Maria and Tommy Thompson’s Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to the Christmas home tour of Maria and Kenneth “Tommy” Thompson. Their attention to detail and quality custom design of every room is quite impressive. The moment I stepped inside I felt incredibly welcome with Maria’s beautifully balanced palette of colorful hues. Her well thought out choice of stylish yet comfortable furnishings made me want to move in immediately. Maria and Tommy moved to Richmond from McLean, Virginia to improve their quality of life and continue their family building business, Benchmark Homes in the River City. They have four handsome boys {Noland 18, Matthew 26, Tyler 27 and Kenneth 28} two dogs {Sadie and Georgia} and two cats {Benny and Banjo}. Tommy’s charismatic charm and quick wit paired with Maria’s gracious and nurturing spirit makes them a dynamic duo. Just take a peek at their own home to give you an idea about what they could do for yours! I love their mantra, “If you can dream it, Benchmark can build it.”

Maria and Tommy Thompson’s Christmas Home Tour

Living Room/Parlor: 

On the left upon entering their home is a stunning living room in bright and bold color. You know I love that! Clever idea: Maria wanted to put her office in this room, so they added the custom mantel in cast limestone by Francois and Company. It’s sophisticated style adds to the lux appeal of the room as well as hiding her paperwork and files in her office on the other side.

Holiday Mantel with Fresh Greenery

My husband would be drooling over the gorgeous Augusta National painting by a Charleston artist displayed above the mantel.

Dining Room

The formal dining room is decorated for the holidays with sparkling gold pieces that light up the room. The jaw dropping gorgeous wallpaper is Farrow and Ball. You should really see it in person, wow.

Dining Room Sideboard Holiday Decorations
Sparkling Centerpiece in Dining Room
Holiday Centerpiece in Dining Room


My favorite view in the house is looking from the foyer through the archway to the Christmas tree in the den. It truly makes me smile. In the mid foyer, there is the sweetest angel painting by Anne Neilson.

Christmas Home Tour - Foyer into Den View
Sweetest angel painting by Anne Neilson
Christmas Home Tour - Foyer View to the Den

Family Room

The family room is the perfect place to gather after a long day. It’s most definitely designed for comfort and relaxation. My kind of room for sure. I’m loving the chic ottoman in the center.

cozy family room - stone fireplace
Cozy Living Room - Large Ottoman
Pinecones and Mercury Glass Ornaments - Holiday Vignette
Christmas Tree in Family Room

Someone was happy to pose for the camera!

The Spirit of Christmas - Home Tour


The den and kitchen flow into each other as one. Is this a dream kitchen or what? Check out the awe-inspiring custom cabinetry and fabulous lighting! All light fixtures throughout the house are Curry and Company

Beautiful Kitchen Chandelier
Glittery Decor on Kitchen Table


The kitchen leads to a rustic covered veranda overlooking the spacious backyard. I love how Maria decorated this space with pinecones, candles, natural greenery and seasonal blooms.

Outdoor Fireplace and decorated mantel: Pinecones, fresh greenery, candles and seasonal blooms
Outdoor Holiday Decorating with Natural Elements
Outdoor Covered Veranda with Fireplace
Outdoor Lantern above mantel
Glass Hurricanes filled with pinecones and white pillar candles

Get The Look – SHOP Outdoor Fall Decor

Upstairs foyer:

Maria’s favorite Curry and Company custom light fixture is in the foyer. It’s spectacular design and impressive size fill the space perfectly. 

Curry and Company Hallway Chandelier
Hall Banister Christmas Garland Ideas

Master Bedroom:

Welcome to Maria and Tommy’s “tree fort” as they call it. Their soothing master bedroom has beautiful views of the backyard complete with a sitting area for lounging. The Scalamandre yellow pillows were inspiration for the room and blend with the Galleria Carpet custom Tibetan rug in rich blue, yellow and chocolate brown colors. 

Soothing Master Bedroom
Scalamandre pillow - Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom - Home Tour

As we end this tour, I’ll leave you with the magnificent outdoor wreaths and garland displayed on the front porch and side gate. Thank you Maria and Tommy for inviting us into your home. It was a pleasure getting to know you both and I’m truly inspired by your talents. I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Holiday Front Porch Wreath and Garland
Christmas Front Porch Wreath and Magnolia Leaf Container Arrangement
Garden Gate Christmas Wreath

** Christmas Home Tour Photography: Kim Frost
** Home Tour Coordinater: Karen Phillips

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