Christmas decorating living room

It’s all about that ceiling.

‘Bout that ceiling.

‘Bout that ceiling.

No kidding. 🙂

master bedroom decorating for Christmas

Christmas decorating master bedroom

hallway showhouse

Oh wait….or maybe it’s all about this ceiling.

Dining room Christmas decorating ideas

ceiling ideas

Or this one?

All of these ceilings are brought to you from of one of the most amazing show houses I have ever seen.  Yesterday I was lucky enough to be part of the incredible Kings Chapel Holiday Tour of Homes.  It was to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation and I designed a tree in this house for a Make-a-Wish child.

It was an inspiring day.

37 bloggers came to tour the homes and talk and eat and take pictures and drink coffee.

Except I spent all my time looking up at the ceilings.

Christmas decor dining room

The home was built by Gregg and Rains Building Group and decorated by two incredible designers named Kara and Lauren Blalock from Refresh Home.

They designed every square inch of this home and created diy projects that will make you run for the nearest power tool and rooms that will make you want to grab a cup of coffee and a pair of fuzzy socks and move in.

And the best part?

They are so nice.

And funny.

And generally all-around-wish-you-lived-next-door to them.

And we laughed all afternoon and I took pictures and mentally re-decorated every ceiling in my house.

And now….drum roll please…..

….here’s the house tour and 10 simple holiday decorating ideas.

Christmas decorating ideas

1.  Wrap the back of a chair with upholstery webbing.

You know those upholstered chairs that you always wanted to decorate…but couldn’t?

Here’s the answer.

Upholstery webbing and a wreath.

You’re welcome.

kitchen Christmas decorating ideas

2.  Add fur to the back of a bar stool.

These were plain bar stools.

Lauren and Kara had them upholstered on the back with faux fur.

Just watch out for Cheerios and milk. 🙂

upstairs rec room decorating

3.  Add a rag rug as a bench pillow

This was the room my tree was in (more on the tree later).

They made this rug from left-over fabric from every room.

Then the rug was folded and added to the top of a bench.

Christmas decor front entry

4.  Add sticks to the tree

Chunky branches painted white decorate a tree with style.

Okay….that amazing container doesn’t hurt either.

Or the incredible brick wall and staircase.

Christmas decorating ideas dining room

wreath on chair Christmas decorating

5.  Create a centerpiece with trees

Stack trees of different heights and add burlap and greenery.

This is the room with the harlequin ceiling.

Oh…and they made that light fixture.

I know…right?

front entry show house

6.  Add magnolias leaves to your wreath

Start with a simple store-bought wreath.

Then wire in fresh magnolia leaves.

Then hang it on a grid over an amazing bench with a glitter pillow.

I mean…..seriously….nothing says Christmas like magnolias and glitter pillows.

hallway decorator show home

laundry room Christmas

7.  Add a little joy to a laundry room

Spell out JOY in giant letters and add a few greens for winter decorating in the laundry room.

Then add glass containers with clothespins and detergent.

And did you see the floor?

Christmas decorating ideas porch

Christmas decorating ideas centerpiece

8.  Make a simple centerpiece with greens and glitter sticks

This is one of the outside porches.

Start with a simple evergreen base and add glittered sticks in the center.

Easy and simple and elegant.

Yes, please.

Christmas decorating ideas barn wood

And don’t stop there.

Add a few logs in a basket next to your barn wood entertainment center.

Note to self….I need one of those.

Christmas decor bedroom

Christmas decor built-ins

9.  Add a burlap joy pillow to the bed

Okay….first add paneling, paint the walls a beautiful navy.

Add plaid accents to the bookcases.

Find a beautiful old iron bed….

….and then add the joy pillow.

camping bedroom Christmas

Christmas tree painting

10.  Paint trees on tobacco sticks

You know where it all started….the ceiling covered with tobacco sticks?

Just paint a winter scene on the tobacco sticks you have left over for this camping inspired room.

And while you’re at it?

Make a tent from sticks, too.

Christmas tree handmade

Lauren and Kara….you are rock stars.

No one else could have designed a house like this and be so full of joy that you made my heart smile for an entire afternoon.

And now that we are BFF’s…..

….can you please come decorate my ceiling?  🙂

Circus theme tree ideas

Circus theme tree

PS  Here’s a few snaps of my circus themed tree in the house.

The tree was donated by the incredible Balsam Hill and I decorated it with strands of monkeys and carnival signs and tickets and tiny circus hats and color and lots of love.

And if you live in the Nashville area and you want to stop by the tour of homes and see this incredible home and the tree and three other homes as well… can purchase tickets here.

The tour of homes is open starting tomorrow from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.


And now for day 5 of the Days of Christmas.

Here’s some amazing Christmas inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers.

Click on the links to see the projects.

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Inspired by Charm

Blue Christmas Tree

shanty 2 chic


Grateful Sign

funky junk

Funky Junk

Wood Bead Christmas Wreath



Entertaining Bar Cart



Christmas Hutch Window Decorations

10 simple and easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

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  1. Image for Dana Tucker Dana Tucker

    Your photos are amazing!!! It was sooooooo much fun working with you on this house. You are right. Kara and Lauren are so awesome as are the builders, Gregg & Rains. What a winning team!!!! Thanks again for your participation!!! xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Wowzers, I'm right there with you! Those ceilings are breathtaking. Fully staged home tours are the best! I went to our local RVA Homearama this past spring... There were 7 new homes, all done by different builders and decorated differently, inside and out. One was done by the precious couple from Young House Love. When I walked into the home I loved the most (done with a wine theme), I proclaimed, "Honey, I'm home!" Yep, those tours are worth every dollar and minute spent. Wowzers.

