Our “Holiday Home” Christmas Vignette

Remember those curtains we used to have in the dining room?

Well, about a month ago they moved into the living room- and almost immediately after they went up, we were totally inspired to cozy up that side of the room for Christmas!

We created a tabletop vignette using lots of things we already had, and two small (live) trees from the home improvement store.  I read my mags in that corner and man do those babies smell GOOD! (The trees, not the mags. Well, on second thought- I do love the smell of a brand, new magazine, so it’s just an all around good smellin’ corner altogether now.)

The table itself was a project I’ve been wanting to tackle for loooooong time. Ever since we moved in, we’ve had a low, 36″x36″ square trunk in that space…

But I’ve always envisioned something taller, and round, like the ones you see in the Ballard Designs catalog…

(Ballard Designs- “Terrific Table and Tablecloth” $129.00)

I was determined to come up with a more cost effective solution though, so I took an inexpensive little table I got from Kevin’s Mom…

…and topped it with a 36″ round of wood from Lowes ($38)…

…and voila! A festive & frugal version for our living room!

(If you’re worried about stability, simply use construction adhesive to bond the two pieces together)

The tablecloth came from Target ($12.99), and I may or may not have ran up to it when I saw it hanging on the shelf all by its lonesome. I’m mad for plaid and even though it’s not the right size (70″), I had to have it! (Secret: we just made sure the shorter side was up against the wall so no one would know! Hee hee!)

The little gift boxes were actually ornaments on our Christmas tree last year. They’re just little empty Jell-o, medication, and other random boxes we had around the house, wrapped in solid-colored wrapping/Kraft paper.  The ribbon around them came from Michaels.

And last but not least, I gotta give a shout out to my man Matthew Mead! That’s his fabulous “Holiday” magazine on the top of the stack there…

(Click HERE for more info on “Holiday”)

And there ya have it!
Our cozy, Christmas corner, built for me and Mr.P!

For more vignette inspiration, be sure to swing by Rhoda’s “Holiday Home” Christmas Vignette Linky Party today!

PS- Our table lamp came from TJ Maxx a few years back, and I “scarfed” the tallest tree with ornaments because I’d rather look at razzle-dazzle than dirt. :-)


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  1. says

    The plaid is the statement piece for sure. Beautiful, fun, cozy. All of it.

    And who doesn’t love Kraft paper? It has been our go to wrapping paper for years. It gets even more fun when there are kiddos around to decorate the paper for you! Here’s hoping your little guy or gal has joined your family and is up for the challenge next year!!! :)

  2. says

    This turned out so great! I love how you made this elegant vignette look so easy to put together. Plaid red – gorgeous. LOVE the lamp! Funny how curtains started all this. p.s. I love your dining room chairs – please do tell how you put your dining room together. I’m still searching for a good set for the fam.

  3. Shannon Karsies says

    I LOVE it. Looks great. Will you email me where you got the chandelier shades above your table?

  4. says

    So, so pretty! :)
    BTW, our fireplace surround & mantle construct starts this weekend…the one that will hopefully look an awful lot like YOURS! Wish me luck, ha!

  5. says

    Oh, I love it! It’s so simple, but so cozy!!

    P.S. I used the color “Sea Salt” recently in a room that we added white molding to, and I get SO many compliments on it! I am loving the color…it is the perfect pleasant-cheery-but-somewhat-neutral shade! Thanks for the recommendation. Sometimes picking out paint colors seems like such a daunting task, so it’s fun to hear/see what others use. :)

  6. says

    You two have such great style. Thanks for the inspiration! The cute little live trees really have my “creative juices” flowing :)

  7. says

    It looks amazing ! I really really enjoy reading and looking at your blog.You make me laugh and smile and always inspire me thank you!

  8. says

    Layla I love your little corner it looks very inviting and a good place to read those decorating magazines!! I have the same chalkboard pot. I bought three several years ago at Walmart. I love using them aren’t they fun. Last year I wrote Fa-la-la on one for the kitchen. I love Christmas songs and I am always humming so it seemed to be the right thing to write on them!!! Deck the halls with hmmm hmm hmm♪♫♪♫☺
    Merry Christmas,

  9. says


    Lovin’ the tablescape! Aren’t those “little corners” just the most fun to work with. I know I love them!

    May you both have a Merry Christmas, and may there be a “wee little wiggly bundle” underneath your Christmas Tree!!


  10. Bri says

    Where did you get your curtains? I love them! And your entire house!!! You motivated me to finally paint my kitchen cabinets :)

  11. says

    Love it!!! And I bet it smells fabulous in your house. And I love the table. And I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who uses too small of a topper. Got to love the plaid!

  12. Allison says

    Layla, Love the round table! I am totally stealing this idea from you! Thanks for the holiday decorating ideas for those of us who are inept!

