Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Into The Holidays- The Living Room

This week we are back with another post for prepping for the holidays ahead. We've hit the kitchen and the bedroom, and now are headed into the living room! I'm going to let you all in on a little secret of mine, I love a clean slate right before the holidays hit. As soon as Halloween is over, I pack up a majority of the pumpkins and fall decor and do a little cleaning of the house. Usually our living room/kitchen is free of seasonal decor a few weeks right after Halloween and before Thanksgiving. It just feels good to do a freshen up and have a sense of calm before I add more seasonal decorations. I want the twinkling Christmas lights and sweet mementos to be the spotlight of my decor and not have to worry about clutter that has been tagging along from season to season. However, once I take away a little I add a little back that is going to get me closer to being ready for Christmas! Does that even make sense? Take a little away, add a little more back in a more sensible way...ok let's go with it!

So, for the living room prep today, I have two parts to this post. 

Part one: Simplify or clean up existing room. For me, this meant pairing down on the bookcases. I took out all the paperback books and stored them out of sight. Something I had been planning to do for a while, just never took the time to do. This cleaned up the look of the shelves so much!! I did a little rearranging here and there, but nothing big. 

Part two: Add in fresh greenery (to be added onto later in the season), switch out pillows and throws, and wash slipcover on the sofa. This year I wanted to use a few larger ginger jars on the mantel and keep it fairly simple. I added fresh magnolia stems to each jar until they looked even. (tip- I like to rinse the leaves off and wipe them down with a damp paper towel before I bring them inside) Anyway, I just love their vibrant leaves that have that heir of "Southern"...and they last so long. I don't even stick them in water, they will sit like this for weeks until I switch them out. After Thanksgiving, I will add a faux magnolia garland to the mantel as well. But, for now the greenery in the ginger jars is a great stepping stone for what is to come! 

I have to tell you too- one of my great friends - ((I know you are reading ;) )) sold me five(!) of her ginger jars this week since she just moved. You know I was on it! I have been looking for more double happiness jars for so long but couldn't pull the trigger! I'm loving my new jars!

I didn't break out any of my true "Christmas" pillows yet, but I did put away a few that leaned towards summer. These red pillows were supposed to go in Weeks' room but the red doesn't match his headboard anymore- however, they are SO perfect for Christmas! I love the bold pop of red. It has instantly transformed our living room into a cheery holiday space! The white slipcover on the sofa got washed (again) and I'm sure I will do it several more times before Christmas. Can I just say I don't know what I would do with out that slipcover?! Kids!

This weeks update was so simple but I hope it inspired you to get thinking about your living room for Christmas! Once again, it feels so good to be ready for the day I pull out those Christmas totes from storage and be able to enjoy the season to come!

Make sure to check out these lovely ladies sharing their spaces today:

• Becky of This Is Happiness • 

• Lisa of Shine Your Light • 

• Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles • 

• Shelley of Crazy Wonderful • 

• Pam of Simple Details • 


Julie said...

Beautiful! I didn't realize magnolia leaves would last so long without water! Good to know!

Shelley - Crazy Wonderful said...

Such great tips on how to get everything in order before breaking out the decor. I hear ya on the slipcover! I shudder at the thought of what our couch would look like right now if I weren’t able to toss it in to wash very couple of months. Scary!!! Those ginger jars are so beautiful in your home and you have me wanting magnolia branches in a bad way.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I want a friend that sells ginger jars!!!! ;) Your room is so beautiful, love those bookshelves!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Katie, I love your built ins around your fireplace! I don't think I've ever seen this part of your new house and it's beautiful. I could move right into to this space and live happily ever after with those bookcases and blue and white collection! How perfect that your friend was willing to part with her ginger jars and you were dying for more (me too!) Love your tips this week, I'm going to tackle my shelves before adding in any Christmas decor after reading this.

pam {simple details} said...

Perfect tips, Katie! I love the styling and symmetry with your ginger jars, so pretty! My slipcover is on my list, too.

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

Beautiful room! Love the built-ins around your fireplace and how you’ve styled them. We have a very similar set up in our family room, so I’m love seeing how you’ve decorated yours.

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