Festive Family Room Reveal 2018

Hello Friends!

Are you ready for Christmas? This year I have been slow to pull out Christmas decorations but the family room is finally ready for this wonderful season. Want to see?

There’s a lot going on in here but honestly, this room can handle it. Sometimes it feels so open, big and white. I told Marc the other day that it was cold in here and he said  “because we are trying to heat a warehouse”.  🙂 The whole house is normal sized but this room is big.

The plan for Christmas this year was to pick up a real tree but finding an evening when all the teenagers want to go out at the same time is rare – and I only have two. I decided I’d just get started with stuff we had. All of these trees are older and the green on them isn’t exactly the same but once I put them together I loved it and so did the boys.

The room is set up so “even Steven” that it needed varied heights and there wasn’t just one corner that screamed Christmas tree.

I am so glad I did the wood surround on this bump out. I put little nails in it to hold the garland. The stockings are hung with furniture tacs that aren’t pushed in all the way.

The firewood is just tree branches from our backyard. I cut them with a miter saw to get them the same length and rubbed them with a wash cloth in white paint. I even sealed them so they last.

They look like birch branches now. I know I can buy birch branches but if you have followed Down to Earth Style for awhile you know I don’t like to interrupt a decorating vibe for a trip to the store.

Do you love that quilt? My sweet Mom made that for me and I was so happy to reunite with it after it sat in storage for so long. I used to hang it on the wall above the couch in our Connecticut house or in our bedroom when the boys were small because I didn’t want it to get dirty. I hope Mazi behaves with it here on our sofa.

Do you want to see the other treasures from my Mom?

Above the cabinets is my Christmas village. Every one of these little structures was hand painted by my Mom. (I posted about them several years ago HERE) Over the course of 15 years she gave her kids a house to add to their village on Thanksgiving. Look closer…

At night it’s amazing! Aren’t they cute?

What an emotional evening that was to open each house and feel the flood of memories and love of my Mom. This is our first Christmas since she passed. I won’t go into that or I’ll cry all day long.

That flocked wreath is from Walmart. It was $10. Seriously!

The kitchen and the family room are basically the same room. It’s convenient and pretty but I might do 9 foot ceilings instead of 10 if I could choose again. Climbing the ladder so high to decorate was scary.

The dining room is set up behind the oven wall and has french doors out to a patio. I haven’t decorated in there yet.

We haven’t put ornaments on the trees.. I like them plain but are the bulbs sitting in a crate. They look good just where they are.

I brought down some little accessories that I have had for years like these little snowmen.

The coffee table has a runner on it with a Santa, a pine scented candle and some Holly branches from a tree outside. And of course Ms. Mazi is being lazy as ever on the sofa.

She needs her hair cut but I love it all shaggy. She looks like a well loved teddy bear.

Well, that is a picture overload if I ever saw one.

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K, thank you for your time today and I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Festive Family Room and Kitchen.

Have a super fun weekend!

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Audra @ Renewed Projects

I'm crushing on your wood wrapped island and the reclaimed wood above the fireplace. Makes the whole space so comfy looking. Gorgeous!

Holly Browning

Dear Unknown above. The walls were Woodstock Tan by Ben Moore and the floors were done in a checker pattern with natural and dark walnut stain. The photo should be in our House Tour 1 link under the header at the top of the blog page. Email me directly if you have further questions at hbrowning72@gmail.com


Holly sometime ago you posted pictures of a room, hall & stairway done with a brownish saige kinda color..I really don't know what to call it. But the bottom of walls were white. Stair rail was black. The hall floor was 2 different colored squares light and dark. Could you please email me and let me know the color on the wall and the flooring. Absolutely love it!! Thank you. Love your style 🙂

Tanya Derrey Bingham

Everything is so beautiful Holly, it's my fourth Christmas since my Mom passed . I totally understand what you mean, what special, wonderful memories and a gift of treasures she has given you to enjoy and remember. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Christmas:)

Katie Mansfield

Cute. I love the sweet memories that you have with your mom and that you have keepsakes from her. Hugs to you. The firsts without are loved ones are so hard. Your house looks fantastic.