It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, and I’m loving it! If you follow my blog regularly, then you may have noticed that I went completely M.I.A. last week. I was buried under Christmas bins, and Christmas crafts, and Christmas everything! I love inspiring others with my decorating ideas–and to do that I need to decorate a little bit ahead of the game.
When my boys asked me last month what color palette I was using for my Christmas decor, I laughed out loud! They are obviously the children of a home decor blogger! #notnormal I told them that this year I wanted to go with red and my youngest exclaimed, “Oh yay! I love it when you use traditional colors!” Ha! As much as I love a glitzy-glam tree, it was a good reminder that this time of year is especially magical for kids. I set out to create a kid-friendly yet bloggermom-friendly tree.
Whenever I begin brainstorming decorating ideas, I always ask myself how I want the space to feel. This year, I wanted my home to emulate my own childhood Christmases growing up on Lake Michigan. There is nothing more magical than the woods in Michigan after a heavy snowfall! I wanted to capture that look, so I chose Balsam Hill’s 9′ Frosted Sugar Pine Tree and then added some polyfill batting to create a magical snow-covered tree.
I just love how it turned out! Every branch on the Sugar Pine tree has a light dusting of realistic snow that sparkles in the light! To decorate the tree this year, I made several inexpensive “semi-homemade” ornaments. Stay tuned for more info on the ornaments! I’ll have a blog post up soon with all of the details!
Did you know that this is our first year EVER to have an artificial tree as our main Christmas tree? I was a bit nervous that I would miss having a fresh tree, but the attention to detail on my Balsam Hill tree is amazing. It’s also so much easier to decorate a pre-lit faux tree! I didn’t know what I was missing out on. 😉 I took it out of the box, followed the step-by-step set-up directions, and was ready to go! I fluffed each branch using the special gloves provided in the box and it looked amazing! Just a warning that the flocking on this tree does come off as you fluff it. I am used to vacuuming up pine needles every year after set-up, so this was no more trouble but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Vintage Bike (similar)
After all the decorations were up, my pomeranians wasted no time at all getting cozy on the couch! Isn’t Eowyn so cute with her little crossed paws? She often sits like this and it cracks me up. She’s such an adorable dog.
For my tree topper, I bought these gorgeous antlers and accented them with beautiful Velvet Plum Blossom Picks from Balsam Hill. The picks feel as nice as they look! They are soft, full, and luscious. I also used Balsam Hill’s White and Silver Snow Ornaments to add the touch of sparkly glam I was craving.
We live in a smallish row-home in the city, and I wanted our tree to greet us at the door this year! I usually place the tree up against the brick wall in our dining room but wanted a change this year. It’s a fabulous change, and I’m glad I took the risk to move some furniture around and try it in this spot.
Tip: If you want your decor to feel fresh this year, try placing your tree in a new location in your home. Don’t be scared to switch things up!”
Here is a confession for you. Since I’m not on the ball enough to have my Christmas shopping done, I had to wrap empty boxes to put around the Christmas tree for this post. I told my kids that I’ll let them open those beautiful empty boxes on Christmas morning—to get the thrill of opening something—and then hand them their presents. They were less than excited about this idea. 😉
And here are just a few more beauty shots of the tree because I can’t help myself!