|Here's my tree from 2008... the first year I got a real tree, and also the first year I had grown up ornaments (from Pottery Barn of course)|
|Hoot Hoot, Merry Christmas!|
This year I was inspired by the trends I'd been seeing in stores like Restoration Hardware. The basic idea is a bunch of branches stuck in a big vase with ornaments hanging off them. I realized I already had the branches. They were in this vase in my powder room.
|Side note....Is this ugly? I really love the vase, but I'm not sure about the leaves anymore... They're sort of 1970s as they are velvet... Please someone tell me what you think of this.|
|This is how the branches look if you just stick them into the vase...|
|Also, the toilet is the perfect working height for this project... ;) I got an A in ergonomics people.|
So how do we make it look professional like? BTW this is the goal of my life...
We use this:
|Bubble wrap and packing paper.|
|I added some moss around on the top to create a finished look. And I hung some of my favorite ornaments on the branches.|
|I've got a woodland creature thing going on this year|
|A glass birdie ornament from Pier One after Christmas last year|
|A gift from my fabulous sister - a fabric owl from Crate & Barrel|
|A gift from my friend Lindsey last year - a glitter owl from Pier One|
|A rustic looking bell, a favor from my friend Pam's wedding... I'm not sure if they were meant to be ornaments, but I thought they were perfect for this. And for some reason I had 2. Sorry to whoever is missing theirs... :)|
|Look how fab it looks with the presents stacked up next to the table!|
|And I love how it compliments the mantle next to it! It's a sparkly Christmas!|
|Yup, pretty spectacular|
|The tree on the left is from Marshalls Home Goods, and I use it on my mantle every year|
|The mantle is finished off with 2 strings of crystals that I got on sale at Crate & Barrel after Christmas last year and a Bath & Body Works candle in a silver sleeve.|
And now a look at it all together.
I'm very happy with my Christmas tree work around this year. Does anyone else have any long standing traditions they aren't doing this year? ...Any Christmas tree substitutions out there?
Have a very Sparkly Christmas!