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Welcome to Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas!! (I’m going to talk about my Christmas tree for a hot second, but there’s also a fabulous giveaway at the end of this post, so don’t forget to enter!)
True confession time: Getting ready for Christmas this year has been nothing but a big ball of stress for me. (Anyone else?) I’ve been trying to decorate my house for a while now, and I’m still not finished. To be honest, this year the comparison monster has grabbed hold of me tight and just won’t let go. I don’t know how many blogs you read, but people are crafting things and decorating in ways that are blowing my mind, literally – I’m pretty sure there’s a small hole in my brain which is part of the reason I can’t wrap my head around Christmas this year. (I will do a roundup of my favorite ideas soon. Stay tuned.)
Anyway, despite all of the holiday decorating decisions I still haven’t made, fortunately this year’s Christmas tree was a no brainer. After doing my rainbow-inspired tree for the past couple years, I decided to try something a bit different. The result was my Mona Lisa, Here’s the backstory:
Last year I started working with Treetopia as part of their Holiday Council. They are some of the nicest people, and I’m crazy about their trees. (Several months ago they even asked me to style some trees for them to show on their site. I shared my creations with you here and here.)
For my own tree this year, I knew that I wanted something really special. Something different, but not that different. When I saw Treetopia’s Navy Blue Christmas Tree, I knew I had found “the one.”
Thanks to Nate Berkus’s suggestion to paint my dining room a different color, I had a whole new color palette to play with this year. After trying different colors in that space all year long, I discovered how well blues and greens looked with the rest of the room. I also wanted a little nod to last year’s tree, so I thought a gradient / ombre effect would be fun. Finally, because I’m actually starting to get sick of soooo much gold, copper was my metallic of choice. Armed with bags of vintage glass ornaments that I’ve been collecting over the years, I was ready to tackle my tree.
Tada! (Do you hear the angels singing?)
Haha. Totally kidding. However, I am enthralled with the way this tree turned out. It’s so much better than I ever dreamed.
In going for a different look this year, I also opted for no ribbon. One of the reasons was because of this copper (rose gold) ball garland I found at CB2. I purchased 7 strands of it and wrapped it around the tree before decorating.
This turned out to be genius. For very little effort, it filled up so much of the tree and added tons of sparkle.
After that, I started adding ornaments. I began at the bottom with navy and worked my way up to light green, creating a gradient effect.
As I mentioned above, most of the ornaments are just glass balls I amassed over the years. However, I did purchase a few new ornaments from Crate & Barrel. The color palette was perfect and they added interest with their glittered design.
For a dash more copper, I found these sequined ornaments from H&M’s home line.
I also picked up a few of these metal ribbon drop ornaments from CB2.
The tree topper is a vintage find from eBay. I love this style and was so lucky to find one in copper.
Finally, the tree skirt is a faux fur one I picked up at West Elm. (Also, please pardon the lack of decoration around the tree. I know it’s totally cool to wrap up a bunch of empty boxes in pretty paper and tuck them under the tree amongst birch logs sprinkled with fake snow, but my cats like to lay under there because it’s warm and cozy, and honestly, they are all I really want or need under my trees.)
Pretty, right? The navy blue needles of the tree are fascinating to look at. From a distance they almost look green, but when you get up close to the tree, they’re totally blue.
So that’s my official tree for 2014. I have a couple more trees throughout the house, but they aren’t quite as artfully decorated. I’ll be sharing those with you soon.
Okay, now let’s talk giveaway.
Since I love giving you guys the hook up whenever I can, I talked to my friends at Treetopia, and they said I could give away ANY TREE (up to $500) to one lucky IBC reader. Sweet, right?Thanks, Treetopia!
If you’re loving the navy, go for that. If you’re more of a traditionalist, Treetopia offers so many beautiful green trees, or you could even go vintage with a gold tree like I did last year. You have lots of choices.
There are three ways to enter to win:
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ONE: Visit Treetopia, check out their trees, and find your favorite. Come back here and comment with the name of the tree you’d pick if you won.
TWO: Follow Inspired by Charm on Instagram HERE and comment again that you have done so or already do. Leave your Instagram handle with your comment
THREE: Sign up for the Inspired by Charm mailing list. You can sign up at the end of this post or at the very top of this page (just above the IBC logo). Once you’ve signed up, comment again telling me you did so. (If you already receive emails from IBC and want a second chance to win, share this giveaway on your favorite social media and comment again with the link.)
This giveaway is available to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly selected and announced at the top of this post.
Happy Holidays and Good Luck! Also, thank you for indulging me while I shared way too many pictures of my tree.
This post was created as part of my collaboration with Treeoptia. (Thanks for my Navy Tree and for sponsoring this fab giveaway!) As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.
SEE HOW THE OTHER 12 DAYS BLOGGERS ARE DECKING THEIR HALLS:
DIY Entertaining / Bar Cart – Remodelaholic
DIY Wood Sign – Shanty 2 Chic
Wood Bead Christmas Wreath – Funky Junk Interiors
Decorator’s Showhouse / 10 Holiday Decor Ideas – Thistlewood Farms
Christmas Hutch Window Decor – Songbird