Merry Christmas! A White and Silver Christmas Tree

My sister added a new tree this year, a white flocked tall tree in her family room.  Since they went through so much with their renovation back in August, redoing the master bedroom and getting the house back together, they just didn’t have the energy to tackle her normal Christmas decorating routine, which consists of a tree in each room.  Really!  My sister loves Christmas and doesn’t mind taking her time to deck the halls just right.

But, this year, less is more.  I helped her with her new flocked white and silver beauty.

white flocked tree

Here it is in all it’s naked glory.  Pretty on its own, really!

picks for tree

Here’s a few tips on how we put a tree together.  These are a few of the elements we added to the tree. Lots of sparkly picks and leaves.

angel and bow on top

First, she added a pretty white angel and a big sparkly silver bow to the top.

add feather sticks

Next, add the silver feathery picks for height.

add sparkly picks

Add in a few of these white sparklies for extra glamour.

add sparkly netting

Then, start layering in some netting around and down the tree.  You definitely want to add the larger items first, then fill in with smaller ornaments and picks later.

tucked into tree

Silver netting gets tucked in the branches.

feather boas for tree

We then added faux white fur, all tucked in the branches.

feather boas added

Like this!  Now we’re ready to add the larger ornaments.

sparkly horns

She has several of these large musical instruments that are tucked in and placed just so.  After all the large pieces are added, then smaller ornaments go on.


A pretty silver violin.

angels and ornaments

Pretty pretties!

white santa

White Santa

white tree ornaments

Tassels, birds, and lots of sparklies are tucked in an added.

white tree skirt

White icicles add more shine to the tree.

finished tree

More sparkly picks are added at the end to add depth to the tree.

white tree

And last, she added some silver shiny picks that stick in the tree and flow downward.

That’s how my sister decorates her tree to make it lush and full.  She knows a thing or two about decorating a tree and next year, she’ll be back to her regular house full of trees again.

My niece, Lauren, wanted me to share her tree too and it is beautiful!  She has been collecting Christopher Radko ornaments and it’s colorful and sparkly.

It looks really pretty in their loft in New Orleans right in front of the window.

Dripping with sparkly ornaments.

Engaged in 2010, married in 2011, the newlyweds are celebrating their first Christmas together since they got hitched.

She’s got some really special ornaments on that tree.

Lauren has been home this week and we are enjoying having her near again. There’s been a lot of baking and cooking.

Lauren and my mom bake Christmas cookies every year and gingerbread men are favorites.

Lauren rolls the dough and cuts them out.

Mom takes them out of the oven and they are ready to decorate.  It’s been a festive week around here.

Thanks for stopping by to see our trees! My family is celebrating Christmas all together at my sister’s house tomorrow.  We’ll all gather there for Christmas breakfast, present opening, and general frivolity.  Later in the day, my cousin, Brenda, and her family of 5 will arrive bearing lots more food and we will celebrate together with a big meal around 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.  

I want to take this time to wish each and every one of you out there a very Merry Christmas.  I hope that you are celebrating too with the ones you love and remember your blessings on this special day.  I certainly am celebrating mine!  I know I am not the only one who has experienced hard times this year and my heart goes out to all out there who need hope and encouragement.  This has been one tough year, but it is ending on a sweet note.  I think back to where I was last year at this time, with so much uncertainty, fear, and not at all sure what I would be facing in the New Year.  This year, I’m breathing a big sigh of relief that this year is over and there are better days ahead in 2012!  I am happy to see a new year arrive and look forward to many more fun and inspiring days with all of you.  You have ALL been so supportive and so sweet to me and I am forever grateful for YOU…each one of you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda,
    What lovely trees! Lauren’s tree against the brick wall and window was my favorite.
    Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas this year. You are an inspiration in the way you live your life, and so many of us here in Blogland appreciate you and what you do.

  2. That is the prettiest white tree I have ever seen! I love the fur, too!! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Rhoda this makes me want to have a flocked tree. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love Lauren’s tree, also and I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of the loft.

    You are an inspiration in more ways than I can count!
    Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!

  4. Merry Christmas, Rhonda! I love the tree and it looks like you’re off to a great start to Christmas!

  5. Stunning trees, Rhoda. I love a flocked tree and Lauren’s tree is a knockout, too. Merry Christmas.

  6. Both trees are beautiful, and have their own personality. Love the fur on the white tree. Thanks for sharing a piece of your family traditions. Merry Christmas!

  7. Wow, I want both trees. Just beautiful. Makes me want a flocked tree and a Radko tree. Favorite Radko that I have is the Elton John.

  8. Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas and New Year.
    I’ve certainly enjoyed all your Christmas home tours.
    Over the years you have inspired me in many ways. Thank you!

  9. Merry Christmas Rhoda!!

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rhoda. Thank you for sharing your family’s trees with us – they are beautiful! I especially love your niece’s loft…that exposed brick is awesome. Would love to see more of her place if you ever get a chance to visit her and photograph it! My family is not getting together this year at all. Loong stories of which I’ll spare you, of course. Instead, we (me, my husband, and my 21-year old son) will be going to a friend’s house to celebrate with them.

  11. What beautiful Christmas trees! Stunning! Looks like your niece has some pretty nice digs, too, in NOLA. Love the rustic old brick wall! Merry Christmas, Rhoda, and I hope 2012 is your best year ever.

