Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Our Christmas Tree - 2012

OK - so last night I shared a sneak peek of our new Christmas tree...

We purchased a new 6ft artificial tree this year - a Fraser Fir that is just 37 inches around at the base...Our old tree was 7 1/2 ft tall and 5 ft around at the base - it was a lovely tree, but it just took up too much floor space.   I found this new beauty at Target in Michigan this past weekend for just $20!! - SCORE !! It was just what I was looking for and it was in the price bracket I was willing to spend.

We put it up in our basement family room - last year we had the tree in what is now our dining room, because last year we didn't have dining room furniture and used the space as an extension of our living room.

I decided to place the new tree inside an antique trunk that we had in our family room...first I tried it on top of the trunk, but then decided the vignette would be better with the tree placed inside.  Our family room includes lots of "manly" touches like McG's duck decoys and rusty tin items like a deer and a moose that we've collected over the years.  I wanted to include them in our decorating to keep the lodge-y feel that McG and I love.

The ribbon and ornaments are all ones that I had on hand.  We added white lights and red ribbon that has a gold shimmer to it.  Red, green and silver ornaments and red and silver birds are what I decorated it with.  The birds were purchased last year from the Dollarama.  Also I added green and red glittery springs which I bought last year.  I placed some of McG's decoys around the base of the trunk and added glittery stems to the crock.  The deer was on our mantel, but now joins the ducks near the tree.

This is a view of our tree and mantel this year.  I love the lodge-y look of our basement family room with its warm gold and browns and our cedar ceiling.  Here's one last look at the tree with the lights lit at night.

Do you have your tree up? Do you place it in a cool container or a traditional stand?  I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. Your tree is so pretty! I love the red....and the ducks....super cute idea!

    Merry Christmas,

    1. thanks Karianne - glad you stopped by to visit!

  2. Love the cozy feel to your family room! Your tree is beautiful and what a great price! This is my first visit to your blog and Iove it!
    Miss Bloomers

    1. I'm your newest follower! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  3. What a great idea putting your tree inside of a trunk. It looks beautiful! Have a great week. Blessings, Dani

  4. thanks Dani - hope you enjoyed it and thanks for visiting!

  5. Your tree is lovely! This year we put a new slim tree in the living room - love it!

    1. thanks - I hope you enjoyed your visit here!

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