Inside: A Christmas home tour of our living room decorated with classic and vintage elements in red and white. Come along with a group of talented bloggers and me and get ready to be inspired to deck your halls! ⟹
Today I’m thrilled to share with you another room of our Christmas decorations! I’ve broken the tour up into several posts, so as to not bombard you with too many photos at once. (I get a little excited about Christmas decorating!) I started in the last post with the foyer and staircase, where you would enter our home if you weren’t just here virtually.
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If you missed that part of the tour, you can see it here.
Today, let’s meet up in the living room!
If you’ve come over from Worthing Court, welcome! Suzy’s dining room looks so lovely with its elegant burgundy and gold combination for Christmas doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy this part of the tour and that you come back to see our kitchen, family room, and the exterior decked out in its Christmas best. (If you subscribe I’ll be happy to send you a reminder when those posts are up.)
Christmas decor for me is all about creating a feeling for me and my family. One that can be summed up in the Christmas song phrase, “Comfort and Joy“. This perfectly describes the mood set by our Christmas decorations!
The “comfort” part I bring in by using vintage inspired decorations and of course, items from many past Christmases that have become sentimental.
And the “joy” part is created by the colors throughout the house. Crimson and cranberry reds have more of a vintage, nostalgic feel than a bright Christmas red. And I paired it with the sparkle of white and silver. This color combination to me just says light and life!
I’ve used the same color combination throughout – in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and family room. It not only creates an easy flow, but the colors just bring the “merry and bright” throughout our living spaces!
The family tree.
The tree becomes the centerpiece of the living room in December and it is what greets you head-on when you walk in our front door.
Our tree doesn’t have a master plan with coordinated décor all bought at the same time. As a new blogger, I haven’t worked up to any fully coordinated-from-scratch trees yet. (Maybe next year!) Just like the decor and furniture in my house, this tree is the product of curating and collecting bits and pieces of Christmas ornaments and fillers and just things that I like over the years.
It is not trendy nor is it a perfectly styled showroom tree. Yes, I am a huge fan of those. I just don’t have one. Yet.
At first glance you might expect to see one of those coordinated trees because my base of ribbon and ball ornaments are color coordinated. But on further inspection, you’ll see this tree is a “scrapbook” filled with memories of Christmas past for our family.
I did start with an overall color scheme to coordinate the tree with the rest of the holiday decor. I brought in the crimson red, silver, white, and champagne with ribbon.
And with shimmery balls and picks in cranberry, silver, white, and champagne…
And I topped it with a bow in the same crimson ribbon and a few more picks at the top…
I could change the whole look of the tree just by changing these elements!
After all of this was in place, I tucked in the special ornaments, each holding a memory.
I tend to get a little choked up during this part of decorating the tree!
(That’s an OG elf on the shelf sitting in the tree…circa 1960’s and was my husband’s ornament as a child. Each of the four boys had one.)
The Christmas mantel.
I loaded the fireplace mantel with greenery of different kinds. I layered three faux garlands together that are fairly realistic. It’s one of my favorite Christmas decorating hacks to create a lush, full, expensive looking garland, but much cheaper and more custom!
And I added picks of berries in crimson and cream to bring in my colors.
The garland winds around these angels and grapevine trees…
I bought the angels about thirty years ago when we lived in Louisiana so they’ve become a bit sentimental like some ornaments because they’ve been out at so many Christmases!
Our velvet stockings from Pottery Barn hang on this fireplace. They are the exact shade of vintage yet cheery red that I love. I hung a couple of them with a piece of the champagne ribbon from the tree on each end…
The coffee table Christmas vignette.
The last area dressed for Christmas in the living room is the coffee table. I placed just a couple of simple decorations on the coffee table to echo the color theme.
I tied two oversized mercury glass ornaments with cranberry ribbon from the staircase…
And I filled the antique pitcher with more of the frosted berry stems like I used in the mantel garland. I couldn’t pass up these pretties this year at Decorator’s Warehouse because the deep red color with the light frosted leaves was so beautiful!
Thank you for taking the tour of our living room – I hope you found a bit of holiday cheer and decorating inspiration and that you stop back by to see the rest! The next stop on my Christmas house tour will be the kitchen and family room. Hope to see you there!
Happy Holiday Decorating!
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Let’s keep touring!
But to continue on the Celebrating Christmas Home Tour of talented bloggers hosted by Leen (thanks for organizing us!) at Sand Dollar Lane, head to Virginia Sweet Pea for a look at Paula’s charming southern Christmas decor. And make sure you visit all of the other homes on the tour for lots and lots of Christmas decorating motivation, inspiration, and ideas!