Oh Christmas Tree

Today wraps up my series of "Christmas Decor" posts. I have had to much fun welcoming you into my home and giving you the grand tour :)

This year my color scheme centered around ivory, tan, white, black, and silver.

 I included lots of textures- cotton, knit, burlap, and lots of ruffles.

 I also brought in some greenery for a bit of a natural feel- or as natural as you can get with artificial greenery!

 I know we all have our quirky collections and I think it's important to incorporate those personal items in to the decor as well. For me- I have my nutcrackers.

And since I am creating Christmas memories for my girls, I like to have out things that are important to them as well. What good is a pretty house without any fun?! The girls' holiday art is always on display. And I took all of our Christmas books and nestled them together in a galvanized tub near the tree. Easy access for reading.

The last piece of the puzzle is of course the tree. My tree has a bit of a story. For years, I was anti-artificial. But our first year in this home, we had the tree nightmares are made of: never-ending shedding of needles, multiple tip overs, and a leaky stand that just about ruined our wood floors.

 After that I swore off real trees and bought this one. At the time, I was all about colored lights, so that I bought a pre-lit tree with rainbow lights. As you can now tell, I am a neutral girl. But my handsome hubby has refused to toss out a perfectly good tree for my light issue. (He did suggest that I could change out each light by myself-ha!)

So I thought I would give you a quick look at how to make any tree coordinate with your ever-changing Christmas decor color scheme. The answer of course, is good accessories! I love my handmade, mismatched collection of ornaments and they pair quite well with the colored lights. But to get them in-sync with my love of neutrals, I had to find a way to tie everything together.

I wrapped my 'trunk' in burlap tied with jute twine, added sprigs of sliver berries to the top, tucked an assortment of silver ornaments on the branches, and then twirled silver ribbon down the length of the tree.

I think the result is a beautiful tree- that not only coordinates with my decor, but also incorporates sentimental ornaments and some really colorful lights. In that respect, this fake tree is about as 'real' as an artificial tree can be!

Thanks again for following along this week. Now that the decor is done, I think I am about ready to get baking!

If you want more details about my Christmas decor, check out these posts:
-Crafty Tablescapes
-Merry and Bright Mantle
-Simple and Chic Christmas Card Displays
-Crafty How To: Christmas Pillows

Sharing my ideas today over at:
-Tatertots And Jello
-The Nesting Place


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