Our cozy family room Christmas tour!

December 03, 2019

Glass Christmas tree candle holders

Hello hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week! Ours was a perfect mix of having fun (Disney World and plenty of family and friend time) and relaxing (barely got off my butt a couple days). 

In between sitting on my butt, I finished up our tree in the family room, so I thought I'd share this great room Christmas tour today! If you missed it, I shared the main staples I use when decorating for  the holidays here. I stick to those pretty much everywhere! 

This year, instead of stressing and trying to decorate every room to the hilt, I decided to focus on certain areas instead. Focal points I guess you could say, like the mantel and the stairs. And of course the tree! I'm learning over the years that a little bit of Christmas decor goes a long way.

It's taken a lot of the stress out of holiday decorating and I've enjoyed it quite a bit this year! (I always enjoy it...but when it's your job it can get a little more stressful than it should be.) 

Take a look at our tour below!
Great room with tall fireplace open stairs

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For the first year in a long time I used faux greenery on the stair railings. I love the real stuff but it gets messy at the end of the season. This faux cedar greenery is the best I've found for the price! (I'll link all of the items in this room at the bottom of the post. :) 

I'm a lover of red at Christmas -- I don't use it anywhere else any other time of year! But now...it's my favorite. It looks great with the moody blues in this room: 
Easy way to decorate mantel for Christmas

Cyberspace fireplace wall

Decorating with red for Christmas

Our tree is 12 feet tall and we got it from At Home a few years ago. It's prelit and lights up as you put it together -- that makes things so much easier! 

I tell you every year I have a love/hate relationship with this tree. It's a BEAST to decorate and takes forever. But my husband loves it SO MUCH. And I always enjoy it when it's done...so I'll keep the beast alive: 

Christmas family room decor ideas

I'm SO glad I decided to tackle that trim work on the fireplace wall this year! I've been wanting to do it since we moved in and I absolutely love it: 
Inexpensive grid trim work on fireplace wall

The materials for that project are SO inexpensive. You can make a big impact for so little! 

The mantel decor this year is literally garland I piled on...I do this every year and love how it comes together: 
Simple way to decorate mantel

I stick in bits and pieces to add fullness and some color. The vintage brass candlesticks are the perfect finishing touch. 

The eucalyptus I use is from here and also IKEA. It's a faux plant that works ALL year round beautifully: 
Using eucalyptus in Christmas decor

Mantel decorating at Christmas

Using garland on Christmas fireplace

Remember my DIY Christmas boxes craft? I found the perfect spot for them on our wood picture ledges
DIY Christmas present art craft

I think they are the cutest! 

I saw that metal art online at Decor Steals months ago and grabbed it up. I was going to put it outside but liked it even more here: 
White and wood open stairs

White balusters wood steps

The lanterns on the stairs were IKEA finds years ago, and the little houses were from the Target dollar spot a year or two ago.

Here's one a look at our giant tree:
Decorating 12 foot Christmas tree

You can see how I find seasonal pillows for way less here -- and I'll link the green ones below. 

There you go! It's been a long time since I've been done decorating this early. I only have a few more things to do and I'm done! I absolutely love our home at Christmas! 

Do you do a lot of holiday decorating or just the minimum? I've known the joy of both! ;) You can see most of the items in our family room by clicking on the photos below: 

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  1. Wow, Sarah - that tree looks amazing in there! It's definitely a room that can handle a large one. I love all your decor and the pops of red. I also use red this time of year-so festive for the holidays. A thumbs up on the faux garland too. I haven't used real in years and it's so much easier! Loved the tour!

  2. So beautiful! I love how your home is so sleek and modern in the background but you've managed to make it all warm and cosy for Christmas! Love it! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  3. Gorgeous, Sarah!! I didn't even take the Christmas bins into the house this year...I kept it simple with just my main tree (fully decorated of course), plus some other plain lit trees scattered about. I thought about doing other things, but I really like the simplicity of my decor this year. Your home always looks amazing!!

  4. Wow, your home looks cozy yet sophisticated!! I'm a bit jealous, and I wish you could decorate my home for the holidays! The beautiful rug on your floor just reminded me of a blog post I read a little bit ago about cleaning rugs during the holidays, so you might be interested in reading it. I love your cute stocking and the seasonal throw pillows, and I'll be saving this post on Pinterest to use as decorating inspiration!


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