December 20, 2016  

Our Christmas Living Room Tour (2016)


Hey, friends! I’ve had so much fun decorating for the holidays this year. I gave myself permission to take it slow rather than try to rush and do it all in one weekend. I’ve spent the past month moving decor around and adding things here and there as inspiration strikes. (Have I told you how much I LOVE decorating? ?)

If I was a perfect home decor blogger, I would have finished decorating over a month ago and shared it with you waaaay before Christmas. Instead, I’m finally finished and sharing it with you the week of Christmas. Sorry for holding out on you until today, but I was having fun and enjoying the process. It’s so nice to slow down sometimes.

I finally finished things up and packed away the boxes of extra decor last week, so I decided to take some photos over the weekend while the living room was all tidied up. I’ve already shared the Christmas tree and picture ledge with you, but today you finally get to see the entire room!

Enjoy today’s tour of my Christmas living room!

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

When you walk in our front door, you come straight into the living room and see our couch first. I love having this picture ledge above the couch because it makes it easy to create an eye-catching gallery wall for every season. I shared details about this Christmas picture ledge here.

I also picked up a couple gray sweater pillow covers at Hobby Lobby to add some winter coziness to the couch.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

I hung a wreath above this end table and created a wintry vignette on the table. I added a vase of pinecones and placed a couple copper cookie cutters (thrift store finds) in a small bowl.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Here’s a look at the wall to the right of our front door. We don’t really have an entryway, so this is our drop zone.  We’ve lived in this house for two years now, and I’ve still been trying to come up with something to fill the wall above this bench.

I took a stab at creating a Christmas gallery wall. Here’s what I came up with: Wreath + stockings + cheap cookie plate + framed wrapping paper & fabric = a cute Christmas gallery wall. See how I used a wreath to frame the thermostat?

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Aren’t these gold deer so sweet? They’re tea light holders! I bought them last year and had forgotten all about them until I unpacked my decor. I gave them a prime spot next to a container filled with greenery, pine cones and ornaments.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Now let’s turn around and look at the other side of the room. I found a huge amount of that red checked fleece fabric at a thrift store (score!) and cut it into a few “blankets.” There’s one on the rocking chair and another on the back of the entry bench. Not a true blanket, but I think it still looks super cute! I also used pieces of that fabric in picture frames and for some DIY ornaments.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

I switched up this little wall by bringing in the gray bench that I DIYed for our bedroom earlier this year. The neutral gray with gold dipped legs feels wintry to me, especially with a couple textured pillows and lantern on top.

Now, if only I’d get around to painting that pine closet door black like I did in the bathroom. Won’t that look awesome when it’s finally painted?

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Our Christmas tree is over in the corner of the living room. I shared all about how I transformed this old, worn out tree here.

You have to check out what this Christmas tree looked like before she decorated it! Wow! What a genius hack to fluff up and makeover your scraggly tree on a budget. Check out her tips for decorating a Christmas tree.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Here’s a look at it all lit up at night! ?

You have to check out what this Christmas tree looked like before she decorated it! Wow! What a genius hack to fluff up and makeover your scraggly tree on a budget. Check out her tips for decorating a Christmas tree.

If you missed these fabric-covered ornaments that I shared a few weeks ago, they were super easy (and thrifty!) to make!

Aren't these plaid and checked ornaments super cute?! What a grey idea for DIY Christmas ornaments! I love how easy and thrifty these are to make. Adding this to my craft list for sure!

The top of my cedar chest is always fun to decorate. I used the paper boxwood wreath I made last year, along with some ornaments and concrete candlesticks.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

I just love little jingle bells! I displayed some in a small bowl in this tray.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Here’s a closer look at the picture ledge above the couch.

This Christmas picture ledge looks amazing! I love this above the couch as an alternative to a gallery wall. So easy to swap out the frames and art with the seasons. The holiday art looks pretty and the fabric garland is fun, too.

 

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

Since we have a big black leather couch, I try to soften it and add some color/pattern through lots of throw pillows and a blanket draped across the back.

This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

And that wraps up this year’s Christmas living room tour. Thanks for stopping by! I hope your family has a blessed Christmas this weekend.

Merry Christmas,

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This Christmas living room tour is filled with thrifty and DIY home decor ideas. Great home tour!

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  1. My favorite part is the wreath around the thermostat! 😉

    I also love that you are a “real” blogger and think that the slow down and posting just before the holidays is more than okay! Sometimes I’ll see people posting all their holiday decor all perfect the weekend after Thanksgiving and that makes me feel down. I followed a similar process to you this year..slowly, over time, then finally put the extra boxes away!

    1. Glad you liked the wreath around the thermostat! I think slowing down and enjoying the decorating process is definitely the way to go.

  2. Thank you for reminding me to slow down and enjoy the process! Your Christmas decor is lovely and you have created a home that appears warm and cozy and filled with love. What a wonderful accomplishment! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year? ?

  3. I confess, that as an English woman I do not understand the need to totally redecorate the house with each changing season? Sorry, I just don’t get it……. it is not something we do here in UK.

    1. How interesting, Joy! I didn’t realize holiday decorating isn’t a thing in the UK. It is kind of odd when you think about it, but I suppose it’s become a tradition of sorts here in the states. I personally love to incorporate reds and greens this time of year, but I don’t deck out the entire house like some people. I usually focus my energy on the living room since that’s where we spend the most time and the rest of the house remains mostly the same year round. Do you put up a Christmas tree? Or is that an American thing, too?

      1. Here in UK decorations are put up just for Christmas and are rarely themed!!! There is usually a tree and lights around the windows outside. We don’t do seasonal decorating at all…that is an American idea. This year for the first time the “elf on the shelf” has started to appear.
        In our house we put up the Christmas cards and lights around the bay window but nothing else. You can’t have a Christmas tree with a cat!!!

        1. That’s so interesting! I think some festive lights in the window are the perfect way to decorate. And I can totally understand not bothering with a tree when you have a cat. Thanks for sharing and merry Christmas!

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