Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Decor: Living Room

I love seeing other people's home decor and especially love seeing their Christmas decorations! It's so fun, and the variety in every person's individual style is great! I love getting peeks inside of people's homes. It's kind of like spying. :)

So, I am inviting you to come spy on me and Husby! Come on in and make yourself at home!

I am a picture freak who can't decide which ones to use, so I am going to have to devote one blog per room. Today, let's start in the Living Room!

Welcome to my Christmas Extravaganza!








(It's hard to take a picture of a Christmas tree!)



Some close-ups!






My tree is very traditional, decked with Old World Christmas ornaments. I love the Old World ornaments because they are SO colorful and so festive. They make my tree sparkle and they just scream Christmas!!

I also like to have things jutting out everywhere all over the tree.

Like these:



These match the wreath at the top of the tree. They are sparkly and add so much color throughout the tree.



These little gems are my FAVORITE jutter-outters on the tree. They are BELLS! When we brush up against the tree, or a gust of wind comes through the room, the bells jingle and I believe in Santa all over again. It's magical.

I try and get ornaments that have sentimental value to us. And I like to write on the bottom of them the meaning of them and the year we purchased it. Here are a few examples of what we have picked up over the past 3 years!



We bought the hamburger after year 1 of marriage. Because we LOVE to eat! :)



London phone booth - because I went there a few years ago.



Dr. Husby. Because he is in Medical School. But he does NOT have a double chin like this ornament.



I just love this one. A gingerbread house and it's so sparkly and beautiful.



I got this one a few weeks ago. It reminds me of all the Hallmark Christmas movies that I so dearly LOVE!



I once had a traumatic experience in a hot air balloon. And this ornament always reminds me of that time.



My college mascot were Bison!



Turtles have always been my favorite animal. I used to tell my friends I looked like one.



We went on a cruise for our honeymoon!



Mom bought me this the year I got engaged. So special and sweet!! :)



I also have traditional ones like this one. And several nativity ones and Santa.

I have tons more with meaning, but I will stop boring you and get on with it.

Because Old World ornaments are not the cheapest things on the block, I have a lot of "filler" ornaments. And I love them! They are jewel filled and blend in perfectly with the sparkle and shimmer of my other ornaments.





Okay. So that is my Living Room tree.

And here are some more pictures of things throughout our Living Room.





Please ignore that cord running across the fireplace! How embarrassing. It's because our builders did not put a cable outlet on the wall we NEEDED one. So just pretend it's not there. K? Thanks. :)













And there you have it! Our Living Room Christmas pretties. Stay tuned tomorrow for the KITCHEN!!

56 comments:

  1. LOVE your tree!

    We have "sentimental" ornaments, too! It's a tradition that we pick one out together each year. Last year we got the glass pickle ornament at Pier1. :)

    Wanted to ask you... where'd you go to college?? My mascot was the BISON too at NDSU. ?? did you go there too??

    :)

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  2. Wow, your living room looks beautiful!! How festive and sparkly is your tree?!

    Saskia x

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  3. Very pretty! Can;t wait to see more this week.

    I love the things that stick out of trees too!

    Check out my blog - I passed a fun Christmas tag onto you!

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  4. How beautiful! You did a wonderful job!

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  5. I love your tree!! So pretty, your oraments are great, I love ornaments with meaning behind them!!

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  6. Very Beautiful, Whitney!:)

    I especially like the television ornament. I heart Hallmark Christmas movies too. *Sigh*

    And it is fun to "spy" inside other people's homes without the fear of being arrested.;) So thanks for the tour....I'm looking forward to tomorrow's post!

    Merry Christmas!
    Amy:)

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  7. Beautiful Whitney. I didn't even notice the cord until YOU mentioned it. I love the class vase with the Christmas balls.

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  8. Very Nice! I especially like the vase on your coffee table. Cute idea.

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  9. So BEAUTIFUL!!! Wonderful job!
    I'm sure Santa will love coming down your chimney!!
    I LOVE the ornaments on your tree as well. With my 4 kiddos I have to stick with the plastic balls.

    I didn't even notice the cord till you mentioned it, but we've had to do stuff like that before also!!

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  10. Very nice! Just put my tree up yesterday. Will have to post for you to "peek" later today!!

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  11. Your house looks amazing! It is so cute and festive! I got about half of our house decorated this weekend. Hopefully I will finish soon and post some pics. It won't be as cute as yours, but I will still share!!!!

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  12. I love the wreath on the top of your tree. I would have NEVER thought of that, but what a great idea! It all looks so festive and warm!

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  13. It looks great!! So classy and festive!!

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  14. that's beautiful! i love all the ornaments because they each represent something special about you and the hubby :) soon you'll need a baby lovie ornament!

