of branches? I want a birch end table really badly, and yours though I don’t’ think birch are gorgeous.

  15. Maria–beautifully stunning. I agree with another writer, I’d leave the whole thing up till Spring!

    Wondering, is that a real tree or artifical? If artifrical, I would appreciate source info.

    Merry Christmas-you’ve done a spectacular job of decorating!

  16. Colour me happy is right! I love, love, love your tree and your living room, too! Happy, Happy Christmas to you>

  17. I love your color combination. It looks so fresh and updated, and I much prefer it to the red/green combo. The living room looks fantastic! so airy and soft. can you share where you got those pretty round side/ coffee tables and the rug from? lovely!

  18. So much prettier than the one that I have seen which is made out of (shards) of bone China that sales for a mere …… $50,000.00. ☺ -Brenda-

  19. So pretty! Maria, I remember in an earlier post about curtains that you said your family room curtains in your family room (first picture) are a Robert Allen fabric that is a check that looks like stripes. That sounds like the Robert Allen (green) check I have chosen for curtains in my home, but my window person said I cannot have the stripes horizontal because of the width of the fabric. How did you do it? (Or maybe it is just a different fabric.)