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Red & White Christmas Decorating & New Living Room Tour

I am sharing a classic with you, red & white Christmas decorating all in my new living room!

Hello friends!

It’s a big day around here. Not only am I thrilled to be sharing my simple and classic red and white Christmas decor for this year, but I’m even more excited to be sharing the first sneak peak at our new home! We moved in a little over two weeks ago and I’m so thrilled to be finally starting to settle in and to have it ready for the holiday season. Well, at least in the living room!

Right before Christmas may seem like a terrible time to move, but what a better time of year to start building happy family memories in our new home, right? And what could be a cheerier palette to begin with then classic red and white for Christmas. With a tad of green thrown in for good measure, of course…

Classic red & white Christmas decorating poster.

All week long I’ve been hosting the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series and I’m overwhelmed by the incredible holiday decor and inspiring Christmas decorating ideas that have been shared. It always amazes how many different ways there are to decorate for a holiday (or in general!) and how they can all be so fabulous yet unique. Which is why I love these tours and hops – they are the perfect excuse to go nosing about in other people’s homes!

If you’ve hopped over today from All Things With Purpose, then welcome! Isn’t Sara’s cozy camper such a fun spot for a Christmas tour? I love it! Don’t forget to check out the rest of today’s (and this week’s) tours at the bottom of today’s post.

Now… without further ado, welcome to our new living room!

White neutral couches, a dark grey fireplace and stone and wood floors.

When we moved in a two and a half weeks ago, it was looking like this (using the realty photos)…

Grey couches, red brick fireplace and wooden floor in a before picture.

And now…

There is a red and White Christmas tree in the corner of the living room.

There is a faux white fur throw on the back of the couch in the living room.

There are snowshoes by the fireplace.

It’s amazing what a little white paint can do, right? We used a gorgeous true white called White Design by General Paint. I love how crisp it feels without being grey or cold.

White paint that was used.
White Design WHO1 by General Paint

The fireplace is another General Paint colour called Grey Midnight. And it only took ONE coat! You’ll see it featured on another wall in this space as well.

The grey paint that was used on the fireplace.
Grey Midnight by General Paint

We purchased new sofas and decided to stick with the Ikea Farlov line (the same as the big chairs we have that I reviewed here). After spending hours looking at light coloured upholstered furniture, I decided that white slipcovers truly are my best bet… especially now that we have a new puppy and I want to be able to wash them if needed.

I kept things pretty simple with the Christmas decor, and didn’t buy anything new. I used the same red and white Christmas decor that I incorporated last year, but mixed it up in a new way. I left our super tall Christmas tree with the new owners of our old house (along with most of our furniture), but brought along my smaller flocked tree. It fits perfectly in this corner between the windows and the fireplace…

Stockings hanging on the fireplace mantel.

A flocked white and red Christmas tree.

There is a sign on the tree that says ski lift.

Mini skis are on the tree.

Buffalo checkered ice skates are on the tree.

Speaking of the windows, the wall to wall windows in the living room were definitely a huge selling feature for us, as were the greenbelt and pool in the backyard. I’ve got some blinds on order, so until then we are living in a bit of a fishbowl. Good thing it’s a quiet street! And after living in a very rural spot for many years, it’s nice to have neighbours around again.

The windows stretch pretty much the full 18′ length of the living room. The piano (that the previous owners left behind for us), sits in the corner closest to the stairwell and door (the house style is a cathedral entry). I’ve got it dressed with my old giant Christmas village for the season.

A piano with Christmas houses on it.

You can see behind it where I haven’t gotten to whiting out the previous golden yellow paint colour in the stairwell yet. I’m actually really excited about the fun wall treatment that I haven planned for that spot!

Fresh looking garland is on the window beside the couch.

Since we sold most of our furniture to the new owners of our old house, it was a mix of fun and exciting and super stressful to figure out how we wanted to furnish this house. I’m definitely going with an eclectic mix of modern, vintage, and transitional pieces. Despite feeling like the age and era of this house (1968) demands a more modern style in the decor, I just couldn’t give up finds like this old crate, so it will definitely be a bit of a bohemian mix.

There is a Saskatoon wooden crate with greenery in it on the mantel.

Another before angle of this space…

The living room before the renovation with walls that are drab and grey furniture.

And now…

Light and bright living room with a tartan blanket and a tree in the corner of the room.

The living room decorated in red and white for Christmas.

A wooden coffee table with a mini tree in the middle of the table.

The mini tree beside an antler and a candle in the living room.

Directly adjoining this living room space is another area that we have now setup as a TV area.

Here is how it looked when we viewed the house  (looking towards the living room)…

A TV area just off the living room.

And now…

The TV area with a wooden table, with couch, holiday pillows and a framed Christmas quote.

There’s that Grey Midnight paint colour by General Paint, again. I love it so much that I know I’ll be using it throughout the house. I’m also loving the contrast of the white sofa against the dark wall. I can’t wait to share a fun art display project I have planned for this wall after the Christmas decor gets put away for another year. But for now, I’m enjoying my DIY Christmas Carol sign right in this spot…

Holiday pillows are on the couch in the living room.

The rustic wooden table in the TV room.

