Welcome to Day 5 of our 12 Days of Christmas!!
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.
What to see more Christmas Trees? Check out these:
- Navy Blue Christmas Tree
- Flocked Christmas Tree
- Rainbow-Inspired Christmas Tree
- White Flocked Christmas Tree in Gold and Green
- Rustic Modern Christmas Tree
Happy Holidays and Good Luck! Also, thank you for indulging me while I shared way too many pictures of my tree.
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