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The Candy Land Christmas Family Room Part 1

The Candy Land Christmas Family Room Part 2

December 9, 2016 Holidays, Home Decor

The Candy Land Christmas Part 2: Decorating Your Large Staple Furniture

Creating the Look

I hope you had SO much fun reading through The Candy Land Christmas Part 1 and seeing all the details that go into decorating my Candy Land Christmas Tree and Festive Holiday Mantel! If you missed it….don’t forget to go back and check it out!

Now. Let’s real-talk for a second. It’s the coffee table, armoire (or cabinet) and side tables that pull a room together and make it feel complete. But, we all know how overwhelming they can be to decorate for everyday, let alone every season!! Let’s break it down together: First, clear everything off your surface so you have a “blank canvas” to work with; second, place all your potential decor in one easily accessible place, and third, begin placing pieces one at a time until you have created your desired look.

The Coffee Table

The coffee table is one of my favorite places to pull out all the stops! It sits in the center of my family room and immediately catches your eye as you walk in… so I want to make it fabulous!

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As I mentioned in Part 1, I have very tall ceilings. Because of this,  it’s important to create height and dimension in the display so it doesn’t get swallowed in it’s surroundings! When you’re looking to decorate your own coffee table, step back and take in your space to determine how much room you want to fill. If your space is a bit tight, or your ceilings aren’t very tall, then a large or full display may not be the way to go! Keeping proportions in mind is key! 

I personally love to use “snow” in my winter tablescapes! I grew up in Utah and now that I live in Texas I truly miss it! And Nothing says winter like a flesh snow – so on my coffee table I decided to use a snow blanket as a foundation and then build the display on top. This accomplishes two things: 1. It softens the lines between the items in the display and the table and 2. It creates a crispt clean color palate to work with! My cute cake-man and cupcakes wouldn’t “pop”on the dark-stained wood top nearly as well as they do on the white.

Once the foundation is down, I begin working on height and then build out. How cute is this cake-man?! (Now that I’m looking at it, maybe it is a cake-woman! — Hmmmmm….. whatever it is, it offers adorableness and height – giggle 🙂

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Next I added the “who-ville-like” trees

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The problem was, they looked dwarfed behind the cake! We have a challenge! YAY! I went into my husbands office and borrowed about 10 books. I tucked them under the snow and then placed the trees on top of them. Problem solved!

 By putting your largest items on first, you can better see how to balance the tablescape. In this space, put the tallest items in the middle, and then had them slowly taper smaller on the side. You can see my large cupcakes came next, then my cute little gingerbread couple, and lastly a couple platters of different heights to bring the transition all the way down to the snow!

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As a finishing touch, I love to sprinkled some sparkling snow on top.

The Armoire

We have a large armoire in our family room that I absolutely love! When I say large though….it’s large. And there’s a whole lot of space to fill….  Once again, I reduced it to a blank canvas; and with my daughter Tiffany as my inspiration (her birthday is in December), I created my own work of art!

As you may have figured out by now….I love Tiffany Blue and have basically unofficially (because of copyright) but officially in my mind… dubbed it as my signature color! You can see it throughout many walls in my home, in my Tiffany Blue Christmas foyer and now….. in my armoire!

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The boxes you receive with a purchase at Tiffany and Co. are almowt lickable!! So I use them (and some sneaky lookalikes) throughout the armoire! For the rest of the display, anything else that has that Tiffany Blue color is fair game. Plates, candles, lollypops and of course glass jars filled with Tiffany Blue candy, are all great options! As long as you choose a color palette and stick with it, you will be good to go!

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In this particular display, because there are two equal sides, I created a mirrored look so as balance each side. This keeps the display clean and organized. In the top of the armoir I added some adorable lollypops, more boxes, and some blue tulle to blend it all together!

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Side Tables

The last pieces of furniture are the side tables. I like to have fun with these, and sometimes I’ll even switch them out completely depending on the season.

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I found this adorable high-heeled table and couldn’t resist!! Then, keeping with the candy theme, I added a cute gingerbread house  and these cute little ice cream candles! I then sprinkled it all with snow!! I’m telling you…..if you don’t use snow in your holiday decor, now is the time to start!

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Speaking of gingerbread houses, I made this one 4 years ago and have brought it out for Christmas every year since! I keep thinking, certaintly this will be the last year it will still be cute, but it keeps making the table!! You have to love how sugar holds up!! I then surrounded it with other small candy houses and sprinkled with…..more snow!! Ta-dah!!

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One last thing I love to do for each season is buy festive frames and fill them with photos of my family taken during the season throughout the years! It ads such a fun personal touch to the decorations and I love reflecting on the memories of each photo.

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There are so many fun things you can do to create a fun Christmas wonderland! Even if our design styles are all different, I hope you’ve learned a few fun tips and tricks to create a warm and happy holiday atmosphere in your home. Have fun with it! Include your family! I love decorating with my family!

It’s definitely a lot of work to put everything up, but the warm and happy atmosphere it creates is worth every minute!

Hugs…. Jennifer

  1. Ricci says:

    Can you tell me more about how you made the gingerbread house? I would love to start the hat tradition!

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