Holiday Home Tour

Welcome friends to the much anticipated Holiday Home Tour! Today is the 4th installment in our multi blogger collaboration created by one of the kindest and most energetic women I have the privilege of knowing Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood.

This installment had me so excited, it’s fun to see where people live, right? It’s fun to see if their good taste in fashion carries over into their homes, right? I was all kinds of excited until I started taking pictures. It’s funny how when I look objectively at a photo of something I love in real life how different it appears. Flaws and imperfections are front and center. With that being said, let me start by telling you that my house will never be featured in House Beautiful and if Better Homes and Gardens ever calls me it will be to sell me a subscription not to collaborate with me – of this I can be sure. Now my sister, the interior designer? Her house looks like it came straight out of a magazine. Mine pales in comparison but I am okay with that. So don’t get your hopes up too high, around here we’re all about doing what we can and knowing that it’s absolutely good enough. You’ll see that just about everything has a meaning beyond beauty.

Let’s start at the entrance. These wreaths were made for us by my sister several years ago. My favorite symbol is a fleur de lis for no other reason than the fact that I like it, always have. I also like a little bling and of course a little dose of cheetah print for good measure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our home has a very open floor plan so when you enter you have a clear view of our living and dining rooms. I love the wreath hanging on the mirror. You’ll also see Ho-Ho, my husband’s childhood Santa doll. This little elf kinda creeps me out but once a year he takes up residence in our entryway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dining room is cozy. I purchased the centerpiece at Michael’s last year when they had a crazy good sale, like 75% off or something. Nuts! I think the snowman is precious. Gold chargers look great with all the red and the napkin rings were painted by mother in law years ago – I was lucky to inherit them and use them every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the living room we have a wreath with a Santa in the middle. There’s just something I like about this particular Santa. Above the tv I decorated with gold, silver, and cream to lighten things up a bit. Collin made us a gold wreath for our bedroom door when he was in 5th grade (he’s a senior this year).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time in the 21 years we’ve lived in this home I enjoyed decorating my kitchen for Christmas! I do intend to do a whole post devoted to the reno with before and after pics so for today I’m sharing a few snaps from here and there. There are drawers missing and crown molding from above our new pantry and wall of cabinets. The white cabinets seemed to be begging to be adorned with small wreaths. I love the way the plaid ribbon looks against the cabinetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite nutcracker watches over me while I cook and bake all season long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the sink I have two of my favorite snowmen watching me, reminding me of my sweet little boys when they made these years ago! Of course it looks like one is touching the other because, duh, brothers!
The breakfast nook is decorated as well. The windows have the same wreaths and ribbon and the table is dressed with red snowflake place mats. I love the gingerbread napkin rings but my favorite piece is the pine cone Christmas tree at the center of our table. Nolan made it when he was 4 and we’ve used it every single year since – btw, he’ll be 20 in January.

A small santa wreath adorns the door to our pool area.

The kitchen overlooks the family room. First up is our newly renovated fireplace. It used to have a dark green marble surround but we updated it with this lighter stacked stone. The stockings were handmade by my mother in law’s friend back in Greenville, PA. She was so sweet to make them for Brian and I when we first married and then when the boys came along. We bought one for Sophie even though it never gets filled. Poor Sophie has to eat hypoallergenic treats and food and she doesn’t play with toys so her stocking doesn’t get filled. But she’s an important member of the family so she gets representation on the mantel. This is the view from my sink into the family room.

Our tree is artificial and old. We know we’ll have to replace it one year but we’re not there just yet. It needs more lights but my husband won’t hear of it. For years we used clear lights and then a couple of years ago the boys asked for colored lights so that’s what we use now. The ornaments mostly belong to our boys. That’s because we have a very dear family friend who has given the boys bags of ornaments each year. They are absolutely beautiful and all so different. They boys love pulling them out. Speaking of the boys, they decorated the tree this year. I didn’t touch it, they did it all while I did other things. They only used some of their ornaments, actually not even half. I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say they have a ton- they typically each get 8 -10 ornaments a year and at 17 and 19 that really adds up. When they move out we’ll have to start all over again with our own ornaments. While it’s certainly not a pinterest worthy tree it means so much to us and I love looking at it.

