Feature Friday: Mary Kay Andrews Avondale Estates Christmas Home

{Giveaway is Closed}

You all know her as Mary Kay Andrews, her pen name known to many fans around the world. Her given name is Kathy Trocheck and she is the NY Times best selling author that you have all loved and read for years. I think I heard her say that this is their 3rd home in Avondale Estates, a suburb of Atlanta, outside the city. They’ve lived in Avondale Estates for 30 years and are entrenched in this charming historic community. Last weekend, there was an Avondale Estates Christmas tour of homes and Tom and Kathy’s home was on the tour, so of course I wanted to take it all in. There were 6 homes in all on the tour and I took Mark with me and we thoroughly enjoyed it all. He loves this stuff too, lucky me! It was a beautiful Winter day and we so enjoyed touring these gorgeous historic homes.


Kathy was signing copies of her books at the community center so we got to say hello to her before the tour.

You may remember that I photographed Kathy’s former Avondale Estates bungalow 3 years ago and shortly thereafter, they bought this current house and moved in.  The first house is so charming too, so take a look at it.

Tom and Kathy’s current home is a 1926 English cottage that was renovated by the previous owners in 2008. The Trochecks remodeled the kitchen and screened the back porch in their 2 years in the house and it is just amazing now.  I can’t wait to show it all to you!  Y’all know that I always think the more pictures, the better, so settle in for a long post for this one!  If you make it to the bottom, there’s a fun book giveaway! 

To borrow some of the script from the Christmas home tour, here’s a good description of the home.

Opening up what was an original bedroom, the kitchen includes a Wolf range, marble counters and a “mantel” with antique corbels. The newly built Butler’s pantry was inspired by the antique Welsh cupboard in the kitchen.  Kathy is a lifelong “junker” while Tom is an amazing craftsman, a good combination.  Some of the best estate sale finds include the barn with wooden animals in the sunroom, the Restoration Hardware seating on the back porch, and the armchairs covered in Ralph Lauren fabric in Tom’s office.  Kathy’s office where she is Mary Kay Andrews showcases her framed book jackets and bestseller lists.  The Trochecks’ home is a Christmas Wonderland with an eclectic collection of vintage decorations and greenery from their garden.  The front door and entrance hall greet each guest.  The living room tree is decorated with vintage shiny bites while a collection of Santas and pixies are nestled in the TV armoire.  The dining table is an amazing Christmas tableau with the “Great Wall of China” as a backdrop.  

I hope you enjoy this wonderful tour of Kathy’s home!  It’s just beautiful and with her eye and mix of antiques and vintage collectibles, it’s a feast for the eyes.  I know her grandchildren must love being there!  I’m not going to chat through the post, just enjoy the beautiful pictures.





























































Kathy’s office.





Master bedroom





Wasn’t that so much fun to see?!  A big thank you for Kathy for letting me share her gorgeous home with al of you. I knew that you’d so enjoy seeing it all and she has such beautiful things displayed so well. I love her mix of traditional antiques with blue and white collectibles and lots more!  Her keen junking eye has served her well!


Another special treat that day was meeting blogger Kelly, with Talk of the House. She lives in South Georgia and she and her husband were there for the tour.  We ran into each other in the red and white guest room and it was so fun to meet her.  I just love and admire her gorgeous home too!  She did multi-posts on the house, so take a look at her pics too. She got things I missed and has lots of details about Kathy’s home.

And last but not least, Kathy is giving away 2 of her books to one of my readers, so all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favorite thing about Kathy’s house might be?!

Leave a comment and I’ll choose a winner who will receive both books.  Kathy (Mary Kay’s) books are so fun to read!  


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And the winner is Laura Ingalls Gunn, who has been emailed! 


- Rhoda


  1. The whole house is gorgeous and picking only one room is so difficult. There are so many treasures and vignettes that I love myself (plaid picnic wear, Santa mugs, the book “tree”, the kitchen!) I love the bedroom for her grandchildren with the little table and chairs all decorated in front of the old family photos. There is something so sweet and touching about that, especially during the holidays, with holiday traditions and recipes handed down.

