One of our favorite holiday traditions is decorating the Christmas tree! We always get a live tree- typically a frasier fir, because they smell so wonderful and have so many branches to hold all our ornaments! We have never done a themed tree, but the trees below are so well-thought and pleasing to the eye that we are almost tempted.
While we would never typically describe our style as rustic, there is something so elegant about rustic holiday decorations. Maybe this harkens back to our affinity for organic elements in a room, but we love the simple styles and natural colors of the room below. And how clever to place the tree in a big woven basket?!
Rustic ornaments for your tree!
Ornaments from Pottery Barn and Wisteria
We love the vibrant colors and elegant styles of these ornaments!
Asian-inspired ornaments from Gumps
This red velvet tree skirt with brocade detailing and tassles is not chinoiserie per se, but we think it would blend beautifully with a chinoiserie room.
Neiman Marcus Red Brocade Tree Skirt with Tassles
Aren't these colorful little tassled ornaments so much fun? And they are super inexpensive, so you can use lots of them!
Pearl River Zong Zi Ornaments
Peacocks are our favorites! We'd love to see a few of these throughout a tree!
Red just goes perfectly with Christmas. Doing a monochromatic color scheme definitely takes a little planning and a special touch so that it doesn't scream "office lobby tree." But as long as you vary the size and shapes of the ornaments, it can look absolutely stunning as in the room below (and wow at the turquoise moulding!).
Red ornaments are almost always our favorites. They stand out so nicely in contrast to the green tree.
Red ornaments from Wisteria, Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, Pier 1, and Pottery Barn
If you don't want to do a traditional evergreen wreath, how about this modern red ornament wreath?!
Pier 1 Red Ornament Wreath
And for a touch of the traditional, you can't go wrong with a tartan plaid stocking.
Williams Sonoma Home Red Tartan Stocking
When my sister and I were growing up, we each had our own little tree. It was so fun to collect ornaments for them and decorate them ourselves- I still remember the ornaments for mine in great detail. A norfolk island pine like the one pictured below is perfect for a children's tree, because it lasts all year long (although I can admit to killing one or two in my lifetime...), stays small, and doesn't shed.
For children's ornaments, the softer the better. Children love nothing more than taking an ornament off the tree to play with it, so glass and breakables definitely are not ideal for little fingers!
Children's Ornaments from Land of Nod, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn Kids
There are lots of fun options for stockings! We have Woof N Poof, but Pottery Barn also makes some cute ones. The one pictured below is from the Land of Nod, a great children's website.
Land of Nod Stocking
Growing up, we had a wassail set exactly like the one shown below, for serving up "Santa's Punch." We left it out for him every Christmas Eve, with some gingerbread cookies. (although we have to admit that wine rather than wassail would probably make assembling all those toys a little easier...:)
One of the great things about metallic ornaments is that you really can't tell what is expensive and what is not. The ornaments below reflect quite the range in prices!
Metallic ornaments from Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, West Elm
Ballard Designs Venetian Star Tree Topper
From the queen of placemats Kim Seybert, these gold stockings are just adorable!
Kim Seybert at Neiman Marcus
This glittery silver ball wreath is perfect for hanging over a fireplace.
West Elm Glittery Wreath
Which is your favorite tree "look"? These looks are all beautiful, but we have to admit that our favorite ornaments will always be those that hold some special meaning, whether a school project or a vacation souvenir.