12.03.2014

A Tale of Two Trees

I've been lobbying the husband for a second Christmas tree since last year, when we put up our regular tree and it suddenly didn't feel like enough. It was our first year living in this much bigger house that had both a living room and a den, so I thought, "Why not have a tree in each space?"

The other reason I really wanted a second tree is because I change my mind every year about how I want to decorate the tree. But we also have this hodge podge of random ornaments we have either been gifted or collected during our travels (we get an ornament as a souvenir for each trip), and none of them match or fit into my trendy, ever-changing Christmas decorations. I figured the perfect solution was to have one tree with all of our sentimental ornaments and another tree that I could decorate in whatever trendy style I like each year.

Scott was against my plan from the beginning. His only reason was that he didn't want to store another tree in the attic. Apparently he is very possessive of the attic real estate.

However, he totally changed his tune once he heard that Home Depot was having a doorbuster Black Friday deal, this 7.5 ft Martha Stewart Living Matthew Fir tree for $80 instead of $180. Suddenly he wanted me to go with him to Home Depot at 5 a.m. to get this amazing deal! I'm not one to argue, so I tagged along in my pajamas and enjoyed the free donuts as he bought me the tree.

 Here's my quick review of the tree: It's really cool that it switches from clear to colored lights at the push of a separate remote control button. You can actually choose between clear, colored, alternating or off. I'm not a huge fan of the colored lights (just not my personal style), but I think it's nice to have the option. I bet if we had kids, they would get a huge kick out of the remote and switching the lights around. It has this cool Quick-Set technology with plugs inside the pole, so you don't have to fish around for plugs to connect each layer to the next. It's super fast and easy to set up.

Now when will they come up with a fake tree that fluffs itself? That would be amazing.

So, here's my new tree! It's colorful and fun and sentimental, filled with all of my favorite ornaments. I topped it with my DIY paper star from last year, but I sure would like to find a light-up star for the top. Any recommendations?



In a nutshell, it looks a little bit like this:

Cozy Christmas Tree


As for our other tree, I put it on top of a wooden box to make it taller. It looked like it was too small with those tall ceilings, so I figured we could MacGuyver a solution to make it work.

As far as decor, my rules were simple. Any ornaments that were neutral or metallic (gold, silver, brown, beige, white, tan, green) were allowed. Absolutely no red ornaments allowed!


The best thing about this color scheme for the tree is that it doesn't clash with the existing decor, which has a lot of blue and grey. I felt like red was an overpowering color in this room, so I'm really happy to keep the red in the cozy den and keep this room with a neutral palette.

Green & Gold Christmas


Do you think I'm a little over the top to have two trees? Which tree is your favorite?



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