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  15. I loved "spying" in on your living room! You have the most beautiful living room..after this I totally don't even want to post pictures of mine! ;) Looking forward to seeing the rest this week!

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  16. Gorgeous. The tree and other decor seriously looks like something out of a magazine. It's beautiful.

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  17. Very pretty! I love that vase filled with ornaments on your coffee table. Its such a fun shape! I buy Ty an ornament every year and this year I found the cutest fat, Dr. Santa ornament down at the bookstore. I figure one day he can have a Christmas tree at his office filled with doctor ornaments. I hope you get to feeling better!

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  18. Ohh, so pretty!! We just started putting up decorations, and we have a loooonnng way to go, but, yours looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the kitchen!

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  19. Love it! I love Old
    World trees, but with kids-not so much-they end up in pieces...

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  20. So pretty! You did such a great job decorating...and thats just the living room! I can't wait to see the rest!

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  21. Gorgeous!! Your decor style is so classy and elegant!
    We buy an ornament every year as well, but they're for our girls :)

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  22. I love it! It's very elegant looking... I think the twig thing with christmas trees is always so gorgeous!

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  23. The tree is absolutely beautiful!
    And the ornaments and the meanings...so great!

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  24. I love your tree! Your house looks beautiful! It's so warm and cozy. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Your decor is BEAUTIFUL! We have very similar taste. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  26. Your tree is beautiful, but I am in LOVE with those stocking holders. I've never seen any like those before.

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  27. Everything is so pretty!! You have a beautiful tree!

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  28. Wow, Whitney - you really have a knack for decorating and making things beautiful! I loved your tree and seeing all of the fun ornaments. I love how everyone's trees are so different and show so much of them. Love all of the decorations - gorgeous girl!

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  29. I love all your ornaments.. alot of ours have sentimental value too. my grandma and grandpa give us ornaments every year and so we have soo many that bring back to many memories.. your house looks fabolous:)

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  31. You are so festive!! We have a Christmas village that we started collecting a few years back and we try to add a few pieces to it every year!! I need to get on the ball and post some pictures:)
    Christmas is my favorite time of year!! I love decorating and if I could, I would leave the decorations up year round:)
    You are so fun and cute, I love reading your blog!!! Tell Baby Lovie hi for me:)
    Tara

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  32. I love your tree :) The ornaments are great! So adorable! Love all the gold :)

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  33. Love your tree and all the decorations!! Really love the sticky-out things too!!

    By the way- remember on my Christmas tradition comment- how my step-mom gets us all yearly ornaments- well my brother has that exact hamburger because there was a year when he ate them probably 4 times a week!! so fun to see it on another tree :)

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  34. Whitney, you just made my day. I have always felt like such a dork for struggling in College Algebra so much, but now I know I was not alone! And I'd say we made darn good Psych majors, wouldn't you? ;)

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  35. Oh Whitney ~ thank you for inviting us into your home. I soooo love your tree...it's just beautiful! I have a ton of ornaments for our tree too...and they all have a meaning behind them!

    Have a great day!
    Hugz,
    Michele

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  36. How beautiful!!!

    Now, I must know - what kind of camera are you using? I'm getting a new one for Christmas and I'm taking surveys from everyone with super fab pics!! :)

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  37. Your house is all ready for the holidays! I did have to giggle at one of the pictures of the fireplace...I can see all the reindeer's butts! ;) Love the fireplace wreath--good idea.

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  38. What a gorgeous tree and room! Love the decorations!

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  39. What a lovely tree and room. Can't wait to see what Baby Lovie's nursery will look like.

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  40. I looove all of your ornaments pictured in your blog!! Especially the hamburger.

    Be sure and check out my blog at my finds: I got a yellow ducky and a "pickle" ornament.
    I loove both so much!!!

    Can't wait to see the other rooms!

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  41. Very pretty....I like the Old World ornaments a lot also.

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  42. I just love getting to peek inside your amazing home! You are friggin wonder woman! Will you come decorate my tree for me?

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  43. Wowwowwow! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the special ornaments and the stuff jutting out from the tree. You are such a good decorator!

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  44. I love it all! I love Old World ornaments too! It all looks so great!

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  45. Very pretty! The tree looks great. I especially love the engagement ring ornament from your mom. It is so sweet!

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  46. Gorgeous decor as always! :-) We finally got our tree up TODAY! A bit behind schedule this year...

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  47. Too want to show pictures of my home decoration to you with those beautiful decoraative accents which I got through Brookstone.

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  48. Beautiful tree! I love all of your ornaments, but my favorite is the TV with the Christmas special on it. Wonderful!

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May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)

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