December 12, 2013

Living Room and Hutch Holiday Decor

Good Morning!

Hope your staying warm! 
 Here in Minnesota we've been dealing with some arctic weather the past week.  Today's high of 18 degrees seems like a heat wave.  

The chilly temps outside don't tend to bother me too much.  I just snuggle into my toasty, warm cozy home and enjoy time with the family.

Speaking of cozy, I'm excited to show off my holiday decor in the Living Room today.  I am delighted with how the different elements came together to make the room look festive, bright and comfy all at the same time.  It's such a relief when the image in your head works out in real life isn't it?

Enough chit-chat, lets get to it . . . 

If you've stopped by on occasion in the past, you probably already know I'm crazy about using red throughout the house.  There is no better time than the Holidays to use as much as I want.

The chippy table in front of the sofa received a hand painted striped runner some of you may recognize.

Dollar store candles, pine cones, berries and painted white stars fill up a weathered wood box.  I draped the lace edge hand towel over the box before I filled it up to help tone down the dark wood of the box and add another layer of softness at the same time. I like the rustic / soft combo.

On the wall behind the sofa my newly painted "Holly Jolly" sign found it's new place.  I had to throw in a white-washed grapevine wreath also since I love them so much.  I added a garland of white and silver beads to it to add a little extra touch.

The photo ledge is always a fun area for me to play with.  
Since this time of the year I'm crazy about three things:  Bottle brush trees, deer, and stars; I thought it was the perfect place to use all three together.

A single piece of homemade artwork on each shelf allowed me to add a pop of red.  For this shelf I painted the deer silhouette onto a piece of fabric and hand-stitched around it with red and white baking twine.  I then glued the whole thing unto a piece of burlap and then framed it up.

Around the frame I propped up a few stars, vintage deer and a brass deer from the thrift store that I painted white.

The wood star I cut from one inch boards which I painted and distressed.  Love how they turned out and am now wishing I had made more.

More vintage deer from my collection plus a few snowflakes are scattered around the shelf.  To soften things up I added a white feather boa to look like snow along the whole length of the shelves.  Do you see the pretty crystal poking out of the feathers in front of the tiny deer?  It's actually a string of battery operated twinkle lights that I found at Target.  They looks so pretty lite up at night making the feathers glow and the bottle brush trees sparkle.

The final piece of artwork that I made was a simple star cut from scrapbook paper.  I inked the edges to add some dimension and added a cute red crochet circle in the middle for an accent.

Moving on to the sofa table, a vintage candy cane printable adds some more red to the room along with a red and white checked table runner.  Don't you just love the way the red pops against the white?

I love the way this display turned out.  Knowing that I wanted to use my lantern in an nontraditional way I rounded up a few leftover items and after playing with it for a while came up with this.  Cute right?

Of course I had to throw one of my homemade glitter houses into the mix.  It's not Christmastime in my house without at least of few of them scattered around.

And finally, the side-table next to the tree received a few items to dress it up also.  A tea towel turned table runner to add some more red and a crate filled with tiny red books.

In front of the crate a simple pine cone hangs out alongside a newly purchased enamelware candle-holder I found at the thrift store - what a score! I've been hoping to find one this style for a long time - even better that it's enamelware!

So there you have it, the Living Room in all it's Christmastime finery!

Shall we move on to the hutch?

To keep things simple and highlight favorite items I limited myself to what I would allow placed in the hutch this year. 

The result is very pretty I think.  I know I adore the look.

The whole display is a combo of five things. . . 

Ironstone. . . 

Silver and white glitter houses . . .

Vintage ornaments . . .

Vintage cards . . .

And simple white candles.

I cheated at the very end for this display, but I think it blends nice with the rest of the hutch.

One more things before I go.  

Next to the hutch I've placed my electric stove.  Talk about adding some cozy to a room.  I love this thing. It flickers so pretty at night and if I'm a little chilly I'll switch on the heat element and warm up a little.

Hope you enjoyed the tour . . . 

bye now,


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  1. Your living room looks very pretty and so very festive! I love the use of red and white and also the vintage items. They add a very unique look, no one in all of blog land will have one like yours, because you make so many of your own decor items.
    I LOVE it all!!!

  2. Wow, lovely! I love so many of your pretties! And you know how to do things "just right" I really enjoyed this post. Merry Christmas!

  3. This came out awesome, just so calming to look at but yet festive. Love the white and red mixes for sure. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration. Have a blessed day.

  4. Ah, very pretty and Christmassy. Love the box with the candles!!
    Best wishes for a warm and sunny day from Your next-door neighbor in Wisconsin.

  5. Wow I love it. Love the simple red and white for Christmas!

  6. Love it, love it, love it all! Wouldn't know where to begin ... love all the red, the signs you've made, the pictures, the decor on the hutch, everything. Question: what color are your walls? Mine are too beige-y darkish and I want to go lighter but not white?

  7. Everything is so bright and pretty. Just love the red and white.

  8. I love everything in your home - from your hand-made decors to your gorgeous tree and ledge displays, everything is just well-thought-of and so beautiful!

  9. What Art and Sand said. Love it all. Just beautiful. So glad to have you on my list of favs.

  10. Loved the tour of your Christmas decor!
    Merry Christmas!
    Keep warm!

  11. So bright and pretty! I adore the framed deer! I am so impressed to find out that you painted it! I shouldn't be surprised though, you are so creative and talented!

  12. Oh Robin I love everything about your holiday home! It is so warm and cozy. Thank you so much for sharing at THT!

  13. you often mention'dollar store'. which one? I'm sure you know that at Dollar Tree everything is a dollar....but other 'dollar' stores have higher prices for the same items. thank you for the inspiration! I live in an RV and must use decorations on a smaller scale...I love the little deer scattered here and there

  14. I love, love, love everything about this home! Just amazing!

  15. Your home is so lovely, Robin...I love the bright, fresh feeling! Crisp like snow! All of your decorations are wonderful...and I LOVE, love, love the tree in the laundry tub...

  16. Oh what a fun post. Just love all the fun, festive things you've shared about your home. I ran out of energy this year so don't have a lot of things out, but I'm missing it. Enjoy...and over the years you'll enjoy all your photos.

  17. Every little detail of your Christmas decor is so charming!


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