A Living Room Reveal for Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Friday!!
Please come right on in, grab a cup of joe and enjoy the reveal of our Christmas living room!!

But before the reveal let me start this post by saying that I am not only tickled pink but also red, green and turquoise to be part of another blog hop hosted by Sherry from No Minimalist Here. This time Sherry is hosting a Christmas Open House where 12 bloggers were invited to share their homes all decked out for the Christmas Holidays! And as you might remember, I began last summer redecorating our main living space...that being the living room! That's right our home was built back in 1973 so the family gathering room is actually the living room...go figure! So when Sherry invited me to the Hop I decided this would be the perfect time to share the reveal our new living space!

Since I did spend a lot of time at the seashore this past summer, I was inspired to bring a little of the beach home with me. Our house is more or less an expanded Cape Cod, so coastal decor is pretty much a natural fit. 

Let's begin in the entry foyer. This is not part of the reveal, I just wanted to build up the suspense!

This space is a nice size but also pretty narrow, so I just gave the main wall you see from the living room the royal Christmas treatment. 

My romantic wooden swans I found thrifting last year are nestled in for the winter atop the shelf over a rather large mirror. This mirror reflects the living room which I love to see as I walk on by.

Lit green trees act as a backdrop to the pretty resin nativity scene. I also filled the large pitcher I purchased at Home Goods this year with festive flowers from Hobby Lobby...they were 50% off! 

OK...now go ahead and turn around!

The new living room color is Benjamin Moore's Green Cast. So from there I took the cue for my Christmas decorating and brought in lots of touches of icy blue. I added it to the hutch and then sprinkled it about the entire room.

Now I have always struggled with the large wall behind our sofa, never quite knowing how to fill it up. But while perusing images from Pinterest and around the net, I saw many pics of louvre doors being used as wall art...and I liked that idea!!! So the mirror which hung over the fireplace mantel for many years got a new home above the sofa. The louvres flank the mirror and then to add more texture and visual interest a wicker tray plus two empty wood frames filled with Wilton Armentale plates are added to the mix. For Christmas, ornaments are hung by some jute twine from the top of each louvre and the word "JOY" was added to the inside of the wicker tray.

The walls behind the bookshelves on both sides of the fireplace were stenciled in a coordinating pattern and color.

Mr. Rosemary Lane's mantel received some new garland of which I went ahead and added glass Christmas balls, little white twinkle lights and two mega sized pine cones. I wanted to keep it simple this year so not to distract from the large painting now hanging above the mantel.

The coffee table is adorned with a darling distressed turquoise tray along with a few more glass balls and a ceramic compote which I spray painted in an antique white.

Our Christmas tree this year is decked out in gold, silver, turquoise, burnt orange and a lime green. It sits infront of our big bay window which recieved new window treatments. Bamboo shades and simple grommet drapery panels frame the windows on either side.

And that gallery wall I started back in September has been expanded from four pictures to nine. I decided to fill the frames with seasonal photos of which I printed off a Walmart for about $6 each. 

I also picked up some pretty new mercury glass lamps from Home Goods to place on the piano. (Shhh don't tell Mr. rosemary Lane but after the holidays I plan to paint the piano black!)

The snowflake pillows are a holiday clearance item this year from Kohls. Gotta love holiday clearances, especially when it is before the holiday!!

Finally I pulled the trigger on purchasing the twill slip covers I've had my eye on from SureFit. The color is called wheat but it looks more like white to me. Either way I can't believe I didn't think to do this sooner!

And the inspiration for both the color and content of our newly redecorated living room is this ah-mazing painting Mr. RL brought with him when we married. It belonged to his parents and hung in their family home for many years, so it has great sentimental value for him. Now it is in a place of honor in our family hang-out where we will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Would you like to see what the room looked like 12 years ago when we first moved in??? Are you ready??? OK...scroll down!!

Wait for it

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OMGosh...UGH! Look at that bare wall around the fireplace and the TV on the floor...such style! I just shutter at the sight of this room, pretty much the way Sam the Snowman did when he first mentioned the Abomidable Snow Monster in the old Rudolph claymation! 

Ahhh but now it is time to cozy up by the fire in my freshly decorated room which is all decked out for Christmas. With my laptop in hand I 'm ready to check out all the amazing inspiration being shared during Sherry's Christmas Blog Hop.

Next up is my friend Marty and her gorgeous home and blog,
Can't wait to see what Marty has in store to share...I am sure it will be nothing short of stunning!!!

And make sure you don't miss any of the other fabulous blogger home tours!



Wishing you all a wonderful weeked!!!


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  1. WOW WOW WOW what a transformation Barbara!! Your living room looks beautiful and your tree is stunning!!

  2. I adore your Chirstmas decor, but I am also so impressed with how beautiful your room has turned out. Stunning. I love the painting above the fireplace and the garland on the mantel is so pretty. Such a beautiful and inviting room. Merry Christmas from My house to Yours.

  3. Beautiful, beautiful...every detail and room is just stunning!...

  4. You did a great job interjecting coastal colors and decor into your Christmas decorating! I feel like there should be an ocean just outside your window now.

  5. Barbara,
    What a beautiful and festive room you have...love the stencil you did...the wall behind your sofa and the idea of changing out your photos is great!


  6. I ADORE the Coastal colors of Christmas. It looks so inviting. xo

  7. Barbara, This is a beautiful transformation and I am so happy you shared it at the blog hop. Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous and of course I love the colors! One of my favorites is the gallery wall with the seasonal pictures. Thanks again for joining the Open House blog hop and Happy Holidays.

  8. Barbara, what a beautiful hoiiday home! Every single photo was gorgeous! Now, I hope you're able to sit back, relax, and enjoy all of your hard work! It's beautiful!

  9. Barbara, well, it was certainly worth the wait. The room turned out just beautifully. I love that painting and everything just compliments it wonderfully. Well, it wasn't the same 12 years ago, but at least you knew what color you wanted, thanks to the afghan! Your tree is really spectacular and the gallery wall turned out so great. Shhhh..I think the piano will look great black!..Happy Friday..Judy

  10. WOW!!! It is luvly Barbara. Beautiful coastal Christmas.
    Hugs, Gee

  11. It's really come a long way Barbara! Your room is beautiful and love how you used the sentimental painting to inspire your living room. Love the warm colors and your attention to details. Sorry, but I would never paint that piano black :-{, it's beautiful and pick up the warm tones (basket, table top) you already have in the room. Great job!

  12. Barb, it looks fabulous, I love it. Can't wait to see it in person. I too really like the gallery wall.

  13. Your living room is stunning - great job. Love all the coastal colors. Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Barbara, how lovely! I found your blog through Dixie Delights, and I just love all the icy blue you added. Merry Christmas!

  15. All looks so beautiful and inviting for the season. xo

  16. Amazing! It is so pretty and what a transformation. PLEASE come decorate my house, Barbara. I live at 111 LaLa Lane.

  17. Oh Barbara I love all the pops of icy blue and turquoise. I've been trying to find the perfect turquoise and the color on your distressed tray is it. If you know the color I'd love to know. Your home looks fabulous.

  18. What a beautiful work of love and the result is amazing! I love your use of color!


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