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!
Monday, November 29th (Front Porch/Outdoor Spaces)
Southern Hospitality | A Blissful Nest | Most Lovely Things | Cindy Hattersley Design | Shine Your Light
Tuesday, November 30th (Entries/Dining Rooms)
11 Magnolia Lane | Sincerely Marie Designs | The Pink Clutch Blog | Summer Adams | Home by Heidi | Classic Casual Home
Wednesday, December 1st (Living Rooms/Dens)
Sincerely Marie Designs | 11 Magnolia Lane | Sincerely Sara D | This is Our Bliss | Thrifty Decor Chick | Dimples and Tangles
Thursday, December 2nd (Kitchens/Laundry Rooms/Misc.)
Evolution of Style | Sincerely Marie Designs | A Stroll Thru Life | Pink Peppermint Design | Setting for Four | Citrine Living
Friday, December 3rd (Master Bedroom/Kid’s Rooms)
Quarters One | Just a Girl | Postcards from the Ridge | Decor Adventures | A Stroll Thru Life | Country Road 407
Your living room is beautiful! It is picture perfect! I love the cozy feeling it gives. I enjoy reading your blog so much! Last week I made your chocolate bourbon pecan pie. My family loved it! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much, Mary! I’m so glad to have you here and happy to hear they enjoyed the pie! It’s one of our favorites. Merry Christmas!
Amanda Marie, your living room decorations are simply lovely. Like you, I too love a classic look with a touch of sparkle along with some fragrant paperwhites. Happy holidays.
Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane says
What a cozy living room, Amanda! I love your sweet little tabletop tree, too. Over here in Germany, every tree candles (real or lights) on it and I love how it looks. Thanks for touring again with us and Merry (early) Christmas!
I love everything about this room….the mantle, the silver ornaments, glass hurricanes, red ribbon, tabletop tree….all of it! As I’ve already mentioned, your tabletop tree and mantle will be my inspiration for next year. Thank you for so sharing your beautiful home and being so generous in responding to my questions. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your home during this Christmas season!
Absolutely gorgeous! So warm and inviting. I want to sit in that big white chair with a cup of Christmas tea and just absorb the Christmas spirit.
This is so beautiful Amanda! I love your tabletop tree, so sweet! Everything feels so special and welcoming!
Just beautiful…you have a lovely, warm and inviting home.
Gorgeous! As always!
I love how your rooms, especially for holidays, are so cohesive and consistent with your style, even as they are different from year to to year. I’d love a post from you about the initial planning stages of decor…like how you collect inspiration and where you start when you’re planning a space. How you take a piece of inspiration and create a room out of it. So inspiring!
Amber D Ferguson says