Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas in the Living Room

Yesterday I shared with you what Christmas looked like in our dining room... today it's time for a tour of the living room!

The dining room this year was done mostly in blues and golds... Our stockings which my mother--in-law needlepointed for all of us and are very special to us, are full of color and the one color that really unifies them all is red.  So I decided to bring on the red in the living room!  I went with red as the main color with some accents of white, silver, and green.  Come on in and grab a seat by the fireplace....

Pardon the weird angle- I usually like to get both couches and the whole mantle in this shot, but my regular go to lens crapped out on me, so I am stuck with another lens for the moment...


The mantle features the gorgeous handmade stockings as the focal point.   I found a skinny silver and colorful garland for 25 cents at the Salvation Army and strung that in between.  

Here is a closer look at the garland as well as the beautful needlepoint.  I love all of the stockings, but is it wrong for me to say I think mine is the best?  Sssshhhh don't tell the others.

Lollie, our elf, is not usually on the deer, but that was where he landed the night before I took these photos, and I can't touch him, so there he stayed. :)  On the right side of the mantle, I have white flocked deer I found at a yard sale, and a white enamel pitcher from Ikea with silver branches and red vintage ornaments.

Just look at that smarmy elf... who does he think he is?

On the left side, I have a mercury glass tree, and some vintage candlesticks and a white penguin, all thrifted finds.  (You may recall the candlesticks have hung in there for both my Halloween mantle and Thanksgiving mantle).  And of course I have lights on the mantle as you can see.

To the right of the mantle is our little "for now" cable box stand.  On top of that I have a gorgeous huge white vase I won from a giveaway from Sherry Hart.  I kept the Halloween branches I had in there (from my neighborhood), and hung more vintage red balls.  Next to it sits two milk glass vases, with little sprigs of greenery, a brass deer I thrifted, and a brass owl, which was a gift from my sweet friend, Carmel.


Above the stand hangs my birdcage my mom gave me for my birthday.  I already showed you the deer inside of it, but Dana suggested I add a tree, and I love that idea- thanks, Dana!


The crowning element of the room, of course, the essence of Christmas, is the tree.  We always go as a family to get our tree, but this year Emmy was so sick, so I sent Chris and Sawyer to pick it out and told them I wanted one that was a little sparser than we usually get, sort of Norwegian looking.  They did a beautiful job of selecting and cutting down our tree!!!  (And if you are wondering why we didn't just wait so we could all go, there literally was not another weekend we could do it all together).
I decorated the tree with my great grandmother's red wooden beads, my favorite white star, and red, green, white, and silver vintage and special ornaments.  Many of the vintage ornaments on this tree were passed down in our family, and I love having them!



To the left of our tree is our big picture window, which I filled with artwork of Christmas past from my kids, and the sill features little cardboard houses, 2 vintage and 3 replicas.


Continuing around the room, our paris gray and gold desk and chalkboard are decorated a little as well. My besty, Ali, made me this awesome pom pom garland last year when we moved here, and I strung it so it looks like my gold hummingbirds are putting it up. :)

On the right side of the desk I added some greens in a silver tarnished vase that was thrifted.
And on the left side a retro handmade snowman I found on ebay several years back, a jar of my favorite meltaway peppermint candies, and a snowglobe that was a gift from Sawyer the first year he shopped the school Christmas shop.

On the coffee table sits the vintage firetruck planter I found with a bottle brush tree, milk glass filled with glittered vintage bulbs, and vintage ornaments.

And on the other side, a white fawn, and a book by L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz author) titled The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.  I found it recently at a thrift shop and knew it would be perfect for Christmas... I can't wait to crack it open and read some of the stories to my kids!

Our bookcases also got slightly decked with a few little decorations, glittered pinecones, an fresh greens.




I love that photo of Sawyer in the Santa hat... he was just 3 1/2 months old when I took that picture.
And finally, one more addition for the holidays.... Can you spy it in our gallery wall?


Here's a closer look....

I saw this idea to create a deer head mount with a paper mache deer over at Dimples and Tangles.  LOVED her idea!  Jennifer framed hers and I loved it....
I already had a paper mache deer with silver glittered antlers, so I knew he was perfect for this project!  I bought a wood plaque at Joann's, painted it white, and Mod Podged red plaid paper onto it.  Then I used a razor to behead my deer, and I used hot glue to attach the head to my plaque.  I added a picture hanger to the back, and it was ready to mount on the wall. Easy and cute!

Come back tomorrow for some handmade gift ideas!


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40 comments:

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Another beautiful room ready for Christmas! Love the hand made stockings, kids drawings, and family pieces on display.

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

Great job again Cassie! I'm loving this tour of your Christmas home! That paper mâché deer head is too cute and I love your bookshelves!

Mary said...

The whole room is so pretty and festive and those handmade stockings are amazing!

Andrea said...

Everything is so festive, yet simple. I love that! Man, that Lollie sure gets around. Your bookcases look fabulous and I have got to get my hand on a be-headed paper mache deer. I love that idea!

Andrea said...

Everything is so festive, yet simple. I love that! Man, that Lollie sure gets around. Your bookcases look fabulous and I have got to get my hand on a be-headed paper mache deer. I love that idea!

modern jane said...

