Holiday Home Showcase | 2016 Christmas Home Tour

I would like a (virtual) show of hands. Can you relax in your home if it is a mess? With 349875 things lingering on your to-do list? If you said “yes”, I am jealous… I don’t operate that way. I would love to be able to, but I can’t. If I’m going to relax,  my surroundings have to be relaxing. Well, the same goes for commencing the holidays without being decorated for the holidays. For the last few weeks, the troops (by “troops”, I mean my husband and I) have been rallying around the house with garland, glitter, and tree limbs. With our home in a constant state of transition and I’ll be honest, pigsty battleground, I’ve been in holiday denial. But, as of this weekend, our house is finally decked and overnight, I fell into the Christmas spirit. *Cue the singing angels* (See, total holiday spirit! ;)) To celebrate, I am inviting you into our home to see what we’ve been up to. It’s Christmas home tour day and I’ve joined some of my favorite people for the Holiday Home Showcase, this year’s home tour blog hop!

UPDATE: Check out Kelley Nan’s current Christmas Home Tour for 2017 HERE!


To those of you joining me from Erin’s gorgeous, classic holiday home at Sunny Side Up, welcome! If you’re a regular, I’m so glad you’re here. And for those of you who aren’t sure how you ended up on the tour, I hope you’ll stick around and visit again! At the bottom of the post, I will be sending you on to the next stop. NOTE: A full source list and all the room details are included at the bottom of the post.

Aren’t a big Christmas decorator? No worries. I’ve included a few quick, easy ways to bring in just a hint of the holiday 😉 Thanks to the huge bin of Christmas tree clippings at Lowe’s, we were able to really make the urns flanking the front door more robust with greenery. (They were free and set out for the taking- my favorite kind of decor. ) I started with some faux branches and then stuffed my urns with the fresh stuff until I was satisfied. There’s a mixture of faux pine and cedar and real Fraser Fir – I don’t discriminate; I’ll take it all! If you were around for my home tour last Christmas, you will likely see some similarities on my front porch.


We’ve kept it traditional but added our DIY flocked Christmas tree which appeared in our dining room last year. The railings are also lined with higher quality garland from King of Christmas.


I put these red pillows out at our yard sale this summer for $2… and there were no takers. They were in perfect condition so instead of donating, I put them in the “maybe-one-day-holiday” pile… I’m so glad I did.



Just inside, I positioned my new lantern my Aunt Susan gifted me over Thanksgiving. This will be a staple through all seasons but for the winter months, I placed a few frosted pine cones surrounding the pillar candle.


To the right are the stairs and the dining room…



…and to the left is our sitting room.


A quick note- I used the same faux garland as last year throughout our house but mixed in real cedar garland. I better find a spritzing bottle quick though because I still haven’t given my strands any misting baths! Everything that you will see today (railings and arrangements) took about 60 feet.


I had one outcast, faux, snowy branch in the basement and didn’t know what to do with it. I was leaning toward leaving it downstairs. Instead, I cut it into several pieces and mixed it in my fresh wintry floral arrangements.



I often see comments that I must not have any pets… well, this post is my proof! Not only do we have them, but they basically rule our house. Yes, even on the white stuff haha



Through the French doors is a guest bedroom (dubbed “Nan’s room” after my mom). With a neutral color scheme, it only took a few simple touches to bring a little Christmas into this space.


The perks of having holly bushes…



The dining room is one of my favorite spaces this season. I went for themed blue and white, comprised predominately of pieces I already owned. I shared the details of this Balsam Hill Christmas tree  last week (HERE) in the Parade of Christmas trees but am now excited to share the rest of the room.



The velvet WillaSkye navy pillows from my fall living room were the perfect contrast to the lighter and royal blues. I stand by my belief that any colors can be made into holiday colors.








I kept decor in the kitchen is simple… I tried to fight the urge to line every flat surface with something sparkly to give my heart the clutter-free atmosphere it truly desired – even through the holidays. I originally had a big, gold/silver/ornate/glittered/etc. wreath hanging on my vent hood. It was gaudy… large… more than a little obnoxious. I love “gaudy” and “obnoxious” but it never felt quite right and I made a switch to a small pine/eucalyptus number.


Over Thanksgiving, my brother brought 20 lbs of pecans for the family. I attribute pecans to memories of holiday gatherings hosted by my grandmother and today, my mom is the Pecan queen. Shelling pecans in our family during the holidays can probably be compared to cookie baking traditions in most others. In the midst of battling dark, dreary weather on this day, I took a timeout and finished shelling my entire portion.



Adjoined to our kitchen is the breakfast nook. Again, I have plenty of shiny pretties in here but practiced restraint and incorporated some more natural elements.





