Home for the Holidays 2013: Living Room Tour

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I hope you’re all enjoying my Home for the Holidays series thus far. So far I’ve shared our Family Room Holiday Decor, a yummy Christmas cookie recipe, and some of my favorite things in 2013 (they’ll make great stocking stuffers!)

Next up is our Living Room Tour!

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I actually think that this is the first time you are all seeing this room with furniture! Since we decided to keep our family room a bit more rustic and casual, we wanted to really make the living room vibrant. The jewel tones throughout the space are playful and add a bit of magic to the room.

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I love the elegance that pillared candles bring the a space– not to mention how romantic the soft glow is at night.
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Beautifully wrapped presents adorn our windowsill coupled with large colorful ornaments and lit garland.

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Our tree has a whimsical theme with colored balls, snowflakes, and icicles hanging from its branches.

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This decorated credenza is probably my favorite corner of the room and is home to some very special pieces that are close to my heart.
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How cute is this “Let it Snow” pillow? I just love it. And what’s funny is that the moment I placed this pillow in the chair, I noticed snowflakes start to fall outside. By the time we were done decorating the room, our lawn was covered in white!

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These little guys were given to me by my mother 3 years ago. She used to collect nutcrackers when I was growing up and would display them every year on our mantle at Christmas. Now that I’ve been given a few of her favorites, I have a piece of “home” with me during the holidays!

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And of course, we can’t forget the romance at Christmas. See you under the mistletoe Mr. H 🙂20131209-200921.jpg

The nutcrackers continue along our back window and keep watch over the room at night.

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And we can’t forget Santa! He’s peeking through in the corner.

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Finally, our cozy couch sits below our banister which has been dressed in garland, ribbons, and pearls.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our living room tour! Next up will be the dining room (which you can see a sneak peek of in the photo above).

So how is your decorating coming along? Are you still adding the final few touches?

Happy Holidays!

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Home for the Holidays 2013: Family Room

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Happy December everyone! Can you believe Christmas is here already? Mr. H and I are so excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home! The Friday after Thanksgiving, my family was gracious enough to come by to help us “deck our halls”. The guys (Mr. H, my dad, and my brother) were on outdoor lights duty while the girls (myself, my mom, and my brother’s girlfriend) were trimming the tree and putting magical touches on the interior. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we’re about 90% done!  Go team!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the spaces we’ve transformed through a December series I’ll be calling “Home for the Holidays”.

The first room I’d like to share is the Family Room.

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I am so glad that we are finally in a home with a full fledged fireplace! Not only does it provide a stunning focal point in the room, but Santa actually has a chimney to come down at Christmas 🙂 If only we could figure out how to light that fire… Oh the joys of owning a new home!

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I love how cozy we’ve made this corner. We just added a warm throw and pillow and now it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa on those chilly snowy evenings.

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How darling are these stockings!? When I saw these beauties, I just couldn’t resist. You can’t really tell from the photos but up close the thread shimmers adding a truly elegant look to room.

Also peeking through in this photo is our memory tree. Our main Christmas tree is located in our living room. But here in our family room, we have tree containing important ornaments that mean something special to both Mr. H and me.

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Among these treasures are an ornament from the Roatan where we vacationed 3 years ago, a Lenox piece my mother gifted us to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home, a gingerbread man to honor our annual holiday cookie exchange we throw, our wedding invitation ornament I made, our “H” monogram we bought for our first married Christmas, and red bone specially made for our puppy Cooper. These all represent amazing memories if you ask me!

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We are lucky in that we have a great mantle to work off of. We really didn’t need to do much to make a statement– just a bit of garland and a rustic wreath and the place really illuminates!

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These stocking holders were a great find by my mother. I think they’re absolutely adorable and add a unique touch to the mantle. This one’s a snowflake but the set also came with a tree and a reindeer!

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One of my favorite parts of the room is this DIY “firewood” basket I made located by the hearth of the fireplace.  It was a cinch to put together and cost only about $10 to assemble!

Well I hope you enjoyed our family room holiday tour! Thanks for stopping by– and remember, there’s no place quite like home for the holidays.

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