Holiday Home Tour 2019: Living Room and Dining Room

Happy Tuesday my friends! We are officially 8 days away from Christmas and I figured I couldn’t let the decade go by without one last Holiday Home Tour.  Rather than a tour, I’ll just be sharing some Holiday Décor “Moments” in our living room and dining room, since I joined a lovely group of ladies last week sharing video tours for the Winter Eclectic Home tour on IGTV, which you can find here.

If you are new here, welcome!  We purchased this 140-year-old Fixer-Upper in May of 2018 and have been renovating it ever since.

I realized one thing about myself as I began decorating my home (albeit a bit later than usual) this year, I just didn’t want to waste a lot of money.

I’m typically able to do this by using lots of natural elements and foraging fresh greenery from my yard, but for some reason I felt significantly more frugal this year about buying things in general. I kept things simple at our entry with a fresh wreath wrapped with a thrifted scarf to welcome guests.

Arch mirror/ Chalkboard Advent Calendar (Similar)

On our entry table, I placed my arch mirror ( I have a serious thing for arched mirrors right now), and a cute little chalkboard advent calendar I bought a few years ago.  We keep baskets underneath to hold shoes and cold weather accessories.

When you walk into our living room, you are greeted by my latest project:  the diy electric fireplace and built-ins that are ** still  a bit of a work in progress.**

Fur Stockings/ Striped Stocking/ Embroidered Stocking/ Brass Sconces/ Table Clock & Thermometer/ Fireplace Insert

I created a fresh garland to rest atop the mantel using arborvitae, rhododendron leaves, pine needles, and snippets from my Christmas Tree. I purchased two new stockings to coordinate with faux fur stockings so bought a few years ago and that pretty much sums up my new winter decor purchases this year.

The bookshelves were decorated simply with brass collectibles and bottle brushes, and some art that I’ve had for a while. And the rest of the décor displayed was basically all thrifted.

We always do a live Christmas Tree and this year like all others, I did my best in decorating it, for some reason, the Christmas tree is never really a place I shine, designwise—I don’t know if I have the patience for tree decorating, but I’m still pretty pleased with what we ended up with.

Sconces / Coffee Table / Rug

I added some warm texture to the sofa by way of a faux fur throw, and winter patterns–apparently someone in our household really enjoys it.


I draped a pine garland secured with floral wire on the stair railing along with some string lights to really finish the space off.

Arch Mirror

Over the past few months I’ve been really trying to push myself out of my comfort zone—so in the dining room, I recently added this moody Board and batten treatment that the jury’s still out on. Some days I LOVE it, and then other days I’m like “Meh”.

What I’ve found about pushing myself out of my comfort zone is that I usually end up regretting it, so I’m learning that “playing it safe” or going with my gut is usually the best route to take when it comes to design decisions. But, I digress . . .


Twinkle lights were tucked here and there, and on our built in cabinet I added my collection of nutcrackers, some thrifted and some from the dollar store.


Chandelier/ Chairs

My other collection is of brass candle holders. I just love how they class up the space.

And that concludes my living room and dining room tour! I hope you guys enjoyed it!  I’ll be back later this week to share some holiday décor in other areas of our home.



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  1. December 17, 2019 / 12:49 pm

    I love all the warm layers you’ve created in your home. The Christmas decor fits so perfectly and is so natural! Love it Carli!

  2. December 5, 2020 / 6:39 am

    I love the table runners and decorations. You can still eat comfortably and see each other while doing so. I like this type of room much better than the all white everything. This looks much more cozy and livable, less sterile. Even your tree looks nice, not over done.

    • madebycarli
      December 5, 2020 / 5:20 pm

      Bernice, thank you so much for your sweet words! I love my decor to be pretty but most importantly, everything needs to still be comfortable and functional.

  3. Rebecca
    December 5, 2020 / 10:40 am

    Gorgeous and calming…love it!

    • madebycarli
      December 5, 2020 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much Rebecca<3

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