Ever since we bought the house, I've wanted to decorate for Christmas. The first year we put up a tree and some icicle lights outside. Then we tore up the living room. The next year we had the tree in the middle of our crack-house living room. Last year I finally got my crap together and finished the woodwork. So we got the tree up the less than a week before Christmas, even though there wasn't much furniture to speak of.
This year, it's 2 weeks before Christmas, and I have a Christmas tree, outside lights, and furniture. And, the furniture isn't cheap, college dorm stuff either anymore. YAY! As I was walking through the room, I realized again how homey it looks now, especially compared to when we bought the house. Remember??
In the past year, I've acquired the majority of the furniture: a mission style futon frame (which will eventually move to the office or basement family room), two matching victorian-ish bookshelves from my Aunt Virginia and Uncle Chuck, my gigantic arts and crafts bookcase with leaded glass doors, and my bargain basement mission-style rocker. Tying it all together is the awesome rug that is reminiscent of the arts and crafts period, a leaded glass table lamp, and a leaded glass floor lamp. And there's the mission style table that I got almost 2 years ago. Considering how much I adore the room, I'm amazed at how little it cost to furnish it. All told, the antiques were less than $1000, which proves you can find nice vintage furniture without paying a fortune. Granted, collectors would probably laugh at my assortment of nameless pieces, but I'm so very happy with the way it's turned out.