All about getting you excited about this holiday season... and getting your house ready!
So now it's time to get your family room or living room ready for the tree... Here is a fun makeover I did focused in on that very idea...
This living room makeover was a fun one to turn around on location. First off, the before room was a great space to be creative in. The room had a great window seat, a raised hearth and mantle and great natural light with high ceilings.
The first thing I did was rearrange the seating arrangement. That is part of what makes bringing the tree into the room fun - you get an excuse to change your room arrangement around. Right now - it's all about the tree being the focal point.
With the furniture moved around, I was able to bring in the fresh Christmas tree and place it in the corner. We could have certainly gone taller with the tree - but this one is just right and is not overpowering for the room.
Simple goes a long way. If you do not have much time to decorate, I think having a great looking tree and a simply-decorated mantle can go a long way. Why stress about it?
In the above version of the mantle I used a simple evergreen garland sold at the local grocery store, some wood blocks echoing the words of the season and a pinecone and berry garland found at Michaels.
In this version of the mantle, I choose faux topiaries found at Michaels to flank each end of the mantle, the same fresh garland from the grocery store, some green apples also from the store and some pine cones found in their yard. A simple look that you can create easily and change up if you want to quickly.
I kept the tree simple - white lights (on a dimmer from Home Depot! - so you can dim the lights to look like glowing candle light), some salvaged wood bird houses for the ornaments found at a local store and some faux sprigs of berries found at Michaels. Simple and clean.
For the window seat area - I took three grocery store wreaths and hung them on each window undecorated. Again, simple and clean.
Next, to add some color to change up the mood of the room - I brought in some new throw pillows from Homegoods for some holiday cheer.
The bird house theme continued outside the house too with a wreath hung on the front door.
Here the finished room is revealed. Inviting, comforting and using things that they already had - rearranged them and added a few bits and pieces to bring in the holidays.
Don't forget the details. Here on the coffee table - I gathered some old winter-inpsired books, some family photos showing some winter moments and a simple bowl of oranges and fresh pine. The coffee table is the perfect place to add some visual interest to the room - It does not just have to be for stacking books or the TV remotes! Have some fun with this area!
Outside the house, to keep things simple yet again - with the wreath on the door - I added some fresh pine to their existing urns, I pulled some vintage skis and snow shoes from their garage and added a few lanterns to add a warm glow at night.
You do not have to feel that you have to go over the top with decorating - when it feels like time is running out - I say keep things simple and easy.
Enjoy the process!