Christmas Decorating & Entertaining :: Updated Classic

christmas home decor

I’m in full on Christmas decorating mode over here and I’m loving decorating the new house with what I already have, + a few new pieces added to the mix.  You’ve already seen my Christmas tree decorating, and today I’m sharing another view of our family room with the fireplace and a casual entertaining set up.

I was lucky enough and THRILLED to be invited by HomeGoods to participate in their holiday blogger challenge which uses their Stylescope quiz to determine your decorating, entertaining, and gifting personality.  Well, if there’s anything I love more than shopping at HomeGoods, it’s taking quizes like these and getting the results.  Mine ended up being “Classic-with a touch of New Country” – right on!

I have such an eclectic design aesthetic, but I love to keep the high ticket items classic.  I also love to add in rustic earthy details to make the home feel warm and inviting.  Here’s my room and how I incorporated the Classic-New Country style using items I found at HomeGoods.

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  • I’ve been searching and searching for new stockings that would go with our current design.  All my old ones are traditional red & green, but I needed something more neutral for my gold and silver decor.  I felt like I hit the jackpot when I came across these 4 coordinating animal print stockings at HomeGoods.  I love how they feel a little glam but a little rustic at the same time, and I knew they would appeal to my family {they love animals and the outdoors}.  TIP:  Stuff crumpled paper into the stockings to give them some shape as they hang.
  • The mantel is sleek and simple.  I used what I already had for this area.  The white feather wreath fits in with the natural theme, and the mix of gold and silver pieces ties into the tree decorations and the rest of the room.  A green ribbon around the necks of paper mache reindeer adds a pop of color to the vignette.

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  • As you can see, I already have a classic zebra chair in this room.  I love that chair so much and have had friends BEGGING me to sell it to them!  It ties in perfectly with my animal print stockings, and I added a new lambs wool pillow from HG – we call it the hairy pillow.
  • The side table {a previous purchase at HG} is set with snacks for holiday entertaining.

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  • I bought a few key pieces for entertaining too.  One of our favorite ways to enjoy the Christmas tree and the fireplace is to sit on the floor and watch tv, read, play games, and have snacks.  I found this fabulous tray that’s too perfect for this space!: white + gold + silver.  We don’t have a “coffee table” in here, but a large ottoman “table” so I have to have a tray to hold drinks or food.
  • For my husband and me, our favorite Friday night wind down is wine and cheese with accompaniments.  I found this cheese serving set in gold, which is totally on trend and classic too.  It comes with 4 different shapes of servers for the different types of cheeses.
  • I also picked up a set of these footed lions head bowls.  I had seen them on a few previous trips and was obsessed with them!  I finally gave in and bought some, and I love how they look here holding feta and jalapeno stuffed olives.

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  • You can also see my reindeer in front of the fireplace – love that little guy!  And I even got the huge shaggy area rug at HG a few months ago when we moved in.  It’s the only place I found a rug big enough for the room, at a great price, and exactly the style I was looking for.  It’s so thick and plush, you could lose a small child in there!!

Truth be told, I do most of my shopping at HomeGoods;  in fact I go once {sometimes twice} a week because they get shipments almost daily and I have to see what’s new!  I’ve also been shopping their sister store TJMaxx for close to 20 years – before it was “cool” to do so.  It’s been my secret fashion weapon and I always get compliments when I wear an outfit from there.  I really can’t express what a thrill it’s been to be invited to participate in this challenge.

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Disclosure:  I was given a stipend to shop HomeGoods store and participate in the design challenge, however all opinions are my own, and yes, I’m obsessed with their stores.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Absolutely love this post and the decor.

  2. I’m classic with a touch of boho, totally right on! Fun quiz. :)

  3. So gorgeous and fun!

  4. Donna O'Neil says:

    I guess I am Spa Life. Maybe because I really need a spa day, lol.

  5. Recently shopped at HomeGoods. Bought a few gifts and a silver polar bear for myself!

  6. This looks so AWESOME! LOVE the animal print – everything looks so good together.

  7. Monica Roybal says:

    Love, Love the colors used in the decorating post. I am a BIG fan of animal prints.

  8. Brandy Ketler says:

    This was so fun! I was Sassy and a bit of Urban Funk! Sounds about right! lol

  9. Sassy!!

  10. Love this decorating style so much! It is so clean and elegant, yet still comfortable and doesn’t look like overdone Christmas!! Could last well into winter :) Love your ideas, all of them!

  11. Love all the animal prints!

  12. i am classic with a touch of urban funk. Love your decor!!

  13. I’m Vegas with a touch of classic! So me!! Love the animal prints you used in the decor along with all the sparkles too!

