A little tour around my rustic traditional living room decorated for Christmas in festive green, red and gold on a backdrop of dusty blues, white, and natural wood tones.
Unlike in past years where I shared a home tour with several rooms in my home decorated for Christmas, this year I couldn’t do it all. 2020 has kicked my butt emotionally and try as I might, I couldn’t find the motivation nor desire to decorate early or as extensively like I usually do. I had my boxes out since Halloween, but felt exhausted all the time and sad. I won’t get into detail on the sadness but besides not feeling motivated, I was feeling this pressure as I looked around and seemed to be the only one not putting out Christmas and holiday content early like bloggers are “supposed” to do. I felt like I was failing in many areas of life, but especially my job. Was it worth it anymore? Did anyone care?
I confided in a close friend who has supported me through the years and she reminded me that there really aren’t any “rules” in my job. I have the creative freedom to create what I want, when I want, and no one will fire me. I can do what I can, with what I have (emotionally and financially), where I am– in my home. She also reminded that the work I’ve put into my blog for the past 8 years is definitely worth pushing through this funk I’m in. This is a season unlike any other and it’s okay to let it “look” and feel different. These are things I knew already, of course, but I had let comparison and lack of engagement make me forget. Thank goodness for good friends.
I bought a couple new strings of lights for my mantel and 2 fresh garlands, but that is it. I re-used all my old decor, so this year’s Christmas living room looks very similar to last year’s. It’s still pretty. I still like it.
Instead of wrapping and tucking the velvet red ribbon around my tree last the past couple years, I decided to tie bows and let the ‘tails’ hang long. It has a sort of victorian look to it, don’t you think? I’m seeing this trend among a lot of other bloggers too– with ribbons tied and the ends hanging down. Nothing original here! haha!
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I made some salt dough ornament stars because I didn’t want to hang all my mercury glass balls this year. With a toddler, I knew she would break them all and it would be hazardous. So on the lower branches I used the salt dough ornaments, bells, and yarn pom poms.
I moved around a few things so the room doesn’t feel so crowded, including swapping out the rectangular coffee table that is usually in here, for the round one that was in the front room. I kept it simple with a round tray I got earlier this year, some pillar LED candles and a faux garland that I cut up and placed around the candles.
The thing I love the most this year is this asymmetrical garland on the mantel/shelf. This is another ‘trend’ that has been done more times than I can count by other bloggers, but that’s okay because it’s still pretty! It doesn’t have to be original to be pretty and to enjoy it!
I used a faux garland as my base to attach to screws (you can’t even see it), then wove 2 fresh garlands around it to add bulk and shape. Then I used the same velvet ribbon and tucked and twisted it throughout. The little rose gold icicle fairy lights are the prettiest addition and are one of the only things I bought this year. I got them at Lowes and used 3 sets.
They are the perfect shape to weave through a hanging garland.
This Christmas reindeer was a gift from my parents for each of their children a couple years ago. My dad cut out the wood and my mom painted it. I’m not sure where else to put him, but Nina loves to take it apart all.the.time. It’s pretty indestructible so I don’t mind.
One new-ish pillow addition from last year is that fair-isle lumbar one I got at an antique mall right after Christmas last year.
I didn’t want to wait until nightfall to take pictures of this room all dark and glowing with lights, so I shut the shades and lit the candles. It is SO cozy at night! If you like this, you might like my Christmas Lights at Night Home Tour from last year.
Kaila, my 9 year old, told me tonight that our living room always feels like Christmas even when it’s not the Christmas season. I asked her what that means to her, to ‘feel’ like Christmas. She replied, “It’s always pretty and cozy and warm.” I think it was the nicest compliment anyone has ever given me about my decorating.
I got this tree several years ago from Home Depot and it’s big and full and all the lights work, year after year. The one thing I’ve learned that gives it that extra ‘wow’ factor (to me at least) is adding more lights of different sizes. Of course it is pre-lit with regular mini lights, but I’ve added 20 LED candle clip lights (controlled with remote), and 5 strings of battery powered fairy lights (on a timer). The variation in light size makes it glow more brilliantly and looks so magical.
Here’s a little video tour in case you want to see how it all connects:
That’s our Christmas living room 2020!
As a bonus, this one spot in my front room/entry is a little festive so I figured I’d share a quick look here too.
Faux tree, the tiniest garland above the mirror and fairy lights.
These other items like the brass box, and brass candlesticks are vintage and I’ve had for a long time. I wrapped a book in wrapping paper and it helps feel a little more Christmas-y.
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If you are reading this, know I truly appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and support my business. Each one of you makes a difference. I know that our time is the most valuable thing we can give someone, and I don’t take it lightly that you spend time here, in my corner of the internet.
My prayer this season is for peace despite challenges and uncertainty and hope for a better year to come– for all of us. God bless! xo, Rachel