I can’t believe Christmas is only two weeks away! Are you all as excited as I am? I’m not sure what I’m more excited for, a week and a half of my husband off work and my kids off of school, watching my kids excited little faces as they tear open their gifts, celebrating my saviors birth with friends and family…I’m just so excited for it all!!!
The last couple of weeks I’ve been giving you a little Christmas tour of my home by showing you around my home and all the ways I’ve decorated for the holiday’s this year. So far I’ve shown you my porch, dinning room & kitchen. Today I’m going to share with you my…
Cozy Christmas Living Room
The first two pictures are from different angles of my living room; the first from the frame between the living and dinning room the other by my sewing/craft room door (the door you see in the first picture).
The quilt hanging above our chair has been switched out for a Christmasy colored one. The windows are draped with pine garlands and trimmed with burlap bows and the room is lit with warm white lights. I love evenings at home snuggled on the couch with the lights off and only my Christmas lights lighting the room!
Now I’ll walk you around my living room counter-clockwise starting from the dinning/living entry.
Our television/entertainment center…My husband built this beautiful cabinet a few years ago and I painted and distressed it. It’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home. Little stockings hang from each of the side doors. On top are pictures of my kids and an old dough bowl set for Christmas…
My dough bowl is full of greenery, set with bed springs holding votives, snowmen and “Believe” red and white striped stars. In front of it is a long skinny sign that reads, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”. (The sign is actually a creamy white color but has a green tint to it here for some reason, sorry.)
Beside my cabinet is one of my favorite Christmas crafts I’ve ever made. My little snow girl! If you could see her up close you would love her too. Her face is rug hooked (This was my first rug hooking project and it took me sooooo long!) Her dress, coat and hat are fashioned like something you might see out of “A Christmas Carol” with even the back of her coat being bustled so adorably! I just love her! She doesn’t always hold things in her arms but I added these primitive stars to her this year.
My absolute favorite part of my living room and one of the big reasons why I fell in love with our home when we bought it twelve years ago…my fireplace! Like everything else in our house it needed some updating and maintenance but now it’s just perfect and I love that all this rock work is an original part of my 1917 farmhouse. (Not sure why the fire looks pink in the picture. There are no weird gasses burning in there, ha, ha.)
Atop my mantel, and center place is an old ceiling tile with the words “Let It Snow” on it. This rests in front of an old window that is topped with a pine garland, lit with white lights. Pine boughs have been laid on each side fo the mantel with a candle tucked within. Every year my mantle has a pine garland hanging from it that gets decorated differently each year, this year it’s large and small primitive snowflakes. And of course, “The stockings are hung by the chimney with care”!
A closer look at the ceiling tile and old window setting. Also in front of the old window is a Belsnickle Santa (I’ve wanted one for years and finally got him last year!) and a pair of ice skates, tied with a pretty bow and filled with greenery and primitive pipe cleaner candy canes.
A closer look at one of the primitive snow flakes. I bought one of these but once I got it home I knew one wouldn’t be enough so I made the other two large ones and smaller ones myself. I think they are so cute!
I made my kids stockings of red and white striped material and topped with a light tan muslin and hand embroidered their names in a matching red. (I actually made these when my middle daughter was two but knowing I wanted to have more kids bought extra material so that all of my kids could have matching stockings.) They will be filled Christmas Eve when my kiddos are dreaming sweet Christmasy dreams!
Standing beside my fireplace is this primitive church that my husband made for me. Most of the year it sits plain but I added the little wreath and garland to it for Christmas.
Standing in the window is an old sewing machine (the lighting was bad and it kept coming out dark when I tried to get a picture of the whole setting) set with red and green woven material. Two angels stand beside a lamp and in front of the lamp is a Praise sign.
I love this lamp because I can put different fillers in it depending upon the holiday or season. Currently it is full of dried cedar and cranberries along with some small rustic bells and mini vintage books.
Beneath my sewing machine resting on the pedal is an old box filled with greenery and pip berries lit with white lights. This box is what inspired me to paint the outside of my home red!
On my couch is a postage stamp quilt and matching pillows that I made a few years ago. I also made the little sheep pillow, that’s sitting center on the couch. Love those little sheep!
Above the couch on my old barn door is a pine garland and one of the first signs I painted (It actually might be the first.) That says, “The Blessings Of Christmas…Peace, Hope, Joy, Love.
Tucked in a corner, standing tall and beautiful is our Christmas tree. My Christmas tree is very special to me because everything on it, even the Christmas skirt below it are things that my kids and I have made together over the years. They’ve helped me sew, stuff and paint everything you see here and that is so special to me!
Our tree is decorated with the traditional colors of Christmas of red, white and green but all are tea/coffee stained for a primitive feel.
Also below our Christmas tree is a basket full of wrapped Christmas books. The kids get to open one book each night as a count down to Christmas! I got the idea from Pinterest but Elle Keeps Moving is where the pin came from so I want to thank her for such a great idea!
Over the years my kids and I have painted, sewn, stuffed and stitched these chunky candy canes, both 5 point and 6 point starts, rustic bells, primitive little snow angels and snow flakes. Some people don’t like that I have a themed tree, but these ornaments are all so dear to me because of the memories I have of making them with my kids.
Our angel stays out all year, just not on top of our tree, obviously, but at Christmas she takes her spot at the top of our tree heralding the news of the birth of our savior who brings “Peace on Earth”.
Beside our tree on an old step ladder sits a prim scrawny little Santa that I got a great deal on after Christmas a few years ago (He was $3!!!). In his arms is a prim little reindeer I made (Like the one on my kitchen cupboard.) and beside him on the ladder is a cutsie little stocking I made filled with pine and pip berries!
There’s nothing quite like the glow of a Christmas tree! I love how my kids lay beside or under it looking up at the beautiful glow of the lights! There’s something magical about a simple pine decorated for the Holiday’s!
There’s only one Christmas post left in which I’ll show you my kids’ Christmas trees and my husbands and my room. Decorating my new bedroom for Christmas was so much fun and I can’t wait to show you!