I live in Hallmarkville.

You know.

The town that has a downtown square with wreaths that twinkle and passerbyers with hot chocolate and an annual tree lighting and historic homes festooned with lights and people that wave when you walk your dog.

The shopkeepers know you by name and some you went to high school with and some that you go to book club with once a month.

And there’s a pie shop that serves nothing but pies and coffee.

And Santa Claus stops by once a year.

And around the corner at the end of the block is the cutest place on the planet.

Are you ready?

Are you set?

Want to take a tour of a Christmas cottage?

It belongs to my friend, Gina.

There are wreaths on the windows and the doors and an adorable courtyard with vintage furniture and a lantern and its own set of vintage shutters.

Here’s the front door.

It has a reindeer mat with stone urns and boxwood trees and wood planks on the front porch.

And a beautiful boxwood wreath with a checked bow.

But the best part?

When Gina invites you over for coffee?

It looks like this.

A smile.

A welcome.

A friend just waiting to hear what you’ve been up to.

There’s a parlor just beyond those doors that tells you hello.

A parlor with chairs and a vintage sideboard and a window seat.

And a wreath hung on the door.

There’s a living room that twinkles Merry Christmas.

With a mirror that reflects the chandeliers.

And stockings hung on the fireplace with care.

There are vintage bulbs on the tree.

And glittered monograms tied onto each stocking.

And the prettiest set of french doors that lead into the dining room.

There’s a farmhouse table.

And tufted chairs.

And vintage silverware on the sideboard.

There’s Gina’s collection of vintage glassware on the table.

And Gina decorating.

And the sweetest metal nativity saying O Holy Night.

And now?

For coffee?

There’s the kitchen with its small farmhouse table and built-in bench and vintage kitchen island and distressed pantry door.

There’s a small hallway off the kitchen.

With a built-in hutch.

And a barn door that slides in front of the bathroom.

That looks like this.

With a vintage architectural piece over the window and a ruffled shower curtain.

And hooks with vintage towels.

Next door there’s a bedroom with pine floors.

And an armoire.

And four poster bed.

And ruffled bed linens.

It’s all amazing.

And sweet.

And wonderful.

Just like you, Gina.

Merry Christmas from the streets of our town to yours.

And now?

It’s time for coffee. 🙂


  1. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Beautiful! Love all the "creaminess" and mirrors- I can see why ya'll are friends:) Tell Gina I love her home!

  2. Image for Trudy Trudy

    So very beautiful! I love every room more than the next. Great job of creating such a warm home. Can you tell me about your kitchen floors? I love them. Did they come that way or did you distress yourself? It's exactly what I want in my home. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    1. Image for Gina DeRossett Gina DeRossett

      The kitchen floors are pine with a creamy white stain. The distressing is from grand dogs and grandkids!!

  3. Image for Sandi Sandi

    Beautiful! Gina's seven children must be absolutely angelic to live in that white home! Thanks for sharing this home!

  4. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Loving this sweet home so much! Thank you for sharing. I just bought red gingham ribbon again this year after many years of passing it by...the inspiration is perfect timing.

  5. Image for Carrie Carrie

    So sweet~ thanks to both of you for sharing....and the photography ; the way you have captured detail is over the top!!!

  6. Image for Terri Terri

    Your Hallmark town has been on my bucket list for quite some time now....Hope to see it in the "reals" in 2019!!! that cottage is incredibly gorgeous !!! thankyou for the amazing Hallmark tour !!!

  7. Image for beverlee lyons beverlee lyons

    oh m'goodness….I am speechless, and I am taking notes and changing things. I was on that journey anyway, and this will be my blueprint. Absolutely in love! And, now, where'd you get that dress?

  8. Image for Nancy cox Nancy cox

    As my Mama used to say, you’re so cute, I could just pinch you. Love your stories even while touring a house.

  9. Image for Vicki Darnell Vicki Darnell

    The cottage pictures just draw you in. Obviously, this is a home that invites, engages, and welcomes folks in. How fortunate are we--your blog readers--to get a "tour." Thank you, KA!

  10. Image for Cindy@countyroad407 Cindy@countyroad407

    I love McKinney! And what a cute cottage she has. Wish I could talk the Mister into moving there but he wants out of the city. I'm headed there there soon for some Christmas shopping. Unless it's raining. That's no bueno. Merry Christmas!

  11. Image for Lynda Lynda

    Gorgeous photo of you out front Gina!! And your house looks gorgeous as usual and especially all done up for Christmas!❤

  12. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    This is so beautiful, and yes, Hallmarkish. Unfortunately, just like the movies, not a very realistic approach for me. I have a husband who works in the dirt, 2 cats, a dog and several grandchildren who put their feet up on the furniture and laugh at my attempts to keep a pristine home. (The husband, not the grandkids!) I can only sigh and wonder what it would be like to have a home like this... I would probably be very lonely in such a virgin atmosphere. But I am happy for those who can. Beautiful homes both you and Gina have KariAnne!

  13. Image for Jean Jean

    Such a beautiful and wonderful and dreamy home. I could move right in and live there happily. My heartfelt thanks for sharing Gina and her home with us 😊


    Thanks, KariAnne, for sharing your friend, Gina's, beautiful Christmas cottage with us! It's just so pretty! Blessings!

  15. Image for Genevieve CURRY Genevieve CURRY

    Love your cottage and all your decor!!!! Where did you get your toilet sign? I have been looking for one, would love to know. Thanks

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