A Nostalgic Christmas Tree and Living Room and Mantel Tour

A nostalgic Christmas feels like coming home! I'm sharing my living room and mantel and my colorful Christmas tree.

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Christmas is just a few shorts days away and I realized I haven't shared our main tree yet! If you've missed any of my Christmas tours, rooms and trees this year, you can get caught up:

So come on in and take a tour of our living room Christmas tree and mantel. I was drawn to all things nostalgic this year, that feeling of coming home for Christmas and I hope that's the feeling you get when you visit my home today.

A Nostalgic Christmas Tour

The craziness of the past couple years has really brought family to the forefront of my mind as never before! We don't live anywhere close to family, so I thought creating a nostalgic Christmas would help me focus on Christmases past, when the extended family got together for a week to celebrate.

Christmas tree

I have been putting our main tree up in our sunroom for the past several years because it's more out of the way than the living room. You can see the tree when you walk in the front door, as well as when you're sitting in the living room because of the configuration of our sunroom.

I brought my daughter's large round rag rug down from her bedroom (with her permission), and set the tree right on top.

Then I filled the room with quilts and handmade ornaments and stockings to give it the feeling of a homey Christmas.
The tree is loaded up with a mix of old and new, store-bought and handmade ornaments, and ribbon to fill in the gaps and create movement.

I brought down my son's rocking horse from the attic. I clearly remember the Christmas he got it, a handmade gift from grandpa. He had just turned 2 and he rocked the heck off that horse! The handle broke and the tail disappeared, the reins were ripped off. It's a well-loved gift!

I did a little surgery to repair the broken handle, and replaced the missing tail with some Christmas ribbon. I would say it's earned a spot under the Christmas tree!

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The vintage style daybed is a cozy and comfy place to read a book, or enjoy a fire in the double sided fireplace.

I topped my white cottage dresser with Christmas books and a velvet star and white painted mason jars. Hanging above is the cross stitch sampler I recently found at the thrift store (soaked in Oxiclean, with a new bright green painted frame), as well as the DIY painted quilt squares I made (see those here and here). It's a riot of color, which is ideal for a nostalgic Christmas, wouldn't you say?

Christmas mantel

I kept the mantel simple this year. In fact, I set it up with the intention of redoing it, but liked the simplicity.

Just a garland, an old window with some wood stars and my large driftwood angels. A thrifted framed print of O Holy Night sits in the center.

My kids are mostly grown, but I love bringing out our collection of Christmas books each year. I tucked them into a vintage chicken feeder so they're easy to grab and enjoy. My daughter still enjoys reading her favorites.

Living room decor

Piling the sofa with soft and colorful pillows, stockings galore as well as an abundance of candles and twinkle lights makes our living room so cozy for Christmas! I've sprinkled our nativities around the room (a favorite is always the Veggie Tales one with the singing Laura the Carrot star!)

I didn't worry about clashing colors this year! My vintage pastel ornament wreath coexists very comfortably with the reds and greens around the room, the aqua window on the mantel, and all the colors in the sunroom.

I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family! Thank you so much for following along with my projects, I am so blessed to be able to do what I love.

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  1. Everything is just beautiful and it is fun seeing what you do next. You are very talented.

    Blessings at Christmas
    Denise TX


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