Next on the holiday house tour is our simple Christmas living room. In case you missed it, I already shared our entryway. Once again I kept the decorating simple, with the focus being on the Christmas tree. I had to get a little creative this year with using what I already had, but I think it all worked out well! (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
My favorite little Charlie Brown Tree. I haven’t used it in a couple of years and when I took it out of the box, I forgot how short it was. It is 7 feet but our ceilings are 9 feet. Because the tree is thinner at the top, and because our built-ins are all the way to the ceiling, it just looked so tiny. So I decided to use a basket to add to the height. I used a five-gallon bucket from Lowe’s, with Quikrete and a plumbing tube to create a makeshift tree stand. It sits inside the basket and holds everything up perfectly. Then, I covered it all with a simple white blanket.
Using my favorite twinkle lights from last year, I carefully wrapped them around each branch. I shared more about how I did this in my Instagram stories Christmas highlight. I wasn’t sure if I was going to add ornaments, but as I started decorating I realized I wanted my color scheme to be black and white with a touch of gold. So, I had these gold icicle ornaments from a few years ago and decided to use them again.
On the fireplace mantel, I added my favorite black candlesticks and more garland. I decided not to use any stockings this year and just keep it simple and clean.
On the built-ins, I added white ceramic houses with battery operated tea lights and faux trees. Everything else, I kept the same. I don’t like the stress of having to redecorate my built-ins every season, so I usually just rotate a few things. But keep everything else as is.
On the sofa, I rotated the pillows for the dark green and black and white buffalo check. And I also added free winter art prints to the black frames. They aren’t too Christmas-y, and I can leave them up well into the new year.
Our simple Christmas living room is just perfect for us. Especially at night with the warm glow of the tree and the garlands. It truly is my favorite time of the year. Plus, I’m just watching all those Hallmark movies!
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