Home for Christmas – Family Room

Happy December friends.  After being out of town the last three years, my family is totally excited to be Home for Christmas this year.  Over the next few days I will show you the Christmas Decor throughout my house, starting with the family room.  And sometime next week I hope to show you a video of my whole house.  During her visit this summer, my cousin let me know my house looks different in person than on the blog, I’m curious to see what you think!?!

Home for Christmas @ItsOverflowing

This year, Christmas decorating began with me falling in love with this cute basket.  Inside the basket is a 5 gallon bucket that has three 2×4 pieces of wood cut to the length of the bucket.  Each of these wood pieces has a hole in the center, the diameter of the metal tree trunk on my artificial Christmas tree (I used my hole saw).  Atop and all around the pieces of wood is almost two foot of gravel which holds the tree snugly in place.

Christmas Tree Basket @ItsOverflowing

My tree and I have had a love – hate relationship for the last couple of years.  I love the slim shape of this tree, but the electrical portion has been on the blink for way too long.  I finally grabbed a pair of wire cutters and spent two days removing every. single. light. bulb.  It took my hands a few days to heal from operation remove Christmas lights.  Draped with eights strands of lights, my 9 foot slim tree is beautiful once again.  I added some white lights to my Home Goods wire basket with Crate and Barrel birch logs, too.

Christmas Tree in Basket @ItsOverflowing

Most of the ornaments I used this year are Potterybarn Ornaments, collected from years past.

Glitter Christmas Tree @ItsOverflowing

New this year, I added a garland with silver and gold glitter balls and a white fur ball.

Christmas Tree Garland @ItsOverflowing

Another classic silver ball from my Potterybarn ornament collection.

Silver Christmas Ornament @ItsOverflowing

I love the the branches on this tree look so real.

Christmas Tour @ItsOverflowing

I have never regretted painting this fireplace white, it’s the perfect backdrop for all my mantel decor. This is what my red brick fireplace looked like before.  It wasn’t a bad color, just didn’t work with the neutral palette in my house.

Christmas Decorations @ItsOverflowing

Below, a sneak peek at my new gray arm chair and white sectional.  I’ve done lots of furniture selling, buying and rearranging over the last month, but I’ll wait until next year to fill you in on my whole furniture story.

Christmas House Tour @ItsOverflowing

A mirror painted light gray leans on the mantel.  I picked up this paint in the ‘oops’ section in the paint department at one of the big home improvement stores.

Silver and Gold Christmas @ItsOverflowing

A collection of mercury candlesticks and bottle brush trees in green, white, and gold, are on either side of the mirror.

Family Room Christmas @ItsOverflowing

Although mostly neutral, I have splashes of red throughout my house.  A few Christmas pillows blend well with my everyday IKEA and H&M pillows.  My little Berkeley Bear loves our new sectional.

#BerkeleytheYorkie @ItsOverflowing

Just a little over a year ago, this open concept room was split by a wall that divided the kitchen from the family room.  You can read about the growing pains we had to endure to give us a bright and open kitchen and family room!

Christmas Tree Lighting @ItsOverflowing

We will be watching a ton of fun Christmas movies in here this month!  What’s your favorite Christmas movie!?!

Christmas Garland @ItsOverflowing

Follow along as I continue my Christmas House Tour.  My newly remodeled dream kitchen is coming soon!

Christmas Kitchen Tour @ItsOverflowing

This week 25 bloggers who live in the Lone Star State are sharing their creative decorating ideas, crafts, recipes, traditions and even some beautiful fashions.

Christmas in Texas Blog Hop.

Betsy at Estelle’s

BJ at Sweet Nothings

Lisa at Fern Creek Cottage

Follow all the Christmas in Texas Tours.

(links below)


Poofing The Pillows

Linking up at: Savvy Southern Style, Between Naps on the Porch


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  1. Hi Aimee,
    First, your little Berekley is absolutely precious! I love your home it is very special so warm and inviting, true Texas Love! A fantastic addition to the tour!
    Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  2. Aimee, I love all your fresh white with the pops of red. Your room is beautiful and I love your tree. I’m coming over from Stacey’s and I’m so happy to find your blog.
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  3. Shelly says:

    Your house is gorgeous! I’m so excited to find you through this blog hop. Loved looking back at pictures of your home.

  4. I love the natural and simple beauty of your tree. I also admire your tenacity in solving a problem. Wish I had your patience. Your little Berkley is adorable and my little Bentley would love to meet him!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  5. Your home is so beautiful and I love all of the gold and silver decorations! Those two colors together always look so elegant! Love seeing all the Texas homes…makes me miss it that much more! Can’t wait to get back!

