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Color for Christmas.


With two scoops of whipped cream and extra sprinkles.

Are you ready to take the brightest Christmas tour on the planet?

I mean….seriously…  might be a little overwhelming.

You might want to pull up a cup of coffee….

….and put on a set of shades. 🙂


When we bought the gatehouse which was a former beauty shop in it’s previous much more exciting life….

….I was waiting for this day.


You see…I knew….that I knew….that I knew…..

… would be so much fun to decorate for Christmas.



I’ve never used bright colors when decorating for Christmas before.

Normally….over at the farmhouse….I am all about silver and gold and glitter and white.

I never met a neutral I didn’t like.



But here?  At the Gatehouse?



Umm….orange and pink together?


pink-and-blue-Christmas-dining room

But why stop at just orange and pink?

When you can add blue?

Wonderful, vibrant turquoise topped with glitter and glitz.



I was feeling so festive….I added party decorations.

Easy and inexpensive and full of color.

I added poms to the light fixture and a hot pink felt party runner to the table.


And stacked wrapping paper in a bin for pattern and color.


In the office I added a white tree with pompom trim left over from a pillow project and a giant bin of ornaments I got for half price.



Ribbons and trims I’m using to wrap packages…..also make fun decorations.

I keep them in the organizer in the office.

Until they are ready for their close-up.


In the living room area I mixed the pink with orange and black patterns.

The white fluffy rug is my absolute favorite.



I added another white tree in the living room.

This time with black and white and pink ornaments.

And decorated with packages tied up with snowflakes and string.


Quick wrapping tip.

Add foam snowflakes you can buy for .50 from the dollar store to the top of your package.

Love the white against the pink paper.


Even the windows have little pops of pink glitter.

I added a pink monogram to this project (how-to details to come).


Christmas at the Gatehouse is even more fun than I thought it was going to be.

I put on Christmas music and decorated and decorated and decorated.

Hot pink.

And black.

And orange.

And blue.

And just when I thought I had enough color…..

….I added some more.

And the beauty-shop-turned-gatehouse…..

…..smiled from ear to ear.


PS  For a little less color and a little more glitter and silver and farmhouse…..I’ll be posting projects from the main house later this week.


If you are visiting from The Inspired Room….welcome!

So happy to have you on the tour!

If not….stop by for a visit and plenty of Christmas inspiration!

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And now for the next house on the tour.

Jeanne Oliver is up next with a vintage Christmas tour!

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To see the tour from the beginning….

You can start at Jen Rizzo’s…. here. 🙂

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  1. Image for Heather Heather

    Love every pink and orange and blue detail! You knocked it out of the park again my friend, every bit of it is so fabulous and amazing! Heather

  2. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    What a fun home! I love all the color. I will have to show my Maddy because your studio will be her favorite on the tour. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Image for Regina Regina

    Your Christmas at the Gatehouse tour is the perfect way to start off my Monday morning. Just looking at your vibrant decor gave me more energy!!! It's going to be a great week!

  4. Image for Tardevil Tardevil

    What a fun space to have! I had seen on one of my little one's tv shows, a stage done in pink, orange and turquoise, and was thinking how cute it would be for a playroom. Your gatehouse is perfect. I can't imagine how you found all the Christmas decor in such a short time. It all came together lipstick on a rockstar! ;.)

  5. Image for Leila Jane Leila Jane

    Yeah, I would say the Dollar Stores EVERYWHERE are going to sell out of those white snowflakes now - and maybe even out of any pink and orange Christmas décor, too! You made it all look so fun and festive and happy! Who would have thought of pink and orange and black??? It makes me think of a Caribbean vacation! Ahhhhhh!

  6. Image for Courtney Courtney

    Such colorful fun over here KariAnne!!! Love the Candyland magic look and your little gatehouse!! Beautiful! So happy to be joining you for the Holiday Housewalk this week!!

  7. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Everything is so beautiful. Like a fantasy come true. I have to admit, I am anxiously waiting for your own farm house tour. It is my favorite. I love houses in lot's of soft whites. And glitter and gold and okay, silver too.

  8. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Hi KariAnne, I have soo much to do and you put me to shame. You must never ever sleep, or eat. Love everything so much dear. You have Magic in those hands, and your head of course. I'm up and away today with my red, green, and gold to sprinkle about my little home. Thanks for the boosts. Sandy

  9. Image for Regina Regina

    OK, girl, I want info on the tinsel snowflakes you have in the kitchen - SO CUTE! Made or bought? And if bought, WHERE?? Love the pink and orange with visits from BLUE! :) Happy Christmas decorating! Can't wait to see the Main House!

