To make this dining room ready for the holidays, designers added sprigs of evergreen to the chandelier and buffet, then added wintry accessories like snow-dusted pinecones and a small white Christmas tree.
Golden baubles, high-end finishes and metallic trees are all excellent ways to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st Century. Moving beyond the traditional red and green is a big step toward embracing a modern color palette. Here, small green, blue and silver decorations add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room without being too overwhelming.
Wishbone pillows match the small silver wishbones hanging from the Christmas tree, a cheeky nod to the homeowners' wish for a merry Christmas. The tree is further trimmed with classic details such as ribbon and silver and gold bulb ornaments but includes a modern twist with a marquee sign-inspired star.
Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Hot glue pebbles, acorns, pine cones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree. You can make all of your trees the same color, or create an arrangement of complementing colors to fit your decor.
Designer Casey Noble created the look and feel of a Christmas tree by creating a wall-mounted version using medium density fiberboard (MDF) trim and fabric. This tree a is perfect design for small spaces with low ceilings.
This twig snowflake ornament is being hooked on to a Christmas tree. Create snowflake-shaped ornaments by hot-gluing four small twigs together, spray-painting them white and attaching an ornament hook to the top of them with a dab of hot glue. Hang the snowflakes randomly around the tree, and pinch the ornament hooks together around each tree branch to ensure they don't fall off.
Vintage Christmas toys were the inspiration for this holiday mantel. Pine cones, a small lighted tree and light greenery surround the wooden nutcracker soldiers. A clothesline of miniature mittens adds a whimsical touch to this holiday set up.
This holiday advent calendar is full of traditional charm and vintage style, keeping the Christmas anticipation alive for both kids and adults. Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors printed 24 different vintage images onto fused linen and freezer paper and painted a number onto the bottom corner of each. Each linen image was then assembled to form a pocket to hold candy or small gifts for the little ones. After attaching ribbon, the pockets can be draped around a Christmas tree or along a banister.
The Colorado Blue Spruce is one of the most iconic evergreens associated with holiday decorating. Commonly raised for sale as a Christmas tree, the Colorado Blue Spruce must have full sunlight to thrive, and also requires a great deal of watering. For use as a small potted accent, be sure to add a hole along the bottom of a pot for proper drainage. It’s also recommended to lay a sponge directly over the drainage hole to help hold moisture.
Arrange your gifts with a variation of heights and widths to achieve the best visual appearance. Keep large, bulky boxes sitting directly on the floor, then build temporary gift towers by piling smaller gifts on top. As each temporary gift tower is created, be sure that each one stands approximately 5 to 8 inches lower or higher than the one next to it. If you stick with this rule, by the time you stand back to take a look at your decked-out Christmas tree, the variation of heights will be perfectly balanced.