Christmas Holidays Home Tour Inspiration

Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home | Family Room + [more of the new] Mantel

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Eeek! Less than 10 days until Christmas!

It hasn’t quite hit the normal bitter cold temps we typically start seeing here in the Chicago area. It was actually nearly 60 degrees last weekend, which was the absolute perfect weather for our annual mother / daughter shopping trip in the city. We shop (obvi), brunch or lunch and dine out for din at our favorite go-to spots or try a new place if its nearby and we are ready to get off our feet and sit down to sip a cocktail. We have the best time!

Since the house has been ready for weeks, all that’s been left to focus on is shopping and wrapping! I am inches from the finish line and can’t wait to relax this weekend since I will be done-zo! Off to the in-laws for a few days of Christmas celebrations and then back to our house to host – my parents and grandparents will be in visiting from Iowa and my sister, will of course, drive out from Chicago.

family room tree - 12 days of christmas tour of homes - blogger holiday tour - stockings on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - This is our BlissSo, since this house is decked and no one else will be seeing it until the 25th, I thought I’d keep sharing with you! Let’s take a peek into another room of our Merry, Bright and Blissful Holiday Home – the Family Room!
family room tree - stockings hung on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - floating mantle - This is our BlissThis space is a bit more casual and slightly more traditional than our formal living room who got aaaalll jazzed up for Christmas this year. For the family room, I stuck with the same color scheme – black, white, gold and red – but there are some more earthy wood tones and grays, which are both actually pretty present in the other room, too. In the LR, we have the wood coffee table, the dresser that the makeshift holiday bar sits on and the gray couch and chairs.
sweater holiday pillow - pillow love - holiday decor - This is our BlissThe red in the family room is a bit deeper and there is not quite as much of the bold black…

But there is plenty!
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room couch throw pillows - thisisourbliss.comMy all-time favorite throw blanket is tossed on the back of the couch…
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room mantle stockings - red and white - gold thisisourbliss.com merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room mantle - stockings on black and white striped ribbon - gold reindeer - thisisourbliss.comand I did continue with the black and white stripes by simply attaching a command hook to the back of the floating mantle and then looped a piece of ribbon through each of the stockings [Pottery Barn] and secured the ends together in a bow around the hook.
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We had an accident with our regular stocking holders last year, when Henry (then 2) pulled at his stocking and the big gold snowflake holder nearly took him out. Needless to say, those were packed up and won’t probably be making another appearance for several years. Maybe longer! Who knows with these boys?!

Did you notice one of my happy finds from HomeGoods this season??
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room - merry and bright marquee - thisisourbliss.comYes – that white and gold “Merry & Bright” marquee!
IMG_5778It doubled as a prop for our family Christmas card photos, too! After the shoot, right back on the wall she went!
family room tree - stockings hung on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - floating mantle - This is our BlissThe metal basket by the fireplace holds extra throws and pillows and instantly adds warmth and texture to the room. Plus, its nice to have a few spare on hand for family and friends to grab one while lounging on the couch.
family room - merry and bright marquee sign - This is our BlissThe decor is pretty minimal in here because there isn’t a ton of wall space in this room.
holiday home tour - entryway table - This is our BlissThere isn’t a back wall as it opens up to the kitchen, the newly remodeled fireplace is flanked by windows…
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room christmas tree - thisisourbliss.com…this left wall opens up to the playroom and the far right wall has a set of doors that opens up to the deck.
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room pottery barn frames - thisisourbliss.comWe don’t actually use these doors because a couple of feet around the corner is another set of doors off of the kitchen. We keep a pair of occasional chairs in front of this door year-round and to the right of the door are a couple of my favorite oversized mat gallery frames from Pottery Barn. I always keep black and white photos in them and switch them out a few times a year. I love the large white mat with a simple black frame. Oh and have I mentioned my obsession with Christmas tree light reflections??!
family room couch with holiday pillows - sunburst mirror with wreath - This is our blissI was able to capture a few twinkling lights in that small mirror behind the couch – sneaky, I know 😉
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room christmas tree - stockings on mantle - red and gold - thisisourbliss.comSpeaking of the tree, here it is. I added several of the same gold sequin picks from the Formal Living Room tree, lots of red and gold ornaments of all sizes, gold ribbon and then popped in some red and glittery gold poinsettia stems – I love how they add some dimension and are a nice contrast to the round ornaments throughout the tree.
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room coffee table - striped bowl poinsettia - thisisourbliss.com merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room - christmas tree - striped bowl with poinsettia - thisisourbliss.comSpeaking of poinsettias, I did pick up quite a few of them this year and sprinkled them throughout the house to add some Christmas RED. This was AFTER the candy mysteriously vanished…
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room coffee table - treats - thisisourbliss.comBUSTED! So much for that idea!!

Since I needed something else for the coffee table, I decided to add a few in my trusty striped bowl. I found the bowl at Ross this spring and it made its debut at Simon’s Safari-style 1st birthday Soiree in May. I think it housed some munchies, but I thought it might make a great pot, too!
[Since you can’t buy this exact pot, I was able to source some close alternatives – like this option or this one, too ;)]

merry bright and blissful holiday home - striped bow poinsettia - thisisourbliss.comI actually filled the bowl with 3 mini poinsettias and just left them in the foil-wrapped pot they came in. There were only $2.50 each at Lowes.
merry bright and blissful holiday home - stairwell gallery wall - staircase garland - thisisourbliss.comThe staircase behind the family room stayed simple for the holidays since it has 17,000 frames on the stairway wall already! I added some faux garland & called it a day.
merry bright and blissful holiday home - family room tree and wreath - thisisourbliss.comThe goldish/bronze ruffle mirror got some wreath treatment and a few added plaid & striped ribbons made it feel right at home.

This is truly our family room. Aside from the newly finished basement, we spend our time in here…daytime puzzles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse marathons, Friday night dance parties, “picnic blanket snack time”…coffee in the am and wine + Netflix or the DVR post-8 pm – its our room, so I wanted it to feel cozy and warm, but still have a tiny bit of fun with bold patterns & glitzy gold glam.
merry bright and blissful holiday home - warm and cozy family room - thisisourbliss.comIt still has to feel like me, but just tamed down a bit. wink, wink.
merry bright and blissful holiday home series - this is our bliss - thisisourbliss.comFront Door | Home Tour | Living Room & Holiday Bar | Family Room | Christmas Table

Thanks for stopping by today! I have 2 more spaces left to share of our Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home – the table & entryway. There may only be a few more posts left after those before I take some time off from the blog! Please join me until then…and after January rolls around, too!

See you soon!

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  • Corinna - A Designer At Home
    December 19, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    I love this! I don’t normally like red but you make it look so good!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      December 21, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      Thanks, Corinna! I broke out of my shell a little bit with the bold red! Merry Christmas!