The Forest Modern Christmas Home Tour: The Kitchen

Hello and welcome to our very first Christmas tour in our new home, The Forest Modern!! I’m so excited to open up our home to you this holiday season as I’m participating in the Styled For The Season holiday tour along with a fabulous group of bloggers! For those hopping over from my dear friend, Bree’s home at ZDesignatHome, welcome!! I sure hope you visit all the homes in this tour!  I know each one will get you in the holiday decorating spirit! I’ll link to each home at the end of this post.

A little background on me for those of you who are new here today. I live in Colorado with my hubby of 21 years and our 3 boys. Three years ago, we began the journey of designing and building our home which affectionally became know as The Forest Modern. Named so as it is nestled among 5 acres of a beautiful forest. With no floor plan in mind and only a vision, I sketched out each room on paper and began connecting them like pieces of a puzzle. I had no clear direction of how our home would look but I put a tremendous amount of faith in myself to somehow design this dream home. I stumbled my way through the entire design process. From exterior elevations to every single intricate detail within the home.  We broke ground in March of 2017 and finally moved in this past June. Those construction days were all consuming, but the end result was more than I dreamed it would be. Through it all, I remember dreaming of how I would decorate for Christmas in this home.  The time has finally come and I welcome you this holiday season as my first time holiday guests! I’m so happy you’re here visiting!

A glimpse at our first snowfall.


Today, I’m sharing what Christmas looks like in our new kitchen. If you want to see more detailed information about our kitchen design, you can read about it HERE. Also, I’d love for you to tour the rest of our home HERE. I’ll be sharing more rooms over the next two weeks of our home styled for Christmas so I hope you’ll come back! Now go grab some hot cocoa and enjoy all the photos! I took too many but I love our kitchen so much that I wanted to show it all!  My styling approach is very simple this year. You’ll see that it doesn’t take much to make a home feel festive for the season.

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Christmas will feel extra special making new memories and starting new traditions in this chapter of our lives. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you leave feeling Christmas joy in your heart! Next stop on the tour is my friend Jennifer’s gorgeous home at Decor Gold Designs. Simply click on the photo below to be taken straight to her home!

Decor Gold Designs

Tour These Homes

Jennifer from Decor Gold Designs // Sara from Haute and Humid // Randi from Randi Garrett Design // Alicia fromThe Lush List // Bree from ZDesign At Home


  1. I’ve said it before… I could look at your home ALL DAY LONG! It is a perfect example of gorgeous/elegant AND homey!
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous place with us!

  2. Shauna, I love seeing your kitchen but I especially love seeing it all decked for the holiday!! Everything is stunning and your decor is perfect for your new modern home! Just wish I was there to see it in person:). Thank you for joining the tour! Love you, friend! xoxo

  3. LOVE your home! I have a question…what color are your cabinets?? What is the sheen on them? Also, are your interior doors painted the same color??

    1. Thank you Katie! You can find our specific “black” cabinet color formula on my recent pantry reveal post. Just scroll back a couple of posts to find it. They were custom made and painted by a local cabinet maker so I’m not sure what the sheen would called. Our interior doors are Tricorn black by Sherwin Williams.

      1. Your home is stunning !
        We are trying to dublicate your rift cut oak cabinets , but are having trouble recreating the right shade and sheen. Can you give me any information on how your cabinet maker made these ? They are beautiful!

        1. We figured our stain mix out through trial and error. My cabinet maker ended up using a very small amount of white paint to the clear stain to break the yellow undertones. Worked like a charm! Good luck!

  4. There are many (many!) gorgeous houses on Instagram etc these days, but I have to say that yours is hands down my absolute favourite. It really is the perfect combination of elegance and warmth – you have done a sensational job!

  5. I just absolutely love your home! You have such great taste in decorating and designing! Wow! Good job! God bless you and your family for this upcoming Christmas! May the joy of His peace be everlasting in your new home!

  6. I just love the minimalist look of your Christmas decor in the kitchen! I also often sketch out a dream retirement home for me and my hubs. I don’t know if it will happen but I’d like to think so. Your home is my inspiration for my modern retirement home. Do you have two stairs in the house? I see one behind the kitchen and thought that’s your entryway, but then saw the other stairs on the side of the kitchen. Would you share the floor plan of your home in a future blog?

    1. Hi Debbie! I’m so happy you are gathering inspiration from our home for your retirement home. How fun! I hope it’s all your dreams come true in the end! We do have two sets of stairs. One in the front entry and one in the back side of the house off of our mudroom. As I continue to share more spaces in our home I think you’ll be able to get an idea of the layout and flow of our floorplan. Stay tuned for a lot more rooms to be shared on the blog in 2019! Merry Christmas!

  7. Perfection! It is so difficult to do modern in a warm and inviting way, but you did it! Enjoy your home and your family this holiday season!

  8. I love all of the designs but yours it truly stunning! Simplistic yet elegant and definitely gets you in the Christmas spirit.

  9. Nice!! I think the addition of a green wreath with simple silk ribbon would look amazing on your kitchen hood. It would make it pop!

  10. Hi Shauna,
    Your beach house tile floors were the inspiration for the new floors in my waterfront home in New Orleans – thank you for sharing your progress on both beautiful homes! You’ve truly served as a guiding light for ideas as I renovate! I am moving into replacing all my 1960s awning windows & love the black framed windows you chose for Forest Modern. Are they from a national company?
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Kristi! I’m so happy that our homes have given you some design inspiration. Thank you for following along! Our windows at The Forest Modern are by Andersen. You can read more about them on the blog by searching “windows” in the search bar.
      Merry Christmas!

  11. Happy Holidays! I absolutely love your house and design style!! I was wondering, what material is your black vent hood and matching TV wall in the dining room? It doesn’t look like wood in the photos. I would love to copy that look in our home we are building. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi! Thank you for the compliments! The black shiplap on the tv wall is smooth mdf. I’m not exactly sure what my cabinet maker used for our vent hood but it’s probably an mdf as well. Good luck with your build!

  12. Your house is absolutely stunning. I’m building a house and want to achieve cabinets similar to your rift sawn white oak. I’m finding the samples provided seem to have a yellow or pink undertone. From the pictures your cabinets and shelves appear more beige. Can you share a bit about your cabinets? Are they solid oak? or Oak veneers? Is there a clear coat on them or a stain? If so what color stain?

    1. Hi Kate! Thank you so much for the compliment! Our cabinets and shelves are rift sawn white oak. My cabinet maker used a clear stain finish but we added a small hint of white paint to cut the yellow undertones. Merry Christmas!

  13. Shauna, your eye for design is so inspirational. I am in the process of building a home and came across your website when searching for kitchens with gold/brass hardware. I wanted to ask you for some advice: I wanted to do a dark espresso island, white cabinets with the same pulls you have, white with some gray streaks quartz countertop, the black and gold faucet with a black pot filler and stainless steel appliances/fridge/hood- do you think this setup would look good? Thank you in advance!

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