Holiday Tour of my House 2017 (See my Colour Chip Ornaments)

Maria Killam | Black and white turtleneck, here. Beret from Kate Spade here.

Welcome to my holiday tour! Don’t let my neutral wreath fool you, the colour starts as soon as you walk in. I just dressed to coordinate with the plaid wreath for this photo.

The best thing about my neutral family room is that I can switch up the colours with pillows, throws, and accessories every season.

In my colour workshops, I talk about how you have to have small, medium and large gradations of the accent colour you’ve chosen. Generally, you kinda have to commit to colour in your artwork or a chair for the room to look like it’s been well decorated.

I can get away with not having an orange chair or even orange art in this case because this is such a small room. And you can see the small, medium and large orange with just the home decor items I’ve added to this room.

Anyway, I liked the feel of the orange in this room which I recently posted decorated for fall, so I decided to keep the same colour scheme for the Christmas tree.

Finding orange ornaments proved to be a challenge, so I bought out the local Michaels of all their orange ribbon and ended up making my own colour chip ornaments.

When my nephews come over and see my perfectly wrapped gifts, they know better than to wonder if their gifts are bought and wrapped yet, haha. They know they are strictly for decoration this early in the season.

The orange roses from my fall bouquet were reused on the garland on the mantel.

I pull these white boxes out every year and put them somewhere, I love the playful silver and white polka dots.

My orange striped urns fit in this holiday mantel perfectly!

You can get this Pottery Barn floor lamp here.


First I created a template for the colour chip ornaments with this post I found on Pinterest.

I also added some black and white houndstooth ribbon for contrast. And of course my tree is flocked again this year, I just love that it feels like snow since we rarely have a white Christmas here on the West Coast.

The Merry Christmas pillow and orange throw I found at HomeSense.

The owls I found from Superstore. I can’t resist a cute face.

Willam and Markus

I had my sweet nephews over last night to make Minions gingerbread houses. William’s roof would not stay on with the icing that came with the kit I bought.

Markus and I followed the instructions and assembled the entire house BEFORE we added the icing which made the icing droopy. Oops. Next time I’ll do better, haha. I should probably keep my day job. A pastry chef I am not.

Here is the gingerbread house in the end:

Photos by Maria Killam

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Also, I’m excited to share my podcast interview with the fabulous gals at Ballard Design! They came to Day 1 of my Specify Colour with Confidence event in Atlanta this Fall and at the end of the day we recorded the podcast which they recently posted on their blog!

Here is Caroline, Taryn and Karen matching up the wall colour for our ‘fixing the room’ exercise that happens on Day 1.

I am so honoured and grateful to be a part of the impressive lineup of designers on their ‘How to Decorate’ podcast.

Check out the podcast here.

Related posts:

Holiday Tour of my Home 2016

Christmas Tour of my House 2015; Flocked or Green

2014 Holiday Tour of my House Inside Canadian Living

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  1. I thought it was nice the colors went well together but for me it didn’t have the wow factor that I expect from somebody that’s a designer.

    • Maria is not a designer and I haven’t seen is her presenting herself as one. Maria is a “color expert” and if you watch her on her U-tube videos you will see her proclaim herself as “The True color expert” and as you said yourself the colors went well together well so mission accomplished!!

  2. I love it. Orange is my favorite color. I never could figure out how to incorporate it in Christmas decorations and your post help solve that problem. Thanks so much.

    PS, I really enjoyed the Specify Color Workshop in Torrance. Learned a lot.

  3. Love this! It is so bright and cheery. The orange is a perfect addition. Those little owls are so cute, the crowns on their heads are definitely the “crowning” touch to a very beautiful room. I love when you do posts on your own home. It looks like such a happy place, hence the name of your blog, I guess. Merry, merry to you and your family!

  4. Oh Maria I love all of your posts but this one was so inspiring! The use of orange as an accent color was a surprise but who ever said that you have to use traditional red and green for Christmas. I love a flocked tree because yes it reminds me of the snow that I grew up with but it also makes the ornaments stand out better! The color chip ornaments was such a good idea and I can see where they could be used for different applications. From the front door with your cute outfit to the gingerbread house and everything in between with your adorable nephews I just loved reading this!

