Red and white are the traditional themes for Christmas and I have a post coming next week talking about that. Today, however, it's all about our neutral Christmas living room. 2020 has been a crazy year and it's even crazier to think I've had my tree up since September! We had a photoshoot here for the launch of our Katrina & Co. Holiday Collection and I was not going to do all that work twice. So I've had the tree up for almost 4 months and I'm not even mad about it!
While this holiday season might look different than years past, my family & I still have traditions that we look forward to each year. My favorite is decorating the tree while playing Christmas music. In a close second is watching ALL the Christmas movies especially ELF, and The Grinch. Thankfully we don't have any Grinch's living here so no one minds how crazy I go for this season.
When decorating the tree, I always start with the large ornaments first. Tucking them into the tree. Next, it's all about layering in the smaller ornaments and finishing with picks and ribbon. Although this year I left the ribbon off.
I stayed neutral with most of my ornaments, focusing more on texture & different shapes. The depth was added by mixing metals with velvet striped balls and flocked snowflakes. I finished the tree with a beautiful collection of hand painted custom ornaments from my friend and local artist Little Miss Felt,
Satin ribbon, sugared birch picks weaved into cedar garland, and large lanterns bring a cozy vibe to the mantle.. Our TV isn't going anywhere as much as I would like it to.
But seriously, If you have a mantle you must hang the stockings. For the last few years, I have hung neutral stockings and this year was no different. Our custom heirloom stockings are everything! If you are local you need to make a trip here before Christmas to purchase your favorite decor from the collection.
With how much time we spent at home this year, being comfortable was essential for my living room this holiday season. Fur blankets and pillows are all needed to make our home extra cozy for the holidays.
Decorating this bamboo dresser from Renovative Home each season is one of my favorite things to do! We used the James T Davis oil-based black paint to revamp this piece and I love how it turned out. The best part, It went on smoothly without having to do a lot of prep work. The high gloss finish gives this piece a luxe look without the price!
I hope our Neutral Christmas living room tour inspired you to add a few special elements to your space. After all, home is a feeling.
For more holiday decorating inspiration, visit the rest of my home with the links below.
Welcome to our home and the 10th annual Holiday Housewalk, hosted by my very talented friend Jennifer Rizzo. This is my second year and I’m giddy with excitement to be a part of such an amazing group of bloggers. It's time to get cozy and enjoy my Southern Charm Holiday Housewalk.
We are on day 5 of the Housewalk but I recommend starting at DAY 1 to get the full experience than clicking through to each home.
If you are coming from The Yellow Cape Cod, Welcome! Sarah's decorating skills are so inspiring! I look forward to her creativity every season.
Our foyer greets you with a big dose of southern charm. Navy grasscloth on the walls and ceiling add immediate character and invite you to explore the rest of our home! As an interior designer, my goal is to create trends and inspire creativity. To help you think outside of the box and create a home that speaks to you and your personality. Our home is 101 years old and we love to entertain therefore it's important to us that you feel that hospitality from the moment you walk in the front door. You can see our original flyer here.
For my Christmas decor for the Holiday Housewalk, I wanted to keep it simple yet have that wow factor. I used a thick cedar garland to hang on the mirror and come down the stairs. It’s dramatic but won’t take me long to remove after Christmas. Since I have layers of texture and pattern with the stair runner and grasscloth it automatically elevates the decor without having the clutter.
Our Home Office is to the right as you walk in. We just finished this room and revealed it HERE. It’s my new favorite room and I enjoy sitting by the fire reading. Sounds cliche but it’s the truth. The room doesn’t feel like an office and that was my intention. Most of the decor came from my brick-and-mortar home decor boutique, Katrina & Co. I just opened in March of this year...a week before COVID shut the world down. However, it’s thriving and I am thrilled with what 2021 will bring. In fact, we have a few announcements coming soon.
Our powder bath is simply decorated. A lil’ tree and festive hand towel. Again, the wallpaper and large scale custom art are enough. I only need to add a few elements to spice it up. Check out our powder bath reno here.
