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Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill’s Home

By 12/22/2013February 12th, 202025 Comments

One of the perks of having a designer sister (me) as well as living a mere 2 minute drive away is that your house can get elaborately decorated for the holidays.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Dr. Bill & Elizabeth Jacobs

Especially as Bill and his partners had their staff party here a week ago as well as their annual party for their friends last night.

Now that the main rooms in my house are finished, I decided to decorate my home so that it was Christmas perfection for photos. Then, since I’d been working on Elizabeth’s house as well, I thought, might as well get Tracey Ayton to take photos at her house too.

So, since I can’t show you Tracey’s photos of my house yet, I thought it would be fun to post the photos of Elizabeth’s house.  Enjoy.

Christmas Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Photography by Tracey Ayton, Interior Decorating by Maria Killam


This was the wreath I picked up at Target one day for their front door. I love that it’s not just Christmas.

Remember a few weeks ago, I had asked you about whether we should have bought cast iron or plastic urns? Here’s a glimpse of the one’s we bought.

Christmas Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

I taped some ornaments to the artwork to continue the red throughout the kitchen.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

The garland around her front door.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Cypress trees. Last year I bought one for my north facing kitchen and it lasted for 6 months. You just can’t let it dry out. I love the hit of apple green it brings to the kitchen.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

My sisters holiday cookies. To. Die. For.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home

Elizabeth has had this kitchen dining set for years, we found it at an auction and I think it’s a classic.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home

It’s easy to add some greens to your chandelier to make it festive!

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

A close up of the red Amaryllis.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Remember the old and very busy backsplash we had replaced a year ago? So much better now. Of course Tracey’s photography is light years ahead of mine so this photo is a joy to look at.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

This garland hangs above Elizabeth’s sink with a few ornaments attached with ribbon.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

 The back entry to my sisters house.

Holiday Tour

Another view.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

A vintage Santa Claus decoration Elizabeth has had forever.

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The Dino candleholder we found from CB2 a few weeks ago.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Turquoise & Red theme for the tree to match my sisters family room. 

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

I spent almost an entire Saturday wrapping empty boxes to pull off this look!

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

It’s not easy to find the perfect, coordinating wrapping paper.

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And ribbon. . .

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home

The Cat-in-the-hat stand I found at HomeSense just last week.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home

My nephews are mad about trains.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bills Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

I love this image Tracy captured. With the turquoise walls it looks like the sky.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

The bright blue powder room. A great way to bring a powder room to life!

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The festive hand towels.


Elizabeth has been growing her hair out for a while and I recently introduced her to this curling iron so she was sporting some new curls last night.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

 Elizabeth and her sweet friend Katie.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home


Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Here’s Rob and Crystal (on the left) and my sister Anita (right). I’m currently working on Rob & Crystals beach house located right beside their house! More on that project soon.

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

Does this remind you of anyone you know? Haha, I love holiday napkins, they are so much fun!

Holiday Tour of Elizabeth & Bill's Home

William having a little rest in between racing around the house with all the kids!

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here! I’m so looking forward to having some time off to relax, be with family and just enjoy!

xoxo Maria

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  • Thanks for the tour! Her home is beautiful and you did an awesome job decorating it of course!

  • D.G. says:

    So festive…how could guests not have fun? Please mention where you found the interesting roun/ black chandelier in the back entry! Love it.

  • Dianne Tant says:

    I love her decorations. my house is the same color palette…love turquoise…

  • Louise says:

    Lovely, BUT I’ve got you beat in the Xmas decorating for the bathroom (although you beat me for the rest of the house). I embroidered the first sheet of a toilet paper roll with an Xmas design, re-rolled and wrapped it in cellophane, and put it on the back of my toilet. Quite the novelty item if I say so myself, LOL and tongue in cheek!

  • looks like a lot of work but boy was it worth it. So, pretty, festive and fun. She is one lucky sister!

  • franki says:

    You MUST be one exhausted elf…you are most certainly on the NICE list!! All is lovely! The sleigh awaits… franki

  • Fran says:

    Lovely job, Maria. Such a great gift to your sister. I especially love the garland above the kitchen cupboards! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Arlene says:

    The 3 sisters look so much alike. I love it all even the present in the bathroom. New idea. I am passionate about turquoise. It is in my home but my tree needs adjusting, thanks. Merry Christmas Maria. Thanks for sharing your blog all year.

  • Terri Daley says:

    Thank you Maria for all the help you don’t know you gave me. I have purchased the same black and white rug you have in your living room…just bought yellow pillows for our grayish couch. Merry Christmas. Terri

  • sandyc says:

    That tree is so very, very happy!!! And I love all the little surprises throughout the home. You did a wonderful job with the house and with the decorations, Maria – you have been a busy and a good elf. If the smiles on Elizabeth’s and Bill’s faces are any indication, they recognize your gift and appreciate it.

  • Babs Loyd says:

    You, Elizabeth and Anita look angelic. E’s house is so cute, you did a great job. I love the Tiffany Blue room with the tree. You did a great job. The packages look great, too.

  • Barb says:

    Thank you for sharing!! You have done a beautiful job decorating your sisters house. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Katey says:

    Love it all..but I love the dinosaur candle holders the most,they’re just so fun!

  • Deborah McKenzie says:

    Everything is so beautifully cheerful. Feels like the beach at Christmas. I eyed the wreath on the front door myself, but I can’t do red although I love it! The Dr Suess Christmas tree is adorable.
    Thank you for sharing. It’s so much fun looking at new ideas. Elizabeth looks stunning and love the black lace dress, very sheshe.

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  • Kathy says:

    Cheery and Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  • Lovely, Maria! Thanks for sharing all the pictures. 🙂

    What is the pretty grey-ish neutral paint color in her back entry? Looks great with the turquoise.

    Happy Holidays!


  • Susan S says:

    Love the garland around the inside of the door! Oh, and the whimsical touches of ornaments around and about. Merry and bright!

  • paula cross says:

    What turquoise color is Elizabeth’s house? It’s the perfect shade.
    Beautiful decorating. You sisters are adorable!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  • Lucy HAINES says:

    Maria, As usual you have done such a beautiful job with your sisters house. It is so inviting and I am sure she is so proud of it and thankful that she has a sister like you! The pictures are just wonderful and it sure does make a difference having a professional photographer. (although yours are also good). I love the Christmas tree the most. The colors of the ornaments are just perfect.

    Thanks again Maria for everything that you do. I think that we all feel that you are part of our family too.

  • karen says:

    Looks amazing and so cheerful. I picked up the same wreath but at Homesense. I love how festive it is but also fun! Merry Christmas!

  • Donna says:

    Looks fabulous , can’t wait to copy . What is the name of great paint on her walls , love it , thanks

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