Our special tree of sentimental ornaments sits in the corner; the two partying moose cuties are our new annual ornaments for this year, gifted by my mom.



A peek into the great room from the kitchen… Instead of the greenery wrapped lantern chains, I fashioned some simple silver bows.


Oh, and the stool-back wreaths! I picked up about seven of these minis last year after Christmas at Michael’s for 90% off. I originally had a plan to use these on the dining chairs but that would have called for twice the effort. 😉






Our main Christmas tree in the great room has the exact same ornaments and picks as last year but I went heavier on white ribbon this year to give just little different flavor. It is not flocked… just stuffed with ornaments and trimmings.




Maggie and Mister are already laying under the tree nightly, waiting for Santa.



Rather impatiently, it seems.




Another glimpse of the effect the cedar garland gave the faux greenery.








Upstairs on the catwalk gives the best view in the house.


Dipping into my office, I also shared the details of this blush and gold themed number on last week’s Christmas tree hop (HERE).


The oldest sibling in our clan, Penny, prefers pink.


I took on my office this fall and totally made it over for the One Room Challenge in six weeks. You can see the full reveal HERE.





Across from my work domain is our master bedroom. I wanted a natural, classic, vibe in here and went with red, plaid, and lots of berries.


This flocked tree from King of Christmas was gorgeous all on its own so it was an easy decision to go lighter than my usual on the decor. At 9′ tall, she fits perfectly in the vaulted ceiling sitting area.



I used poly-fill to give the illusion of mounded snow and in sticking to the nature theme, brought in red apples





I hope you enjoyed hanging out in our home for a bit. If this was your first time visiting and you would like to see more, you can sign up for my emails at the bottom of the post 😉 Next up in the tour is my friend Bree at Z Design at Home. The cranberry accents in her living room are brilliant and I’m already wondering how/where I can incorporate that gorgeous accent next year! Head on over HERE and tell her I sent you 😉


You won’t want to miss a single home in the Holiday Home Showcase! Below is a full list of the participants.

Z Design at Home |
The House of Silver Lining |
Decor Gold Designs |
Randi Garrett Design |
Haneen’s Haven |
Driven by Decor |
CitrineLiving |
Sunny Side Up |

Thank you all for an amazing year and for encouraging me and allowing me to share so much. I appreciate you so much and am thankful for YOU this holiday season.



PillowsThatcher Wing Back Chairs | Table Lamp | Garden Stool | Blanket BasketQuatrefoil Mirrors Between Windows | Gold Foil Texas & Georgia State Art Prints | White Lidded Urn | Mercury Glass Candle Hurricanes | Tree Art | Round Mirrors: World Market – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Wooden Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR| Coasters | Volcano Candle | Mirrored Console Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Log Carrier: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sheepskin (SIMILAR) | Silver Rimmed Hurricane: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Console Table Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Oversized Tray | ZGallerie Palais Side Table (IDENTICAL) | ZGallerie Palais  Coffee Table (IDENTICAL) | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Alarm Clock | Pitcher: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Sofa: La-Z-Boy Aspen Collection | Fan: Progressive Lighting | Fur Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Greek Key Throw | Gray Afghan: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Greek Key Ottoman | Floor Lamp | Silver Garden Stool | White Garden Stool | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | Ottoman Basket Tray: Pottery Barn – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Chair | Pillow in Chair | Sheepskin: Costco (SIMILAR) | Tall Lantern: ZGallerie – no longer available (SIMILAR) | Table Lamp | Rug: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Apothecary Jars | Brass Candle Holders: HomeGoods (SIMILAR| Sofa: Antique | Restoration Hardware French Casement Double-Door Cabinet in Black Oak Drifted | Side Table: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)| Baseket (SIMILAR) | Pier One Art – no longer available | Striped Pillows | White Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Gray Velvet Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Scarf: American Eagle (SIMILAR) | Sunburst Mirrors: Various Sources – (Similar HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE) | Quatrefoil Mirror | Wall Urchins | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Bar Stools | Marble Cheese Board | Wooden Paddle Board | Round Wood Wall Decor | Coasters | Pedestal | Ceramic Artichoke (SIMILAR) | Pedestal Bowl: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candle Holders | Refrigerator | Cabinet Pulls: Pewter (SIMILAR) | Pitcher: Crate & Barrel – no longer available (SIMILAR) | FaucetStainless Cooktop | Stainless Steel Canopy Pro Style Wall Mount Range Hood | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Cabinet Paint: Unknown | Granite: | Backsplash: | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Chairs | Table: Refinished (PROJECT HERE) | Chandelier | Gold Tray TableCurtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Curtain Rod | White Soup Tureen | Platter | Sideboard: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Candelabras (SIMILAR) | Ice Bucket | Wine Cooler | Wine Trough | Cake Stands: HERE, HERE, HERE| Espresso Cups & Saucers | Ceramic Vase (SIMILAR) | Mirror: Hobby Lobby | Paint: Perfect Greige by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart12-Light Chandelier | Candle Holders | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table:  (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Napkins | Silver Tea Service: Family Heirloom – (SIMILAR) | Table Runners |  Waterford Padova China | Waterford Bassano China | Chargers (SIMILAR) | Pillows: HomeGoods | Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle


