2014 Holiday Tour of My House inside Canadian Living Magazine

I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the number of you who bought my White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White eBook in the past two days since I launched it!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it makes all my hard work for this launch so worth it!

Your emails and feedback have been so much fun to read! Onto my holiday tour!

I have had this tiny figurine (below) that I inserted into the gingerbread house in my kitchen last year since I was a little girl, isn’t she adorable?

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The Best Trim Colours NOT Cloud White was one of the first posts I wrote the weekend I started writing my blog in November 2008. In December 2008, Brett Walther mentioned it on Style at Home’s blog when he was an editor there. Now he’s the Home & Garden Director at Canadian Living and last year when I decorated my house for Christmas, Brett and the team at Canadian Living accepted the photos for Christmas this year!

It’s kind of fitting that my house has just come out in the magazine along with my eBook launch!

That was why you didn’t get the tour last year for the holidays!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living

 

I am so grateful and honoured to everyone at Canadian Living for including me in this issue.

And you can do it too! I am including some tips throughout this post if you’d like to get your holiday decor published!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

If you look closely, you can see the Spring decor in the small photo in the bottom corner above and below:

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

 

Of course, that tour was the condensed version, here are the photos!

Welcome to my home! I’m so delighted that you have stopped by to visit!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

 My green front door, get the colour here. 

 

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

My raspberry drapes really fit into the holiday colour scheme!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

 

1. Open up the magazine you like and hire one of the photographers whose work regularly appears in the magazine. Tracey Ayton’s work is regularly in both Style at Home and Canadian Living, and she shoots without using a single light. Using aperture only. Gorgeous.

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2. Spend an entire day or more meticulously wrapping and arranging boxes with wonderful ribbon and ornaments. Such an easy–and inexpensive–way to add colour and holiday cheer! 

 

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3. Colourful ornaments in vessels always look good. 

 

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4. It’s not hard to attach bunches of ornaments to a garland around your mantle. I posted about this last year when I was decorating here.

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Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

I’m always a sucker for a cute face! That’s how these owls ended up as part of my holiday decor!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

5. Set your table as if you were about to serve dinner. Go OVER the TOP!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

6. Don’t forget, fresh flowers! Nothing dresses up a table like flowers, One of the first posts I wrote the same weekend I started blogging was about the difference between flowers or not ages ago, here.

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7. Beautifully wrapped gifts underneath the tree are also a must! Unless you can think of something else creative! 

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Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

 

 

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

8. Last year I posted a tour of my friend Rebecca’s house and she had whipped up this gingerbread house for her decorations. She generously donated it to me for my photo shoot. You’ll see it in hers right here. It adds just the right touch of festive to my kitchen!

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

These glittery santa boots I bought last year, I insert glasses in them with water to hold holiday greenery.

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

I seem to have accumulated quite the collection of white porcelain animals. The penguins are perfect here, watching over the gingerbread homes.

Holiday Tour of My House 2014 inside Canadian Living | Maria Killam

 

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thank you so much for supporting me by buying my eBook!! xoxo Maria

Related posts:

The Gucci Guide to Holiday Decorating

Maria’s Studio Dressed for the Holidays

Wreaths on Bookshelves

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  1. Good Morning….LOVE…LOVE…LOVE….your décor! Thank you so, for inviting us in! *perfection extraordinaire* !! 🙂

  2. I have always loved the vibrant use of COLOUR you use in your house, and is obviously part of your personal aesthetic! I understand that a monochromatic palette is challenging to achieve, and is very desirable by many…I just prefer COLOUR! I love your home, and you pull out all the stops for the season! Fantastic!

  3. Maria, Your home is absolutely fantastic! The color just makes me happy. I love all of your decor. The boots and the little owls are adorable. You have to be so proud of yourself. Every one of your posts is a lesson in design and I love it.

    I was so impressed with your professionalism in the video. You have come a long way baby!! I immediately downloaded the book and all the “gifts” that you gave us. I will take them to Kinkos and have them printed and bound. I think I will have them bound into one book. That way I can take them with me wherever I go. Thank you for all that you do. I am sure God sent you to us.

  4. Congratulations, Maria! Whenever I see your living and dining rooms, I’m always impressed with the colors used. I always feel the “need” to use something in the form of art or fabric to “link” my color scheme together but I don’t see that in your rooms. I wonder if you would consider a post describing how you arrived at the color scheme used in these rooms.

    • Hi Dawn,
      I didn’t think of responding here until Betsy posted her answer. I was thinking a post was a good idea. So here’s the answer, Usually, you would need to repeat such a strong colour like the raspberry in the room or it would look odd, I decided to treat it like I was ‘colour blocking’ instead. The reason I can get away with it is because the yellow balances the raspberry, they are both clean and strong colours. If the sofa was grey or white, it would look very strange to only have raspberry in basically the drapes. Maria

  5. To Dawn, Maria has linked all the living spaces with green and yellow beginning with her kelly green front door. The green is repeated in the DR gourd lamps and LR pillows. Yellow fabric covers the DR chairs and is repeated in the LR sofa and again in the nat geo magazines on the bookshelves in the den. Pink, green and yellow are all in the painting which is usually over the den fireplace and i believe in other paintings. That same hot pink is then on the LR drapery. Just green is carried into the white kitchen. Plus the walls/trim appear to be the same soft greige throughout… Well done, clean, contempory and
    colorful. Love the new take on traditional christmas red (pink) and green (lime). Well done

  6. Maria, hope u dont mind that i answered Dawns question for you….what off white or “ivory greige” is on the walls?

  7. Such a beautiful decor! I am amazed at how much inspiration your posts and your pictures provide. Happy Christmas!

  8. Betsy, I don’t think I phrased my question clearly. Obviously the colors were repeated. What I’m wondering is what the starting point was. How did she arrive at pink, yellow and black? I would have started with something (a print fabric or wall art) with those colors and then used them. I’m just wondering what the inspiration was for using those colors, or did she come up with that scheme without any specific inspiration. I’m still probably not making myself clear:)

    • I started with the yellow sofa because it’s my favourite colour. Then I added the black and white rug to go with it and then green. It is rare to start a colour scheme without a ‘pattern’ that’s definitely easier but the yellow was a no brainer for me so I started there Maria

  9. Love it all, Maria! You really know how to make everything pop with beautiful color that pleases our eyes perfectly! Thanks so very much for sharing so much knowledge with us. It’s transformative. I get asked almost every week what color is on my walls and it’s all because of you and your amazing technique!

  10. omg! I also have about 3 of those little figurines! I will dig them out and post I pic of them! I haven’t seen anyone else who also had one!

  11. So inspirational! Great ideas for decorating at the holidays. Love the simplicity of ball ornaments in various bowls, glass cylinders and boxes! I put a few around my house. That’s how you know an article is good when you feel inspired to decorate right away

  12. Congratulations! Your home is so fresh and happy, just like you! I can only hope that someday my home will be finished and as lovely as yours. Merry Christmas to you and yours!