Last year I decorated a pure white Christmas tree in our living room, but I changed it up this year with a new flocked Christmas tree. I love the bit of green that shows through with snowy white tips. Vintage accessories, warm lights, and silver ornaments feel warm and welcoming on a modern Christmas tree.
This is my first year participating in My Home Style: Christmas Tree Edition, hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living. If you are visiting from Two Twenty One, welcome! Scroll down for tips on recreating a similar look on a budget, and at the end of this article you will see who is next on the tour.
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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I spend a lot of time selecting items that have good style, but on a small budget. Up until now our artificial Christmas trees cost under $50 (and I still plan to use those in other rooms!) So this year’s tree was a splurge. I shopped around online before ordering a beautiful 8 foot flocked artificial Christmas tree. I wanted a tree in our living room that would accent our high ceilings and this one does exactly that.
I selected a set of led light bulbs that are large and have an old fashioned feel. I hung 200 lights on our tree. I could have added more, but I like the warm white glow and I think less lights feels more simple. I prefer purchasing lights separately instead of prelit trees, so I can select and customize the lights I want each year.
For the ornaments I wanted something subtle with a modern feel, so I selected a big pack of silver ball ornaments from IKEA . My daughter and I also found 10 silver ornaments at Target ($1 each) that added extra sparkle and geometric texture.
With our tree so simple and modern, I wanted to give some vintage character under the tree. I added a galvanized advent calendar with some of my personal handmade ornaments in it, including my tealight ornaments, cinnamon stick ornaments, and salt dough ornaments. Along with gifts I mixed in some vintage books (we collect them from the thrift store) and antique metal trains given to us by my grandparents.
I wanted to share at least one picture of our Christmas tree with the lights off. You can see a little green, but overall it looks more modern and white. The silver star topper also has a completely different look with the lights off.
Thanks you for reading! I am really pleased with how our new flocked tree looks in the living room. The silver ornaments and warm large white lights create a modern Christmas tree. And the antique trains, kraft paper gifts, and advent calendar give the space a warm vintage feel.
Have you started decorating for Christmas? Its early, but now that the tree is up it just feels right!
Next be sure to head over to Jeweled Interiors to see her beautiful Christmas tree design!