Bed | Night Stands | Ruched Duvet Cover & Euro Shams – white | Belgian Linen Diamond Quilt & King Shams – Flax | Sheets | White Tray | X Benches (SIMILAR(SIMILAR) | Spencer Metal Dresser | Star (SIMILAR) | Rug: HomeGoods | Lamps: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Mirrors: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Decorative Throw Pillows: HomeGoods (SIMILAR| Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Striped Throw: HomeGoods (SIMILAR) | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams


Curtains | Curtain Rod | Bedside Table Lamp | Bed: Ashley Furniture – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE & HERE| Gold TrayRuched Duvet Cover – white | Quilt: HomeGoods | Round Center Pillow | Ruffle Euro Pillow Covers | Volcano Candle | Dresser: Rooms to Go – no longer available (SIMILAR HERE) | Mirror: HomeGoods | Lamps: no longer available | White Oval Mirror (SIMILAR) | Round Black Side Table: Target – no longer available | Paint: Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams


Rocking Chairs | Urns (SIMILAR| Door Mat | Black and White Garden Stool (SIMILAR) | Magnolia Leaf Wreath: HomeGoods (SIMILAR)


Lantern on Entry Table (SIMILAR) | White Floor Lantern | Table: HomeGoods | Bench: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Gold Mirror: Vintage – (SIMILAR) | Entry Rug: HomeGoods


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  1. 12.6.16
    Vitri said:

    Wow, your home is just AMAZING, Kelley!!! I love how you decorate it, especially the great room!

    xo, Vitri

    • 12.6.16

      Vitri, thank you so much! A labor of love but I am enjoying it now 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas season!

  2. 12.6.16
    sharon said:

    Stunning! Every room……

    • 12.6.16

      Sharon, thank you so so much for stopping in today! Merry Christmas!

  3. 12.6.16
    sarah said:

    WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. SO amazing. you are so talented!

    • 12.6.16

      Sarah, thank you so much! We are so happy to be enjoying a holiday home now. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

  4. 12.6.16
    Randi said:

    Kelley everything is gorgeous! I hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy your beautifully decorated home for the rest of the days leading up to Christmas! Xo

    • 12.6.16

      Randi, I can’t wait to pour over yours! And you know how it goes- no rest for the weary haha

  5. 12.6.16
    Haneen said:

    Sigh…. you killed it. KILLED IT! Damn, girl! Your attention to detail is like nothing I’ve ever seen! So much work and love went into this. So proud of you! Thank you for hosting this, sweet friend. Merry Christmas! Xoxoxo

    • 12.6.16

      Haneen, YOU ARE AMAZING! I can’t wait to make some time this evening to go through yours. You are so so good, sweet friend.

  6. 12.6.16
    Barb Cushman said:

    Kelly thank you for the tour every room is perfect☆☆☆☆☆
    Love your style
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • 12.6.16

      Barb, thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

  7. 12.6.16
    Connie said:

    Most beautiful Christmas home!
    I especially like your use of mirrors over the sofa and Windows. Undoubtedly you are a southern girl too. Pecans make desserts and salads so much better.

    • 12.6.16

      Connie, thank you and I love that you noted that! I didn’t know if anyone would understand! haha

  8. 12.6.16
    Cathy said:

    Wow ??? what a beautiful house and beautiful decorations, you’re really good in decorating and you’re amazing?? ??

    Merry Christmas and God Bless!

    *Please! I hope you can do a video tutorial how to decorate a christmas tree (like how to put a ribbon) coz’ your christmas trees are so beautiful???☺️

    • 12.6.16

      Cathy, thank you so much and merry Christmas! I most definitely will have to; I have had several requests so I will put it on my list!

      • 12.6.16
        Debbie said:

        I love all your Christmas trees and how each have a different theme. I’m also interested in learning how you put the ribbons in your tree and what kind of material was used.

