When one of your best friends flies in for the weekend from D.C. and you find yourselves on the couch, in your pjs, gabbing away by eight o’clock every night it can only mean one of two things:
A) You’re getting old
B) You’re living room is feeling too cozy this Christmas to be bothered to leave.
I’m guessing it’s option “A”, but I’d much rather like to think a little bit of “B” played a factor too.
But getting old aside 😉 , it really was such a great weekend – much of which was spent relaxing right here.
I love plaid at Christmas. I think I’ve used these same plaid pillows for the past three years and I’m still in love with them. But this time around I added a pair of green velvet pillows to mix it up.
I brought my tree home from my visit to Michigan over Thanksgiving. I was so afraid it was going to fly off the top of the car (didn’t happen) or lose all its needles along the way (also didn’t happen) that the 8 hour drive felt like 80. My one regret this year is not putting the tree in the same galvanized metal tub I used last year – but I was so nervous about getting it to stay up in the stand on my own that I didn’t want to take any chances with it not sitting flat in the bottom of that tub – so it’s a blanket around the base instead. Pretty soon, presents will be stacked under there and you won’t see it anyway, right?
Turns out, setting up this tree by myself was a breeze. I’m giving all the credit to this stand. I bought one this year thinking it would make things easier and I can’t imagine going back to the old kind. If you buy a real tree, it makes straightening and standing a cinch – I did it on my own in minutes.
Keeping with my simple theme this year, I filled an antique copper bowl with oversized pine cones and dressed up my favorite holiday scented candle (Clementine & Clove) with a little wreath for the coffee table.
I usually take my vintage map down and replace it with something more Christmas-y, but I left it in place this year and topped the apothecary cabinet with vintage books, pretty votive holders, and my favorite vintage bottle filled with a couple pine stems.
Then of course, there’s that gorgeous reindeer art and garland for the mantel to finish off the room.
That’s how I’m doing Christmas this year. Just keeping it cozy, classic, and simple. How do you think it all turned out?