Welcome to my house!
This is the pared down version since this year we leave for Palm Desert on Christmas Day and won’t return until the end of January.
Because we aren’t going to be here for the entire season, I put up a flocked tree again in the family room and installed a more simple mantle.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with flocked trees, they are preserved and only last the season. But the beautiful thing about them is that they come on a stand. No more back and forth trying to get your tree to stand straight.
And since most ornaments are colourful, they really stand out on a white tree.
I set up a bar on my console table and used some of the fancy bottle toppers on the liquor bottles that sit around in my drawers waiting to be used on bottles of wine.
My sister gave me a fun Jonathan Adler face (below).
I got my kitchen all festive too with an ivy wreath, little shrubs and angel wings on the back of the counter stools.
I would like to thank Ted Karlsalr my photography instructor (below). I hired him to give me some extra photography tips while I was shooting my home, I wanted to make sure I was using all the right settings.
Ted introduced me to the world of Lightroom. I didn’t know that it comes with Photoshop when you buy the monthly plan from Adobe.
Lightroom manages all your photos, automatically saves all your changes, and is much faster for editing. You only need to move them into Photoshop if you need to do things like take out wires, etc. And you can download them right into Lightroom when you are shooting so you can easily see what has to be moved in order to get the photo absolutely perfect.
Ted regularly holds classes on photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, it was only when I started taking his classes 3 years ago that my photos on this blog started to improve dramatically.
After I took his Photoshop class, every couple weeks I would go to his office for an hour or two of private lessons so I could learn exactly what I needed to know to edit my design photos and they were hugely valuable. Go here to see his available courses.
Maria Killam and Ted Karlsalr
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
I have two more holiday tours coming up before Christmas is here! Only 10 more days, are you ready?