Decorating for Christmas is among my favorite things to do! Today, I am sharing a some of our living room area from my Christmas Home Tour. My theme this year has a rustic, winter feel (with a few “glam” touches of course!) and this inspired the designs featured throughout our home. To see other areas of our home featured in other posts, click on the link below.
Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote the best-seller, “The Power of Positive Thinking” once said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful”. I started waving that “magic wand” several weeks ago, so I am excited to share bits and pieces of it!
In our front living room (shown below), we do not have room for a full size Christmas tree. Certainly, this can also be an issue for folks with small spaces. Don’t let this fluster you…there are so many great ways to decorate a room without a Christmas tree!!
Having no room for a tree, I utilize some of the table tops and the fireplace area as a means to feature festive holiday decor. However, I do put up a full size tree in my entry hall that is right next to the living room. It actually feels like it is part of the room so I don’t get any complaints from my kiddos.
Choose one or two colors to feature that work with your existing home decor. This year, I chose red because I enjoy using real poinsettias and red roses. I also wanted to add a great pop of color to my neutral space.
Add pillows, throws or other decorative items to coordinate with your chosen color palate.
Texture is the name of the game! Try to stay away from using similar ornaments. Using different styles, textures, sizes and colors is important for creating a custom look. My mother-in-law handmade the red sequined ornaments so I just love using them! We both shared a love of all things Christmas!!
Be sure to include at least one complimentary element to your decor in your room that works with the theme you are using throughout the rest of your home. I used birch logs as the main feature of my dining room centerpiece, so it was a natural fit to use them in my living room. Also, using rustic planters and buckets certainly worked with the theme and I can use them throughout the year in other applications or outside. Always think of ways to re-purpose these sort of decorative items!
Fill a planter box, bucket, crate or basket with Christmas greenery…faux or real…and then add in ornaments or other Christmas decorations you already own. Here, I used real spruce sprigs because I could get them straight from my yard. Plus, it adds such great fragrance to the room!
To shop some of the furnishings and accessories used, click on these links…
Moving on, this antique buffet sits right beside the living room and it was simple to coordinate it with the rest of the decor. Side note…it is common for me to mix contemporary art and accessories with antiques (and vice versa). This is a perfect example of how it can be done. The red books were already in the niche of this antique piece. So, all I added was the homemade, fresh floral arrangement with red roses and the color-coordinated Santa. Super easy and inexpensive!
As I mentioned above, the Christmas tree for this area is actually in our entry hall. It is quite festive to walk into our home and be greeted with this tree! Be creative with your tree placement!! I am sure it might seem unusual to feature a tree in your dining room, but we spend a lot of time in our formal dining room. Plus, our dining room is large and has the room to feature a tree.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see the details of the other Christmas Home Tour posts, click on these links below. In these posts, there are links to shop some of the looks I have shared and see the details of how the designs were created.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Photos by Alan Cox of Cox Creative Photography