I am so excited to announce the James T. Davis 2021 Colors of the Year! Six shades- bold, playful, and inspired by nature.

It was my honor to help choose this year’s colors. Having my home decor boutique, Katrina & Co. located inside James T. Davis is a dream come true. It's the perfect pairing of design and style. With home being more important than ever, now is the time to get it right. Follow along as I share my expert advice on how to use these colors! Time to create the home you love.

A little History

In 1936, James T. Davis Sr. founded the James T. Davis brand with a storefront in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. Later, in 1967, he built a paint manufacturing facility with a desire to produce the highest quality paints for the store to distribute to the public. Since then Homeowners, contractors, and DIY'ers like myself have looked to James T. Davis for their unmatched professional advice.

Many of their paints & primers have Microban® antimicrobial product technology. This is a built-in active ingredient that enables products to resist the growth of microbes such as bacteria, mold, and mildew. Microban protection helps products stay cleaner, fresher, and last longer than products with untreated surfaces. #WINNING

James T. Davis colors of the year

The perfect neutral. Inspired by the softness of the clouds, Mystic Fog is a beautiful creamy white with pale gray undertones. This is the perfect wall color for large areas of your home. Our living room and kitchen are painted with Mystic Fog and I couldn't be happier about it!

Metro is a fan favorite! With warm undertones, it's the perfect shade for a bedroom. This color reminds me of cozy, winter days. A hint of color to drench the walls. It pairs beautifully with Mystic Fog for a monochromatic color palette.

James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year

This orange is bold, dynamic, & playful, and I am here for it! Marry with blues for a contrasting effect. Go lighter for a more summery feel. Bring it in pillows, and upholstery for the perfect pop.

Blue Depths is relaxing, peaceful, and tranquil. It is great to use on ceilings to bring in that designer touch. Contrast with whites and brass tones for that timeless southern charm feel. Our powder bath renovation embraces the power of this dynamic duo.

James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year
James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year

 

Subway is all things sophisticated. Deep bronze with grey and brown undertone it's perfect for making your walls or ceiling recede. This color is bold yet understated and works best in a room with lots of natural light. Below is our bathroom that was featured in HGTV Magazine.

James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year

Last, but certainly not least - I'm A Local is the most cheerful color in this 2021 colors of the year collection. It is saturated, sunny, and bold. This yellow shade can be brought into your home through warm brass tones, and pairs great with white. It's great for cabinets, powder baths, and even a piece of furniture. This color will surely brighten your mood.

 

James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year

 

James T Davis 2021 Colors of the Year

how will you use these colors

There is a color for every household. Whether you go big on colorful patterns or stay monochromatic with neutrals. It's time to fully embrace home and the way it makes you feel. Live boldly!

Your Guide to Interior Decorating

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...

What does decorating really mean?

to furnish with something ornamental

-Miriam Webster

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.


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Common Misconceptions

How to get started: Interior Decorating 101

  1. Figure out which room you spend the most time in. Start there

  2. Decide on how you want the room to feel. Casual, cozy, light, and bright?

  3. 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.

  4. Decide on a budget. What should you buy? Can you reuse or repurpose something?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Purchase or set the foundational pieces. Sofa, bed, dining table, etc.

  8. Lastly, layer the rug, art, and decor accessories.

Tips for Success in Interior Decorating

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.


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Follow my Three C's of Decorating

  1. 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.

  2. Contrast - Vary the tones of the three main colors.

  3. 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.

-Katrina Morris


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Common Questions/FAQ's About Interior Decorating

Can I blend decorating styles?

How do I style a bookcase?

How do I choose the right rug size?

Is wallpaper going back out of style?

Can I paint my kitchen cabinets?

How do I style my fireplace without it looking too cluttered?


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The Last Thing You Need to Know about Interior Decorating...

Our Gray pantry has gone through a few phases because we didn't get everything right the first time. See all the progress here

If you found this post helpful would you mind sharing it? Send it to your friends, pin it, or share it on social media. My passion is to inspire more women to love their home and your support means everything to me. Happy decorating sweet friends!


