‘ Have a holly jolly Christmas it’s the best time of the year…’
Today is our 3rd Tree of the 12 Trees of Christmas – and this one is all about traditional Christmas full of bold reds & green and childhood memories.
So far- for the the 12 Trees of Christmas- we have talked about a vintage inspired pink tree & a frosty blue palette for decking the halls. But today we are walking on that traditional side and going for the red & green, mistletoe and holly, plaid and pretty.
Though I am not a huge traditional colors for Christmas kind of decorator- I do like to play with different looks and different styles.
I have heard from many of you about how to decorate a traditional look tree without it feeling too ‘stuffy’ or too ‘old fashioned’. This bold and beautiful look was the third tree in the Balsam Hill Frosted Fraser Fir project I worked on over the summer- and I have to say, I really enjoyed flexing my non-traditional style muscles and layering all that childhood Christmas charm on this tree.
This tree is full of Christmas cheer and charm. With old fashioned ornaments like mercury glass Santas and Christmas trees- this tree makes me think of childhood memories.
Sipping cocoa by the fire waiting for Santa. All the magic that was in the house and all around during the holidays. Staring at that twinkling tree all night long and the anticipation waiting for Grandma and Grandpa and all the family arrived for Christmas Day festivities. Even my grand dog Jade seems to be enamored with this traditional look.
Matte & Glossy ornaments
This tree has simple red and green matte and glossy ornaments on repeat- and they add a ton of charm and texture without overwhelming the tree.
The key when using different styles and colors on a tree like this one is to keep enough ‘simple’ to balance out the busy.
Bring in some ‘texture’ with ornaments
I know it isn’t really texture- but to me those plaid ornaments add a feeling of texture to the tree. I love how they bring in another traditional layer with their classic patterns also.
Vintage Glass Ornaments
Of course, those happy ornaments are the ones that bring that childhood fantasy element. Santa, Choo-choo trains, gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, little animals and more- all together they add a sweet vintage inspired charm. This set also has jingle bells, classic and other fun ornaments.
Berries and Ribbons
I love red berries in a frosted tree- and so, I tucked them anywhere and everywhere. For another layer of fun- a grain sack inspired ribbon woven here and there brings in another element that all together creates a classic country Christmas look.
Think outside the box (or tree stand)
As you can see, this tree sits in a delicious red enamel ‘bucket – which is a tree collar. It simply wraps right around the tree stand to give the tree a whole new look.
You can see the full 3 frosted tree decorating series and video over at the Balsam Hill blog- and shop the look below.
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Coming your way -exploring decorations for slim trees, more traditional trees, vintage inspired and more.
Happy Saturday all.
Side Note: I work for Balsam Hill as their Ambassador but this is Not a sponsored post.
Bobbi Duncan says
Great job on the traditional tree, Courtney, and I love how the red and green “pops” against the white flocking. Hugs!
The plaid ornaments pop the solid ones. The tree is much prettier than I thought it would be. Thank you for always inspiring us with new ways to think about how to decorate. Love this series.
Miche Ortega says
Gorgeous! I think this is my favorite so far. I love green and red together with the white flocking. Stellar job, Courtney!
LOVE the red and green tree. My favorite one
aussie jo says