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Hey friends! Welcome back to Christmas home tour week!
I’m so excited to be joining Olivia from Reinvented Collection today for the “It’s a Wonderful House” Christmas Home Tour Hop!
If you’re new here, I just wanted to take a second to say “Welcome” and introduce myself. I’m Christene and I’m so glad you’ve decided to stop by. Consider this your virtual welcome into my home. So step inside and grab a cup of coffee!
I’m passionate about all things home. Decorating, organizing, creating, renovating. You name it — I love it! I believe that your home should be a haven for your family. A place where everyone is comfortable and feels welcome.
My home style is what I like to call “Modern Classic.” It’s a little bit of traditional and a little bit of modern mixed together to create a fresh and casual atmosphere.
I’m continuing Christmas home tour week with my living room. This room is the main area of our home that’s decorated for Christmas because it’s the room with our Christmas tree.
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When it comes to Christmas decorating in our home, I don’t go out and buy all new decorations every year. It’s less about themes and more about traditions for us.
Every year, I look forward to getting the Christmas decoration boxes out of storage. And as we open each one, we get to reminisce about our Christmases from years past and all the memories.
Now, that doesn’t mean that I never buy new things for Christmas decorating. Each year I probably add a few things here and there to my collection. But, if you look at my home tour from last Christmas, you’ll probably see a lot of the same items, just in different places.
But to me, that’s the best part! I love decorating our home with our favorites year after year. It makes our house feel special for Christmas.
The living room is the hub of our home. When you come up the stairs, there’s a corner on the left where we put our Christmas tree every year.
The tree fits so well in this space and we can see it from the dining room and kitchen too!
Actually, when we were touring the model home version of our house, Ben and I both commented that this “nook” area would be the perfect spot for a Christmas tree. Critical things to think about while house shopping! ????
We cut down a real Christmas tree each year. There’s just something so fun about going out and picking out the perfect tree. And the smell of a fresh tree in your home is amazing!
Our main tree is very traditional. We like to keep it simple with clear lights and all of our treasured Christmas ornaments.
Both Ben and I grew up collecting our own Christmas ornaments. We have a variety of ornaments from our childhood and also many that we’ve collected since we got married.
I love the look of glass ornaments, so our tree is mostly filled with sparkly glass items. As you look at the tree, you’ll probably spot a different ornament each time!
Underneath the tree is Ben’s prized train set. This is his favorite thing to set up each year and he loves all the tiny details.
Right above the staircase is one of my favorite DIY projects – my Merry Christmas wooden sign. It fits perfectly in this space and I love seeing it peeking through the tree branches.
Our living room doesn’t have a fireplace, so we had to get creative with our Christmas stockings. The first year that we were married, Ben made me this gorgeous wooden ladder that is perfect for hanging stockings.
This year our living room is looking a little more “lived in” with the addition of these new chairs. Normally I keep them right next to each other on the left side of the room. But for Christmas, I moved one of them over next to our media center.
I dressed it up for Christmas by swapping out my normal pillow covers for these velvet ones from IKEA. I love the warmth and texture that they add to these chairs. I also found this beautiful throw blanket at TJMaxx (similar). Aren’t the colors perfect for a cozy Christmas?
With the addition of our media center to the living room, I’ve had fun decorating the open space for the different seasons.
I decided to keep this area a little more neutral and wintery feeling.
The “Merry + Bright” sign is actually a craft night project that I made this year with some of my friends. The gorgeous lettering is actually vinyl that we cut out using the Cricut Explore. And the design was hand-lettered by my amazingly talented friend Allie! You can follow her on Instagram here!
For this space, I brought out my cute ceramic house again. I use this white ceramic house for just about every season because it’s a great neutral piece. This year, I added a smaller ceramic house from the same collection. But, since the original house was a Target find from last fall, I actually found the smaller house at Goodwill for $2!
I’m glad that now I have both to make a little set!
Over on our couch, I swapped out our fall pillows for these cozy red plaid pillows.
I was also so excited to bring out this adorable Christmas pillow that I found at HomeGoods last year. I love the color and the pom poms are super cute.
One of my favorite decorations is actually this cute moose wearing a sweater. I know that it’s a little goofy, but Ben and I both love the moose! It’s fun to bring him out every year and find the perfect spot for him.
This year, Widget (our cat) has decided that she loves tormenting the moose. She will sneak up on him and knock him over pretty much daily!
For the decor on our end tables, I tried to keep things simple. On the left side of the room, I have this modern wood and white Christmas tree and one of the nesting houses from this set from the new Hearth & Hand Collection at Target.
These houses are a must buy because they are a great neutral decorating item.
On the right side of the room, I framed my favorite Christmas print from Lindsay Letters – the “Oh Holy Night” print! I love the modern calligraphy and it looks so pretty with the rest of my Christmas decorations.
I paired the print with a modern metal reindeer figure and the other two wooden nesting houses.
Besides the Christmas tree, the garland is my favorite decoration during the Christmas season.
Since the stairs are in the middle of the house, the garland works as a decoration for both the living room and the dining room.
I shared all about how I created this look last year and I’m so excited to have it back this year!
Psst: This garland has the look of real pine and eucalyptus but it’s totally fake! That means I can use it year after year and it will stay gorgeous. And bonus, it also lights up at night!
For Christmas time, I like our home to feel extra cozy. And that means bringing in lots of wood tones and cozy fabrics.
My favorite thing to do during this time of year is to curl up with a cozy blanket on the couch and watch a Christmas movie with the twinkling lights from the Christmas tree illuminating the room.
I hope that you enjoyed this tour of our Christmas living room. Don’t forget to stop back each day to visit all of the blogs on the hop. All of the links are below. I promise you will gain some serious Christmas decor inspiration!
Up next on the “It’s a Wonderful House” Christmas Home Tour Hop is Paula from Virginia Sweet Pea.
Have a wonderful week!