The back of our home is completely open and I used more neutral elements. High contrast black and white, mixed metals, and a touch of greenery. I hear people say you can’t mix black and blue but I want to prove whoever they are, wrong. The right color blue acts as a neutral and we need a touch of black in each room. I hope my holiday housewalk will inspire you to mix it up too.
Nothing says Southern charm more than fresh fruit at Christmas. Oranges, cloves, and cinnamon in a gold bowl on the island. Whether it’s our Christmas Home tour or a summer day I always have cutting boards and something green on my counters.
My flocked tree from King of Christmas is loaded with Katrina & Co. ornaments. It’s soft and not overdone. Mixing in mercury glass balls, shiny silver baubles, and sprigs of gold glitter.
More cedar garland on the mantle and two lantern-style hurricanes flank our massive and NOT aesthetically pleasing T.V. but Scott says it has to stay so there it is! The stockings and pillows are also part of my Katrina & Co. holiday collection. They are the perfect finishing touch for the living room.
Warm and inviting. Bright and airy. That sums up what I want my home to feel like all year long but at Christmas time it’s all about the twinkle! Starting at dusk I cut on all the lamps, light the candles, plug in the trees and garland to create a calming atmosphere.
Thank you for visiting our home. I hope you enjoyed our Southern Charm Holiday Housewalk 2020. Click the image below and head to my friend, Jeanne Oliver for the final stop of this year’s Holiday Housewalk. She is truly an artist and her design never disappoints!
This year we tackled our home office for the third time and thankfully we finished up right before the holidays. I was dying to decorate and enjoy cozy mornings by the fire! I chose blue and white for the home office to add that southern charm.
2020 has certainly taught me the importance of having a dedicated home office. In the midst of quarantine, both Scott & I were working from home. We were juggling the kids being out of school, me preparing my brick and mortar boutique for our holiday collection launch, and tackling more home improvement projects. The home office became a necessity for both of us.
I have always wanted a gas fireplace. For two reasons; We live in an old home that's drafty and to decorate each season. After renovating our powder room, I knew a blue and white home office would be perfect! As I was designing the space I was inspired to release a blue & white holiday collection for my decor boutique Katrina & Co. You’ll see a lot of my exclusive pieces throughout the room. Our boutique is not offered online yet but 2021 is coming!
As I mentioned in the beginning, we have changed this room three times! Here it was originally. This last transition is not changing...at least for a few years. It's my favorite room in the house. Below you can see how we...I mean Scott built the fireplace wall. Renovation is ugly ya'll and takes grit but the final outcome is always worth it.
The fireplace is obviously the focal point. We purchased our setup and logs from Francis Oil. They were amazing to work with! If you are local, I highly recommend using their company. Tell them Katrina recommended you!
I wanted our home office to catch AND hold your attention so selected this blue and white plaid wallpaper from James T. Davis to wrap the entire wall. Plaid is a timeless pattern and feels like a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater.
On each side of the fireplace we have builtins. I painted them the same color blue as the fireplace for a chic look. The navy I chose is a custom color mixed at James T Davis but it’s similar to this blue from Sherwin Williams. If you are local to Lynchburg come in, we have samples ready for you to take home and try on your walls. The rest of the room needed to be a neutral canvas, as I knew my furniture and decor would be where I would add the pops of blue.
High contrast colors and tailored furniture mixed with the traditional patterns give our home a very Southern farmhouse feel. I wanted our home office to have that southern charm feeling with a mix of both masculine and feminine details. The space needed to be comfortable, yet refined. I want guests to sit and linger without feeling it's a stuffy home office. The two small ottomans in front of the sofa are part of my very own furniture collection made in North Carolina! Scott added vertical shiplap in our original makeover. It's painted a soft putty color for a neutral canvas.
Most all of the design elements and decor came from James T Davis Paint & Design Center and my boutique Katrina & Co. In case you didn’t know, I partnered with James T Davis in March 2020 (the week before COVID shut the world down!) to have a 4,000 square ft. home decor and specialty gift boutique located inside their Design center. It's a dream for me to help you create a home you love!
