There are two schools of thought when it comes to holiday decor. One philosophy is to go all out, put aside your everyday look and really make a statement. The other is to reign it in a bit and stay a little closer to your day to day aesthetic. I definitely ascribe to the latter, aiming for refined and reserved. Admittedly, I go a little bigger when it comes to my dining table styling, which will be revealed later this week as part of my Holiday House Tour, but for the special little nooks and crannies throughout the home, I like to maintain my defining style, peppered tastefully with seasonal cheer. Such is the case with my tabletop Christmas tree, a sweet little greeting on the stairway landing.
Because of its tiny size and portability, I was able to move it around to get a better shot of it and also to add color as needed for an occasion. The little burlap wrapped faux tree was purchased at Michael’s at the beginning of the season.
I thought I might use it plain, as a rugged little touch of country French flourish, but I was very much influenced by a small image from last year’s decor. I had used the red check ribbon and green orbs to brighten up some cupboard knobs, and the photos proved to be quite popular. You can check out that look in Holiday Glimmer and Shine.
So I went to work, tying the same ribbon to this sweet little tree and then adding some glittered balls to keep it festive. The result from a distance is quite understated, but up close it’s a glimmery delight.
The setting on our landing is a perfect morning welcome and it sits a top a diminutive white chippy occasional table, flanked by two vintage French damask chairs.
For a casual look I scattered some pine cones and leaves, punctuated with more glittered ornaments.
This very subtle nod to the fast approaching holidays fits with my soft palette and French Country look.
Next year I’ll be adding delicate pillows to the chairs, a product in the works for development in the New Year. Stay tuned for news on that front, coming soon…
(For a look at how this little conversation area came to be, check out Creating a Charming Stairway Nook, my first post from our new home.)
The things I can’t get enough of are embellished pine cones, from gilded paint to whitewash with glittered edging. I love the contrast of shimmer against the rustic feel of the burlap base.
I also tucked in some iridescent red balls, for some added brightness that reads almost berry like from afar. But mostly this vignette is all about the ribbon.
The generous window allows in plenty of light, and the high ceilinged stairway emphasizes the diminutive nature of this sweet little tabletop tree.
But really I just wanted an excuse to bring back the red check bows and shiny green ornaments…
Please stop back on Friday when I will be joining with 5 other bloggers to bring you the Busy Girls’ Holiday House Tour. We will be inviting you all to link up your house tours, as well, for anyone who missed the parade of tours that came out in the last few weeks. See you again, later in the week!
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