  13. says

    I was totally thinking about getting a small rosemary “tree” from Home Depot to festive up our den a little, and the pot with chalkboard is just the perfect accent! Love it!

    Your house makes me want to move to Charleston SC and live on the beach. Really badly. If I strike it rich and move I’ll pay you to decorate it!

  14. says

    I am SOOO in love with your kitchen, Layla! Mine is set up very similar. I just wish I could convince hubby to let me paint the cupboards white and remove all the doors…..!! :) Your little reading corner is so cozy looking! I’ll bet you spend alot of time there curled up with those great smelling mags!! lol! (I KNOW what you mean!!!)

    xoxo laurie

  15. says

    I’ve always loved round skirted tables and have used that trick too when the cloth is too short! Love the chalk label! I might have to do the same if I find a rosemary tree. They do smell wonderful.

    Very pretty vignette!

  16. Jamie says

    Lol. I may or may not have done the same thing when I saw that tablecloth @ Target myself. I snagged it for my kitchen table. Love the new look in your living room.

  17. says

    It’s awesome Layla! I love those trees, are they pricey? Might have to go get one or two, I’d think they’d make great gifts, too! Did you pot them yourselves?
    I’m mad about plaid too!!!

  18. Heidi says

    Ha-I did a double take when I spied that plaid tablecloth: I have the same one on my kitchen table right now. Gotta love Le Target!!
    Love your blog and I’m thinking good thoughts for you guys on your adoption journey!

  19. Lora Spangler says

    I love your holiday decor! Christmas is my favorite time of year and the kids have been having so much fun with all the white lights in our house. Where did you purchase your curtains. I love your style and thank you and Kevin for opening your home to us!

  20. says

    Great ideas! I made a table just like that out of a plastic trash can and a wood top – the perfect place to store stuff we don’t use often.

  21. says

    That is really very nice! I have an old table standing somewhere, and I think I should try to bring it out and do something similiar.

    Just curious though – why did you change the top of the table? Since you are covering it anway..?

    • Kevin & Layla says

      We got the Pottery Barn “Medici” curtains on eBay. (The color is “Bran”)
      I got the pots at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods a few years back.
      You could make your own though. http://LeenTheGraphicsQueen.com has adhesive-backed chalkboard decals on their site! :-)


  22. says

    I LOVE THE HOUSE YOU’VE CREATED! You guys are so gifted! I feel inspired by you.

    I was almost forgetting… Talking about “inspiring”, Heidi Klum and Seal just bought a new house in La. You need to take a look. I think you’d love the Italian rose gardens.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  23. says

    Wonderful, as always. You truly can create the most amazing things with simple, “already had this” around the house stuff. I always learn something and am always inspired. Thanks.
    Have a lovely holiday season!

  24. says

    Love the table!!! And the little packages! And the little trees!! So sweet!

    I think I’ll head out to my field and dig up a couple little fir trees today while it’s sunny. Perfect!!

  25. says

    You’d rather look at razzle-dazzle instead of dirt?! I loved that part… and just so you know, I believe that even looking at your dirt, on your blog, would be lovely. You make everything around you a thing of beauty!

  26. Maureen says

    That is a beautiful corner – the trees are so cute and I LOVE the plaid! It’s so cozy and Christmas-y (that is a word, right?)!! BTW, here’s an idea that I used to make a “Ballard-like” tablecloth at a very low cost for a similar round table. It’s our favorite thing to use – dropcloths of course! Just cut it out to size, hem with fabric glue, and top with the red plaid cloth. You’ll love it! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas! Happy holidays!

  27. says

    Hey Roomie!
    I love it! That corner looks so cozy. I could definitely read a lot of magazines there. :)
    I love the chalkboard tag on the potted plant too. I have some tags from Leen and was looking for a way to use them. That might be one way!
    Have a great weekend!

  28. says

    Really beautiful! I love it, it looks so inviting. You are an amazing decorator, I love everything you do. I soooo enjoy your blog, too.
    Hugs, Cindy

  29. says

    You always do such cute vignette’s!!! It’s something I need to do a study on, because I don’t really feel like I’m good at them. I don’t even know how to spell them…is it me or should it be spelled vinyet???

  30. says

    I love those little trees they are so cute. I love the smell of the pine or evergreens too. Looks so cute and who cares if the table cloth is too short in the back. hee hee

  31. says

    Beautiful, cozy corner! We have a fake tree but I miss that great scent so I think I’m gonna have to copy you and get myself a little read tree too! Thanks for the idea! Those drapes are awesome too. And your kitchen/dining room- wow!!

  32. kathy says

    Ok-I discovered you guys about 8 months ago and have been hooked ever since. I was just poking around the websites of some television decorating shows to come up with inspiration, but NOTHING compares to what yours offers, I love, love everything you do and your links are great. Just wanted to share–Merry Christmas!

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