Last year, I shared my ornament showcase for Christmas at our home. The tree was set up in our living room and it was beautiful! It was covered with Potterybarn ornaments most I had waited to purchase until their annual end of season sale. This year, I changed things up and put our tree in our family room and I’m loving it in here where we spend so much time. I also went with a new theme for our Christmas tree…
My hope for this Christmas has been coziness and simplicity. We’ve had a busy year and I want it to wrap it up at a slower pace. One of the highlights of this season was our family craft night – I showed you our DIY ornament showcase already. I’m loving them on our tree. I also bought a few ornaments and incorporated ones I’ve collected over the years. The ornament above is a gray wool wrapped ball from my most favorite store EVER, near Canton, where I went to Trades Day for the first time a couple weeks ago.
The pearl, glittery, scalloped ornament was a TJ Maxx find and it’s the first ornament noticed by friends and family. The capiz shimmers perfectly. Instead of ribbon, I wrapped burlap around my tree and it will definitely be re-purposed after Christmas. There are so many fun burlap projects that I’m itching to start in January.
Amidst my pretty pearly white ornaments I added a touch of rustic with some bronze bell ornaments and my homemade pine cone garland.
I have a lot of white wooden snowflakes from Stud and I’s first Christmas. Each has a slightly different cut (so two snowflakes are alike). I hadn’t used these ornaments in a few years so I’ve been really enjoying them.
A few of my Potterybarn ornaments did make it on the tree this year. I love the texture of this very large pearly white ornament.
Little B has a thing for bells! Adding ‘I believe’ type bells to the tree totally made the tree for her. Although, at ten she did let us know that she ‘gets’ it now and loves it even more because it’s such a beautiful, magical story…she’s a helpless romantic…I’m praying that one day God will provide her with a really gentle, kind, level-headed, easy-going driven husband!
My cozy tree has lots of neutral tones and when I saw some gray and white hearts at IKEA, I knew they’d be a fun touch. There are stars, circles, and hearts and each have polka dots or stripes. Love them! (Scoop on the no-sew deer head pillow below).
This wooden snowflake in my ornament showcase is another from one of our first Christmases. I have pictures of Little B holding this ornament by the tree when she was real tiny. Something about holding an ornament from the tree makes taking pictures by the tree so much better. I’ll have more Christmas photography tips and setting ideas for you next week. (I’ve had several requests for setting your camera when you’re on the balcony during performances, and several asking for setting the camera when photography lights on the tree or when taking creative family pictures with lights (I did this with one of my sweeties a couple years ago and love it so much).
This gingham ornament was another IKEA find. I love the darker gray color on the tree and next year may try to find more dark gray ornaments. They contrast with my white ornaments perfectly. You know almost every designer says that rooms need a touch of black…found it…check!
And another IKEA find. Seriously! This handblown glass ornament with the white glossy stripes is my favorite addition this year. It’s sleek modern design totally won me over. A perfect addition for this year’s ornament showcase!
And another ornament from years past. This photography doesn’t do justice for the beauty of the raised imprint on the glass. It’s beautiful.
I already told you about my driftwood star and this is how it all came together. Cozy…check! Simple…check! I love creating a little ornament showcase each year. It’s fun for me to look back on the memories of each Christmas Tree.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!