Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The halls are decked {a christmas decor tour} Part 2-living room

I can't believe Christmas is less then a week away!!  Are you guys ready?  Not me!! No surprise though, since I put the pro in procrastinate...

So I showed you our tree in part 1 of the Christmas decor tour.  Today I am going to show you the rest of the living room.  So let's get started!

Here is our built in bookshelf.

The top shelf has Ashley our Elf on the Shelf. Natalie chose her name.  Notice that her bell is missing on her hat? One word. Lily.  If you want to make one too you can check out my tutorial here. Next to her is my only snow globe.  I used to have about 6 but my tastes have changed and they went to a new home.  This guy was a gift last year or the year before.  I love the simple wood base and the vintage looking Santa.  So he gets to stay ;-)

The snowman on the same shelf was made by the hubby when he was little.  Isn't he adorable?

The next shelf has my project from Wine and Design.  Cassie over at Primitive and Proper hosts a party once a month at her home where there is wine (duh!) and a craft.  This months theme was Holiday Hoopla, which meant we could work on any holiday craft project.  I took scrapbook paper and modge podged it to letters that spelled BELIEVE.  Then I outlined the letters with glitter.  I have a small piece of wood that I am going to paint and use as a stand for the letters. But for now it leans against Dickens and Chaucer.

On the same shelf is this beautiful candle holder of Joseph and Mary.  It was a gift from my MIL.  I love it!

The third shelf has a Santa candle holder that I painted 5 or so years ago.  Sorry no close up!  Oops.  On the same shelf I threw some of our breakable (okay maybe I didn't throw them) into a mercury glass type  votive holder I bought 1/2 off at Michaels!  I also put some smaller ornaments that I found at Target in their Dollar Spot.  Simple yet gorgeous!

This is our Nativity.  It was in my house growing up.  My mom passed it on to me when I got married.  One of my favorite decorations.  

Isn't this the cutest lamb, ever?

This next decoration was also passed down from my parents.  MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE decoration growing up.  It plays "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and the bears twirl around.  My girls love it too!

And for your viewing pleasure here's a video of it:

Here's my new end table that I realized I never showed you guys.  Yellow!  I heart this end table. Emily over at Misadventures of a Furniture Fairy painted it.  She consigns with Cassie at Primitive and Proper.

I found this little cloche at Goodwill for $2 and stuck it on a little cake stand that I bought at Hobby Lobby (1/2 off!).  I just filled it with some ornaments.  Nice and simple but festive.

Here's another mercury glass votive that I filled with some faux glittered cranberries.

And there is the framed felt holly that I showed you here.

I collected all our Christmas themed books and they sit on the end table so the girls can read them anytime they want.  We read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

I have this little school desk that my parents bought me when we lived in England.  As a kid I actually used it as a desk but now it's a little table that sits in one corner of our living room.  It has the subway art I showed you here and the quick Christmas decor that I showed you here.  The angel I found at the party store (of all places!) for $2 and on a tray from Home Goods I just put a variety of ornaments.

Here is a display on top of a display cabinet.  Again more ornaments, another angel, my DIY candlestick hurricane, a picture of Natalie when she was 2, and a fake poinsettia that I wrapped in burlap secured with a bow.

Here's a close up of the candlestick.  I used epsom salt to simulate snow, I can't take credit for the idea nor can I remember which blog i saw it on.  :-(  On top is more sparkly cranberries and a plastic snowflake from the dollar store.

Inside the cabinet I just randomly placed some of our breakable ornaments that I couldn't put on the tree.

Sadly we don't have a fireplace...so I hang our stockings on the stair railings with some red grossgrain ribbon.  Here are the girls stockings.  I hope to make new stockings for next year.  I would love some burlap ones!

Here's hubby and I's stockings.  My mom made mine and as far back as I can remember I had this stocking.

And lastly, above our TV I hung a fresh wreath.  Did you know we have a holly bush out in front of our townhomes?  ME EITHER!!  We've lived in this house for almost 7 years and I never knew about it until a week ago!  But I digress...since we have a fake tree and I love the smell of fresh trees I figured the next best thing is a real wreath.  It's starting to look a little sad.  Do I need to spritz it with some water?  Anyone know if that will help?

Are you still there?  I know it was long but I just love sharing with you guys so I had to show you everything!  I'm actually still working on some last minute decorations that I'm crossing my fingers I get finished before Saturday.  I have one last part to show you, the kitchen!  So stay tuned.  


  1. You've done a great job of decorating, the shelving and tables look really festive and I love the sparkly baubles in glass containers around the place. I have hurt my leg this Christmas and my family have to do everything...it should be a real experience! I'm not sure we're prepared at all but it's lovely seeing them work together 'cos usually it's just me.

  2. it looks great, andi! the letters look gorgeous- so glad to see them up! and your yellow table adds a ncie pop of color to the room! we love reading christmas books, too. we've been reading the grinch, polar express, the little critter christmas books and more! so fun!

  3. Lovely photos! We have a collection of Christmas books just like that for our boys. I usually buy them after Christmas when they are 1/2 off and save them for the next year. I just love Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. Beautiful decorations, Andi! I love the name Natalie came up with for your elf:) Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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