More Christmas tour

Sharing a few more… Hope y’all are enjoying shopping and baking;; My garland may not make it till Thursday.  Remind me next year, must. get. artificial garlands.


First off,  you may still have time on Amazon to buy this book on my coffee table below! It’s called “One Man’s Folly” and it is about an amazingly talented man..and Julia Reed and Bunny Williams do the forwards..It is so so interesting and good.  I wanted to do a “favorites thing” shopping guide but I never got to it..that book would have been on it along with these little blue and white boxes from High Street Market (wishbone is from there too) and you can see my slipcover pleats from the amazing LS Slipcovers.


The boys don’t hang out here much so this table works okay..I would not have attempted it even a year ago but they are growing up a bit (which is good and bad)

On to the kitchen!


I do have to show this corner of my kitchen because it is so bright and fun and one artificial wreath made it even better (Hobby Lobby can you believe it)…nothing says Christmas like red chairs. So glad I can enjoy them year around! In the kitchen area I just added a little boxwood wreath, some bottlebrush trees(my go to), and a Christmas watercolor of our first home.


My papertowels, soap and coffemaker are out and island not styled but oh well…it’s worth it to show you the new “under the sink” skirt I had made by Gracie!  Love it! Taking off those sagging cabinet doors and replacing with linen has made me happy!  It’s on a rod so I can remove and wash if needed but I haven’t in months and it doesn’t really need it.  I still want to stain counters’s on the list; Below the blue cabinet from Leftovers got a little boxwood wreath.

bluecabinetcollageA few from the dining room.  This room is so hard to photograph because its in middle of house and not a lot of light.  But I do love this room…we eat all meals here, very few in kitchen.  The kitchen table is more for homework; I love the pine table but also the country chandelier from Circa and the white linen drapes with beautiful tape.  They were made by Gracie’s Custom Interiors and she did an amazing job…they are lined and interlined! She did so many amazing things for our new home.  The little sink skirt above, shades in the entry I need to show you, and of course the camelback sofas that she and Laura and I collaborated on! Thank you again Gracie and Laura for all of your help with my house.  They, along with my local seamstress Susie Bronikowski and Monica of Monica’s Custom Creations, really did help me pull it together just like I had dreamed.  Truly y’all thank you.

dining room

Colors are a little distorted trying to salvage a photo…forgive me; Yes  added more audubons, these were on Melisse’s clearance table and I am so glad I snapped them up…I had planned to put the somewhere else but love them here.  Melisse is my print dealer friend that lives in Baton Rouge and comes to Round Top. She is such a good source for so much!


My only Christmas decorations in here are a few bottlebrush trees on the console and Christmas cards over my makeshift “bar” and garland on hutch.


I’ve had so much fun adding cards everyday…y’all blow me away with your cards.  I was amazed little tiny close pins would hold them to this tobacco basket but it works! The skirted console is an old pottery barn lateral file that Laura at LS Slipcovers made me a gathered slip it!


On to the study.  I can’t believe we fit a tree in here but we did….its the 7.5″ Stratford Spruce from Balsam Hill.  I put my plaid ornaments in here (I painted the hoops black and added a darker brown plaid to ‘manly’ it up).  We sit in here so much and I can see it from kitchen so its nice to have a tree in this space too. I like Balsam Hill’s Stratford Spruce because it is a bit narrow but not so narrow you feel like its dinky know what I mean.


and from my fave chair! and with no lights!


Thanks again for taking the tour.  I still have so many details and rooms to share but our main downstairs rooms really feel somewhat “done” and comfy and homey! And that is what it is all about…HOME and your people….not the stuff.  We all know that but it’s good this time of year to just say it don’t you think?


I received a preview of Boomama’s next book this week and the cover struck a cord in my heart.So Merry Christmas y’all.  Enjoy being in your home with your people.  It doesn’t matter if every corner of your house is perfect (or every person) just hold on tight to your loved ones and remember the source of all of our blessings.  My friend Tara Royers Steele used this verse on her Christmas card and I keep thinking about it too . . .

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4: 8-10

Wow, yes indeed!

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  1. I just wanna move right in! Can I? Know anybody that might want to buy a castle in OK?! lol Love you girl! Everything looks amazing!! Blessings upon blessings this Christmas season and 2015!!!!!!!!!

  2. love it all, Holly! You have created such a lovely home – and it really is all about being home with your people! Merry Christmas!

  3. It is beautiful. cozy. Christmas-y. perfect! Wish you couldl be an elf for me for the next few days! LOL Have a merry merry Christmas with all your family!

  4. Truly amazing! It’s the perfect amount of natural Christmas touches without overloading it. Makes a timeless statement. What gets me is that you have only been in this house for 6 months and it is so put together! I love the idea of the tobacco basket and I love all your custom skirts in your home! So well done – congratulations! I wish you and your family a very Merry (and blessed) Christmas!

  5. I love the drapes in your living room! Where did you get the fabric?

  6. Hi Holly,
    Your new home looks beautiful and its been my inspiration lately. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I was curious did you bring your dining room hutch from your other home to your new old home?

  7. I love your home!! The simplicity and beauty!! So inviting! And I too have fallen for the bottle brush trees!! Just starting my collection! Merry Christmas!

  8. Love your home, Holly. Can you share your wall paint color in your room with the fireplace? I see you have paired it with buffalo plaid drapes in what looks like a tan color. The walls appear gray in the photo, but since colors don’t always appear true, it can be hard to tell. Trying to find the right color balance between gray and tan for my own living room.

  9. Stunning, and you’re home is already so put together! I wish I had your motivation! Love all the birds-would you mind sharing the simple gold frame source?

  10. Everything is so beautiful! Such a lovely home you have. Merry Christmas to your sweet family.

  11. Love the dining room! Can you share the source of the blue trim?!?!?!

  12. Everything is so lovely — Simple, yet very Christmasy and inviting. Merry Christmas you to and your family, Holly!

  13. Holly,
    Your home is so lovely. I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed seeing your work in the latest Cottage magazine.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  14. Absolutely stunning! I will be looking at these pictures over and over! So much goodness and inspiration in them. You are one talented lady! Thank you for sharing the pictures and the reminder of what’s truly most important….people! Merry Christmas, Holly!

  15. It’s all so lovely. Thank you for sharing your home and especially the verse from Peter. Merry Christmas!

  16. holly!!! gosh i love your home!! the cards in the tobacco basket is a super idea!!
    merry christmas friend <3

  17. Holly~ Your home looks truly amazing & so comfy cozy!!! I love the piano & appreciate the talented hands that play it! Merry Christmas blessings to your wonderful sweet family!!!

  18. Your new house looks like you already – warm, inviting, and just the perfect amount of Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your holidays!

  19. the wall color in the living room is edgecomb gray

  20. Holly….your home is lovely and so is your Christmas decor! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season….Merry Christmas!

  21. Absolutely beautiful, so fresh and pretty. I love your cozy study Holly.

  22. I want that light above your kitchen table!

  23. What is the fabric called that you have in your kitchen area next to the table with the red chairs? I love it (and the rest of your house!!)!

  24. This is such a beautiful and cozy home- I love what you did with it! royal oak window treatments i really like the window treatments you have also- not exactly christmas related but i love how they look in the space.

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