How is your decorating coming along? Do you have your tree finished yet? How about your mantel, if you’re decorating one? Your porch and entryway? I finally finished our tree two days ago and have to say I’m exhausted! I’ve been decorating our home now for about three weeks, maybe even a month and I can finally say I’m finished tweaking and primping, fluffing and twisting, tying ribbon and moving things around the house about 5000 times. Not to mention the six thousand trips to HomeSense and Michael’s, buying, returning, buying again, returning again, exchanging, you name it! The joys of holiday decorating, right? Ah but I love it! No complaints over here, and although I’m still not ready to share my full home tour just yet (it’s coming, soon, I promise!), I wanted to share our tree with you today. You’ll see a few peeks of the living room, but that’s about it for now. So please, be a little more patient with me, I will get there, I swear!
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This year, I decorated only one tree – I don’t even know how my blogging friends with multiple trees, pull it all off each year! My hat goes off to them, because I’ve only done about one tenth of what they do, and I am pooped, people! That being said, no matter how much work it is, getting it all done so early, allows us to enjoy our home all decked out for the season – everyone is in the Christmas spirit and I’m thrilled that my hubby and kids love our decor this year. If you haven’t had a chance to see my inspiration post outlining my theme, you can read all about it right here.
Navy, gold, silver, with touches of tartan, stripes and light blue are what you’ll find throughout our main living area this season, and being the blue and white lover that I am, I think this is my favorite Christmas theme to date. I always use metallics and I usually have touches of blue or green, but this year I went full force and am loving it! If you missed my two previous Christmas posts – Christmas Decorating Tips and A Classic Christmas Tablescape, you can catch them both here and here. You’ll see how I’ve used my color palette and I know you’ll find some great inspiration too ;)The gift wrap theme I chose this year is modern, clean and simple – I wanted something crisp and refreshing, so I decided to go with a blue and white palette – with a focus on white wrapping paper, and navy, striped and tartan ribbon to compliment our decor. Last year, my theme was icy blue gift wrap that compliment mostly neutral metallics throughout our home. You can catch that home tour here.
This is the second year I’m using a ‘faux’ flocked Christmas tree and I am as happy this year as I was last. Being a blogger and having to put a tree up so early, a real one would never make it all the way to Christmas. There was a time you couldn’t pay me to use a faux tree but now it’s my lifesaver! There are so many beautiful choices out there too. Definitely not the fake trees of Christmas past!I love the snowy branches and how bright and happy this tree feels in our home.The blues are just beautiful against the white, and the gold and silver almost glisten.You may recognize the large navy and gold ornaments – they’ re the same ones I used in my dining room, tied to the backs of our chairs (see it here). I also used them to decorate the mantel. You’ll see more of that soon, I promise!This year, I was very fortunate to be contacted by a truly fabulous artist, Kristen Tirney (see her work here), who sent me these gorgeous hand painted brushstroke ornaments in three color variations – gold on navy, gold on white and navy on white. They are so beautiful and I love the modern mix they bring to my more traditional decorations. They’re so pretty mixed in with my classics too, don’t you think?I love how they compliment my theme and my gift wrap too. I love to see those navy brush stokes pick up the striped ribbon and gift wrap.You’ve seen a few peeks of my new pillows in my inspiration post, and you’ll see more of them in my home tour, but here’s another peek and I have to say they are SO gorgeous! I love the wintery vibe they bring to our home. You can shop them below, just click the links to see them.
I think a month’s work of hard work was well worth the outcome – I love our Christmas home this year, and I hope you do too.I’m crossing my fingers I’ll have my full tour up by the end of this week, and I’ll also be sharing my porch on Sunday, for the Twelve days of Holiday Homes Tour, so stay tuned! Leave me a note below and tell me what you think of our tree. And if you’re new here, I’m so happy you stopped in, I hope you stay a little longer! You can sign up for my newsletter right below! Thank you, as always, for reading along as I share my decorating ventures! xo
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