This week we are gearing up for our annual Christmas dinner with our extended family and I have decided to set a traditional red tartan Christmas table. It's casual in style but has a timeless feel that is sure to bring some nostalgic memories.
Gone are the days where red ruled in Christmas decor. If you have read my previous posts you know I don't have red in my living room or home office. I'm ok with that. Although I wanted to create a little WOW factor for our guests.
Whether you are hosting a formal evening with friends or a casual afternoon with family - red tartan is the way to go! We launched a full collection at Katrina & Co. this year. Simple greens expanded in the kitchen are just enough to be festive and marry the two spaces together.
The number of guests. You’ll want to arrange your seating so that your table is conversational. Ensure that you have enough seats for everyone.
What are you serving? This will help you pick your place settings and have every instrument you need to enjoy those yummy, festive recipes you’ve made!
Is it casual or formal? This is where setting the mood comes into play. You’ll want to set your table based on the formality of the gathering. When setting for a formal, evening event - you’ll want moody candles, classy place settings, and an elegant centerpiece. If it is a daytime event with family, you’ll want to add fun pops of color that will suit all ages.
I chose our reclaimed wood candle holders to anchor the table. Adding our mini boxwood wreaths around the base adds an extra layer. Cedar garland draped down the center and mercury glass balls placed periodically are the perfect touch. I'm all about black and white so layering our patterned dishes was a fun touch. Using the tartan chargers creates a cheerful canvas for the rest of my holiday look. Boxwood cones in the center of each dinner plate finish the table.
This year, my goal was to create an inviting atmosphere for all of my guests. As you prepare for your holiday parties, I hope you will use a little traditional red tartan too! Happy hosting friends!
For more holiday inspiration, read my recent blogs!
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
Taking a break from the red and white decor I'd like to share my favorite room, our home office. We renovated it in early spring and it has quickly become the room I gravitate to most when I'm not in the kitchen. Take a minute and see where this room started HERE I hope enjoy this timeless black and white farmhouse Christmas home office tour!
A mix of small white rustic trees from my exclusive collection with Curtis Creation can be found HERE . They add the right amount of contrast to our timeless black and white christmas farmhouse home office.
The clear ornaments are part of our collection with Little Miss Felt this Christmas season. She cut the paper curls and place them inside, then hand-painted the front in my favorite Christmas wording.
I used a combination of textures in the same color scheme to keep it from being visually distracting. This timeless black and white farmhouse Christmas home office created a calm, uncluttered atmosphere.
When I start the process of designing or decorating a space I focus on local small shops first. Supporting other women and entrepreneurs like myself is very important to me. I know that with every sale or new opportunity someone is doing a happy dance!
This handmade beaded cross is handmade by my friend and fellow blogger Marci, owner of Lemons to Lovelys. If you want more home decor inspiration you should check her out!
The artwork below is a commissioned piece by another long time friend and local artist Blake
We chose a flocked tree from King of Christmas for the first time and I absolutely LOVE IT! I recommend every home having at least one flocked tree. There is something very special about having a tree covered with snow in your home. Also, I used outdoor string lights and for a more rustic touch. It's a little messy setting up but soooo worth it. I'm excited to offer you a coupon code to get your own flocked tree from King of Christmas! Use THEMORRISMANOR for 10% OFF!!!
I knew I wanted the presents to make a bold statement. First, I searched my home for any boxes (save them..it will save your budget). I found the wood garland I purchased two years ago. The black and white buffalo check is actually Magnolia Home wallpaper from Joanna Gaines. I used it at our Bloom Market as the table runner and photo wall.
We also had black grasscloth leftover from the study renovation. I cut it into strips and you can see it below layered with inexpensive white wrapping paper and the wood garland. Next, I grabbed rolls of paper from T.J. Maxx and Homegoods. Of course, the boxwood wreaths are a staple in my Christmas decor. If you want this look I have linked the same or similar papers below. The green Kate Spade added the perfect bold pattern I needed to complete the look. Due to the cost I only used it on small boxes that I sprinkled throughout the larger gifts, therefore, creating a visually appealing display.
Our exclusive candle collaboration with Naked Goat Soap Co. smells so yummy! (coupon code below) It smells like leather with a soft sandelwood undertone. Next to the handmade tic tac toe game from the uber talented Marking Remarks, this room is the coziest of all!
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Happy Monday everyone! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Yes, I am sharing my traditional farmhouse Christmas kitchen tour before Thanksgiving. There is a good reason for that, as a blogger and social media influencer it's my passion and job to give you ALL the inspiration before you begin decorating. Instead of standing in line at the store trying to figure out, "what to buy" I've made it easy for you! This year I kept the kitchen pretty basic with pops of red and white, greens (of course), all mixed together with my love for blue. For me, it's important to use a lot of the same decor year-round. Our kitchen has gone through some major changes since we moved in. You can our kitchen remodel here.
