I think it’s harder to re-decorate an existing space than it is to just move. Do you have a room in your home that is in transition during the holidays? Here’s how I decorated my living room while it is undergoing some changes – just like 2020.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s time for a makeover in our living room.
I know, I know, some of you were startled. One reader even posted, ‘OMG Maria, you gave up ITALY for those pink drapes! ITALY. That was the year Terreeia was invited to go with a group of friends and I stayed behind.
We did go the following year (so I did see Italy–twice since then in fact).
And let’s be clear, I’m doing this because of the blog. I can’t keep showing the same room over and over.
And raspberry, in the end, was never my favourite colour. I have loved them, and they even put this room on the cover of Style at Home, so I think they’ve served their purpose well.
I originally considered a yellow plaid, or white with a yellow banding, but after I sourced the fabric, it was discontinued, so I decided to go for a colour blocking look instead.
Redecorating an existing space
And it’s a lot harder to re-decorate an existing space then it is to just MOVE.
If you move, every new space is custom, so even if you keep a lot of the same furniture, it looks different because the space is totally different. Maybe you have a wall behind your sofa in the new living room, where this one is positioned in front of the window, for example.
A few weeks ago, I arrived home with an area rug and as soon as the much lighter, more neutral rug was installed in the room, my raspberry drapes immediately had to come down, because the strong raspberry was no longer balanced by the black and white area rug.
I like this rug because the violet undertones pick up the lavender in the painting.
And it’s funny because I have always thought my black and white rug was 8′ x 10′ but it was actually 6′ x 8′. That’s how strong black is visually. If that rug was any bigger, it would have overwhelmed the colours.
Now that the room feels more neutral, it’s easier for me to envision a new palette.
I also really prefer the round coffee table in this room as well. After the pale rug was installed, the drama of my statement art needs to be repeated on this side of the room.
I had also ordered the leopard pillows for my Mom’s sunroom, but then installed them here when I moved my Eames Lounger over from my Family room (because it’s currently in the way of the Christmas tree) just for the holidays. It’ll go back to the family room when the tree comes down.
And then of course the room will need to be repainted. At least that’s the easiest part for me. 😉
I also pulled the green lamps I had in my dining room before (moved them to the guest room) and borrowed my family room light for the dining room buffet (below) just for now.
Holiday decorating with pops of orange
I added some pops of orange just for Christmas, and I really love the micro lights on these little Christmas trees (below). For so many years now, little miniature lights have been battery operated, it’s so fun to be able to just put them on and forget about them. I leave my Christmas lights on from the minute I plug them in until New Years Day when I take them down.
Photography by Macy Yap
Here’s what my mantel looked like last year:
Christmas Mantel 2019
This year I kept the holiday decorating simple in here! And since I already have my Christmas tree up in the family room, this was a pretty way to add sparkle to this room.
Christmas Mantel 2020
All you need for a simple holiday decorating idea is small tree and garland for your mantle with micro lights! Who has discovered these mini-lights this season? Or maybe they’ve been available longer but I haven’t seen them before!