So the Christmas tree is up and the living room has been blinged out a bit so I thought I’d share that with you today.

I stuck with the same colour scheme as in the dining room with golds and whites although on the tree, a little bit of silver made it on there as well – I do really like the look of mixed metallics and the flocked tree really lent itself well to that combination.

I’m proud of myself that I spent so little to decorate this year. The string of cotton ball lights were free from Cable & Cotton in exchange for a styling post I wrote for their own blog (so this isn’t a sponsored post or anything, I just wanted to let you know where I got them from). I have to say, I love how they glow along with the rest of the tree and they matched my colour scheme so well.

Now I’ve taken like a million photos so I will apologise for the image-heaviness of this post but I have to say I freaking love my tree (I loved it last year too – it’s clearly the flocking that just gives it a bit of vava-voom).

Oh and Meisha was helping me take photos – she’s pretty useless as an assistant to be honest, knocking down baubles and chasing them across the floor. But when your assistant this cute, somehow the hassle is worth it.

As you can see, I used my little vintage coffee table turned side table and split the small tables to flank the tree on both sides. I used the blue & white vases that were on my mantle with a few inexpensive carnations to add a little bit of colour. The little fir trees that look like mini Christmas trees were picked up at my local Tesco for a mere £3.

On my coffee table, I filled my little Anthropologie hedgehog with mini glass baubles that I’ve had for a few years and a bowl filled with gold baubles and pinecones.

(I just love images with bokeh, don’t you?? Had to be done.)

My sofa got a little bling-y as well. I just used cushions I already had but kept with the gold-white-touch of pink theme. I realised afterwards that all the cushions are from H&M Home.

I don’t think I’ve done a “traditional” (ie., red/green) Christmas scheme in years. I think if I decorated with more neutrals, I might be tempted to work it in but with the colours in my home, a non-traditional colour scheme just works better with the stuff I already have (and let’s be honest, I’m not the most ‘traditional’ person regardless). The bonus of this means I can still use my normal décor in different ways, making Christmas decorating a little less expensive! Bonus.

Moving on… on my TV cabinet, I just used a very old magnolia garland that I’ve had for eons and a couple of tealights.

And my radiator cover got a new garland (£15 at B&Q) upon which I strung baubles in gold and white and my lovely vintage brass elephant resides over it all quite nicely.

But the room really comes into it’s own at night so I had to take some shots once the sun went down as well.

I love how the mirrored cabinet reflects the tree – little things like that make me very very happy.

Can I just say again how happy I am that I got a flocked tree last year? Worth every penny!

So that’s my living room for Christmas! Yes, I would have loved to have done a million DIYs to fill my tree and my home but I’m not sure what it is about this time of year but it’s been crazy busy (for you too, right?) and as usual, I left everything to the last minute. So, what you see is pretty much the extent of my Christmas decorating this year!

Do some years you go more OTT than others?

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