Not only is Jennifer Bridgman a very talented stylist, she also makes and upholsters her own furniture! It’s no wonder then that her Christmas decorating includes a new coffee table and a beaded light fixture she made herself.
Jennifer writes about do-it-yourself projects on her blog The Chronicles of Home, and she’s one of the talented DIY bloggers we asked to take part in our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent Jennifer and several other bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations and challenged them to come up with fresh ideas for holiday decorating.
Jennifer created a classic Christmas decor, with lots of greenery and twinkling lights, and blue accents to match her living room decor.
I wait all year to break out the Christmas décor and this year I got festive a little early when Home Depot asked me to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge. I was assigned one of the “wild card” spots, which meant I could do anything I wanted with the goodies sent to me–the possibilities were practically endless! And a little overwhelming at first, to be honest. But when I opened a 7½-ft. LED-lit tree, assorted red and silver ornaments, and several pre-lit garlands, I could just see it all in my living room.
My family only recently moved into this house, so I had a practically blank slate to work with–all that I’d purchased for the living room was the navy blue sofa, which I found heavily faded on Craigslist and revived with fabric dye.
I knew we needed a coffee table and I wanted a light fixture to hang from the empty electrical box on the ceiling, so I set about making them both mostly from materials purchased at The Home Depot. Check out the
DIY Lacquered Grasscloth Coffee Table tutorial on my blog.
I built the coffee table out of plywood and select pine boards, covered it in grasscloth wallpaper, and then lacquered the whole thing.
For the beaded pendant, I constructed a wooden frame to sit around a mini pendant light and draped strands of unfinished wood beads to complete the look. I’ve posted the full tutorial for this beaded pendant light on my blog.
At heart, I’m a classic Christmas décor kind of gal and love gold, silver, and red with fresh or artificial greenery. I wanted to update that palette a little bit this year though and drew color inspiration from a small lumbar pillow I have on the sofa covered in Schumacher’s Shanghai Peacock fabric. I added lots of peacock blue throughout the room, as well as some touches of navy to echo the sofa, and I just love how the blues play with the red, gold, silver, and greenery.
I’m also such a fan of contrasting textures when decorating, especially when that juxtaposition comes in a rustic/glam form. I carried that mix through the room by adding some simple mini ornaments to a carved wooden bowl on the coffee table, wrapping gifts in brown craft paper but adding glittery gold ribbon, and popping a sparkly bronze sequined pillow on a neutral wood and linen spool chair (tutorial for making the pillow coming soon to my blog too!).
I used the pre-lit garlands that were sent to me in a few different ways. First I snipped the faux poinsettias off of them and clustered them together to make a tree topper. Then I draped two of the garlands across the tops of a pair of Home Decorators Collection Cathedral Mirrors I gilded a bit with Rub-n-Buff and hung behind my sofa.
The last two garlands got draped across the top and sides of my mantel.
I mixed mercury glass ornaments and more peacock blue among the artificial garland and used a kissing ball as the centerpiece of the mantel arrangement.
I also took a poinsettia mailbox swag that was in my Style Challenge box and wrapped it around a glass cloche filled with more mercury glass ornaments on the coffee table.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my living room Christmas decorations as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. There isn’t much I love more than the glow of Christmas lights in the house and adding some festivity to a previously bare room really got me in the spirit this year!
Jennifer Bridgman says she’s a DIYer, decorator, home chef, wife, and mama. She shares DIY tutorials and writes about entertaining, cooking and updating her home on The Chronicles of Home. Don’t miss her gorgeous three-season screened in porch here on The Home Depot Blog.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.