The boys started collecting nutcrackers when they were 5 and 7 thanks to the influence of their elementary school music teacher.  Every year they each get one from us and then my parents get them one as well.  Over the years we have collected quite a few and the funny thing is that they know exactly whose is whose!
I try to infuse a little Christmas in every room but sometimes I’m met with resistance. For instance the boys don’t really like having Christmas trees in their rooms so that prompted the purchase of this sign:

Mostly because I crack myself up but that was always my favorite answer when they would question Santa’s existence. Now the sign hangs in our powder bath along with Christmas hand towels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that was quite a tour, huh? It was nice to share it with you and I am looking forward to doing a whole before and after kitchen reno post. You can probably tell in some of the photos that the drawers have not been installed and I didn’t take pictures of part of the cabinets and pantry because we’re still waiting on crown molding to be installed.  It is scheduled to be here on Monday. #fingerscrossed
Honestly I am so thrilled with the kitchen, the fireplace, and the paint throughout the house that I sometimes feel like pinching myself because it’s so beautiful in my opinion. How can this be the same home? I suppose that’s a common reaction after a reno but I’ve never done one before.

Now take a peek at the other lovely ladies participating in the Holiday Home Tour and don’t forget to link up your post as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thanks so much for hanging with me today and I hope you enjoyed a peek in my home!

 

XO,
Kellyann

38 Comments

    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Nancy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  1. December 7, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Wow! That was some post! It’s mega an so are some of the pics too! Your home looks so Christmassy and what I love most is the history of everything. Your house must be a wonderful place to spend Christmas … can I join you? The kitchen is looking so streamlined and it too is huge. They do say that everything ins bigger in the States and I guess that’s so. Sista, you sure know how to home-make!
    Must dash, off to collect TP from the airport and his flight has been delayed by nearly six hours so I’d put on my big comforting smile to greet him, he’ll need some cheer.
    Thanks for sharing these pics of your festively decorated home. Please pop over to do me now.
    Hugs x.
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    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Poor TP! I hope you spoil him rotten!
      Yes, please come join us for Christmas. We’ll have so much fun! Once my boys are both off to college (in the Fall) we’ll have a guest room so you can come visit and see for yourself how large and obnoxious everything is here, lol!
      I’m headed your way my friend, checking out your holiday digs!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Laura! Everyone always assumes I have some tie to Louisiana because of the fleur de lis. Now I can tell them I have a friend there!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. December 7, 2017 / 11:50 am

    That was long, festive, so pretty and well written. Like you I wrote a super long post with a ton of photos. You have so many wreaths everywhere and I love the Fleur de Lu’s details throughout the house. They looked like crests to me. And I love your tree and all the sentimental decorations from your boys. So cool that they own so many ornaments. Your kitchen is stunning but my favorite thing of all is your amazing collection of nutcrackers which is awesome. I love nutcrackers and own quite a few too.

