Christmas Living Room Decor: A Trio of Trees & Tartan Plaid

Easy Christmas living room decor featuring a trio of trees and tartan plaid accessories. Generous pops of red and blue add the perfect festive touch!

traditional christmas living room

Like all of you, when I decorate our home for Christmas, my main goal is always to make it a festive and welcoming place for our family. I want our kids and grandkids to walk in and breathe a little sigh of relief that they are home for the holidays. This year for our Christmas living room decor, I set out to accomplish that with a trio of little trees, a mixture of different tartan plaids, and comfy pillows.

christmas living room with traditional decor

Christmas Living Room Decor Ideas

ADD A TRIO OF TABLETOP TREES

Last year I shared why I decided to switch from a big Christmas tree to a tabletop tree. It was not an easy decision to make, and it took my family a while to get used to the idea. We did finally adjust, and used the same little tree for several years. This year I thought we were due for a change. I opted for a trio of trees with white lights, all nestled together, and placed in a set of red plaid buckets. Together, they make quite an impact, but I love that in the future, these trees can be placed just about anywhere. They are super easy to store, lightweight, and reasonably priced.

tabletop christmas trees set of three

MIX AND MATCH TARTAN PLAID THROWS & PILLOWS

I have always loved mixing patterns, so this Christmas, I went all out and added several different tartan plaids. The throws on the blanket ladder and the pillows are the main additions, but I also used plaid wrapping paper and ribbon. For our Christmas living room decor, I looked for patterns that included some blue, to tie in with the dining room and entry. The blue is an unexpected touch at Christmas, but if you have blue in your decor, it works beautifully.

tartan plaid christmas decor

tartan plaid christmas living room decor

tartan plaid throws on blanket ladder

christmas shelves in living room

INCORPORATE YOUR COLLECTIONS

A collection is simply a group of items with a common trait. A collection doesn’t have to match, and it doesn’t have to be large. Here is a list of things that can be grouped together to make a bigger impact.

  • Ironstone (pitchers, plates, tureens, bowls)
  • baskets
  • lanterns
  • candles and/or candlesticks
  • dishes
  • Santas
  • Christmas trees
  • pieces of silver

Once you have gathered your items together, add small touches of Christmas. Tuck in bits of greenery, bright ornaments, berries, pine cones, or white lights.

For more on the ironstone Christmas shelves, click {HERE.}

christmas living room with traditional decor

snowflake pillow on neutral sofa

USE AN UNEXPECTED COLOR

No one is more of a traditionalist than me…but once in a while, it’s fun to throw in something out of the ordinary. This year, I added touches of blue to our Christmas living room decor, and even though blue isn’t usually considered “unexpected,” it’s not a common Christmas color. It goes well with all the red and green, and works with my normal decor. Other colors to think about are pink, blush, gray, and other shades of blue such as aqua or baby blue.

christmas coffee table round basket tray

 

neutral chairs and footstools

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Christmas Living Room Decor Shopping Sources:

36 inch tree | 30 inch tree | 24 inch tree | red truck | bucket set | basket blanket ladder | navy chairs | tartan pillows | snowflake pillows (sold out) | white lantern | coffee table top basket | coffee table lower basket | rug in beige/ivory | red plaid throw | navy plaid throw (similar) | white plaid throw | cookies for santa set (similar)

miniature schnauzer on sofa with snowflake pillow

Kelly wasn’t much help, but as always, she was right there. She will be turning 12 in a few months, but she still hops around like a puppy. She chases the squirrels and loves to take walks. Actually, she’s aging better than me! We hope that the next few weeks are filled with great joy as you prepare for the coming holiday. Until next time…

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  1. Well everything is so pretty. I love blue but not so much red and am not a fan of green at all. I won’t have a tree this year. I made one from a cone and ribbon and that will have to do. They are moving us on Tuesday to a different site but my navigator called and told me I should probably have my apartment the week after Christmas. No cookies were baked. No tree decorated. No presents under it. My son and the babies had the flu. So Jack and Lucy and Chris and Colleen’s presents I had to go put in a storage unit. But the twins are to young to know you should get presents on Christmas. They just love unwrapping their packages.
    I will have a beautiful home like yours before I am to old to enjoy it. Soon but am so happy to get the apartment and out of the shelter hook as we have to follow like we are dumb sheep. Some of us ask questions they don’t want to answer. I want to live by myself for awhile. Will be the 1 st time ever. Merry Christmas and May Gods light shine on tryout family. We are all blessed we just need to be smart enough to realize it.

  2. Thank you for the tour Ann, it wouldn’t be complete without Kelly!

  3. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Kelly is beautiful!

    I’m hoping to do small trees, but I want real Evergreens.

    Love the plaids too. I’m planning to make my own blanket ladder (wish me luck).

