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Each year I work on the outside of my house for Christmas.

Just between you and I?

It’s a little challenging.

I’ve been looking at this house and all it’s Christmas decorations for 40 years.

I can see the way my mother decorated it and my heart wants to recreate it.


Except I never could get it exactly right. I tried so hard. I added this and took away this and tried to put more of this.

I was soooo close, but it never really looked like the Christmas house of my childhood.


Until now. This is the year. I FINALLY got it right.

And the best part? If I squint and click my heels together?

I’m back in high school again.

Here’s the front of the house this year.

The secret?

What I finally figured out?

IT’S the RED.

In a world where people use teal and purple and blue and sequins to decorate for Christmas, I went all old school with the Christmas color of all Christmas colors.


I added red bows everywhere.

And not just any red bows.

Red bows with tails.

I tied them on wreaths.

I hung them on the greenery.

I swagged them on the door.

I added them to lanterns like this lantern and this lantern and this lantern.

And then I placed buckets and planters full of these poinsettias around the house.

They are a little bit of work.

We have to bring them in at night when it freezes, but they are so full and they add the perfect pop of red.

But my favorite new addition to the porch?

These benches from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart.

I just ordered two of them because our other benches needed to be replaced and Y’ALL. Aren’t they beautiful? They were so affordable (under $100 each) and the color matches the other black on the porch perfectly.

I added one bench under each window and then added a little more red with these Ho Ho Ho pillows and these wire baskets.

The benches are so sturdy and made out of powder coated steel.

They are the perfect addition to my Christmas porch.

I cannot even begin to explain to you how much I adore this house.

All the memories. All the joy. All the Christmas.

If you live in my neighborhood or you are visiting McKinney and you drive by my house, don’t be surprised if you see me sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee.

Or working on my homework.

I’m back in high school after all. 🙂

PS I wanted to give you a sneek peak at a post for next week.

This is my mother’s FAMOUS Mississippi Mud Cake.

I’ve been eating it in this house my whole life.

And now?

This cutie is too. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    AWESOME! SOOOO FESTIVE! Now THAT is Christmas! And the merriest of all Christmases to you and your sweet family! 😁❤

  2. Image for Carrie Carrie

    The red is the perfect touch! I love a little red in every house, makes my heart happy....Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Image for Marcia Masters Marcia Masters

    Everything is so festive and beautiful! I love the red all over the house! I love all your decorations inside as well!

  4. Image for Jayne McLeod Jayne McLeod

    Your 'HOME' is so very festive and cheery ... just as the season should be ! Merry CHRISTmas and all the best for the upcoming new year. Keep well. Jayne

  5. Image for Debra matcovich Debra matcovich

    It looks beautiful. I took red out of my decor because I had it for many years with the Tuscan red green gold. I swore no more red. Till this year. That’s why I feel my house looks better then I before. Merry Christmas Debra

  6. Image for Patricia Wehner Patricia Wehner

    It’s just perfect!!! It reminds me of my childhood two story darling house I grew up in. I needed this today because last night I through my trash in the dumpster, along with.....all my keys. I now have ptsd and am consuming massive amounts of hot tea and cranberry muffins. Seeing your house brought back the excitement of Santa and the new baby doll he was bringing. And of my mom, and my grandmother smothered in flour and smelling like vanilla. Thank you K.! You’re just precious with your front porch matching your red lipstick! ❤️

  7. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Absolutely perfect indeed! My favorite look ever - you did nail it. You could repeat it every year and I would never tire of it my friend!

  8. Image for Betsy Betsy

    This is too funny. We went the same route. Wreaths on every window and don't forget the red bows. All these years I've been trying something new design wise but never being pleased. I guess I'm a traditionalist at heart.

  9. Image for Marian Marian

    I use to have Poinsettias outside for Christmas when I lived in South Florida. Here in Tennessee they have to be kept indoors. I miss having them in my outdoor display. I tried faux, but it is not the same

  10. Image for Susan Susan

    Love it! To my mind, Christmas is always all about red and green. I don’t mind some other colors thrown into the mix, and I don’t mind a dark red and green, but those two colors have to be there! Your home and your heart are beautiful!

  11. Image for Nancy Nancy

    KariAnne, I look forward to your blog posts every day! I wish we were next door neighbors! Your house looks wonderful, inside and out, and your groom IS a cutie! Nancy

  12. Image for Teresa Gonzales Teresa Gonzales

    It's the Christmas House! Perfect and timeless. Understand it is some work moving the poinsettias in and out (having the same issue here in southern California this year). I love what you have created!

