My Updated Traditional Christmas Family Room

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You’ll find lots of easy to copy ideas for your home when you tour this family room decorated with an updated traditional style for Christmas.

Family room decorated for Christmas.
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and mine usually is, but that role switches to my cozy family room during the Christmas season.  My family room is where everyone gathers to drink hot cocoa by the fire while watching a fun Christmas movie.  It’s the place where we enjoy one another’s company in front of the tree and where so many new family memories are made!

Christmas Decor

Yes, of course our kitchen gets used a lot, but it truly takes second place during the holidays.  There’s just something magical about the Christmas tree and a having a fire in the fireplace that seems to draw everyone to this homey space.  This year, my tree was filled with red and white decorations and with gorgeous silk black and white buffalo plaid ribbon added to it.

Christmas tree with red, white and black decorations.

I did a little experiment with my 9′ tree this year and it’s all because of how I was influenced by the time I spent with a few professional designers learning their step-by-step secrets for decorating a Christmas tree.  You can watch the video and see the entire process of how they decorate a Christmas tree by clicking HERE.

I found the cutest, glittery red houses and a barn on clearance after Christmas last year and have been waiting all year long to use them.  As soon as I put my tree up, I knew exactly where they would go!

Decorating The Christmas Tree

The first thing that I added to the Christmas tree was the ribbon. The houses were the very next thing that I added and I love how quaint and cozy they look nestled into the branches of the tree!  After the houses came the largest Christmas ornaments, then the medium and smaller ornaments. Finally the picks of faux snow covered greenery and red berries.  I did a video tutorial of how I add ribbon to the tree that you can find by clicking the ‘Christmas Inspo’ button in my Instagram profile.

Christmas tree with red, black and white decorations.

The opposite side of the room is where my sofa is located, which I cozied up with a furry throw blanket and fur trimmed plaid Christmas pillows.  On my diy sofa table, located behind the sofa, I added two chunky white candlesticks and a cute flannel plaid covered basket filled with artificial greenery.  Very simple and very easy – that’s my favorite way to decorate for the holidays!

Neutral sofa with plaid Christmas pillows.

It’s easy to see exactly who in the family thinks that this is his cozy spot!

Cute dog on a sofa with Christmas pillows.

On the console table at the end of the sofa, I placed a simple arrangement of galvanized metal houses in a tray, added a few sprigs of artificial greenery and tucked in a few frosted red ornaments.  It’s little touches like that and the pair of red lanterns on the bottom of the table that help to carry the festive red throughout the entire room without being overwhelming.

Console table decorated with galvanized houses for Christmas.

Galvanized metal houses on a metal tray.

If you’ve been following me for any time at all, then you already know that I’ve been working on my husband for a while to get him to agree to replace his worn (not in a good way) leather recliner and he finally did!  My husband is 6’2″, so on top of comfort being a priority, the chair was also needed to support his neck and shoulders.  For me, I simply wanted it to be pretty!

A cozy family room with a fireplace decorated for Christmas in red and green.

Hanging a Christmas wreath on the French door behind the chair and adding another flannel plaid bucket filled with a mini tree makes this quite the cozy corner now.  And of course, I’m so glad that the poofy leather chair is gone!

Stockings are hanging by the fireplace.

There is a small Christmas tree on the table beside the couch.

I have a lot of decor changes planned for this room starting after the New Year and can’t wait to bring you along on the journey!

Candelabras are on the fireplace mantel.

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19 Comments

  1. Sharon Smith says:

    I am in the process of moving after the sudden death of my husband and will be living near my kids and grandchildren in NH. I am so excited that I found your blog and can’t wait to really delve into it. I love your ideas, your home and the fact that you love Jesus. Without Him, I would be a total mess right now. On to the life of widow but bringing all the memories of him with me, and decorating my condo! I am in love with your blog! Merry Christmas.

    1. Donna Milazzo says:

      Sharon,
      I am so sorry to hear about the death of your husband. We don’t know one another, but as a believer myself, I am glad you have the hope of heaven and His special comfort that nothing in the world can give. Glad you found Suzy’s blog to be helpful as you make your new house into a home!

    2. Hi Sharon. I’m so, so sorry for the loss of your husband, but am glad that you have many wonderful memories to carry with you. I love your testimony about leaning on Jesus! I would be an absolute mess every single day without him. A very merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Suzy, I love your updated traditional family room! It is a breath of fresh air after the endless parade of farmhouse decor that pervades the blogosphere. Only a few forward-thinkers are starting to phase out the farmhouse look. I enjoy both your blog and your Instagram.

    1. Thank you so much, Janet! All decorating styles come and go (only to be repeated 20 years later – lol), so I think it’s time to start moving on a bit. I stayed in the red, gold and green Tuscan cycle way too long and don’t want that to happen again!

  3. Suzy,
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family. May the blessings of Christmas be with you through out the year.
    I love the way you decorate, it’s simple and easy to make few changes in decor rather than busting the bank remodeling. Please do keep this up. Yes I am glad there is no farm house involved here…
    Take care .

    1. Thank you so much! I’m all about not busting the proverbial bank when I decorate! 😀 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

  4. I would love to know where you found your “man” chair! I’m having new couches delivered next week and would love to get rid of the “antique” Lazy-Boy. I’d have to do some heavy convincing but think I could persuade if I found something comfy but stylish. I’m tired of seeing the cat scratches on a chair that’s so old the cat’s been gone about 15 years!!! Thanks and absolutely love your blog!

  5. I have a tall husband too and need a new recliner with the same needs. Can you share your source? I LOVE the red and black and your tree is darling! So fun! Love your style.

  6. I loved your tree and the traditional style decor! It’s all very well done. Thanks for sharing with us! Have a great day!

    1. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas, Shelia!

  7. Stunning Christmas decor! I really like your use of red, black and white mixed with traditional elements. Merriest Holiday, Kippi

    1. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you as well!!

  8. Brenda L McQuinn says:

    I just love your tree! I am looking for a ribbon tutorial. I put ribbon on my tree and am wanting to change the way I do that. Do you cut foot long pieces and weave them in the tree? Your decor is beautiful! I can’t wait to decorate this year. Thank you!
    Brenda

    1. Hi Brenda. I cut my ribbon into pieces that are roughly 18″ long. Each end is held in place by bending one of the branches over it. Hope this helps!

  9. Marthe Seales says:

    Dear Suzy,
    I love your blog and especially your down-to-earth messages. Your Christmas decor is just stunning! I love it all! I am fascinated by the gingerbread house in the big jar. Can you share how you did that, please?
    Merry Christmas!
    Marthe

    1. You’re so sweet – thank you! The house in the jar is super simple to do! I simply placed some fake snow (or you could use sugar or something else white) in the bottom of the jar, placed a little village house that I already had on top of the “snow” and then added a couple of smaller figurines in front of it..