I’m so excited to share my Christmas decor full of upcycled, thrifted decor and a beautiful blue and white color scheme.
It’s finally here – Christmas decorating time! This year I decided to change things up.
I skipped the traditional red and used lots of blue, silver, and white Christmas decorations and I love how beautiful and glittery it all is!
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Now on with the tour! Welcome to our Christmas home!
Starting in the entry …because it’s always my favorite. ;)
The best part of the foyer (other than that pretty plank wall) is my newly flocked wreath.
It was a super simple DIY project and you can check out the full tutorial here. It looked a bit lonely on its own, so I hung it inside an old wood frame that I found at a yard sale this summer for $1. They make a perfect pair!
I’ve seen several Christmas trees made from vintage books and this year I just had to make one of my own. It was so simple.
I grabbed a stack of old books with greenish covers and stacked them up from largest to smallest.
I used a simple little bucket as a stand and added string lights and a small star and it was perfect! There is just something about old books that I find beautiful.
I added a few nutcrackers as well. My husband has a huge collection of nutcrackers that was started by his grandmother and that we continue to add to each year.
Some years we put out all 50 and some years I just choose a few favorites like these Santas.
Ok, so I said the entry was my favorite, but the fireplace and tree may just also be my favorite.
I can have two favorites right? It’s like children – they all really are your favorite!
This was my first time decorating for Christmas since I painted the fireplace blue and I had so much fun. The fireplace was really the jumping off point for the whole silver and blue color scheme. It just looks so beautiful together!
The white stockings are the only new decor I bought this year. I love how striking they are against the blue.
Since they all look alike, initial tags were a must so everyone would know whose is whose. I simply added German glass glitter to some chipboard letters and hung them with twine.
As for the tree, I added DIY flocking to our tired fake Christmas tree two years ago and it still looks beautiful!
I’m sharing all the details of how I decorated this pretty tree right here. (It involves lots of non-breakable ornaments, sticks from my yard, and a few sheets of glittered cardstock!)
Once the ornaments were on, the tree needed something a bit more, so I cut the Merry Christmas banner from glittery cardstock.
In the dining room, I wanted something festive but simple for the table.
I made an easy table runner by taping together pages from an old hymnal. (Any music book will work, but where I live in the South, hymnals are plentiful at estate sales.)
The pretty glass Christmas trees started as a motley collection of glass Christmas tree jars gathered from various thrift stores.
I added paint and faux snow and turned them into a wintery forest for the table. I’ve got a full tutorial for putting together this pretty centerpiece here.
And in the corner, a simple glittered banner, my DIY glittery nativity, and the DIY Joy to the World print I made last year using an inexpensive engineering print.
(You can get the details on the print and get a free printable to make your own here.)
And the final touch – my upcycled advent calendar.
We’ve never had an advent calendar before but now that my boys are getting older, I know they are going to love it.
I made it using another old dresser mirror frame, a pack of muslin favor bags, and a glittery Noel ornament. I can’t wait to fill this with candy and simple Christmas activities to do each day.
(And I can’t wait to see how long we can make it without forgetting a day. I’m hoping to make it at least the first week!)
And that’s my home. Thanks so much for visiting!
Now I’m ready to cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and watch The Grinch!
Designing Vibes says
The flocked tree never gets old and all of the blue and silver looks stunning on it. Everything is so magical. Beautifully done!
Thank you so much Erica! I really love that flocked tree!
Karen @ a house full of sunshine says
I LOVE that advent calendar!!! What a great idea to use a mirror frame – the shape of it is just gorgeous. And your entryway is always so stunning. That book Christmas tree is the cutest thing ever!! Thanks so much for hosting us this week, Carrie! xo
Thank you Karen! That mirror frame was such a lucky find!
I love that you were table to incorporate blue into your Christmas decor. So many stunning details, it all feels so cozy. The Christmas tree is beautiful with the words on it, what a great idea!
Thanks so much Emily!
Oh my word, I love it all. Like, big puffy heart love. The blue and white and silver – just perfect for the season.
