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Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

I need to bare my soul for a second. Is it just me or have we missed some honest to goodness chats lately?

I’ve been so caught up in sharing a Christmas tablescape and the playroom and our entryway and every other evergreen-clad nook and cranny of this house, that I haven’t really had a chance to spill my guts… which is kind of how this blog started to begin with since this is basically my diary…

…which you guys read. Stalkers. (Just kidding.)

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

I’ve been so honored to be joining some incredibly talented bloggers along with my good friend Ashley from Cherished Bliss for this weekly Christmas Room Series. If you’re stopping in from Design, Dining, and Diapers, welcome to our abode! Today is Christmas living room share day.

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Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

But can I tell you something that is really hard for me to admit? I struggle with self-doubt. Every. single. day.

I don’t at all want you to think this blog post is some kind of pity party. But it’s just the truth and what’s been on my mind. The past couple of weeks, Christmas tours have been exploding all over blogland, friends on Facebook have been sharing their Hallmark-worthy Christmas traditions with their kids- trips to the mountains, perfect family portraits, visits with Santa, adorably creative Elf on the Shelf ideas.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

And I start thinking, “I’m not doing enough.”

Who is this voice in my head and why won’t she leave?

Because really… every single day I can’t believe how lucky I am to be blessed with so much. But I can’t help that the self-doubt is still there.

I have to tell myself that behind those magazine-worthy home tours, those perfect moments encapsulated for the world to see, there is real hardcore in-your-face imperfection that I think we often take for granted.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

(Sources: DIY Faux Fireplace | Large Basket | Basket Tray | Burlap Stockings | Mini Trees | Noel Sign | Wooden Candle Holders | Nativity Set | Jute Rug)

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

(Gallery Wall Sources: Garland | Red Lantern | Boxwood Wreath | Nordic Mini Trees | Printer’s Cabinet | White Lantern | Driftwood Frames | Arrow | Candy Canes Sign | Joy Sign | Mini Cloche w/ Lights)

Once that camera is turned off, life happens.

Real life where kitchens are messy, dinners are burned, toys are tossed all over the place, beds are unmade, and some of the most perfect Saturdays are spent in your pajamas with bed head all day. And maybe that’s not camera-worthy, but that’s so much more beautiful than any photograph could ever convey.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

(Sources: Coffee Table | Faux Fur Pillows | White Cable Knit Pillow | Sofa)

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

(Tree Sources: Barrel Planter | Burlap Net Ribbon | Wooden Cranberry Garland | Buffalo Check Wrapping Paper | Nordic Deer Wrapping Paper)

I hate admitting that insecurity is a very real thing for me. But I’d be lying to you and to myself if I told you I have it all figured out. Once I come to terms with that, when I remember that real life happens when the camera is out of sight, my self-doubt melts away.

So I cleared the toys out of our living room. I vacuumed our floors and dusted our mantel. And for about 5 seconds, I enjoyed a 100% clean living room.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

But do you know what happened after those 5 seconds? I realized that clean spotless living room didn’t feel like home. So I busted out some rolls of paper to make a wrapping station on our coffee table.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

And after fluffing those pillows on our sofa, Lola helped me give them that squishy look again.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

(Sources: Plaid Pillow | Gray Faux Fur Throw)

And I glanced at our mantel and realized just how silly and petty my insecurities were. Because Christmas should never be about decorating the perfect house or cleaning up every crumb, buying the most impressive presents or baking the best cookies.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

It’s about one little miracle that changed the world. That makes my own struggles, no matter how big or how small, completely erasable.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

Because when I walk out of my front door of this house decorated to the gills with greenery, the photographs of this room won’t even matter. A smile to a stranger, some spare change in a red kettle, a visit with a friend you haven’t seen in a while… that is what makes Christmas more beautiful than any sparkling tree.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

But the best part about creating a comfy cozy home is having that soft place to land at the end of the day. Where you can recharge and reflect and truly just be. Because even Mother Teresa said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” It doesn’t even have to look perfect to do that.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

I truly hope if you struggle with the same thing around Christmas, if you find yourself constantly worn down trying to manage that long to-do list and bumping into discouragement, that you give yourself a break. I promise you, you’re not in it alone.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” – John 15:9

“Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

The next stop on the tour is Little Glass Jar where I know Ashley has prepared lots of pretty inspiration.

Cozy Christmas Living Room Tour | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a Christmas living room with easy ideas to decorate for a cozy atmosphere plus 8 other Christmas living rooms with farmhouse style.

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57 Comments

  1. I feel the same struggle almost everyday. But, you are right, when we remember that in Christ we are always enough, all of the other thoughts melt away! Thanks for sharing your home and your heart!!

  2. Oh Lauren. You spoke to my heart today. I did this very thing this morning…the self-doubt thing. I photographed our master bedroom over the weekend and posted it this morning. I was all excited until this morning when I checked to see it was live and really looked at the photos. Even though most people will think they are great…I saw imperfection. This self-doubt thing is hard to shake isn’t it? I’m so happy you posted this today as a reminder. Thanks for bringing it back to The Truth and reminding me its not all about pretty bows and perfect trees.

    Nancy

    1. You know what, Nancy? I do the exact same thing to my photographs. I pick them apart and critique them. But you know… we can let that self-doubt destroy us from within or we can use that as a driving force to always learn, always improve, always strive to do our best. And that’s a little bit of a victory in itself. 🙂 It’s all in our attitude at the end of the day. I saw your bedroom, and I didn’t get a chance to comment, but I think your photos turned out beautifully! You’ve come such a long way with your blog, and I’m so excited for you, friend.

  3. Love your blog, your thoughts and your inspiration. Understanding the true meaning of Christmas is what it is all about and you have captured that in this posting and reminded us all what the season is truly about. With that in mind, we can also have fun enjoying our homes and making them cozy and welcoming. Love your Noel sign, did you make it?? Thanks for sharing and starting our week off in such a thoughtful, positive direction. Have a great week!

  4. Wise words, Lauren! As I have grown older, I find that I make my holidays simpler and, therefore, less stressful. I recall reading about how posts on Facebook are the “highlight reel” of peoples’ lives and do not necessarily tell the whole story. In these days of social media, it is so easy to compare ourselves to others. None of us win at that game. Enjoy your house full of toys and activity and, yes, messes!

    1. Thank you, PJ! I’m totally with you on the simple holidays thing. I’m really toying with the idea of having a simple, no frills holiday tour next year. Just a tree and that’s it. (We’ll see if that happens. Haha!) I think I wrote that “highlight reel” quote here a couple of months ago. I’ve seen it in other places too, and it always is a great reminder.

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