Thursday, December 11, 2008

Onto the Tree

Since I'm still on a high from all your compliments over the garland, I figure I'll show the tree now. I may not know much, but I do know that my blog friends are so nice! Well, here she be...


A couple of years ago, I decided on the "all red with touches of green" tree. Is it bad that we theme our trees? Well, that was all fine and dandy, but it started to seem too fancy to me. I keep it in a pretty casual room, and my love for naturals started to get jealous.
My tree is perhaps the one thing that doesn't get much attention at Christmas. Trust me on this one...I've seen some of your trees. I decided what better way to naturalize a tree than to add some burlap? I bought three yards of it for a total of $3.28. I cut it into rather large strips and tucked it in there.

I think it ended up being a nice blend of Christmas glitz with a touch of earthiness to scale it down a notch. Boy, I'm making up words left and right today, huh?

So there you have it--the natural, semi-ignored, red-with-a-touch-of-green (and now burlap) tree. Oh! We, of course, can't forget the dollar store glitter words and some pinecones from the backyard. The perfect combo!

63 comments:

Our Complete Family said...

What a neat touch to change the whole look and feel of the tree. You are crafty and creative!!!
Merry December!
Les

The Momma said...

Burlap! Such a good idea! Love it!

Laura said...

Who knew burlap could look so nice in the tree! Looks great!

Saucy said...

Ha! We think alike. I lurrve me some dollar store ornaments. The stripped burlap is GENIUS!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

I love using burlap but I never thought to use it on the tree. What a great idea! I must try that next year.

AJ said...

Very pretty Chris!!

philben5 said...

Love the burlap... I'm taking notes for next year.
Blessings

Amy said...

I am so in LOVE with burlap lately. I have been doing so much with it. I have a burlap runner on my dining room table right now. I think it is just the perfect accessory to everything!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

LOVE it! Especially that burlap... the perfect touch!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Beautiful tree Chris..and I don't think it looks IGNORED rofl! I did the same thing with burlap BUT took strips of it and tied it to branches all around. cherry

GOLDFIELDS GIRL aka ANDREA said...

Born and bred in Australia, it would be simply amazing to experience a white Christmas.

As Australia is renown for its stinking, hot, weather at Christmas time, and yes,it is true, we are planning on having a "Seafood BBQ" lunch for our family.

I love sticky-beaking how the other half of the world live !!

Congratulations on a beautiful garland. Best wishes to you and your family for a gorgeous Christmas.

Best wishes from "Down Under" - Andrea

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Sticky beaking. I think I am in love with that term (never heard of it!)

On to the tree....Wowza...perfectly complements that gorgeous garland.

Beautiful!!

Sandy Toes said...

So pretty..love the gold ribbon on it!
Very festive indeed!
-sandy toes

We are THAT Family said...

It's beautiful!

You should link it up to my Christmas Tree linky today!
www.wearethatfamily.com

Mad(ish) Woman said...

I am so so so jealous! The Man wouldn't allow a tree that pretty in our house because where would he put his gajillion Notre Dame ornaments? Le sigh. Maybe next year I'll let him have his own tree so I can have something like yours!

raesrambles said...

Love the burlap.... And red on the tree is my absolute favorite. There's an Evergreen Extravaganza today at The Southern Family, won’t you share your tree with us???

Erika said...

"My tree is perhaps the one thing that doesn't get much attention at Christmas." Wha??? Okay, My anorexic little tree just fell in love with your tree!! I love it! Love the burlap and the red snowman ornament!!

Kris said...

I love your tree! So pretty! The whole room looks so cozy and festive!

Layla said...

Loving your decor Miss Chris!
I used lots of burlap too. LOVE IT!
I've gotta go take pics of mine right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:-)
Layla

Shannon said...

That burlap looks great! I think it goes very nicely with the red and green. I love mixing natural with glitzy. :)

Smilingsal said...

The burlap is a nice touch. I especially like your "word" ornaments: joy and hohoho. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

I'm lovin' this tree! If that is your idea of an 'ignored' tree I'd really hate to see what you would call a 'non-ignored' tree. Haha!! Beautiful!

Bella Casa said...

It's beautiful, Chris!!!

I love that I have some of the same ornaments that you do...I feel like part of the club, haha!

Merry Christmas!

Bella

Amanda said...

awesome idea! love the burlap- beautiful tree!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, I love your tree! I constantly struggle with my need and love of glitz with my also love of naturals, so I try to strike a balance of both. So far I think it's working pretty well.
Thanks for all the great comments you leave too...you're so fun!