  13. Image for Robin Farris Robin Farris

    Oh, your house looks lovely and we will drive by for sure. Please feel free to dive over to Tucker Hill. Some of our neighbors really “decked the halls” this year! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. Image for Kris Kris

    I also think I must be a traditionalist at heart. There is just something so friendly and festive about red and green. My outside decorations are, you guessed it, red and green. But I can tell you live in the south. Poinsettias would freeze here in Michigan during the night AND the day. I can't have real ones indoors due to cute but dumb cat who eats everything.

  15. Image for Becky Becky

    YAY RED!!! 😊 You don't have to use it any other time of the year, but at Christmas it belongs. Skipping it looks too "trying too hard to be 'current'" a lot of the time! I'm in awe of the REAL poinsettias outside! Wow, so lovely! But then.. Michigan... not going to happen here/forgot other places can do that, haha! Even if we're getting an indecently warm winter here again, we're still not poinsettia-proof! Your house looks amazing!

  16. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    So pretty and it does look like it probably once did, my parents had a big house like that and that's how they decorated theirs.. I thought i saw your house smile it certainly looks happy.

  17. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Karianne! This is sure a traffic stopper! So pretty and I do love traditional Xmas colours too. Seems so pricey though to pull it altogether. My house is set so far back from the road, I'm not sure anyone would even see it or care..haha! No poinsettia's outdoors here either.....Way too cold! It’s been lightly snowing here all day.

  18. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    It looks GREAT! Funny - I never use red and I did here and there this year, too. Interesting. Looks fabulous. Big time snowed yesterday - so we need to use faux poinsettias around these freezin parts.

  19. Image for lee lee lee lee

    Kari! Kristmas! When I look at your home.. the one you grew up in and restored to perfection.. I think..when someone passes by or pulls up to your home...the feel JOY.....I sure do! It's just so well done! Red and Green....All you need is a real snowman in Texas! Hugs & love to all <3 ~ leelee

  20. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    KariAnne, this is so festive...it's just stunning! I'll bet people are driving by to see the beautiful home everyone is talking about!

  21. Image for Katy Ford Katy Ford

    That is a happy house KariAnne! Love it! You nailed it GF! Happy Christmas hugs to you & “the cutie”!!! Katy down in Haslet 🏡

  22. Image for Carolyn Carolyn

    Love, love, love it KariAnne! Those red bows remind me of my childhood as well. My mother just turned 90 last month and is.of good health and a sound mind. She still decorates the whole house, inside and out. Red bows are not only on the garland outside, but on the dusty miller plants in her front garden. May you and your family have a wonderful holiday and remember the true joy you feel is not only in the decorations,but in the love of family that you and your husband have created, that's what your parents gave you.

  23. Image for Sheri Sheri

    Perfection!! Your blog is like a treat every time it pops up in my mailbox. Your joy is infectious! The red is just the best !!

  24. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    KariAnne, of course you nailed it with decorating the outside of your house! Amazing, just amazing your house is truly a Christmas card!

  25. Image for CathyAnn CathyAnn

    It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! So classic & stunning. Love, love, love it!!! My favorite Christmas house this season. Won't you be my neighbor?!

  26. Image for Roe Bartolotta Roe Bartolotta

    Absolutely stunning as usual ! You have such incredible vision ! Gorgeous, I could look at that all day ! It gives me such a sense of yesteryear! Merry Christmas!!!

  27. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    YES! I cannot get away from the greenery with red bows either. I try. But I always start back at the familiar. Love it, friend! And that cake has been my husband’s favorite since we were dating. ❤️

  28. Image for Sonya Sonya

    I love all the red and how it pops against the white. Your outdoor holiday decor reminds me of all the traditional southern homes I love driving by this time of year. Happy Holidays.

  29. Image for sallie sparks sallie sparks

    KariAnne! I so wish I could drive by your house and join you on the porch! It is beautiful! Christmas is all about the red and green for me and I absolutely LOVE the porch/house decorations! Enjoy your porch and weather. We've already had some snow here in Northern KY, so enjoy and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  30. Image for Denise M Johnson Denise M Johnson

    LOVE, your Christmas look, your house is cute an perfect for all those wreaths. Simple, but elegant. Thanks fir sharing. Live to watch you and read you fun stories. You look great. Hugs and Blessings, Denise J MERRY CHRISTMAS


    The outside of your home is just so beautiful! Just love the wreaths on each window with their red bows. You have done a wonderful job of your outside decor! KariAnne, your home is just gorgeous -- outside and inside! I bet your decor brings back a lot of memories for your dear Mom! Bless you all!

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