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I am LOVING the neutrals on my Christmas tree this year! I think the added copper velvet ribbon might be my favorite addition to the last stop on my 2017 holiday home tour: the living room and fireplace.
Hi friends! I hope this final Friday before Christmas isn’t too hectic for you. As promised, I’ve come back on the blog today to toast the holidays (clink clink, glug) and show off my neutral living room decor.
When I had my family over for Christmas dinner (last weekend), I snapped a bunch of photos to show off the tree. In all honesty though, things were pretty crazy with the meal, not to mention the SIX dogs we had between all the family visiting. It was one big blur, with just a few moments to snap in between. For me though, it was totally worth it to soak in all of that Christmas glitter as my backdrop:
Stella is such a great little model. 😍
Copper. Velvet. Ribbon.
As you can see from these photos, there is ONE inconsistency with the tree: the copper velvet ribbon. It’s a whole lotta lewk with just one item, isn’t it? I spotted it on Etsy and immediately ordered. But due to shipping time and just plain exhaustion, I didn’t stick it on the tree until this week. I think it was the final flourish that really makes the tree shine, though.
And velvet? Not a thing I ever expected myself to decorate with. But the 80s are coming back in a pretty big wa, and I’m a little bit here for it — within reason. If you see me walking around with a fanny pack, or a scrunchy, or those godawful hairsprayed bangs (yes, I’ve heard at least 2 of these things are coming back, ick), please internet shame me until I remove them.
I anticipated the ribbon to be slightly lighter/brighter than how it looks in person, but it’s still gorgeous. My tree was already decorated by the time it came in the mail, so it was a lot easier to weave it in with short 3-foot pieces instead of trying to keep the entire roll intact (I wish I could have, but c’est la vie).
I liked the “joy” ornament I’ve had in previous years so much that I bought more words to go on this year’s tree. Only I didn’t have time to decorate them, so they’re bare wood. Maybe I’ll do it by Christmas… maybe not.
Ooh, I want to show this off to ya too: my aunt gave me a beautiful new ornament this year that perfectly fit my theme!
Gorgeous, right? She also gave me a — *ahem * — squirrel ornament too, so she trolled me in addition to giving me something I’ll cherish forever. Family.
Neutral Christmas Mantel and Stockings
I went neutral this year on the mantel, too, with most of the decor being reusable from previous years. The stockings are a new addition since we have a few more people to represent this year (Stella and K), but I really like the mix-and-match style of them. Keeps things looking more casual and homey.
The little white houses on either end are also a new addition. I picked them up at Joann’s on a super steep Christmas sale (60 and 70% off!).
Whoops — I forgot I had cookies on the coffee table, but I suppose it’s just fine that they wound up in my photos! The copper canisters are a new addition to the kitchen and the cookies are old family favorites. I’ll have more details on the cookie bar-looking things really soon, and you might recognize the ones below that are my Granny’s kolaches (recipe here). Our family seems to have a thing with jam.
That’s the last house tour photo dump I have for ya this week, but feel free to take a look back on the entryway and kitchen or the dining room posts if you missed them. There’s also my red and white Christmas decor from two years ago that should get some love if you haven’t seen it. I say that because it’s just been dethroned by my 2017 decor as “favorite Christmas look”.
Be sure to come back this weekend for another free cross stitch pattern and the full recap of our holiday dinner early next week. Maybe it will serve as a fun distraction if you need something to read while hiding from your family. 😉 If you’re a fan of dogs, you’re probably going to really enjoy it!
Are you finished decorating, or are you still tweaking like me? Merry Christmas, friends!