December 8, 2015  

Bringing Christmas Home To My Living Room


‘Tis the season to deck out your home in festive holiday decor. I love this time of year because everyone seems to be in the decorating spirit. I know I have been. Once you dig out your Christmas decorations, where do you begin?

I always start by putting up our Christmas tree in our living room. I fluff the branches, string on the lights and dress it up in ornaments and I’m instantly in the holiday decorating spirit. Of everything Christmas, the tree holds the most tradition for me personally. When I was growing up, my mom bought each of us kids one new ornament every year. She would take us shopping and we would admire all of the pretty choices, finally selecting our favorite. We brought them home, wrote our name and the year in black Sharpie on the bottom, and carefully hung our new treasures on the tree.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

When I moved out on my own after college, my box of ornaments came with me, ready to decorate my first Christmas tree in my own place.

I am very excited to be participating in the Bringing Christmas Home tour this week. I’ve joined up with a group of blogger friends to bring you an entire week of holiday home tours, room by room. Several shared their festive porches yesterday, and today is the day that many of us are sharing our living room decor.

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So, without further adieu, let’s step inside the front door and tour my living room.

We have a little nook of an entry that opens up directly into the living room. Here’s what you see from the front door:

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

First of all, I have to show off my brand new picture ledge! I’ve had this planned out in my head since we moved in a year ago, and I finally made it happen this week. I built it all on my own, painted it, and then had David help me figure out how to hang it up. I am overly excited to have a place to rotate photos and art as the seasons change.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

This picture ledge is so cute!

This picture ledge is so cute!

Oh, and in obligatory room tour fashion, here are two mugs of hot cocoa perfectly perched on the couch. Don’t they look cute? And no, I don’t really serve myself cocoa like this but it sure adds some cozy to the couch in these photos 🙂

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Here’s a little peak at the end tables on either side of the couch. Those little gold deer are probably my favorite decoration in the whole room. I found them at Hobby Lobby earlier this fall, and was instantly in love. They’re just so darn cute!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

This jade tree was actually a white elephant gift I received last year. It’s perfect for me, because it requires so little watering. I added an ornament to it as a joke, but then decided I liked it. So, naturally I added some more.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

I love jingle bells. And this gold bowl. So I put them together and they make me happy 😉

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Directly across from the couch is our TV. I added a lot of greenery to our TV stand, along with some gold glitter bows and pine cones. At first I thought it was a bit gaudy, but now I love it. I found these gold bows at the thrift store the other day.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Here’s the side of our living room furthest from the front door. The doorway between the couch and chair leads to the kitchen.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

I had a lot of fun wrapping up some presents the other night. I love choosing a couple rolls of wrapping paper each year, and then creating a stack of beautiful gifts. I used a thick black ribbon on them, finishing the gold polka-dot paper off with a bow and the red paper with a sparkly snowflake.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

I’ve recently been enjoying creating little vignettes on my cedar chest under these windows on the far side of our living room. I think they’re looking nice and festive.

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I love this mini boxwood wreath I made recently. I posted the tutorial here last week if you want to check it out.Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

I’ve also finally gotten in the groove of styling this corner shelf. It’s really cute, but I’ve had it for three years and can never quite figure out what to put on the little shelves. This is a big improvement from what I used to have on it!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Alrighty, now let’s turn back around and take a look at the side of the room that we walked in. The entryway and front door are right through this doorway. Our little house has cute rounded doorways off of the living room, so I wanted to accentuate them with some decor. I really love how this garland looks around the doorway. However, I really don’t like the pine door. It looks so out of place, especially now that my living room is painting nicely. On my to-do list for 2016 is to paint all of our interior doors a charcoal grey.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Ooh, remember the “Happy Everyday” banner I made earlier this fall? Well, I still love it but felt like it needed to be replaced with a more festive garland for the holidays. So, the other night my friend Ashley helped me create this “Fa La La” banner using some metallic cardstock and my Silhouette.

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

This small wall is on the other side of the front doorway. It sort of perplexed me when we moved in, but now I treat it like an entryway area. The bench was a wedding gift built by my brother, so I love having it on display. The bookshelf is a functional place to drop our keys, file our mail, and tuck away our hats and gloves. Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Thank you for stopping by to tour my living room today. Please feel free to visit anytime!

Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

Stop back tomorrow morning as we continue our tour into the dining room. And don’t forget to visit all of the other Bringing Christmas Home tours happening this week:

Bringing Christmas Home Blog Tour Participants:

Monday 12/7 – Front Porches
Tuesday 12/8 – Living Rooms
Wed. 12/9 – Dining Rooms
Thurs. 12/10 – Kitchens
Fri. 12/11 – Special Spaces
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Check out this cute living room tour all decked out for Christmas!

 

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Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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  1. Great tour! I love that “you are cheerleader for all things creative”! That doesn’t come naturally to me so it’s always fun to me to meet someone who things creatively. Love your house!

  2. Emily! I knew you would do some amazing things, but holy cow this living room tour blew me away!!! I love how you are able to make all the red and green blend seamlessly with your blue and gray decor. That picture shelf turned out perfect. Would you please do a blog post on how you went about making it? I think I need one in my office! Also, the gold dots in the frame on the shelf – is that a printable? I would love if you could send it to me. 🙂
    My other favorite parts is how you hung your stockings and how you put an ornament on your little tree..and kept going! I think it looks so whimsical, and now I want one of my own!
    To sum it up, can you just bring all your awesome decor and skills and decorate my house? Okay, thanks! 🙂

    1. Awww, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour. Stay tuned for a shelf tutorial…I had no idea what I was doing, but it was super easy so I know you can make one, too! Most of the artwork is free printable from various blogs. You can find them and more on the Free Printables Pinterest board. The gold dots artwork is actually a piece of scrapbook paper. I have a big book of scrapbook paper in various gold designs that I got from Hobby Lobby earlier this year. Scrapbook paper is great filler for frames!

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