I love that flocked wreath and the tree – my parents always flocked a real tree at the holidays and it was so elegant. Yours is lovely.
You have me thinking I need to flock something now.
Thanks so much for hosting. I’m loving all the inspiration.
Thank you so much Kim! I think everyone should flock something – it is addicting!
and how exactly do you flock if I may ask! The pictures are stunning
Thanks Nancy! There is a tutorial right here: https://www.lovelyetc.com/diy-flocked-christmas-tree/ It is so easy to do!
Cassie Bustamante says
your tree is stunning!!! and we have a very similar vintage santa nutcracker!
Thank you Cassie! We have so many nutcrackers but the Santas are my favorite!
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I love the nutcracker collection! Such a fun thing to bring out every year. And your flocked tree is beautiful. We got a new to us fake tree from the thrift store this year, and I seriously considered flocking it, but…well, maybe next year. I have way more ideas than time lately, it seems ;)
Thanks Gretchen! I definitely hear you about not having time for all of the ideas – I had about ten more ideas for Christmas decorating but at some point I had to just say that’ll do!
Alicia @ Thrifty and Chic says
Beautiful, Carrie! I can just go on and on about everything I love!! That advent calendar is perfection ;) And the flocked wreath, and the fireplace…and I have those same stockings! Loved it!
Thanks so much Alicia! I’m loving these stockings!
Tara @ Lehman Lane says
Such a pretty Christmas tour Carrie! Love the nutcracker collection and I can’t believe you found that mirror frame for $1!!!
Thanks Tara! It was definitely a steal!
Corey Willis says
I’m definitely trying the cute Christmas jar collection – what a simple but stunning display on the table! Beautiful job!
Thanks Corey – it was really so easy and inexpensive!
LZ [email protected] The Summery Umbrella says
Absolutely stunning, Carrie!! I’m totally digging the blue and white theme. Definitely going on my list for next year :)
Melissa George says
I love your Christmas Tree so much! The flocking and Merry Christmas banner are just so perfect together. Thanks so much for hosting!
Thanks so much Melissa!
Betty @Oheverythinghandmade says
So beautiful Carrie, I really like your advent calendar and the nutcracker. They remind me of growing up in Germany.
Thank you Betty! I have seen a few German nutcrackers that are simply amazing, but I can never afford them!
Lindsay Eidahl says
Your home is so pretty! Love the vintage book Christmas trees and your living room is so warm and inviting! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you Lindsay!
Love your vintage books and string lights! Gorgeous vintage Christmas!
Thank you Laura!
Love the blue and white Carrie! That advent calendar made me stop in my tracks, so pretty!
Thank you so much Amanada!
[email protected] says
Love love love the advent and that mantle!
Thank you Ashley!
grammy goodwill says
I absolutely love your book “tree”. That would be perfect on my card catalog. My other favorite thing is your Merry Christmas banner on the tree. We have a travel themed tree this year and now I’m wondering if I could somehow add Bon Voyage to my already decorated tree!
Ooh, a book tree on a card catalog sounds perfect and I absolutely love the idea of a travel themed tree! Bon Voyage would be perfect.
Debbie Campbell says
I love all the blue colors! I am so excited to be the winner! I did respond to your email. Thanks again, and Merry Christmas!
Congratulations! I am so excited for you!
Diena Cameron says
Hi Carrie, i love every bit of your living room and your Christmas tree and mantel and wreath ! Just found you on Pinterest and i love your decorating style and ideas. I am signing up so I get all your tips and tricks. Didn’t know there was something else besides snow in the can and then whatever the xmas tree lots use, so now I can do our artificial tree. Thanks, I’ll be back ! .)
Thanks Diena! I always love finding a new DIY friend!
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
Beautifully done Carrie! I have always loved blue and white for Christmas, those were my favorite colors. Love your Advent calendar and that adorable Book tree.
Thank you Linda! I love blue and white all year long and I agree – they are wonderful at Christmas too!