Going to pick out a tree at the tree farm was one of my favorite things. We’d wander through the trees until we found one we all liked and cut it down. Then, we’d warm up inside with some hot cider and maybe a cookie or two. It was the best.
Once we got the tree home, it was time to start decorating. Our Christmas tree ornaments were a mix of a little bit of everything. Lots of homemade ornaments we made as kids, ornaments we got as gifts or when traveling, and some special antique ones as well. They didn’t necessarily all match, but I liked that each ornament had a special memory or meaning.
This is only the second year we have our own tree to decorate. As I was thinking about what I wanted to do for decorations this year, I considered getting a fake tree. Since, I grew up with real trees, I was a little biased. You can’t beat the fresh evergreen smell in your home. But last year our needles dropped like crazy and we were vacuuming constantly, so I thought maybe this year we’d try a fake one just for the convenience.
Treetopia reached out and asked me to be a part of the Design Council this year and share how we decorate our tree. Since Treetopia is the headquarters of artificial trees in all different kinds and colors (literally!), I thought this was the perfect time to give a fake tree a try.
I chose this tree in 6 feet and clear lights. I went for a shorter height to keep the width a little thinner since we don’t have a ton of room for a wide tree. Having never put together a fake tree before, it was very simple. My favorite thing about the tree is it’s pre-lit so that was super nice not to have to string lights!
I was inspired by these beautiful purple and blue ornaments that I decided to use non-traditional colors this year. I kept with the same neutral theme I used last year, but incorporated a few pops of color.
I love how the ornaments give just enough color to make it a different. To give our tree a little more height, I stacked it on top of an old wooden crate we had and used a faux fur tree skirt to hide the tree legs. Such a simple trick!
My purple passion plant that I’ve had for almost a year is still going strong and it works perfectly with our living room now that I added the blue and purple ornaments.
I really like how the purple and blue looks in our living room. It’s still fun and festive without being super traditional. All it took was a few ornaments, a plant, and a dusty purple bow on my magnolia wreath.
What theme is your Christmas tree? Do you switch it up every year?
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