Earlier this week I shared my Christmas Home Tour and promised details about my tree later in the week, so here it is.
I am actually joining a group of 25 bloggers who will be sharing their Christmas tree style with you – all week-long. If you are following the blog hop from Blue I Style, welcome! The “My Home Style – Christmas Edition” blog hop is hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins so stop by to see her beautiful tree as well! We will all be describing the style that we choose for our tree and telling you how and where you can achieve a similar look. Of course, if your tree is already up, you can just enjoy sitting back and checking out everyone’s tree. That’s what I will be doing!
My style is classic, traditional and timeless. So timeless that my tree has looked almost the same for years and I am still not tired of it. Truth is that I have always wanted a fake Christmas tree because they are so much easier to decorate. However, my husband won’t even hear it because he loves having a fresh tree in the house. He likes the whole process of picking out the tree with the boys, the scent in the home…all of it. Granted, I love all that as well, it’s just the decorating that is more difficult. You see, with a real tree you have to find the right branch for that perfect ornament, but I have learned to work around that.
Here we are picking out our tree this year.
After we buy our tree and bring it home, my husband adds the lights and we allow our tree to rest overnight. Since the branches have been constricted for some time, they need to open up naturally without the weight of ornaments. Of course the kids don’t like to wait so they put on their santa hats and we start to sort the decorations for the following day.
I have quite a few boxes of decorations in my garage and they are all labeled by color. We have flocked our tree in the past and when we do, I like to use silver and blue accents, but my favorite is the vibrant red and green decor. Every year I will add an ornament or two to our tree. This year, I added the gold monogram ornament below. Monogrammed items are my weakness. That and salted caramel chocolates.
Use medium and oversized ornaments.
I like to mix up different sized ornaments so the decor looks more dimensional. I add big ornaments but they need to be plastic, because otherwise the natural tree would not hold them. As far as color, all the ornaments are gold, red or green. I found these ornaments on Amazon.com with all three colors. They are a medium-sized which are great to fill in the tree. The really large ones are from Bj’s Wholesale Club. The poinsettia are from everywhere. Some are picks meant for trees and others are pulled from faux poinsettia plants.
Beautifully wrapped gifts add a designer look to the tree.
I wait until Christmas to add the boys’ gifts but I start wrapping all the adult gifts early on so that they can go under the tree right away. Wrapping paper and cloth ribbon is inexpensive and makes a huge difference to your tree. So much so that if you don’t have gifts to place under your tree, you can consider wrapping empty boxes just to add color and fullness to the bottom of the tree.
Mix trendy with traditional ornaments.
Right now reindeer/antler items are the rage and I purchased a few of those decorations last year in an after-Christmas sale. I also love “words” on the tree and Target seems to have a few new ones to choose from every year.
Add metallic colors to pick up on the lights on the tree.
Admittedly, after decorating the tree, there is glitter everywhere but all those gold accents look beautiful once the tree lights are on. I add gold garland all around the tree and a bunch gold twig picks throughout the empty spaces.
That’s my tree. Maybe next year my husband will be on board with buying a fake tree. Actually, that will never happen. In the meantime I will enjoy my real tree and enjoy the fact that it is a little different shape every year. Who decorates the tree in your home? You, the kids or everyone together?
Next up is Amy from My Life From Home and below are all the links to the hop.
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