Traditional Christmas Living Room Decor: A Home Tour

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Nothing gets me in a festive mood more than Christmas living room decor. (Well, Michael Buble’s Christmas album is a close second.) But seriously, the living room is where the magic happens! Special deliveries from Santa. Elf on the Shelf shenanigans. It’s our favorite gathering space this time of year, and I’m excited to share it with you as part of a special tour.

Collage of Christmas living room decor showing Christmas tree and fireplace mantel accents including candles, reindeer and angels. Text overlay reads "Christmas Decor Ideas".

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Celebrating Christmas Home Tours

Christmas is always more fun with friends! Today I’m joining 14 other bloggers to share tours of our homes all decked out for the holidays. You’re gonna love the variety we have in store.

Collage of Christmas decor with text overlay that reads "Celebrating Christmas Home Tours".

This collaboration wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of Leen from Sand Dollar Lane. She’s our wonderful hostess kicking things off with a beautiful dining room tour.

If you’re clicking over from Kippi at Home (or even if you’re not), thanks for joining me! Kippi and I are close blogging pals. Her home decor and craft skills are always top-notch.

Now, let me get some Buble music playing so we can begin the tour of my living room.

Christmas Living Room Decor Ideas

Let’s first address a question that may have crossed your mind and definitely has crossed mine:

How in the world do you create fresh decor every year without spending more money?

Christmas living room decor with tartan plaid Christmas tree and fireplace mantel decor with lantern.

I decided on this tour, I’d share ways I’ve moved decor around my house to switch things up without reinventing the wheel.

So if you find yourself feeling challenged to come up with something “new” (like me), perhaps you’ll walk away with a bit of inspiration.

Tartan Plaid Christmas Tree Decor

I’ll shared more details about my plaid Christmas tree decor if you’re interested in more details. The thing you should know is that the tartan plaid ribbon that set the theme for my tree actually came from my Christmas dining room decor last year.

Christmas living room decor including Christmas tree and fireplace mantel with garland and Christmas accents.

For the past three years, I’ve managed to use the same set of ornaments that have a mix of red, gold, and green. (I guess I’m a traditional girl at heart.)

In year 1, I went big on red and gold Christmas tree decor. In year 2, I opted for a farmhouse/rustic Christmas theme. This year, I came up with a classic and woodsy vibe.

Christmas tree decorations and Christmas mantel at night.

More Christmas Tree Details

You’ll find more details about this Christmas tree, including decorating tips that have worked for me, in my related post below. Click the button below for more.

Classic Christmas Mantel Decor

After using real cedar garland last year, I decided that I’m in the faux garland camp now! (The cedar wreaked havoc on hubby’s allergies.)

Enter the fabulous and real “looking” pre-lit Christmas garland.

Christmas fireplace mantel in living room with tall mirror, candle holders, and angel statues with sweater stockings underneath.

If you haven’t yet seen my roundup of Christmas mantel decor ideas, you’ll find more inspiration than you can imagine there. Like many of those mantels, my garland has a mix of Christmas ornaments, berries, and pinecones.

Related: How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel in 5 Steps

Closeup of Christmas mantel with bells hanging, candlesticks on top and reindeer decor accent.

Since I was intent on repurposing items around the house, I grabbed my favorite candlesticks and reindeer for one side of the mantel. The bell swag came as a gift, and I couldn’t be more pleased. They are HEAVY!

Pro Tip

Command strips come in handy for hanging garlands. You can also secure heavy items by installing a screw on the top of the mantel and wrapping wire or cord around it.

The cable knit stockings were an addition last year, and I made DIY tassels and pom-poms to add a little more pizazz. DIY stocking tags will be coming soon!

I’ll admit, I will add a new item to my Christmas decor when I find something unique…

Angel statues on Christmas mantel with Christmas tree in front.
Twin angel statues

These twin angel statues caught my eye at a local shop recently. (Maybe because I have twin boys?) They’ll make rotations around the house in the coming years, I’m sure.

Christmas Lantern

My little lantern might still test different spots around the house depending on how the mood strikes me. For now, it has a happy home by the fireplace.

Red lantern with pine branches, berries, pinecones and ribbon as part of Christmas living room decor.

I have a tutorial on this Christmas lantern decor that shows you exactly how to take a plain red lantern and add some real and faux accents, including DIY frosted pinecones. (It takes only 10 minutes!)

Christmas Living Area

I’ve used the same Christmas throw pillows for a few years now, and they never get old. I’ll link to a few similar options at the end of this post.

Sofa and coffee table decorated for Christmas.

Last year, I wrote a post on Christmas coffee table decor. I decided to keep the runner I used for that project since it still worked well with my decor this year.

Dough bowl sitting on coffee table with Christmas table runner.

