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Christmas Decorating Ideas Home Tour

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Today I am sharing Christmas decorating ideas in my living room, including how I decorated my Christmas tree with handmade and nostalgic ornaments.

In the past few years I have decorated my house for Christmas using the colors turquoise, pink, purple and lime. I love these colors, but when we moved to the lake and wooded lot, these colors just didn’t seem right, so this Christmas I am using traditional red and green.

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I decorate my house for Christmas to not only look festive, but more importantly to exude happiness so that everyone who comes to visit feels that warm and toasty Christmasy feeling.


One of the reasons I previously used non-traditional Christmas colors was the fact that one of the main pieces of furniture in my living room was turquoise. I still have it, see a sliver of it above on the right?


A few weeks ago when I was at Michaels, I found extra wide plaid ribbon with red, black and turquoise! I had never thought about putting the colors red and turquoise together. I loved it, bought 2 rolls and my color scheme for Christmas was set. Having white walls and a pretty neutral color scheme in the room, makes holiday colors pop.

We always buy a fresh tree. This year it is a Fraser fir. The ornaments on it are mostly handmade by my mom or myself, but we do have plenty of purchased ones also. I made the SIS ornament above. It was a playing piece from a vintage board game.


Th red velvet heart I made after my dad passed away. I posted about it, here. I made it from a shirt he wore every Christmas day. I made one for my siblings and daughters so that my dad’s signature shirt comes to life every Christmas.

To me these types of ornaments have so much more meaning. I love unwrapping them every year to place on the tree as so many happy Christmas memories come flooding back to me.

I wrote about these ornaments in this post: Memory Christmas Ornaments

Christmas mantel decorating idea

I DIYed this stone fireplace myself. It used to be a brick wall. In my previous house we had a big screen TV above the mantel.

This is the first time in years that I got to decorate a mantel again. I enjoyed decorating it with a snow theme. You can read more about it in this post:


I shopped my house and the Christmas bins that I kept after purging so much when we moved.  I had the stool in the attic and used a few of the garlands I had for past trees… The snowball one is my favorite.


The HO HO HO garland is actually die cut felt ribbon from PaperMart.com


The pom-pom garland is from HomeGoods. The small white pom poms are yarn that I used a few years ago to hang paper snowflakes I made in windows. It is no longer sold, which makes me happy that I kept it.


I fashioned the topper using foam snowflakes. I have a few dozen of these that used to hang on the tree in previous years. It is tradition in my family to always use a vintage gold topper, but this year’s tree trunk was way to thick and the topper would not go over it. I had to come up with something and found the snowflakes in my stash.


Every year, even as a child growing up, furniture had to be moved to make space for the Christmas tree. I found a new spot for the rocker that got displaced. I kinda like it here. Since is swivels, it can be turned to face the kitchen or the living room.


I kept the decor pretty simple, greenery from my yard with some ornaments and candles, and of course a little glitter.


I even tucked some in the open shelves in my kitchen. I made the fabric covers on the poinsettia pots. I am not a fan of the foil they come with. Here is the link on how to do it: Flower Pot Cover.


Pretty and simple… :-) More time to sit back and relax so I can enjoy the season, although I am still working on the kitchen makeover. I am 3/4’s of the way done. I will post an update early next week.

Christmas tree decorating traditional

To display Christmas cards we receive, I made this framed ribbon board. You may see a ribbon from a previous project I posted about. I used up the leftovers. It is hanging on the side of the cabinets in my kitchen. I have a tutorial ready and will post it in a few days.


Now that the Christmas decor is up, my favorite time to enjoy it is at night. I love the sense of comfort and nostalgia that seems to wrap its arms around me as I listen to Christmas music and gaze at the twinkling tree lights as they dance on the ceiling…

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…along with the candle glow.

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It creates the perfect peaceful atmosphere.

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I focused my Christmas decorating in the living room, but did tweak the guest room...

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…and the gazebo and dock for Christmas.

Now I can focus on shopping and wrapping…. and I can’t forget the baking. :-)

What colors do you decorate with at Christmas?

To see my previous Christmas tours, you can find them here:

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  1. Love all your Christmas displays! Did you buy your poinsettias with those cute green wrappers or do that yourself. I really don’t care for the foil ones they come in.

  2. Good Morning Diane!! Your home looks so beautiful, cozy and so welcoming! I too have used the red and green color scheme this year. This is our first Christmas in our new home, so it took awhile for me to figure out how to decorate! Well I’m loving it and so happy to be finished!! Our tree is fresh, which we have always had, with 2000 lights! I too love to see the ornaments we have had for so long and there’s always a story to go wth each one! Even the Naval Academy one!!
    Love seeing all of your beautiful pictures of your Lakehouse!
    Enjoy the joy and peace of this Christmas season!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND ED! Go Navy Beat Army! ???

    1. Good morning Nancy – Thanks. I hope you enjoy your first year in your new home. I bet it looks wonderful!!! We always buy a fresh tree, too. It is tradition to have it up before the Army Navy game. We will be watching and are having a few friends over to join us. I will be thinking about you doing the same in your new home. :-) There are a few Naval Academy ornaments hanging on my tree,too… Bill the goat, an N*, and a few others. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas season….and of course a Navy win! XO

  3. Your tree and home are beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your posts! Merry Christmas