Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs

You met my sister Jo in my last post recapping the interior blog awards in London we attended, and I thought I would share a few peeks of her beautiful Chicago townhouse decorated with a light touch for the holidays. We didn’t style any photo shoot…these are simple iPhone shots when I was there a couple days ago. I’m also sharing some of YOUR favorite Christmas movie picks as shared with me on Facebook.

White and grey decor in a townhouse decorated for Christmas. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

Townhouse Holiday Decor + Christmas Movie Favs

My sister’s townhouse represents a big downsize for her and her husband who are emptynesters like us. (Well, sort of like us. Our nest is not empty since our son in law school moved home for a few months until he graduates and buys a home.)

Jo and Michele

White With Grey is Her Jam

I think her pup inspired the combo.

My niece, Jess getting a teeny taste of a marshmallow from a skillet cookie.

Grey and white shihtzu. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Jo favors a mostly white and grey palette, transitional and Scandinavian decor, and zero clutter. At Christmas, she layers on more grey and pops of vibrant color.

White Ikea Ektorp chair and sofa in a townhouse decorated for Christmas. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

The grey stripe on the wall is relatively new and a DIY for her. A manual laser line thingamabob  made taping off the area easy work, and it’s a great way to break up an expanse that lacks architectural interest and add modern flair for pennies.

Lots of fuzzy wuzzy pillows and throws warm up the room for winter.

Grey Paint Color for Stripe

 benjamin moore san antonio gray
BENJAMIN MOORE San Antonio Gray
Christmas tree in a living room with white wall and wide grey stripe. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

She has slowly collected the vintage dishes on the counter in the kitchen. You may remember she chose Viatera quartz in Minuet for the kitchen and bathroom countertops in the townhouse, and I copied her for our fixer upper.

Vintage china on a counter (Viatera quartz in Minuet). Hello Lovely Studio.#viatera #quartz #minuet
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

Guest Bedroom

In a guest bedroom, a cheerful tree is decorated in jewel tones and crowned with peace.

Scandinavian style bedroom decorated for Christmas. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.
Guest bedroom decorated for Christmas with pops of red. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.
Christmas tree in a Scandi bedroom. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

I love the bold Scandinavian snowflake pillow.

Bold red Scandi pillow in a bedroom. Hello Lovely Studio.
Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

There’s a theme of peace running through the townhouse and running through her tender heart.

Below, a peace sign pillow feels modern yet retro. I am very envious of her iron and wood staircase railings which would be so welcome in my own home! I just haven’t been able to think about ripping out our much-too-ornate-country ones since we have a million baluster spindles.

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Townhouse Holiday Decor + 7 Christmas Movie Favs. Hello Lovely Studio.

Here’s a pillow that would feel right at home in Jo’s townhouse.

The other day on the way to Iceland…

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I don’t know what I would do without my sister’s love for me. She has been a light since the day mom brought her home from the hospital, and I was the happiest big sister on the earth. That July morning, before we met for the first time, the preschooler me helped our grandma make homemade biscuits and a big country chicken dinner to celebrate. It is one of my top 5 favorite days EVER. Oh, the joy of a baby fresh from heaven and the womb of God! She had a head of dark reddish hair that eventually turned platinum and the sweetest turned up nose. She’s a tiny creature with a big personality, and I still carry her around when she asks.

7 Christmas Movie Favorites

When I recently polled you friends on Facebook HERE, here were a few of the standouts (I’ll share more in the next post, and if you haven’t responded on the thread…do leave your favorite movie or a GIF!):

Please watch the clips to remember, smile, discover, and at the same time support the blog (time spent on this site= support to keep this blog afloat).

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

I’ll be sharing more in the next post, and from the list of Christmas movies above, No. 5 is my favorite…and yours?

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the movie titles…how many of these have you seen?

7 Lovely HOLIDAY DECOR Finds

1. Pillows

C&F Home Morgan Crimson Holiday Throw Pillow

2. Christmas Stockings

3. Stocking Holders

Belham Living Lantern Christmas Stocking Holder

4. Christmas Tree

Glitter Angle Star Tree Topper
Tree Topper: FIND HERE.
Jute Christmas Tree Skirt
Tree Skirt: FIND HERE.
Green Fir 7.5' Hinged Green Artificial Christmas Tree with 750 Clear Lights
Christmas Trees: FIND HERE.
Christmas Ball Ornament
Christmas Ball Ornament St: FIND HERE.

5. Christmas Wreaths

6. Sleigh Bells

vintage sleigh bells
Vintage Sleigh Bells. Photo: Cricketcapers

7. For a Mantel

Taper 3 Piece Metal Candlestick Set
Candlestick Set: FIND HERE.
White wood Swedish electric candelabra.
White wooden Swedish electric candelabra: FIND HERE.
2 Piece Birch Bark Reindeer Décor Set
Bark Reindeer Set: FIND HERE.
Beckman 2 Piece Paper Tree with Star on Wood Base Set
Paper Tree Set: FIND HERE.

