Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Home Tour | Part Four | The Living Room & Christmas Tree

Welcome to the fourth lap of my Holiday Home Tour! 
 I was finally able to get the living room and playroom cleaned up and photographed (so now I can welcome you in). 


I must preface this post by saying, these rooms are rarely EVER this clean. Maybe three times a year...tops. When we have an event coming up that is. And then, if they are cleaned up, that means another room (or three!) end up being filled up with the clutter that I took out. One day I hope to have a completely organized home and know what it is like to have all rooms cleaned at the same time. A girl can dream right? 

Till then...let's head on inside and check out the "very clean for the moment" living room...
I went for a "rustic cabin" look in here. I posted about this photo wall collage previously here. It has changed a bit since then...
This free chalkboard printable came from Nest of Posies. It was perfect for this frame that I found in my basement (I have hoards of stuff down there!). It was broken on one side, but I didn't care because the two looked so good together and the photos kind of masked it...
I took a couple of shots with my husband's iPhone for this post to be able to show more of the full room (none of my lenses can do that...till I get another one to add to my collection :). Sorry for the poor quality of those photos (you can probably spot them...like the ones below!) and it was a bit overcast so that didn't help, but at least you can see more of our space.
The bells on our greenery actually play music, which both of my kids LOVE, especially Owen. He constantly wants to hear them and then dances and "sings" along. It is the cutest thing.

Both of my kids love our tree too. We always get a real tree and this is the first year I added some colored lights to it (just for them)...
Here is another *awesome* cell phone shot ;)...
The tree is located right in between the living room and playroom, and since the living room is "rustic woodland" and the playroom is "vintage whimsy", the tree is a good mix of both.
I printed off several free chalkboard images to make into ornaments and simply added thin twine to hang them. I also punched the corners to make them a little more fancy.
I stamped some wood slats with deer and other woodland images to add to the rustic look.
Hazel helped me make some salt dough ornaments. She made this shape all on her own and it looked remarkably like a bird to me. I was so impressed, so we painted it blue and added some glitter...
Last year, I put our Christmas tree in a basket. You can see my home decorated for Christmas 2012 here
This year I simply wrapped a vintage scarf around it.
I got this pink bergere chair this past fall for only $15.
Below the tree we have a manger (although I just realized this year that I am pretty sure our "Joseph" is actually a shepherd. Oops.)
We recently purchased our sofa and chair at Raymour & Flanigan. They are the first "new" pieces we have ever had. I am such a cheapskate, but I finally couldn't take having any more couches to throw out once a year when they fell apart. (Although these did come for the R&F Clearance Center!) They are a dark "faux suede" microfiber which is great when you have kids who make lots of messes (or for when I accidentally spill my coffee on them :)
The deer pillow came from Joann's on sale and sits with my $5 down Ralph Lauren pillow (via Salvation Army).
In the corner, we have a cabinet that my husband made from a salvaged porch door.
The main wall, that you see when you come into the living room from outside, has our TV on an antique sideboard. I started to create a gallery wall around it a couple of weeks ago, but still have a thing or two to add. 
I like to put the Christmas Yule Log on TV since I don't have a real fireplace in here (just a space heater that also looks like one that you can see in other pics). When that isn't on you can pretty much guarantee it will be on one of the Hallmark channels or ABC Family when they are showing Christmas specials. "Rudolph" and family are hanging out below (poor Rudolph's dad lost his antlers, but we still like to have him around).
My dress form, Mae, has been decked out for winter...
And here is one last shot of our tree...in bokeh :)
This will be my last post before Christmas day, and if you can believe it, I still have one more Holiday Home Tour post that I would like to share. And that would be inside the playroom. I will save that till after Christmas to share because I have a whole house to get cleaned, presents to wrap, and gifts still needing to be made. Till then...I hope you have a very blessed Christmas!

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Till next time...
~Alice W.