This year I am embracing my love for pink more than ever! In fact, I'm trying to step out of my typical Winter fashion of black on black and run with my favorites-- creams and pinks! Just because everything is dead and dark during Winter in Indiana doesn't mean my fashion has to be too. Well, I took that philosophy and applied it to our little house too. This is the year for pink, creams, and beautiful warm metallic like champagne, rose gold, and brass.
Here's a look at our Cozy Winter Chalet:
Since our apartment is quite small, the tree really fills the space with warmth. It's actually a huge upside to living small! This tree has definitely become the focal point and I'm not mad about it. Especially since it's been adorned with great ornaments, sparkly ribbon, and oh that antique tree topper makes me giddy!!
Here's how I decorate a Christmas tree ( I know this is a bit late, but maybe it will be helpful for you next year!)
STEP ONE: LIGHTS
There's a bit of technique when it comes to lighting a tree-- whether you like very full big boys or more bare Charlie Browns (which are my Momma's favorite!). The trick is to work the lights from the center of the tree near the trunk all the way out to the tip of the branches. If anything, over light it! It's better to skimp out on ornaments then to skimp out on lights.
STEP TWO: BASE ORNAMENTS
Now if you're like me, then you haven't quite built up your ornament game. That's okay! Buy a big cheap pack, there's no shame. Similar to the lights, you need to layer ornaments all throughout the tree. From the trunk all the way to the tip of the branches. Specifically for the base ornaments or the cheap ones or even your less favorite ones, put these near the trunk. They will be a little bit hidden, but will still be seen and make the tree look so much more luxurious!
*pro tip: I like to buy sparkly and super shiny cheap ornaments so that they reflect even more of the string lights at the trunk of the tree.
STEP THREE: OVERSIZED ORNAMENTS
Our goal is to get a tree that looks full, luxurious, and layered like a really stellar fall outfit! So in order to get that, use different size ornaments! Buy a few oversized ornaments and evenly disperse them on the tree.
STEP FOUR: FAVORITE FUN ORNAMENTS
Now that you have a good base, it's time to put up your favorite ornaments. The ones that you spent a little more on! You can put these near the end of the branches so that they are more visible.
STEP FIVE: STEMS, TWIGS, AND BERRIES
I like to add some additional stems to the tree. I have these small berry like branches that I put throughout the tree (though I admit that I think I should have bought more to have a larger impact). You can also purchase flowers or leaf like stems (something like this or this). Stick these all throughout the tree but keep them mostly toward the end and middle of the branches. Personally, I think this adds a bit of pizzazz and really makes a tree pop! Hobby Lobby is a great source for Christmas stems.
STEP SIX: RIBBON & GARLANDS
My last step is the ribbon and/or garland. I haven't yet used garland, but I'm thinking I may want to introduce something like this next year (but is it too much with what I have??? I don't know!?). However, I do use ribbon! I have two different kinds, a pink sparkly ribbon and a white, silver and gold plaid ribbon. Again, place these throughout the tree where there might be empty spots. I like semi bare trees, but not total Charlie Browns, so I also put ribbon near the trunk because they are still quite visible.