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Christmas 2013 Family Room Decorations


Just a look back in time about 25 years ago this month, we moved into this home with this dark family room and a dark brick fireplace to go with it! Ugh! What were we thinking or rather why had the original owner chosen such dark stain for the paneling along with the dark brick? See how the change took place 18 years after we moved in…yes, a long time!

Hope you are continuing the celebration of Christmas for a while longer. Do you keep your decorations up until after New Year’s Day? Our family has always enjoyed extending the celebrations of the season. This year was one, when it seemed only right to add a few unusual items and accessories.


Many years, we have enjoyed the beauty of that simple terra cotta nativity. And this season, it seemed only natural to place it on the old silver shawl that draped the mantle.hwwfpc201308a

Did you happen to read the scrolled script and see the words clearly? “There’s no place like home for the holidays! I’ll add to that by saying either home or at the home of those you hold dear! That piece was found at Kirkland’s Home about three years ago. Holly decorations always attract my attention and this one really is lovely. Also, the pair of sitting silver deer had to be there…they seemed to grab the feel of the room needed this year. They were a wonderful “find” at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store a couple of years ago. FYI, Cracker Barrel had similar ones somewhat smaller this year, too. The red and green lumbar pillows needed to come home with me. Y’all do know that moment when you must have something just right for the family room. Yeah, they were needed. And they were also under $6 each from one of my favorite stores, Ross Dress For Less. They definitely have more than clothing. Also, there’s often many styles of topiaries at Ross Dress For Less, TJ Maxx, and Hobby Lobby.


I do realize that this is a simple mantle compared to my previous mantle displays, but this one was perfect for this year. I have enjoyed the simplicity of it along with the Michael Delacroix prints we enjoy year round. Thanks for visiting and I would enjoy having you follow my blog.

Wishing you a joyful New Year 2014!

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10 Responses to Christmas 2013 Family Room Decorations

  1. Good Morning Helen! Your family room looks perfect. Love that mirror over the fireplace, very neat. Happy, Healthy New year to you andyour family. XO

    • Debbie, It’s great to see you stop by for a visit again. Glass you like the mirror, too. I bought it at a rummage shop several years ago. It is blemished, but that adds more interest and character. Doesn’t it? LOL! So, I have heard! Hugs, Helen

  2. Lovely room. I love the paint color and the fireplace too. I try to leave my decorations up until Ephiphany, but saw a chance for help from my grandson yesterday, so all is put away for another year.

    • Hi Vickie, So glad to see you dropped by for a visit. Our decorations will be staying a while. I love having them up a long time…it seems so sad when we remove the ones our grands enjoyed most of all. Maybe it bothers us more than it really affects them. I’m going to drop by your blog for a visit now. Thanks for the nice note and please visit often. Helen

  3. Hi Helen,

    So nice to meet you! Your family room is very cozy, all decked out for a beautiful Christmas! The seasonal accent pillows are adorable and Santa seems to like them, too!

    Wishing you a very happy 2014; all the best!

    Thanks for stopping by Poppy View, and hope to see you again, soon!


    • Hi Poppy, Thank you and I’m very happy you stopped by and introduced yourself to me. Actually, it’s a quite large room. I probably should have panned the room. Santa does have a way of relaxing part way through his trip…doesn’t he? I look forward to knowing you well. You’re quite well this year. Thanks, Helen

  4. Your family room is both beautiful and inviting, just as a perfect family room should be, and your decor for the holidays made it even more perfect! Glad you re-did this room wonderfully so we can enjoy it with you all the more! CHEERS to 2014!

    • Hi Vel, thanks for the lovely compliments on my family room and the decorations. We are very glad, that we didn’t listen to all the ones who were afraid we were ruining it by painting the fireplace and hiring painters to do the wood paneling. I delight in seeing and hearing from the doubters how great they think it is now! 😉 Wishing you and your family a great new year.

  5. Years ago, we all loved the true reds and browns of the natural brick…and now we tend towards a lighter feel and fresher interiors…I love your fireplace and mantel…I did less this year too!…and it felt great!…Happy New Year!

    • Shirley, Thanks for dropping by and I do agree with you on how great it felt to have less this past Christmas. I tend to vasilate on less is more and vice versa. Keeps my family guessing! Hope you have a great New Year!

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