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Our large live tabletop Christmas tree and home tour

Ever since I found my favorite large brass pot at Goodwill a couple of years ago, I have wanted to see a live tabletop Christmas tree in it. The brass pot is placed in the corner of our living room on the side table and usually has a parlor palm in it. This year I got my wish and the palm is spending Christmas in our bedroom so the brass pot can display a glorious Fraser fir.

Also, today’s Christmas home tour is all part of Marty’s Christmas blog hop. So welcome to everyone who’s coming from her blog at A Stroll Thru Life and my friend Cristina at Remodelando La Casa. Their tours are always fabulous. If you are craving some Christmas red, then Cristina is the girl for you. I’m in love with all the touches of color.

Well, let’s get to it because I’m excited to show you guys how I decorated my live tabletop Christmas tree and the rest of our downstairs.

live tabletop Christmas tree

A lot of things have changed in our home since last year’s Christmas home tour even though the changes are somewhat subtle. We have new vinyl plank flooring, the bottom kitchen cabinets are green, the dining room has new furniture and lastly, I decided to add new neutral velvet curtains to our living room (click HERE). All those changes make me love our little home even more.

In the previous years, I have always had a small faux tree in the corner of our living room. You can scroll to the bottom of this post to see all my previous Christmas tours.

This year I’m so happy to have this large and real beauty. I love sitting on my couch under this tree to watch TV this holiday season.

FYI, in case you are wondering how you can keep your live tabletop tree alive for longer then you should check out this Christmas tree recipe. I’ve heard great things about it.

  live tabletop Christmas tree with starfish, icicles, dried orange slices, fairy lights and vase fillers

I have also wanted to decorate a tree with some natural and untraditional decor pieces. When I went to our local AtHome store, I found bags of white paper sphere vase fillers for $7 and thought that two bags of them might make the perfect tree decor. During one of my trips to HomeGoods, I found a set of starfish which I thought would look perfect with the vase fillers.

Additionally, I ordered some fairy lights which I wanted to add to a tree with regular Christmas lights but when I added them to this tree, I knew that I didn’t want the standard Christmas lights anymore. I just love the thin strands and how I can wrap them around the branches. 100 feet of fairy lights was perfect for this size of live tabletop Christmas tree.

starfish ornaments on live tabletop Christmas tree

For those of you wondering, I dried my oranges slices in our food dehydrator (HERE) which works perfect for so many different uses,

using natural paper sphere vase fillers as Christmas ornaments

Walter is owning our coffee table. He definitely thinks he’s the boss.

black cat on our coffee table with live tabletop Christmas tree in the corner

I love the wild and untrimmed shape of this tree. The randomness makes me very happy.

  live tabletop Christmas tree in corner of living room

peaking into the living room from kitchen

TV Netflix fireplace next to our Christmas tree

Find out more about my natural German Christmas tree HERE. I made some Christmas roses for it and love them. Check them out HERE. And in case you missed my grasscloth TV console makeover then you can check it out HERE.

natural German Christmas tree

orange tabby under the Christmas tree

view of our living room with live tabletop Christmas tree and large flocked tree

throw blankets over chair in boho living room

lit candle in front of live tabletop Christmas tree

large live tabletop Christmas tree in boho chic living room

German Christmas pyramid in front of live tabletop Christmas tree

layered and textured living room with live tabletop Christmas tree


mirror not available anymore | curtains HERE | brass pot from Goodwill | icicles HERE | orange slices DIYed | fairy lights HERE | starfish HERE | vase fillers in tree from AtHome | chairs HERE | round end tables HERE | similar coffee table HERE | disco ball HERE | salt lamp HERE | fur HERE | similar pouf HERE | drum HERE | blue pillows HERE, HERE and HERE | black and white pillows HERE | velvet pillow HERE | leopard lumbar pillow HERE |similar sofa HERE | rug HERE | flocked tree HERE | gold tree collar HERE | eucalyptus HERE | wooden snowflakes HERE | artwork DIY HERE | straw star tree topper HERE | Christmas rose DIY | grasscloth TV stand DIY | macrame HERE | fireplace leather chairs HERE | pom pom throw blanket HERE | plaid pillows HERE | small gold table HERE | silver end tables not available anymore | concrete table lamps HERE | DIY wooden garland | jeans pouf HERE | German pyramid HERE | vinyl plank flooring from Karndean in Texas White Ash

