Hey friends! Have you started hauling out your Christmas decorations yet?
I’ll let you in on a little secret… I pulled mine out the Monday before Thanksgiving! Holidays come quickly in the blogging world, and I knew I would need the head start to have everything ready for this week’s Christmas tours!
Today, I’ll be sharing my colorful and eclectic Christmas tree with you, as part of the wonderful “My Home Style” hop hosted by Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living. If you’re stopping by from Pocketful of Posies, or another stop on the way, welcome to The Gathered Home – my little corner of the internet chronicling the joys of finding and making.
I’m Brynne, resident finder and maker, and you can find out a little more about me right here as well as check out some of my favorite blog post series!
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White Christmas Tree
I’ll let you in on another little secret and me and my Christmas tree style: I love to riff on the classics. I’ve had a white Christmas tree for four Christmases now, and I still love the way it makes the perfect backdrop for my collection of colorful and shiny ornaments!
I was so excited to put the tree up in our library, in front of the one big window at the front of the house! However, our new home has much higher ceilings than our first house, which made my 6′ tree feel a little diminutive.
So I used some white garland to frame the window and continued my decorations on the garland. It helps fill the space and gives the illusion of a taller, grander tree! I just added three small screws just below the crown molding and wrapped the wire branches of the garland around them to hold it in place.
I used a plaid tablecloth as a tree skirt and I love the strong green color! I found this gorgeous throw blanket on Amazon that’s really similar.
Multi Color Glass Balls
Multi color glass ball ornaments are a Christmas staple around here! I pick them up every chance I get, in every color of the rainbow. Most of mine have been acquired through thrifting and/or pilfering from my parents’ attic. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is – if I spot a box at a decent price, I snap it up and save it for the next Christmas!
Some are new and shiny, some are vintage and spotted with age (which I love). If pressed, I’d have to say my favorites are the candy-colored pinks and purples.
It wouldn’t be a Gathered Christmas tree without a few DIY projects!
I have a huge soft spot for these mini sunburst mirror ornaments I made last year:
I love the Mid-Century Modern flair they add to the tree! They were so easy to whip up – just toothpicks and mini craft mirrors – but the way they reflect the tree’s lights is really something magical. Get the details here.
And these DIY mini abstract art canvases are my contribution this year!
I chose paint colors to complement the rest of my ornaments, and added some gold leaf, of course! Get the tutorial here.
Finally, this is actually the first year our tree has had a tree topper. (Remember what I said about shorter ceilings in our old living room?) It definitely felt like it needed a little something extra this year, so I whipped up a larger version of the mini sunburst mirror ornaments to place on top.
And now we come to the heart and soul of the tree – eclectic treasures gathered, gifted, found over the years.
Like these iridescent teardrop icicles I always begged to hang on the tree when I was little:
And this glittered glass Santa I liberated from my parents’ Christmas stash:
And we can’t forget Dancer, who has been my very favorite Christmas ornament of all time for as far back as I can remember:
I love when I come across colorful glass ornaments out thrifting – this petite penguin and snowman were fun finds this fall:
My husband Bryan and I have both taught music for years, so these brass and copper guitar and piano ornaments from my mom for our first Christmas hold a special place in my heart:
Finally, I love these shiny mirrored gold acrylic fox ornaments I found at IKEA several years ago. Sadly, they are no longer available… I scooped them up on an after-Christmas clearance for $0.60 per pack! But consider this a PSA to hit those end-of-season clearance sections, okay?
A Colorful, Gathered, Eclectic Christmas Tree
Thank you for joining me on a little tour of my colorful, Gathered, eclectic Christmas tree! I’ve always loved putting up the tree and spending hours tweaking the ornaments. Some Christmas music or movies playing in the background, the obligatory hot chocolate break… I just wish I could keep it up all year round!
I hope you’ll keep scrolling down and visit the other bloggers participating in today’s hop! You can even bookmark this post so you can visit the other bloggers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – I’m excited to visit and see how everyone’s different styles translate to their Christmas tree decor!