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Retro inspired farmhouse Christmas living room.

A new direction and a nod to my childhood, inspired our retro farmhouse Christmas living room.

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Today is a special day of sharing! My friend and fellow blogger Leen from Sand Dollar Lane, put together a “Celebrate Christmas” blog hop to showcase Christmas inspiration from various talented bloggers. If you’re coming over from Kristin’s post at White Arrows Home, hello and welcome!

I can’t believe this will be our 4th Christmas in our home! A lot has changed in that time, that it’s hard to believe it’s even the same house we fell in love with. There’s been a lot that has changed this year , so much in fact that I almost didn’t want to even put out decorations.

My girls spotted a miniature porcelain Christmas tree similar, to one my mom and grandma had when I was little. My grandma, or Nonny as I called her, made a few of them, but Lord only knows where they ended up. I loved rearranging the little plastic bulbs (even if I wasn’t supposed to touch it). Those little trees reminded me so much of my childhood that I couldn’t tell them no when they asked if we could buy one. Then we started noticing all the retro looking Christmas decor and it got me to thinking…

Our Pottery Barn stockings have been a staple every year in our Christmas decor.

In my season of saying yes, I asked if they wanted to do something a little more colorful and fun from years past. Their eyes lit up and for the first time in a long time, so did mine. When we told Courtney about our plan, even he was on board with changing things up.

The colorful garland from World Market tied everything together so well.

World Market Garland

We bought a bigger tree, moved furniture, and tucked the tree in the best spot in our living room. One of the best things we bought last year was the smart plug that works with our Alexa. It would be super hard to get behind the tree to unplug it, but with the smart plug I can turn the tree on and off with voice command.

TP Link Smart Plug from Amazon

I added a few multicolor ornaments to our handmade and passed down ornaments. The tree quickly became a colorful array of memories.

To add even more of a touch of whimsy, I thought it only made sense to add a sparkling silver garland like I had growing up.

Switching out a picture on our wall to a repurposed gift bag of Santa, adding a couple colorful pillow covers, and a couple other retro Christmas vibes, our living room was transformed into a colorful Christmas wonderland.

If you look, I actually had a different garland that I switched out.

I’m ok that this style probably doesn’t fall within what’s trending. What it represents to me is a family bringing back the merry and bright. I hope your family is able to also create a space that brings you happiness too.

Don’t forget to head over to Ann with Dabbling and Decorating next and make sure you check out all the other talented ladies too.

XOXO,
Brooke

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17 Comments

  1. I love the touches of blue! That felt garland is my fave! We have the same stockings too 🙂

  2. What fun that you and your girls came up with a decorating plan together. I love the retro touches that you added, especially the use of the garland on your tree. Everyone had that on their tree when I was a child and I always loved it. I really like your mantel decorated with the white trees with lights (I wish I had one from when I was a kid!) and the houses. Your home looks so festive for Christmas!

  3. Brooke I love that your decor represents something to your family and I am sure that has made it even more special for your girls. That garland brings back lots of childhood memories for me as well. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  4. Brooke, Your home looks so cheerful and welcoming! I love your colorful, memorable holiday decor. Wishing you and your family a holiday filled with peace and happiness.

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