I have been feeling a whole lot more colorful this year when it comes to decor and Christmas.
It kind of started in the spring with that charcoal wall and bookcases in the little cottage. I just felt like I wanted to add some design drama to that room- and that was it. And it is continuing with a few changes in the bathroom and kitchen out there.
And with Christmas this year- give me all the nostalgic color. Do you know when the last time was I used any colorful lights for the holidays? I don’t either. I can’t remember when it was- but I am thinking it may have been around that time that my husband and I met and there was that whole Great Tinsel Debate with decor that year.
But even with all the colorful baubles appearing- I love to have something neutral and glam- and rustic at the same time. Is that possible? Well, that was the goal in the little cottage living room this year.
For the 9th tree in our 12 Trees of Christmas series- I was inspired by- you guessed it- a little vintage & more modern look. And so- here is a Champagne tree dressed in whites and golds and pearly picks- and with some pretty sage green accents just for fun.
A Golden Glow
This tree is one I have decorated for several years- a beautiful glittery champagne spruce tree from Balsam Hill. Last year, I left it completely bare and enjoyed all that twinkle light magic by itself. This year- I knew it was perfect for adding that elegance to the dark walls drama in the little cottage.
Layers of Pearls & Whites
I decorated this tree in pretty pearls and shades of white. From round baubles to strands of glittery garland and pearl picks- a simple elegant look.
A few gilded & glittery baubles
Along with some glittery pinecones, birds nests and a couple of wee squirrels for a whimsical touch. I also added some clay stars for a bit of ‘star appeal’ and to echo the star topper.
One of my favorite things about this tree is the lighted star garland. These are such beautiful garlands- you might recognize them from my bedroom where I used a strand in the firebox to create a bit of charm.
On the tree- they are another layer of amazing twinkle.
I also added some lighted gold ‘leaf’ garland. Such a pretty touch and perfect for tucking into the branches to illuminate in layers.
A touch of sage green
For a totally random accent- I brought in some sage green and bronzy browns. To be honest, I was going back and forth with it for a bit- but just a little bit. I just kept thinking some kind of green was perfect- but I didn’t find the perfect shade until I was scouring the ornaments I had brought up to the barn- and found several in that delicious sage green and warm rich bronzy brown that were absolutely perfect.
And so, those pretty packages echoed the colors. And so did the fireplace decor.
Stay tuned for a closer look at this mantel styling coming your way- I am absolutely in love with the simple elegance it has.
Under the tree
Something different for a tree skirt this year. I used a champagne pine garland and gold pinecones on top of a snowy faux fur skirt to create a bit of drama and glam under the branches.
Stay tuned for more coming your way-
Shop the Look
Beaded Star Topper– Sold Out
Sanibel Spruce (same tree but green)
Ornaments– Sold Out
Stay tuned for more about the gift wrapping idea & mantel decor- and I filmed the whoooooole wreath tutorial yesterday- and of course the footage had an issue. Oy. Stay tuned for a re-do and more about that workshop. What do you think of this tree?
aussie jo says
So very nice
Courtney, I was wondering when we would get to the cottage and you did not disappoint. It looks lovely and I think the capiz star garland is perfect. I’m sad that we are down to the last three trees, this has been so fun. What is the name and maker of the charcoal paint ( I can’t find it). Thanks!!!!!