    I loved your home sweet Kellyann.
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    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Oh dear Ada, you are the mastermind behind all of this wonderfulness and I am amazed at all you accomplished. You must sleep about an hour a night! Your home is decorated from top to bottom, you work, you’re a mom, you’re a blogger – I don’t know how you do it. I am glad you liked my home and I am happy to get to share it! If you ever bring Vivian to Disney World you’ll need to visit us – we’re about 45 minutes away!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. December 7, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    I loved seeing how you decorate your home! The nutcracker collection is impressive! They will be hard to divide up when your boys move out! It was nice to hear what decorations were sentimental to you and why. The napkin holders from your mom are so special! Your new kitchen looks amazing and i love the wreaths over the cabinet doors!
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    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Laura! I think one of the nice things about decorating every year and pulling out the same ornaments year after year is recalling all the memories from each one. I love listening to my boys talk about them! When they move out we’ll have to start all over again! And I love the napkin rings!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. December 7, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Kellyann, I love your holiday decorations! The nutcracker collection is amazing! I remember my brother had a thing for nutcrackers when he was younger and we had quite a collection as well. I don’t know whatever happened to them all. Isn’t it funny the things we being collecting! We actually have quite a few different types of collections of things on our tree which I think I will save for future Holiday Home Tour posts! I love how festive and cozy you home looks! Happy Holidays!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks Whitney! The placemats are fun and we’ve been using them for years.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. December 7, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    So festive. I love seeing how people decorate!

    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Johanna! I love getting a peek in other people’s homes especially at the holidays!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. December 7, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I adore those wreaths in your kitchen on your cabinets, I might have to copy that with my white cabinets! Did you use command strips for hang them on the other side? Love, love, love it! Such a great job, and those nutcrackers, so dang cute. Love that they know whose is whose.

    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks Sarah, I am glad you like the wreaths. My husband used push pins to attach the ribbon to the back of the cabinet doors. I love the wreaths against the white. You should do it, so easy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  7. December 7, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Well Little Missy, you sell yourself short. Your home is beautiful and I love the meaning behind all your sweet decor. Not gonna’ lie, I think that “if you don’t believe” sign might be my favorite. So hilarious. All those Nutcrackers…they are wonderful. The boys did such a great job decorating your tree and I can’t believe they have so many more ornaments that didn’t even get put on. You put me to shame! YOUR KITCHEN! It’s gorgeous. I can’t wait for the full tour. Thanks for sharing a peak into your beautiful home. I love spying on others abodes too. Tomorrow is FRIDAY! Woop!! XOXO
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    • Kellyann
      December 7, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Awwww, you make me smile. Thanks so much for all your sweet words. That sign is my favorite too, I used it in our Christmas card one year and it was so funny. I need to find the card and share it on the blog!
      Hopefully I can share the full kitchen reno next week. What a crazy day, I’ll message you to catch up!
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

      • December 8, 2017 / 10:25 am

        AND because I just have so much to say (and came back to steal a pic of the underwear sign…hahaha….I told you it cracked me up!) I TOTALLY FORGOT to talk about your husbands Santa doll. This is CRAZY! When I was reading this post and you started describing it and said it creeps you out, I had a strong feeling about what I was going to see. My husbands mom gave us theirs that is almost identical. He lives in the garage! I brought him out a few years and then stopped and wanted to get rid of him, but Kent wasn’t really ready. It is a creepy little bugger and you are of course much sweeter than me to display yours.
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        • Kellyann
          December 9, 2017 / 2:49 pm

          Okay we really are living the same life on different coasts, ha! That creepy Santa should live in the garage at our place too but my husband is so sentimental about it. I am hoping he scares off would be burglars since he is visible from the front doors! I am so glad you have so much to say btw because I love it all!
          xo,
          Kellyann

  8. December 7, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Kellyann? This post is chock full of warmth, Christmas tradition and everything else required for a Hallmark movie!. I felt like i was there with you hearing you tell about your then and now. What sweet blessings! Love that the boys have their own ornaments and nutcrackers! 🎄🎄🎄 and I can’t wait to see your kitchen post…so pretty!
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    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Awww Chrissy your comment means so much to me. I really struggled with that post, from the pictures to the writing it was hard. You are just the sweetest thing around my friend and I absolutely how real and down to earth you are – kindred spirits my friend, kindred spirits.
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

  9. Andrea
    December 8, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Oh Kellyann, just gorgeous!! So much to love and admire! The wreaths on the kitchen cabinets..brilliant and so so petty! That kitchen is phenomenal!! LOVE the countertops!! You have such a sweet Christmas touch dear friend!!