Caren said...

Looks really pretty! I like the burlap a lot. I add red roses (yes they're fake but look really natural) and in the past I added real baby's breath and it looked great. I subbed red berries this year instead...more cost effective on a 9 foot tree but anyway, the burlap is a very clever idea.

I'll be posting pictures of my trees soon. Stop by!

Becca Watson said...

Your tree is very pretty! I love it!!

the undomesticated wife said...

It's very pretty! Everyone has such different styles and decor, but all of the trees are just so beautiful! I love them!

Deserae said...

I would have never thought to add burlap to my tree but it looks gorgeous on yours! Might have to borrow that idea next year if you don't mind? Thanks for sharing such a clever little tip! Happy Holidays!
~Des

The Southern Family said...

Love your tree! Thanks for showing it off today at Evergreen Extravaganza!

Angie said...

Are you kidding me?! This tree is gorgeous! LOVE the combo of the glitz, pinecones, and burlap. I mean, I REALLY love it!!!

Michelle said...

Don't you just love tree's with a theme. Ours is just a mish-mash of different ornaments, I long for a tree to tie our living area together. I used to work in a gift shop and the trees were always so much fun to decorate there.

Ahh-someday I'm sure.

BTW...the burlap was a great idea, it instantly changed the tree! Love it!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Oh.my.goodness! This is so pretty! Truly, that photograph of your whole room -tree and garland and fireplace- could be a Christmas card. All you need to do is write "Merry Christmas" in a scripty font in the left hand corner. Gosh, gorgeous! I so am snagging that burlap idea for next year!

Coll said...

I LOVE it! I think it's gorgeous! And the burlap, you're SO SMART!

Julie said...

Chris your tree looks wonderful and that garland if fabulous! I love the colors on your tree.
Have a great weekend
julie

Kristin said...

Very pretty. The burlap gave it a wonderful touch.

restyled home said...

I think I love your tree even more than your garland! The touches of burlap just make it all the more beautiful.

Have a great weekend,
Linda

ka1t_lyn said...

I love the burlap on your (fluffy!) tree. It looks gorgeous as well :).

Teresa said...

Your home looks so cozy with the fireplace burning- beautiful mantle and tree-
Merry Christmas

Inspired Kara said...

I think theme trees are much easier and more stress free for some reason. But, that could be b/c i do the same theme every year :)

Love the burlap idea. It would work perfect with MY tree theme.

Thanks for the inspiration!

yeahexceptfornot said...

you have a gorgeous tree! I love red on the a green tree. We have burgundy on ours!

KarenB said...

Not only does it look fabulous, but it's economical as well. I love it.

The Graves' House said...

beautiful tree - love the burlap.
~nicole

Mom Mom said...

I love it!

*~Dani~* said...

Gorgeous tree! Love it!

~ Jamie ~ said...

Genius! It looks great! Also, I love the garland. You're home is looking all ready for Christmas!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I am adoring your tree! That burlap is so perfect!! I think I may have to duplicate that look next year on my downstairs tree.

Coco said...

Oh your tree looks so perfect.
I love the burlap. Creative. I like~

Ferrill said...

I think it is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you used burlap on the tree!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

So beautiful!

Susie Harris said...

Burlap... only you could come up with such a great idea! I love it. Your tree is just perfect~

Erika said...

Hi Chris, thanks for your comment on my mistreatments! Yes, that is my bathtub in that alcove. Tonight I did a whole post about it to give you the scoop!!

Stacey said...

What a great idea! Beautiful.

kristi_temple said...

I love your tree. The burlap was a nice touch. I also liked your garland. The feathers are my favorite. Everytime I but them, my boys take them to put in their colonial hats.

Jessica said...

The burlap in the tree looks great! Something I never would have thought of but look at you pulling it off :)

Barb said...

Your decorations for Christmas is superb. You should be a designer. The blend of the natural burlap with a beautiful tree that is NOT ignored in the least. Really is so lovely. You deserve to be proud of it. Georgeous to say the least.

Mom

Bobbi said...

It looks really beautiful!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Very pretty!

mollyandmarshal said...

Your tree looks awesome, and so does your mantle! And burlap, genuis!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your decorations are so pretty.
I hope you'll visit my blog soon. I've had giveaway's every Friday in December.

Laura said...

I'm drooling over your garland. I love the burlap! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful holiday decor.

Kimba said...

That burlap was a fantastic idea!!! I love it!

Stephanie said...

I love the burlap! What a great idea!

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