Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Traditional Winter Wonderland Living Room
Hi there! I'm so glad that you stopped by. Our last stop on the 2016 Holiday Home Tour was our Dining Room and now we are moving on to the Living Room. Like the rest of our holiday decor, we went with a rustic and traditional winter wonderland feel. You probably remember that our dining room flows right into our living room and that our living room opens into our den (you can read more about that in earlier articles on the design page). We place our live Christmas tree right in the entryway from our living room to the den. By doing that, our tree is viewable from all of our downstairs rooms - even the kitchen (through its look-through into the den). It is a cool way to show off the prized piece - the main Christmas tree. It also cozies the place up by providing a warm glow in the center of our otherwise fairly open floorplan.
So with that, grab your cocoa, turn up the Christmas tunes and have a look at our living room decked out for the holidays.
Christmas is about the only time of year that I long to be a kid again. Seriously. Don't you feel the same way? All of those good memories from childhood come pouring back as soon as Thanksgiving approaches and it has a way of making you so nostalgic. So for Christmas, even more so than any other time of year, the nostalgia in our house gets kicked into overdrive. Every year it really does feel like a project to replicate feelings of the past. So a lot of the vintage that we love really gets showcased even more than normal. I also love highlighting a lot of elements that remind us of our loved ones. For instance, the big white pot sitting at the foot of our end table in between Bruiser's throne chair (the white chair) and the chaise - that was my grandma's bread dough rising pot. It holds a couple of flocked evergreen trees. Above the table and chair hangs a silver bell garland that came from an old miniature Christmas tree that I remember from my Grandma's house. It just so happens that bells were one of the things that I sprinkled around the house this year to add that "magical rustic feel." Little jingle bells everywhere else - but the silver Christmas bells are a piece of my Grandma.
So I let a lot of nostalgic pieces like that tell the story and I set the mood with lots of snowy greenery around the room - with the main tree as the living room's backdrop. Pops of red in the throw pillows set off against the green and gold throughout the room just feel like Christmas. I wanted it to feel traditional, rustic and wintry - what could be more cozy? It just happened that reindeer fell into the room naturally because of this. What screams Christmas magic, winter wonderland and tradition more than those wintry creatures? We found these awesome white metal reindeer with LED lights and decided that they would be perfect against our dark blue velvet curtains. Reindeers on the throw pillows and a little stuffed one round out the room. Well, those and whitewashed foxes. And Bruiser. He always makes things cozier.
The dark blue in the walls and the fabrics, like the dark blue velvet bench and the large pillow on the chaise add a warmth and at the same time an old-world traditional feel to the room. Layering other comfy blankets, like the white and black one on the bench and the plush red plaid one on the sofa, make you want to curl up and snuggle. Isn't that exactly how your Christmas decor should make you feel?
You know that I love my books so they had to be a part of our holiday living room. Open on the chaise with a blanket ready for you to cozy up and take a peak is a book featuring photographs of Norman Rockwell's Christmas prints. On the bench is a copy of A Christmas Story and tucked in the end table next to the chaise in the wintry wonderland is a copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and also a compilation of Christmas stories that my mom used to read to me and my sister at Christmas-time when were little girls.
While colored lights on the tree honestly would not have been my first choice, I accepted the challenge because that was important to George. I call it a challenge because photographing a tree with colored lights is really truly a challenge! It reminds him of being a kid at Christmas so how could you deny someone of that? Besides, I have plenty of white lights everywhere else. It is hard to capture in a photograph, the warmth that the tree really does put off. I did my best though. Underneath the tree is the tree skirt that George and I bought the first year that we were together. We have had a live tree together every single year that we have known each other - it is one of our favorite traditions (you can read about this tree by going to the article before this one on the design page). I wrapped a sheer gold lace fabric around the base of the tree itself. On top of the skirt I placed two red plaid pillows and beside the tree sits an old vintage mechanical Santa Claus.
Lanterns really helped to capture that old, traditional feel that I wanted to have in the room. One hangs in the center of the living room window - flanked by lit white reindeer - and the others hang in the opening to the den above the tree - flanked by our stockings in a flocked garland.
Our entertainment center is adorned with fresh greenery above it and the Christmas village that I collected throughout the years below it. I smile every single year when we haul out the Christmas bins and I get to unwrap each village person and building that we have. Seriously, everyone loves a good Christmas village, you'd have to be a Scrooge not to.
One of my favorite parts of having the Christmas decorations up is how cozy everything looks no matter which direction you look. So here are some final angles of our living room from different views and the final shot from the living room sofa gives a sneak peak of the cozy I have for you in our den.
We hope that you've enjoyed the living room stop on our 2016 holiday home tour! Next up will be the den and our kitchen! Remember to follow me on Instagram for daily shots and that you can read us in the Apples News format. Until the next time!