It’s a big day around here. Not only am I thrilled to be sharing my simple and classic red and white Christmas decor for this year, but I’m even more excited to be sharing the first sneak peak at our new home! We moved in a little over two weeks ago and I’m so thrilled to be finally starting to settle in and to have it ready for the holiday season. Well, at least in the living room!
Right before Christmas may seem like a terrible time to move, but what a better time of year to start building happy family memories in our new home, right? And what could be a cheerier palette to begin with then classic red and white for Christmas. With a tad of green thrown in for good measure, of course…
All week long I’ve been hosting the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series and I’m overwhelmed by the amazing decor and inspiring Christmas decorating ideas that have been shared. It always amazes how many different ways there are to decorate for a holiday (or in general!) and how they can all be so fabulous yet unique. Which is why I love these tours and hops – they are the perfect excuse to go nosing about in other people’s homes!
If you’ve hopped over today from All Things With Purpose, then welcome! Isn’t Sara’s cozy camper such a fun spot for a Christmas tour? I love it! Don’t forget to check out the rest of today’s (and this week’s) tours at the bottom of today’s post.
Now… without further ado, welcome to our new living room!
When we moved in a two and a half weeks ago, it was looking like this (using the realty photos)…
It’s amazing what a little white paint can do, right? We used a gorgeous true white called White Design by General Paint. I love how crisp it feels without being grey or cold.
The fireplace is another General Paint colour called Grey Midnight. And it only took ONE coat! You’ll see it featured on another wall in this space as well.
We purchased new sofas and decided to stick with the Ikea Farlov line (the same as the big chairs we have that I reviewed here). After spending hours looking at light coloured upholstered furniture, I decided that white slipcovers truly are my best bet… especially now that we have a new puppy and I want to be able to wash them if needed.
I kept things pretty simple with the Christmas decor, and didn’t buy anything new. I used the same red and white Christmas decor that I incorporated last year, but mixed it up in a new way. I left our super tall Christmas tree with the new owners of our old house (along with most of our furniture), but brought along my smaller flocked tree. It fits perfectly in this corner between the windows and the fireplace…
Speaking of the windows, they wall to wall windows in the living room were definitely a huge selling feature for us, as were the greenbelt and pool in the backyard. I’ve got some blinds on order, so until then we are living in a bit of a fishbowl. Good thing it’s a quiet street! And after living in a very rural spot for many years, it’s nice to have neighbours around again.
The windows stretch pretty much the full 18′ length of the living room. The piano (that the previous owners left behind for us), sits in the corner closest to the stairwell and door (the house style is a cathedral entry). I’ve got it dressed with my old giant Christmas village for the season.
You can see behind it where I haven’t gotten to whiting out the previous golden yellow paint colour in the stairwell yet. I’m actually really excited about the fun wall treatment that I haven planned for that spot!
Since we sold most of our furniture to the new owners of our old house, it was a mix of fun and exciting and super stressful to figure out how we wanted to furnish this house. I’m definitely going with an eclectic mix of modern, vintage, and transitional pieces. Despite feeling like the age and era of this house (1968) demands a more modern style in the decor, I just couldn’t give up finds like this old crate, so it will definitely be a bit of a bohemian mix.
Another before angle of this space…
Directly adjoining this living room space is another area that we have now setup as a TV area.
Here is how it looked when we viewed the house (looking towards the living room)…
There’s that Grey Midnight paint colour by General Paint, again. I love it so much that I know I’ll be using it throughout the house. I’m also loving the contrast of the white sofa against the dark wall. I can’t wait to share a fun art display project I have planned for this wall after the Christmas decor gets put away for another year. But for now, I’m enjoying my DIY Christmas Carol sign right in this spot…
Despite all the new furniture, I think my favourite new find just might be this vintage cabinet found on Kijiji. Isn’t she beautiful?!? Perfect for our TV! And I have to say that although it might seem a strange layout, I absolutely love having two areas next to each other and a separate area for our TV and sitting area. It works great for our family.
By sticking with whites and neutrals and lots of rich natural wood tones, I think it will be easier to transition between the seasons as I love to do. There will be many changes and renovations to come in this house, but seeing the before and afters like this, as I write this post, I feel much more settled already. I know we will have a cozy and special Christmas here, with our family including the newest addition to our family.
Because when your life is turned upside down moving into a new house right before the holidays, why not add just one extra drop to the cup and see if it spills right over? 😉
We are all in love with her already…
Up next is my friend Shannon at Home Made Lovely. I know you will love her crisp and cozy holiday decorating.
And don’t forget to enjoy the rest of the tours that have been happening all week long..
Today I’m joined by some talented friends who are also sharing part of their Christmas home tour with you…
And the sharing has been going on all week long!
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