In this post: If you love modern French Country decor and romantic elegance, try complementing your unique style with a white Christmas tree.⇒
There are some things that just come so easily because they fit with your natural style.
Like the way I felt the first time I traveled to France and found a romantic culture and design sensibility that spoke to my creative soul.
All these years later, my design aesthetic for my home has gone through many changes and refinements, but at its core, it’s essentially the same. Or at least it pulls from the same influences. I still love French decor albeit with a modern spin.
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, my approach is quite similar.
I enjoy a vintage European look that I mix unabashedly with more updated pieces. My palette changes frequently as I’m working with a neutral (nearly white) backdrop.
Today I’m sharing the living room dressed with gentle Christmas flourishes, with a decidedly French influence centered around a pretty white tree.
White Christmas Tree
From the minute I first set up this tree, I knew it would fit in seamlessly with my design sensibility. I also knew it deserved a place of honor in a light filled alcove at the front of the house.
The first thing I noticed about this exquisite tree is that it didn’t need much to dress it up. With the branches fluffed I could appreciate its lovely shape and with pre-lit clear lights, it’s quite beautiful on its own.
But, the whole reason I wanted a white tree was to work with my soft ‘go-to’ colors, so I enjoyed adding baubles in gold and silver, with pops of blush pink and rose gold.
And if this ethereal combination wasn’t enchanting enough, when I went to the market for flowers I was delighted to find my beloved peonies! Yes, you read that right. Fresh gorgeous peonies at this time of year!
A magical pairing, indeed!
The irony of this styling adventure is that I started out decorating a tree, but ultimately wound up decorating the room.
Let me explain.
As I had mentioned in previous posts, the bay window in the living room was just calling out for a tree. It was the perfect location with its alcove and view, but we had two large throne chairs inhabiting the spot. I moved them out and brought in the smaller French gilded dining chairs and it transformed the look of the entire room.
I had already been thinking about updating the space, and this wonderful white Christmas tree wound up supplying the inspiration. It paved the way for me to see what direction I wanted to go in and I was ready to follow my muse.
I’m crazy about whites and gilding, with soft touches of blush pink and faded rose. The lighter French furniture could stay, along with a few cherubs and antiques for sure. But with clean white as the foundation, both the tree and the room around it embody the modern French Country look I cherish.
The relaxed linen sofa is at the core of the updated look. I also replaced the dark wood side tables with a cleaner Swedish-inspired design. The sweet Belsnickel Santa figurine is perfectly at home in the spot, playing off the vintage raw wood pieces I have scattered about the room. Gilded pears and rose gold ornaments finish off this vignette.
The Gustavian coffee table is home to a stack of design books with a charming floral perched on top. Blush pink roses sit in an antique ironstone pitcher, brimming with eucalyptus leaves. A few more tossed ornaments serve as a reminder that the holiday season is here.
On the other side of the coffee table is a sumptuous vintage bleached wood bowl, which looks stunning filled with the rosy toned baubles.
Blush pink throw pillows can be seen in the background, adding a luxe note to the sofa. The Mongolian lamb cushion imparts a touch of warmth, while the pale pink velvet adds a pretty sheen to the scene.
On the opposite end table there’s a pair of snowbird figurines, lightly dusted with sparkles, which pair nicely with the gilded pine cones tucked into an antique wooden bowl.
Draped over the arm of the sofa rests a feather-weight ruffled blush pink throw.
Beneath the tree, I used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt, to maintain the snowy white feel. There are also gilt trim gift boxes to coordinate with the lightness and festivity of the room.
On a side wall, a reproduction painted chest sits beneath an antique French trumeau mirror, flanked by gilded candle holders. I used glittered cone trees, as well as snow dusted bottle brush trees to continue with the enchanting theme.
A cast iron French planter holds pretty faux paperwhites which nest perfectly within the opening.
I love to mix vintage with modern, illustrated above by the sleek gold lacquer tray that’s mixed with antiques throughout the room. The charming tree glinting in the background feels like it belongs and was always there.
Presiding over the whole scene is a beautiful angel tree topper. The burlap trim gives it a homespun feel, a French Country detail that helps define this style.
I can’t imagine another tree that would work so perfectly in this space. The look is soft and pretty, defined by gilding and glam accents balanced with chippy patina pieces.
My home is constantly evolving and my passion for updated French style is unwavering. How lovely to have a pretty white Christmas tree to come along for the journey!
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