Make Sure to See This HOLIDAY INSPIRATION from The French Nest Co!

The French Nest Co Interior Design
Design/Photo/Proud Parent of Pup: The French Nest Co. Interior Design.

Those Christmas Movies From Above

CHRISTMAS MOVIES: 1. Love Actually 2. It’s a Wonderful Life. 3. A Christmas Story 4. White Christmas 5. The Family Stone 6. While You Were Sleeping 7. Christmas Vacation

When I spied a few of the slashed prices on a few beautiful Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture pieces online, they were too enticing not to share. I have gathered a collection of awesomely priced furniture finds I thought you design savvy bargain shoppers might particularly whistle at. The furniture and decor pieces fall under the category of traditional design style while they also reflect a casual, unfussy, neutral mood.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom. Hello Lovely Studio. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture. #furniture #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #interiordesign
Hello Lovely Studio. My French Nordic cottage style bedroom with panel bed. Lamp: Parisian Iron Gate Lamp, RH. Similar French linen slipcovered chair: RIGHT HERE. Shop my home HERE. One wall is covered with reclaimed painted pine from Stikwood…read about the project RIGHT HERE. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

This post contains affiliate links which I hope you will use since they won’t cost you a penny extra yet may earn this blog a small commission.

Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2
French Linen Slipcovered Chair, Set of 2
White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Vintage Chinese Bench
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Hand Carved 4 Door Sideboard
Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Ivory Linen Dining Chair
Metal Martini Table
Handmade Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Chateau Linen Back Arm Chair
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Rococo Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture

Should you not be in the market for any of these traditional pieces, join me at the finish line for something special…a different flavor of CLASSIC… very special musical artist whom I idolized as a young girl talks about no longer performing.

One of My Favorite White Slipcovered Sofas of All Time!

For starters, I noticed one of my favorite sofas (a white slipcovered beauty) went on sale. FYI, this particular sofa goes out of stock regularly.

Fairchild Slipcovered Sofa
Fairchild Slipcovered White Sofa.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

This Fairchild sofa is the very same one designer Sarah Richardson chose for her rustic media room in her family’s own home in Ontario.

Sarah Richardson's media room in her off the grid farmhouse. White slipcovered sofa and blue accents with rustic decor. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Sarah Richardson’s own media room in her off the grid Ontario farmhouse. Design: Sarah Richardson. Photo: Stacey Brandford, HGTV Canada.

The sofa easily works with rustic decor as well as with more elegant pieces in a French country style space:

Is This the Wood Side Table You’ve Been Searching For?

I love the traditional coastal vibe of this sculptural pedestal side table made of solid teak which at only 24″ in diameter will work in small spaces and blend with any number of traditional styles! Teak is so pricey, and if you’re lucky enough to snag this baby when it’s on sale…VICTORY BARGAIN DANCE TIME!

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Ignazio Pedestal Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

The table comes in additional finishes as well like grey.

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Sculptural Ignazio Pedestal Side Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Entry, Mud Room, or Anywhere Storage That Only Looks Custom

If you have ever sought a bid for custom built-ins from a carpenter, then you know how expensive any sort of storage unit for books, backpacks, or display can be. Here’s a ready-made option that adds architectural interest and character even as it helps to stow everyday essentials.

Gerwalta Storage Hall Tree
White Wood Hall Tree Storage Unit With Hooks.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A Smart Wall Sconce for Under $40

It’s so interesting to me that frequently I am searching for a fixture which has simple clean lines and a straightforward design, and it’s nowhere to be found in a sea of overly ornate or complicated designs. Here’s an exception.

Here you can see the sconce inverted for a different look:

Jaylene 1-Light Armed Sconce
Oil Rubbed Bronze Wall Sconce

The sconce’s style is versatile enough to go in any number of spaces like an entry:

Bedroom Furniture Ideas to Inspire

I thought the lines on this upholstered panel bed were graceful and pretty enough to work in a number of bedrooms whether its French country, Belgian, or French Nordic style that rocks your world.

Sten Upholstered Panel Bed
Upholstered Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A timeless quilt like this won’t ever fall from favor!

Distressed Washed Oak Finish!

Thank goodness we are beginning to see more of the more natural, scrubbed raw wood look that works so well with more rustically inclined designs and spaces. Here’s an unfussy console table with an attractive metal base that could work in any number of spaces since it is airy and less than 14″ deep.

Stourton Console Table
Stourton Console Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Spring Color for a Bedroom, Anyone?

I love aqua, and I this bedding with its muted tones, struck me as feeling very French farmhouse and cottage lovely.

