December 16, 2018
Last week I showed you how I had styled our dining room for the holidays, if you missed that post you can catch up here. Today I am excited to share how I have decorated my Family Room and Kitchen for the holidays.
Our family room and kitchen is definitely the heart of our home, so it is one of my favorite places to decorate for the holidays. As you can see, Lucy has a real thing for sitting on the back of our sofa. Not sure it’s great for the cushions, but that little face, can you even?
We made some major changes to the family room over the past year, the biggest of which was adding two bookcases on either side of the fireplace. It’s funny to compare how different this room looked last year! Here is how I styled it last year…
And now this year…
We added the Liatorp Bookcases from Ikea to our family room last Spring and I have been in love with them ever since. I was craving some shelves to style, and these bookcases have not disappointed me!
It took me a couple of tries to get my shelves just right this year, because I would start styling and then get interrupted. When I am styling these bad boys, I like to pull almost everything off and start with a blank slate. Preferably I like to do this when the kids are not home so I can focus. I love creating little vignettes with framed photos, prints and special decor items.
Every year we go and take a picture with Santa and I have always framed these precious memories. I love looking at them year after year! (check out the the look on Kallum’s face in the picture above) We have so many now, I have decided not to frame them anymore but will instead start inserting them into a scrapbook. One of my favorite places to source holiday decor is Michaels. I bought this wooden box a few years back and love it’s rustic vintage style.
I purchased this tobacco basket from Michael’s back in the fall and have swapped out it’s contents for the seasons. I had pumpkins in it for the Fall and now it holds some faux pine stems.
These gift boxes came from Homesense (Homegoods) and they add the perfect shape and height to the top shelf. Such an inexpensive piece of decor, and I use the boxes to store holiday decorations off-season.
As usual, the main focus of any holiday decorating is always the fireplace mantle. This year I went pretty simple and my inspiration came from browsing the Magnolia Market website.
I copied this look by adding a garland to the mantle with some battery operated LED lights.
and incorporating my tall candle holders with some red tappers
Lastly to replicate this image, I hung these two stockings off to the side to complete the look!
Instead of hanging a wreath like in the photo, I hung this vintage Tree Farm sign, which I bought last year but didn’t get a chance to use.
I love the way the mantle looks this year…
Finding this inspiration picture and then replicating it made decorating it so easy! I can always count on Magnolia for pinterest worthy pictures!
I keep our coffee table pretty clear of decor because we spend a lot of time hanging out in this room, especially over the holidays, and this table works pretty hard for us.
I did want to make this festive so added this white tray, some candles and then added some faux greenery to my black lantern. I love using trays on a coffee table because if you need the space, you can easily move the tray out of the way. We also keep our tv remote here so it doesn’t get lost!
I love having candles lit at nighttime, it adds such a cozy vibe to the room and the Pine candles I made this year smell so good!
Our main “styled” tree is in our front formal living room. We have a smaller “kids tree” in the family room and this is where we hang all of the special ornaments the kids have made over the years.
A few years ago, I started buying the kids an ornament every Christmas. I write the date on it, and try and select something that has special meaning or relates to a memory over the past year. The idea is that when the kids grow up and move away (insert ugly crying here) they will have a set of ornaments for their own tree.
Of course I had to style our sofa for the holidays, using pillow covers old and new!
I mixed in some seasonal prints to give our couch instant holiday style and I also added a cozy buffalo throw blanket that I made last year. I have added a few new pillow covers this year. The Christmas toile print captured my heart back in November so I made one for me and a few for my shop.
I also made this red plaid rectangular pillow
We have had this cute little Merry Christmas pillow for a few years now and it makes me happy!
This couch is the perfect place to snuggle up as a family and watch our favorite Christmas movies, and as you can see, Lucy really likes it too!
I kept the Christmas decor pretty simple in the kitchen. On the rare occasion that the counter is clean, I like to have this faux greenery/candle holder on display. But honestly, with all the baking, wrapping presents and just life in general, it’s safe to say that we don’t see a lot of this centerpiece!
I like to add a few festive items to my open shelf in the kitchen. This year I used a few framed prints and my letter board.
I came across this funny saying on instagram and had to replicate it. Being a pretty devoted Sauvignon Blanc fan, it is quite fitting.
I also created a little vignette with some baking supplies and this cute recipe card I created. I used Canva to do this and using a template made it super simple!
My mom has been making these whipped shortbread cookies since I was a kid, and they are so delicious. There is nothing like a family recipe to make a holiday extra special.
So there you have it, our Family Room and Kitchen all styled for the holidays!
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