Everything is so festive and fun! Yet it's pretty at the same time. I'm dying over the whiteware with little sprigs of green paired with your adorable brass pieces.

Denise Sabia said...

such great shots! pinned the toy truck with the tree. stealing that idea, thanks!
denise

Cathy Wall said...

Beautiful... lots of great touches and loving thought. I need to get moving on my house. The only thing done is my front porch....!

Diane Estrella said...

Really pretty pictures and lots of beautiful keepsakes from Christmases past. :O)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a fun tour! I love how the little woodland touches work so nicely with Christmas. That little truck really caught my eye, along with the paper mache deer. Just a sweet room!

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

Very pretty! Btw, I love your blue medallion rug. All your vintage touches are so sweet!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Beautiful, Cassie!! I've got to get me one of those paper mache deer heads. Off to click over to your post to find out how to make one. :) Love your Christmas decorating!

Decor & Harmony said...

Ho, ho,ho! Everything looks great Cassie very festive :)

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love that Lolly is riding the reindeer. Too cute!

Dear Emmeline said...

it sure is a winter wnderland over there! I think you should add a red pompom to your deer's nose! rudolph style!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

The Living Room beautifully compliments the warmth of your Dining Room. All the items with history and special meaning create what Christmas is all about.....

Bliss said...

Loved the dining room, and the bust a mante living room looks maahhveelllouss.

Bliss

DecorandtheDog said...

The deer art is killing. Where can I add this at my house???

Your living room is looking fab! Those stockings make my heart melt. I need to go sew mine now. What's your MIL up to today? She does nice work. Think she'd mind?

Janel from NellieBellie said...

so pretty!! Love this! And that deer head...brilliant!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

What an amazing living room Cassie! I love the artwork from your kids and that photo of Sawyer is adorable!

pam {simple details} said...

All the sentimental pieces are my favorite, so cool you have your GG's beads! Every inch of it is fun and festive ~ hope you'll have time to sit back and enjoy soon! :)

The Far Fifty said...

I love how your decorations are very personable and unique. You didn't just go to the store and buy everything in a theme. It will be nice when the little hands around here get a little bigger so I can put more stuff out.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I want to curl up on your sofa and watch Miracle on the 34th Street (the old black and white version) with a hot cup of cocoa and lots of marshmallows in our pj's ;) this room is so cozy - i love all of the sweet sentiments - family heirlooms and things the kids made - it's so special! And the birds hanging the pom pom garland - kills me!

Dana Frieling said...

Decapitating deers, all in the name of Christmas! Too funny. ;) I think it's so special that you use family heirlooms to decorate. You're teaching your kiddos to appreciate where they came from.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I LOVE all of the decorations in your house! They are so pretty!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I think you're first shot is perfect! Love it a little more cropped and close up. I wish my house was in a finished state like yours! Everything looks so festive and sentimental and cozy. Love your deer head, it reminds me of the one they mounted on a plaid base in Country Living this month. Did you see it? I'm using that page for some inspiration. Thanks for the shout out!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Lollie & I love your living room! Of course my eye zoomed right to him - he really does look like trouble! He needs to meet our elf, Hot Tamale. Together, I think they could take over the world!

And congrats on taking the best stocking - we moms need to do that every once in awhile!
Kelly

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

So many great little touches. And I love the reindeer!! You are ready for the holidays!! :)

caviardreamsblog said...

So incredibly fun! I love your design aesthetic!

Gwendolyn Whitfield said...

My Family Room is tots jellie of your Family Room.

Jane Craske said...

Beautiful space! I'm starting the elf with small one today C:

Ali Richardson said...

YAY! Everything is awesome!!!! SO pretty and festive and classic and wonderful. Like you!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

So fun and pretty!!! I'm officially in the spirit after taking the tours of your dining room and living room!! Have I told you how much I love those bookcases of yours? They are some serious awesomeness, and look so cute all decked out with your Christmas decor!

Hetty said...

Wow, that looks so cozy! We just need a little snow, right?

Good Time Charlie said...

So many very cute little holiday treats to see! Did you get your stocking holders from Pottery Barn? I have the exact same ones, but mine spell out PEACE. There are 5 of us, and when Keiki came to our house, I got a snowflake to add to the group.

I love your little clever elf. I love the whole idea of the Elf on the Shelf. When I was little, my grandparents had a little elf that sat in a plant near the front door. His name was "Chauncey", and they always told me he was up to some kind of mischief when we walked through the door. We even had to say hello to it! I am embarrassed to say I believed in that Elf long after I stopped believing in Santa!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

How lovely! Too many special touches to even begin to tell you my favorites, but I love the vintage touches, and the stockings are incredible, sure to become a family heirloom. One thing I do especially love is the draped garland with the little birds, that is inspired!

Holly said...

Cassie - the elf on the deer is hilarious! We did those one year and one year only. My kids were obsessed with those little guys. Ugh! Now we are too old. :) Your home is beautiful!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Oh my gosh, Cassie, you've been busy! I still have not one single decoration up, but my BOOTH is decorated! lol!
I gasped when I saw the handprint Christmas tree among your kids' art -- I am doing this with my preschoolers right now and have done so every Christmas... it makes such a lovely keepsake. Cheers, my friend!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...


I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-10.html

I hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Jamie -Better With Age said...

I love all your Christmas decor! Merry Christmas ;)