I’m so happy to finally be sharing our elegant Christmas living room with you! I’ve been a little slow with my Christmas posts this year, mostly because I decided to take things slow lately, for different reasons. More on that another day perhaps! Nonetheless, I’m very happy to be sharing this space, and we couldn’t love it more.
For those of you who visit regularly, you’ll notice a small change in here – we rearranged our sofas to get a full view of our tree! We’ve tried so many times and never liked it, but with our new white sofas from last year, it actually works! It’s a tiny bit on the tight side, but at the same time, it’s so cozy and we’re loving it. Our teenage kids even love it – and they love being in here with us, which makes me soooo happy!
Come on in and have a look around… I hope you enjoy our elegant Christmas living room as much as we’re enjoying it. I went with a soft color palette with mostly light blues and some light greens/aquas, gold of course, silver and warm, creamy whites. Tell me what you think down below! As always, you can shop this look down at the bottom of my post.
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OUR ELEGANT CHRISTMAS LIVING ROOM
December came so fast this year – actually, I can’t believe the year is over in a few weeks. I’m not sure where the time went, but here we are, Christmas all over again! With our whirlwind schedules, sometimes it feels so challenging to get it all done. At least for me!
With that in mind, I decided to challenge myself, and try to keep my Christmas decorating on the simple side of things (for me that is!), not spend too much on new pieces (I did however indulge in a few new things), and try and use as many items that I already owned.If you read my post back in October, about my BHG Christmas Ideas magazine feature (see it here), then you already know what my colors were going to be this year. I went back to my blues – last year I went all neutral – and I love this palette so much with our white sofas. I added small touches of light greens and aquas in the garland and tree as well.
I truly couldn’t love this look more. It’s elegant, sophisticated, soft and chic…yet still so cozy, welcoming and laid back, with that luxe feel that I love. If you saw my fall dining room (read it here), then you remember these gorgeous velvet greek key pillows, from Lauren Haskell Designs – seriously, they’re so luxurious and beautiful. I just love the feel they bring to this room for Christmas, and how the light blue and beige/gold tones compliment our tree and garland. Rich, elegant and so beautiful.
ELEGANT CHRISTMAS TREE IN LIGHT BLUE AND GOLD
The only new decorations you’ll find on our tree this year are the few light green/aqua ones I mentioned earlier, I used a palette of mostly light blue silver and gold, all of which I already owned, ribbon included. If you follow me on Instagram, I share a ribbon tutorial in my story highlights (click here) – it’s so simple to do! The trick is using wire-edge ribbon so you can shape it how you want. Here, I have full rolls of ribbon as well as cut pieces – you can use either, or both.
I ended up having to wrestle with lights and ribbon this year – we added extra lights for more twinkle (even though this tree is pre-lit), and unfortunately after it was decorated, they all burnt out – all of them. So, we added new, battery operated ones, but they had to go over the decorations, because I was not redoing the tree! What happened to simple?!? The wires ended up squishing all of my ribbon, so that in itself was quite the feat to fix. In the end it’s fine, but what a mess in the process! My goal was to have lights on the tree that look like the lights in our garland (pretty, right?!)…hopefully next year we’ll figure out a better solution. If you have one, please tell me! Nonetheless, I still love it, malfunctioning lights, half squished ribbon and all, it turned out just as I had wanted.
ELEGANT CHRISTMAS GARLAND – GET THE LOOK!
You may already know that I created our garland with several pieces to get this look. I’ve had this garland for a few years now, and although it looks like it came this way, it didn’t. It’s layered with two 9′ garlands, with added flocked pine picks, glittery silver picks, and a multitude of ornaments tied with ribbon.
Keeping it simple – I left them all tied on from our BHG shoot and stored the garland in bins once it was taken down last year. The beauty of this is you can create a different look year after year if you choose. Have a look at last year’s neutral, silver and gold garland here, and the previous year’s look, when it was new, and our Christmas theme was blue as well, here.
I love the look so much with our pillows and ginger jars, also from Lauren Haskell Designs.
FIVE MINUTE DECORATING!
Lauren also sent me these beautiful and elegant little 22 karat gold painted trees, aren’t they so gorgeous? I shared them in our Christmas kitchen if you haven’t seen it yet (click here). I love them scattered with my mercury glass trees (they’re new this year!), reindeer and twinkly lights. It’s magic at night! This little setup took me five minutes to create – I’m keeping things simple, remember?I scattered the trees, placing some forward, some back, with the tallest ones in the center. My little white reindeer flank the grouping, and then I entwined the lights throughout. Literally five minutes. this would be gorgeous anywhere – a mantel, a console table, a centrepiece…and it’s so pretty.
You may be wondering – is this really that simple to achieve? Yes it is. I used almost everything I already owned – I already had all of these gift boxes that I use as ‘props’ from previous years. Aside from the tree light debacle, it was pretty simple! It is however, a lot of work getting it to look just right for photos.
I won’t lie to you about that – there’s a lot of primping, moving things around for the best composition for my shots, bows and ribbons tied just right. But the notion of keeping it simple for me, was creating a new look with what I had in storage, except for a couple of items, like pillows and a few decorations. Not overspending money or time shopping for new decor was key.Is my tree simple to decorate? Well, for me it takes time and patience and a few days to get this full, layered look that I love so much. And of course more time wresting with those darn lights! My point is, you can have an exquisitely decorated home for Christmas and still keep things simple for yourself too. Use what you love and I promise, you’ll be very happy with the outcome… Thank you for taking the time to visit with me today! I hope you enjoyed our elegant Christmas living room and I hope you found some inspiration here today! From five minute decorating, to adding just the right pieces here and there. I’ll be back with our Christmas porch and dining room – maybe even a tablescape if I can find the time to squeeze one in! If you’d like to see my other Christmas posts, visit my entryway here, kitchen here, and shopping gift guides here and here. I also have all of these and older posts under my Christmas tab, here, in the menu :) Happy Christmas decorating! Have a fabulous weekend! xo