Our classic and cozy living room is all dressed for Christmas and we’re ready to celebrate! With greenery, sparkling ornaments, knitted stockings and scented candles, we’ve transformed our living room into a magical space where we can gather with family and friends this holiday season.
It’s feeling a bit like Christmas morning, friends! I’m so excited to share our living room with you today! I’ve joined several fellow bloggers to share our homes, so if you’re coming from 11 Magnolia Lane, welcome. I’m so glad you’re here! Wasn’t her living just gorgeous? I love seeing what others have done in their homes for the holidays.
I had plans to share our living room and den with you today, but for the sake of making sure the post doesn’t run too long, I decided to share just our living room today. I’ll be sure to share our next week with you. This room has always been on of my favorite rooms in our home. I loved the fireplace from the moment I saw it. It has become such a fun room to decorate. Since this room is where we spend Christmas morning, we use our sentimental ornaments that we’ve collected over the years on this tree. With several of them being red, I thought it would be a fun pop of color for this room!
Last week, I shared all the details and sources for our mantel. You can read all about that HERE.
It doesn’t take a lot to get a festive look and feel in your home. One of the very first things I do when I decorate is bring in candles with scents from the season. Holiday scents are some of my favorite. I love the smell of cinnamon, clove, spruce trees and berries. For years Ralph Lauren made a candle called holiday spruce. I have squirreled away a few of them, but burn them sparingly, since they are no longer available. Just the smell of that candle brings back so many sweet memories of past Christmas’ with my family. I love that scents have a way of doing that!
I love a mix of textures when it comes to linens. Velvet pillow covers are my go-to this time of the year and they pair so well with linen and cotton fabrics, like these amaryllis flower print pillows.
This just might be my favorite table top tree I’ve ever done. You can find the tree HERE. I decorated it with vintage style mercury glass and DIY printable nutcracker ornaments, paired with German clip-on candle holders and more red ribbon. You can red all about it HERE.
Our gift wrap is usually stored in my office, but every year without fail, I drag it all downstairs. I love to put on a Christmas movie and wrap gifts. I do this a couple of times each Christmas season, and the best part… peace and quiet! It’s just me and a cup of hot cocoa. Moms, it’s a great excuse to get away, ha!
This weekend I drug a basket of gift wrap and ribbon down and set up shop. My French secrataries was the perfect spot to set it all up. I thought it made for such a pretty picture too.
This year I’m using papers a combination of a deep reds, greens, blues and white. I’ve mixed red and green ginghams with block prints and stripes. My wrapping paper was all purchased from HERE, HERE, and HERE. For the ribbon, I’m using velvet, satin and fringed velvet. Most all of my ribbon was purchased from Hobby Lobby’s sewing department, HERE or HERE.
Continuing with the pops of red, I incorporated satin ribbon onto the Christmas tree. I cut 12″ pieces and tied in a simple knot, spaced evenly around the tree. Our tree is an artificial tree from Ballard Designs. I purchased it years ago from the clearance section for a $20! It was a display tree and had a few lights out, but I didn’t care. I took it home and strung new lights on it and we’ve loved it ever since.
Over the weekend I took my printable nutcracker ornaments and sized them down and made gift tags. I’ll be sharing that on the blog next week, so stop by and get the printable download!
I hope you have found this tour to be inspiring. Sometimes we can get in decorating ruts, I know I do. All we need is a fresh perspective and a little inspiration. Maybe you found a little of that today. Be sure to hop over to This Is Our Bliss next. I just know that Rachael has something beautiful to share. Happy decorating, friends and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!