Christmas Home Tour–part 3

Last week I kicked off part 1 of my Christmas home tour with a peek into the red room…

A new colour for us and quite a diversion from our usual neutral, ‘all shades of white’ colour palette.

This was a request from our ‘Man-of-the-house’… and as it turns out, we all liked it!

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Part 2 of my Christmas home tour wandered into our white room.This is our living zone in what is a fairly compact 2 story townhouse.

You’ll have to read this post to find out how a modern black bar table made its way into our shabby vintage white room.

That black table was the catalyst for the colour scheme in our newly renovated kitchen.

When we moved in last year, the kitchen was a sage green colour and was dated and showing its age.It was in desperate need of a make-over and refit.

Apartment kitchens are notoriously compact…. and this one was about a third of the size of my previous kitchen, so I knew I was going to have to be savvy with storage and cupboard space.

I’ll share the details of the amazing products we used and how we achieved what we set out to do in a blog post in the New Year, but right now I’d like to show you how it looks dressed up for Christmas.

To incorporate the black table into our decorating style, we decided to go with a Scandinavian black and white look.

Our home already lends itself to the Scandinavian look with timber lined ceilings, exposed beams, an internal brick wall and loft rooms.

The kitchen cupboards have been painted white to brighten and freshen up the room.

Bench tops have been painted black with a specialty product and a small chalkboard wall is not only functional, but also adds visual interest.

Due to the open plan living style, we carried the red from the lounge area into the kitchen for Christmas. It works so well with our gingerbread theme.

I think my hand painted gingerbread doll adds a fun element to the kitchen.

I made salt dough gingerbread cookies to use in my other kitchen vignettes.

The overhead cupboards do not extend right up to the ceiling, so we use this area for storage of our larger bowls and pedestal plates.

For Christmas, I added a greenery garland and snowy pine cones. A set of battery operated twinkling fairy lights add a little magic at night.

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The kitchen doesn’t have an external window, but does have a large opening that looks down into our lounge area. I suspended a tree branch from our garden across the opening and hung more of my salt dough gingerbread cookies from red and white bakers twine.

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Another garland of little gingerbread men hangs below the shelf on the chalkboard wall.

There are still a few small things to complete in our new kitchen, but it will be functional over the Christmas period.

With all the family home for the holidays, I’m sure we’ll all be falling over each other as we bake and prepare meals together.

Does your family tend to congregate in the kitchen too?

Thank you for touring my holiday home with me.

Merry Christmas,



I invite you now to visit the other amazing homes in the ‘Home for the Holidays’ Christmas tour, listed below.


Home for the Holidays Tour
December 8 – 12, 2014


  1. I absolutely adore your painted dolls! they are so sweet! Wow, this space does not feel cramped or small in the least, job very well done! I love all of your contrasts, red pops and well everything is so special and welcoming! I’m sure your whole family will have a blast “tipping” over each other as you prep for baking and meals… I picture lots of laughter and cheer along with the tripping! Lovely! xo

  2. LOVE your home …the Christmas touches are just delightful in an already gorgeous space xo

  3. I love a black and white kitchen! The way you suspended gingerbread ornaments from the branch is so clever and I’ll bet that it smells good too!

  4. Your house looks so pretty! I love all of the little pops of red throughout, and the gingerbread cookies you hung are so cute!

  5. Kerryanne, your kitchen is gorgeous and I love how festive it is. Your décor is beautiful and I have a thing for gingerbread too and have them all throughout our kitchen as well. Just beautiful. have a wonderful day, Lisa

  6. Your home is so pretty and I love all of the simple Scandinavian touches. That gingerbread doll is perfect for the holidays. And I love the little extra touches like the salt dough gingerbread. So festive!

  7. So lovely! That gingerbread doll is adorable. I love your chalkboard art too. I’m really leaning toward and black and white theme next year, I love the look!

  8. Gorgeous Kerryanne. Love the gingy! Kitchen is awesome. 🙂

  9. I love it all, Kerryanne! Your gingerbread doll is the sweetest thing ever and I love the idea of suspending a branch to hang your salt dough gingerbreads from…so clever! I knew your home would be warm and welcoming…a reflection of you! XO

  10. Everything looks so festive. And I LOVE the gingerbread!

  11. Your kitchen is gorgeous Kerry!! Love your signature cute face on the Gingie doll!! Thank you for sharing sweetie!! Xxxxxxxxx

  12. It’s all so pretty Kerryanne! I love the red touches – and your white and black kitchen looks so crisp and clean. The blackboard wall is a great idea, and your gingerbread doll is the cutest! Thanks so much for sharing your home and joining the tour – Merry Christmas! 🙂

  13. I just love it all Kerryanne!! The gingerbread ….so adorable!!! Your home is so warm and inviting. 🙂


  14. Kerryanne,
    I am loving the Christmas touches around your home. It helps me get to know you a little better. The chalkboard with “Be Merry”, the hanging cookies, your tree, everything says”Shabby” and “Kerryanne”
    Thanks for being so kind to share your home with us.

  15. All the finishing touches look fabulous.
    Toni xx

  16. Love the gingerbreads and your chalkboard wall is so cute!

  17. Oh Kerryanne your Kitchen is so fun and festive, I absolutely love your Tree branch with salt dough gingerbread.. so cute. Pinned it.

  18. Your home is so pretty all decorated for Christmas,I LOVE your touches of red and white.Your pretty chalkboard wall in your kitchen with your sweet gingerbread man banner,and your sweet gingerbread man…what a sweet face <3

  19. Your home is so lovely! I especially love all the gingerbread! 🙂

  20. So pretty!!! Wish I lived close by to come visit and enjoy your cookies with you. Love the chalkboard and that adorable gingerbread man! XXOO Christy

  21. Your home is so pretty, Kerryanne! I love all of your decor ~ I was going to try to pick one thing as my favorite but I can’t!

  22. Everything looks so festive and happy! All the gingerbread look so great in the kitchen….I really love the little gingerbread garland. My favorite thing is the picture you have hanging over your couch. It looks perfect!


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