Christmas living room junk home tour
Merry Christmas friends! And today is a special one indeed…
Today I’m sharing the final part of my Christmas home tour which is the coziest room in the house… the living room! Which also includes this year’s Christmas fireplace mantel and Christmas tree.
If you missed the Christmas kitchen tour, check it out HERE
So let’s go for a walk through a snowy forest, shall we?
Christmas living room junk home tour
This year’s theme is all about a natural Christmas. Imagine walking through a snowy forest trail. Branches heavy with new fallen snow, the sounds of nature, the crunch underfoot…
I spend a LOT of time on the bike trails through our local forest, so I wanted to bring the feeling of being out there inside my home. It’s been my sanctuary and escape all year long, and it’s a vibe that brings joy and comfort, no matter what is going on.
A cozy white living room
The living room has a different arrangement this Christmas, and I’m really loving it! One sofa is now parked in front of the big picture window, creating the perfect spot to peek outdoors and bird watch with coffee in hand.
With white slipcovered sofas freshly washed, it’s light and bright like new fallen snow, while getting cozy with just the right amount of cozy pillows and blankets.
And yes… the slipcovers wash up magically! They really do.
Read more on the sofa adventures at:
Right Sky? She knows! This is her very favorite spot to take in naps, especially in the evenings when I relax in front of a Netflix series in this very spot myself.
Isn’t the (cozy kitty with the) cozy Christmas Sweater pillow perfection? It’s a cozy and neutral look perfect for all winter long!
Learn how I made the Christmas Sweater pillow HERE
View the Christmas Sweater stencil HERE
And inside that vintage crock is something special…
A vintage crock cookie jar
The whole thing is special in all honesty!
This is a crock with a lid gifted to me from my sister. It came from her husband’s family so it’s old and precious. Inside I store peppernuts, a little grab and go spicy cookie infused with ginger, cloves, mace and star anise. I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about them! Maybe I should.
Anyway, this crock comes out only at Christmas so it remains special. Isn’t a beauty, isn’t it?
Scrap wood Christmas trees
Beside my and Sky’s fav spot to sit, there’s this little rustic side table that houses my coffee and TV remotes on top.
On a shelf below is the perfect spot for these little industrial Christmas trees (shown how HERE).
Aren’t they the cutest?
There’s other little surprises in the room as well.
On the TV media stand sit these little rustic scrap wood trees from 3 different years. They are easy keepers as they store like a dream and look good everywhere!
Find how I made each style under DIY Christmas Trees HERE
On a corner side table, I took advantage of another shelf with a vintage crate filled with ornaments. I was about to put the ornaments away when I realized they were so pretty just being them!
The sections of the pop crate made color blocking them easy.
And the whole reason for the fresh forest vibe this year…
Natural Christmas tree with rustic tree crate
Is this year’s Christmas tree! I had fully decorated my faux flocked tree when the vibe just wasn’t speaking to me. You know that feeling? So it came down and I picked up this untrimmed natural forest tree instead!
It’s massive… and perfect with just lights and nothing else.
And it’s spectacular at night. It took a massive amount of lights to hit every branch, and it positively SPARKLES at night. No decorations are needed!
The tree crate is new too! I actually styled it to go with the white flocked tree from last year, but after changing tree gears, it ended up being perfection for this tree too!
The Christmas tree this year stands pretty much in the middle of the upstairs, which is a first! I can even enjoy the other side of it when I’m working my blog office right behind it!
The teddy bear is also extra special. It is one of the last crafts my Mom made herself out of a faux fur coat.
Now that you’ve seen the living room, let’s take a closer glance at this year’s Christmas fireplace mantel…
Christmas fireplace mantel
For this year’s Christmas fireplace mantel decorating, once again real branches came out to play! Wind fallen evergreen branches were scavenged from the road side, then placed into position along with a string of tiny lights that don’t get hot. They don’t really show up in the photos, but they offer a tinkling glow that is perfection without taking over.
The branches were lightly sprayed with spray snow to highlight them a little more against the dark fireplace.
Teamed up with a couple of vintage windows and candles, and wooden antique skis propped to the side, it’s a snowy natural forest vibe that appears to suit the larger scaled fireplace.
Complete with a cozy, real wood crackling burn…
Christmas cards in stockings
Christmas cards are tucked into the stockings, which makes for an easy grab and read when desired. I like to read the cards and reflect on the givers.
And while a pretty Christmas home tour shares allllll the good, not all went as planned this December. But I think it came with a bigger lesson…
A little December backstory…
December was a funky kind of month for me personally. I knew I was running late on some projects so I was pushing things full speed ahead not really enjoying the moment…
… when I injured my leg. I thought nothing of it until it became a bigger issue.
Nearly all of December I was working for 10 minutes, then resting the ‘ol leg worried how serious it was going to become. It was like the powers that be wanted me to STOP and reflect. Was go go go the most important part of December? No. Not by a long shot.
The most important part was about enjoying simple moments and appreciating the fact that I was actually pretty healthy compared to lots. Yes, my leg was propped up a lot, but that gave me more time to chat with my son, and soothe the stress away while I cuddled with the purring cats.
Once things improved, my stance on all the Christmas madness changed. I no longer cared about ‘doing all the things’. I just did what felt right while slowing down to enjoy some moments too.
Cherish everyday moments.
So my wish for you is that it doesn’t take an injury for you to cherish and remember the special moments of this year that brought on life changing things for so many. And while there is difficulty, there’s also joy in between as well. It’s about making the most of any given moment anywhere you are. Don’t you agree? Try and see the good through the fog of challenge?
Here’s wishing you good health, with an abundance of gratitude for the good things life has gifted all of us!
I’ll be taking a little time off for the holidays to put my feet up, enjoy a little Netflix, plenty of cat cuddles and texting and chatting it up with my son and hopefully a few visits to my beloved forest trails. If you’d like to follow a few live moments caught on video now and then, follow me over on Instagram HERE!
Merry Christmas dear friends! And thank-you for visiting this year’s Christmas living room junk home tour and following my own stories, antics and projects all this year! Your visits help keep me doing what I love most… to encourage and inspire others through creativity.
All the best!
Take in the Christmas kitchen home tour HERE