December 22, 2015

Christmas in the Great Room, 2015

This post was featured on Dwellings, The Heart of Your Home. 
Thank You Cindy.


Welcome! 

Today I am giving you a tour of our great room, aka family room. Everyone else was doing Christmas home tours last week...but for me, I am doing my home tour the week of Christmas.

Yesterday was the kitchen Christmas tour...so if you missed that you might like to check it out. Last night I made seven layer bars...so I finally began my baking. 

Let me show you around the house some today.

Christmas in the Great Room...

christmas tree, chairs, basket

The great room is a casual room where we watch television, listen to music, or read. 

It is also where I sit with my laptop and put together my blog posts. 

As for the furniture and accessories, we brought everything from our Georgian on the farm except for the leather sofa and chair. I have had fun playing and figuring out new ways to use my older accessories...including all of my old brass lamps and such. 

lamps, drop leaf table, brass lamps, ornaments

With leather furniture and a dark rug the room has a more masculine, rustic look. There are brass lamps, books, and a large armoire that holds the tv. 

gold bowls, christmas ornaments, brass lamp

I added red glass ornaments to a gold finished bowl. Along with the green grass I have a red/green Christmas vignette on my old drop leaf table.

Christmas tree, ornaments

When I created the Christmas tree for the great room I wanted it to have some rustic as well as a some glam touches.  

I put lots of items on the tree to help it look natural and dressy at the same time. 

I added several large pine cones to the tree's branches. I also added some rustic ornaments...ice skates and wood sled. 

The sparkle gold ornaments and glittery picks glam up the tree a bit. I think they work well with the old brass in the room.

black lantern, pine cones, pine branches


The lantern adds another somewhat rustic touch. Like I said, this is our comfortable space for relaxing at home. 

The walls are adorned with hubby's historical prints. Hubby is a history buff with a military background. At our previous house he had an office/study where he could display his collection. Knowing how special they are to him I offered the walls in the great room. I might have decorated the walls differently if we didn't have these prints. :-)

Christmas tree,

We put a picture of Mikey under the Christmas tree, because he loved to lay next to the tree.


wool rug, black lantern, candle sticks
I had to use overhead lighting for this pic. So many grey days! But I wanted to go ahead and show you. Who knows when we will see sunshine again? ha!

Here is a larger pic showing the relaxed furnishings that we have in our great room. There is lots of texture with the rustic chest set against the heavy dark leather. Then the wool rug adds even more texture. 


This is a "great" room on the back of the house. We "live" here but can easily clean it up for guests. The sofa has squishy pillows and a plush throw which makes it a great place for a nap too. We live in our home! Nothing is off limits or too precious. When our golden, Mikey, was with us he did most of his companion work in this room. ha!


christmas tree with bows

I did a whole post on how I decorated our tree if you want more details. 

christmas tree, coffee table, black lantern

I think that touches of red make this normally neutral room festive...

Sprigs of red berries...on the coffee table tray and on the Christmas tree. 

Red ribbons, here and there. 

Red amaryllis on an old pine chest to the side of the sofa.

Red plaid flannel pillow and red plush throw. 

Red wrapping paper and gift bags. 

Red plaid table runner on the kitchen table. 

My overall color scheme was red, white, and black this year, punctuated with  slight bits of silver and gold.

Christmas tree

All of our wreaths have large red bows too.

Christmas wreath, brass lamps, chairs

Here you see the front door, with the dining room and parlor to the right and left of the entry. I add a wreath to the inside of my front door as well as the outside. 

I added a touch of red with large glass ball ornaments in a gold metal bowl. 



We have tall ceilings in this house...and that helps the scale of my rooms.


I add red ribbons here and there to make regular house hold items look festive. 

black lantern

For my coffee table arrangement I began with a black painted, and distressed, tray. I put a battery operated lantern in the middle, then placed some pine branches and pine cones to each side. It is so much fun to play with greenery and such.

I do not use a lot of just Christmas decorations. I decorate what I have with ribbons, greenery, ornaments, etc. 



This wraps up the Christmas tour of our great room. In the evenings we enjoy lighting candles and relaxing with the twinkle of the Christmas tree. Hubby made some CDs with a mix of Christmas music, so we just relax and enjoy the season.   

Today, is banana bread day, so I will be spending the day in the kitchen, and listening to Christmas carols while I cream butter and sugar, etc. 

Tomorrow I will be posting the tour of the parlor/mama cave. Then that will wrap up the Christmas tours. 

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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