O Christmas Tree

One of the things I look so forward to each holiday season is putting up the Christmas tree! Our tradition is to put up the tree and decorate it the day after Thanksgiving.  (Isn’t it fun to make your own holiday traditions?)  The tree is a 9-foot faux variety that we got at Hobby Lobby half-off three years ago.  What seemed like a ginormous tree in our little townhouse, seems quite at home in the new house.  It’s like the curve of the staircase was made just for her! Christmas Tree 004 You’ll notice that the very bottom has no ornaments (seems that babies are attracted to shiny things they aren’t supposed to touch!).  And also that some of the lights are out (middle left and bottom).  We could probably remedy that, but just haven’t gotten around to it.  Surprisingly, it’s not really bothering me that much this year. There are a couple of ornaments I’m particularly fond of.  Most of the ornaments are from Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or Target, but I found the blue glittery striped one (bottom left) at Crate & Barrel and the long silver (top right) one at Z Gallerie.   image We bought baby j’s Christmas presents and they are already wrapped and under the tree.  He’s getting two gifts (a walker and tool bench) from Santa this year and will probably be more enchanted with the box and gift wrap!  image And you can see that I changed the lime on the stairs for red and white because the green was clashing with the tree! ********** I’m sharing this post with Sarah, Thrifty Decor Chick. image ********** Also, you can check out my guest post at Honey and the Moon where I’m showing how I turned THIS                                 into THIS image image

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  1. A Delightful Design
    December 7, 2010 / 3:37 am

    Wow! It's such a perfect fit in your new place. You have to love Hobby Lobby. 😉

    Beautiful tree and gorgeous changes to your staircase. You are going to really enjoy Christmas with baby J this year!

  2. Carly @ Honey and the Moon
    December 7, 2010 / 3:47 am

    I can't wait to have a tree that tall in my home. I grew up in a house with extremely tall ceilings and a big staircase similar to yours, so I've always loved big, tall trees.

    Love the red, white, & blue x

  3. Erin @ Two Story Cottage
    December 7, 2010 / 3:52 am

    It looks glamorous and homey at the same time! Perfect. What? Nine month old babies like shiny ornaments? Reid is currently torn between the Christmas decor and dog's water bowl. 🙂

  4. Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt
    December 7, 2010 / 3:54 am

    Oh my…it is Christmas morning perfect! Ok..tell me where you found your cardinal. I am on the hunt for one….please? Love you!


  5. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    December 7, 2010 / 3:56 am

    Oh, Megan it's so beautiful. What a fun place to enjoy your tree and Christmas morning. Impressed you busted out the shopping and wrapping for James already. {red and white on the stairs looks great}

  6. emily
    December 7, 2010 / 4:53 am

    Your tree is gorgeous! It looks perfect in the curve of the stairs — you're making me rethink the placement of our tree!

  7. Lili
    December 7, 2010 / 4:55 am

    the aqua and red is just beautiful together! so modern yet classic too!

    love love your tree!

  8. December 7, 2010 / 11:28 am

    This is when I wish "we" had a faux tree! We will be picking ours out this weekend. We always have a real tree in the family room, but can't get it too soon as it dries out so fast!! Your tree is gorgeous. And, I am envious you've gotten that much shopping done and wrapped your presents!!

  9. December 7, 2010 / 2:28 pm

    e- the red cardinal is from Hobby Lobby- not technically an ornament,but I thought they'd be cute on the tree!

    I'm looking forward to shopping the after-Christmas sales for new ornaments for next year!

  10. Katie
    December 7, 2010 / 12:48 pm

    I so wish our ceilings were taller so we could have a massive tree, but a smaller one will have to do 🙂 We are a little late buying ours, but my hubs was working a deal with a place to get a nice faux one at a discount, always a wheeling and dealing 🙂

  11. JC's Loft
    December 7, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous!!! You are right, that tree does sit nicely in the curve of your stairway : )

    I love the blue ornaments and see why baby J has a hard time keeping his cute little fingers off of them haha.


  12. Marian
    December 7, 2010 / 1:18 pm

    If I had to get a faux tree, I would definitely go where you went. It looks great. And you are right, that stair case was basically made to hug that tree!!

  13. leanne
    December 7, 2010 / 1:20 pm

    Looking forward to reading that about that bookcase transformation! Love it!
    AND your tree looks fabulous! The colours your chose are great together!!

  14. Natalie
    December 7, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    Your tree is gorgeous, although I expected no less!

  15. Colleen
    December 7, 2010 / 2:13 pm

    It's so pretty Megan! love it.

  16. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design
    December 7, 2010 / 2:19 pm

    It looks great! This will be a holiday to remember for you…baby's first Christmas! So much fun, but you're right, the paper and boxes are what's more fun to them!