  2. Leslie Larkin says:

    I’m a big fan of blue and white decor so I love her decorations and home. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a treat…meeting Mary Kay and Kelly at the tour. I have been a fan of all of yours for years! I love the book tree, our public library has a huge one. So creative.
    Merry Christmas, to you and your sweet family, Cindy

  4. Everything about this home is perfection! I think the kitchen is my favorite though. What a beautiful, divine space to create in. Thanks for a glimpse into this amazing home.

  5. Andrea Corley says:

    You know me, I love the deer horns and head…. I also love some of her furnishings, coffee table. The Christmas plaid is great too. Thanks for sharing her home!

  6. What a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing. I love the master bedroom with the planked walls and that bed! The various plaid Christmas stockings hanging on the mantle are so cute!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this! Every room has so many things I love….the blue and white platters on the walls, the beautiful bedding in the master, the red and white bedroom. But the thing that I really need to recreate is the throw made from patchwork plaid blankets used as a tablecloth!

  8. Margaret Spain says:

    How lovely all the little details in this well loved and cared for home. Enjoyed taking the tour with you. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Her home is gorgeous-thanks for sharing-I’m a sucker for a tour of homes, too! I loved the blue & white also and being from Mississippi, my favorite was seeing the magnolia leaves…made my heart smile!

  10. bev tippett says:

    Thank you for sharing! What a delight to see Mary Kay’s house. I love her collections, colors and decorations.

  11. Stunning! Not only is this house beautifully decorated, but it is warm and inviting! Thank you for taking us on the tour!

  12. Diane Thomas says:

    I enjoyed looking at your home through Southern Hospitality. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you!

  13. Linda Dodds says:

    I really love the bookshelves and also the outdoor space. Her kitchen is wonderful too. It’s such a beautiful home inside and out!

  14. It’s hard to pick just one thing. I love the blue and white pieces but most of all I love all the warmth it exudes!

  15. Loved seeing all your photos Rhoda! It was nice to take in the whole house in one big post! My favorite by far was the grandchildrens’ bedroom with the cozy quilts and red checked bed skirts. Thank you so much for the shout out. It was a super fun day meeting you and Kathy and seeing that fabulous home!

  16. Sharon Person says:

    Love the outside decorations and pretty much everything in the house! How fun to be able to decorate like that! We have two cats who would have a field day with all of that. The outdoor space was amazing. Thanks for sharing this – I have been a fan of Mary Kay Andrews for years!

  17. Love seeing MKA’s home. She looks like a fun lady! It was nice seeing Kelly. I love her blog too!

  18. So Southern! I love a brick wall and the plaid tablecloth was so festive.

  19. I love the kitchen remodel and that’s she stayed true to the style of her beautiful home.

  20. Love Mary Kay Andrew’s home! All of it is gorgeous,so choosing one room is difficult! I have two. I love her breakfast area and the screened porch is beautiful!

  21. I loved the tree that had the old picnic pails around it. I love the red plaid.

  22. So many little details everywhere. I’m borrowing the idea of M & Ms in little bowls as part of the place settings on the dining room table. More fun than a fancy dessert and it will encourage folks to sit and chat after dinner is over.

  23. Jan Sullivan says:

    I love the warmth of the home but especially the natural greenery as decoration. And those deer antlers are wonderful and I hope to incorporate that same look into my home. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I went on the tour with a friend and LOVED her home!! All the homes on the tour were just beautiful and the people from the neighborhood were warm and welcoming to everyone. I love Kathy’s ability to infuse priceless antiques with Goodwill finds and Home Goods new items-absolutely stunning! I loved the idea of the cabinets in the kitchen that held the pull out dog crates-one of those why didn’t I think of that ideas! LOL! Thanks for the pics-enjoyed touring through again.