This was my favorite room to decorate for the holidays. I was able to use so many of my exclusive holiday collection pieces it made me even more sentimental about my business. My tree is Balsam Hill and I adorned it with hand painted ornaments and mercury glass balls. These gorgeous ornaments were hand painted by Little Miss Felt. The beautiful blue and white abstract art is from Blake Driskill Studios. Both artists I carry in the shop.
I used magnolia garland on the mantle and hung our handmade heirloom stockings from Katrina & Co. holiday collection. The mirror allows light to bounce off and create a brighter effect in the room during the day, while the candles give it a soft, warm glow in the evening. Speaking of glow - did you see the chandelier? ALL the heart eyes! This leather tassel chandelier was love at first light! It's so versatile in style. It could go in any home and be a showstopper.
My family loves this room and that matters more than anything! I believe this year we will put the presents under this tree.
I hope you enjoyed our home office! I'll be back Friday with our full Christmas Home Tour! WOOHOO!
For more holiday inspiration check out these previous posts
Ready or not Thanksgiving is tomorrow! But, don't freak out, in this post, I am showing you how to set a neutral tablescape that lasts through winter. You probably already have most of the items but if not I will share all my sources.
Most of the year I keep my dining table pretty simple. However, as we approach the holiday season I want to decorate in a way that transitions easily from one holiday to the next. Let's do this!
Begin with magnolia or your favorite faux branches. Layer them first as wide and long as you need the centerpiece to be.
For Fall and Thanksgiving simply add pumpkins, pinecones, acorns, and gourds.
For Christmas add ornaments. My favorite are mercury glass
Layer on real branches to offer more varied color and texture
(BONUS) Leave the Magnolia and add lemons for spring and summer!
Add taper candles and votives to your table. I'm loving brass but this is the perfect opportunity to mix metals here. Our Katrina & Co. ceramic branch holders are also great all year long. This layer adds a cozy ambiance to all of your gatherings.
White and cream tableware is always a good idea. Chargers with a natural woven texture paired with Seagrass-wrapped glassware adds the perfect dimension. Lastly, horn and leather napkin rings with patterned napkins complete our neutral tablescape that lasts through winter.
I hope this post inspires you to set a cozy and inviting table that causes lots of lingering and laughter. Whether you are able to get together with family or just have a quiet day of thankfulness, my wish for you is to simply reflect on all the good that surrounds you.
Love to each of you.
For more holiday inspiration check out these previous posts
Decorating has been my passion since high school. Class of '99! Scott and I got married in July 2001 and purchased our first home in October. I immediately started painting, hanging art, and making wreaths for our front door. I painted my first piece of furniture black in 2002. Since that time my passion has only grown. I'm thrilled to be writing this guide to interior decorating just for you!
Since 2017 my home has been featured in 8 different magazines, Including three nationally published editorials HGTV, Je De'core (a french Canadian magazine), and Cottages & Bungalows. Along with a few local design awards, I have spoken at Liberty University for the Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising students and collaborated with several national brands.
I've learned so much since I started. This comprehensive beginner’s guide to interior decorating will help even the most novice learner.
Let's start with the basics...
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It's not about changing the structure of a room or building something new. It's the simple art of taking an existing space or furniture and dressing it up to reflect your own style. That includes but is not limited to paint, accessories, lighting, and furnishings. Fabric is also a major player in the game. It has the ability to dress up a room or make it feel more casual.
Everything must match. FALSE- Coordinating is a more appropriate term. Your home should look collected not like a big box store. Just because you love the sofa doesn't mean you buy the matching love seat. Think about scale and tones when you coordinate. Keep them similar. (although a set of matching chairs or lamps can be a good thing)
Dark rooms make a room feel smaller. FALSE - It will make the room feel more cozy and sophisticated but NOT small. Again, natural light plays a large part in this. Placing large art on dark walls creates drama, therefore, making the room feel grander. Powder rooms are a great start.
I have to follow all the rules. FALSE - I'm a rule follower but sometimes they have to be broken. You live in the home so you should absolutely LOVE what you buy even if it's from a different era.
