the {never before seen} bonus room decorated for christmas

Like many homes built within the last 10 years, we have a large bonus room above the garage. It has served many different purposes in our home – playroom, media room, office, bedroom – but we’ve landed for now on making it into a comfortable family room.  It is where the kids play xbox, build forts, watch movies and play board games. Occasionally I’ll sit in there to fold laundry and watch a show, but it is mostly a room for the kids to enjoy.

This year we decided to spread the cheer and decorate the room for Christmas.


I’m not using any red in our christmas decorations downstairs, so it was fun to put all of our red ornaments, pillows and accessories in here.


We’ve had the little artificial tree for years and it was nice to just pop it together and plug it in.  The tree is decorated with favorite ornaments and all of the kids’ special ones they have made at school.


On the opposite wall is this most creative and precious sign the kids and their cousins made last weekend. It is one of those things I’ll roll up and bring out year after year.


The big map {from ikea} is embellished with a simple garland made with cardstock letters strung on green gardening twine.



Favorite christmas books and a few cherished nutcrackers from my childhood collection bring cheerful holiday touches.


The kids and I had a great time putting the room together. They have been so in to decorating this year … can’t wait to show you what else they came up with!

I’ll be joining Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. for a Christmas tour of homes next week with photos of the rest of our house so stay tuned…

35 Responses to the {never before seen} bonus room decorated for christmas

  1. Melissa Dodson December 17, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Which Ikea curtains do you use throughout your house? I don’t have an Ikea close and I wanted to make sure I ordered the correct ones. Thanks-everything you do is amazing!

  2. Jennifer December 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    I love this room! I want to do a similar thing for one of my rooms. I want to make it a study and rest area in my home. Where did you find the map? Is it a specific map brand? It is a nice size and seems to be a complete world map. I adore your site, but most of all that you take great effort to express kindness and compassion. God bless you and your family Emily!

  3. d. hollis December 11, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    the house looks amazing. Love the kids christmas room. May I make a suggestion…I think chandalier bobbles would look perfect hanging from the deers atlers in the living room. Have a wonderful holiday with your cute family. Hope your party is a big hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Carrie December 7, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I love it! We had a bonus room in our previous house and a military move sized us down by 600 square feet. I’m struggling this year because I’ve had to keep so many of my holiday decorations packed away. I love their dedicated space and its cheerful, kid-centered design.

  5. hope December 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Love the kids tree idea!

  6. Alison Ehrlichman December 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I feel compelled to comment – that little nutcracker with the blue coat and orange pants was my childhood favorite! I always loved that he was smaller than the others and that feathery gray hair was just the softest! Anyway, seeing this took me right back. :) This room really feels like family and Christmas – the best!

  7. ashley @ the handmade home December 6, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Your tour is always one of my favoritests!!! Shhhhhh. ;} Yes, I did just make that word up, I think. ;} Hope you are well and LOVE LOVE LOVE the space. Have an amazing day!

  8. Risa December 6, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Where did you get your garland that is strung over the window? I love it!

  9. Elizabeth December 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    I love that you use your children’s art work as Christmas decor! Not only is it original, but it is fun and interesting as well! This is such an inexpensive idea. And think of how important that makes your kids feel, that you display their artwork for everyone to see! Love it!

  10. Ann Schovajsa December 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    I love your new family room!! So festive and fun. I want to put new curtains in my daughter’s bedroom (8 ft. ceiling) and was wondering how long yours are? I like that you installed the curtain hardware so close to the ceiling. Also, do you have sheers inside the window frame? The window really frames the room nicely! Thank you.

  11. Heidi @ Decor & More December 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    So cute, Emily! Festive and fun, just as it should be. For years we had a smallish artificial tree in our family room that the kids decorated with their handmade ornaments from church and school. They’re all almost grown now (15-26) so we don’t do that anymore and I’m working on a way to keep those precious ornaments around permanently. Can’t bring myself to discard them. :)
    Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
    xo Heidi

  12. Laurie December 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    So cute and endearing…what a cozy and sweet spot for your littles to relax and to celebrate the Savior : ) Some of the simplest decorations are some of the best. Where did you find your joy pillow? It is so pretty.

  13. Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. December 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    So grateful to have you joining! It’s really an honor :) And I love this room! It’s not only beautiful, but it feels so homey and representative of your family. Can’t wait to see the rest of your Christmas pretties!

  14. jordan December 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    LOVE THIS….thanks for sharing! any more secret, never before seen rooms? basement? secret passage ways?

  15. Amanda @ Dixie Delights December 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    It looks fantastic – great place for kids and parents too :-)

  16. Heather December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Very cute! Where did you get the rug? Love it!

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      The rug is from Urban Outfitters.

  17. Estela December 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    What a great room! It looks beautiful!

  18. Jessica Harris December 5, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Beautiful! Our new house has that exact room over the garage… Can’t wait to add an extra bedroom so we can use it like this :)

    PS… Where are the curtains from? They’re perfect!

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      The curtains are from IKEA. There are two panels on each side for added fullness.

  19. Joni Thurber December 5, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hi. Darling decorations! Is the old wash tub just used to put the tree and stand in? I’m guessing what you did, but if its purpose is something else, would you tell me?

    Thank you!

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      We use the galvanized tub to hold drinks for summer picnics and sometimes it sits by our front door to collect stray shoes.

  20. Judy December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    My kids are grown but this makes me want to pull out this year these amazing construction paper, cotton ball and glitter Santas, about three feet tall, that the kids each did in elementary school. Haven’t had them up in about ten years but they are so fab, they are just funky cool and I used to put them up very year for a few years, and I would get great comments on them.

    I still have two drawings of my son’s, circa 2003, framed and up on the wall all the time. Charcoal on vanilla colored paper so it goes with everything, still lifes of: a portion of a clockface (Roman numerals) with pears and the other of spiky daisies in a vase. They were learning to draw shadows and my son had the shadows going in the wrong direction which just makes it more endearing and fascinating. They are so so cool. The lines in children’s art are just so interesting. I love the jagged edge on the banner your children made, well, the whole thing is great.

  21. Lauren Flowers December 5, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I absolutely love your ideas! I pinned a few and you have given me motivation to go home and spread more Christmas cheer :) I would love for you to follow me at http://sincerelymrslo.blogspot.com/ :)

  22. Cindy S December 5, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Love! Love! Love! Where can I find the “God is good all the time” poster? We NEED that for our home! :)

  23. Kristen December 5, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Love it! Where is the “God is good” red print from?

  24. Allyson December 5, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    LOVE it!! Thanks for posting. Where is the God is Good all the time art from?? Is it buyable?? I would love to buy one!

  25. Danielle December 5, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Just curious as to how you hung the map up. Was it already attached to a frame or did you just tack it to the wall?

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      It comes with hanging hardware and a frame. Super easy.

  26. Janna Conrad December 5, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I love the chairs and ottomans! Where did you find them?
    The room is very clever and sheik.

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      The chairs & ottomans are from Ethan Allen – hand-me-downs from my mother-in-law.

  27. Veronica Lee Burns December 5, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Did you make the God is good all the time print?

    • emily December 5, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      I did not. It is from Dayspring: http://www.dayspring.com/god_is_good_18x22_gallery_wrapped_canvas_print/

  28. Denise December 5, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    That sign is awesome!! What a treasure :)

  29. Tiffany December 5, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    The kids banner is great, adds a simple charm of whimsy and reality.

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