2014 Christmas Home Tour

Shabby Art Boutique - Christmas Home Tour - part 1


Hello my shabbilicious friends,

If this is your first time here, welcome.


I am delighted to be a part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014!  I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day.  There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts!  Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com!



Please come in and make yourself comfortable, as I share PART 1 of our home dressed up for the holidays… for Christmas in the Country.


Our home is actually on our business premises, which is a beachside holiday resort in NSW, Australia.

It’s a little different to what we’ve had in the past, as it is a townhouse attached to the rear of our reception/office area for the resort.

We downsized when we moved here 18 months ago, so I don’t have as many rooms to decorate these days, but that doesn’t mean we don’t go all out for Christmas.


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Preparations for the Christmas season starts well in advance for our family.

First we decided on a theme and colour palette…. keeping in mind that our home is all white and neutral in a shabby/cottage/vintage style.

A few months ago we were tossing around ideas for Christmas, when The-Man-Of-The-House meekly offered a suggestion. In 25 years of marriage he has never waded into Christmas or decorating discussions… but this time he did… suggesting that he’d like to see a red Christmas.

Really, red…. not a shabby colour as such, but the women of the house could not deny him this one and only request… well, perhaps just in one room!


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Our walls and furniture are white and our lounge suite is taupe, so a completely neutral and easy colour palette to add red to.

We started with a few red cushions, a thrifted table runner and a throw rug.

Strangely, we were warming to the festive feel of the red.


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Next, I made a new checkered slip cover for the ottoman and purchased some red stripe and polka dot cups for our nightly hot chocolates.

The room was coming together… but it needed that something extra to make it pop….

So last weekend I grabbed a large canvas from the craft room. Spent a couple of fun hours splashing around some red paint and a few textures with stencils and stamps. Next came the hand painted white lettering… and there you have it…

…. a fun painting that was the ‘pop’ of colour

the room needed to make a statement.


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While this room is not particularly large, it does have a two story high ceiling and also a two story high wall of window, making it very light and bright in there.


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Red baubles were added to the garland on the spiral staircase…

And a few more pops of red with candle holders, gift wrapping, wreath bows and cushions.

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The green foliage, red bows and twinkling fairy lights extend up to the second story attic rooms…

And it has a very festive feel to it now.

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Join me for part 2 of my Christmas Tour on Wednesday 3rd

for the ‘Welcome Home’ tour and a touch of shabby, cottage chic Christmas.


And next Tuesday 9th for my whole house

‘Home for the Holidays’ tour.


What a fun week!

Merry Christmas,


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  1. i love it all, kerryanne! your red sign is gorgeous–love the hand painted letters. (i could never do so well) adorable deer, too!

  2. Love love it all KerryAnne. Just gorgeous.

  3. Hello gorgeous!!!! Your home is beautiful Kerry, you tie it all together beautifully. Well done Mark for picking a stunning colour to celebrate with! Lovely to see you in a couple of shots honey, looking as gorgeous as ever! I’m looking forward to part Two! :-). Vik xxx

  4. Very nice touches of red to your otherwise neutral palette, KerryAnne. I love reds, plaids and mixing them all up for the holidays, and am enjoying all the stops on this tour. I was part of day 1, so I only have a little bit of decorating still to do. 🙂 Happy Holidays!
    Rita C at Panoply

  5. I was just about to ask where the gorgeous canvas came from when I read that you MADE it….it’s beautiful!! And just makes the room come alive….great suggestion about using red…I just re-did my front porch for the winter and used red for accents….Thanks for the inspiration….I just have to have the courage to do a canvas myself!

  6. Love it, so light and fresh.

  7. I love what you have achieved with a little dash of red. Your neutral palette is the perfect backdrop for Santa’s favourite colour. You are such a clever girl. xo

  8. Everything looks wonderful, Kerryanne.

  9. It’s so lovely.. So festive and inviting! I know it’s fun but it must be a lot of work too! I sure appreciate all that so many put into sharing their homes and talents. Thank you so much!
    Blessings, Tamara

  10. Just beautiful and i never thought to attempt to make a slipcover for my ottoman 🙂

  11. Shirley Flavell says:

    Your red room is beautiful Kerryanne. I do love your painted canvas. It is such a pleasure to “visit” you every day. Best wishes. Shirley

  12. Fantastic! Your skill and your hubby’s instincts are a great match. I love how fresh it all looks. Happy December!

  13. Hi Kerrianne, Your home is festive , merry and bright! Love the reindeer, ottoman and the cute cups especially, Thanks for the tour! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  14. It all looks wonderful Kerryanne – what a super way to kick-off December.
    The red against the neutral colours is perfect.
    Toni xx

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks Toni. It definitely feels like Christmas now with all that red ‘popping’. I was worried that too much red would make it feel too hot here as our summer is already hot and humid, but it’s just the right amount. xxx

  15. So beautiful and festive.. Gosh I love your staircase!!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thank you Lisa. I don’t know that I love a spiral staircase, but it doesn’t take up much room, which is good in an apartment.

  16. Red is my very favorite color, and I love how you’ve splashed it here and there in your lovely rooms. Very festive and pretty! Thanks for sharing!


  17. It all looks so lovely! I really like the pops of red. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve done!!

  18. I am loving your home. Love the pop of red. Joining from the tour.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Welcome Vanessa and thanks for visiting. Red is such a big leap for me, but it does feel very ‘Christmassy’.

  19. Beautiful photos of your home! LOVE all of your little pops of red,so pretty!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Thanks for visiting Anne. I’m ‘strangely’ enjoying the change to red…. just for Christmas though. We’ll be returning to our white palette in the New Year 😉

  20. This is my first time to your beautiful blog and oh, your Christmasing is just so lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  21. Those pops of red are just stunning. It adds so much Christmas spirit.

  22. Kerryanne,
    It is all just beautiful and fun. I’m sure your hubby loves it. The ottoman is perfect. Love the checked fabric on the ottoman. and your lovely custom art. Love it!! Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks for visiting Christy. I think we are all enjoying the ‘red’… it’s such a change from our usual neutral/whites colour palette. Not sure I could live with it all the time, but loving it for the festive season.
      Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  23. Oh my goodness! Those stairs curling around that tree are incredible! Your home is beautiful!

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