Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree


Yes, dear friends, the tree has been trimmed. Today I am super excited to show you my first Christmas Tree of 2019! I’m calling it my Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree.

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Oh, what a good time I had this past week decorating my tree in anticipation of today’s post. It is so nice to turn on the tree lights when the sun goes down at 5 pm. As much as I’d love the sun to stick around a little longer each day, the glow of the tree makes up for the lack of daylight.

This year I’ve decided to do three Christmas trees. One in my living room, one in the foyer, and this tree in my family room. This Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree is in my family room. I’m especially excited and honored to show you this tree since my friends at Balsam Hill invited me to again take part in their 12 Bloggers of Christmas series. (You might remember I joined them back in 2017 with my Rustic Modern Christmas Tree.) They were gracious enough to send me a tree along with ornaments for it.

The 12 Bloggers of Christmas series runs today through Wednesday. Each day four bloggers will share their Christmas trees. I’ve gone ahead and linked up everyone at the end of this post. (I will update the links on Wednesday with all of the bloggers’ trees once everyone has posted.)

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Balsam Hill is also running a 12 Days of Giveaways that starts today and continues through November 29, 2019. They are giving away many wonderful items. You can click here for details.

Balsam Hill Coupon Code:

Before I show you more of my tree, I wanted to mention one more thing, Balsam Hill was kind enough to offer IBC readers a coupon code. Enter code: IBC10OFF at checkout. This will save you 10% off your order of any amount. This can be used on sale items and regular-priced items on the site. It’s a great deal. The coupon is valid now through December 15, 2019.

Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree:

Now that you have that important information, let me show you my Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree!

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Ta-da! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

Ta-da! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

Ta-da! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

You might have noticed that I again have a red-themed tree in my family. (If you’re new here, I did a red tree in this room last year. You can check that out here.) I thought about doing something completely different, but I’m enamored of red in this room. To change things up a bit, I pulled inspiration from a cozy lodge.

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First, I started with a new tree – a 7ft Pre-Lit Sanibel Spruce from Balsam Hill. This is easily among my favorite trees. I’ll include a picture of it sans decorations. I love the long needles/branches. Since I’ve been digging sparser trees lately, I also love how realistic it looks and the spacious gaps between the branches. The needles are slightly icy blue, which was different for me, but I think it works well in this room and with my theme. (You’ll notice throughout this post I have images with the lights on and off. They are in no particular order. I just wanted to show you both ways.)

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Once I had the tree up, I added ribbon. (You can find my tutorial for how to add ribbon to a tree here.) I found this ribbon at a local shop. It reminds me of a Christmas sweater, which fits my cozy lodge theme. This tree took slightly more than 30 yards of ribbon.

From there, I filled the tree with red balls. As you can see, I like a fuller looking tree, so I always start with lots of round glass balls that fit my color scheme. While some of these are vintage, I also used several of Balsam Hill’s Essentials in Red and Burgundy. (I will link all of the Balsam Hill products I used at the end of this post.)

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Next, I hung the special ornaments. I used a few sets of the diorama ornaments from Balsam Hill’s Christmas Cabin Ornament Set. These are probably my favorite ornaments on this tree. They are made of glass and there are three designs: a tree, a house, and a car. Aren’t they beautiful?

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Since I can’t resist camper ornaments or vehicle-with-a-tree-tied-to-the-roof ornaments, I used two sets of these On The Road ornaments (also part of the Christmas Cabin Ornament Set.) The variety of vehicles and campers is delightful. What a beautiful little collection!

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Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

My next step was filling in with some of my other favorite glass ornaments that fit the theme, including this adorable hot cocoa mug and vintage plaid thermos.

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I also spotted these Alpine Ski ornaments at Balsam Hill and thought they were perfect for my cozy lodge theme. Their scale is wonderful, too. I love the fun and interesting element they add to this tree.

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Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

For my tree topper, I went with a vintage metal star. This poor thing barely hangs together, but I am so fond of it that I continue to use it year after year. It’s one of my absolute favorites.

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As a finishing touch, I draped the tree with this classic glass beaded garland. I’m still so amazed at the impact of garland. Although the tree looked lovely without the garland, once I added it, the tree seemed to come to life. I haven’t always used garlands like this on my trees, but I don’t think I’ll ever go without one again. This garland also feels vintagey and nostalgic, which always tugs at my heartstrings during the Christmas season.

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Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

My tree skirt (which you can barely see under all of the presents) is the Arctic Holiday Faux Fur Tree Skirt. It’s stunning. The faux fur and red trim are so luxurious!

