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Christmas in the Family room! A Holiday Home Showcase.

So excited to kick off my holiday decor today with some amazing bloggers who are also close friends of mine and share Christmas in my Family Room!  If you just popped over from Tamara’s beautiful home at CitrineLiving hello and welcome!  If you’re a regular here… hello dear friend and welcome back. :)
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Time for the Holiday Home Showcase!   Although I have a confession to make first.  For me this is the Holiday Room Showcase!  Ha!  I’m spreading my decor out one room at a time this December.  I take too many pictures to fit a whole house tour into one post and thought I’d save myself a little sanity by sharing one room at a time.  Not much mind you.. there’s still a regular amount of insanity going on around here.. but I managed to salvage a little.  ;)
So come in!  Time for a tour of Christmas in my family room!  The halls are decked and feeling all sorts of cozy.

Let’s talk changes in this room.  For starters I have a new rug!  That you probably didn’t even notice because it’s my old rug. :)  When we moved in and bought this Chunky Wool Jute Rug (my favorite as you all know!) the biggest size available was 9×12.  I wanted something bigger for this space, but settled with that size because I loved the rug so much.  About six months ago when I was looking up the rug to include in a post I saw that PB now has it available in a 10×14!  THAT was the size I wanted for this room.  I was so excited!  My husband was not.  Ha!  Until I convinced him that I would still use the 9×12 rug in our formal dining room during different seasons.
SOLD.  (See babe.. we needed them both…)  I’m a good convincer. :)  And I love this rug in both spaces!  You can see my formal dining room (that’s actually quite casual) with my old rug decked for the holidays here.
You’ve probably also noticed that my tree is decorated the same as it was last year.  We just loved it so much and weren’t ready to change it!  My kids were excited to pull out the candy canes and there is something so special about holiday decorating with familiar favorites.  Of all the rooms in my house, our family room is the one that looks similar every year for Christmas.  It’s the room we spend most of our time in together as a family and a lot of things are sentimental.


The wrapped presents under my tree are empty and my kids were NOT impressed when they figured that out.. ha! :)  They are moving to the porch where they usually live in December and will be replaced with real presents soon.


Most of these ornaments are from Krumpets, Tai Pan and Pottery Barn.  The tree skirt we’ve had since our oldest was born.
I did mix up my shelf decor in this room!  Of course I included favorite past Christmas pictures in my favorite frames like I always do, but I decided to keep things neutral and symmetrical and just line up my vintage book collection (that I sort of borrowed from my mom) on the middle shelf.  On the top shelf I used my two vintage wood oval trays (one usually lives on my bathroom shelves) and just filled them with some greenery and mercury ornaments.


Sometimes my shelf decor can look a bit cluttered to me so I’m loving how simple and clean it looks this year.
Of course my new Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign also completes the look!
Time to sit by the fire and read a Christmas story?  Don’t mind if I do. :)
Our mantel holds the most meaning for our family.  These stockings are so special to me and I’ll never replace them!  If you want to hear why them mean so much to me I told the story in this post last year.  I also talked about that rustic old sled that holds a special place in my heart.  Bells are a new addition. :)
LOVE having that fireplace on!  Even though we rarely need it here in sunny San Diego.  Sometimes I turn it on just to set the mood!  I light a candle and turn on Christmas music and usually last about 15 minutes before I’m sweating and turning it right back off.  I always suggest to my husband that we could turn on the fireplace and the air conditioning together.  For some reason he doesn’t get too excited about that plan.  Hmm.. not sure why!?  It may or may not happen anyway when he’s not around.  ;)

A few more pics of this space..
I kept our coffee table decor simple because it’s only empty like this when I take pictures!  It’s usually covered in my papers and my husbands’s brief case and my kids’ toys.
A favorite tray, red beads, some books, a plant, and my black and white striped box was all it took to add some Christmas cheer to the coffee table.
I love having this room looking so festive!  And I love the RED!  It just makes me smile.  It also makes me want to put on my favorite pj’s, turn on It’s a Wonderful Life and drink some hot chocolate.  With the fireplace and air conditioning running strong of course.  ;)
View from the kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my cozy family room!  If you’re new here you might also enjoy the Christmas gallery wall I just shared or my annual Favorite Things post with gift ideas for everyone on your list!  And be sure to check back tomorrow because I’m sharing one of my favorite rooms in my house decked for Christmas!  SO fun.  Love this time of year!  Sources for this space are below..

Next up on the tour is my darling friend and our hostess of this fun tour Kelley.  If you haven’t visited her blog before you are in for a real treat!  Amazing decor and she’s about as funny and down to earth as people get.  Love her!  Also make sure to check out  the rest of the homes on this tour!  My friends are all so talented and we all have such different styles.  A little something for everyone this holiday season.  Enjoy!  And I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.  :)


xoxo, Erin
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41 thoughts on “Christmas in the Family room! A Holiday Home Showcase.

  1. Even though I’m a “regular” here, I never tire of seeing your beautiful home and your lovely and festive decor, Erin. I really like how warm and cozy the room feels. Just like a family room should! Your shelves look so nice and streamlined, but also draw you in to take a closer peek. Love, love, love the mantle. And that sled! Nice with the bells added and that penguin skiing pillow just makes me smile. Lovely, lovely post. You also take really nice photos. Crisp and clear. The shot from the coffee table in focus and the tree behind out of focus looks amazing. Ooooh, and I’m glad you convinced your hubby on the rug. You are a good convincer. You might need to give lessons! LOL Thanks so much for the lovely tour. See you tomorrow! :)

    1. That means so much to me Jeanne! Thank you! I wish I could have you over for a cup of hot chocolate. I could totally give you lessons. ;) Ha! So sweet of you to say that about my pictures! My photography has been a long time work in progress for sure so it was nice to hear that! See you tomorrow! Lucky me. :) xo

  2. Erin your home is so gorgeous! I love your traditional red Christmas decor! Your tree is my favorite!!! I bet your kids just adore it! I hope you and your sweet family have the merriest Christmas!!!! Xo❤️

  3. Erin!! I love everything!! You can feel the love in this room! Love the pops of traditional red and love the books turned around on the shelves!! Great post, friend! We did it!!

