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.

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Townhouse Holiday Decor + Christmas Movie Favs

White and grey decor in a townhouse decorated for Christmas. Hello Lovely Studio.

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

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.)

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

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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8 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.:)

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