A Southern Charm Christmas – Living Room & Dining Room

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching and this makes me so happy.

Today I’m sharing the Christmas decorations in our living room and dining room.

Formal living room decorated for Christmas

A Southern Charm Christmas

I’m sharing my Southern Charm Christmas home tour along with a group of blogging friends for this year’s Celebrating Christmas Home Tour hosted by Leen of Sand Dollar Lane.

If you arrived here from Southern Home and Hospitality, welcome!   You’ll find links for all of the Christmas home tours shared today at the end of this post.

Christmas in the Living Room

I love decorating our living room for Christmas. This room is on the front side of our house and is a room that I’m often in during the day.

Formal living room decorated for Christmas

I decorated the mantel with a flocked wreath and garland to match our flocked tree.

Formal living room decorated for Christmas

I love how the plaid ribbon looks on our tree, wreath, and garland. Red berry picks add a pop of color.

Fireplace decorated for Christmas with a flocked wreath and garland, red plaid ribbon, red berries, and red candles

The fireplace hearth is decorated with my mom’s cast iron cooker filled with greenery and Sumac berries that my dad picked for me in 1993.

Cast iron tub on a fireplace hearth decorated for Christmas

I will share the Christmas tree decorations next week. You can see last year’s tree here.

The chair in front of the mantel is decorated with a Christmas pillow from Big Lots and a plaid blanket scarf from Amazon.

Formal living room decorated for Christmas

The small table is a family piece and the Santa mug was inherited from my great-great-aunt who raised my grandmother.

Antique Santa mug filled with peppermint sticks

The music stand to the left of the fireplace is decorated with Styrofoam reindeer that I made.

Reindeer crafted from Styrofoam with plaid scarves on a silver tray with snow and trees

Our dog, Sherman, is the primary family member who enjoys this room. He spends a good portion of the day relaxing on his love seat.

Formal living room decorated for Christmas

I love decorating the top of my grandmother’s chest of drawers for each season.

Vintage Santa bank, antique Christmas postcards. faux tree in a Gills Hotel Special tin,

The Santa bank was an antique shop find long ago.

Antique Santa bank

Inherited Christmas postcards decorate a DIY cupcake stand that we made a few years ago.

Early 1900s Christmas Postcards

This card was mailed to a Vinton, VA resident in care of my great-great-uncle. It is postmarked December 23, 1910.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This one was sent to my great-great-Aunt Willye in 1906.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This one isn’t a family postcard and it has no postmark.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This card belonged to my grandmother’s next-door neighbor. It is postmarked December 25 with no year.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This also came from my grandmother’s neighbor. The postmark can’t be read.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This was sent to my great-great-uncle and is postmarked December 23, 1900.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This isn’t a family card but it is addressed to Vinton, VA where my family lived. It is postmarked December 1925.

Antique Christmas Postcard

This one was sent to Willye and is postmarked December 22, 1910.

Antique Christmas Postcard

To the right of the postcards is a tree in a Gill’s Hotel and Special Coffee and Chicory tin found in my grandfather’s shed.

faux tree in a Gills Hotel Special tin

Christmas in the Dining Room

My grandmother’s washstand is decorated with a Christmas scene.

Santa in a sled with a reindeer pulling it, bottlebrush trees, and an antique lamp with a paper shade with white pine branches and cones printed on it

The oak buffet is decorated with a bowl of presents and red candles surrounded by greenery.

Antique oak buffet decorated for Christmas

The table is decorated with a DIY Candle Holder on a vintage table runner that I found on one of our Christmas Vermont trips in an antique store.

Dining room decorated for Christmas

I so much enjoyed sharing my Christmas decorations with you.

Next on the tour is my friend Kippi of Kippi at Home.

Click on the links below to visit all of the bloggers who are sharing their Christmas decor today.

Celebrating Christmas Home Tours


  1. Paula, I couldn’t wait to see how you used family treasures in your Christmas decorating this year! You always manage to create beautiful vignettes with them. I can’t even get over those postcards! They are wonderful!

    I am so glad you are part of this tour!!

  2. Hi Paula!!!
    Your home decorated for a Southern Charm Christmas is so beautifully done!! I am happy that you can find the strength to present your beautiful Christmas decor so that we can all enjoy it!
    I hope your mom has a speedy recovery from her surgery.
    My thoughts and prayers are with both of you!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much, Shirley! Mama and I so much appreciate your prayers and support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. Thanksgiving blessings sent for you and your mom. Thank you for the update and prayers continue for you both. I love your Christmas decorations and that they are so nostalgic. Meaningful and sentimental reminders of those we love always touch the heart.

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry! Mama and I so much appreciate your prayers and support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Beautiful nostalgic decorations🎄🎄praising God that your Moms surgery is done
    Prayers for you and your Mom during this time of recovery and weakness.