  25. Loved all the blue and white with pops of red! It is definitely a well loved home. Please don’t give me the books…I already own all of them!!!

  26. I love the spare bedroom with the two twin beds with kisses and I think the other pillow was mistletoe. I love that small dresser with mirror between the two beds. How perfect!

  27. The use of the stadium blankets really caught my eye! Also the fireplace in the room with the wood paneling! Love her home(s) and her books!!

  28. A real house, with real living, a real treat. Thank you so much for sharing this, Rhoda. One thing I must remark on (since I pinned it) is the cookbook storage at the end of the island in kitchen. We’re getting ready for some updates, and I think I would like something like that added to my island. Above and beyond that, I love all the vintage and antique infused in Kathy’s home. It’s what makes it real for me. Too hard to choose just one or two things I loved!

  29. Rhoda, I really enjoyed seeing this home that is so warm and inviting. I love her style, especially her use of blue and white. The guest bedroom with the red and white was a favorite of mine!

  30. What a pretty home! My favorite things were the blue/gray walls, blue and white porcelain and the use of plaid, particularly under the tree. Oh, and shiny brites.?

  31. I was excited when I found out Kathy’s home was going to be on the tour. It is a beautiful home and she had done an amazing job decorating it. So many beautiful things to see. She is my favorite author. I have been reading her books since she first started writing. An excellent author and decorator too! Kathy

  32. Janice Bryant says:

    My favorite room is the “Dreamy” master bedroom. I also love the office. What a great area to get work done. It’s casual and practical but beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing photos of the home of one of my favorite southern authors!

  33. Angelia Corbett says:

    Beautiful home. I love how cozy and warm it is. So inviting. Thank you Rhoda for taking us along.

  34. I love that blue front door. It’s a lovely modern touch in this gorgeous 20’s home. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  35. All the blue and white pieces and especially the Welsh dresser!

  36. Love this house and use of COLOR!!! The ‘collected over time’ décor is wonderful, and my favorite is the display of antique Christmas items under the dark wood table.

  37. Ginger Jackson says:

    Yes, yes, I could easily move right in and be home. Such a lovely, warm welcoming home! Loved all the blue and white accessories eith touches of red. My favorite has to be the red guest room. I am a quilter, and I loved the red and white quilts on the twin beds as well as the embroidered shams. Love to embroider as well. Mary Kay Andrews’ home touched my heart the same her books affect me. I’ve read many of her books and continue looking for ones I haven’t read as yet! Merry Christmas, Rhoda, I loved this post!

  38. The entire house is so lovely and inviting. It is so hard to pick just one thing that I love, but if I had to pick it would be her use of blue and white dishes, with the pops of red for Christmas!!! I could absolutely move right in today. Merry Christmas Rhoda!!!

  39. Love everything–but my favorite would be what I think might her kitchen table with the vintage tablecloth and the Santa!! I just love it so much–reminds me of my childhood–sweet memories!!

  40. I loved the bedroom. I also have sloped ceilings in my bedroom and never thought of a canopy bed! What a beautiful home. I have never read any of her books but I checked out her website and now I want to read them all. I will add them to my list!

  41. Susan Grabben says:

    The light fixture in the beautifully wood panaled living area was gorgeous.

  42. I’ve been looking forward to this post all week, her home is beautiful!! I love her master bedroom and the Christmas Tree of books! Thanks for sharing Rhoda, have a great weekend!! Our should I say Weekender…wink, wink!

  43. I love the entire house but the kitchen is my favorite room!

  44. Beautiful home! My favorite room was the red and white bedroom, but I loved all the blue and white, too.

  45. Kelly Davis says:

    I love all of this! The kitchen was so warm and cozy, and I loved her Christmas tree. Thank you for sharing this- such a beautiful home. (What I loved most is that it is beautifully decorated, but not overly styled. Real life happens here, and that is what added so much warmth and character that is often missing in photo shoots. Loved it!!

  46. What a glorious tour! I could move right in and be perfectly content! So much lovely inspiration. Thank you for sharing Rhoda. May the blessings of the season be yours.

