Christmas Décor 2011 {Living Room & Breakfast Nook}

Today I am quite proud to show you all my Christmas décor in the living room and breakfast nook. Later on this week, I’ll show you all the décor in my dining/office space. I am so excited! I worked many hours on fine tuning the décor to fit our silver/gold colors, and I hope you enjoy. Won’t you step inside?

Oh and these 2 guys? Not much help. But aren’t they cute?!


Our Christmas tree… ta-dah!




The tree is primarily silver/gold/crystal ornaments, but I did add in some black for some drama.


Love these plastic crystal-ish ornaments from the Michael’s $1 spot.


Our holiday mantle + some pillar candles in our fireplace. Oh and hey, our $30 runner from Garden Ridge. Looks like those fancy schmancy (aka: expensive) trellis rugs that everyone loves. The purpose of having the runner there is to hide the extension cord that powers our tree.


Pee Wee loves this chair. And sweater.


I stuck to gold/silver mercury glass + glass hurricanes to create a monochromatic look.


The mercury glass candlesticks were $12 for the pair at Ross.



On Pinterest, I pinned a photo of the ornament vase filler that I loved from Pottery Barn. Their version would have cost me $30+ each, while my version cost me $15 for the pair (maybe less). The top left photo is Pottery Barn’s version, and I break down how I recreated it. $1 store ornaments + $3 glass hurricanes from Walmart + 1 votive in each center= the look for less. 🙂


And if you all also noticed, my mantle is now white. I gave it a makeover all for free. It took me about an hour of hardwork to add some baseboard/casing to the front of it, caulk it and paint it. Done. If you need an air compressor for small jobs around the house, I cannot speak highly enough of my Evolv air compressor w/nail gun. I have no ties to Sears nor Evolv, but I just want to spread the word about an affordable air compressor that is good for most DIY house jobs. We bought it for about $75, so watch for sales.



And yes, the stockings are all hung on a curtain rod I had on hand from Walmart. Genius way to hang a lot of stockings! I won’t take credit for the idea though, I will admit I saw it on Pinterest first. But I do love my version!


On the back console table where our surround speakers are, I added an apothecary jar filled with $1 store ornaments and $1 store pinecones. Took me 2 minutes, tops. Great way to use up extra stuff.


And while you’re in the living room, you can clearly see our breakfast nook, so I HAD to decorate it. Right? I mean, yeah, def. This is all stuff I had on hand. The only thing that is new is the bird cage hanging from the center and my GORGEOUS GHOST CHAIRS. I lurve them. LURVE! You can snag some here. I bought them on sale on Cyber Monday for $167 for the pair.




I think I love how it looks more at nighttime though…it’s a romantic spot. The candy canes add a whimsical touch. Plus the little table will make for a great bar set-up during holiday parties.


If you look closely at the picture below this photo, you’ll see I created another PB-esque knock-off:


See? Look below… Their version would have cost me about $25, while mine cost me $4. I had gems on hand and bought the vase/candle holder at Marshall’s for $4. The trees are felt ones I bought at Dollar Tree many years ago and never used. Red pomander is leftover from my wedding in 2009. Oh how time flies.



Well, those are the highlights of my living room/breakfast nook décor. What do you think? Anything you really love or don’t love? If you have a post with your decorations featured, please let me know so I can go ogle them.

Be back tomorrow with some tips on how to host a low-key, low-cost girls night in holiday party. Just something simple for you and your friends to kick back and enjoy the holidays. See ya tomorrow!



  1. Katrina
    December 13, 2011 / 10:40 pm


  2. Jenelle
    December 13, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    You just keep doing it…beautiful as always!!!

  3. Carolyn
    December 14, 2011 / 12:53 am

    Monica, you missed your calling. You really should have been an interior designer. That tree is stunning.

  4. Embellished Bayou
    December 14, 2011 / 12:58 am

    Everything looks beautiful, Monica!

  5. Vanessa
    December 14, 2011 / 1:58 am

    HI, MonicaI just love your decor! AwesomeVanessa

  6. Caroline
    December 14, 2011 / 3:39 am

    You got the chairs! Love it! Looks great with the table! 🙂 And the Christmas decorations are fab!

  7. Brittany
    April 2, 2012 / 3:23 am

    Such a great idea to use a curtain rod for the stockings.. I think i'll be doing that next christmas. Just stumbled on your blog. LOVE it

  8. Gabrielle Gorog
    September 8, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    I love all of this. I am a huge fan of the silver and gold. HUGE. Your breakfast book is so sweet though, and I love how you incorporated a little piece of your wedding. And yes, interior design could be your next career. 🙂