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful decorations!! I especially loved all those vintage postcards!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing your tree next….

  6. Such a beautiful tour, Paula! I love the plaid ribbon and all your vintage treasures! Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

  7. Absolutely lovely home! I am new to following you after seeing a sweet response you sent to me on a different platform. I had no idea that I would be so drawn to your story. I have added both you and your mama to my prayer list. I just recently overcame a long battle with life altering health issues and know how wonderful the power of prayer is and how much strength a complete stranger can give with just a few words in His Name. Christmas has a way of lightening our loads, and like you, I love making home for the holidays a place, my sweet husband, our girls (and now to grand baby boys) can land, filled with love and memories, Happy American Thanksgiving from your newest social friend in Canada.

  8. Just beautiful, Paula! I love everything: that vintage table runner is perfect. I can’t wait to see your tree.
    Thanks for sharing.
    So glad you and your mom are doing well. The Lord is so good! I’ll continue to keep you both in prayer.
    A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family,

  9. Your home looks so gorgeous and festive, Paula. I love all of the red and the pretty plaid ribbon. My favorite thing is your vintage postcard collection. And how special that some of the cards are from family!

    1. Thank you so much, Jen! If you visit next summer, I’ll show them all to you. It is a very interesting collection.

  10. I say it every year, but I always love the stories behind each of your Christmas treasures. How special to be the keeper of so many family memories. Your decor is always so pretty and so meaningful and so uniquely you! I hope Sherman enjoys the space you’ve created for him! Lucky dog, indeed!

    Also, I loved catching your reflection in the fireplace, too! You are such a beautiful person, inside and out.

  11. So many beautiful and festive Christmas touches, Paula! I love the plaid ribbon you chose for the mantel garland and all your vintage and antique pieces too. They all look amazing! It’s always so sweet how you incorporate family heirlooms with new things that you find or make. It really makes the season extra special! Hugs, CoCo

  12. Paula,

    You had me at plaid! Also thought those vintage postcards were so very sweet. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  13. Paula, I’m always amazed at all the gorgeous vintage items that have been passed to you down the ages. Thank you for sharing them and for giving us the history behind each item, it’s so interesting to hear where everything comes from.

  14. I will always love that traditional plaid Christmas ribbon! You have such amazing family treasures to display at Christmas…I feel like they belong in a Hallmark movie set in Vermont they are so special!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kate! Funny you mention Vermont because we like to go there at Christmas. This year we will actually spend Christmas there.

  15. Paula your home is beautifully decorated for the holidays as always. What I love the most about your holiday decor is that incorporate special family pieces and that makes the holidays even more special. I hope that you and your family have a most blessed holiday season.

  16. Praying for comfort and strength you and your mom as Larissa mentioned your health issues. Prayers are powerful and our God is ever faithful. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and wishes for a Blessed New Year!

  17. Paula—your home is so cozy and all the decor sooo meaningful. That’s my favorite kind of decor. I loved those old postcards. There sure is something special about old paper ephemera! Also—-those bird prints in gorgeous oval frames caught my eye! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Paula – your home has southern Christmas charm for days! We love your vintage touches and family pieces. Can’t believe that you made the styrofoam deer – super cute. We too have a collection of vintage Christmas postcards that we treasure. Sherman is a lucky boy to have this room to himself LOL

  19. What a lovely tour as always, Paula. I love how the plaid ribbon pops against your wreath, garland, and Christmas tree. It’s always a joy reading about the history behind each item.

  20. Paula, your living room looks like a winter wonderland with your pretty flocked tree, wreath, and garland. The red plaid ribbon looks gorgeous with it. I love all of your heirloom accents, especially that amazing collection of vintage postcards. You always have the neatest items on display. Always love touring with you, my sweet friend!

  21. Those postcards are a treasure! Correspondence used to be so elegant. I love today’s technology that makes mail go out faster to the recipient, but I must admit, I love the nostalgia of the old ways! Pinned😊

  22. Oh, Paula! Everything is just so beautiful! I love your fireplace and mantel – so lovely! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and you are in my prayers.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  23. Paula, it is always a treat to visit and see how you incorporate your beautiful family treasures into your decor! I love your style! It is fun to be on this hop with you. Merry Christmas!

  24. Absolutely beautiful and magazine-worthy, Paula, just like the tree! As I’ve shared with you before, I love how your vignettes always tell a story. Your vintage postcard collection is so heart-warming! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas. xo

  25. Paula, I always enjoy touring your home and seeing the fabulous vintage finds that you incorporate into your decor. That collection of postcards is amazing! I love how you displayed them on the cupcake stand. Your mantel with the flocked garland and plaid ribbon and matching wreath above is so lovely! I chuckled when I saw the cover on Sherman’s loveseat…we have the same white furry covers on our sofa for our two dogs! It’s always fun to hop with you, my friend! Pinned 🙂

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