Simple greenery, pinecones, my favorite coastal blues, and splashes of green create a cozy and natural Pine Tree State holiday living room!

The Pine Tree State

Blue ocean and evergreens were the inspiration for my holiday decor this year

When I look out my windows here on the coast of Maine, I see crisp blue water edged with dark evergreen trees. This year I took my inspiration directly from this view and decorated our living room for the holidays with simple greenery, pinecones, and of course a few coastal touches. And while I would never abandon my favorite blues, even for the holidays, this year I added in splashes of green. I have to say I am loving it! And since the kids won’t be home for Christmas this year, I decided to do something completely different from our usual tree covered in collected ornaments. I can’t wait for you to see it!

I have been so busy getting the house decorated that here it is Friday evening and I am just getting started writing this blog post for tomorrow. So, while I am usually quite “chatty” with all of you, today I am making this heavy on the photos and light on the words. Maybe you will like it better this way!

Grab you eggnog and let’s get going!

Blue and Green

Throw pillows and blankets are an easy way to add color to your home! For the holidays I mixed in some patterns with pops of green to go with my usual shades of blue and tan.

The Tree

I have never done a “themed” tree, but I thought this was a good year to try something completely different! Maine’s nickname is the Pine Tree State, so I decided to take that literally! I spent evenings with the hot glue gun attaching blue velvet ribbons to over 100 pinecones, which I then tied to the branches. Glass pinecone ornaments from Walmart add some extra sparkle!

The Fireplace

As you know, the fireplace is one of my favorite spots to decorate seasonally. I found the vintage artillery basket and large bells at a local resale/vintage store a couple years ago. Greens, giant sugar pinecones, and a triple bow are naturally festive!

The garland on the mantel is fashioned from four faux garlands. I use one of those cheap bendy garlands as the base, wrapping the branches around the other garlands to fasten them together. Faux juniper picks add extra fullness and a little blue!


Pinecones, greens, and some nautical pieces scattered around the room complete the holiday look!

Next Week

Thank you for joining me on this living room tour! I hope you have found some inspiration, or at least a little holiday cheer!

Next week I will be sharing the dining area. Here are some sneak peeks!

I hope your days are merry and bright!


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