  9. 12.6.16
    Bree said:

    Kelley, can I just say that I’m in complete awe of you my friend!! Every single detail is just stunning and I just wish I could come spend Christmas with you and your sweet family now (and the pups!)!! I love your King of Christmas tree in your bedroom too! I’ll be featuring mine in the bedroom next week and you are totally giving me some great ideas here…love the mounded snow! Thank you again for hosting (and for being such an awesome host) and I hope you have a Merry Christmas…no one deserves it more sweet friend!!! Xoxo

    • 12.6.16

      Bree, you touched my heart today- thank you so much! You inspire me to do more every day and I am so thankful for you this season. Lots of love and I can’t wait to soak in every detail of your gorgeous home!

  10. 12.6.16
    Madelyn Bonilla said:

    All I could do was sigh….Everything is soooo beautiful

    • 12.6.16

      Madelyn, thank you so very much. Wishing you aw wonderful Christmas season!

  11. 12.6.16
    Penny said:

    Oh Kelly, I got lost in your Christmas Tour today! You truly have a gift for décor! Love your timeless, classic style. Thank you for the inspiration to create my own magic this Christmas!

    • 12.6.16

      Penny, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me today. It was a labor of love and we are thrilled to be able to enjoy it for the next month. Wishing you a wonderful, magical Christmas!

  12. 12.6.16
    Susan said:

    You really make your home a stunner. Beautiful, every room a wow.

    Inspiration and imagination presented in every detail.

  13. 12.6.16
    Tamara said:

    Kelley I am BLOWN away! You have outdone yourself – your BEST TOUR EVER!!!!!! WOW!

  14. 12.6.16
    Kerry said:

    Your home is lovely. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful holiday.

  15. 12.6.16
    Shauna said:

    Kel, I am in Christmas HEAVEN in your home! Seriously, you have such incredible talent my friend! I’m so honored to be on this tour with you…thank you!! Gosh, I wish we lived closer, like neighbors, so I could just come hang out and drool alongside your cute pups…haha!
    Love you girl!!

  16. 12.6.16
    yuni said:

    kelley!!! all of your trees are spectacular!!! my goodness so much eye candy. I hope you get to relax and enjoy it all sweet friend. it’s just perfect!

  17. 12.6.16
    Mary said:

    Kelley, I am completely amazed by your decorating efforts. You and your hubby worked really hard to get it just right. I wouldn’t change a single thing…..its magnificent.
    I think you need to come visit me in Orlando and help me decorate my home. ?
    Kidding, not kidding!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Mary xx

  18. 12.6.16
    megan said:

    Holy Moly. First time I’ve seen your website bc I searched “how to flock a fake tree” on pinterest. Will definitely be signing up for emails! gorgeous home!!

  19. 12.6.16

    Oh my gosh, I’m tired just looking at everything you did – you AMAZE me – it’s all so so stunning!! Love every one of your Christmas trees and all the rooms of your home flow so beautifully together. Time to do a little kicking back and enjoying your gorgeous holiday home!

  20. 12.6.16
    Rita said:

    Your house is absolutely amazing!! I have been looking forward to this tour. I adore your everyday style and your Christmas decor has just blown me away. I agree with a previous post…please make a video on how to add the ribbon to the trees.
    Merry Christmas!!

  21. 12.6.16

    Absolutely perfect Kel….ever detail! I’m so happy to see that Mister has accepted sweet baby Maggie as his sister. The picture of Penny in your office is precious too. I just love the touch of pink in there….maybe you can just leave that one tree up all year!!! Love you friend!

  22. 12.6.16
    Jamie said:

    Just stunning!! I love all your details. Happy holidays!
    Hugs, Jamie

  23. 12.7.16
    Summer said:

    Such a lovely and festive tour! Kel, I’m glad those red pillows outside did not sell either because they are perfect there! The poly fill is so adorable and brilliant on your tree! Your living room tree is soooo gorg! Mister and Maggie… That pic just stole my heart! What a great shot! Every room is just beautiful… Merry Christmas, friend! ??

  24. 12.7.16
    Hana said:

    Dear Kellyes, (I apologize for my easy English)
    I really enjoy your ideas and decorations. They are just amazing. Could you please attach some workflow on how you create some decorations – we could learned with you.
    You are very beautiful house !!
    I am sending a greeting from the most distant fan. Hanka from Czech Republic

  25. 12.7.16

    This is absolutely stunning, Kelley Nan! I adore the idea of putting wreaths on the back of your barstools! Your house looks gorgeous so I hope you can now relax and enjoy the holidays!

  26. 12.7.16
    lauren said:

    gorgeous – everything is beautiful! your sweet pets are too much!

