Nutcracker Tree and the Christmas Media Room

In our Media Room, I usually have a tree that is specifically designed

for my granddaughter each year.

It has always been themed with something that she particularly loved during the year . . .

~ ~ like the year she was into Tinkerbell and dressed as her on Halloween.

However, this year, we placed a small tree . . . a very small tree in her room. . .

~ ~ the space that she has in our house in which she has requested more pink be added.

I did not plan a tree in the media room this year; however, I could not help myself!!

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

The nutcrackers were placed in my hubby’s office in years past.

I decided to give them a new home this year.

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitaity Designs

I combined red glass ornaments and this great Merry Christmas garland

along with the nutcrackers.

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

I so remember when the large nutcracker by the tree was much taller than my granddaughter.

It rather intimidated her in the early years . . . but she loves it now.

Nutcracker Tree-Housepitality Designs

Placed a quilted tree skirt that I have used for so many years in the past.

I did not use this tree skirt in the past couple of years as it did not coordinate with the

theme of the tree . . however, it’s perfect this year and it brings me joy as my dear friend

Ruth made it for me many, many years ago. Memories of her are not only in my heart, but

in many things around my home, like the pretty fabric tree in the sunroom.

Moving around the room the Christmas decor is light and fun.

Cars and Trucks with trees-Housepitality Designs

Like these Christmas vehicles taking home the tree.

Media Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Media Room-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

And large comfy pillows to snuggle with while watching those “happily ever after”

Hallmark movies!

Now moving to the other side of the room where the TV is over the mantel . . .

Lantern/Mantel/Housepitality Designs

It is a challenge to decorate this mantel . . . as well as my other mantel.

Ornament adorned lantern-Housepitality Designs

Media Room Mantel-Housepitality Designs

I can only place larger items on end of the mantel . . .

The lanterns are embellished with poinsettia patterned ornaments.

Media Room Mantel-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

Icy wooden trees with Santa on a Moose . . .a gift from my friend Linda after a trip to

Wyoming when we were on constant Moose Watch! . . . and saw one on the last day of the trip!

Media Room Mantel-Housepitality Designs

Always have to keep it pretty simple so that TV watching is not compromised!

There are also lots of games and books in the room.

Vintage Box and games/Housepitality Designs

Vintage games and books in a vintage wooden crate that came with the Boys and Girls books!

A great find!

Handmade Quilted Santa and wooden blocks/Housepitality Designs

Vintage pieces on top of the pie safe in the kitchenette with my craft show finds

from many years ago. A quilted Santa made from vintage quilts and blocks with bent metal

letters and hand carved whimsical symbols of winter.

Antique Pie Safe-Housepitality Designs

I wish you all a most wonderful weekend filled with great holiday activities whether it is

battling the crowds at the mall or spending time with your loved ones enjoying your

family traditions of the season.

As for me, I will be finishing my shopping, attending a birthday party of a lovely

young lady and a Christmas party with “the team”.

And one last thing….I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to our dear friend Scott . . .

~ ~ who officially became “an old geezer” 🙂

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  1. Of course you had to or it just would not have felt right. Love the nutcracker tree and all your other festive touches.

  2. I absolutely adore your Nutcracker tree Shirley as the Nutcracker has been a part of our lives each December since my daughter started ballet. I can’t wait to show her the pictures of yours, I am betting she will want a Nutcracker themed tree in her room next Christmas. I always enjoy seeing how you decorate with vintage and treasured items. Your home always looks so inviting as it is filled things that bring you so much joy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. It would be hard to pick a favorite Christmas decorated room at your house but I would lean toward this one. I love the Nutcracker Tree. Nutcracker stirs up so many good memories for me. Our Jacksonville Symphony presents it each year and it has become a tradition for my granddaughter and me as well as my grandsons a few times. I love the trees on top of the vintage cars and trucks. The moulding around your tv is a very nice touch. I’ve never seen that before.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family from Florida.

  4. It’s all so festive and beautiful. Your mantel has inspired me. We have our tv in the same spot and had trouble trying to figure out how to decorate it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shirley, it’s hard to decide, but this may be my favorite of your rooms for Christmas decorating. I love the relaxed vibe in this room, and the nutcrackers are so cute all clustered on the tree and surround. The mantel lanterns are neat. We hoped to spot a moose on our fall trip through Maine and Canada, but all I got was an ornament. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  6. Hi Shirley, Love your Nutcracker tree and all the festive decor in your media room. It is so inviting and just says, come in, relax and enjoy a movie.
    Your mantel is beautiful and so well done around the screen. Love the molding accent around your TV.
    I imagine your grands room with her tree is darling.
    Thank you for always providing great inspiration.
    Be Blessed!

  7. Love the tree and the nutcrackers! The rocking horse gives it just the right look! I’ve always had a fondness for Nutcrackers. I have a group of them I collected but haven’t put them out in a long while. The mantel and accents in the room are cute and I’m sure your granddaughter is fantasizes by it all!