    Congratulations on your podcast! Now you are running with the “big dogs” as I expected you would all along!

  5. Gorgeous and so colorful! I heard the podcast last week (I’ve been a fan of How to Decorate almost since the beginning!) and absolutely loved your episode: funny, interesting and SO informative. Great job!! Will definitely be listening to that one again.

  6. Oh Maria I love all of your posts but this one is so inspiring! The use orange as your Christmas accent color was a surprise but whoever said you had to stick to the traditional red, green, gold theme! I have always loved a flocked tree not only because it reminds me of the snow that I grew up with but it makes your ornaments pop. Just thought the paint deck decorations was such a clever idea and could have many applications from tree ornaments to name tags to ?. From the front door with your darling outfit to the gingerbread house plus your adorable nephews and all the in between, I really enjoyed reading this! Hope you will have the best Christmas ever!

    By the way congrats on your Ballard podcast. I heard it a few days ago. You are now running with the “big dogs” as I knew you would. So happy for you!

  7. Wow Maria! You are amazing and your home is bright and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts at Christmas and throughout the year.

  8. It’s beautiful, the tree is my favorite! Would you be willing to share your wall and mantel paint colors?
    Happy holidays!

  9. You are my hero, dear Maria. I’m still in recovery/work mode from the LA Workshop. Love the paint chip ornaments and your perfect holiday color coordination.
    Blessings to you, Teerria, Mom, Sisters and their families plus your WONDERFUL staff. You bring me joy.

  10. Those color chip ornaments are delightful!!! What a great idea, I have soooo many of them and now a great way to use them!!! Thanks for such a good idea!!

  11. Your tree looks fresh and citrus-y. I see you found some larger glass ball shaped ornaments too.
    Season’s greetings to you Maria, and may all your family have a fun-filled holiday season.
    One of your past trees is featuring as the cover photo for a Houzz story about fresh tress today.

  12. Your room brings a huge smile to my face. It’s so bright and beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a most blessed holiday season.

  13. Thanks for another great inspiration. I figured out that what is missing is ribbon in my tree so I’m off to look for some. And I’ve been considering faux packages for several years because I ship all of mine to family and the tree looks so empty without any. I thought your podcast on How to Decorate was one of the best–great summary of your ideas. By the way, I heard about that podcast from you, not the other way around, and I’ve been listening since you mentioned it in in a post. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  14. Oooooh I always enjoy being invited in your home, my favorite posts that never disappoint.
    Wow! Love everything, especially your pic at the front door. You look great, perfectly color coordinated of course, and that wreath is killer! Can you please give me a source for the wreath?

    Your holiday decorated room is beautiful. The color chip ornaments and tags are genius, I’m so stealing that idea. Home Depots and paint stores everywhere will be stumped by the disappearing paint cards. 🙂

    Did you decorate your other rooms? Hint, hint for a peak.

    I’ve always loved your fireplace. Did you remodel it? Can you please tell me what the material is that surrounds the firebox and is on the floor?

    • Hi Mary, haha, well the living room looks the same as other years because the colours in there are the same, raspberry, green and yellow, so if you click on the posts at the end of this post, you’ll see the other rooms.

      The fireplaces in my house were existing, I was so happy that I did not need to change them. I don’t actually know what the surround is but it’s some kind of plastic, sorry I can’t be more helpful.

      The wreath was from HomeSense. Out here in the country, my decor would die without that store since we don’t have the other stylish stores that are in the city 🙂

      Thanks for your comment! Maria

  15. Maria, your tree and decorations are so YOU! I love the idea that decorations don’t have to be red and green. If we stick with the colors we already have in our home, there will always be filler pieces available. I can picture sitting there with a cup of hot chocolate – so cozy and comfortable. And you are just adorable in that beret. Thank you for sharing.