Holiday Home Tour 2016: A Winter Wonderland Master Bedroom
This is the first year that I am sharing our home in a holiday home tour and I wanted to make sure that I thought of as many ways as possible to provide some inspiration for you in your own home. Decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is definitely a first for us. George really was not thrilled about it and it was a bit strange for me. I'm sitting in my silver chair in our bedroom as I write this right now and finally, after completing this room, I am starting to feel "the" spirit. This November Christmas thing is not normal for us but I wanted to make sure that I started giving you time to get the creative juices flowing to think of some of your own ideas to incorporate into your own home a few weeks from now.
The other first for this year is that we decorated our master bedroom. This is new and it is something that I have always wanted to do because with all of the Christmas things everywhere else in the house, the master bedroom always felt a bit excluded. I really want to continue the theme from fall of "earth" and I wanted to up the ante on cozy so this year's Christmas is going to feel a bit rustic, earthy and woodsy. I wanted our bedroom to feel like we were snowed in up in the mountains and I have to say, we both feel the cozy that I wanted.
We happen to have our bright red walls as a backdrop to our master bedroom decor and that didn't hurt. I wanted a lot of white to pop and make it feel snowy and bright. Lots of greenery, some flocked, some not. And one of my favorite elements is the mixing of patterns - mostly plaids. It just screams winter wonderland up at the lodge.
For the large tree in the room, we put the base inside this awesome galvanized steel tub that my mom brought us last summer. I knew I wanted to incorporate that into our Christmas decor this year. I thought that it would add a rustic, masculine element and I think it did just that. Our tree has pine cones on it and to create a richer feel, I added some red berries and other flocked greenery and elements that I had from an old Christmas faux foilage. A few wooden ornaments (silhouette of deer standing side by side), beaded garland, white lights and burlap ribbon with red berries - voila, our rustic bedroom Christmas tree. In the walkway to our bedroom's bathroom, there is more flocked greenery along with sleigh bells.
Across from our bed, I layered some flocked greenery on our wooden mirror that leans against the wall. It really helped cinch that snowy feel. I layered the wreath with some faux berries and a burlap bow. Inside the wreath hangs a log cabin bird feeder ornament. To tie the greenery in with our tree, I draped more of the beaded garland. I like how that garland adds a bit of shine to the more natural elements of the bedroom's decor. Above the mirror is something that I think is pretty neat. This picture of the bear hung in the family room of the house that I grew up in for my entire childhood. I inherited the picture and had it hanging in our guest room. I thought it would add to what we were going for this year (like the rustic wood frame) and so I pulled it into our room, added some holly and a little fabric wreath. It may not be for everybody but it was perfect for the feel of our room for the holidays this year. I also borrowed this awesome handmade wolf art from the guest room and leaned it against the mirror. I thought the rustic element - with the fur and wood - was great for this space and the wintry feel I wanted.
The garland continues across George's dresser where our television sits. What was fun about decorating our bedroom was incorporating items that we keep in this space into the Christmas decor - like my shoes and George's hats. I like the way that it all pulls together. I tied the curtains back with more greenery. It all just flows.
As usual, the bench ends up being one of my favorite parts of this room. I found these pillows earlier this year and tucked them away for the holidays. The old truck with the tree, driving down the snowy tree-lined road - the pillows are on point and we knew right away that we would use them on the bench (I talk more about this bench that George built in the Red Bedroom article). Lit up garland across the back of the bench, leading to the table I sit at now - it has the cozy feel I wanted. Atop my corner table are flocked miniature trees, one in a basket and the other in a miniature galvanized steel tub to tie in with the large tree in the room. A plaid pillow on the chair with a plaid pillow draped across the back finishes off the corner. Well, kind of - the "Mrs." sign with all of its holiday adornments filled with greenery - that is what finishes off the corner.
Our bed is loaded with pillows and exposed plaid flannel sheets. Draped across the end of the bed is a Christmas blanket that my step-dad bought for me one year - I love how the traditional Christmas colors look brightly displayed across the white duvet as the background. Above the bed are white Christmas lights that go all the way across George's "Mr." sign. The frame collage has been adorned with "While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads" word art that I put together using glittery scrapbook paper and a chalk marker. I added glittered greenery and hung from the frames using thick red felt ribbon.
I love the way that George's hats look with the white Christmas lights above them. On his bedstand there is more flocked greenery in a canvas-lined basket. The television remotes are nested in a snowflake tin. The greenery on either side of the bed are one of my favorite things about the entire room.
As cozy as the room is during the day - it is even cozier at night with all of the little white lights glowing all around us. Decorating our master bedroom (aside from the whole "in November thing") was a whole lot of fun and I love the finished product. Going to sleep with the glow of white lights on the Christmas tree is all the much cozier from your bedroom than on the couch. It just makes sense to add the cozy feel of the holidays to one of the coziest rooms in our house. So my advice? Maybe pick up a couple small artificial trees and try adding them to your bed stands or a dresser. My mini trees were extremely inexpensive - the 24" ones were $3.50 each and the smaller ones were 3 for $5 - all at my local farmer's market. I flocked everything myself and it couldn't have been easier. Two thumbs up for the cozy snowed-in winter wonderland master bedroom.
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