  14. Sassy with a touch of Set Sail. Yep that’s me.

  15. Toni Thomson says:

    I am Farmhouse Glam. Hmmm. Maybe just a little. :)

  16. Awesome — I love all the prints and decor. Excellent job!

  17. Sassy with a touch of classic — totally me lol!!

  18. HomeGoods is my favorite!

  19. I am the Traveler–which is pretty much right on (with a touch of urban funk!) LOL

  20. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I am Vegas Baby & a touch of Boho.

  21. The style quiz was tons of fun, it reminds me of those cosmo quizzes I used to do!

  22. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    I am Sassy!!

  23. Love your creative ideas! This would be perfect since we just moved into a new home :) Happy holidays!

  24. I love the Stylescope, I always feel like I need help when it comes to decorating my home! I’m New Country with a touch of BoHo and I will definitely be using HomeGoods and those tips when we move into our new house!

  25. The zebra chair & stockings are my FAVE!!!!!! LOVE!!!! Pick me to win!! :):)

  26. Lynn McConnell Osborne says:

    Definitely a CLASSIC! Thanks for the chance to win

  27. Love, love, love the stockings and the serving tray. I really just love Home Goods period. I took the style quiz and I’m a Classic, which is probably me because I always play it safe.

  28. Carrie Welborn says:
  29. Ahhh! I love it! It makes me want to come over for a drink and game night!

  30. Oh and mine is New Country and a touch of Farmhouse Glam…so me!

  31. Looks so great! Love what you’ve done and HomeGoods weekly is a must. As for me, Urban Funk in the house!

  32. Yes, I’m loving the zebra chair too! I am Vegas Baby and a touch Classic! I LOVE the Vegas photos!

  33. I’m sassy :)

  34. Bonnie Hall Wheelis says:

    Your home is beautiful. Thanks for the tips! ;)

  35. Love the pictures of your living room. Also, LOVE, Home Goods!!

  36. I’m a classic! That was actually hard!

  37. Not too sure about the on line test results. I think I’m more classic than new country, but I certainly do love me some Homegoods!

  38. Love your room! Love Homegoods/tjmaxx/marshals…well I love most stores, but they are in my top 5 ;)

    I scored “classic” which is definitely my style at the moment, it changes like the seasons!!!

  39. Lynne Pearce says:

    I’m classic with a touch of boho. That just means I like it all!

  40. Heather Leggett says:

    Love the metallic take on traditional decor

  41. Debra Wostmann says:

    Love the stockings. Classic, warm, and inviting decor.

  42. Mary Jo McGovern says:

    That little design style photo-quiz was spot on! I’m a classic gal that stands the test of time!

  43. Anika Moore says:

    According to the quiz I’m Farmhouse glam. I love your family room decor…hopefully I can see it in person over the holidays! :-)

  44. I love every style element in this living area! So fabulous!

  45. Linda Bundrick says:

    I am Farmhouse Glam and a touch of Boho ~ wow…nailed me !!

  46. I am farmhouse glam! Sounds so fancy! Love it!

  47. The quiz said I was Farmhouse Glam!

  48. shirvonne says:

    I love everything about this!

  49. Love your tips for decorating and love your tree!

  50. Theresa Grace says:

    HomeGoods is a favorite shopping destination! I’m so excited to try the Stylescope and see what type of decor suits me:)

  51. Jessica Mireles says:

    Love that look. Especially the chair. Nicely done. Like your tip about the paper in stocking too. I have stocking similar but they are saggy. Thank. :)

  52. The quiz says i am sassy with a touch of classic! I agree!!

  53. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    im a socialite with a touch of set sail

  54. I’m sassy with a touch of classic!

  55. Love

  56. Farmhouse glam for me!

  57. I am Sassy with a touch of farmhouse glam!

  58. Granny Reese says:

    I am sassy. What a fun site! Will forward it to friends to try.

  59. The only thing that kept me sane when I moved to the East Coast was TJX and Homegoods. I am so fortunate to live in the land of corporate and so have the pick of the best clothing and accessories at runway and incredible home products from HM close driving proximity. Walking into a HG is sooo inspiring and exciting. I especially love it for the holidays. TJX/HG ROCKS!!!!

  60. I’m a spa life :)

  61. Jessie C. says:

    Urban funk and a touch boho

  62. Jennifer Dysart says:

    classic and a touch boho

  63. I am boho

  64. Sassy and a touch classic (I think that’s a polite way of saying ‘confused’, lol)

  65. I got Spa Life, seems to be very common.

  66. I love HomeGoods! I’m Classic with a touch of Set Sail!

  67. Thomas Murphy says:

    I am Urban Funk

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