2.12.09

Living Room Christmas Tour

I finally found some burlap ribbon! Our Cowboy Christmas tree from last year and a peek at this year's tree, that I changed quite a bit, were on the previous post here. I decided to go with less red and more natural elements, more in keeping with the style I'm striving for in our living room. A bit rustic and a bit cottage. The burlap ribbon was suggested in the comments of that post, and when I found it yesterday, I took everything off the tree and started again.

The muslin garland was made by sewing several long strips together, sewing down the long edge and turning and turning and turning inside out. I could have saved time and fabric and ripped strips as Donna from Funky Junk Interiors did here, but since I sew I tried it this way. The muslin has some nice texture and flecks that match the pillows I made.

Is it strange to have a shelf over your couch?
I quickly put some garland, berries and pinecones on the shelf for the picture (I should have secured the phone cord though.) The paint colour in here needs to change too. We used a temporary light cream to cover up the dark brown colour that made this room dark as a cave. I brought the slipcovered ottoman from our bedroom and put the very large ottoman in the family room to make more room for the tree. Now I'm liking it. One chair has the slipcover almost finished and one to go.

We haven't put the cowboy boots and lariats around the base of the tree yet but I sewed a quick drop cloth tree skirt to match the garland. The tree skirt may still get a ruffled edge.


The rusty metal stars and bells are totally my style. I found some darker and smaller bells for interest. Most of the ornaments, the burlap and the raffia were on deep discount at Michael's, or bought very reasonably at a craft show. I made the mini lariats out of twine.

I love the wavy glass on these lanterns I picked up in September at Lowe's. They were discounted to about $5 each.

A bit of red in the sleigh and bells.

I added lots of white lights, I usually use tons, but they aren't showing up too well with my camera, and some may be hidden behind the muslin. I'll have to work on that.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed our Christmas living room tour! I love comments and if you have any suggestions that would be great too.
Always with some great ideas, Funky Junk's SNS.
I'm also joining in The Inspired Room's Holiday Linky Friday. Thanks Melissa!

22 comments:

  1. Oh how wonderful the tree turned out great, I love the burlap on it, what an incredible idea.

    .•:*¨¨*:•.Blessings*¨2 U 4¨**¨¨*the holidays .•:*¨¨*:•.

    -:¦:-H-:¦:-E-:¦:-I-:¦:-D-:¦:-I-:¦:-

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a cute idea for a tree, it looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your cowboy Christmas theme is adorble. I am sending a link to my daughter that decorates her living room in the cowboy theme all year. She will love what you have done.

    ReplyDelete
  4. really,really nice and so different, i love it..great job!!
    we are getting so cold here, i can't take it already>>>lol..
    xx.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your tree is fabulous!! It reminds me of a tree I saw in Country Living magazine this month.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ok, so my Mom(Connie) sent me your link and I LOVE your living room! I love everything rustic and cowboy, but do not have a cowboy tree. I would love to do this someday to my own tree. I am saving your ideas for next year.
    Way to go! BTW, a shelf over your couch is great! You can do so much with it! Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Elizabeth,
    I like the burlap garland idea. It definitely works for a natural look. I can't believe you took all the ornaments off, because that is something I would do!
    HO, Ho, HO!
    Cathy

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your tree is beautiful! I love your tree topper! So fun!

    ReplyDelete
  9. YEE-HAW! What a cute tree!

    Thanks for linking up today! : )

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a fun theme! Cute with the burlap ribbon!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your living room looks great! I love your rustic Christmas tree! SO cute! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. You redid your tree?!? Oh my... you ARE a decorator possessed! :)

    And the result of your efforts is truely stunning! LOVE the rustic elements!

    Thanks for linking up!

    FJ Donna

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog and for all the great ideas!!! :)

    PS... I love your tree, especially with the cowboy hat on top! too cute!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I always enjoy stopping by, Elizabeth. The tree turned out great - I like the neutral palette.
    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love it. I think you totally nailed what you were going for - a little bit rustic and a little bit cottage. And the burlap looks fantastic! :)

    Jacci

    ReplyDelete
  16. Burlap ribbon -- wow! Where did you find it? It's a perfect complement to the rest of the tree. I can see myself doing wonderful things with burlap ribbon in the future!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm following you now too. I'm looking forward to reading more of your ideas now that I've found your blog.

    :)
    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  17. Very fun tree! Your decor looks great! I too have a shelf above my sofa (mine is very rusty!) so I don't think it odd!
    Happy Holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Very cute tree...my brother and his new bride had a cowboy reception...they would love that tree...so fun.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your home is amazing-I love how you decorate! So beautiful!

    ReplyDelete

I really LOVE getting comments and read each one. They truly make me smile! If you have a question I will email you. Due to a huge increase in spam comments I have enabled comment moderation but I will post all friendly comments. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!