Every wall must have something on it.FALSE - Your eyes need a visual rest. Consider leaving a space or wall blank. That allows your eyes to rest and other items will make a bigger impact.
The bigger the wall the more art should fill it.FALSE - Instead of filling the wall think of highlighting it. One large piece of art makes a much bigger impact. It creates a focal point to a room or hallway that otherwise could seem cluttered.
It costs too much to decorate like a pro. FALSE FALSE FALSE - Think smarter and bolder not small and cluttered. You will spend the same amount of money buying a lot of little accessories every season than you would investing in a FEW keys elements.
Figure out which room you spend the most time in. Start there
Decide on how you want the room to feel. Casual, cozy, light, and bright?
Go to Pinterest! It's a great place for inspiration. When making a board, label it with the room you are working in. CLICK HERE for my Pinterest boards. I've created one for every room with hundreds of photos.
Decide on a budget. What should you buy? Can you reuse or repurpose something?
Get rid of #AllTheThings you don't love! If it takes you more than 3 seconds to decide...you don't love it. Donate or consign it.
Choose a paint color, it will transform the room. Picking paint can be scary so I always encourage buying samples first. It's better to live with a block of color on your wall for a week than years hating it covering everything. If you are still unsure what color to choose CLICK HERE for my expert advice.
Purchase or set the foundational pieces. Sofa, bed, dining table, etc.
Lastly, layer the rug, art, and decor accessories.
After 19 years of decorating, I can honestly say there's not one perfect tip for success. However, by following my steps and erasing the misconceptions you can tap into your inner decorator. Failures will come and that is ok. I'm encouraging you to just try. Taking a step forward brings the freedom for you to create the home you love. Start with courage and your confidence will grow one room at a time.
Color - Choose 3 main colors for a room. MAKE SURE one is black, navy, gray, white, or a creamy neutral. You have to have a grounding color.
Contrast - Vary the tones of the three main colors.
Composition - Keep the natural flow. Furniture, lighting, and art should be scaled appropriately. Rugs should house all front furniture legs.
True success is having the courage to start.
Rarely is anyone drawn to JUST one style. We are inspired by our surroundings and travels. It is ok to incorporate a mix of goods as long as you stick to my Three C's of decorating. When someone walks into your home they should see your personality.
Threes and fives are the best way to display items on a bookshelf. Odd numbers grouped together add scale and balance. One large decor piece on a shelf creates a focal point. To hide clutter grab a few baskets.
Rugs ground a space and it's always best to have at least the front legs resting in the first 6-8 inches of the rug. An 8X10 or 9x13 is best for a living/family room or bedroom. It's better to wait on the perfect size rug than buying one too small. The same goes for curtains! Here I share expert advice on properly hanging window treatments.
NO WAY! Wallpaper is here to stay! Choosing the right one is key. Take your time and bring several books home and allow yourself to stare at them for a few days. It's a pain in the rear to remove so choosing a tone-on-tone option will outlast the fading trends.
Removable wallpaper, new and newsworthy! The paper feels more like a vinyl shelf liner. They are peel and stick for all you DIY'ers. I have purchased this ONE from Target. You can see it below in my front foyer. Full Disclosure: It does not line up 100% perfect so be prepared. Our home is 100 years old so that might have a little something to do with it. 🙂
Please do! I will have to do a full post about painting your cabinets. For now, let's just skim the surface on this "very controversial" issue. If done right your painted cabinets will last many years. The key is prep! Clean, sand, prime, and then paint. Use quality products and give at least 24 hours between coats. Paint hardens over time. Painting your cabinets will get you the most bang for your buck.
One word... COMPOSITION! Do not fill an entire fireplace with small accessories. It will look cluttery and distract your eye from the beauty of the items. If you have a TV mounted I suggest placing one large vase with branches on one side and on the other place a series of three items, One large, and two smaller. OR, find two matching lanterns or large vases and place them on either side of the TV.
If you have no TV, display a large piece of art in the center or a large mirror, then layer one more piece propped in front (not in the center but over to one side) then you can use the vase and other small items in a grouping on wither side. Tapered candles are perfect for adding height without looking cluttered.
