Our family room is right off of our kitchen. So, if we are not in the kitchen, you can usually find us relaxing in here. We are fortunate to have two fireplaces in this home, however, we only light the one in the family room. It gets a lot of use during this time of year! Our family has collected Nutcrackers ever since the boys were littles. There is something magical about these wooden treasures. They aren’t fancy or expensive. We usually find them at the big box stores here and there, but every year they end up standing guard ready for Santa! I usually change up my decorations, but somehow these guys always make their debut on my mantle!
I think the details on them really stand out against the white brick which was painted about 5 years ago (the best decorating decision ever)! By the way, please don’t be intimidated to paint your brick. I hemmed and hawed for 5 years and finally took the plunge and never looked back!
The white brick is also a nice backdrop for our stockings (Ballard Designs). The leopard ruffle on top really caught my eye a few years ago and I had to have them! The leopard ribbon (Hobby Lobby) in the bow topper, echoes the ruffle on the stockings too. I added the Ballard Designs harlequin ribbon, to break it up a bit. We don’t want to be too matchy-matchy do we;). I think every room needs a bit of black and animal print. It just adds that extra punch…don’t you think? We even had to have one made for our favorite furry friend Wilson;) How cute are those dog bones! I keep it pretty simple in here, since I don’t want to detract from the focal point in the room (my fireplace). For texture in this room, I added a large french provincial willow tray. I always like to have something fresh in each room and this mini European Cypress tree was perfect and aromatic as well! The clamshell holds my beach treasures year round, but to add a bit of holiday cheer I simply added red and white polka dot ornaments found at Hobby Lobby. These tie in nicely with the red and white pillows on the sofa (covers from Ikea and Hobby Lobby). The needlepoint nutcracker pillow is vintage.
As you can see, Wilson likes to rearrange my pillows to his liking! Love that dog! In my desk area, I simply added a boxwood wreath adorned with my favorite Ballard Designs ribbon that has been used for years! I never tire of this ribbon and use it everywhere; especially in my kitchen. I also felt this area needed a bit of red to balance this side of the room, so I added an old pillow cover (Pottery Barn) draped over my chair. Some ornaments on my desk add a bit of Christmas sparkle while I work!