  47. I loved that China cabinet with all of those trees!!!!!

  48. I was so excited when you told us you were going to post her new home!! Everything about it is amazing. I love her traditional mix of furnishings, colors, and decorative items. Just imagine having all of your own novels in your house. How cool!

  49. I love all the blue and white and mixes so well with the red of Christmas.

  50. Barbara Vaughan says:

    The house and decorations are gorgeous! I love the blue,and white throughout!

  51. Love the whole house but especially like the porch area – the decorations have everything looking so warm and cozy!

  52. Ida Beth Barner says:

    i love the touches of blue and white. I inspired. I had stalled out as far as decorating my own home, but the ideas are really flowing now. thank you for lighting my fire again. It is all very beautiful. I would love to see it in person.

  53. Pam Crawford says:

    I like her master bedroom and the back porch.

  54. Thank the wonderful tour! I came over from Kelly’s site. I also enjoyed looking at the tour you did of their past home. I love the lived-in look of both homes. I’m also impressed with how many doors were left open. I went on a home tour recently and the guide would say behind this door is such and such, and behind this door is such and such. But, we were never allowed to open any of the doors, drawers, cabinets, etc.!!

  55. Marilyn Freebersyser says:

    I love the “collected over time by the unique people who really live here” feel to this house. I like the room with the wood paneling and fanciful crown molding most of all. It’s a beautiful home. I would love to see it without Christmas decorations too!

  56. I can’t wait every day for your blogs! This was one of my favorites! How fun to get to tour these homes through your blog. My favorite room was the sun porch! Love all the magnolia greenery!

  57. I love all the blue and white, especially the plates around the fireplace! So pretty!!

  58. Her home is like a museum…..how I would l have hours to study every inch of it! Thanks Rhoda!

  59. Be still my heart! I could move right in and adore all that blue & white, the rugs and the whitewashed brick. It would be hard to pick only one thing I love about her home, but I think the Parisian cafe stools in the kitchen just make it special.
    The wallpaper in the bath – more blue & white – is also inspiring. I didn’t miss the entry mat with blue & white jars, too! Just amazing. Thanks SO much for sharing this one. It’s got to be one of my most favorites of your posts recently. Hope I get the books for 2017 reading!

  60. Melesa Garrison says:

    It’s so hard to choose just one of anything, much less a room. I do love the twin beds with the red and white bedding, and I love the little table and old chairs, with the table set…Too sweet!
    You know, you are going to think I’m weird, but something that stood out to me was the basket with the wheels (with wrapping paper inside) I don’t normally covet from others, but I would love to have one! My mother used to say “Oh, I wish I had that and they had one better”
    Thanks for sharing this amazing home & Merry Christmas!

  61. Martha B Powell says:

    I love Dr us of blue and white with dried flowers and magnolia.

  62. Angela Mahnke says:

    The home is very elegantly decorated! I loved the antique Snowmen collection in the dining room cabinet. I also loved the Christmas tree made out of Mary Kay’s books! She has created a home that is very cozy and inviting! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  63. All her Christmas decorations are beautiful, but I love how homey, cozy and livable her home is. 🙂

  64. I love their kitchen! Especially the light fixture over the island. Over the years I have gone on “tours” of her homes (including the beach cottages) on your blog, so I was very excited to see you had a tour of her new place. Beautiful!!

  65. Susan Morris says:

    It is so beautiful!

  66. I love the exposed brick and that porch is something I would live on!!!

  67. Favorites are always hard. First thought was kitchen. But maybe the red and white guest room.

  68. Sara Harrison says:

    Kathy’s entire home looks like a dream, but I’m in love with that cozy guest room and magnificent master bedroom!! Her kitchen looks like a cook’s idea of heaven!!

