Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Living Room

Good morning friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and a relaxing break! Mine was filled with family, eating, shopping and more eating : ) How about you?

Since the Christmas season is officially upon us, I spent the weekend decking the halls and trimming the tree in our little apartment. It's so exciting to have our first Christmas together and I went all out with the decor. Needless to say, I have lots to show you over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

For this year's Christmas theme I wanted to go with sort of a casual farmhouse look mixed with vintage sparkle. Luckily I already had a lot of decor that fit that bill, so I only had to buy a few additional items. It was so fun to open the Christmas box and unwrap everything, because I hadn't seen any of it since December 2009. It was like a big surprise with beautiful treasures I had forgotten about. Here's how it all came together...

Christmas 2011
Casual Farmhouse Meets Vintage Sparkle

I tried to mix casual textures like linen, burlap and twine with natural elements like evergreen boughs and pinecones.

I'm going to use the branches in the galvanized bucket to display Christmas cards as they come in. I absolutely love the little wire and twig sleigh that I found in the Target $2.50 bin! (PS- if you want to see where I got many of my ideas and inspiration for this year's decor, check out my Christmas pinterest board. I spent months pinning and planning : )

The vintage door all decked out.

So I was dying to have fresh pine wreaths all over the house this year, but the cost was just too much. But I think these $2.50 faux wreaths from Walmart worked out just fine. I tied a big burlap bow on this one and added a $1 sparkly Christmas ornament (also from Walmart). Budget was the name of the game this season!

Mmmm...vintage books and mercury glass.

 Can you tell that white ball is broken? Half of it shattered because I didn't store it properly, but I couldn't bear to throw it out. Works great in a bowl like this! More on the vintage paper bundle coming soon...

I have to say I'm really happy with how the room turned out! The pictures are not my favorite as I picked a bad time of day to photograph and there were annoying patches of light streaming in, but oh well. By the end of the photoshoot, poor Matt was standing on that chair with a piece of cardboard trying to cover the light patches for me. He gets lots of husband points for that! : )

The Christmas mantel. Are you so impressed that I managed to totally redo my arch nemesis shelves for the season? I am. Only took me about two hours : )

I've had these numbered plates from Target forever, but never had something to do with them. I think they add a touch of whimsy to the Chrstimas decor. Plus there's always room for typography!

I am so in love with our new stockings! My mom made them for me, which makes them even more special. I fell head over heels for these stockings on etsy, but just couldn't bring myself to buy 4 at $25 each (though that was one of the better prices I found). So I bought the material myself and my mom sewed them up. I think I spent $20 total...much more reasonable.

The stockings are made of a painter's drop cloth from Walmart, which really is "poor man's linen" as I've heard it called. The white fabric and crochet trim are from JoAnn's.

This basket of poinsettias turned out to be one of my favorite things in the room. They are faux poinsettias by Better Homes and Gardens from Walmart, and were $3 per bunch. I debated and debated about getting them because, again, I was trying not to spend much, but in the end I'm so glad I did. I think they look great in my antique wire basket with burlap and fresh pine.

I love the little details like the vintage books for texture, pine boughs, and bottle brush trees. All the silver glass ornaments are from the Dollar Tree. They are sooo much cheaper than you will find glass ornaments anywhere else, so be sure to go pick some up!

Thank you so much for taking time to tour our little holiday living room. I had a blast bargain hunting, crafting and decorating, so I truly hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I loved creating it! I'll be back soon with details on our Christmas tree and DIY vintage ornaments. Thanks for stopping by!

{live beautifully}

I'm linking to:
- Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
- Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage 
- Farmhouse Fridays at Laurie Anna's
- the Mantel Party at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
- Christmas Mantel Party at Southern Hospitality


  1. Courtney:

    I just love the stockings that your mother made. They are adorable....Your home looks so beautifully decorated. FYI - I am having a burlap purse giveaway on my blog soon, stay tuned.

  2. I always love your decorating and absolutely love the Christmas decorating you did this year. I'm off to check out your pinterest board now ;)

  3. Oh so your Christmas decor. Love the stockings you and your Mom made, you should both open up an Etsy shop. Diane

  4. Your room is beautiful! It's so serene. You would never know that you didn't splurge for the things you mentioned. I have to get to Target to see if they still have the sleigh! What a deal. Great job - hope you enjoy your room this Christmas!

  5. What I love about link parties is I often discover a wonderful blog I might not otherwise have been aware of. Gorgeous home! I'm now following so I won't miss a thing, tami

  6. PS, I have the exact same finial sitting on my coffee table, had it for years, I want to say I got it at Marshalls, great minds think alike;)

  7. What a great post. I just love it. Everything you have done really turned out great. Yay for you. Have a wonderful week and I'm your newest follower.

  8. Your Christmas decor is beautiful. Love all of your details!!

  9. Love your Christmas decorations. Your blog is just beautiful. I am now following.

  10. I just love truly did a wonderful job. I am a new follower. I just love the plates..what a fantastic idea to dress up something plain and simple.
    Tiki @ Ribbons, Lace, and Inspiration

  11. Love all the decor! White is my fave for the holiday season!! Great job!! Your newest fan!

  12. so beautiful! especially love the old door with the wreath.

  13. Your holiday decorations are beautiful! Your pictures seem as though I'm flipping through the pages of a magazine. Beautiful job!

  14. I love it all, Courtney! You did a great job. It looks so bright and sparkly and so French! :)

    xoxo laurie

  15. Stopping by via A Beach Cottage's Good Life Wednesday... and I'm so glad I did. It's all so gorgeous and inspiring!

  16. Oh my goodness... your apartment is just beautiful! I love all the decorating you've done and I'm off now to check out some older posts as I've just now discovered you! LOL!


  17. The house is gorgeous! You are super talented. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. wow this is really lovely! I agree, you are so talented!

  19. Everything is so gorgeous! I really love your stockings. So glad i found your blog xo

  20. I've just spent more time than I should this late at night checking out your blog! I'm in love! Your home is beautiful, and I love your white Christmas. I'm your newest follower, thank you for sharing! :)

    Lauren @

  21. I love your decorating style and so happy to have found your blog while hopping today.

    I hope you get a chance to visit our site and join our Christmas Blog Hop going on this month. I know our readers would love this room!

    Happy December :O)

  22. oh!!! everything is just beautiful!!!!!

  23. So white and lovely! I adore it! :)

  24. it is all so pretty and fresh! i love the white stockings!

  25. Anonymous12/06/2011

    I love your mantle!! Everything looks so beautiful.


  26. Beautiful Christmas decor and your mantel is fantastic! I struggle with decorating shelves all the time, but you managed to pull off a beautiful display.

  27. Your home is beautiful, I love all the white. You have done a wonderful job making your home look festive and cozy.

  28. Everything is just so pretty! Love the mantel! Thanks for linking :)

  29. You have such a beautiful home...and your Christmas decor is stunning. Thanks for sharing!!

  30. Beautiful! I love white and your shelves turned out great! Visiting from Southern Hospitality mantel party - thanks for linking up.

  31. Just gorgeous! Hope you have had time to enjoy it!


  32. You had me at the very first photo in your header! I'm a sucker for anything with burlap....then you mixed it with clean and simple white....and then mercury glass...Done! I love your style! So glad I found your cute blog! I'm following along now. I would love for you to share this at The Corson Cottage for our {Home for the Holidays} link party every Friday in December ~ Carrie Happy Holidays!


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