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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.


Katrina & Company

Katrina & Company

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!

Here we grow!

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.

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modern farmhouse bathroom HGTV magazine

modern farmhouse bathroom HGTV magazine

Blue and white farmhouse with southern charm

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.

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blue and white farmhouse bathroom

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blue and white farmhouse bathroom beaded chandelier

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.

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chrome faucet in blue and white bathroom

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.

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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.


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Katrina and Company James T. Davis


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James T Davis

Cake replica of our home made by Love Is In The Air Events. Isn't it stunning?


The Morris Manor cake

The Morris Manor cake


The Morris Manor cake

The Morris Manor cake

High quality design at an affordable price!

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!”

William Shakespeare

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.


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Katrina & Company shoppe grand opening


Katrina & Company shoppe opening

Katrina & Company shoppe opening

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...


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Katrina Morris Katrina & Company


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Katrina & Company Shoppe modern farmhouse home decor


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Naked Goat Soap and Katrina collaboraton

Katrina & Company

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?


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Katrina & Company modern farmhouse pillows


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modern farmhouse farmhouse home decor


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Katrina and Company design

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.

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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)!


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Open shelves in white farmhouse kitchen


The Morris Manor and Naked Goat Soap

The Morris Manor and Naked Goat Soap


Bamboo blanket ladder

Bamboo blanket ladder


Neutral Home office

Neutral Home office


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olive branches and terracotta pot


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wood salt and pepper shakers, gold utensils, Katrina & Company


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White kitchen with butcher block countertops

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.


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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.

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Holiday Housewalk with Arhaus

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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Holiday Housewalk Duke Manor Farm

Affiliate links used which means I receive a small commission on products you purchase through shoppable links. No additional cost to you.

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

Come on in!

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Farmhouse Christmas Foyer

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Farmhouse Christmas 23

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.

Modern Farmhouse Christmas

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.

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Blue and white christmas decor 1

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.

Blue and white Christmas decor

Blue and white Christmas decor

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!

Hot Cocoa Bar

Such a fun way to display goodies for a hot cocoa bar. Charcuterie board but with all the sweet fixings. My girls approve!

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Christmas hot cocoa bar

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Holiday Housewalk 11

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)

Modern Farmhouse with Southern Charm

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Christmas kitchen Holiday Housewalk

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 5

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.

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Farmhouse Christmas kitchen tour

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Farmhouse Christmas kitchen home tour

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Farmhouse Christmas holiday housewalk home tour

Our most recent project was renovating our walk in pantry. See the details here

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 1

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 2

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.

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour10Farmhouse white kitchen table

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.

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 3

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Christmas Home Tour Holiday Housewalk

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Farmhouse Christmas king of christmas tree

Family Room

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.

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The Morris Manor Farmhouse christmas

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Flocked Christmas tree Farmhouse Christmas

I went asymmetrical on the mantle with flocked garland. The fireplace is painted the same color as our pantry. Find that here.

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 20

Farmhouse white Christmas home tour

Farmhouse white Christmas home tour

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Farmhouse Christmas home tour 22

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Holiday Housewalk 2019 farmhouse christmas

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.

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1 holiday housewalk 2019

Special thanks to Jennifer Rizzo for all your hard work in putting this tour together!

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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.


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The Pantry Before:

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.


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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.

We found a vaulted ceiling!!


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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.


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The Perfect Gray Pantry Color

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.


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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.


Modern Farmhouse pantry with southern charm (2)

Modern Farmhouse pantry with southern charm (2)


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Katrina Morris

I'm spilling all the details of our HGTV magazine photoshoot. My goal for sharing the deets is not to boast but to inspire you. Even the most ordinary of us can get an extraordinary opportunity. Let me start from the beginning.

The blog launch...

I'd been dreaming of creating a blog for years and finally, the time felt right. In February 2017 TheMorrisManor.com went live! My goal was to document our renovation and inspire others to be courageous in their own home. I started from scratch with a free site and had absolutely NO idea what SEO meant (the struggle is real). It was time to JUST DO IT!

