Holiday Home Tour Part 1 (Our Living Room)

It’s that time of year again! While many associate this season with hectic schedules and a sense of hurriedness, I associate it with warmth and calm evenings spent at home. As an introvert, I love time at home and use the extra hours of darkness this time of year as an excuse (a very valid one) for spending just a bit more time at home watching movies with family and friends. If you are going to spend that much time at home, then you might as well go all out and really deck the halls right? At least that is what I used to justify our purchase of a nine foot tree we weren’t 100% positive would fit in our living room! Anyone who says design doesn’t make a difference hasn’t seen my face every time I walk into our home all decked out for the holidays after a long day of work.

This year, we decided to keep our holiday living room classic and elegant. We were definitely thinking of the traditional red and green mixed with poinsettias, hints of blue and white, and all things pine. Add in a blazing fire and a good Christmas movie (we are currently loving The Family Stone), and what more could you want?

For our tree this year, we switched it up from the bigger bulbs we used last year and went with the traditional twinkle lights which we have absolutely loved. They feel so subtle and warm while providing a really nice, even glow. We found this tree and general design inspiring, particularly the ribbon wound loosely and effortlessly around the tree. This white ribbon was just what we needed. We went with the “bridal white” and love that is has a softness and warmth to it without being yellowed at all. My parents have gifted me at least one ornament every Christmas since I was a baby, and we love the memories they bring while we decorate with family. Though we like the really pulled together, neutral look, we really like the personality that collected and personal ornaments bring. What a great way to remember past Christmases that have made me love this time of year so much!

Our stockings were hand made by my mom for us. She made one for everyone in my family that we used growing up and has carried the tradition into our own homes as we have married. As far as the mantle, we wanted to keep it simple and classic while giving it a little flare. I have been eyeing these candles from Ana Candles for several years and decided that this was the perfect year to bring in that classic red we wanted in the striped candles. We used boxwood garland with dried oranges and nandina berries wired in. A slight confession: we do not have any presents wrapped yet, so these boxes from target were perfect for “prop presents” since we can take the bows off to fill the boxes with presents when we are ready and then simply slide them back on.

We used old Christmas cards we had from Rifle Paper Company inside this gorgeous Target box. The flowers are in a blue and white porcelain jar, one of our go-to’s for that instantly classic, chic look. We love the full look the overflowing white tulips give.

We are pretty in love with this space and the holidays does nothing but solidify this room as my favorite in our house. What do you think? Are you feeling the classic Christmas look as much as we are this year?




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    • Thank you, Victoria! Amber’s dad quickly cut it out of a piece of scrap walnut for us, and he is constantly trying to talk us into not using and to go with something fancier. We love the simplicity of it, and will have to pass along your compliment to him!

  • I love your design style in every room! Did you use the same paint color on the walls throughout the house? I am buying an older home with beautiful wood trim and looking for the right color that brightens everything up. What interior paint colors did you use?


    • Hi, Michele! Picking paint colors to pair with wood trim can be tricky. The white we used in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and dining room is Benjamin Moore Distant Gray, and we love how clean and bright it feels. For our bedroom, we used Benjamin Moore Oyster Shell, which is a subtle blue/gray. Four our foyers, we used Farrow and Ball Cromarty, which is a really unique color that changes so much with the light and the space. It’s kind of like a subtle gray/green. It’s a really nice color that we’ve recommended so much. For the bathroom trim, we used Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which is a soft warm gray. Hope this helps!