Tappen 6 Piece Coverlet Set
Aqua With Floral Coverlet Set.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Casual Cottage Style Stripes

This chair brought back memories for me! We owned a French country settee for years which was upholstered in what appears to be this exact fabric! And those little cottage style feet! The very same ones on my old settee.

Bashir Armchair
Stripe Armchair

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: For the Bedroom

A few more pretty bedroom furniture and bedding finds with friendly prices.

Cavaillon Panel Bed
Cottage Style Cavaillon Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Great Coastal and Traditional Lighting Fixture Finds Too!

There are too many plain and ugly dome type flush mount ceiling lights across this country, and a little update may do wonders!

Cheke Flush Mount
English Bronze Flush Mount Light Fixture.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture and Lighting.

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Nightstand Ideas

This particular nightstand comes in some interesting painted finishes should you be feeling saucy.

Here’s the champagne option…

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

And this shade of grey is rather neutral and versatile.

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2-Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A happy blue could be a cheery pop of color and it need not match the color of existing pieces!

Would you, could you, consider a pretty in pink option?

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Modern Farmhouse Dining Tables & Sideboard

Here’s a dining table with dimensions which are destined to work in a variety of homes. The extension feature is lovely for holidays.

Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table
Saguenay Sideboard
White Saguenay Sideboard.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Saguenay Sideboard
Saguenay Sideboard

Classic & Traditional Light Fixture Options

Armchairs in Neutral Hues

Ivo Wingback Chair
Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Ivo Wingback Chair
Grey Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim

Traditional Sofa: Chic, Tufted, and Velvet

Now Here’s a Sectional I Can Live With!

Kearney Sectional
White Coastal Style Kearney Sectional.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

An Interview With Linda Rondstadt, an artist living with Parkinson’s Disease…

I just love her honesty and the thoughts shared about why she never married! Ha! I’m holding Linda in my heart right now and whispering a prayer. Should you also have a moment, let’s lift her up.

If you’re a fan of her music, join me in listening/watching this powerful performance:

That song takes me back!

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

Shopping for items you already intended to buy on Amazon RIGHT HERE (not just items mentioned in posts) or home decor keeps decor inspiration flowing on Hello Lovely!

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Vintage Chinese Bench
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Hand Carved 4 Door Sideboard
Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Ivory Linen Dining Chair
Metal Martini Table
Handmade Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Chateau Linen Back Arm Chair
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Rococo Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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10 Comments

  1. Jan McCarty
    December 6, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Love seeing the pictures of Jody‘s townhome! My favorite movie is it’s a wonderful life, always a treasure to watch. Merry Christmas, Michele!

    • michele
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      It’s a good one – did you watch the clip I chose? I was surprised at the quality of the remastered film! Merry Christmas. 🙂

  2. December 6, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Can I just say I love Love Actually! Just watched it again last week🎄

    • michele
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Gotta make time to watch all these again! Happy Thursday, sweet one. 🙂

  3. Joanna
    December 6, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    White Christmas is my favourite movie to watch and it really puts me in the Christmas spirit. Bing’s album is always playing first thing on Christmas morn. My daughter plays it too. I’m sure her three boys like it but it’s a tradition she has carried on. I also like the Grinch. Shhh, our secret. 🤫
    Your love for your baby sister shines through on your posts. It’s sweet to see.

    • michele
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      I would love a cozy day just watching these marathon style with some mac&cheese and chocolat chaud! She’s my girl for sure. 🙂

  4. Mary
    December 6, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Great post. On the subject of favorite Christmas movies, here are some great ones for you to enjoy;
    The Bishops Wife/Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young
    Room for One More/Cary Grant, Betsy Drake (Mrs. Cary Grant at the time)
    The Family Man/Nick Cage, Tea Leoni
    Miracle on 34th Street (classic Maureen O’Hara…loved her)

    There are others, of course, such as Home Alone. My fav actors are from another era in Hollywood. Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck (loved Roman Holiday with Peck and Audrey Hepburn), Spencer Tracy, William Holden. It is so nice to snuggle up and watch movies during The Christmas Season. Hope you will order some of these (the first two are especially wonderful), grab some Moose Munch, Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and be swept away to a charming time.

    • michele
      Author
      December 6, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Awwww, Jimmy Stewart. The Bishop’s Wife and Miracle…were also favorites that will go in the next post. 🙂 I will try to watch them this year – I don’t watch many movies or TV since blogging is my TV! Happy Thursday, Mary, and thanks so much for adding to the fun here.:)

  5. Theresa
    December 24, 2018 / 3:38 am

    What is the name of the pattern of the vintage china ? … beautiful ~~

    • michele
      Author
      December 24, 2018 / 11:45 pm

      I’ll ask my sister tomorrow when I see her for Christmas and circle back here! Thanks for reading.

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