In June of 2017, I received an email from the home director of HGTV magazine. She stated they found my blog and possibly wanted to feature our home in an upcoming issue. INSERT me sliding down my kitchen wall with a few tears streaming down my face. I understand it wasn't set in stone yet but the opportunity was one in a million and I wasn't going to let it slip away.


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Chip and Joanna Gaines...WHAT THE WHAT??

I responded back with shaky hands, "Sure, I would love to hear more". We scheduled a phone interview where she explained they wanted to shoot for a special issue featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. I was so stinking excited, I love Chip and Jo!!! I sent photos of our family, filled out a questionnaire, and waited. In the meantime, the local magazine Central Virginia HOME reached out to feature us as well. Our kitchen made the cover and we were the Showcase Home for THIS ISSUE HERE. "What is happening"?, I thought. I immediately felt His peace wash over my nerves as to say, It's your moment.

Fast forward to September and I received a call back from the home director. Our home was approved for the HGTV magazine photoshoot! She wanted to send a team for three days in October (30 days away!) to do a full shoot. "HOLY CRAP", I said, "for real"? Yes, that was my reaction. 🙂 I'm sure she was second guessing her choice by that time. Back and forth in my mind, I struggled. We were still knee deep in projects and I wasn't sure what to do. She assured me that as long as the rooms looked the same as the photos I sent we were good to go!

Behind the scenes of our HGTV magazine photoshoot.

No turning back now, the stylist that would be coming all the way from California called. Guess who it was?? The amazing and wonderful Heather Bullard! Y'all she is the queen of interior styling and I love her work. INSERT another moment a few tears were shed. Not only was I going to have HGTV here but they were sending my favorite designer! Y'all, I hadn't done anything special to deserve this opportunity. We had simply followed the prompting on our hearts to buy this home and begin something new with our family.

See the before photos of our home HERE and HERE and HERE


Morris Manor HGTV Magazine Flowers

Morris Manor HGTV Magazine Flowers

The day arrived. My sister came to assist Heather, we kept the kids out of school and Scott took off of work. David Tsay was our photographer along with his assistant Rob.


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HGTV magazine David Tsay


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HGTV magazine Heather Bullard


HGTV magazine Heather Bullard

HGTV magazine Heather Bullard

It was amazing to watch the team work. They were laser focused on getting certain shots and angles. They used most of our decor but did bring in a few new items for a pop. After all, HGTV is known for bold color choices.

So much work goes into every photo. Furniture was shuffled and special equipment helped create the perfect light. Before they moved to the next room each shot was sent to the art director for final approval.


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HGTV Magazine shoot flowers

The island was perfect for preparing lunches!

I snapped a few photos of the computer while David was editing. 🙂


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HGTV magazine living room photo shoot

Below - Natural Light Unedited Photo


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HGTV magazine girls bedroom

After- The edited photo that made the magazine.


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Morris Manor HGTV magazine farmhouse girls bedroom

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HGTV magazine living room photo

After- The edited photo that made the magazine.


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Katrina Morris HGTV

A few more of the magazine feature photos.

See the full article HERE.


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Morris Manor HGTV Magazine farmhouse


Morris Manor HGTV magazine farmhouse boys room

Morris Manor HGTV magazine farmhouse boys room


Morris Manoe Kitchen HGTV magazine

Morris Manoe Kitchen HGTV magazine


Morris Manor kitchen HGTV feature

Morris Manor kitchen HGTV feature


Morris Manor HGTV bathroom

Morris Manor HGTV bathroom


Katrina Morris HGTV

Katrina Morris HGTV


HGTV Magazine Morris Manor

HGTV Magazine Morris Manor

We were smitten when they started shooting for a cover shot! For realz! We didn't make it but just the thought made us giddy! Here is a sneak peek of what goes into making a cover. Tweaking and more tweaking to get it perfect!


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hgtv magazine photo shoot

Thank you for reading our behind the scenes experience with you. I want you to remember one thing, "Never believe you aren't good enough for something extraordinary."

