Each year, I challenge myself to take on a few uniquely themed Christmas trees. Some are totally “out there” and others are an excuse to play around with more common classics and color schemes. This year, I took on three new Christmas trees with three new, original Christmas tree themes – one set up in a favorite go-to nook while the other two were erected in fresh new corners. If you’ve been here for a while and in previous holiday seasons, you know I don’t shy away from bringing out all the trees. If we had two more weeks, I swear I think I would have a tree in every. single. room. For now, I cap it somewhere between five and seven haha. 😉 No space is off limits and no theme is out of the question. For this year, here’s what I came up with…
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Southern Grace Christmas Tree
My dining room is one of my favorite Christmas tree locales each year; because it faces the street and is the first room when you walk in the front door, it always holds a “special” tree. This tree concept was actually requested by Mama Nan – she wanted to see something with magnolia blossoms. Ultimately, this is what I came up with.
I wanted to capitalize on all things southern and included lace and pearls along with the magnolia blossoms and gold magnolia leaves. Something you may not understand unless you see it for yourself is that At Home carries more trees in more varieties than I’ve ever actually seen in real life. When Dave and I were zig-zagging through the what-looked-to-be-Christmas-tree-lots in-store, I kept finding myself off-task, considering pink flocked pretties, rainbow varieties, and colors that wouldn’t have fit it my house but was convinced I should bring home anyway. This tree was more traditional than a lot but it took my breath away just a little bit – it has 3,500 tiny, firefly-esque lights covering its 7.5′ frame. Stunning. It truly looks like it’s covered in lightning bugs.
Instead of sprinkling the magnolia floral clamps throughout, I concentrated them all at the top of the tree, along with the gold leaf stems. As I brought them down the tree, I got a little more spaced out… like a gradual trickle.
To see the methods I use to incorporate ribbon, see my tree decorating tutorial post HERE. I mixed in white, sheer gold, lace, and even a dash of blue – most in 2.5″ widths.
Black, Emerald Green, & Metallic Christmas Tree
Our kitchen and living room have undergone major changes this year and I can’t wait to see what the new spaces look like in their seasonal glory. I’ve never had a pencil tree but after I found THIS ONE, I’m upset that I’ve never used them before… and, that I only came home with one. On the spot, I knew I wanted to bring it home to set up in this corner of our breakfast nook. When I finished, I was tempted to start moving it all around – or, to head back to the store to get a few more. I loved that it literally took an hour (maybe less?) from opening the box to fluffing to finishing the entire tree, and I loved that while it still offers a festive punch, it’s narrow enough to fit in almost any space, in any room. It’s also dense enough where you can get away with less filler and there is little to no work involved in straightening the branches.
In the four years we’ve been in this house, and in all the trees I’ve concepted and decorated, I’ve never created one with greens. Because I’m still enjoying our new vibe in the open concept living areas, I didn’t want to go too far off base. So, I stuck with a color palette that felt natural with what we already have, while still keeping it Kelley Nan-like with just a touch of Christmas gaudiness 😉 All of these ornaments and embellishments were from the At Home Christmas aisle, including my new obsession- that wire mesh ribbon that can be bloused out in tufts.
Note: Dave wanted to call this tree something like “Mr. Pencil” and was disappointed in my un-creative title haha.
Tiffany Blue Christmas Tree
I couldn’t resist the third tree I came home with; as soon as I saw it, I envisioned outfitting it in all white. I basically wanted the Christmas tree version of a pretty Tiffany’s box, wrapped in white. THIS 7′ tree is also under $100 so if you find yourself just having to have some trees in colors that may not coordinate with your main living areas, I say go for it and set them up in a secondary space like a bedroom. It’s easier to add a pillow/throw to the bed to tie in the tree than working around decor in multiple rooms and trying to make it work. My friend Kris of Driven by Decor actually stayed in this guest bedroom after this tree was set up; as much as I love having a tree in our master bedroom, I was so happy for her to be able to have one in her own room during her stay.
See? Here’s my inspiration.
I’ll be sharing a round-up of all the trees I’ve created in a few days and will be sharing a full Christmas home tour the week following Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for more ideas right now, visit the two new tabs at the top of the page, and be sure to subscribe to receive emails at the bottom of this post. Lastly, if you’re working to get ahead a little bit before Thanksgiving week, most items in the gift guide I launched with 10 original gifts (HERE) are now on sale for the weekend. Have a new Christmas tree theme you’re looking to try this year? Let me know in the comment section below!
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