Despite all the new furniture, I think my favourite new find just might be this vintage cabinet found on Kijiji. Isn’t she beautiful?!? Perfect for our TV! And I have to say that although it might seem a strange layout, I absolutely love having two areas next to each other and a separate area for our TV and sitting area. It works great for our family.

A fireplace scene on the TV in the TV room.

Antique skis are leaning against the wall in the room.

By sticking with whites and neutrals and lots of rich natural wood tones, I think it will be easier to transition between the seasons as I love to do. There will be many changes and renovations to come in this house, but seeing the before and afters like this, as I write this post, I feel much more settled already. I know we will have a cozy and special Christmas here, with our family including the newest addition to our family.

Meet Maple! 

A boy and his dog is sitting by the TV.

Because when your life is turned upside down moving into a new house right before the holidays, why not add just one extra drop to the cup and see if it spills right over? 😉

We are all in love with her already…

A dog is lying by the white couch.

Up next is my friend Shannon at Home Made Lovely.  I know you will love her crisp and cozy holiday decorating.

And don’t forget to enjoy the rest of the tours that have been happening all week long..

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas series poster.

Today I’m joined by some talented friends who are also sharing part of their Christmas home tour with you…


Blogger Christmas series.

The Happy Housie
Home Made Lovely
Maison de Pax
Just a Girl and Her Blog
Hallstrom Home

Blogger holiday series poster.
Jamie Costiglio
Sawdust 2 Stitches
The DIY Mommy
Summer Adams
All Things With Purpose

And the sharing has been going on all week long!


The Happy Housie
House of Wood
Inspiration for Moms
Town and Country Living 
In My Own Style

The Turquoise Home
Amber Tysl
Deeply Southern Home
Tauni Everett 


Sincerely, Marie Designs
Satori Design for Living
Finding Silver Pennies
Willow Street Interiors
Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Happy Happy Nester
Life is a Party
Two Twenty One
Tatertots and Jello


Lemon Thistle
So Much Better With Age
Taryn Whiteaker
Love Create Celebrate
Rambling Renovators

Clean and Scentsible
House by Hoff
A Pretty Life
Modern Glam


Rooms FOR Rent
Stacy Risenmay
Jenna Kate at Home

Sand & Sisal
Paint Me Pink
Place of My Taste
Maison de Cinq

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  1. Everything about your new house is lovely, from Christmas decorations to your rooms and their décor. i’m very glad for your success. The dark grey colour you chose is beautiful. After the holidays, I’m looking forward to seeing what additional projects/decorations you have planned. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

  2. Congratulations on your new home. How beautiful your holiday decor looked. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you happy days in 2019.

  3. Love what you have done in your new home Krista….the Christmas decorations, your rooms are beautiful and their décor. So happy for you. Really like your paint choices and the dark gray looks stunning. Looking forward to seeing what other projects/ decorating you’ll be doing after the holidays. Thanks for sharing. Terry

  4. I just love how light and bright this space is with all those huge windows!! Love the contrast of the dark gray with the white slip covers too. Can’t wait to see more of your new home! XOXO

  5. It is amazing what a can of paint can do! You have transformed that space amazingly with little work compared to other projects of the past. Congrats again on the new home!

  6. Krista, I’m loving your new home and you sure did an amazing job making it look so homie in just a few weeks!! Looking forward to seeing more. xoxo -Norma

  7. Congratulations on the new home and new puppy! We did the same thing a few years back – moved, rennovated and adopted a puppy all at the same time. It was crazy but the cup did not spill over, lol! While ill-timed, Lucy was the best thing we have ever done for our family. Dogs are the best!
    I love the style of your new home so far! The white walls and dark fireplace are my favorite! You are certainly brave to go with a light sofa, thank goodness for washable slipcovers and God Bless IKEA!

  8. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’m soo jealous! Must ask where did you get your pillows, ski lift sign and song sign? Hobby Lobby? Don’t know if I could live with the white couches for long with twins though. It is gorgeous.

  9. Krista that is one beautiful transformation! Amazing what some paint can do (and your wonderful collection of furniture ;)). That house collection on the piano just might be my favorite.

  10. Hi there! So GORGEOUS:) trying to catch up and must have missed alot! Did you decide not to purchase the plot and build at the lake? Will you still have your lake view in your new home?

    Can’t wait to see more!

  11. Straight out of a magazine 🙂 White makes everything beautiful in my opinion!!! Can’t wait to see all the lovely changes you’ll make. And your new pup is gorgeous! Happy Christmas from sunny Australia!

  12. Love what you’ve done so far and can’t wait to see more of your new home. Do you sleep? Seriously, I hope you have a nice and relaxing holiday break. Hugs, Shauna

  13. I’ve been waiting patiently to see your new house!! I love your cozy new living room and the updates you’ve done to the fireplace!! So glad you’re all settled in, in time for Christmas 🙂

  14. It is too beautiful! Love what you did with the fireplace. Do you remember where you got your large Christmas village from? Happy Holidays.

  15. Everything is looking SO cozy already! SO excited to follow along with this journey as you continue to make this house your home! Happy holidays to you and yours my friend!

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