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Once the tree was decorated, I wrapped gifts to pile under the tree. I also added a couple of unique vintage finds to my gifts. I spotted this red picnic basket at a local antique shop. As soon as I saw it, I said to myself, “That would be PERFECT under my Christmas Tree!” I also found more goodies including this old tin house and a tin container for scotch tape. They both fit perfectly with all of my plaid wrapping paper, don’t you think?

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Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

Ideas for Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree Decorations #christmastree #decor #holiday #decorations #christmas #tree #ideas

One tree down, two to go. My Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree is complete. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am and that you picked up a few ideas for decorating your own Christmas Tree.

I’m loving how the tree turned out and how it looks in the space. On Wednesday, I’ll be showing you how I decked out the rest of the room for Christmas. Be sure to stop back then.

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Also, don’t forget to check out all of the 12 Bloggers of Christmas over the next few days. It’s such a talented group. I’m sure you’ll come away with a great new idea every day.

Early wishes for a merry Christmas!

Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Sources:

And remember, Balsam Hill was kind enough to offer IBC readers a coupon code. Enter code: IBC10OFF at checkout. This will save you 10% off your order of any amount. This can be used on sale items and regular-priced items on the site. It’s a great deal. The coupon is valid now through December 15, 2019.

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MONDAY 11/18



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  • Dana at

    All of my favorites on one tree! Such a cozy feeling of nostalgia from my childhood! Thanks for sharing.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! Thank you! So glad you like it!

      xo Michael

      • Kimberly Hayes at

        I have really enjoyed looking at your different themes of Christmas trees. I have gotten such good ideas and definitely much inspiration. I particularly like My Cozy Lodge Christmas Tree and Rustic Modern Christmas Tree. I was wondering if you had any pictures of a garland for a mantel or wreath you did for a front door. If not any suggestions on what I should try to do as I would want to carry the theme from the front door in . Any suggestions or pictures much appreciated! Merry Christmas!

  • Dana at

    Just a beautiful tree ! I love your blog and can’t wait every week for your articles!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Dana!!

      xo Michael

  • Erin Prohaska at

    You’ve totally outdone yourself once again! It’s not Christmas until I’ve seen your trees each year! It’s so amazingly gorgeous Michael, I have severe tree envy! 😂 I’ve dreamed of a Balsam Hill tree for many years, this really makes me want one. Early wishes for a Merry Christmas back to you…can’t wait to see the rest on Wednesday!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are so kind, Erin! I really appreciate this! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Shelley Scott at

    I’m a die-hard “wait till after Thanksgiving” Christmas decorator, mainly because we buy a real tree on black Friday, but after seeing your tree, it really put me in the mood for Christmas decorating now. The tree color with the red is stunning. I can’t wait to see what your next tree looks like!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I totally get that. I don’t have a choice but to decorate early. However, I love Christmas decor, so I don’t mind it too much.

      xo Michael

  • Ardith at

    All hail the Emperor of Christmas decor! Sir, you indeed have The gift when it comes to decor, and every Christmas it shines, especially for Christmas tree glory. As always, thank you for making the holidays so bright. Cheers, Ardith

  • Elle at

    I LOVE your Balsam Hill tree and how you’ve decorated it! What steals the show for me is the sweater ribbon. It ties all that beautiful lodge coziness together.

  • Becky at

    i simply adore this tree! So many great touches that make you linger to take it all in, and appreciate the detail. You always put so much careful consideration into each item, it makes it all the more special to appreciate the time you put into your decor. Can’t wait to see the rest of your unveiling’s in the days ahead!

  • Tessa Walker at

    Such a beautiful tree…you are immensely talented!!

  • JanM at

    Wow. Amazing. I just can’t get over how you do it over and over – beautiful Christmas trees EVERY year. Your Super Power on display again. (well, maybe one of them). Thank you for inspiring us!

  • Kim Hazel at

    Michael what a gorgeous tree!! I adore the fair aisle ribbon and the cabin ornaments and on the road ornaments are so adorable!So happy to be in the 12 bloggers tour with you!!

    Km &Lacey

  • Amy at

    I’ve been waiting for the big reveal and I’m thrilled with how you decorated your tree this year. So many beautiful ornaments I need time to let it all sink in. But it’s the way you style your tree that makes it especially eyecatching. The way you weave the ribbon through the branches gives it a real sense of movement and depth. What’s amazing is the amount of detail you include, right down to the picnic basket and plaid Scotch tape tin! So cute! I’m willing to bet that your cozy lodge Christmas tree will be featured on the cover of a magazine next December. Let the bidding wars begin! LOL. Michael, I want to thank you for all the joy you bring to me (and all your readers) throughout the year. You may not realize it but you DO affect people’s lives. If I’m having a bad day I know I can find something to make me smile on your blog. Thank you for that. You’re an amazingly talented person and we’re lucky you share your many gifts with us. Sending you warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas at Bayberry House this year and for many years to come.

