today is part 2 of deck the halls! i had a bunch of pictures, so i decided to split them up. these images are all from my dining room and of my christmas tree. (the peacock tree is in the gift shoppe). my tree is done up in jewel tones and gold. i started getting ornaments for this tree when i first graduated from college and started my first job in philadelphia. this is it’s 6th christmas. wow, where does the time go? i’ve since added to the tree over the years, and love it more and more every year.


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the tree topper is from pottery barn years ago. i got it after christmas at like 75% off.

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a couple butterflies from pier one.

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gold mercury glass ornaments. ‘leftovers’ from my gift shoppe two christmas ago.

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a couple glass birds here and there. and of course more ribbon on the tree. my pictures don’t do it justice, but it’s a diamond pattern in the background with a gold sparkly lattice on top. when i saw it, i knew it was perfect. it’s still one of my favorite ribbons. it my favorite part of decorating the tree.

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i also have several of these big glass finial things i got when strawbridges was going out of business. they are my favorite ornaments. i actually have them wired on the tree to there is no risk of them falling off and shattering.

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it’s funny, and completely unintentional, but it matches my dining room perfectly.

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on the wall behind the tree is a collection of mirrors and plates. i got the mirrors here, but it doesn’t seem like they have them online anymore.

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i just switched out my other plates (which were white and silver) with these more festive plates from here. all of these pieces are hung with 3M picture hanging strips. they worked amazing for this application. no holes in the wall too!

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and this is my built-in in the dining room, which i don’t thing i’ve ever showed you before. the opening to the left leads to the kitchen where there’s a door that leads to the back of the house.

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i spotted these glitter trees and houses at wal-mart and thought they’d be perfect on top of my molding. and they were only a dollar a piece!? can you believe it. you may have seem them around the blog world. it seems many others thought they were pretty special too.

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i added a couple glass balls to tie in the rest of my decorations and i think it works quite nice!

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so, that’s it! thanks for sharing my photos with me. what do you think?

and be sure to stop back tomorrow, i have a little giveaway that pretty tasty… here’s a hint

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  • All That Glitters at

    Your tree is just gorgeous!!!! I’m in love with your topper too! What I love the most of all is your curtains!!!! Om my! I’m seriously in love!!!

    Take care!!!

    Your blog is lovely!!!

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Okay, so here’s the deal Michael-Loo-Who….next year before my house is on the Holiday Home Tour I’m going to buy you a plane ticket here. Then give you $1.50 to go crazy with and decorate my whole house….I’m pretty sure you could do it. 😉 LOVE the jewel toned tree….holy cow. I’m thinking I’ll just replicate EVERY.SINGLE.THING you’ve done this holiday season for next year. 😉

  • jen @ homeinthecountry at

    Your trees are so wonderful – love the colors! And the sparkly houses? I’m a huge fan…

  • Debra at

    Absolutely Gorgeous. We did small simple tree this year, but I am hoping to get organized and go all out next year! Love it so much!

  • MelissaD at

    Did you happen to see the White House Christmas decorating special on HGTV a few days ago? THEY have a tree with a peacock on top – I figured they were just copying you 🙂

  • Michaela at

    It looks awesome!! I love those plates and mirrors on the wall, too!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Wow! This is just stunning. I love the jewel tones. It’s a showstopper. Is it a skinny tree? I”ve been wanting a slim tree, and just wondered.

    And, the woodwork and moulding in your house is just lovely. I’m drooling over it, too.

  • Carmel @ Our Fifth House at

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Your tree is stunning, and I especially love the way those jewel tones look against the wall color! Simply gorgeous!

    xo- Carmel

  • Sandra at

    Hello! Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog about my tree topper. 🙂 Oh my goodness! I love your Christmas tree! I love the colors you chose! I also saw the other Christmas tree done in a peacock theme. Loooove it! Have a wonderful evening!

  • Chrissie at

    You never disappoint! I love it, the colors are fabulous!

  • Marianne@Songbird at

    What a lovely home you have. Your yellow walls bring back happy memories to one of my first independent appartments.
    And yeah I think those little glittered houses are pretty special too and they look like they belong on that ledge.

  • Kindra-At Home With K at

    Michael, thank you so much for visiting my blog! It gave me a chance to discover your FAB blog!! As I’m slowly adding “mordern” touches to my rustic home…your home is such an inspiration. I’m your newest follower!

  • Lucky Girl at

    Stunning Michael! I love how your tree is full to the brim with decorations and baubles. Just beautiful!

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    Your dining room looks amazing – so cheerful, festive, and fun. I love your bright colour combinations.

  • Tara@JustDevineStyle at

    Love your built-ins! I have always wanted a craftsmen home because of all the wonderful woodwork and built-ins. You are soooo lucky! The tree is so pretty too.
    Merry Christmas!

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