  69. So many unique idea in this home!!! i love how they set the dining room table an then filled the china cabinet with the snow man collection!!! I picture doing that with my Christmas village collection next year. I also loved the guest room with the two different red and white quilts and the lovely pineapple post beds! I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews books….wonderful reading on a cold winter day in Atlanta! Thank you for the great tour, Rhonda. Warm hug, cat

  70. I love the blue and white ware through out and the use of native/natural greenery! The pops of red add the holiday cheer to a lovely home. The vintage touches add a touch of whimsy to the decor. Thank you for sharing with us.

  71. Those red and white patchwork quilts are lovely.

  72. The thing I loved most about Kathy and Tom’s house is that my house now looks plain! We are both of the more is more style of decorating! Show off your collections!

  73. Diana Lowery says:

    My favorite things were her office with her books stacked like a Christmas tree and her husbands office with the picture of the cocker spaniel. I love dogs do of course I noticed the dog.????I love all of her books and I have gotten other people hooked on them.

  74. Love the KITCHEN!!!

  75. Judy Shapleigh says:

    I love her use of greenery and plaid everything. Being an avid quilter, I most loved the red and white quilts in the beds. That Santa at the fireplace was a close second.

  76. Well, it would be hard to choose what I love the most about Kathy’s amazing house…maybe the “Kisses” and “Mistletoe” shams or the blue & white collection or that incredible kitchen or the name “Squirrel Hollow”…I mean, how fun is that?! Thank you for sharing your photos of that awesome tour!

  77. How to choose? As an interior designer, I admire her exquisite taste. Especially love the blue & white & all the magnolia leaves. So Southern & classic!

  78. Manette Gutterman says:

    That house had me at the shiny blue front door?

  79. I loved the white nativity scene, the Christmas tree with the vintage items underneath, especially the tricycle. I too loved the guest room with the pillows “kisses” and “Mistletoe”. It was lovely to walk through in the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  80. I would love to have toured that beautiful home! Even better,, I would love to live in it!—dream.

  81. Alexis Cielieska says:

    I loved Kathys home, it looked “comfortable “. I loved her white Nativity!

  82. I love the kitchen and the porch. I would feel right at home in either space.

  83. Patti Whitebird says:

    I love the blue and white- I have a few pieces myself so I can totally relate to the love of collecting it ! I also love the screened in porch- gives the feeling of being indoors and out at the same time! Beautiful.

  84. Margaret luvisi says:

    Great pictures great tree

  85. Her home is beautiful. The flooring in the entryway, blue and white, but most of all I loved that she has books in her bookcases

  86. Beautiful!!!

  87. Love her books! And, what a gorgeous home. Adore the tree of stacked books.

  88. The whole house is just beautiful, but my favorite is the gorgeous white kitchen. What a dream. Also love her books!

  89. donna zoltanski says:

    Just gorgeous. I loved the vintage “red” selections under the Christmas tree!

  90. How do you choose just one?! Gorgeous!! I do like the vintage wrapped boxes that have nothing in them but love! What a great idea!

  91. Audra Taliaferro says:

    Gorgeous home! I just loved that foyer wall with the brick, the credenza with all the blue and white china displayed on shelves over it! And that bed in the master…WOW! From the Christmas decor, I loved the use of magnolia leaves…so southern (I’m from Mississippi, so magnolias are some of my faves) and that Santa standing in front of the living room fireplace – he was so unique!

    Thanks for sharing!

  92. Rose Matonis says:

    The bathroom with the mirrored vanity ❤️?❤️ Everything was beautiful!!

  93. Stunning! Blue and white……sigh

  94. I love it all but especially the toile and plaid fabrics and the tree made of her novels. Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!

  95. I loved her book tree. I did one for my office and it brings so much joy to the room!! Pam

  96. Betty McIntyre says:

    All the blue and white…

  97. Charlotte H. says:

    I loved the beautiful kitchen! But, the entire house was wonderful. Thanks for opportunity to win the book, I love a good book!

  98. This house was so beautifully decorated and I loved everthing. My favorite decoration was the Christmas tree made from her own books! How wonderful to have enough published books to make a tree with.