  6. Jemma says:

    Your home is stunning and the color pallette you have chosen is one of my favorites!
    So many pretty details and your puppy is darling too!
    Merry Christmas,

  7. I like your fresh look in decorating and all the lovely ornaments. The pops of red are great as well.


  8. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Aimee, your home is absolutely gorgeous! I hopped over from Stacey’s blog. Enjoying this tour! Love the basket your tree is in and I hear you about the sore hands. Mine are always sore this time of year and thank goodness I did not have to remove the lights from our tall slim tree. Love your cute pooch and your pops of red! I think I need some of those birch logs. 🙂 We are hosting a ‘Creating Christmas’ link party this week as well. One of the topics is a silver and gold Christmas. I’d love if you linked this. You will find a link on my blog to take you to the site.

  9. Your tree is simply beautiful!!!!! I bought a ‘new’ tree last year from a thrift store and my dear patient husband spend days snipping off all those little lights! I do NOT like the prelit trees!!! Besides my husband loves the small multi colored LED lights.

    My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone!

    I so enjoyed my visit to you today!!

  10. Barb says:

    Beautiful. I love the red accents, your room looks fabulous, my greatest regret is that I don’t have a house where the kitchen and family room can be combined. Merry Christmas.

  11. So natural and beautiful! I love your classic style! Happy to be touring with you!

  12. What a totally gorgeous home you have Aimee!! I am in love, everything is so festive. Your Merry Christmas banner is perfect, too. I am a banner addict…off to pin!

  13. Oh, Aimee! Good Lord, it’s gorgeous! I’m so amazed at the before & after of your kitchen/family room. I too have spent time cutting off lights from a pre-lit tree. Such a pain. Anyhoo, it all looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it on the tour. Feel free to share it at my Make it Pretty party. Here’s the link to this week’s party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/12/make-it-pretty-monday-week-160.html Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Aimee your Christmas decorating feels so tranquil and soothing. I adore that precious pup!

  15. Moni says:

    Beautiful, Aimee….Merry Christmas!

  16. Aimee,
    Love, love, love your white kitchen and living area. Your fireplace has just the right touch to create the Nordic look that has captivated me for the past 3-4 years. Everything looks gorgeous. Your mantel is decorated beautifully.

    Does any blogger’s house look the same in photos and in real life? Right now, my kitchen counter is totally cluttered with projects. I hope it’s cleaned before I go to bed tonight. Part of the joy of this Christmas season has been getting to know my fellow Texas bloggers and being invited into their homes, both virtually and in real life. I have been pinning away your beautiful home on the Christmas in Texas Pinterest board.

    Merry Christmas.

  17. Such a beautiful space! I love the softness of your color palette and the touches of glitz! And that banner is so adorable. Thanks for the tour! Your home is lovely!

  18. Aimee- your home is to die for.
    You have that magic ability of combining the beautiful season of Christmas with an elegant restful palette.
    I can’t wait to see everything else!

    I am a Texas blogger too!
    I hope you can come by tomorrow,

    White Spray Paint

  19. Rhonda says:

    Wow! Very beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

  20. Such a beautiful space! Very elegant! Over the years I’ve switched back and forth between using gold decor and silver decor and it never occurred to me to mix them, but you did it just right and it looks wonderful! Your lil Berkeley is just too cute in the red jacket!

  21. I love your tree, so pretty and your mantel is stunning. Gorgeous room and decorated so beautifully.

  22. Your livingroom is beautiful. I love the red touches for Christmas, especially your little yorkie. Enjoy your Christmas at home.

  23. Everything is so, so beautiful, Aimee! and your kitchen looks amazing! Thank you so much for the tip on how to do the tree stand, I wanted to put mine in my olive bucket so badly last year but could not figure it out. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!! xo, Andrea

  24. Good Morning Aimee! What an absolutely lovely home! Everything is so soft and serene! I think your darling pup wins first prize for the best Christmas photo with a fur baby! I thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas home!

  25. Hi Aimee, your room is gorgeous and I love the neutral palette with a touch of red. The gray is so pretty and soft. Your tree is beautiful and I love the white, silver and gold ornaments.
    Look at your little pooch sitting pretty for Christmas. Too sweet. Lovely tour on our blog hop.
    Enjoy the week and have fun!

  26. Aimee, this is so pretty! Your light color scheme is beautiful and I love it on your tree too. I’m having a love affair with mercury glass so it’s nice to see on your tree. The fact that you spent two days cutting the lights off the tree gains my full admiration! Those lights always stop working and the trees are so expensive. I’ve never heard of anyone doing what you did but I think our time will come. Your mantel is beautiful too. The precious puppy steals the show though. 🙂

    Thank you so much for participating in this today. I always enjoy seeing your house…I was following along when you redid your kitchen. What a headache!

  27. OOO, what a beautiful mantel and tree…I love your tall tree in the basket…it looks amazing.
    Everything is beautiful and I envy your classy way of putting it all together. Your little sweet dog is so adorable and looks good on your white sofa.
    I’m on this tour this morning…come have a cookie. 🙂
    You did a great job on this lovely post.