Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Decorations: The Living Room

It is my favorite time of the year! I have been a busy bee decorating our home for the holidays. Our house was suppose to be on The Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Home Tour, which was canceled last minute. So.....all those months of planning and getting the house ready for the tour, were NOT wasted! I absolutely LOVE the way my house has come together this holiday season. I am in the process of photographing each room so I can share it with you. I'll start with the living room.

This year I decided to go all the way with live greenery...no fake stuff here! I got the dwarf blue spruces at Home Depot (which I plan to plant outside after the holidays). I also went with short leaf pine garland for the mantel.

I made the cedar wreath from clippings from our yard. I also had a lot of extra 1"x4" boards left over from our recent bathroom renovation (which I plan to reveal in an upcoming post). So I cut them down, stained, painted and distressed them and put them together to make the backdrop for the mantel. I love the texture it adds to the room.
After about 6 years of saying I was going to make us new stockings and never actually doing it, this year I actually did. I used canvas duck for the body of the stockings and then did several different cuffs in contrasting neutral fabrics. I picked up the letters from Hobby Lobby, painted and distressed them and added a pretty textured rope to hang them from each stocking.
For the coffee table, I was forced to make a burlap table runner after one of the boys took a metal truck to the top of it a few months ago. (I'm all about the distressed look, but this was a little extreme.) I used my granddaddy's shoe shine box to hold some fresh greenery. I also took a thrift store picture frame, painted it, added some feet and some pretty fabric and made a tray out of it. I filled a glass container with gold ornaments, added some burlap ribbon and a sprig of greenery. So easy!!

Some people may think the candles you put in your windows may be a little old-fashioned, but I love them. I remember my Mom always putting them out and it reminds me of Christmas as a child. My kids love them as well.

This is my Granny's bookshelf that my parents gave me a few months ago. My Granny and Papa bought it when they first got married.

Freebie paperback books that I tore the covers off, tied with jute twine and added greenery.






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42 comments:

Julie said...

The whole room looks gorgeous! Love the mantle, especially.

Michelle said...

I love your style. Just beautiful.

cindy the cottage chick said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love every little thing you've done. Visiting from Rhoda's mantel party. :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS!! I love it all, your home is beautiful!! Just became your newest follower:) Martina

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

So Beautiful!! Too bad about the tour being cancelled but your decorations are so pretty.
Hugs,
Sherry

Babs said...

Just so pretty! Love your cream, green and brown colors. So fresh and yet still warm and cozy. I really like the way you enhanced the window candle. I use window candles too, but never though to "enhance" them. Great idea..love it. Too bad about the house tour being cancelled. Those who didn't get to see your decorations really missed a treat.
Babs

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

It looks fantastic! You did a great job! At least you can have a 'virtual tour' with us, right? :)
I love having candles in the window too, they remind me of home.

Katy said...

Wow I love this! So much texture and it feels so cozy and comfy. Great, great job!

Joey & Kami Scarborough said...

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times...what can't you do? I love the stockings! Everything looks perfect!

leslie said...

Love, Love, love the decor! You did a beautiful job.

Kristina Pendergrass said...

Leigh Anne! Your home looks like a magazine: you've done a gorgeous job!! Wow! :-)

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Katie said...

I really love your decorating. I'm going to have to check out your other posts.

Tara G. said...

It's warm, cozy, pretty, simple, elegant- all of that!

ReStylist said...

I love your style. You are just great with accents. The creams and natural elements are so beautiful too. I have to say though that your grandparents bookcase is my favorite.

Shaunna said...

Gorgeous styling everywhere!!! It's beautiful! Off to share on my Facebook page. ;-)
shaunna

Miranda said...

Beautiful room! I love your new stockings and that bookcase! I'm in the process of merging my decorating blog and family blog, but am struggling with how to handle the content. I love how you've done yours, so I am your newest follower. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lady Chris said...

Love the letters from Hobby Lobby :) and what a wonderful use for your grandfather's shoe shine box. Love it!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Beautiful! You did a great job with your living room. Too bad about the cancellation but glad we got the tour!

Pieced Pastimes said...

Your Christmas decor is just lovely. Love the mantel and the stockings turned out wonderful.

Christy Logan said...

You. Are. Amazing.

andreabrosto said...

Oh my word!!! Beautiful! This needs to be in Southern Living magazine! You are so incredibly talented.

Anonymous said...

I love what you did with the frame on your coffee table. May I ask where you bought the "feet" for the back of the frame?

Leigh Anne said...

The feet for the frame/tray came from either Hobby Lobby or Michael's. I got them in the unfinished wood section. They are actually round flat disk-like pieces and then another wooden piece glued together. I know I didn't do a very good job of describing. I don't have the bags they came in to tell you the real names. Send me an e-mail and I'll take a pic of them and e-mail it back to you. Hope this helps!

Mrs. Orr said...

Breathtaking! Where did you find the little wood chair?

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Just beautiful! I love every bit.

Mama Bear said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Mama Bear said...

Rustic refinement at its very, very best!!!

Anonymous said...

I love everything, just gorgeous! Love your curtains in the background. Do you remember where you got them??

Kristal said...

Love your decorating style! Where did you get the awesome curtains?

Leigh Anne said...

I made the curtains from burlap.

Hannah said...

This is so beautiful and I took some advice and picked a bunch of fresh greenery for my mantel this year, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration. This is so random, but what kind of books/albums are on the third shelf of your bookshelf. They are all uniform and the same size/color. I just always want to display albums or books, but am a bit anal when they don't match up, and didn't know if those were photo albums or just used for the look. Thanks!

Bridget Shoemaker said...

I love your style. Absolutely gorgeous. Where is the Bible Script from? Did you make that on a computer and put in a frame? I love that.

TheMoonAndMe said...

Love your stockings! The whole mantel is beautiful! :)
Kelly

Shan said...

Gorgeous! Love it all!

Rosa villa said...

Wow, amazing blog layout! I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.

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SurfBux GlobalMarket said...

Decorating your home during Christmas could be lots of fun. It's a fantastic method to bond with friends and family. Fairy lights, colorful festoons, snowflake cutouts, and ribbons surely can make the atmosphere festive. So work up your own creativity, and create magic with Christmas decorations.

Cuttysark said...

Great Blog! Thanks for sharing your awesome collection of Christmas Decorations . Thanks!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

It is all so beautiful and so well put together. I absolutely love the stockings. I love the candles in the window also, my mamaw always had them in her kitchen window, which was the only window you could see from the road.

Mary Lou Martin said...

I love your room. It is beautiful and something I think I could do at my house. I especially like your stocking idea. I need to remake our stockings too and this gives me incentive to get started. Beautiful room!

Prince Crown said...

I'm loving this personalized idea of Christmas decoration.It gives silence to the mind after watching this type of Decoration in living room.Thinking I might have to start a family tradition in my style of decoration.

marilyn scott said...

Nothing left to say but WOW! Your Christmas decorating ideas is simply divine, fantastic and awesome that can make everyone hypnotized as if they're looking at a home magazine. Thanks for sharing inspiration!