This is the first year of my adult life, I actually get to decorate my way for Christmas. Due to life events and seemingly constant construction it didn’t make sense to “design” a holiday look. That’s not to say we didn’t decorate, but we mostly made do with hand me downs from my in-laws… most of which originated in the 80s…
Now there were some winners, like the hand me down vintage skis, snow shows AND sled, but I assure you that the items we inherited were not all winners. Particularly, the tree. I’m sure it was once a perfectly nice tree… three decades ago. Imagine my excitement when we splurged and upgraded to this tree from Balsam Hill. I also love this one, but it was to large for our space.
For a shorter and more affordable option, check out this dupe from Target. It’s currently on sale!
My husband and daughter are fans of a kitschy red and green, colored-lights kind of holiday, so out of respect to them, I kept our holiday look pretty classic. I stuck with a fairly neutral color palette, filled with greens and the occasional pop of burgundy. I wanted our home to feel homey and almost like the tree could have been done in decades past. Eva helped me string cranberries on fishing wire to create a whimsical and personal garland.
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We mixed our cherished and collected family ornaments, like this one, with more deliberately curated sets. We selected multiple sets of wood, and metallic ornaments, in a range of sizes and shapes, and added natural looking elements like these pinecones and these floral stems to complement the cranberry garland. I recommend purchasing ornaments, like these and these, in at least sets of six, so you get a consistent look throughout your tree.
The best part of the whole experience was decorating the tree as a family and sharing with Eva the memories behind the ornaments we selected to commemorate past years. I can’t wait to see what ornament she picks to mark her experiences this year. If I had to guess, I’d say it will be a princess ornament like this one
We will also be adding this tree topper, as soon as it arrives in the mail!
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