  12. Merry Christmas, Rhoda. May the New Year hold many blessings for you.

  13. Merry Christmas to you and your family.. And also many thanks for sharing your family’s trees, and all of the wonderful Christmas
    activities, etc. Your blog is a great inspiration to me, I am only a
    lurker but so enjoy checking it out everyday. My family has gone
    through a very tough year also.. and I am so thankful that all is
    behind us.. and also look forward to a better year in 2012. Blessings
    to you in the new Year!!

  14. Merry Christmas Dear Rhoda!

  15. Rhoda, I know you have had a rough year. I hope your new year will bring you a lot of new hope , and dreams fulfilled . You write a delightful blog everyday and share with us all the things that are going on in your life. So today, Christmas Eve, I want to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Wonderful new year . I hope you and your family have a nice time together. Thank you for your post everyday.

  16. Oh Rhoda that was awesome! I enjoyed it so much and wanted to make some cookies. I got a chuckle from the chubby gingerbread men! Never saw one of those before. That’s TOO CUTE!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you AND your family!!!!!

  17. The trees are stunning. I always enjoy viewing beautiful creations. Baking cookies is so much fun with family members. Lots of wonderful recipes and memories. Merry Christmas. I am your newest follower…Linda

  18. Rhoda, first of all,you are a strong,beautiful woman who has been set free to fly and fly you will,I believe you are on your way. Talent never goes unnoticed and you are abundant with talent! I wish you the best of holidays,I thank you for sharing my home with your viewers! I saw your sister’s tree in person, it is gorgeous! Lauren has quite a spectacular tree also! Merry Christmas to you all and may the New Year bring us all,happiness,peace,prosperity and most of all love! For the greatest of all of these, love is the greatest!

  19. Rhoda:

    I have thought of and prayed for you several times this year, and I’m so happy that you are ending the year on a better note than you started it. God is good and faithful! His grace is sufficient.

    His gift is Christmas!

    May 2012 bring you healthy, happiness, peace and plenty!

  20. Rhoda – I’ve been thinking of your in the past couple of days and I wanted to wish you a very Merry Chritmas. I also wanted you to know I’m truly enjoying mine. My youngest daughter is here and we’ve been able to spend some fantastic time together. We have another week together and I feel very blessed to have her here for an extended visit. I’m so happy you are also having a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your day tomorrow and all the best in 2012. I can’t wait to see where you take us in your blog next year, and where you life will go too. It will be fun. xo.

  21. Rhoda — This post is full of inspiration and ideas! Thank you for sharing so much of your life and your know-how. I know you will have the best year ever in 2012, because you deserve it.

  22. Thank you, Rhoda. Hope today is lovely, enjoy all the food, your family, and have lots of fun. (Lauren’s tree is breathtaking!)

  23. Lauren’s tree is beautiful! So sparkly and colorful – reminds me of my childhood trees. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    Jane H.

  24. VintageBeachgirl says:

    Beautiful trees! Rhoda….thank you for sharing your journey this year. I so admire your faith and courage!
    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
    Take care, VBg

  25. Warmest wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and the brightest 2012!

  26. What a breathtakingly beautiful tree, I have my theme for next year now.
    Thank you for sharing with us.


  27. Rhoda your sisters tree is just gorgeous!! and I too am rejoicing with you that this year ended on a sweet note! I can only imagine how hard this year has been-but God is good and His love never fails. May your 2012 be more than you had ever imagined!!

  28. I have been thinking about getting a flocked tree and now my mind has been made up. Your sister’s tree is beautiful! Also, Lauren’s tree is so pretty and it looks perfect. I wish you a blest Christmas and want to believe that 2012 will be much better. You have been through a lot and even though things were so hurtful and unknown, you have not let bitterness consume you. You stay positive and I know good things are on their way for you. You are doing a terrific job. Merry Christmas!

  29. You know, every time I see someone’s flocked tree I want one too! They are so beautiful! You and your sister decorated hers beautifully! I also LOVE the angels sitting next to it near the fireplace. Your neices tree is gorgeous also! Thanks for sharing them. I do hope 2012 will be a wonderful year for you, Rhoda. You have faced all your troubles with such grace and dignity. I so admire you for that. XO, Pinky

  30. What beautiful trees and decorations. And the cookies look delicious.
    I actually decided to make cookies this Christmas too. Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies! The hubby and adult child loved them.
    Merry Christmas!
    I hope you and your family have a blessed New Year!

  31. Rhoda, I stop by your blog often and I’m happy that you are feeling happy. You don’t know me but I do pray for you. I started last year when I read you were selling your home and moving.
    I’m happy for you!

  32. I have been out West celebrating with our kids, Happy New Yyear dear friend….I pray 2012 will be a better year for all of us !!!

    All the best to you and yours,
    Kathy 🙂

    ps when I make gingerbread men, I use a tablespoon for the body, teaspoon for each leg and head, and I split a teaspoon for the arms, they come out so big and puffy……….. (i got this tip from my girlfriend Patti)

  33. Love the trees. I also very much appreciate the tutorials on exactly how you place the different pieces. Almost wishing I will not have to wait a year to try some of your ideas. The netting that you used/placed in the tree (silver netting) was that to add color sparkle or is the netting specifically for hanging the ornaments on? And, if it is for hanging the ornaments on do you then get find green netting if you are using a green tree? What exactly is it made out of? Thanks. Tamra
    Also, I too, am primarily a lurker—-love your blog. You are so creative and gracious. Was saddened by your difficulties this past year but as the other reader said….you handled it with such dignity and grace. Best wishes to you and all your endaevors in the coming year.


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