JUST START! Don't be consumed with getting everything right the first time. Layering and then editing out is the best way to find your favorite style(s).
Home is feeling not a place.
Remember this is just the beginner’s guide to interior decorating. the first step is courage.
Our Gray pantry has gone through a few phases because we didn't get everything right the first time. See all the progress here
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I can't believe I'm actually typing this but.... our shop is expanding!!! Our sweet lil’ home decor shop opened March 6th and within a week the world shut down due to COVID-19. Thankfully we are located inside James T. Davis, Lynchburg's favorite paint and home improvement store. Being an essential business meant that as long as the guidelines were followed they could stay open which meant Katrina & Co. got to stay open too. Boy, did you guys show up and support us. You showed us that Lynchburg loves local and because of that in partnership with James T. Davis, Katrina & Co. is going from 250 sq. ft to approx. 3,000 sq.ft!!! I mean STOP IT!!! I have cried (multiple times) and have just been in complete awe at the blessing of this opportunity.
James T. Davis has been a trademark of Lynchburg since 1936. The staff is amazing and they really are the experts for all things home projects! The best part? They manufacture the paint right here in Lynchburg. I'll take you on a tour of the paint plant one day!
Over the next two weeks, Katrina & Co. will be making the transition into our expanded space. We will remain open and committed to providing you with personalized service and expert design advice. My goal for this partnership is to bring you the very best home decor, design, giftables, and home fragrances. We have new inventory arriving every two weeks and our window displays will be changing seasonally. Stay tuned for the date for our Christmas Open House. Below is a peek at the furniture and lighting that we have coming in next week.
With the Katrina & Company partnership James T. Davis is now Lynchburg's premier one-stop design, home decor, and paint shop!! Come in and watch the store transform. It's going to be AMAZING!!
Have you ever wanted your home to have that blue and white farmhouse feel with southern charm? In this post, I will explain exactly how to achieve that feeling. It started in 2016 when we moved into our farmhouse fixer-upper. The home had been vacant for years, so we gutted the main level. There is no denying the home’s architecture is a mix of antebellum and foursquare (farmhouse). Keeping it classic in detail has been my #1 goal. I love the modern farmhouse style of high contrast with moody walls and industrial elements. However, the southern charm of blue and white, wicker, and beadboard appeals to my softer side.
Below you can see the modern farmhouse style which has been featured in HGTV Magazine. Read all about our experience here. I painted the wood floor white then stenciled it in a light gray.
Our home turned 100 in 2019 and I wanted to introduce more southern charm into the farmhouse so I partnered with the local paint and wallpaper specialists at James T. Davis. The makeover transformed our powder bath into the quintessential southern charm classic and we couldn't be happier. The wallpaper brand is Thibaut and the name is Shrewsbury, it's part of the serendipity collection. If you are local to Lynchburg I would recommend going into James T. Davis and you can see it in person. I have also linked several other options that are available online.
We hosted our second annual "Bloom Market" in April 2019 and allowed tours of the main level. We took the door off so everyone could see into the bathroom and ya'll loved it!
Ceilings are often a neglected area of a home. Start with your powder bath, small bedroom, or even laundry room. Those are smaller rooms and a great place to make a BIG statement. We simply added beadboard and painted it a beautiful blue, and the bathroom was instantly elevated. The chandelier from James T. Davis finishes the room. This one is sold out but I have linked similar chandeliers at the end of this post.
I actually hung the wallpaper myself and I'm not an expert! You need to make sure to line up the pattern as you hang each strip. We couldn't be any happier with the results. If you have questions about hanging wallpaper I'd be happy to help you. Just leave me a comment below.
If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you know since late 2019 we have been setting up our first brick-and-mortar storefront. The Katrina & Company Shoppe is located inside James T. Davis Paint and Design Center in Lynchburg, Va. The Grand Opening weekend was March 6 and 7th and it was so fabulous. You guys came out to support my dream and I can't thank you enough. Here is a glimpse of the weekend and what Katrina & Company is all about.
Cake replica of our home made by Love Is In The Air Events. Isn't it stunning?
