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Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room

I could write this post with a, “Hello and welcome to our home, where the greenery is perfectly hung and a speck of dust doesn’t exist and every little thing has a place in every organized cranny.” Because the truth is, if you only looked at the photos in this post, maybe you’d get that idea.

But then what kind of friend would I be if I let you believe that?

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Today, I’m joining in with my sweet friends Krista of The Happy Housie and April from House by Hoff along with a group of super talented bloggers to share a little of our homes all gussied up for Christmas.

And I have to tell you, when I’m scrolling through all of these gorgeous Christmas tours in blogland and seeing all of the beautifully styled homes on Facebook and Instagram, I start to hear that little voice.

You know the one? The one that whispers, “You’re not doing enough.”

That little voice is more of a “bah humbug” than Scrooge himself. You’re a rock star, and don’t you forget it.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

I hope, this Christmas, that you choose grace. Not to be confused with “graceful”… Clumsy McGee talking over here.

But when the dishes pile up and the laundry hampers overflow… choose grace.

When a cookie baking session with your kids turns into a frosting explosion… choose grace.

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Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

When someone cuts you off in a holiday traffic jam… choose grace.

When a cashier is short tempered in the checkout line… choose grace.

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Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

When someone lashes out on social media… choose grace.

When your spouse has a bad day at work… choose grace.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Christmas is joyful and exciting and magical in so many ways, but it’s always this time of year when I have to remind myself that how I love others matters so much more in my daily actions than it does in my gift shopping, than in my decorating, than in my fun-activity-planning.

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Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Because that someone who cut you off in traffic could be thinking about a lost loved one who won’t be here on earth this year.

Because that short tempered cashier could be worried about how she will pay her bills and still make Christmas happy for her kids.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Because that person who gets angry on social media could be dealing with a battle in his own life that we know nothing about.

Because maybe the Grinch had it right after all. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

I guess it seems contrary to share our living room all decorated for Christmas alongside such a punch-you-in-the-gut message, but it’s a piece of my heart, and something I have to tell myself every day this time of year.

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Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

But most of all, I hope you choose grace for yourself.

That Christmas tree filled with popsicle stick ornaments and pipe cleaner candy canes crafted by teeny hands is more beautiful than any magazine could ever create.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Those misshapen gingerbread men decorated with globs of gloopy icing are lovely just as they are.

The people in your house matter so much more than the twinkle lights hanging outside of it.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Because real beauty is everywhere as long as you look for it.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Sometimes it’s the Grinch of the day, the Scrooge of the week, the Abominable Snowman we encounter in the mall that can teach us more about the true meaning of Christmas than anyone else. Maybe it’s because we get a little Grinchy ourselves every now and then.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

But eventually, even Scrooge figured it out. “I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

Merry Christmas, sweet friends. I hope it’s amazing, filled with grace and forgiveness and love, and that it’s perfectly imperfect in so many ways.

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

If you want to know about any of the sources in our living room and breakfast nook, you can see them all here: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

 

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Living Room | blesserhouse.com - A tour of a neutral Christmas living room with simple, natural decor, mercury glass, and a modern rustic vibe. #christmaslivingroom #neutralchristmas #christmasdecor

You can check out the rest of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Tour here for lots more decorating ideas too:

Monday

The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / at HOME with the barkers / Paint Me Pink / Cherished Bliss

Tuesday

Maison de Pax / House of Wood / Tidy Mom / The Turquoise Home / Rain on a Tin Roof

Wednesday

Jamie Costiglio / Robb Restyle / Bless’er House / Two Twenty One / Place of My Taste

Thursday

Town & Country Living / A Burst of Beautiful / Deeply Southern Home / My Fabuless Life

Friday

Erin Spain / Nina Hendrick / The Wicker House/

Making Home Base /Sincerely Sara D / Just a Girl and Her Blog

 

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50 Comments

  1. Love your sentiments on choosing grace! Such a great reminder especially this time of year. Your house looks magical and spectacular. Merry Christmas!

  2. Soooooo beautiful, as are your words. May I ask a sort of random question? I see some gifts under the tree in brown craft paper – do you have any tips on wrapping with it? Maybe it’s just the type of purchased, but it is so heavy that I have to use clear packing tape to get it to stick! Is your paper that heavy? What do you use? Thanks! Merry Christmas!

  3. What a beautiful post! I enjoyed it and needed it! I follow your blog closely and love it. I didn’t see this in any of your links, but wondered about your labels for the stockings. I have had needlepoint stockings in my family forever, but they are not labeled with names, everyone just knows which one is theirs! I would love to add that!

  4. Love it all! Beautiful!! I have that same star topper, but we can’t get it to stay upright. It is pretty heavy. How did you do it?

  5. I love your heart! What a great message!

    Your home is beautiful as as usual! I have no Christmas decorating done and your message reminded me to give myself some grave.

  6. Beautiful post, and beautiful reminder as I sit on the phone for the 4th time trying to resolve a problem! It truly made a difference in how I responded. Also wanted to say, I saw your post on spraying the “Christmas village” white, and since I already had one, I gave it a try. Looks amazing and I never would have thought to do that. Appreciate all that you do.

  7. Beautiful house, and beautiful message. Thank you for reminding us of all we have, and to remember that we never know what others are dealing with in their personal lives.
    Merry Christmas

  8. What a beautiful post – what a beautiful house – thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas – to you and yours 🙂

  9. Lauren, thank you for the good reminder to be gentle this time of year with myself and others when perhaps the mark falls a little short of perfection. You’re so right that people are much more important than things. Your house is lovely!! Merry Christmas!

  10. Thank you for this post, I especially needed the “Grace” part of it!
    As always, your style is lovely and your words are a gift to me!
    Michelle

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