The living room is definitely my favorite room to decorating for Christmas. I love having a mantle for the stockings and a perfect place to put the tree, so we can all enjoy it. And I love how everything feels festive and seasonal while still working with my color scheme. Here’s a little tour of how my blue & white Christmas living room looks this year…
You can see more details about the tree in THIS POST.
We moved the dresser that is usually in that corner out to the garage and I swapped out the antique birdcage that hangs on the wall with a mirror. I’ve wanted to try a mirror there for a long time, but haven’t found one that’s the right shape, size, and finish. I finally found THIS ONE and it works perfectly! I don’t know if I’ll move it after we take the tree down or keep it there, yet. For now, I like how it reflects the lights and fills the space behind the tree without competing with the tree.
On the “hutch wall”, I just added a wool wreath I bought from Anthropologie a few years ago and a couple of knit pillows in the chairs. Sadly, neither of these are available any longer.
I hung our knit stockings up on the mantle from small nails instead of stocking hangers. I was concerned about the cats trying to climb up one and pulling the weight down. They haven’t climbed the stockings so far, but knowing they won’t get hit with a falling weight if they do makes me feel better! (It’s a little like having toddlers again!)
I added some faux greenery to the mantle. I just started with a pre-made swag and then tucked in lots of pinecones and picks to get a variety of colors and textures. I must say that I was really missing real greenery as I was decorating for Christmas this year. I have found some very pretty faux greens, but I wish I didn’t have to store them and I miss the smell of fresh greens. I just got hit with a wave of plastic-smell when I open the bins and that isn’t what Christmas should smell like!
If you remember, I tried using live greens the first year we were here and everything was dead, shedding, and crispy in just a couple of days. We do have a whole-house humidifier now, so I’m tempted to try bringing in a small live tree or one wreath just to see how they do.
Anyway, I hung a bell from each stocking as I shared in THIS POST. I love how they bring a little shine and color.
I bought the resin topiaries a couple of years ago from HomeGoods. In the past, I’ve used them in the dining room, but I decided to try them on the mantle this year.
I added a few small touches to the open shelves – a bell with a ribbon, pine cones, and a small artificial pine.
I put a small artificial tree in a crock and filled an ironstone bowl with some small antique books, greenery, pinecones, and a little yarn snowball (that has become a cat toy.) I also filled an ironstone bowl with nuts in their shells and an antique nutcracker. I had to put the bowl of nuts away last year because the cats kept batting them out of the bowl and then Sebastian would eat them and spit the shells on the carpet! It was quite the team effort, but I had to be a party-pooper and put the nuts away. They’ve found other fun things to play with this year like pinecones and wool garland.
I love these little books from the 1700’s! I bought a whole set on Etsy from THIS SHOP.
I’ve since added a couple of my crochet snowflakes.
And that’s about it for our blue & white Christmas living room!
My post is up on the late side today because I was making gingerbread! I’m realizing I need to get a move on all of my Christmas decorating and blog posts if I’m going to be done before Christmas comes around. I have more decorating and crafts to share and we’re just 10 days away…
If you’d like to see how my living room has been decorated in the past, you can find more Christmas posts HERE.