James T. Davis Paint and Design Center has been serving our community since 1936. They are paint and wallpaper specialists and even manufacture their own paint line. Ummmm, Katrina & Company paint line in the future??? That sounds good to me! Along with home decor, they also have an amazing selection of fabrics for any project and offer a variety of Hunter Douglas window coverings. It's seriously a one-stop shop for your home! I am so honored to have been asked to partner with such an amazing company. It's everything I'm passionate about rolled up into one place.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”
That's exactly how I feel about Katrina & Company as seen below. We built a mini Morris Manor inside a much larger James T. Davis and I couldn't love it anymore. Scott worked so hard to construct the vision I had in my head and he did an exquisite job. As he always does, God bless that man.
The Morris Manor is the name of our 100-year-old farmhouse. We have been renovating it from the ground up since 2016. The addition of Katrina & Company has been created to give you a seamless experience of shopping and design at a convenient location. We offer high quality home goods with classic style at an affordable price. It's just the beginning and I'm over the moon excited for my future of serving our community and beyond...
I named my shoppe and interior design service Katrina & Company in order to differentiate home vs. work although home is my work...does that make sense?
The Morris Manor is our home, renovation project and sanctuary. Katrina & Co. is our brick & mortar storefront, online shoppe (one day), and interior design service. I love working with clients but I have strict limits on the number I take each year. It's called work-life balance and it took me almost 10 years to figure it out.
Being both an interior designer and shoppe owner gives me the unique opportunity to offer a one of a kind experience. You walk into the shop and we will actually help you put the decor together to create a cohesive look. My commitment to you is that we will always keep it fresh, classy, and special. I've had a dream for the last 4 years of opening a shop to help women create the home they love and serve other designers and realtors as a place to purchase beautiful home decor. Thanks to the partnership of James T. Davis that dream is now a reality. Also, big props to 434 Marketing for the visual marketing! Please enjoy the video below.
Sharing the decor in my own home helps you see how pretty, practical and functional the pieces are. We are a family of 5 humans and 3 animals and we live here hard! The house isn't always tidy and there is more dog hair on the floor than I'd like to admit, but here is the truth. You can have a beautiful home too. Just edit out items you don't use or love. Make pretty choices in the kitchen especially and DON’T let the kids sit on the sofa with food or drink!! Having a few rules in place make you a good mom, your home will thank you (so will your kids once they become adults, I promise)!
Thank you again to every single person that shares, shops, and supports my business. My heart is so full!! I appreciate each one of you.
Ideas and inspiration for creating the perfect cozy farmhouse Christmas. Where modern farmhouse and southern charm meet.
Welcome to The Morris Manor, Stop #30 on the Holiday Housewalk Tour. If you have time and want to start from the beginning at House Tour #1. Each tour has a link to the next home. Our fearless leader Jennifer Rizzo Design Company has worked so hard putting the best bloggers together to inspire you this season. This is year 10 of the Holiday Housewalk!!! We are honored to be a part of it for the first time.
If you are coming from Duke Manor Farm, Thank you! Her home is an absolute dream. So much inspiration. Please grab some hot cocoa and stay awhile.
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I'm so excited you are here. My name is Katrina and The Morris Manor is the 100 year old farmhouse we call home. My husband (Scott) and I live here with our 3 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, and the occasional mouse. Scott and I have been DIY renovating the farmhouse for three years. We still have a lot of undone and future projects, but we've come a long way baby. See our Kitchen renovation here
I'm an interior designer and my husband owns a building maintenance company. Basically, we are the perfect pair...most of the time. (: He can fix just about anything and I make it look pretty yet functional...or just pretty. Ok, enough intro let's get to the tour.
This is my first year as part of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk and I couldn't be more thrilled. Truth be told this is the tour that sparked my interest to become a blogger. 8 years ago I remember sitting for hours and soaking up each nook and cranny of EVERY home. Weird? Probably, but a spark was lit and here I am today.
Since we live in a farmhouse I keep my style to the era of the home. However, I LOVE industrial elements, clean lines, leather, and texture. Although traditional design; Classic blue and white of southern plantations and boxwood gardens also have my heart.
