Absolutely Beautiful Things

It’s now December 1, which means no more excuses. I MUST put up my Christmas tree today. Mom has ten billion beautiful ornaments (and some lovely works of art by yours truly) that she and Dad have collected over the years, so decorating her tree is always a little more exciting. Every ornament has a sentimental story, a special meaning and a place in our hearts. Will and I got married on December 29, 2007, so I think we might actually own a small portion of the Christopher Radko corporation. (By the way, that’s such a great wedding gift!) That being said, this is only our second Christmas tree together, so we’re still definitely at that stage where going out and buying fifty ornaments at a time is necessary. At this point, our tree can be anything we want it to be, so we just have to decide what that is. I’m hoping to get a little inspiration from these pics… Hope you do too!

(This first tree is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen but probably won’t go well with our living room decor!)

Southern Living

So fun!

Coastal Living

Traditioanl Home

Traditional Home

Coastal Living

Janis Nicolay Photographer via Country Living

This duo-chromatic color scheme is so elegant.

House Beautiful

I love this little kitchen tree. I might have to do that myself this year…

Traditional Home

Small trees can be so festive in spaces where a full-size won’t fit. Will wants to get a small tree like this at our house this year since, “We won’t even be here for Christmas.” Somehow, though, I don’t think he’ll be the least bit surprised when the nine-foot tree I have selected arrives this evening.

Traditional Home

Suzanne Kasler Design

Last year we had planned to go with this look with only silver and gold ornaments. But then we didn’t want to leave out all the beautiful colorful ones we already had, and I found these fabulous colorful birds and peacocks that you actually clip to the branches.

Traditional Home

This is what Mom’s tree usually looks like — except she has a big topper. She’s the only person in the country who has the patience to layer the lights in and out of the tree and do multiple rows and wrap them around the branches. The effect is quite spectacular with all those glittering little lights. Maybe one day I’ll have that kind of holiday fortitude…

Mary McDonald’s Ribbon Tree via Veranda

I thought the big bow I had made as a topper for my tree last year was just gorgeous — until I saw this peacock. Fab-u-lous.