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The Boatman Living Room at Christmastime

It’s that time of year…

And we’re not often home during the Christmas season. So when I decorate, it’s pretty minimalistic. Here are a few little details I added to our living room to jazz it up for Christmastime 🙂

Our mantel! We got this guy last year. There was an electric fireplace insert in it, but the hubs pulled it out. It was piney-gross, so I painted it with Ann Sloan’s Chalk Paint in the color Pure. I haven’t waxed it since we may or may not make a floating mantel out of it. Not sure yet. But the stockings are hung here for Christmas 🙂

Details of the mantel. Two turtle doves 😉 “Marshmallow Fireside” candle from Bath and Body Works in a snowflake votive cover from Target last year. Next to some festively colored books Jboat and I have collected. The one closest to the candle is called I Dare You! written by William H. Danforth. It’s a great read.

We always struggle over whether or not to get a tree for Christmas. Last year, we bought a live tree and planted it in our yard afterwards. It died. So no more of that. And who really wants to spend $50 on a cut tree? So we went with this fake tree from Target. It’s only 4 1/2 feet tall, so I raised it on a box or two before adding some burlap as the skirt. It’s pre-lite, which is awesome, and a cinch to put together.

I decorate the tree with miniature red and gold bulbs (probably for Target as well), snowflake ornaments from Crate and Barrel, twine garland (DIY) and a ribbon topper (aka a bow 🙂 ).

And on top of our (temporary) side table, I put a vase with assorted bulbs near the usual drift wood and candle.

The coffee table tray gets a seasonal facelift, too. The candies are white chocolate peppermint M&Ms and the candle is called “Fireside” from Bath and Body Works. I made the candle surround out of ribbon.

The lovely red garland around the TV (might be kind of corny, but I had to put it somewhere) is from Crate and Barrel. The little red frames hold clippings from Trader Joe’s annual Christmas brown paper grocery bags 🙂

It’s not much, but there’s our little bit of Christmas round the living room!

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