Our powder bath lends itself to that southern charm. I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I occasionally sit on the floor and stare at the ceiling. For Christmas, I kept it simple by adding a cedar tree and a few baubles on a tray. It gives the bath such a cozy vibe.
I didn't want to go to Christmasy but I was thinking, "I can leave most of this up until February" kinda vibe. I am opening my own home decor shop in the spring and January is going to be CRAZY. More shop details in another post. But for real, I’M OVER THE MOON EXCITED!
Such a fun way to display goodies for a hot cocoa bar. Charcuterie board but with all the sweet fixings. My girls approve!
As I have honed in on my favorite design and architectural details I came up with a name for my style. (You can expect to see the same vibe in my shop)
You see both elements in our kitchen /pantry area. Beadboard, glass cabinets, and brick backsplash play on the southern charm. But the stainless steel island and high contrast of black and white carry the modern farmhouse.
Our most recent project was renovating our walk in pantry. See the details here
The dining area features The Southern Manor Dining Table. I had the privilege to design and the wonderful husband and wife team of Woodsmith Design Co built it. You can buy one HERE and they even ship to certain states. The quality craftsmanship will last generations and it's very affordable.
The King Noble Christmas Tree with the snow is such a fun element. The ornaments are simple yet elegant. Both the ornaments are from King of Christmas. I have a 10% off coupon code! Use THEMORRISMANOR at checkout.
Our family room is fairly small and open to the dining area. Keeping the decor simple was important this year. My flocked tree from King of Christmas is by far one of my favorite trees ever. You can see it in our Farmhouse Christmas 2018 office tour here. Also, our 2018 Christmas home was featured in Cottage and Bungalows special Holiday Decor magazine this season. If you missed it on the stands you can order the digital copy HERE.
I went asymmetrical on the mantle with flocked garland. The fireplace is painted the same color as our pantry. Find that here.
That concludes our Modern Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour. I hope you leave inspired and ready to embrace the simplicity of Christmas.. It's not about the presents and the hustle but the gift of Jesus being born and changing our world. He represents love, peace, patience, and compassion. May our hearts be filled with each this season.
Now head on over to the next fabulous home tour with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Home tour number 31.
Special thanks to Jennifer Rizzo for all your hard work in putting this tour together!
We have a large walk-in pantry located directly off the kitchen. When we first moved into our farmhouse I simply painted the pantry white and called it a day! Fast forward three years and it is time to add a little southern charm to our modern farmhouse. Introducing our newly updated moody gray kitchen pantry.
It was painted a 1950's dutch blue caked with 70 years of year and tear. But what a difference a little elbow grease and white paint make.
It was a drastic improvement but there was still one major issue. There was no insulation behind the old drywall. Every winter we could feel the cold air blowing in from outside therefore making our heat pump work extra hard. So this year it was time to tackle the issue before winter arrives.
Below is the photo after we ripped all the drywall down. Two very important notes to make: 1) Nothing is straight. Don't expect it to be. 2) You will always be surprised at what's behind the wall or ceiling.
One of the most important pieces to put the pantry back together. (besides picking the paint color 🙂 Insulation! If you are renovating please check your local building codes to ensure the correct R-value is applied. It will save you money in the long run and keep you cozy in the winter.
R-Value is the measure of how well a layer of insulation, a window, or a complete wall or ceiling resists the flow of heat.
The paint brand is Behr from Home Depot. The color is called Unpredictable Hue. It's the perfect warm gray with brown undertones. The tone is soft, moody, and classic. It warms up the space without making it feel smaller.
We are seeing the cold gray hues take a back seat to their warmer counterparts. Look for undertones of brown, green, or black. Order your sample of Unpredictable Hue HERE and test it in your own home.
It's functional and we love it. When we take the time to make something look good we tend to take more care in keeping it clean. I hope you love our gray kitchen pantry makeover, I'm only sorry it took me a month to post. I'm working on time management for 2020. (:
You can see our Kitchen renovation with all the before and after pictures here. It was one of my first blog posts so forgive any mistakes, please.
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