When we - my husband and I - first moved into our house in Dallas we had a fairly large front living room that was completely empty. I dubbed it the "Christmas tree room" even back in July because the front-facing plantation shutters were perfect for displaying a pretty, fresh tree in front of and the white fireplace was just begging for our Christmas stockings to be hung from it. Fast forward to almost 6 months later and a lot has changed in our Christmas tree room.
We were able to fill the room with some pieces that we absolutely love from ATG Stores that make the room cozier than ever on our first Christmas in this house...
I have a hard time picking a favorite piece in the room because it really did all come together so well, but I can safely say that our dog Camp’s favorite the Hadley/Hemingway Rug by Loloi. The rug was one of the first items I picked – and this first piece to arrive – and it alone made a world of difference in the room as soon as we laid it down. The rug is soft and cozy and different from any rug in our house which makes it special. Finding a one-color rug that has visual interest isn’t always easy and I love that this one looks striped with its cut pile and loop construction.
Truth be told, the first piece I fell for when I started browsing the ATG Stores site was the Antoinette Antiqued French Accent Chair by Baxton Studio in the yellow linen. Yellow is my most favorite color and we had yet to use the hue it in any other room of our house, so it seemed meant to be when I saw this chair. They add just the perfect punch of happy color to the room without being too much and I love the classic design of them. With the bright chairs, a neutral rug seemed like a perfect choice and also led me to wanting a neutral sofa. *Side note: our pup Dolly loves perching in the chair that sits closest to the front windows.
I had a vision for what I wanted in a “living room” sofa (we have a sectional sofa in our family room by our TV) and in my mind I wanted something somewhat formal-looking but also approachable and inviting. Nothing worse than having furniture that guest feel is too nice to sit on! I instantly gravitated for the Emily Tufted Sofa by Pacific Loft for it’s velvet texture and turfed design. The curves compliment the French design of the chairs and the beige hue is just slightly darker than the ivory of the rug, keeping it from blending in.
With the yellow chairs making such a color statement, it was a little hard for me to determine what type of coffee table I wanted to anchor the sitting area. I knew I wanted something rectangular so that the length could sit parallel to the couch and the chair could sit on either side of it. My mom (who helped me pursue all the ATG Stores pages and weigh in on the look of the room) is the one who first found the Back to the Roots Atlantis Coffee Table by GroovyStuff. At first I wasn’t sure if the piece would be too much of a departure from the elegant chairs and sofa but my mom was right in suggesting it because the organic nature of the table is a perfect contrast to the structured sitting pieces. I love how the wood warms up the space and goes well with our crisp white walls and the art that we knew would be in the room.
This room is hands down my favorite room in our house – it is the first place we see when we walk into the door and it never ceases to make me smile. As I had pictured when we first moved in, the space has become even more special with the Christmas holiday.
My husband and I picked out our fresh tree after Thanksgiving and we got to hang the collection of ornaments my mom has been gifting me each year since I was a baby. I was pretty impressed by how full the tree was though I feel like we still need to thoughtfully add some more ornaments over time. It will be exciting to share the ornament tradition with a new baby next Christmas and for many Christmases to come.
Another family tradition? Our needlepoint stockings which were literally a labor of love over the past year and a half by Molly and my mom. After my husband and I got married my mom and I had the designs painted by a local needlepoint studio in Kansas City (we were inspired by vintage Christmas illustrations) and once they were ready to stitch Molly took over mine and my mom went to town on Robert’s. We already have one painted and ready for stitching to add to the mantle for the new baby, which is so exciting (and a little surreal). It’s one of my task in the New Year and I’m really excited to get going on it. I’m a slower stitcher than my mama and Molly so I’ll need all the time I can to complete it before next year!
And of course, I couldn’t leave our puppies out when it came to representing the family with stockings. I learned about Shari Ledji and her Red Llama Studio – she makes absolutely darling custom felt, initial stockings – and thought the modern design would look great along side the needlepoint stockings. I was able to pick the colors when The Loveliest hosted a trunkshow with Shari months ago and love how they coordinate. They seriously out better than I could have expected!
Aside from our Christmas tree and the stockings, the other big holiday decor moment happening in the living room are the colorful bottle brush trees on our mantle. I found them at Neiman Marcus in the fall and jumped at getting all the colors (they came in little six-piece color groupings). Sadly, there’s only one color left – but I’m sure they will be back next year.
See why I smile every time I walk into this room!?