Decorating the Christmas Tree {Our House}

Well, Christmas is one week from today. My son returns home from college tomorrow, and I’m thrilled to spend some much-needed quality time as a whole family! As promised, today I’m sharing a look at our Christmas tree and how I wrapped up all the gifts.

 

Decorating the Christmas Tree 2013

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It’s definitely a departure from the light, bright and simple Christmas decorating scheme I tend to go with. But, after Pottery Barn sent me a box of mostly red ornaments, I was inspired to change things up a bit.

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living

 

At the end of the past few Christmas seasons (when everything is drastically marked down), I’ve added to my basic collection of silver, white, and smoky colored ornaments and filler. These will always be my foundational pieces for decorating the christmas tree. Now it’s easy and inexpensive to add other colors from year to year with a few simple ornaments and/or ribbon.

Last year, I added two boxes of glass turquoise ornaments for less than $10 and the tree looked so different.

Silver, White and Turquoise Christmas Tree

This time I decided to add the Pottery Barn red ornaments, some red plaid ribbon (70% off at Michaels) and some repurposed berries I had stashed away from years ago. Decorating the Christmas tree this season cost me  just over $3. I’d say not too shabby!

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree with photo ornaments | Satori Design for Living

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree with photo ornaments  | Satori Design for Living

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living

 

For the red berries, I simply cut a string of garland into lengths using wire snips.

 

Decorating the Christmas Tree with Red Berry Garland | Satori Design for Living

 

I placed each bunch on branches around the tree and draped wired plaid ribbon over top with the ends hanging down on either side. I like how it filled in the bare spots and added another dimension.

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living

 

Red, Silver and White Christmas Tree | Satori Design for Living

 

So what about the gift wrap? As you can see, I carried on with the red theme and added touches of black to ground everything. The log slice chalkboard ornaments I made back in November worked perfectly for gift tags. I love the look of the stenciled chalk letters! (I attached adhesive tags to the back so there are no mix ups on Christmas day!)

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping - chalkboard gift tags, craft paper, red ribbon | Satori Design for Living

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping - chalkboard gift tags, craft paper, red ribbon | Satori Design for Living

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping - chalkboard gift tags, printed craft paper, red ribbon | Satori Design for Living

 

Simple brown craft paper and recycled printed papers fro Winners were easy to wrap with and so fun to embellish with ribbon, candy canes, photos, baker’s twine and jute.

 

Christmas Gift Wrapping - chalkboard gift tags, printed craft paper, red ribbon | Satori Design for Living

 

I printed some adorable Christmas gift tags to finish off the rest of the gifts . If you’re looking for some freebies, check out my Printables board on Pinterest!
 

Christmas Gift Wrapping - printed gift tags, craft paper, red ribbon | Satori Design for Living

 

Do you change your Christmas tree decorating and gift wrapping scheme up every year or keep it the same? I’d love to know what colors you used this season!

Also, don’t forget to come back tomorrow and share any of your Christmas posts at the Holiday Countdown link party I’m co-hosting with Aimee of It’s Overflowing!

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Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

xo,

Shauna Oberg
 
 
 
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I'm Shauna, founder of Satori Design for Living. I absolutely love decorating and organizing and consider myself extremely blessed that I am able to live my life creatively and thoughtfully everyday. My passion is facilitating transformations that inspire, nurture and fulfill ... Learn More About Shauna

Comments

  1. Your tree is gorgeous Shauna. Love that red plaid ribbon!

  2. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous Shauna! You did  a fabulous job and you are so talented! I love the colour scheme…the black is stunning! And beautifully wrapped gifts! Your home is lovely and I would love to come visit you and see everything for real! Wishing you a most lovely Christmas! Angie xo

    • Thank you Angie! I would love for you to come for a visit sometime if you’re ever South. Perhaps we’ll meet in person in 2014. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. What a gorgeous tree Shauna, I like the pretty ornaments and how you filled the bare spots in with the berries (great idea!!) the gifts underneath look so beautiful too – you’ve sure done a wonderful job!!

  4. Wow, I love it!!! That tree is to die for, but the little memories of you and your adored son, heart warming! Our son is off on an adventure to Germany this year, he won’t be home for Christmas, I will miss him with all of my heart! Thanks for sharing your beautiful tree and wrappings! xo Enjoy the time with each other!

    • Oh, I feel so sad for you that your son won’t be home for Christmas. But, they do need to go and do their own thing, don’t they! Sending you holiday hugs. Thanks for being such a great blogger friend!

  5. simply gorgeous. I would love for you to come join my link party at http://ihearthandson.blogspot.ca/2013/12/show-off-friday-no-9-plus-features.html
    I look forward to seeing more posts from you.
    Have a great weekend and happy holidays!
    Jenn @ IHeartHandsOn

  6. I like the idea of draping strips of ribbon instead of garland.

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