This year’s holiday home tour is all about the look of elevated elegance decorating! I have some tips today on how you can do this as well. It’s nothing of epic proportions when you start by utilizing the same tree year after year and have it look completely different. Let me show you what I’ve done in my Christmas living room tour this year!
Elevated Elegance Decorating – Holiday Home Tour
While I definitely always do a different look in my holiday home every year, I don’t necessarily buy a new Christmas tree. In fact, I’ve had 3 of the same tree for several years now (THIS ONE) and love it! Take a peek at last year’s living room in this post – Making A Little Magic Christmas Home Tour. It’s not difficult to change up a tree, particular if it’s heavily flocked like this one.
Let me give you the steps on how I typically decorate a Christmas tree. Keep in mind that everyone has their own way and this is what works for me!
8 Steps – How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Efficiently
- Put up the tree and fluff the branches! I’ve found that the best way to start is work from the bottom up. If you store your Christmas tree in a bag that’s specially made for that it shouldn’t take you very long. THIS is the bag that I have for every one of my Christmas trees! The fluffing took me under 1/2 hour since I store the trees upright.
- If you have a pre-lit tree then check your lights and make sure that they work! Much easier to do this before doing your elevated elegance decorating (or any tree decorating) before adding any embellishing.
- Add any picks that you might have.
- Next is something that I really don’t see many do, but I LOVE how it looks! I add some “snow” to fill holes in the tree and give it more of a white Christmas tree appearance. Read this post that shows you exactly how – Secrets For Decorating A White Christmas Tree.
- Then start adding ribbon and this is one of the ways to make a HUGE impact on the overall look. I cut my ribbon into strips approximately the width of my open arm span (a yard-ish). Then starting at the top of the tree I tuck and fill in spaces in a free form manner. *TIP* Always use wide wired ribbon for this, especially with an elevated elegance decorating theme! Specifically I used THIS WHITE RIBBON and GOLD MESH RIBBON.
- Add your Christmas ornaments. Be sure to fill in all of the holes and work your way around the tree. Don’t bother with any of the tree that won’t be seen, such as the back in this case. I used a mix of metallics in large and small Christmas balls, starting at the top and working my way down. I used THESE large silver balls…and they are a great value!
- Add a topper. I love a twinkling star!
- Finish it off by adding a Christmas tree skirt or collar. Personally I’m not a huge fan of the trendy collars and prefer the flow and drape of a skirt.
*OPTIONAL* I love nostalgic Christmas tinsel and used gold on this tree. It’s actually vintage, but new gold Christmas tree tinsel is available as well!
My Christmas tree skirt in gold metallic hides the roll down Christmas tree storage bag. So easy to store the trees this way! We just drag them into the garage and zip up!
Step back when you’re decorating your Christmas tree and edit the ornamentation as necessary!
You can see the placement of the living room Christmas tree is in a corner by the front bay windows. When people drive or walk by they can see the lights at night! We used to love taking the kids out for a night time drive every year to see the neighborhood homes decorated for the holidays. I am hoping that this is still done by others and is still a tradition with families!
It’s all about soft metallic tones this year in our elevated elegance decorating. It’s casual but sophisticated with a rather budget high end finish! A couple of softly muted velvet pillow covers echo the simplicity of this designer look on my white thrifted sofa.
My vintage beaded lampshade that I’ve shown you many times before is filled with shatterproof Christmas balls. For more ideas of how to use Christmas ball decorations, head over to THIS POST!
With a mostly white interior, texture is a must. This faux fur throw is cozy and stands the test of time used year after year.
I have a confession to make! I cannot use any large area rugs at the moment due to our pets…especially Toby who has been impossible to break of his bad habit of marking. For now I used a small sheepskin rug that he doesn’t seem to notice and it adds a bit of texture.
Candles are always a favorite in our home and I’m listing lots of my favorites in this post at the bottom!
Faux fur pillows are soft, cozy and elegant touches on my antique French chairs. I’ll be leaving those up as winter pieces of elevated elegance decorating after Christmas is taken down!
On the mantel is a repurposed white garland that I’ve had for many years! I wasn’t planning on using this one since the lights no longer worked. I wove a set of battery operated fairy lights through it and love the money saving sparkly look so much!
Pulling back to a full view and I hope that you enjoyed this tour. I sure enjoyed putting it together and can’t wait to share more rooms with you soon!
Please visit my friends who are sharing a one room holiday home tour below!
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