Our front room was sure fun to decorate this year with my new toy….our electric fireplace. Yes, it is totally a toy to me. I have loved decorating it. And as soon as we hung the mantel I was ready to hang our Christmas stockings even though it was October! We were still able to fit our Christmas Tree in our front room, right next to our fireplace. I have to say it is just the coziest room. Already thinking it will make me sad taking down the Christmas decor because I love the hygee feeling in this room.
I am joining Ella Claire Inspired and 15 bloggers to share our Christmas Trees and our front room or family room’s. Hopefully it will inspire you as you deck your halls! I know a lot of you wait until after Thanksgiving. And I love hearing all of your traditions. So please share if your tree is up! Or if you watch White Christmas after the turkey is eaten and decorate your Christmas Tree!
I have had the same flocked slim tree in here for the past three years. It fits perfectly. I was actually asked to join a blog campaign to share new Christmas Trees and I just couldn’t do it. I really love mine and I know if I wasn’t a blogger I wouldn’t be changing this tree anytime soon. (You can find my exact tree HERE and a more affordable option HERE). I used a knitted blanket I made a couple years ago as the tree skirt. You could totally do this with a blanket or throw you have, you just want to use one that has some texture so it doesn’t look too flat or stick some towels under it!
We moved the other swivel chair that was in this room and swapped it with the wood arm char in the girl bedroom that is a little smaller. Kind-of fun to change things up!
Last year I found some vintage ornaments at an antique shop. I bought a box, thinking I would just put them in a jar or something. But my mother in-law went back to the store and bought the rest that they had for me. So I had enough to do our tree. It was so thoughtful of her and makes me love these even more. Vintage ornaments are super fragile, I can see why they stopped making them! I think I break a couple every time I look at them wrong! Super thin glass. (find some HERE)
When I decorate my tree the first thing I add is the lights. Even though my tree is pre-lit I add and one strand of big bulb patio type lights into the tree. I love the extra glow the bigger bulbs add. I saw the idea at an Anthropolgie last year and was reminded again how much I love the look.
Then I add in my ribbon. I cut my ribbon into about 15″ pieces and add the pieces in different directions in the tree. This way you don’t need as much ribbon and it doesn’t end up looking like a hula hoop going around the tree. I also chunky yarn (find HERE) around the tree, just love the texture. And this year I added THESE wood beads (I used three strands).
My main source of inspiration this year was the new painting of my kids hanging above the fireplace. It was a gift from a reader, who is a talented artist. If you follow me on Instagram you saw us share it there. Kim Hassold reached out to me asking if she could paint a picture I had posted of my kids up the the piano at Easter. Obviously I jumped up and down and said…yes! I love art with a story. The colors in the painting inspired the look for Christmas in here! (Find her art HERE).
I normally don’t get new stockings every year, but if I see one I like I am not opposed to mixing in different style. This year I added new Christmas stockings for each kid. The blue green one for Finn and the pinks for the girls. (Find the stockings HERE). And don’t ask why in some pictures there are 6 stockings and some there are 5….not a baby announcement! ha! Just got carried away.
This is my first year EVER in owning a home, so that is 15 years of having a fireplace and a place to hang stockings. A reader, Shelby, who is building an almost identical electric fireplace to ours said- that her son told his teacher “we are building a chimney for Santa!” I loved that!! In years past I hung our Christmas stockings on our banister (see it HERE). And find out how easy it is to add your own Electrical Fireplace HERE.
I used small tacks in the mantel to hang the stockings. I am too afraid the kids would pull down a stocking holder on their head and we really don’t have the space. The garland I have had for a couple years (find some unique garland HERE). I added THESE bubble glass lights to the garland.
I get asked a lot what I do with my houseplants come Christmas time. I decided to leave my houseplants were they were thriving. Plants really don’t like to be moved and mine are thriving here, would hate to risk moving them just for a month. I think they mix well with green accents throughout the room! Add some
I grouped all of my mini tinsel trees in the bookcase. I think they look so much better clustered together to make a big impact.
Our absolute favorite Christmas decoration to pull out is our Olive Wood Nativity. I keep it low on the bookcase because Finn likes to play with it, and it is totally ok. I added THESE battery operated lights to bring some light to our favorite spot.
We hope you enjoyed the tour of our cozy front room and vintage Christmas Tree! I will share more Christmas in our house soon. In the meantime check out my friends Christmas below for more ideas. And you can shop this post below…..
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