  10. Image for Lora Lora

    Love the colors......especially fond of the white tree with pink and black..Elvis would be so proud..You've got a real gift, maybe you should keep this up..Talent and flair, what a combination!

  11. Image for chrissi chrissi

    love the brights, just so much fun! now i have to find a dollar store and nab all of those giant snowflakes!!!

  12. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, Wow -weeeeee!!!!! I Love all the color! You know I love the gold, silver, and whites too. But I love colr as well! You get to have both!! How blessed you are and what a fun Christmas for your whole family, with all the pretty colors and glam! Pink, and blue, are two of my favorite colors. I have a few rooms with pink and blue, so soothing to look at. But that punch of orange you used with the pink is super fun!!! I Love it!! You're the best blogger ever!!

  13. Image for Deb Deb

    I just LOVE all the color. If only my I could get my hubby on board with adding some brights to our abode. Great decorating!

  14. Image for LibbyP LibbyP

    Love it!!!! I've seen lots of beautiful houses decorated for Christmas - but I want to come see yours in person! I particularly like your idea to use ribbon and other wrapping materials as decor while they wait to be used. Why not? Love it!

  15. Image for beanoto5 beanoto5

    Just Beautiful... Love the Gatehouse.... I was wondering if you have ever or even care to, tell us how you use the gatehouse. Will it be your studio? Retail shop? Just wondering... Thanks for sharing...

  16. Image for Joann Locascio Joann Locascio

    Wow! That *IS* spectacular! What a beautiful use of colors AND! Orange is my favorite color! Thank you so much for sharing and brightening up my day! :D

  17. Image for ashley @ the handmade home ashley @ the handmade home

    So... just FYI. I now read all your posts in your voice. Just thought you should know. It makes everything SO much better in my world. Thank you. Oh, and ps. This is ridiculous. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING SO AMAZING ?!?!?!?! LOVE. ;} The pink and orange are just... LOVE. Have an awesome week, friend!!!!

  18. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    I had the song "the future's so bright I gotta wear shades" running through my head as I read this post! ;-) I seriously cannot get enough of the gatehouse and it looks magnificent all dressed up for Christmas. The colors are amazing and just so stinkin' fun! Well done friend, well done! Vanessa

  19. Image for Sharon in Chicago Sharon in Chicago

    What a splash of FUN you are, Ms KariAnn! You're inspiring me to get going on my black & white & periwinkle studio.

  20. Image for Christa Christa

    Be still my little green heart! I knew you would make the Gatehouse stunning, but this is SO fun and imaginative and fabulous and... You must be the reason that Hobby Lobby starts selling Christmas decor in July.

  21. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    KariAnne I feel like your McDonald's cause all that came to mind to say is "do da doo doo doo, I'm lov'in it!" Cheeriest Christmas I've seen since 1972! BTW, have you ever told us what you're gonna do with the gatehouse? I can't remember. Is it for guests, store, giant playhouse for the girls (or Mom's)?

  22. Image for Melanie @ The Painted Chandelier Melanie @ The Painted Chandelier

    So cheerful and beautifully done,Karianne!! I bet you and your girls love being out there crafting and creating! Thanks for showing some cheerful color on this dreary Atlanta morning! I adore the hot pink cabinet with crystal knobs!! Have a wonderful Season!!

  23. Image for Dana@chocolateandsunshine Dana@chocolateandsunshine

    Wow! Happy doesn't begin to describe your home. I want to go back in time 20 years and start fresh. I thought I was being bold adding "pops" of color to my home but the best impact is to go full throttle. I just went through and followed you via all of your social media because I'm in love with what you do. Have a great Christmas!

  24. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Never better! Makes me want to put on my white vinyl boots, my black and white herringbone miniskirt and my black cat eyeglasses!

  25. Image for Norma Jean Norma Jean

    Where or where is the hot pink grandmother clock painted on the Gatehouse wall? I have been waiting to see it complete with a clock face, but it seems to be hiding. Did you change your mind and paint it out??? NJ

  26. Image for Kiri Kiri

    So super-sweet I had a sugar rush by the end of the post.... Loving how you used your pendant lampshade to add height to your festive decorations. A great way to add interest to the table setting without getting in the way of conversation.

  27. Image for Joan Joan

    What fun! You could have named this "I'm Dreaming of a Pink & Black Christmas"! Everything is very artistic and quite striking! I love it! I used to decorate my home for Christmas in burnt orange and burgundy, which aren't exactly traditional colors. (I always loved it - but this year I went with a more traditional color scheme.) Anyway, thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed visiting your blog on the tour!

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