Keeping Christmas decor into the New Year

by RaeLynn Callaway
Mike Kemp photos

Traditionally most people decorate for Christmas after Thanksgiving and take down their decorations soon after the gifts are open. As the classic Christmas themes are changing, there is a trend to leave out those festive, wintry decorations well into the New Year.

Kris and Katy Allen decorate their home with a nostalgic, rustic Christmas theme. “I leave them up into the New Year — probably too long,” Katy said.

When you keep it simple with the pine garland, pine cones, white lights, burlap and berries you add a warm glow to an icy Arkansas January. Katy keeps the table decorations simple using a lantern atop a burlap runner surrounded by trees and votive candles. The green moss chargers draw your eye to the table and set off the Johnson Brothers place settings and the very natural pine table. On the mantle, an icy pine garland with red berries and pine cones is used. Katy leaves out her regular pillows but throws in a few extras for holiday cheer.

Katy and Kris have now moved to the Nashville area. The American Idol winner is touring a lot right now but plans to begin writing more once he gets home. Katy is staying home with their son, Oliver, working for Kris some. She plans to stay really busy into the New Year as they remodel the home they just purchased.

Keeping the table decorations simple allows you to feel the contrast between the rustic pine table and the icy crystal chandelier that hangs above.

501 LIFE would like to thank Kris and Katy for sharing their former home at The Village at Hendrix (photographed last year) with readers.


A board certified interior designer, RaeLynn Callaway owns CYInteriors ( She and her husband, Bart, have three children and live in Conway.