  8. Love your Media room decorations. My favs would be the old woody pillow and the car ornaments. We have car ornaments that hubby has collected of “his” car favs from the sixties. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sheila

  9. Love, love, love this! I especially like the pillows (and the one with the tree on top of the car!)

    But everything is very nice…and so festive, warm and inviting!

    Merry Christmas!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  10. I adore the nutcrackers and the way you’ve displayed them. I have a collection I haven’t brought out in years, maybe next year. My wheels are already turning for next years decorating. fondly ~lynne~

  11. Love, love your media room and all your pretty decorations. This is the first year I didn’t put out our nutcrackers, and now, seeing yours, I wish I had. Hmmm. Maybe I could get Hubby to do that. 🙂
    I really loved seeing your little rocking chair. It’s almost identical to the one I have that’s been handed down in the family. Oh, and “Hallmark style” movies are my favorite, too. Wishing your and your family a wonderful Christmas.

  12. I have really enjoyed seeing all your Christmas decor it is so sweet and perfect for the holidays! Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. What a sweet tree – just the right size. Love your mantle too. I laughed when you said you couldn’t help yourself! Sounds like something I would say…lol
    Your house sure looks terrific!
    Have a great weekend

  14. Merry Christmas Shirley,
    I love your lovely decorations. I remember when Ruth was making the quilted tree skirt for you. She is smiling down at us this Christmas. I was also trying my hand at quilting that year.

  15. It’s impossible to pick a favorite room in your home!! I love the nutcraker tree. (Love the size of it, too!) You have beautiful taste and I admire your energy!!

  16. That’s such a great room to gather with the family and just hang out. I love the tree. The banner wrapped around it makes it even more stylish.

  17. So festive and beautiful Shirley. I saw the pic of your sweet grand up on grandpa’s shoulders. Precious picture to cherish.
    Merry Christmas sweet friend. Glad you had a fun time with your grand.

  18. Shirley, this is one of my favorite rooms in your home! I love the pops of red and the vintage items are wonderful! Your mantel and tree are just perfect for this room! Everything is so festive!

  19. I am LOVING your nutcraker tree! I also hope I can get to do a tree for our sweetie next year! You always have the PERFECT additions to every room. This morning I just ordered a pillow cover from a fellow blogger’s etsy shop of a red VW carrying a tree! Can’t wait to give it to Joe!!! Merry Christmas my friend. Tonight is our luminaries followed by desserts at the clubhouse, tomorrow we host our dinner group, Sun. is another Christmas party at friends, Mon I organized a mini house tour here in the neighborhood and we will end here for snacks and drinks!!!!!!!!!!! Whew! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!!!!!! XO

  20. Shirley gorgeous as always. Beautiful lanterns and tree. One of my favorite pieces is the vintage crate. Have a good weekend


  21. WOW,wow,wow!!! I love your nutcracker tree….I would have never guessed it was a last minute addition!! The whole room is so inviting and just incredibly gorgeous!!!!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  22. Your downstairs is so cozy and festive, Shirley! You have the most amazing Christmas trees. They are all gorgeous, and I love how you keep to a theme for each one.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!!
    Mary Alice

  23. I love all your decor, Shirley! Every detail is beautiful! I also love that collection of Fiesta…I have newer Fiesta for every day but my mom has some of the old stuff — so fun!
    Merry Christmas!

  24. Oh what a treasure that quilted tree skirt is! It looks so beautiful underneath your nutcracker tree. I always enjoy seeing your pretty decorations, Shirley! May you have the best Christmas ever!

  25. Hi Shirley, I love all your wonderful Christmas touches in the media room!! The tree is so pretty, and the Santa Claus in the child’s rocker is precious, as is the nutcracker standing post by the door. 🙂 I, too, am a big fan of nutcrackers. I have six of my favorites on the bookshelf in our den this Christmas.

    Mantels are definitely a challenge to decorate. We have a print hanging above our mantel; I’m fine with that because I wanted one there for many years before we chose one. But like you, I can only put the tall objects on either end. Nevertheless, I’m really glad to have a fireplace and a mantel to decorate. 🙂 Your lanterns look terrific on your mantel!

    Your whole room looks cozy and warm and I hope you get to enjoy some seasonal movies this weekend! Have a good one, Shirley!

    Warm hugs,


  26. So many fun things here. I think this is a room where I’d spend lots of time watching Netflix, reading or at least pretending to. The season is winding down and Christmas is almost here.

  27. Love those lanterns on your mantel and all those nutcrackers, Shirley! They are all fantastic from the taller one to the little ornaments. I bought a few from the dollar bin at Michaels this year to share with my co-workers. They dress up our desks a little bit for Christmas, but they are reasonably priced enough to buy a bunch to do a small tree.

  28. Everything is so darling. I love all the vintage decor just love it!

    Merry Christmas dear friend. ((WARM HUGS)) Jo

  29. Oh Shirley, everything is beautiful. You do such a terrific job on decorating. My gd loves Nutcrakers also and has quite a little collection.
    Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

  30. I love nutcrackers… I have them in every room of my house… The tree looks spectacular with all the decorations around it…

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