The rest of our downstairs Christmas home tour:

Powder Room

I added a faux cedar branch from last year with some dried oranges and fairy lights to our powder room. I used wine bottle fairy lights (HERE) which are perfect for a flower arrangement because you can hide the faux cork with the batteries in the vase. They come in a 10 or 12 pack and also make a perfectly unique and affordable gift.

Christmas flower arrangement with cedar, dried oranges and fairy lights in powder room


I decorated with the dried oranges throughout the house. When I was in my late teens, for one Christmas year, I had decorated all my presents with packing paper, raffia and dried oranges and this year’s decor makes me think back to that time. I always loved wrapping my gifts for loved ones.

If you missed my snowflake canvas art DIY, then you should check it out because I’m offering the image download for free right now in the blog post.

fireplace with snowflake art and birch wood pile

I love the look of the new curtains with the fireplace decor. They are even better in person because they are the softest fabric I have ever touched. I could use them as a soft throw 😉

fireplace with wooded garland, DIY canvas art and leather swivel chairs

natural and neutral fireplace decor

This yea’s advent wreath is a tray I bought last year at Target in clearance after Christmas. I had my eye on it all season but didn’t want to spend money on it and was so happy to get it in the end for $9.

advent wreath on gold tray with nuts, dried oranges, apples, cedar and antlers

tuxedo sitting in front of fireplace with neutral and natural decor


Below I have a peek into the living room from the hallway.

If you are new around here then you should check out how I reprinted my parents’ original oil painting of my great-grandmother which looks perfect over my little secretary desk.  I even added texture to it to make it look like a real painting. Click HERE to see the post. I always move the desk to this wall so there is room for the large Christmas tree in the living room.

{read more about my favorite German smoke men HERE}

Queen Anne desk with ancestor painting


Like I mentioned above, the kitchen was still white last year and I’m so glad that I made the leap to change it to green. It’s such an easy, affordable and quick change and the entire family loves it. You can read more about the painting process HERE.

Dining Room

I enjoyed decorating the dining room and kitchen in blue and green this year and the pipe cleaner trees I found at Ikea made the perfect little table center piece.

The wall molding I had added at the beginning of the year add the perfect elegant detail to the room now. Read more about how I added molding HERE.

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I hope you enjoyed this year’s Christmas tour of the downstairs of our home. I wish you all a Happy Holiday season.

Now hop on over to my friend Anita’s from Far Above Rubies. I always enjoy her tours so much. I just love the ambiance and history of her home and her photography is always amazing too.

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And here is the lineup for the rest of the week:

Monday, December 9th

A Stroll Thru Life, Remodelando La Casa,   Cuckoo4Design, Far Above Rubies, Southern Hospitality, Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday, December 10th

House By Hoff, Duke Manor Farm, ZDesign At Home, Taryn Whiteaker, Inspiration For Moms, Decor To Adore

Wednesday, December 11

Cassie Bustamante, Follow The Yellow Brick Home, Dixie Delights, Hymns & Verses, Modern Glam, Thrifty & Chic

Thursday, December 12

Our Fifth Home, 11 Magnolia Lane, Our Southern Home, Seeking Lavender Lane, Setting for Four, Southern State Of Mind

Friday, December 13

Grace In My Space, White Arrows Home, The Woodgrain Cottage, Designing Vibes, Thistlewood Farms, Life On Cedar Lane,

Linking to Jenniferrizzo.com who is sharing a beautiful link party which you can also check out.


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