  3. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Hi KariAnne - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website! It made me laugh out loud this morning with the song! I found myself singing it out loud! It's all about the ceilings! I don't post often but yours is my FAVORITE blog!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

  4. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    Your tree is soooooooooo cute! I love this house, as everybody should. It is so nice that some people think outside the box and design the ceilings as part of the room!

  5. Image for Judy MacDonald Judy MacDonald

    What a beautiful home tour. I love the wall finish and dark ceiling in the dining room. And your Christmas tree is awesome, Karianne . . . so colorful and happy!

  6. Image for Mary B Mary B

    KariAnne I dislike not really...just my already extensive to do Christmas decorating list increased by days! Amazing ideas! I already do my chairs with ribbon and pics now I have to make a rag rug for my bench from all my fabric pieces! I may finish decorating around Valentines day. Keep it coming sweety sleep is over rated anyway!

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    The ceilings are awesome, the decorations are beautiful, the designers are incredibly talented but Miz KariAnne -- you are just plain meeeeeeeeean!!!!!!! I had my spinning class this a m without any song sneaking into my brain and replaying. Now you did it ---- it's all about that base, about that base . . . . I won't be able to get it out of my mind. I don't know what it is about that song but sticks and there is no getting it out. So I go around the house singing and jiving and shaking -- it is pitiful!! If anyone were looking in they'd think I was having a breakdown. But -- it's all about that base, about that base -- no treble!! ;-)

  8. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    Overwhelmed. Or is the word verklempted?! Touring this incredible home gave me a caffeine high with no coffee in sight! My very fav thing about this place is that they personalized every single little detail. The home doesn't feel like a furniture or crafts store. It's too personalized for that. A mix of old and new with plenty of nature in between. I need to see a pic of that twig chandy! Astoundingly awesome!

  9. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Wow! For a minute I thought, there she goes! KariAnne's been busy redoing all her ceilings! Love those ceilings and the show home is amazing but I still think your house is stunning! Love your cute and colorful circus tree!

  10. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    p.s. I don't know the song so I still have the Taylor Swift song stuck in my head from the Pinterest parody I found several days ago. MAKE IT STOP! p.s.s. Your tree is jaw dropping circus amazing! Now I want cotton candy. :)

  11. Image for Jane Jane

    Truly beautiful and inspiring. I was so ready to start Pinning, I nearly forgot to thank you!! And by the way, I thought it was your house...just a different glimpse with the ceilings!! :) Jane xx

  12. Image for Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

    Karianne, It was so good to meet you in person! You were just as delightful as I imagined you would be! And that house...I've literally told all of my friends about it. I'm so glad that I now have these pictures so that I can redeem myself about that tobacco stick ceiling! It isn't the easiest thing in the world to imagine...oh but once you see it, you start thinking about what room in your house is going to get this glorious ceiling and start looking for a tobacco farming friend! Ha! Merry Christmas! Melissa

  13. Image for Rhoni T Rhoni T

    How cute is your tree, what fun that would be for a play room?!! As you were looking at that ceiling in the dining room and the chairs with the webbing and little wreaths, did you see if those walls were wall paper or paint. I keep coming back to those walls, I am pretty sure I need those in my office. Beautifully decorated house and "Yes" amazing ceilings but I really am drawn to those walls.

  14. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne I'm so in love with the bed room photo in the beginning with the ornate, fancy love seat at the foot of the bed. Right up my alley! I want to thank you for sharing all these over the top gorgeous rooms! LOVE, Love, love, this post! Oh and your sweet tree with the tickets on it, great job! Christine

  15. Image for Beverly Beverly

    OMG! You were 5...five...FIVE miles from my house and didn't stop in to see me! What's up with that? (This holiday home tour is on my list of to-dos this month...I mean if I can fit it in between the shopping I haven't started, the decorating that is only half-done, and the integrated technology lessons I'm working with teachers to create every day at work.)

  16. Image for Lucy @ Patina Paradise Lucy @ Patina Paradise

    KariAnne, where do I start! It was amazing to meet you in an amazingly beautifully decorated home, by amazing designers and an an amazing circus themed Christmas tree and pictures taken by an amazing photographer with a broken camera lens. You are AMAZING! I am still pinching myself… was I really there!? And since I was unable to take photos ahem as a result of ahem a scatterbrain creative person moment, I am so glad to be able to relive this AMAZING day through your blog post! You are one of the most delightful and real person I have ever met! Here's to hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Blessings! Lucy p.s. What camera did you use, I have a terrible memory?

  17. Image for Lyndsey Lyndsey

    Hello beautiful, I just came across your gorgeous blog and I am totally in love, it is very me! haha I just wanted to let you know I have showcased your ceiling love on my new series link love, I hope you don't mind. I have a feeling your pictures might end up in my series a lot. Have a great weekend xx Lynds

  18. Image for Maria @ Mummy Goes Mad Maria @ Mummy Goes Mad

    O.M.G... Simply stunning! I just came across your blog via Pinterest and fell in love with the bedroom image but now I see the whole please I am almost speechless. You blog is fantastic. I look forward to following :) Maria.

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