Friday, December 11, 2015

Our 2015 Christmas Great Room ...

Happy Friday, friends!

Thank you for your kind comments about our great room Christmas mantel that I shared earlier this week ... I'm back today to share the rest of the room.

I know I sound like a broken record when I say we still love our IKEA Ektorp white slipcovered sofa ... it just sets off seasonal colors so well, no matter what color palette you use!  

Speaking of IKEA, we now have a new set of twins because of that "dangerous" place!  Yes, I'm afraid these cute chairs made their way into the back of our SUV not too long ago.  They are really comfy, especially when you lean back against the added faux fur rugs. The cushions (purchased separately) are the same color and fabric as the sofa slipcover, which is a nice bonus.  I have a feeling these chairs will be making their rounds in our house!

Over on our sofa, a pretty holiday "noel" pillow from Home Goods dresses it up a bit ... Home Goods has the best selection of festive pillows this year!

Remember this oversized tray I found at Home Goods a few months ago?  Weeeeeell, I decided to give it a bit of an AS Pure White chalk paint "wash" and add it to our coffee table, filling it with candles, garland, an ornament filled canister ...  

and this cutie, also from Home Goods.  I really like the large size of the tray (it's perfect for adding lots of goodies AND for keeping my hubby's feet off of the table, too)!  Ha. 

Now that we're back in Virginia, it's seemed only fitting to add this pretty cardinal (our state bird) pillow to our holiday decor!

If I pan on around more a bit to the right, you'll see our Christmas tree,

which I decorated in lots of colors and filled with sentimental, whimsical and "filler" ornaments.

And, since I am NOT a bow maker, despite watching countless youtube tutorials, I go for crazy toppers instead, where I just stick things down into the top of the tree ... much easier! 

Now, over on this wall, I'm really excited to show you what we've been working on ... it involves IKEA (no surprise) and a couple of "Billy's!"

BEFORE:  I really like our buffet, but it just seemed to get lost a bit on this long wall:


What a difference ... still have a bit of tweaking to do, but we're really enjoying the change.  While the Billy bookcases are awesome "as is" when you put them together, we decided to "beef" ours up a bit by adding molding, black knobs and picture lighting (which really helps to brighten up this otherwise dark part of the room).  I'll share a more detailed post about the bookcases soon.

You know I love having more places to add "stuff," like our cute clothtique Santas and holiday plate from Wal-Mart.

We also really like how the height of the bookcases balances with the height of the windows on the other side of the room.  

And, speaking of the windows ... this year, instead of adding wreaths to them, I thought it'd be a nice change to add garland to the tops of them, resting them on the curtain rods.

Back on our sofa table ... since I added blue ornaments to the tree, I kept our blue/white vase here to tie in with it all.  Extra wooden trees (that match the ones on the mantel) help bring a bit of red to this side of the room, as well, and tie in with the fireplace.

And, there you have it ... our little great room dressed up for the holidays!

I hope you'll come back as I share more of our holiday home in the coming days.

Thanks so much for visiting!
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  1. I always look forward to and love seeing your home decorated for the holidays and all of your fabulous ideas! I can't make bows either, I may just have to try adding some things to the top instead too :) The bookcases also look amazing!!!! Happy Holidays sweet friend : )

  2. I always get excited when you post a new post as I know its going to be amazing! Your great room looks amazing I love how it all matches but yet is different in the various areas. Your book cases are awesome! I'm looking forward to more posts from you this holiday season! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  3. Beautiful! Those bookcases make a huge difference on that wall. Love it! Your home is always so inviting and gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

  4. Beautiful! Those bookcases make a huge difference on that wall. Love it! Your home is always so inviting and gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

  5. It all looks gorgeous, Becca! Your tree is beautiful and I love all the red touches. Your new book shelves have added some wonderful architectural detail and weight to that end of the room which is perfect. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  6. Oh Becca, it is all so pretty and I love your red, you use it so well. Those new bookcases are fabulous too. Great tour and stunning tree.

  7. Oh Becca! Your room is amazing . . . a winter wonderland of red and white. I love it! The way you added nature and well, EVERYTHING that you have put together here is delightful and oh so charming. Gorgeous!
    Merry Christmas!
    Connie :)

  8. Fab bookcase idea Becca. Now I AM going to 'connect' mine with the added backing behind the TV. Been wanting to do it for forever and haven't. Beautiful room and tree as always !
    Happy weekend my friend!!
    Hugs, Gee

  9. Oh, Becca! How lovely everything looks! Love your pretty pillows and all of your decorating. Your tree! Your bookcases looks so festive! The mantel! Nobody does it better! Hey, that's a song! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I LOVE this Becca. I knew your tree would be fabulous because you are the tree styling queen. Yes neutral sofa and background means easier decorating with whatever color you choose. Can't wait to get my new neutral sofa. Pinned one of your pics!

  11. I love your new wall unit. What did you use for the bottom cabinets? Are those from Ikea as well? Everything looks great and so festive, thanks for sharing!

  12. I adore this whole room. It is spectacular and gorgeous!

  13. Becca,
    Everything is gorgeous! The use of red against the neutral background is perfect!
    Your mantle and tree are my favorite! The bookcases make that end of your room, they're lovely! What can I say, I love it all!
    Merry Christmas

  14. This is the most beautiful room I have ever seen in the blog world!! You are amazing. I could sit and look at these photos all day much inspiration and creativity. It's so warm and inviting and I love the new bookcases! Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. The whole room is gorgeous! Can you share where you got the red, wood trees? I love them. Your tree is fABULOUS! And I really love the new bookcases, they MAKE the room! Merry Christmas, Becca. XO

  16. Becca! I extra adore your mantel this year.
    Everything looks lovely, as usual!!
    Such wonderful style you have :)
    Happy Christmas to you and your family!!

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  18. Becca, your great room is gorgeous! The pops of red are so festive! The Noel pillow is adorable and perfect for your sofa! I love your style! You have the best ideas! Merry Christmas!

  19. Oh Becca this is beautiful! I love all your ideas always and am especially intrigued with your Ikea bookcases. Would you believe I have never set foot in an Ikea store? I am going to resolve to change that this year even if I have to drive to Charlotte. LOL! One of the things I love most about your decor is that you never fail to come up with a whole new look each year. Once again you knocked that mantle out of the park. I love it! So, so, so cute!

  20. GIRL -you have been BUSY!!!!! And I LOVE the changes!!! the bookcase looks so CHIC!!! You and I are kindred spirits - my tree topper is a crazy menagerie of pics and ribbon!!! And this year I did a two sided tree - LOVING it!!! I have to tell you that holly frosty ornament is my FAVE!!! where did you find him?!?!?!

  21. So happy to see the room that has this phenomenal mantel! create the most gorgeous trees. I would have to say that your room has a wonderful sense of cozy elegance. What a room for your family and friends to gather and celebrate the holidays.

  22. Oh wow - that all looks great! I love how festive everything is!

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