Do you love a good dough bowl? I purchased mine earlier this fall, and it’s the piece that keeps on giving. It’s ginormous and holds a lot of goodies!

You can see how it looked in my fall table decor as another example.

Glass cloche filled with mini wooden houses.

In the background, you’ll also notice a glass cloche with some DIY wooden houses I made for a Pinterest Challenge last season.

Little Wooden Village Decor

Speaking of wooden houses, I decided to transplant some other wooden houses I made to a side table in our living room. They were part of my Christmas mantel last year.

Christmas village with wooden houses and wooden trees on table.

Having this basket underneath comes in handy for stowing a throw blanket or even Christmas wrapping paper.

Christmas village with wooden houses and wood Christmas trees.

The cute little reindeer was something my husband carved for me. The way to a girl’s heart is through handmade items! At least for this girl!

Christmas Living Room Decor: Final Look

My favorite time of the day is when the lights go down and I can enjoy the glow and sparkle of the Christmas lights…and some Michael Buble, of course.

Christmas decor in the living room at night with the lights on.

I hope you enjoyed walking through my Christmas living room decor with me. Don’t forget to visit my friends below for more great decor ideas.

Next on your tour is my sweet friend Rebecca from Zucchini Sisters who is sharing ideas for Christmas kitchen decor. I know she’ll have something good cooking in there!

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Christmas living room decor showing Christmas tree and mantel decor.

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  1. It’s so beautiful, Crissy, and really gets me in the Christmas spirit! Your family must love spending time in your living room. And I just love the bells!

    1. Thanks so much, CiCi! It puts me in the Christmas spirit too. I’m trying to start a little earlier this year only so I can enjoy it a little longer. Hugs, Crissy

  2. Just gorgeous, Crissy! I never tire of the traditional red and green decor at Christmas. It’s so classic! I love the addition of tartan plaid ribbon on the tree. I’m crushing over your doughbowl…I can’t seem to find one the right size. They’re either too large or too small. I love how you arranged yours on the coffee table with greens and candles. The photo of the tree lit up at night is breathtaking! It’s always a pleasure to tour with you, my friend. Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I’m having a hard time moving away from red and green, though I’m loving some of the other trees in metallics and pastels. Yeah, that dough bowl was a good find this past fall. I fell in love with it, and I hope to use it a lot more over the years. It was definitely fun to hop with you again too! I hope to see you in person again sometime!

  3. Always so beautiful, Crissy! The plaid tartan ribbon and pops of red are so festive, classic, and elegant! I love how you restyled your favorite items too. It was great to be on this blog hop with you. Wishing you and your family a beautiful holiday season! xo

    1. Thank you, Lynne! I enjoyed hopping with you too. I wish your family a wonderful holiday season too, and I hope we can visit again in person at some point in the new year! Hugs!

  4. Crissy, I love all of your red plaid and traditional Christmas decorations. Everything looks so classy and timeless, and you can definitely use it every year. Just beautiful!

  5. Everything is absolutely gorgeous, Crissy! I love the special twin angels you found. I think they were meant to be. I have the same bells, too. They are HEAVY! I love how you added them to your mantle.

    Pinned for inspiration next Christmas!

    Xo ~ Jen

    1. Thanks, Jen! How funny you have the same bells! Aren’t they great? But yes, they are definitely heavier than I expected. I hope we don’t hear a clang in the night if they fall off the mantel. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

  6. Crissy I love your holiday decor and love it even more that you reused some things in new ways. I love repurposing decor even during the holidays to create a different look and you did just that. I am so happy to be on the home tour with you and hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

    1. Hi Sonya! Thanks so much! Yes, it makes things so much easier to repurpose things. I’m glad we got to tour together again. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  7. Again… I always love reading your posts, and learning new things! Thanks for the tips on how to use items already in your home, and I love your faux garland! It looks great, just like ALL of your Christmas decor!

    1. Thank you, dear friend! It’s fun to try to come up with something new using things you already have. I so appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Hugs!

  8. Crissy, your space is so pretty. I love the traditional color scheme. You can never go wrong with red plaid! You’ve given us so much inspiration, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to steal that runner idea. I’ve never thought of using a runner on a coffee table. Genius!

    1. Thanks, Amy! Yeah, I’d love to experiment with other colors eventually, but I have so MUCH red, it’s hard not to keep that in my decor. Ha! Glad you liked the table runner idea. It makes a difference! Happy Holidays!

  9. Beautiful Christmas decor, Crissy! I love the way you reuse decorations and keep it looking new and fresh at the same time! The colors are so pretty and festive!
    I thought your garland was real, that’s a great faux! I may need some of that!

    I am so glad you are part of this Christmas Home Tour!

    1. Thank you, Leen! I’m glad the garland fooled you! It’s great to find something that looks good and doesn’t get my allergies going. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks again for your hard work coordinating this great tour!