The big elephant in my living room is the wall unit that takes up the whole wall in one end of the room. It is big and tall and has lots of room for decorating. And I always try to please it by filling it up! The smartest thing I ever did was to flip all of my books around and so now I have a neutral canvas to add all the decorations I want.
Let’s begin at the top. I have one of those spot light units on the ceiling and it is perfect for hanging things. Last year I had hung globe ornaments in red, but this year I am trying to eliminate red as much as possible. These globes were painted green with acrylic craft paint. I love being able to transform things without having to spend money. I just buy a bottle of the paint and I have it for months.
Thank goodness for my friends who inspire me because now I feel that the room is really done! Maybe even over done, but that’s okay because if you can’t go overboard on Christmas, when can you?
Moving on we come to the middle shelves. Do you see those tall white objects? We have taken to calling them the Empire State Buildings in our house.
And that little tree, it is a thread spool. I wrapped some green velvet fabric around it and placed it on a base which I had painted white. The base is from another broken snow globe…. are we seeing a theme here?
The handle of the basket has been wrapped with a string of tri-colored beads. Those beads have been with me forever and I reuse them every year. Timeless!
And placed on my Chivalrous trunk is the natural wood centerpiece switched out for Christmas. The box holds an assortment of sentimental Christmas cards. And in the place of honor is my sweet Pumpkin man.
The trunk was a hot mess but I decoupaged it with book pages last year and it made a world of difference in the look. You see how easy it is to transform something without spending a ton of money and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you actually made it yourself. The trunk is one of my most cherished pieces in the house.
The red tree topper is a pretty piece of paper rolled into a cone shape. Easy peasy!
I hope you have enjoyed my living room tour. And if you’d like to see what my living room looked like last year, take a peek here. I’ll be back next week with some more and I want to show you the spice rack vignette. Do you re purpose your existing decor or do you buy new things each year?
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