Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas In the Living Room

Hello friends! Oh, I can't tell you how happy I am to see Friday arrive. I haven't felt up to par this week so I am so happy to see the weekend in sight! Tomorrow after work, I am going with some of my work friends to see Mockingjay Part 2. I am excited to watch the last of the Hunger Games trilogy but also sad to see it end. I enjoyed reading this series a few years ago and have enjoyed the movies almost as much. Anywho, it has been a long week and I am pooped so a relaxing evening at the movies and a nice supper out is just what I need.

Today I want to share the last of my very minimal Christmas decorations. This is the living room decor. First up is the tree. I chose this adorable little Frasier Fir from Lowe's. It was a great price and came with the water pan attached so all I had to do was bring it home and water it. It is such a sweet little tree. It looks so nice sitting on my aqua and gold stool. I used a little of the black and white gingham from my mother-in-law to wrap around the pan and act as a tree skirt.

Here's the view from my favorite chair. :)

I made the chain, the topper, and some of the ornaments from a vintage children's Christmas music book. I had everything on hand and didn't purchase anything except the tree and a couple strands of white lights.

And I printed a vintage map graphic and tore it into small pieces to mod podge on some styrofoam balls. Actually I used half Elmer's glue and half water.  

Next to the tree is my oldest globe. I made a little banner for it and just added some pine scented candles and fresh cedar beside it.

Here's the banner I printed and cut out. I placed fresh cedar in a couple of my creamers/pitchers on the shelf and also in the copper colored bucket to the right. It is hanging from the bracket.

The coffee table holds a red and white buffalo checked runner that I thrifted a few years ago and some fresh cedar and candles. 

The gallery wall clipboard holds a print that goes with my theme. I look forward to searching for free printables to place on this ever changing "art" display.

Some more red and green.

This vignette is just a few of my Christmas novels along with a couple candle holders and more cedar.

And so is this one.

And lastly is the top of the little shelf by Hubby's recliner. Trust me, you don't want to see the other! They are full of racing magazines and catalogs and a host of other junk things. LOL! That's OK though, he deserves his own space in the living room. I try to keep the top pretty and added some cedar to the jars that were already in the box. This was a gift from a student last year. His mom made awesome things from wood! 

And that is it! Simple and easy to put away after Christmas. Most of it gets thrown away and the few things I made will be boxed up and added to the pile in the shed. I hope you have a lovely Friday and weekend. I'll be back soon!

Until next time.....



  1. Your decorations are so pretty, Vicky. I love them all, especially your tree. I have FINALLY figured out what my home is missing...YOU! I need YOU to come decorate my house :)

    I hope you enjoy your evening out with friend and also hope that you get some rest. You want to be at your best before boarding a plane for the upcoming LONG flight. :)

  2. Everything is so pretty Vicky! I love your tree. A pretty view! I went and saw Mocking Jay with my girls the night it came out. It was good but very stressful. I'm going with my SIL Saturday. I think I'll enjoy it better the 2nd time. I read the books too. I'm kind of glad it's over ;-) Have you read the Divergent series? I'm sorry you're feeling bla...tomorrow's coming! Hang on! Hope you have a rest filled weekend :-)

  3. Vicky you are such creatively talented person!!! I love everything especially the Christmas tree decorations you made. It just makes your Christmas so wonderfully unique and special.

  4. it's all wonderful but your changing art display is my favorite! I think because even I could do that Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm and Merry Christmas.

  5. Hope you are feeling better Vicky. Your decor is always so pretty and cheery! Hope you have a restful weekend.

  6. What great ideas for your sweet tree! Love that it is beautiful as well as budget minded. I too love those greens! Feel better and enjoy your girls night. :)

  7. Dearest Vicky, how I have missed you....once again I have fallen behind in blogging - forgive me.

    I am so, so, so sorry to hear you are not feeling well :( Get better and rest up, sweet friend.

    Your home is stunning! I just love your sweet tree and its topper is too sweet.

    Much love and big hugs to you!

  8. I hope today finds you feeling better, and that you enjoy the movie tonight. I've never seen or read The Hunger Games. i know. Weird. lol

    Love your tree, and the garland is adorable!

  9. It is all so pretty! I enjoyed seeing your Christmas vignettes!

  10. Vicky I really love your theme this year and that tree is adorable. I'm go with an artificial tree and have for years now. With just me I can't handle live trees but the one you got is tempting since it's in the water container already. I hope you feel better, I think my energy is finally coming back. I have loved the Mockingbird Books and movies, I'm going to see the last one soon I hope! Enjoy your time with friends.

  11. Vicky, I LOVE that topper you made from the vintage music book! Have a peaceful & relaxing weekend.

  12. Your decorations and your home are so beautiful! Enjoy sitting back and looking at lovely things! xx

  13. I love it all. I had already spotted the globe the other day, but didn't have time to comment. The tree is perfect. AND oh, the banner underneath those ironstone pitchers. That is great; the banner as well as the display of the ironstone.
    You have such great ideas, Vicky.

  14. Very nice! Simpler decorating is no nice for a change! Love the clipboard...I have one that I change up with the seasons.

  15. Everything looks lovely, Vicky! That is such a sweet tree. We gave up on real trees several years ago...they simply do not like our dry AZ climate. I hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend!

  16. It all looks so beautiful. I hope you've had a peaceful weekend so far.

  17. Hi Vicky,
    So pretty! Love your tree and that tree topper!! The pops of red throughout are beautiful! And it all looks so pretty at night!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!
    Hugs, Kimberley

  18. Hi Vicky,
    I do hope you are feeling better this week. I love your pretty Christmas tree and sheet music decorations. You are so clever and creative. Take care and have great week.
    Julie xo

  19. Everything looks so cozy and charming. Love your handmade ornaments and the banners.

  20. Vicky, your tree is one of the prettiest I've seen. Love the music on it. Also love the red shecked table runner and display. I hope you feel better soon.

  21. Vicky, your living room is so cozy and inviting. I love the things you made for your tree!

    xo Dianne

  22. The tree looks beautiful. I love that you took the picture with the lights out so you could really see what it looks like at night.

  23. Oh it all just looks so beautiful and warm and cozy Vicky! I don't know what it is about that view from your favorite chair but I could just sit and look at it forever... I think that's the same view from a post in the summer that I loved :o)



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