The HGTV Magazine "Fixer Upper Lovefest" issue came out in April 2018 and we couldn't be more thrilled! I have linked the entire 12-page article HERE for you. I would love to hear if you picked up the magazine when it was available in store. Please let me know in the comments.


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Hey lovelies! Let's take a look at our front entry! We did a complete overhaul on a very tight budget. Again, We are going over a broad overview. I will post tutorials and more details on another post and share the link here. I don't want you to miss a thing! Today she looks like this. The day we started she looked like this, I knew we needed to open this space up any way possible. First, we pulled down all the drywall leading into the study and the back of the house. Look at all that light flooding in. WOOP!!All the small steps of progress kept a girl going! I found the vintage french doors from a local shop. We extended and widened the doorway to the back as much as our structural engineer would allow. Also, I got rid of an unusable closet and moved the powder room door from the dining room to the hall. We took a transom from another entry and placed it above the powder room door. We put a chandelier in the powder room and I love being able to see it through the transom. We put new floors down because the original wood couldn't be sanded anymore. After a lot of scrubbing, painting, and a little blood, Viola! This was phase one. Move in! That's the drywall guy. They truly had their work cut out for them. NOTHING in this home is square. I centered a new light and we took that old thang down! Maroon stairs...that is all.PAINT is my best friend in this farmhouse!!! The stairs turned out great although I still have to apply a second coat.D-I-R-T-YSCRUB-A-DUB-DUBThe beautiful sunset makes it all worth it! Countless nights of burning the midnight oil. We worked as late as we could, then would drive 45 min back to our home in town. Tired. Very tired. It's a big foyer but the maroon stairs sure didn't help! So fresh and so clean clean!!........ When you have been covered in dirt and grime for months, white is a WELCOME color! Some would see a stark room but I see a fresh and neutral palette. I'm taking my time decorating this space. For now, less is more! Here is a peek at the back of the house. That drywalled support beam on the ceiling is where the wall used to be. We are planning to wrap it in wood..later.You will see more of our family room in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon! Love, Katrina

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We have added bead board walls. Our walls are so uneven and unlevel we needed an easy application. The panels were great to hang and only took a few days to hang. Also, I'm thankful my husband is great with math. Shew...so many small cuts! The wallpaper is Target peel and stick. Why did I choose geometric print on these walls?! Apparently, I enjoy a challenge. (eye roll inserted here). I am happy with the results. I still need a rug but finding the perfect one takes time and money! We can't have everything! We also added board and batten to the dining room wall. You can see below that standing in the kitchen gives a nice peek into the foyer wallpaper. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing more progress.XOXO, Katrina


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Welcome to my blog! This has been a dream of mine for years and I'm excited to finally begin this new journey. My goal is to "Inspire you to live your best life"! My background is Interior Design and for the past four years I have owned "iheartDesign Company". In January 2016 we decided to buy and renovate a farmhouse in the country (more on that story soon) and The Morris Manor was born. At the time we bought the farmhouse we were living in a large (builders grade) home in a great neighborhood about 45 minutes away. As you can imagine managing the business, kids, wife responsibilities, and the reno, etc..... it quickly became exhausting! This past summer through extenuating circumstances I made the choice to close my business and invest 100% to my family and the farmhouse. I do plan to open a boutique one day once my kids are older but for now its lots of projects and snuggles! Our previous home was 2,600 sq. ft. and brand new with a two car garage. The farmhouse is 2,200 sq. ft. with no garage. We downsized a family of 5 in order to UP-size our lifestyle. We lived in that home for 7 years and have many great memories. Sure, there have been lots of sacrifices along the way but we are a better family because of it. We learned that life isn't about the status quo and having the best. That being a slave to a mortgage or career can strip you of joy and take away the passion for creativity. My income was necessary to survive in our "big new" home. Don't get me wrong I loved our home but to everything, there is a season and this is our season for new beginnings. This farmhouse has brought new life to our family. My creative juices are overflowing! I'd like to consider myself the queen of DIY...and controlled chaos. Here is some of what I have planned for you. I hope you are ready to be inspired!

Thank you for stopping by!Love, Katrina

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