I know I’m a little late, as far as the world of blogging goes, but our Christmas living room is all dressed up for the holidays and I’m so excited to share it with you.
The holdup has been the kitchen reno (are you surprised?). We’ve been busy trying to finish it up before the holidays (not likely at this point) and there was still a ton of kitchen stuff all over the dining area that had to be cleaned up. I’m happy to report though that, after almost a year, my table has been pushed back to where it belongs (we had it shoved in the corner to make room for kitchen cabinets) and it’s clean and ready for us to sit down to dinner, which is something we haven’t been able to do since we started last January. Progress!
I decided to go with two of my Christmas favorites, plaids and reds, for the decorations this year. Nothing says Christmas more than an explosion of red everywhere, am I right?
I try to keep costs down and decorate with what I have but this year I splurged a little and bought a tree. We had the old one for over ten years and it was too wide for our small space, so I finally gave in and ordered a slim profile tree. Talk about scary. Ordering a tree online could have been disastrous, and expensive if we needed to return it, but we lucked out and got a gorgeous tree (and it was on sale!). I also bought this cute reindeer pillow, which was my only Christmas pillow purchase. I know…I can’t believe it either.
I always decorate our tree with family in mind and with all of our memories from the past 30 years. Our girls would get several ornaments every year as gifts and we always picked up an ornament from the places we visited on vacations, so we have quite a collection. I offered to let the girls take theirs when they moved out, but they both wanted me to keep them so we could continue the family tree tradition.
Each ornament has a wonderful memory attached to it and it’s so fun to pull them all out and revisit Christmases past as I hang them. The very first ornament that I ever bought after we got married was a Santa. I remember that it cost $25, which seemed so expensive at the time. He always gets a spot front and center on the tree every year and is carefully wrapped when it’s time to put everything away.
Besides the explosion of red I also used a lot of greenery, mainly preserved boxwood. I love that you can use it year after year and it always looks great.
I shared my Fall window a while ago and now it’s all spiffed up for Christmas. And I’m crazy about the birch candle holders that I made to hold either tealights or tapers.
I also made a plaid wreath, with a burlap bow, for the front door (I told you I was mad for plaid!). I’ll be sharing tutorials on my projects next week.
I’m so glad that you stopped by to see my Christmas living room finally decorated, sans the tools and kitchen cabinets.
There’s only 14 days left until Christmas. Have you decorated yet?