  99. WOW!!! Just gorgeous. Now we know where Weezie gets her good taste from.

  100. Kathleen Ayo says:

    What a warm, cozy, and welcoming home! Every room is beautifully decorated, and yet very relaxing and comfortable. I love the way Mary Kay’s book jackets are framed, as well as the Christmas tree of her novels. However, the cute snowman display just speaks to me! So happy you were able to tour this remarkable home.

  101. The red and white quilts.

  102. Marilyn Patton says:

    There are so many things I love about Mary Kay’s aka Kathy’s home, but if I had to just choose one it would be the Wolf Range.
    I loved her Craftsman home previous to this one because I live in one almost identical to it and I got many ideas from her.

  103. Donna A Cooper says:

    I loved the whole house, but especially the kitchen.

  104. Rhoda, I’m sorry we missed the Avondale Estates tour! Didn’t know about it until too late, but Kathy’s house is perfectly lovely. Love her “book tree.” Thanks for all the great photographs. Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂

  105. Karlene Barger says:

    Hard to pick. I loved the vintage Coca Cola cooler and tricycle under the tree. Very southern and charming!

  106. Ivy Boswell says:

    I loved everything but the thing I loved most was the “home-i -ness”, love and feeling of family that is so obvious throughout her home!

  107. My favorite bedroom is the grandchildren’s bedroom. It is so Charming. Actually if it were in my house I would have to sleep in there! I also love the books that are stacked like a Christmas tree. So cute and clever. I also like how she had to her shutters on the windows leaving part of the window exposed at the top. That would make any room filled cheery regardless of whether it was decorated or not. And it really makes sense in a bathroom where natural light is very much appreciated.

  108. Martha Park says:

    Can’t get enough of the grandchildren’s room!

  109. I love the mix of red with all the blue. Beautiful!

  110. I love blue and white china and I would have to say her displays are just perfect and beautifully displayed.

  111. Thank you for sharing this tour. With every room, I imagined a story. Collections, which are plentiful, lends a curious person to improvisation. Each room makes your heart merry.

  112. Love her books arranged as a tree! I may have to do this in my library office!

  113. Carole D. Haywood says:

    My very favorite is the BLUE front- door!

  114. Jane Hautem says:

    The pictures of her beautiful home made me feel like I was walking into a warm Christmas mitten. I especially loved her breakfast room with the vintage tablecloth, and the reindeer cookies. I wish I could housesit for her in December… stellar, classy holiday perfection. I would love to be an ornament on her tree.

  115. What I liked best about the home was that it looked like a home. I also liked the idea of using vintage Christmas decorations in the original packaging, as decorations themselves! I also liked the jumble of cookbooks on the shelving at the end of the island, it looks as if she really uses and refers to them, it made the whole house seem relatable!

  116. Hi Rhoda,
    I enjoy reading your blog content a lot. Although I have one issue…your posts flash a full screen (for only 1 second) and then it goes down to a skinny column taking only about 1/6 of my screen. Do you know why it does this? It is a little hard to read this way. Thank you for all the time you put into creating such wonderful decorating and fashion content.

    • HI, Laurie, yes this started about 6 mos. ago for some people. It’s an ad plugin I have on my sidebar and some are running ad blockers and this seems to be the problem. If you are running one and disable it for my blog, it should go back to normal. See if that works and if now, changing browsers may work too.

  117. So different than the way we decorate up here in the Midwest rural country homes of Nebraska. Very fun to see the decorating with books ideas. Love the southern touches.

  118. Fun tour!

  119. Deborah Ross says:

    Love the blue willow wall!

  120. Sandra Rehrig says:

    I absolutely would love to be touring the entire home in person but since I’m in PA I truly appreciated your posting so many pictures of Kathy’s hard work making this house her newest home. Love her books!

  121. Oh my, oh my!…what a most fabulous tour…if this home does not get you into the Christmas spirit nothing will…and how great to meet Kelly!!!!

