Now that our living room renovation is complete, it's time to accessorize! And since the holidays are here, we figured we'd keep it festive with lots of red and reindeer.
Red is actually one of our home's accent colors, and awhile back Nate suggested a deer print as year-round decor for this corner. Since each of us spent a good deal of our childhood in Washington state, the deer serves as a fitting and familiar sight to adorn our living room.
I'm not really one to switch out artwork for the season, but I was pretty delighted that Nate's pick was Christmas-y enough to be incorporated into our annual display!
We collaborated with Minted to design this space featuring The Morning Walk art print (which I had float mounted for dramatic appeal) and some of their big, fluffy, hand-drawn Herringbone Pillows (which I upgraded to Premium Cotton for easy cleanability).
The pillows stay up on the console when we have the fire going and we're all hanging out in various parts of the house. When we gather in the living room, we plop them down on the ground for a cozy cuddle space.
This has become our go-to book-reading spot.
It's rapidly becoming my go-to hot toddy spot, too. You'll pretty much find me plopped in this corner for the duration of the season, watching Elf and wrapping gifts.
I think Santa would approve.
The elf, on the other hand, keeps giving me weird looks. I'm not sure what's up with that guy. Maybe he's pissed that the boys named him Candy Cane. It is a bit effeminate. In any case, he keeps ransacking my house. I wake up to a big mess of toys and stuff in the living room and the boys tell me it was him, so clearly this dude's got some issues.
I've often turned to Minted's designs for invites, banners and party supplies, but I absolutely love that they've branched out beyond that to home decor and art prints. I get to read the story of every artist while I'm browsing, allowing me to feel more of a personal connection with the stuff that adorns our walls. In fact, this deer was created by a fellow former Seattle-ite! He too, found inspiration in misty Washington and eventually moved out to the warmer states (Phoenix AZ, in his case) explaining that he “realized his body craves amounts of Vitamin D that the Pacific Northwest just can’t provide.”
You and me both, man. But at least we can incorporate our beloved deer in the form of artwork, even if we can't look out the window and watch them grazing in our backyard like we did as kids.
Do you have any home decor pieces that you pull into your holiday display? Any that make you feel particularly nostalgic?