Friday, December 14, 2018

Our cozy Christmas basement tour

Hey hey! Happy weekend!! Do you have any fun plans? I'm hosting girlfriends for our annual holiday party and can't wait to have our home full of good people, music and food!

Today I'm continuing my Christmas tours with our basement family room. This room is just awesome -- it's a BIG space and this basement has taller ceilings than our last one. Our Christmas tree no longer scratches the ceiling. ;)

As with the family room and kitchen tours, I'll share the photos and keep the "talking" to a minimum. I'll link to items and projects under the images. If I miss anything, let me know!

I moved our World Market table (one of my favorite pieces) down here a few months ago and it's PERFECT in this spot:
World Market Everette long console table

I also switched a couple small tables in the house awhile back and they look SO much better in their new spots. You can see what used to sit in this spot here -- and this one fits so much better at the bottom of our stairs:
Small console table vignette

Holiday music garland on stairs

 One of my favorite details down here are the stair railings that match the ones upstairs:
Wood railings and handrail basement steps

We got this tree at Walmart years back and it's held up great. Get this -- I didn't even take this one down to store it. We scooted it into the storage area and left it up and completely decorated. 👏
Flocked Walmart tree gray and white ornaments

I mean...that's about the best thing ever! I am buying a stand up tree cover this year though. :)

I have BIG plans for that TV wall...someday. It's a large wall that is calling out for some built ins:
Basement family room with sectional

When these light bulbs go out I plan to replace them with the daylight bulbs I love. I prefer them in areas where we don't have a ton of natural light. 

You can read all about the sectional here. It's held up wonderfully -- although we don't sit on it every day. But it's gotten a lot of use over the past year:
Slide under computer table on sofa

I get asked about that table that slides under the sofa a lot -- it's so convenient! You can find it here (affiliate) -- just be sure to measure the height of your chair and/or the arms because it doesn't fit over the arms on most of the furniture we have. 

I LOVE having the window in here -- the IKEA drapes (Sanela version) block the light completely if we are watching movies or TV during the day: 
Large L shape sectional in family room

Large Lazboy sectional with chaise

Other than the tree, I didn't decorate for the holidays down here last year since we had just been in the house for a couple months. It was so fun to add some holiday touches in this space! 
Brass tray on coffee table

Large gray sectional with chaise

You can find most of the sources for everything in this room in this post -- be sure to check that out if you're curious about anything. If you have any questions, please ask away!

Thanks for all your kind comments on the spaces so far! I've had a blast decorating our "new" house this year...we fall more in love with our home every day. 

I'll be back next week -- have a fun and safe weekend! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tour of our Christmas great room!

Hello my friends! I'm back with another Christmas tour -- this time the family room. Thanks so much for your kind comments on the kitchen and morning room! :) The family room decor isn't much different than it was last year, but I've quite a few DIY projects in this room since then!

Like the last tour, I will leave links under each photo to projects or posts. I'll also sprinkle in some of the same views from last year so you can see the changes I've made in here! 

Enjoy my favorite room in the house -- we love the high ceilings, the spaciousness and the beautiful staircase in this space. :) The first before and after -- with the dark blue added and DIY built ins:
Blue and red Christmas decor

This is how it looked last year: 
Using ribbon in tree

This angle is one of my favorites (if not my favorite) in the whole house. LOVE! 
Dark blue gray accents with white

I went with fresh greenery on the stairs this time -- I like to use them here and there in the house, but last year we had just moved in and I used our faux greenery. 

I love the look of the real swags: