Christmas Home Tour: Living Room

I had signed up to do a blogger Christmas home tour, but ended up having to back out due to my shoulder. I still had most of the photos taken, though, and since I’ve slowly been working through them, I think I’ll try to post at least a few of the decorated rooms in my home before Christmas.

Before I start in with the photos, I should tell you a little bit about my house. It was built in 1908 or thereabouts by a copper miner. It has all of the original wood flooring, woodwork, and a wonderful old red brick fireplace. Sometimes I love my vintage home, and sometimes it drives me absolutely nuts. But, even though the living room layout is a little strange–there are four windows, five doorways, and an archway in the living room–I love it at Christmas time.

I have usually put the tree in a different corner of the living room, but that would have required moving both the couch and the new electronics charging station we put in a few months ago. So I decided to just move the easy chair and put the tree right next to the fireplace this year.

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I love it there. Incidentally, everyone loves the fact that we moved the chair up into the family room, so maybe I’ll have to keep the tree up all year. Or buy a new chair for the living room.

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If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ve seen my Christmas more than once, and you know I am all about keeping things traditional. Which means I don’t change up my Christmas decorations very much.

My tree is pretty much the same every year, with the occasional addition of new ornaments and retirements of those that are just too old to use anymore. If you want to see my entire tree decorating process, click here: How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree.

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Like my tree, the mantel doesn’t change much, either. I bought the stockings our first Christmas in this home. It was a big splurge on Pottery Barn, but totally worth it.

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I love them.

I’ve had the JOY stocking holders since my oldest was a baby. I added the snowflakes at either end when I bought the new stockings. Before that, my husband and I just didn’t have stockings (we didn’t really have room for five stockings at our last house, anyway).

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The initials on each stocking are one of my favorite touches. They are Harvey Lewis Monogram Ornaments (he puts a different design out every year, so I am linking to a 2014 example). My “L” is actually from 2010, while everyone else’s are from 2009. I couldn’t find an “L” in 2009, so I used something else. I was pleased to see that the font wasn’t so drastically different the next year, and it fits in pretty well with the other initials.

I just strung red grosgrain ribbon through each ornament and tied it to the stocking.

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One of the things I worried about this year with putting the tree right next to the fireplace was the fact that the mantel has always been silver and red, while the tree is gold and red.

But I think it turned out lovely.

Last year I made the little tree on the mantel by gluing decorative sparkly balls onto a tree form.

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I had intended to make another, smaller tree to complement it, but never got around to it. I think I also ran out of the sparkly balls. It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year, either, since there is less than a week until Christmas! Oh well.

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I like my little Santa bear under the tree. My aunt sent it to me when we first moved into this house, and he has been an important part of our decor since. He fits in perfectly.

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Every year, I empty out my magazine basket and fill it up with lots of Christmas books. The idea is to read one every night in December, though that isn’t always easy. I think this week we might have to read three a night in order to get through all of them. The kids are just too darn busy now that they are older. Not to mention the fact that my husband and I are also busier than I’d like. Also, do not ask what I did with all the magazines. And don’t go into my office, either.

But if you’d like to know which books are in the pile, click here: 24 Christmas Books to Read with Your Family.

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Finally, I made the wreath that is hanging on the mirror myself. I just bought a plain old fake pine wreath and wired some cheap dollar store ornaments on. I was copying a wreath out of the Pottery Barn catalog that cost about 80 dollars. Making it myself cost about 15-20 dollars. It’s been a while, so I’m not entirely sure.

And that’s it for my cozy and Christmas-filled living room. I have a few random things on the bookshelves, but nothing worth posting here.

Also, my dog is cute and those pictures would have been even better if I had had an actual fire going. But, fire or not, I love sitting on the couch and just looking at the tree and the mantel. It really puts me in the mood for Christmas and helps me focus on the Savior during this season.

Look for the dining room next!

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Lara, I love all your beautiful decor. Your room is so cozy I could just snuggle up with one of those Christmas books, a hot cup and coffee and spend the afternoon there. Gorgeous. Cathy


The stockings are so pretty! And the tree is fabulous. It doesn't matter to me that it's the same every year – that's tradition, and it's beautiful!

Hilda Rodgers

It's beautiful Lara! We decorate pretty much the same way every year too… we love the tradition of seeing the same things every year. I let my kids put stuff wherever they want (mostly) and they end up putting things where they remember they "always" go. It's comforting I think. Makes our pictures fairly similar every year, but I'm OK with that πŸ™‚ I love your stockings and those monogram ornaments really add some sparkle to them.

Jessica Abegg

Everything is so gorgeous! Keeping the tree up all year as an excuse to keep the chair in the other room? Yeah that sounds good, ha, as it looks absolutely fabulous!!


Very pretty! I love all of the ribbons on your tree. We also have the same Twas the Night Before Christmas book and it is a tradition to read it in our house every Christmas Eve.


Struggle with not having dinner every night but at least everyone comes home on Sundays for a big dinner.

gmissycat at yahoo dot com




I always liked baking cookies to leave on the hearth for Santa.



Baking cookies with my mom. Love it! Cherish it more and more as we both get older and we see each other less.


I was the oldest child and when I was seven, I was allowed to stay up late and be Santa's helper while my siblings slept.



Sandy Klocinski

Leaving a plate of cookies for Santa

richelle bowers

i struggle with planning meals to what my family will eat

Carmen N

I struggle with the delay gratification. If there's something I want, I want it now…


the christmas tree was decorated with everything edible! Decorated gingerbread men wrapped in saran wrap and hung, strings of popcorn & cranberries, candy canes, popcorn balls, pouches of chocolate coins, we had fun making it all, also, we got to eat it when taking the tree down, so it was just as fun to take down the tree as put it up!

Stephanie V.

celebrating with extended family on Christmas eve and each child picking out an ornament for the tree each year.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Bruce Vrana

Finding time to exercise


One of my favorite traditions is that my kids, husband and I decorate a
couple of Gingerbread houses. We buy the premade type and then we
decorate. We make a mess, but it’s really fun and we all look forward
to it each year.
Thanks so much


I tweeted:
Thanks again


Our family trims the tree with popcorn on Christmas Eve.


One of our holiday traditions is making different kinds of cookies on Christmas Eve.
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I loved getting the whole family together on Christmas Eve and opening gifts. I really miss this and wish we had more family to share this tradition with. Thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoodot com


On Christmas eve we'd all go to midnight mass.
Come home have an early brunch and open our gifts – fun!
thank you

barbara (dot) montyj (at) gmail (dot) com




All 4 of us kids got matching jammies.

Courtney Bella

we sit by the tree on xmas eve drink eggnog and watch a xmas movie πŸ™‚
thank you!

Courtney Bella




I loved going to see the christmas lights at the temple every year.