Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

A big, hearty holiday welcome to those of you popping over from Mallory’s Christmas tour on Style Your Senses! In case you’re new to the blog (or in case you’re just tuning into our blog hop event), today I’m joining up with Lindsay Jackman’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, Christmas 2015 edition. To mark the occasion, I’m leading the way into our cozy, rustic family room, a space that I just decorated for Christmas for the very first time.

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

In the short while that we’ve lived in our new home (just over a month and a half now!), John and I have managed to have the front half of the house repainted by pros, a new gas log fireplace partially installed (pending inspection), rearranged countless rooms, removed two room’s worth of wallpaper, replaced our mailbox, had our countertops measured for replacement granite, hung all new makeshift curtains in the family room, and just recently rounded out the marathon of makeovers with fresh holiday décor.

Is it perfect? Not quite. Do I have about ten million more tweaks to make? Yes, yes, YES! But this year I’m doing my best to embrace the 20-year-old carpet that we inherited, the brick mantel in desperate need of a cleaning, and the yellow walls that I can’t wait to repaint white. The one thing I can say about our family room is that it’s most definitely “home,” and that more than makes up for the fact that the room has a long way to go before it starts to look and feel finished.

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

This year we worked mostly with the Christmas decorations that we already had on hand from the old house (see last year’s holiday set up here), but I did add just a couple of new pieces in celebration of our larger space. The white polar bear on the fireplace mantel came from Target, as did the marble bookends and gold wreath, and the gold foil “Eat, Drink And Be Merry” art print and felt garland are both from Minted.

As for the rest—the stockings, the bottle brush trees, painted nutcrackers, and holiday throw pillows—everything has been collected over the years from places like HomeGoods, Michael’s, and thrift stores. I get such a thrill from hunting down pretty white and blue holiday accessories, that I doubt I’ll ever truly be “done” with our Christmas collection. Are you guys that way, too?

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Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

One of my favorite Christmas traditions since John and I got married in 2012 is my heirloom Christmas book collection. Every year, John’s mom gifts me one of his childhood holiday books and I love thumbing through the classic stories—books like The Polar Express, The Gift of the Magi, and (a new favorite) J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters From Father Christmas. Each book has a little inscription and date, and I love pulling them out of storage each November for nostalgic holiday reading. Pretty soon, we’ll have the new fireplace up and running and then things will really feel like Christmas. I can hardly wait.

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Touring Our Cozy Christmas Time Family Room | Dream Green DIY #bloggerstylinhometourspinthis

Now that you’ve toured our cozy Christmas family room, I’m sending you on your ‘merry’ way over to Hunted Interior where Kristin is showing off her gorgeous holiday home—you won’t want to miss it! In the meantime, feel free to leave your own Christmas links and décor ideas in the comments.

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  • December 1, 2015 - 7:11 am

    cassie @ primitive & proper - love the mantle- those wood beads are amazing!ReplyCancel

    • December 1, 2015 - 7:52 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Cassie! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Julia@Cuckoo4Design - Love your beautiful unique style my friend. Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

    • December 1, 2015 - 9:52 am

      Carrie - Thank you so much, Julia!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    Megan te Boekhorst - Stunning home! Gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • December 1, 2015 - 8:17 pm

      Carrie - Thank you so much!! I’m glad you like it!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2015 - 1:48 pm

    Amanda Katherine - The little yarn ball garland on the fireplace is so cute!!! Your home looks great and I can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished in a short month and a half! Excited for more reno details 🙂

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    • December 1, 2015 - 8:16 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Amanda! I appreciate the support 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2015 - 4:11 pm

    Lindsay - Carrie, I love your mid-century living room! It is so fun 🙂ReplyCancel

    • December 1, 2015 - 8:16 pm

      Carrie - Awww, thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    Whitney Shortt - Love the eat, drink and be merry print!ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 8:40 am

      Carrie - That’s one of my favorite new pieces, too! Thanks!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2015 - 3:42 am

    Kimberly Duran - Blown away how much you’ve accomplished in such a short space of time! I love your decor, it’s all so cosy and perfectly Christmassy!xxReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 8:41 am

      Carrie - Thanks, Kimberly!! You’re so sweet! xoReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2015 - 8:03 am

    Michael Wurm Jr - First, I love the existing colors in this space. Second, the festive colors you incorporated for the holidays make it that much better. So beautiful! 🙂 (And isn’t the green felt garland AWESOME!?)

    xo MichaelReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 8:42 am

      Carrie - First of all, YES, I’m absolutely infatuated with the felt garland! And second, thank you so much for making me feel better about the current state of the room!! I’m glad you like it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2015 - 10:19 am

    Claire Brody - It all looks great!!! LOVE the mcm vibe! Gorgeous tour! xxReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 10:42 am

      Carrie - That means so much coming from you, Claire! Thank you!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Holly - It looks so nice and comfortable – I love that you photographed some special Christmas books too. I have a bunch of Christmas Golden books that my Mom saved that I always have out.ReplyCancel

    • December 3, 2015 - 2:28 pm

      Carrie - Awww, how fun! Thanks for the comment, Holly!!ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    Julie Blanner - Love the wood beads on the mantle! They give off the perfect holiday feel!ReplyCancel

    • December 3, 2015 - 2:28 pm

      Carrie - Thank you, Julie! I’m glad you like them!!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2015 - 12:30 am

    Gwen, The Makerista - So many great details! And I totally understand where you’re at with the house, I’m just impressed you even decorated! Last year I blamed the move and we were lucky to have a tree up a few days before Christmas. 😉ReplyCancel

    • December 3, 2015 - 2:28 pm

      Carrie - Haha, thanks, Gwen!! I’m relieved to hear that you know what I mean—it is tough trying to make a new house feel like home, especially when you’re a designer 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2015 - 11:44 pm

    Aniko@PlaceOfMyTaste - What a cute holiday decor! Love your simple style!ReplyCancel

    • December 4, 2015 - 7:35 am

      Carrie - Thank you thank you!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2015 - 11:25 am

    Jenn @ My Fabuless Life - It all looks fabulous as always!!ReplyCancel

    • December 4, 2015 - 11:32 am

      Carrie - Oh, thank you, Jenn!!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Kelly - Do you know Susan Waller?ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2015 - 4:52 pm

      Carrie - Nope! I don’t!ReplyCancel

  • December 5, 2015 - 10:17 pm

    Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home - Beautiful photos, Carrie. Man, I remember the very early days in our house, trying to embrace the imperfect while we chipped away at the projects. Which are still far from done 🙂 Things are coming together so beautifully at your house already. And one of my most favorite things as a girl was pulling the Christmas books out every year. Such a great tradition 🙂ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2015 - 4:52 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Jennifer! Awwww, yeah!! It’s a struggle, but worth the effort and patience! Thank you again for the sweet comment 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 5, 2015 - 10:26 pm

    Amber - Beautiful, of course, but my heart loves those Christmas books you have out!!ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2015 - 4:51 pm

      Carrie - Thanks, Amber!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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