Thanksgiving has come and gone so y'all know what that means... it's time to bust out the vacuum because my house is about to be covered in glitter from my obnoxiously sparkly Christmas tree. Maybe it's only Chris (the hubs) that thinks it's obnoxious since he's the one who actually assembles it, and he usually rocks a sparkly beard for a few days afterwards. Anyways, sparkly beards are a super riveting conversation topic, but I'm sure you guys would like me to get to the point and talk about some fun holiday decorating tips and ideas!
I think today we should talk about the most important holiday decoration, which is obviously the tree. Christmas trees have been around since the 16th century so I think they deserve first dibs. Here we will talk about how to determine your perfect tree size, whether faux is the way to go, and going old school vs. shaking it up a bit with your holiday ornamentation.
I feel like a lot of people struggle with figuring out what size Christmas tree they need for their home. I know I had no idea when we first decided to get our first tree. A good rule of thumb is to to allow 1.5 feet to 6 inches minimum between the top of the tree and the ceiling. Also, make sure to factor in the height of your tree stand and the tree topper you want to use since they will be included in the overall height. As far as width goes, you can gage that based on the area where you will put the tree and what's around it. You want to make sure the tree isn't encroaching on your furniture or rubbing against the walls. Generally, you will need 5.5 feet of depth for a 7.5 foot tree, 6 feet of depth for a 9 foot tree, and so on. Another good rule to remember is to leave 3 inches between the tree and the wall to avoid any tree to wall contact.
I personally am a huge fan of faux Christmas trees. We got our faux tree from Home Depot 2 years ago and it's super easy to assemble with minimal messiness, give or take a few thousand sparkles. I am a tad bid OCD (I think most interior designers are) so the idea of a real tree inside my house shedding needles everywhere gives me the heebie jeebies. I do however really enjoy them in other people's homes and places like the Driskill Hotel where they immaculately decorate a giant fir tree carted in from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
For years there were two options for your Christmas tree ornament style. You either went the traditional route with red and green along with emotionally significant family ornaments or the more design conscious metallic look. As beautiful and organized as the metallic look is I personally love putting up our ornaments each year that bring back specific memories with each one. Chris and I have tried to make it a point to buy a Christmas ornament every time we go somewhere new together. This little tradition has made decorating the tree really special for us. Sappy I know! So while our tree currently leans more toward the traditional look, I have been getting inspired by the increasingly more funky, daring Christmas tree styling going on lately. Also, my personal design style is definitely transitional, so I would like my tree to reflect that as well. I think the tree below is a little over the top for my taste, but I love the idea of incorporating some brighter, colorful ornaments like these in with metallic ornaments and the ones we find together over the years. Pink has been all the rage lately, so I'm thinking about adding some pink ornaments into the mix this year and investing in some more contemporary metallic ones... Maybe some turquoise and black and white as well.
If you know me you know I have an obsession with statement earrings. So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across these super cute ornaments at Lulu & Georgia (click here). It only makes sense that I expand my collection of fabulous tasseled and fringed accessories to include Christmas tree ornaments. You know I was thinking, I love my home decor, clothes and jewelry to be on trend, so I should probably make an effort with my Christmas tree too!
Stay tuned to see our Christmas tree makeover!