  27. 12.7.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love every single detail and every single word! You are so so sweet to pay homage to your mama, aunt and brother when every detail has been created by you. I love all of the tips you wove in to your story and made things look so simple, when it was not. So many details are my favorites! Kudos to Dave for all of his help and that fire! Love to the pups, too. Thank you for sharing your beauty in this wonderful season!

  28. 12.8.16
    Anna Martinez said:

    Holy Wow! Every room is stunning…I’m so jealous of all your trees! I’m defiantly in the spirit now.
    I hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season.
    Give your WOOF WOOFS love from me! ???
    Merry Christmas!

  29. 12.11.16
    Stacy Kolesar said:

    Beautiful…so inviting! I came across your blog via Instagram and so glad I did! Can you tell me the paint color in the upstairs hallway? It looks darker than the Versatile Gray in your great room. Merry Christmas!

    • 12.11.16

      Stacy, thank you so much for dropping by! It is actually Versatile Gray, also; it’s just in a spot that doesn’t get as much sun. Crazy how colors can look different, even in the same room!

  30. 12.14.16
    Claire said:

    I am new to your blog- found you on Instagram and was amazed! Seriously your attention to detail looks flawless. I am very curious about the blue and white tree in the dining room and the ornaments that are similar to ‘ginger jar’ style?? I didn’t see any info. about them, do you have any details? I too have a large ginger jar collection and love displaying it in the dining room on the sideboard so it gave me some ideas for next year- thank you!

  31. 12.16.16
    Andrea said:

    Beautiful! Where did you but the kitchen stools?

  32. 12.16.16
    Victoria said:

    You’ve done a stunning job here. This has given me so much inspiration for when I eventually own my own home. I can only hope to have the same patience and eye for detail that you have!

    • 12.19.16

      Victoria, thank you, again! I am still working on my patience haha. I like immediate gratification so it can be tough when there is a big job. But, I am loving being able to enjoy the result through the holiday. Decorate with what you love and you won’t go wrong!

  33. 12.19.16

    Wow! What a spectacular home- I can’t get over how gorgeous your trees are. Amazing tour!

    • 12.20.16

      Julie, thank you so much for visiting with me! Each was a labor of love but we are so enjoying them. Wishing you a merry Christmas!

  34. 12.29.16
    Vicki said:

    So, so amazingly beautiful!! I love your use of neutral things that can be used all year mixed in with Christmas. I always hate taking down Christmas decorations but the way you have it, some of it can stay. I love that! I am new here and can’t wait to look at the other seasons home tours. Thanks so much for sharing your home! Loved it!!

    • 1.1.17

      Vicki, thank you so much! I am away right now but have to admit, it all came down on the 26th. Here’s to a wonderful 2017!

  35. 2.4.17
    Bernadette Galati said:

    I am in awe of your decorating skills ! Your home is absolutely beautiful ! I have been shopping for sectionals for about a year now, even in a Lazyboy showroom, and haven’t found something that says “buy now” until I came across your post. I know you said it’s from the Aspen collection but don’t recall the fabric name. By chance, would the name be on your sales receipt? I am in love with the color ! I would also like to know how long you have had it & are you still in love with the quality of the sectional ??
    Thank you & have a great day !

    • 2.5.17

      Bernadette, thank you! And believe it or not, it is not listed on the confirmation email. I hate that but looked before when I first started getting questions. We have had it for 2 years. We have been very happy with it but the back of the seats we sit in most of the time need to be fluffed desperately.

  36. 10.7.17
    nicole said:

    Love your decorating! And you have the cutest dogs EVER! What kind of dogs are they? I’d love to know!!

    • 10.10.17

      Hi, Nicole! Thank you! Penny is a pointer mix, Mister is a shihtzu, and Maggie is a Dorkie 😉

  37. 10.8.17

    I loved all the white that you used to decorate make it look like a Christmas wonderland. Also looks very professional. I just started a blog and have posted 3 of them. I hope that I become as good as you and others in time. If you want to check it out and comment that would be great.

    • 10.10.17

      Cathy, thank you! And I would love to check it out; congratulations and have a great time on your journey!

  38. 12.27.17
    Karla Avila said:

    I am inspired by your beautiful home decor! What would you say is your decorating style?

    • 12.30.17

      Thank you! I would say transitional (traditional with modern mixed in 😉 ). But I find a little bit of everything in my home.

  39. 4.15.20
    Lily said:

    Hi Kelley! I Just found your site and this post is AMAZING!! What do you use to hang the wreath on your stone fireplace? It looks GREAT and I’ve been wanting to do something similar!

    • 4.16.20

      Lily, I am so glad you found me! We actually put a nail in the mortar…very carefully. It stays there and is not noticeable. Thank you for following along. xoxo