Boxwood is a classic, so I knew I had to incorporate a couple of wreaths into our oversized windows. command strips, red ribbon and DONE! I always hang garland on the windows and I left the nails in from last year. It was the quickest installation ever! The garland is several years old and unavailable but I found THIS beautiful boxwood garland that will look amazing alone or paired with a wreath!
I'm so excited about the whole collection. It's perfectly curated and was the foundation for my entire Christmas theme. I knew I wanted to create a traditional farmhouse Christmas kitchen with a modern touch. Marrying the words, traditional and modern with farmhouse can be difficult but I am so happy with the results. I hope you agree! It's been such an honor to work with Susie, owner of Curtis Creation. She lives in the great state of Texas and our meetings were held through facetime on our iPhones! She is a single mom running this small shop and her passion for bringing beautiful home decor and encouragement is so refreshing! It's always great to work one on one with the owner of a business especially when they are as AWESOME as Susie! A little secret... she will be back for our Bloom Market in the Spring! WOOHOO! Check out the entire collection here and take advantage of the free shipping!
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October is almost over! Can you believe it? Before you know it - Christmas will be here, which means you are probably starting to think about decorating, entertaining, and buying those special gifts. Don't let it overwhelm you. I'm here to help every step of the way. Today I am discussing how to wrap the perfect Christmas gift.
Recently, The Morris Manor was featured in the “Cottages and Bungalows Holiday Décor” magazine. In the article, I discuss ideas and tips on how to wrap the perfect Christmas gift. A solid color is always classic. It mixes perfectly with plaids, stripes, and large busier patterns. Think outside the box when picking gift wrap. It's an unexpected pop under your beautiful Christmas tree.
Click the photo above to visit my @katrinaandcompany Instagram for sneak peaks of my Holiday Collection!
Using something like leftover wallpaper is an easy way to recycle and tie in other elements throughout your home. When shopping, look for options that could be used as gift wrap. Some examples would be wrapping paper that is not exclusively Christmas: wallpaper as stated early, fabric, and old music sheets. You can also use brown craft paper and let your kids decorate it. The list goes on.
First, Choose a theme; you want to make sure that all of the paper goes together and they don’t clash. Also, if you have a theme in mind you will be able to be on the lookout for just the right paper to accentuate your gifts and decor.
Next, Think outside of the box: take some of the listed items above and run with it.
Lastly, Tie it up: This is one easy way to tie in all your gifts together by having the same ribbon on the gifts. Or use two to three different types and hang a cute small wreath on the Christmas gift. Layering the ribbon is another way to add something fun to your presents.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and have a little fun! I love teaching you how to wrap the perfect Christmas gift. Keep these tips handy for the rest of the year too. You will have the best looking gifts at every party you attend!
Need a tree first? I can help with that, too!
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!
I've rounded up the best affordable Christmas Trees for you. King of Christmas has a wide selection and their prices are budget friendly. Below you will find my favorites and a few new ones that I have ordered for The Morris Manor.
Many of you have asked about our flocked tree (Number 4). See it in our study here. We love it! It's not messy at all and I would recommend it to anyone. This year I ordered #9 for our dining area and #6 for the girl’s room! Yes, they are getting a pink tree. I can't wait to show you. My hope is to inspire you to think outside the box and have fun with Christmas decor.
King of Christmas is giving my followers a discount to help get you started! Just enter the code: THEMORRISMANOR at checkout. WOOHOO!
Happy tree shopping friends!
Most of the trees come in different sizes and can be purchased pre-lit or not. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments.
Fall is such a cozy time of year. Of all the seasons I think it's the prettiest. As school starts we begin to crave a little more cozy in our life. Today I'm sharing how to transition your home into fall decor like a pro. As an award-winning designer and recovering shopper of #ALLTHETHINGS. I want to share the secrets of decorating for multiple seasons. If done right your fall decor will also transition into both Christmas and winter. I'm all about pumpkins and seasonal decor BUT we don't need to overdo it (except for Christmas):) At the end of each season, we have to store what we purchased and that can become a problem very quickly. Just because you have a large storage area doesn't mean you should fill it up. Remember, new decor will become old decor one day.
So now you are wondering, "How in the world do I buy fall decor that will last through the whole winter?" Change your mindset... instead of ALL fall think COZY. Focus on the following:
Bringing in texture
Keeping these items neutral will allow them to stay around well into the cold winter months.
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Our office is very neutral. Adding the texture of branches, candles, and new pillows takes it directly into the fall and winter months. See the renovation before and after photos HERE
Now that you have all the cozy elements in place it's time to get season specific. I also love to add fresh fruit and vegetables to my kitchen and dining area. Two reasons, it doesn't feel staged, it's supposed to be in the eating/dining and my kids will grab that first as a snack! WINNING! Focus on the following:
Pumpkins and food
The use of apples and eucalyptus as a dining table centerpiece is so perfect and inexpensive.
Pumpkins and pinecones in a dough bowl. If you don't have one you can use a cakestand, large platter, or any big bowl that may be in your cabinet.
Follow these steps and you will transition your home into fall decor like a pro in no time! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments. Now get to decorating!
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