Today I’d like to talk about Christmas traditions. Do you have any unique and special holiday traditions that have come down through generations of family? Or are you maybe starting your own traditions completely anew? As many of you already know, this year I’m decorating my very first tree! And being just a tiny bit of a rebel, I thought it would be fun to explore how to add personal style to your Christmas tree decorating. Because you knew I wasn’t going to just do it the “regular” way…
I’m delighted to be joining with a group of bloggers in partnership with Tree Classics, our sponsor who has provided us with trees, ornaments and tree skirts to create trees that express our own visions and pay homage to our traditions. We hope this little tour inspires you to do the same with your own tree. Special thanks to Amy from Maison Decor for organizing the tour, as well.
And since I’ve been talking about it long enough, it’s time for the reveal of my tree!
I started with a Classic Fraser Fir with clear lights. We have 9′ ceilings so I went with the 7 1/2 foot tree, leaving room at the top for an interesting topper to maybe add in the future. For now I just used a pretty wired bow with lots of holiday sparkle. At a quick glance, the tree looks pretty traditional with a base of gold and silver ornaments.
But I am a tablescaper and this is my first tree so I wanted to create my own new traditions that reflect my personal style. The first thing I knew that needed to be added to the tree was a representation of my passion for vintage china. I selected my favorite vintage teacups from my collection and went to work, wiring them to the tree.
I also chose to place the tree in our dining room so this imagery made conceptual sense. I often use mixed patterned china on my tables and I have plate racks on the wall to showcase an ever-changing display of pieces I’ve added to my collection over time.
The golden tree skirt is the perfect base as it has a lovely shimmer and works well with my color palette. I wanted to stick with roses and pinks, typically found on vintage china, as well as the more neutral gold and silver. Wooden lanterns sit nearby, housing additional ornaments.
I also added napkin rings to continue with the tablescaping theme, and above you can see the crystal bracelet rings sitting comfortably on a branch.
The fresh flowers in the room are simple white hydrangeas to maintain the clean and subtle color feeling.
The ornaments from Tree Classics are a plentiful mix of varied gold and silver pieces, in shiny, matte, glittered and transparent, with textured and smooth surfaces alike. The crystal drops are from another set of my napkin rings, looped casually over the branches.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, too. The wrapped gifts underneath my tree are actually the now-empty storage boxes from the ornaments. When I take down my tree, the boxes to re-store everything will be conveniently right nearby.
I did add some rose gold ornaments to the mix in keeping with my color palette for this year. You can get a closer look at how I’ve used them before in my pink and gold Christmas tablescape and my rose gold sideboard vignette.
To add interest in shape, I included gold and silver finials, which also can be found at Tree Classics.
The lushness of the tree can even be appreciated in natural daylight with the lights off. I tucked in some pine cones for their wintery feel and they can best be seen this way.
So that’s my first go at decorating a Christmas tree! If you’re not a frequent reader and you’re wondering why this is my first tree, it’s that Christmas is actually not part of my religious tradition (we celebrate Hanukkah), but I’ve embraced this delightful decorating challenge with gusto because I enjoy inspiring others to celebrate their own traditions in style.
Most of you have way more experience than I do with Christmas tree decorating, so I hope I was able to help you see your tree decorating in a new and personalized way. Sometimes it takes a beginner to see things in a new light… 😉
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