Tis the season! You may notice that this month, I’ll be doing more sponsored posts and giveaways than normal. It’s that time of year and I do pick and choose the brands and companies I want to work with and only share the ones I think you all will be interested in and can gain something from. Thank you for understanding that part of blogging and supporting me during this season! I’m partnering with 2 big brands this season and am very excited to be working with them. You’ll see more about that during this month.
This week kicks off the beginning of the Christmas season in blogland and I will be sharing plenty of my own decor in the next couple of weeks. Today, I’m happy to tell you that I’m going to be working with a company this year on decorating my home, Tree Classics, known for their beautiful and realistic artificial trees, as well as wreaths and garlands. They asked me to be their Brand Ambassador for this year and I’m excited to share some fun things with you during this season. I’ll be sharing lighted garland and wreaths as well. They have a nice selection of battery powered wreaths and garlands, which are convenient for use on a front porch when you don’t have an electrical outlet, like me.
I’ve been using artificial trees for years now and switched over back in the 1990’s. I love real trees and we always had them growing up, but they are really messy to bring in the house and so once I made the switch, I never looked back. The great thing is that artificial trees have greatly improved over the years and they are more realistic looking and easier to put up than ever.
Working with Tree Classics this year, I opted to try out an Alpine white tree, something I’ve never done before. I’ve been seeing them around blogland the past few years and thought it would be a nice change. White trees are beautiful and just feel like a Winter wonderland and snow to me and having one decorated for Christmas is fresh and fun. It just glows with the white lights and it’s sort of fun to do something different for a change!
I’ll be sharing my white tree completely decorated later this week, but today I wanted to talk about decorating with a white tree. It seems to be a big trend the last few years, decorating a white Alpine tree for the holidays.
I got some beautiful realistic garland and wreaths from Tree Classics and I’ll show you all that soon too. From draping my mantel to adding garland around my front door, I’ll be all aglow for the Christmas season at my house.
The white Alpine tree came in a big box in 3 pieces. This one is 6.5′ tall, which is about as big as I need in my home.
It’s very easy to put together, as it all slides together and the lights plug into each other.
It looks like a furry fur coat and is so different than the traditional green trees that I have.
The bottom layer goes on first.
With the branches all spread out and fluffed it looks nice and full.
Middle layer goes on next.
After the top went on, I fluffed the whole tree, top to bottom to maximize the fullness, bending the branches up and out to fill in all the spaces.
And it’s all put together waiting for ornaments. I decided to use my white and gold ornaments on the tree that I’ve had for many years. Gold and white look great together and add that nice bit of elegance and sparkle to a tree.
Tree Classics has a few selections of ornaments and sent me some beautiful glitzy ornaments that I knew would look so pretty on the tree and go along with my gold ornaments that I already have in my stash. These are a bit oversized and look so nice on the tree. I filled in with my tried and true gold ornaments that I’ve used for many years.
A pretty gold and white tree skirt will finish it off.
The White Alpine tree looks so pretty even without any ornaments and when it’s lit up, it really does glow.
I had some black and white striped ribbon on hand (from Nashville Wraps) and thought it would look really nice wound up and around the tree. There are so many ways you can add ribbon to a tree. I opted for the around the tree method, but it also looks great to weave the ribbon up and down and have it peeking in and out of the branches. The great thing about decorating a tree is there are no right or wrongs. It’s whatever you want the tree to look like!
Those ornaments sparkle and shine on that white tree.
I’ve got some other blog friends who are joining me this week on a Christmas Housewalk and we will all be sharing some beautiful Tree Classics trees, garlands, and wreaths. I can’t wait to see what they do with all of their beauties too.
I hope you’ll stop by all of them this week and check out the Christmas tour. I’ll be back here on Friday to share my Alpine white tree and the rest of my living room Christmas decor. I’ve got lots more to share next week as I’ve been a busy bee decorating for Christmas around here.
Have you ever decorated a white tree before? There are so many ideas that I’ve seen out there, from using lots of color, to very neutral, natural and snowy. They are all beautiful! Color certainly does stand out on a white tree.
Tree Classics is also offering a giveaway of a tree on their blog this week. It’s a 7.5′ Noble Fir Snap tree and I would love for one of you to win! Stop on over to Tree Classics and sign up to win!
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Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I'm Rhoda, from Atlanta, GA and I love decorating and DIY projects. Decorating a home doesn't have to cost a fortune and I've spent years thrifting at antiques markets and yard sales, finding those treasures that make a home unique. I'm here to inspire and encourage other women to find their own inner creativity. Won't you join me?