For those of you not familiar with Kansas's decorating darling, Mary Carol Garrity is the founder of several home decorating stores in Atchison, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, including Nell Hills, plus the author of several books. She lives in a historic Greek Revival home in Atchison, and she opens her home a few times a year for tours.
And after the tour, we go shopping at her two Atchison stores. I almost bought this lantern, but I decided I have enough lanterns to decorate.
I think Mary Carol was a little under the weather, but she kept smiling and played the gracious hostess like a champ.
I loved this statue in the urn next to the door. I'm planning on copying this look!
Let's go inside!
Imagine a holiday party here. Oh, that red against the buttery yellow walls! This statue is available in her stores. Someday, I'll probably regret not buying her, like those orbs from the fall open house.
I asked Mary Carol about decorating trends this Christmas, and she said that anything goes, but understated elegance was popular. I love how she layers on vertical surfaces, like this wreath over the mirror in the foyer. Understated yet elegant indeed.
Mary Carol's style is very busy with lots of books, artwork, and knicknacks. I like how she uses a more monochromatic color scheme for her holiday decorating.
The pretty mantel sings "holidays" without screaming "Christmas."
Let's get a closer look.
The dining room was more understated this year. It was set up to serve a buffet rather than a formal meal, which was clever. My side of the family sits around the table for holiday meals, but my in-laws serve them buffet-style. Neither family is as fancy as this!
Shall we go outside to look at the garden?
Today's weather was clear with temperatures in the low 60s. I doubt she keeps those ginger jars outside all winter!
I always admire how she uses basic foundation pieces, like these iron posts, to decorate for each season.
It isn't Christmas quite yet, so if you would like to see the fall home tour, click here for the home tour and here for the garden tour. If you pin, please be sure to give Mary Carol credit for her work.
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