  17. Tiffany
    December 7, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    ooh, it fits so perfectly and looks beautiful!

  18. Sixty-Fifth Avenue
    December 7, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Megan, your tree is perfect there by the stairs, and it's gorgeous! You're ahead of the game having so many gifts wrapped, they look beautiful. Nothing like after Christmas shopping for holiday things…I got my tree topper from PB last year for a great price, now it's full price again.

  19. coolkids
    December 7, 2010 / 3:43 pm

    looks perfect Megan! I love christmas trees! thecoolkidsblog.com

  20. Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home
    December 7, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    Your tree looks amazing! What a perfect spot for it! And I am sooooo envious of your staircase.. it all just ties together so beautifully!

  21. Ruthie @ LookLearnLove
    December 7, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    It looks beauuuutttiiifullll 🙂 I'm sure James is going to love opening those presents!

  22. Kendra {House of Ficek}
    December 7, 2010 / 4:53 pm

    She's a beauty! I don't even want to think how much time it took to decorate that thing, or how you got up to the top of it!!

  23. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 7, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    i think that is the perfect spot for your tree! i wish my house had a perfect spot like that, but it just doesn't! it looks so beautiful and grand.

  24. Rambling Renovators
    December 7, 2010 / 6:17 pm

    I love your red, white & blue tree! Its so festive! Good thinking on the no ornaments on the bottom branches 😉

  25. Allison
    December 7, 2010 / 8:54 pm

    Stunning! Gorgeous! Beautiful! Your tree is in the perfect spot by your lovely staircase and your colors are fun together. You really did a wonderful job. Even your packages match. I love it! I also enjoyed your guest post at Honey and the Moon. You've inspired me to dress up a book case that we have. The fabric you chose is lovely.

  26. Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair
    December 7, 2010 / 9:55 pm

    Megan – it looks so great. I love making my own traditions too – every year i think i should have a colour co-ordinated tree but then every year when i get the baubles out i get all sentimental about using them!
    Lovely post as ever!
    Rachie xo

  27. Traci
    December 7, 2010 / 11:05 pm

    Megan, it's sooo pretty! I'm not usually a big fan of blue but that's changed this year. I saw some GORGEOUS blue ornaments at Walmart & your blue looks AMAZING!! It really pops! You're right that tree looks like it was made for that spot.

  28. momnivore
    December 8, 2010 / 3:16 am

    I love that your tree is half-naked as well!

    Wait til next year when he lobs your ornaments across the room…

    Hence, why mine are suspended from the chandelier and ceiling this year.

  29. The Reluctant Blogger
    December 8, 2010 / 3:49 am

    Beautiful tree Megan! I love the empty bottom…just a sign of your little mans first Christmas!

    So pretty!

  30. Michaela
    December 8, 2010 / 3:53 am

    It's beautiful, Megan! I love the red, white and blue theme going in your home. The bright colors are so fun. We always get our ornaments from Target or somewhere like that also (: I just can't wait to decorate the tree on Thursday with my mama! It's my favorite Holiday tradition, too!

  31. junkgarden
    December 9, 2010 / 4:49 am

    Perfect tree in a perfect spot. It looks beautiful.

  32. Lamp Tramp
    December 9, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    Your tree is stunning as is your staircase. What a perfect spot for a Christmas tree!

  33. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
    December 9, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    Megan, I just LOVE your big Christmas tree & the colors you used on it. Gorgeous! But, I would have expected no less from you. You have such great taste!

    Merry Christmas!

  34. Skooks
    December 9, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    The colors are gorgeous! I love the staircase. 🙂

  35. sarah @ life {sweet} life
    December 10, 2010 / 3:48 am

    Your tree is beautiful! Love the turquoise & red – I did that on our dining room tree too. Your blog is so cute – I look forward to following along! 🙂

    December 10, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Yeah sweetie…I'm like you, I can't wait to start putting my tree up! I've created a tradition to buy something, an ornament, every year for it and I've done it since 1975, our first Xmas. Now I have things that my daughters made themselves when they were children, pics of my granddaughters, of my kids, gifts from family and friends, etc.
    I love your big tree, you're young enough to start from now to collect ornaments on yours…just terrific.
    Merry Christmas and thank you. Visit my blog too and see my tree.

  37. kara@elements-interiors.net
    December 10, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    HEY Megan! Im a new folloower! I LOVE your Blog! We are kindred spirits…Hob Lob is my 2nd home! I would Love for you to visit my design blog and 14 days of xmas trees…a giveaway you might like…That sweet baby is BEYOND ADORABLE!!! Hope to see you at my place 🙂

    *ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *


  38. Heather & Natalie
    December 15, 2010 / 2:44 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    Can't wait to follow along and see what else is in store : )

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