    1. Thank you Haneen! Just a tad tired today.. ha! But feeling better I know you are in the same boat. ;) Love you cutie! So excited to check out your tour soon! xo

  4. Erin, I love your Christmas living room so much!!! I love that you kept your tree the same and I also love your stockings (I remember your stocking story from last year). I also love all of your Christmas decor touches and styling. Love the pillows too:). So basically I love everything!!! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family my friend…so happy to have been able to do another fun tour with you and I can’t wait for next week;) Xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Bree! Heading over to see your tour soon.. can’t wait! Catching up with your blog is always such a treat. :) Merry Christmas to you and your darling family too! Hoping we see each other lots in the New Year. :) xo

  5. Erin,
    Your home is just amazing! You have a beautiful HOME and great taste! I love your pops of red in the family room! Can’t wait to see the rest of your Christmas Tour! Do you mind telling me where you found the sleigh bells on your mantel!? I’ve been looking for some similar to those! Thanks!
    Have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Betty! I’m so happy you like it! What a kind comment. So sweet of you! :) Those sleigh bells were from Magnolia Market! Love them. Happy holidays! xo

  6. Erin, this room is so gorgeous and I just love how you keep your traditions in here. I don’t think there’s a detail missed in this space! Your reds are fabulous and I want to cozy up in my pj’s and drink cocoa with you!! What an amazing home – you know how much I dream about this house! Loved doing this tour with you, sweets! Very Christmas! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Tam! I feel the same way about your beautiful home! Wish we did live closer and could hang in our pj’s! I know we’d have LOTS to talk about. :) xo

  7. Just gorgeous!! Red is my favorite color and I love when I can pull it all out at Christmas. Your home is so beautiful, Erin! Enjoy making more great memories this holiday season!

  8. Looks so beautiful and festive Erin! Love all your red! It makes me want a new light couch, our couches are dark and I love how your light ones look with your pops of color from pillows!
    So your comment about Its a wonderful Life made me think, you guys should try and come see Pierce over Christmas break, he is in the It’s a Wonderful Life Play at our little community theatre, Brighams Playhouse! He is loving it and has shows all through thr break! If you could fit it in we could all go together! Would be so fun!!!!

  9. Erin, you are seriously the cutest! I loved the tour through your family room and can totally picture your adorable family hanging out in this room enjoying the season! I especially love your mantel decor and your decorated console table (those skis are so fun!). It’s just the perfect Christmas space!!

    1. Thank you so much Kris! I so wish I could have you over this December! Could totally use a night of blog talk (or any other talk!) with you right about now. :) Happy holidays cutie! xo

  10. Erin, one word L.O.V.E!! I’m teary eyed now just reading the story about Kole’s stocking! Oh my goodness that is the sweetest story ever! Tell Kenny I’m so impressed!! I love your tree and the sentiment it holds too! Your kids will always cherish how you let them keep tradition because it matters so much to them. The red is so pretty and I think those big candy ornaments are SO FUN! Just adore you and your family and your home!
    To the moon and back, xoxo

  11. Erin, I am so glad your tree is similar to last year because it was/is one of my absolute favs! I love all your special touches; how you keep it gorgeous but fun for your kids is absolutely awesome. You are a rock star and I adore every detail. And you! Xoxo

  12. Erin, what beautiful pictures!!! I thought I would miss your coral, but I absolutely love the red you’ve added! Your tree has so much personality too!!! So fun!

  13. Hi I am new to your blog. The floorplan of my LR & Kitchen & DR are the exact same as yours which is unusual here in the South…an idea I totally got from California style houses :) So you may have covered this many times but where are your sofa, DR table and chairs from? Thinking about a sectional and currently have a round farmhouse table. It has been in my family since the 1800’s but really want a rectangle one. Thanks! Beautiful home

    1. Thank you Melissa! So happy you like my home and have a twin floorplan! :) My sofa is the comfort sectional from Pottery Barn and the dining nook table is also from PB. The chairs were from Ballard Designs. If you are talking about my formal dining room, the farmhouse table and chairs are from Restoration Hardware and the chairs on the ends are from Ballard Designs. Happy holidays! xo

  14. You home is simply stunning. You have really captured the neutral pallet without it being boring and having no life. The combinations of textures are beautiful. I love how for whatever holiday you are decorating for it just POPS in your home! Beautiful job!
    PS Love the Santa hat Christmas tree topper. SO SO cute!!

    1. What a sweet comment Lindsay! Thank you so much! I’ve always loved that Santa hat tree topper too. :) Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

    1. It’s the Pottery Barn comfort sectional and the fabric was upgraded to one called FLAX. Although I wouldn’t recommend it! It’s mostly linen and stains easily. I’d check out their performance fabrics!

  15. I bought the chunky wool jute rug from Pottery Barn and it had a very strong mildew smell. I even exchanged it for a new one and that had the smell too. Did you have that problem with your rug?

    1. Hi Michelle! Oh my word.. I should have included that info. in my rug post! It totally stinks at first but that smell goes away! I about died when we first got it but my husband said to give it a week and sure enough the smell left! Same with the second rug we ordered (we have 2 of them). It smelled bad for about a week or so and then the smell left. It’s the same way with the shedding. It sheds for a few weeks and then that stops too. So no need to exchange this one! :) xo

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