Thursday, December 19, 2013

More Merry for your Christmas--and decorating our first live tree!


As promised last week, here's more of one of the homes we decorated for Christmas. Our client is a hard-working mom that entertains throughout the holidays and wanted to add a little more Merry to her Christmas. We were more than happy to oblige!

In typical Decor You Adore style, we evaluated her current decorations, used those and added a few extra baubles, ribbons and bows to make it all fabulously festive! 

This was our first time decorating a live Christmas tree and it was an experience! For starters, we were stunned by how perfect the tree is. No fluffing needed here! And the just can't beat the smell of a real your living room!

Before it all went down...but still pretty impressive!
The homeowner gave us a key and told us to make some magic. Since her style is traditional and her year-round colors are jewel tones, we used that as a starting point. 

While the tree is the show stopper, we'll start with the guest's eye view of these swanky digs:

As you open the front door this beauty greets you in the two story foyer. 


A formal living room is to your right as you enter the front door. While its year-round decor is "in-progress", we added a few touches for Christmas. 


Catherine's Note: the homeowner is still looking for accent tables but we needed a home for this Christmas tree. Jacki was pillaging the kids rooms for a side table but I caught her in the nick of time and we used a TV tray we found in the basement instead. If we come to your house and need a prop, no room is off limits for Jacki. If she "needs" it, the Barbie dream house may be flipped on its side and used for staging. I can only do so much. 

We added this little tree for a simple, vertical element.

I love this Santa scene on the coffee table. Note the height we created with a few candlesticks from another room. For the record, that was Catherine's idea. She "borrows" from other rooms as well. 


As you continue to the main area of the first floor, you pass the staircase. Since the railing area was small, we simply added a bough adorned with a bow and ornaments on each side.


Now, what you've all been waiting for.... the piece de resistance... Yes, the Mac Daddy...

O' Christmas Tree:


Here's how things got started:

A bow up top next to the angel topper. Yes, you can have a topper and a bow! It looks awesome...and dimensional! 

Side note: this was my 847th bow this season. Not really, but it sure does feel like it. 

Doesn't this burgundy brocade ribbon from Michael's look amazing??
Add some ribbon and mesh:

Weaving the mesh and ribbon in and out. Then picks, picks and more picks. Seriously, live trees eat picks. 

For a little more merriment, we added this wreath to the stone fireplace. How did we affix it you ask? A nail stuck in a mortar space between rocks. Yes, that is sketchy. Keep your fingers crossed.

All ready for Christmas morning! That is, minus the Barbie Dream House.


I hope you enjoy! Our clients sure have! 
Merry Christmas! Stay tuned for some big changes to our blog in the new year.

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