Sometimes keeping it simple is the best look in a room. And when it comes to Christmas decor and decking the halls & Fa-La- La-La- La -ing all through the house- a simply decorated tree can be absolute perfection.
I have been decking the halls over here for awhile now. And actually truth be told, started decking the halls for a few video and photoshoots back in July. But you know what? I just.decorated the living room tree yesterday. As in Yesterday.
Why did I wait so long? It has been twinkling away in the living room since October. And there was just something about the tree wearing just all those lights that felt so magical and enchanting. And so my original plan for baubles galore- went right out the window.
But yesterday, as I sat and stared at the tree, I saw something. One of those random little dings that come out of nowhere and sparks an idea. And so- Yesterday with less than a week until Christmas- I decorated the living room tree.
But not the usual kind. These are layers of iridescent clear baubles in several sizes. Ones filled with gold glitter, or drizzled in gold etchings. Some that are a muted matte gold and even a few small mercury glass gold ornaments as well.
The secret here? This 8′ tree is covered in just only about 60 or so ornaments. And almost all of them are clear – and look a bit like bubbles. I also added 10 gold leaf picks here or there to add a bit more texture.
Simple European Charm
You know what it was that talked to me and inspired the ribbons?
Those packages. Truth be told between you and me- they are faux. Photo shoot props that I had used for a different tree and I brought them in the house to wrap again and left them by the tree. It was that beautiful pale peachy blush ribbon tied in a bow and draping to the ground gracefully that caught my eye. I loved the color with the color of the tree- and thought why not try a few ribbons on it as well.
I added just about a dozen bows of different sizes to the tree and absolutely love how the pale color mingles with the green branches and gold ornaments. I absolutely love how simple and European elegant they make this tree feel.
Under the tree- I kept is simple for a skirt and used a knit blanket. I often use blankets and other random things for a skirt (like that rug I used on the tree by the barn) I love the simple more rustic feeling it brings. Especially when the tree is as stately and elegant as this one is. It is a perfect spot for all those pretty packages tied up with velvet and satin ribbons.
A crate of Wee Gold Trees
You might notice that there are a few wee trees in the photos as well. Another thing I had brought inside to use for a different room & plopped down and they stayed. For a bit.
What I like about them is that they are dainty and small and very light in feeling- aka- the gold blends in quite well with the other golds in the backdrop and so- you really just see a bit more of the twinkle lights.
Shop the Look
Burnished Metals Ornaments– Sold Out
Gold picks- These are from several seasons ago- linking some picks for a similar look
What do you think of how this tree turned out? More coming in a Christmas at night tour on Monday.
See you tomorrow for some last minute gift and wrapping ideas.
Happy Saturday all.