Hi friend! We are so excited to start Blogmas this year! It’s hard to believe this is the fourth year of this series. How is that possible?! If you’re new here, Blogmas is a series where we share 12 days of holiday content and then end it with something special (stay tuned for that!!). We’ve been working really hard this year to make the content we share even better than before. It always means so much to see how engaged you are with this series. We always have so much fun working on this so it means a lot.
We always like to start off with arguably the most fun part of the holidays — the tree! Every year, we try to come up with a new theme for our tree. We’ve used color a lot in the past but wanted a different vibe this year. We are so inspired by the natural look of Terrain and wanted something similar to that. If you’ve never been to Terrain, it’s an incredible space. They have the most amazing assortment of plants and greenery. We can truly get lost in there for hours. They have a few locations if you are interested in checking it out. The overall feel is very earthy and grounded. You are instantly transported to a wonderland every time you step foot inside. We always leave with so much inspiration.
As for the tree itself, we did end up buying a new one. Last year’s tree was too big for the corner we wanted to place it in this year. We are going to use that tree in the backyard (more on that soon). Instead, we found this 7.5 ft Fleetwood Pine artificial tree at Lowe’s — the perfect size for the corner by the front window. Last year we had the tree by the mirror when you first walked in the door. We did like that spot but we couldn’t enjoy it while sitting on the couch in the living room. That’s something we really do think about when deciding on the area. You want to be strategic with your tree placement. We spend a lot of time relaxing on the couch, especially right now, so being able to view the tree from that spot is important. You don’t want to hide your tree away. It should be a focal point!
For this year’s theme, we decided to keep it very simple and neutral this year. Shocker compared to how colorful the themes have been in the past. For a second, we thought about doing just lights. So different, right? We’ve seen this done before and always loved how clean and simple it looked. But we decided maybe next year. Over the past year, we’ve really gravitated towards more natural materials and textures. We’ve also simplified a lot of our style. That’s the fun part about design. The more you work on it, the more you hone in on what you really love. We are really starting to learn more about our style and being more secure in the choices we make. We wanted the tree to be simple and calming to the eye. We chose a woven willow tree collar to bring in a natural material. We’ve used faux fur tree skirts in the past but wanted something different. We’ve actually never used a collar before now that we think about it. It is a lot more structured and clean compared to a skirt. At first we were a bit hesitant with a tree collar. We had this preconceived notion that a collar could look very farmhouse-y and rustic. But that doesn’t have to be the case — unless that’s your style. The structure of the collar actually makes the tree look very clean and adds more visual interest. The tree itself has pine cones throughout — the main reason we chose this one. As far as ornaments, we chose light colors — very tonal. It all feels very cohesive and strategic. Overall, we really love how it came together. It’s different than years past but we’re happy with the theme. It feels like it fits in with the rest of the decor in our home rather than an afterthought.
So there you have it — day one of Blogmas! What do you think of this year’s tree? What is your theme this year? Let us know in the comments below. See you tomorrow! xo