  122. Sharon Avinger says:

    Love the blue and white! I especially love her vintage and antique items worked in so cleverly among her Christmas decor. What a beautiful home!

  123. Janet Rountree says:

    Oh my goodness! I loved everything! The gorgeous kitchen, amazing chandelier in the family room, great gallery wall with ledge shelves….thank you so much for sharing the tour with us! I wanted to go myself but couldn’t due to family obligations. So glad you could go & then let us be a part of it!

  124. I love so much about her house it’s hard to choose just one thing. I love her use of blue and white all through her home with a touch of red. Loved the dining chairs of blue with cording of red but I also loved the red quilts in the grandchildren’s room. I love the use of antiques mixed with some new also. So sorry I had to miss this tour!!

  125. Peggy Savage says:

    I loved her kitchen, especially the shelves with the cookbooks. Always a fan of her books!

  126. Nancy Griffiths says:

    Love all her blue and white pieces…her home is warm and inviting…

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  127. Loved the house tour, but oh my, that canopy in the master bedroom is gorgeous!!!!
    Love Mary Kay’s books and writing style!!!!

  128. Debbie Rose says:

    Oh, it’s so hard to decide! The whole house was a feast for the eyes! I think my favorite has to be the snowmen in the hutch! I also have a snowman collection, but not as many as this. I moved into a new house a couple of months ago, and have been trying to decide where to put my snowmen for Christmas. I love the idea of displaying them in a hutch, and I’m going to steal this idea! Thanks for this wonderful tour!

  129. Wonderful tour. The newly remodeled kitchen was my favorite. Loved the tree from the stacked books. Merry Christmas ?

  130. Jan Simpson says:

    I love the interior brick walls – so homey! Also her use of magnolia leaves, the snowman/woman collection in the book shelves, and the book Christmas Eve. Such a welcoming home!

  131. My favorites were the kitchen and also the whitewashed brick wall.

  132. A charming home! My favorites were the snowmen collection and the bedroom with the twin beds.

  133. Kathy Schnitz says:

    Loving the tree with the Shiny Brite ornaments! Also the book tree!

  134. I loved all of her home, but especially the color scheme of blue and white.

  135. Jeanne bell says:

    I love the whole style or house, the mix of old and new. I love the colors she adds to everything. I also want her bed and the bedding on it.
    Merry Christmas

  136. Teresa Cadtle says:

    I love Mary Kay’s books! Some of them really make me laugh out loud! I just picked up one of her Trocheck mysteries! The pictures of her house were lovely. I will check out the blog and may even drive over to Avondale Estates.

  137. Kathy’s home is a lovely lived-in style…no staging here! This makes me think of long relationships and good down home values. Thanks for sharing Rhoda. Merry Christmas!

  138. How fun was that! I love her collection of blue and white.

  139. I love her kitchen! The book tree was so cute, too. I have followed her on Instagram since you wrote about her a few years ago. I enjoyed seeing her preparations for the tour. What a beautiful home – thanks for sharing!

  140. Lynn Rodgers says:

    Both beautiful homes- the former and current!! Wonderful decorator and author!!

  141. Carrie Osborn says:

    Love her books and love her house! Great article!

  142. Karen Thomad says:

    Enjoyed the tour of Mary Kay’s home through your eyes. I have been reading her books since I first read her female Atlanta detective series she wrote under her real name. However, I would love to win these two books, especially since I have not read them yet! Merry Christmas!

  143. I love how she surrounds herself with books. Thanks for sharing this lovely home. Merry Christmas!

  144. Oh My ,,The whole place is Amazing !!! The kitchen shelves with all the greenery & tags posted along them is so nice…Thanks…

  145. Thank you for the wonderful photos! My favorites were the snowmen shelf and the bookshelves full of books!

  146. Jean Anderson says:

    Love her books so it was fun to see her home. I love blue and she used it so beautifully throughout the house. My favorite has to be the blue and white pottery that appeared in several locations. I also loved the wonderful white built ins.
    What was so over the top for me was the christmas tree made from books. How cute is that?

