Bling Meets Rustic in This Nature-Inspired Holiday Home

neutral dining room with flocked Christmas tree
Photography by Jim Bathie

Text by Jeanne Delathouder

Morris and Allison Kay’s home radiates warm holiday joy. Wholeheartedly designed to welcome family and friends, the couple’s new residence offers the perfect floor plan to accommodate their lifestyle while also complementing their passion for cooking and entertaining. Like many empty-nesters, the Kays sought to downsize their living space after their children finished school. Their new home features an open layout that consolidates all of their most-used spaces, including the master bedroom, onto the main floor. Upstairs, an office, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms provide a cozy retreat for their kids when they all come home to visit.

screened-in back porch with fireplace and Christmas decor
Photography by Jim Bathie

“We didn’t set out to achieve a certain look or style for our home, but we both knew what we liked and the feel we wanted to create,” says Allison. “We visualized a look that was clean, had layers of different tones and textures, and would be set for welcoming family and friends in a comfortable setting,” she adds.

kitchen island with holiday snacks and decor
Photography by Jim Bathie

Against a gentle palette of neutral hues accented with soft touches of gray, the couple’s new home features lofty vaulted ceilings and wide-open living spaces that flow seamlessly from room to room. Since they both love to cook—and their friends do as well—Allison and Morris designed their kitchen as the focal point so they could have lots of interaction in and around the area. They also knew they wanted a screened porch that would allow them to open up their entertaining spaces to enjoy football-watching afternoons in the fall.