  • Char at

    I look forward to your trees each year. You never disappoint.

  • Lucy AKINS at

    Stop it ! It looks amazing. You are amazing…xoxo

  • Charlsie at

    Love it. I have a green tree insured by your tree last year. Your trees are always beautiful. Excited to see more. Merry Christmas.

  • Laura at

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas trees! I live in a small condo with no room for a tree so I am happy that I can enjoy yours. Can’t wait to see your next tree!

  • Layla at

    Michael, your attention to detail is second to none and I am SMITTEN with your theme on this tree! What a gift you are to the decorating community. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!


  • Ashlee at

    I am so in love with this!! How much garland (length) did you put on this tree? I’m ordering and want to ensure I buy enough 🙂

  • Linda at

    You know, people want to be thinner or taller or whatever. All I want is to be able to decorate a tree like Michael on IBC! Is that too much to ask? I thought you hit the mark with last year’s tree decorated with that amazing green, but I think you’ve gone even beyond that with this tree. STUNNING! That little thermos ornament! I think I died when I saw it! Thanks for the inspiration – I can try to copy beautiful things you do, but to have your talented eye is a gift. You’ve been blessed, for sure.

  • Mildred Hoppe at

    I love your tree! I like a tree with LOTS of ornaments, ribbon, garland, and lights. Yours is just that.
    I enjoy your blog, especially looking forward to trying some of your Christmas cookie recipes.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Aggie Lantis at

    Your trees are beautiful..

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Aggie!

      xo Michael

  • Lorraine at

    Love your Christmas tree. I always love seeing your posts and look forward to reading them.
    Can you tell me where you got the peace sign Pillow. Perfect for Christmas and year round.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! It was from a local shop, I wasn’t able to source it online.

      xo Michael

  • Rikki at

    Could you BE any cuter or talented??!! (said in Chandler Bing’s voice!) Seriously, this is so beautiful and your taste is everything is exquisite! Mind blown!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. This is the best! Thank you, Rikki!

      xo Michael

  • Courtney Taylor at

    I have been an IBC reader for many year but I don’t know that I’ve ever commented but I can’t remain silent… everything turns to magic in your hands! This is a stunning stunning tree! Wow!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so happy you took the time to comment, Courtney! It means so much to me! Thank you for reading over the years.

      xo Michael

  • Peggy Z at

    You never fail to amaze me with your Christmas trees! I’m smitten! I love the sweater ribbon! My ultimate decorating achievement would be to even come close to the perfection of an IBC Christmas tree!

  • Debra Lange at

    Once again you have taken my breath away Michael, I love this tree, but I have loved all your trees. You create beauty, the magic of Christmas. The trees feel our hearts and homes with the warmth and wonderful feeling of what Christmas is all about, to share with each other, family and those who enter our homes. Thank you!
    I put up four trees, and my mannequin with a skirt filled with white garlands, each tree has a different theme. I bought two new trees this year, with the lights not working, not sure yet if my husband will let me do six trees.
    I am so inspired throughout the year through your blog, decorating, recipes, remodeling ideas.
    Can’t wait to see what you share with us in the coming weeks!!!!!

  • Julie Bresette at

    I love it! I especially love the addition of the picnic basket. What an inspired idea!

  • Rebecca at

    your tree is perfection. Just love it! the colors, the ornaments, etc.

  • Amy at

    I just used your code and ordered a balsam hill tree to finally add a second tree to our home. Thanks! Your tree is gorgeous, as always!

  • Ttekessha at

    Beautiful tree!!! Where did you purchase the ribbon from?

  • Mary at

    You home is so fabulous! This is my favorite of all the holiday homes on the www! Just wonderful!

  • Cynde at

    I’m new to your blog, but so glad I found you,,!!!! I work in the floral event industry, we do so many trees each year, but nothing like yours, such attention to detail!! love love love you’re woodland glam tree, and love love love your cozy lodge tree. I am going a similar route this year with my living room tree, but I have to ask, where did you find that ribbon with the lanterns???? Thank you for sharing, i can’t wait to see tree number three!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Cynde! And I found the lantern ribbon at Joanns.

      xo Michael

  • Kane at

    i am new reader to the blog,i have got such an amazing detailed information was so easy to get all required information at one place,other wise you have search for hours to get this deep and complete guide.

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