Welcome to part 2 of my cozy and casual Christmas tour, where I’m sharing our kitchen, breakfast room, and living room.
Hey friends! Happy Holidays! In typical me fashion, I am a little late bringing you part 2 of our cozy and casual Christmas tour! Why do I always procrastinate these things? Were you able to catch the first part of my Christmas tour? If you missed it, you might want to start there. I share our front room and our dining room, and last year those areas in our home were practically empty. This year we have a fully furnished downstairs, and I was so excited to decorate everything and make our home festive for the season/
We are starting our tour today in our kitchen. We purchased this home in July of 2019, and the kitchen was our first big renovation. You can read all about our kitchen transformation here. We love our kitchen, it is definitely the main hub in our home. I just love the large island that’s big enough to seat 4 people, and I love how open our downstairs is. When we did this renovation, we only had enough in our budget to replace the refrigerator, but I have my eye on a new dishwasher in 2021!
Our Christmas decor in the kitchen is really so simple! I had originally planned to add small wreaths to all of the upper cabinetry, but I decided to hang them on only the solid wood uppers, and not the glass. I started feeling like all of the wreaths were going to be a little too busy.
I actually made these four simple wreaths using a couple of strands of garland I bought at Target. I literally just cut them to size, and wrapped them into a circle and, using a bit of floral wire, to hold them together. Then I used some simple red ribbon to attach them to the cabinets doors using painters tape on the inside of the door.
The tiny tree on our kitchen island is real, and I’m trying my best to keep it alive. And I found the most darling giant gingerbread man cookie cutter that fits in perfectly.
Our little breakfast room is right off the kitchen, and we furnished this room with furniture we brought with us from our old house back in WV. Our buffet and our round table fit perfectly in this space.ON the door, I hung a simple flocked wreath, and over the door, a sign made by my aunt and uncle that says God Jul, which is Swedish for Merry Christmas.
The table and chairs, and the buffet in this room have come a long way. You can read about how I made over the dining table here, and then you can read about the painted buffet here. I like this breakfast room becasue it has great natural light. I layered a couple of different garlands above the window in here
I draped some icy garland atop the antique mirror, and then I brought out this vintage Christmas Doll and she sits atop the buffet.
My mug collection used to be in our kitchen, but during Quarantine, our daughter moved in with us, and we needed to make room for her Nespresso. So my mug tree has been playing musical seats around the area. It was sitting in the middle of the table for months, but I wanted to create a pretty centerpiece for on the table for Christmas, so they moved over to the buffet for now.
Check out the details on this vintage doll! I still have the original box she came in! This was a gift to may daughter when she was a tiny girl. And one day when she has her own home, it will go with her. But for now, I enjoy having her around at Christmas!
I threw this centerpiece together using things I had lying around, and I love the way it turned out! I have had the snowy branches for a couple of years. There are actually two different arrangements that I combined in my white enamel pitcher. The large white tray is what we use at Thanksgiving for our turkey. I tore the covers off some old paperback books, and added them into the tray with some wood beads, a variety of twine in festive colors, and a sprig of greenery I bought from Target- I believe it was from the Hearth and Hand line.
I bought two of these white snowflake lanterns from Kirkland’s last year after Christmas. I like the details on them and the flickering light peeking out from all the little house add a warm glow. I placed one of them here in the breakfast room, and you’ll spot the other a little further down in this post in our living room.
I bought the two mini trees you see above at Target this year. When we moved, I had to cut down on my Christmas decor by about half, and I left so many little trees behind. So I am working on building my collection back up. I love the string lights I placed in this windowsill. They have the perfect warm glow, and they are battery operated. I found them on Amazon, and I want to buy more. They look like little snowballs!
We have a small sunroom right off the breakfast room, and it is one of my favorite rooms in the house. I have always wanted a sunroom, and this one might be small, but I love every inch of it! You can read all about the quarantine makeover I did in our sunroom here.
Not a lot has changed since I completed our quarantine sunroom makeover, but I did make some DIY cafe curtains for the windows. We close them in the evenings during the summer, and it helps keep the glare and the heat out. I decided to by a tiny real Christmas tree for our sunroom, and isn’t she the cutest!? I decorated her with twinkle lights, vintage inspired candy canes, and some handmade wooden ornaments that I made a few years ago. I still need to find an area rug for this space, but for now I’m ok with the charcoal painted floor. It’s definitely an upgrade from what it was when we moved in!
Last, but not least, welcome to our living room. This is where we hang as a family on the daily! I have plans for this space eventually, that may or may not include a shiplap feature wall. This room is not large, and it butts right up to the kitchen island. So I kept it simple with two matching sofas. This photo below give you a good idea of the layout of our downstairs. You can see our little dining room and front room in the background.
The little flocked trees on the coffee table are also two new additions, courtesy of Target. I was drawn to these trees because I felt like they have a little of a whimsical feel to them. The branches are shaped downward, towards the bottom of the tree, and I like that. I just draped some fairy light around both of them and called it a day.
You can see my other white lantern here on the coffee table. And I have my vintage Dickens Village displayed on our TV stand. My kids still want me to put the village up every year, and I oblige!
I added this cozy sweater blanket to my blanket supply for winter, because we only had one really cozy blanket in our living room, and people were always fighting over it. So, it was time to add a second one. And this one from Target is so soft, warm, and cozy!
This is a casual and cozy room that is well used and loved. So I try to keep it simple and cozy. I draped a white pom pom garland across this window. As you can see, I am into draping garlands across windows this year. I just like the festive touch they bring!
An of course, meet Tyson Chicken Nugget, our 4 year old Pug. He wanted to say hello! I swear he knows when I am doing a photo shoot, and he poses for me! I never considered myself a dog person until I fell in love with this sweet, snuggly little guy.
That back wall, where you see the TV and gallery wall is the spot where I am thinking of doing a shiplap feature wall. And of course, I want a frame TV for this wall as well. Future goals!
This toboggan was another Kirkland’s find after Christmas last year. I think it supposed to be a tree topper, which would be adorable, but I just sat it on our TV stand atop a cake stand, and I love it!
The area rug in our living room is new from Boutique Rugs. It’s called the Maldon Rug, and we originally bought it for our dining room area, but the size of the rug did not work in the space. So right before I began decorating for Christmas we did a rug swap between our living room and our dining room, and it works so much better in here! It goes perfectly with the gallery wall colors. If you like this rug, now is the time to grab it, because it is currently on sale for $186, down from $465, so it’s a steal!
And that is a wrap for our Christmas tour this year! I did a few little things upstairs, but nothing worth really doing a photo shoot for. Remember, I mentioned above that we paired down our Christmas decor when we moved, so I didn’t have much left for other areas in our home. I would like to add a skinny tree upstairs in our bonus room, and give it a festive feel, so maybe next year.
I hope you enjoyed seeing our cozy and casual Christmas tour this year! We really have done quite a bit during our first 18 months in our new home, but oh my, we still have lots to checkoff our list! So I do hope you will stick around and follow along on our journey! I have been daydreaming lately about what I want to accomplish in our home in 2021, and can’t wait to share. and before I go, I want to be sure to wish you and yours a Merry christmas, and a much better 2021! I love all of you, and thank you so much for visiting my little blog from time to time!
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