    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you my sweet friend, I am so happy you enjoyed it!
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

  10. December 8, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Love the little details, like the santa hats on the chairs. Also, the napkin ring holders are just like the ones my mom has used for years! So cute with the centerpiece and way to go on the amazing deal!

    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Thank you Lee, I think the little details make such a big difference. Sorta like when we accessorize our outfits!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Michele, the kitchen is my favorite and since I spend the majority of my time in there that’s a good thing!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. December 8, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this post! Your home is beautiful! I love those wreaths your sister made for you, I think I remember seeing them in another post you had. I can’t believe all of the nutcrackers your boys have collected over the years, how special! Your kitchen is just GORGEOUS! We are wanting to redo ours this Spring and I just pinned a photo of it, I love the crown molding!! We have vaulted/high ceilings, too and that would probably look really nice in our home. Did you go with granite or quartz or what did you use for your countertops? Sorry for so many questions! Those little snowmen that your boys made when they were younger are cute! I have a lot of sentimental items in my Christmas decor, too. I am hoping to get a home tour together for next week to share on the blog.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Oh thanks for all the kind comments Carrie! I am planning to do a post on the kitchen once it’s done. We used granite. I wanted marble or quartz but granite was cheaper and easier to care for; in fact the person who sold it to us had quartz and marble too but she told me she considered me family (my sister works alot with her) and she wouldn’t let a family member make a mistake. She said the granite just plain wears better and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. She said all the people buying quartz and marble will be replacing it with granite within 10 years. So we chose the granite, the color is evolution white – it is so pretty and it has sparkle in it.
      I’m excited for you and your kitchen redo!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  12. December 8, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Absolutely love your nutcracker collection! We didn’t go all out with decorations this year because we’re still getting settled into our new home and have some renovations coming up after the holidays. However, next Christmas, I’m going all out. I can’t wait! Until then I’m having fun living through you guys and checking out all of the holiday home tours.
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    • Kellyann
      December 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      Oh yes, I get it. I love decorating for Fall but because we were in the middle of the kitchen reno I didn’t do anything. Thank goodness for all the blogs so I could live vicariously through them! It’s fun to be in a new home, enjoy every minute! Happy holidays!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  13. December 10, 2017 / 5:57 am

    You have some really fun pieces there. Love that you decorate your kitchen. We haven’t got ours up yet. Today is the day. BTW it’s taken me months literally to find your blog . I’ve been following you on Google plus but there’s no blog there. Ooops. I found this by chance and am delighted so now added you to ones I follow for ease and keeping up to date with your goings on and outfits.

    http://www.muttonstyle.com

    • Kellyann
      December 10, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Oh thanks! I am going to be completely honest – I have no idea how to link my blog to Google plus! Seriously I am technologically challenged. I am so super happy you found me and that you let me know so I can work on fixing that. I really appreciate it.
      Glad you are getting your decorating done, it feels nice to have everything done up and helps get me in the mood for the holidays. We did ours so early this year because our oldest was home for Thanksgiving and I can’t imagine decorating without him.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  14. December 11, 2017 / 9:10 am

    Your kitchen reno looks so good!! Light and bright. Carly Jo would be all over your nutcracker collection. She has been asking for one forever and this weekend we actually went to see The Nutcracker and I let her pick one out at the market. She was so excited. And I totally agree with you about taking the pictures and seeing the flaws. Nothing looks as good to me in pictures as it does in real life in my home.
    Shelly recently posted…The Queen’s Chronicles – Holiday FunMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      December 11, 2017 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks Shelly – I am loving how light everything is now. It feels so fresh and new!
      I have yet to find nutcrackers for the boys this year, guess I better get crackin’ – see what I did there – sigh. It gets harder and harder every year because they have so many and finding one that is unique and not too expensive is a challenge.
      xo,
      Kellyann

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