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    I wish I had the firmware too!

  4. Love, love, love your living room! The blue snowflake pillow is adorable & your decorated shelves are perfect! Yours is one of my favorite blogs. Thanks for all the work you put into it.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. Janice Boucher says:

    I love the trees in those buckets. How did you place them in there? Are the buckets large enough to fit the tree stands? Also love the plaid throws on the blanket ladder. Can’t go wrong with plaids!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Janice…yes, the tree stands fit inside the buckets nicely. The biggest tree wobbled a little, so I put pine cones in it to steady the tree trunk. Merry Christmas!

  6. Ann, how lovely! The blue lends everything a “royal” air- I love it!

  7. Stephanie E says:

    May I ask where you purchased your circle coffee table from? perfect size for a small living room

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Stephanie…my apologies for the late response. I missed some comments and am trying to catch up! The coffee table is from Wayfair. It’s made by Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse and is listed as the Carolyn 3 piece coffee table set. It’s out of stock at the moment, but will be available at the beginning of February. If you go to this link and enter your email, you can be notified when it’s back in stock. https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/carolyn-3-piece-coffee-table-set-lfmf9238.html I believe the coffee table can be purchased separately.

      1. Stephanie says:

        Thank you for your help!

  8. I just love your house and enjoy your blog so much. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Kathy Allen says:

    I enjoyed seeing your home: I can just imagine grandchildren pulling off the plaid throws to cuddle down with! I love blue mixed in with traditional Christmas colors–so pretty with silver or gold. Also love the ironstone tree! Lovely and takes no extra space!!

  10. I absolutely love everything about your living room. I love plaid and have been incorporating it into my Christmas decor. You always have so many wonderful decor ideas. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.
    Merry Christmas

  11. Carla Wallach says:

    You have a very lovely home. I enjoy your reading your blog!

  12. Your blog alone is responsible for my switching from a large tree taking up a great deal of space in my small home, to a small but very pretty table-top tree that is so much easier to store, decorate and take down when the season is over. While younger members of my family weren’t as thrilled as I am, I thank you so much. I’m 77 years old and it’s time to make it easier on myself, although I will still bake dozens and dozens of cookies, from scratch, with many personal favorites of family members. I was able to get rid of the big tree, but I do find it hard to eliminate a child or grandchild’s favorite cookie from my list.
    Your Holiday decor looks amazing. The return of plaids in Christmas decor is so heartwarming and homey, just as the season should be.

  13. Your living room looks charming, love the 3 trees.Plaid is a big part of my decorating any time of year, love it.

  14. I have always loved the look of plaid at Xmas time. But, it would never occur to me to mix it with blues! I am curious as to where you got those red buckets (with the handles on them) with the little trees in them? Those are cute!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Colleen…I included a link to the bucket set at the end of the post. They are available online from Antique Farmhouse. Merry Christmas!

  15. Ann,

    I love it all. I just might copy the triple tree idea. Love all your ideas. Loving the tree shelf too.

  16. Barbara Warner says:

    Boy, does that plaid add a lot of color to your room! They make me feel so happy and cozy! Lovely. This is a room where anyone could relax and enjoy company or sit quietly and read a book.

  17. Jeanette Duke says:

    So very beautiful! I think I’ll come for a visit! Hahaha! Enjoy your Christmas with your family.

  18. Ann, it’s just stunning! I love it! It doesn’t get much more perfect……enjoy your family this Christmas!!!

  19. Love the trees , where did you get the little wreath hanging from the table ?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Bev…that little wreath came from a local shop a few years ago. I’ve never seen them anyplace else. Merry Christmas!

  20. Love your mix of plaids and how you’ve incorporated blue into your Christmas decor! Merry Christmas, Ann!

  21. As always, everything is beautiful and festive! I’m a big fan of plaid, especially for Christmas.

    Have a Merry Christmas 🎄
    Lisa

    1. You are the only blogger I follow. I always love your artistic touch and attention to detail. We have similar tastes so everything resonates with me!! And I think in real life we could be great friends 😊. Love seeing your decorations season after season!!! I printed out some of your Christmas prints last year on card stock and hung them with tiny clothes pins on jute string on my screed in porch last year for our extended family Christmas in June . I made your clay ornaments and hung them on a small tree for everyone to take home as a favor . Thank you for sharing your gifts!!!

      1. laura@everydayedits.co says:

        Hi Ann, I love and pinned the family room! I love the pop of plaid and navy! Where did you find the blanket ladder. It is a sturdy one?!

        Happy July 7th! laura

        1. Ann Drake says:

          Hi Laura…the blanket ladder is quite sturdy. There’s a link to it at the end of the post. I just checked the link though and it is sold out for now. Hopefully it will be back in stock soon!