  147. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures Rhoda. Love love love her home. Best of the Tour.

  148. Love the blue and white with Christmas colors. Love MKA books also. Merry Christmas.

  149. So beautiful and interesting which makes it hard to choose one room or thing. She is a great collector and I really like how the home reflects that. Enjoy her books tremendously!

  150. That blue front door, I loved! Can anyone tell me what color that paint it? I need to paint my exterior doors that blue. I also loved the deer in the wreath on the kitchen window. So cute. I loved her book tree designed with all her books. So wonderful to see this beautiful home, Rhoda, thank you.

    • Jeanne, I saw on her Instagram that she just painted it Delft from Fine Paints of Europe. It looks like a lacquer paint, so shiny. I loved it too!

  151. I love anything blue and white so needless to say, I loved everything about her house.

  152. Terry Groseclose says:

    Such a beautiful home! One could feel the warmth just looking at the pictures! Love the use of color throughout her home, beginning with that beautiful blue door! Beautiful antiques and traditional pieces of furniture, which I love! Thanks for sharing her beautiful home!

  153. So beautiful. My favorite picture was the one of all of Mary Kay Andrews books stacked up to form a Christmas Tree….how fitting for her home!

  154. Love how she brings nature inside. Did anyone notice the squirrel on top of the Christmas tree?! Also loved the bedroom with the gingham bed skirt.

  155. I love the whole house. It is hard to pick my favorite, so I would have to say the front door, and its décor, sets the stage for the whole place!

  156. Darlene Spinks says:

    I absolutely love all of this beautiful home. My favorite part and the one I cannot get off my mind is the door color and beautiful arrangement at the entrance. Thank you so much for sharing!

  157. Crystal Tingle says:

    What a cozy home. I love her books!! I also love her homes on Tybee Island, GA.

  158. Kathy Griffith says:

    I love the kids spare bedroom with the red/white bedspreads and the cute Mistletoe Kisses pillows. Very sweet.

  159. Rhoda

    This feature on Kathys house is one of your best. This is My kind of house – everything and her flair for decorating equals her flair and writing style. My favorite in the house is the living room fireplace with the blue and white porcelain wall hangings and mantle piece arrangements. Hard to choose because her house speaks to me.

  160. Barbara Moen says:

    Lovely warm and welcoming home! Loved the details, the Kisses and Mistletoe pillows and little arrangement of antique ornaments that reminded me my house when I grew up.

  161. Tina Rowell says:

    I adore the red and white guest room! It is warm, festive, inviting, and charming!!!

  162. Love the blue and white theme and also the Master Bedroom, however the entire home is just lovely!!

  163. This is an awesome home and is difficult to decide but I think my favorite thing is the way the cookbooks are tucked away in the kitchen island. ?

  164. Beautiful tour!

  165. Rose Markey says:

    The whole house is gorgeous but I love the fireplaces, They are decorated beautifully and that says home to me. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your tastefully decorated home!❤️

  166. the quilts

  167. Beautiful home but out of it all, I loved that she had a wrapping table set up. I’m a big fan of a wrapping table, all year long. The use of Magnolia is really pretty and a classic look.

  168. Loved the MKA home tour! Her home is so inviting and cozy. My favorite room is the Kitchen and then the second favorite is the grandkids room!! Love her blue and white collections too.
    Merry Christmas!

  169. I love her books and the master bed is gorgeous. However, the tree made from her books is pretty special too.

  170. So many pretty rooms.
    I love the porch and the master bedroom.

  171. So pretty! I love all the blues and greenery together.

  172. What a fun tour of my favorite authors house!

  173. What fun! Love all the blue accents and the black and white accents too. So tastefully put together!

  174. Ashleigh Hall says:

    It would be too difficult to pick just one thing about this gorgeous home. Her trees, her mantels, her tablescapes are all gorgeous! And I absolutely love the book tree in her office!! So perfect for an author!

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