Decorating for the holidays takes me about three whole days! I love and so enjoy the result but it sure is a lot of work!
This year I was wandering around my local nursery wondering what to do that would give me a totally different look. I started chatting with Brian Minter (the owner) and he led me over to his flocked trees. Brian said an old hippie trolled the back woods of the Fraser Valley picking out perfectly appointed trees just for his store.
Doesn’t this tree look like you stumbled upon it skiing down a mountain (above & below)?
I was totally enchanted. And realized that this would give me an entirely new look without having to break the bank!
And here is my newly decorated flocked tree:
This years photos by Maria Killam
Here is last years tree photographed by Tracey Ayton:
Which tree do you like better?
You haven’t seen my new end table from the Pottery Barn (below).
I switched out all the colourful balls and just put up green and gold ones that I already had.
Here’s my end table on wheels!
My nephews have stopped asking, exactly who, are the receipients of my meticulously wrapped decorative gifts.
They know better ; ) ; )
Their gifts are in the store still, yet to be purchased and wrapped-eeeek!
This wall is finally finished. I posted a pic ages ago but here it is with the photo wall arranged. This is a narrow room so the only place for the television was directly across from the sofa, and it’s at the perfect level for viewing.
I love my little West Elm lamp. I think EVERYONE can find a spot for a 14″ table lamp.
A cozy reading spot!
And here’s this years living room. It’s not that much different from last year. But if you look closely, there’s something different about the dining chairs.
The polka dots ; )
When I had all 6 chairs recovered, I couldn’t decide between stripes or polka dots so I did 3 in each. Since you can’t see them all at the same time, I thought I could get away with it.
I prefer the stripes in the end, what about you?
When I was in the nursery, there was one tree that was so skinny, I decided it was perfect for my master bedroom.
My slipcovered ottoman was looking tired. We always place our luggage on it when packing for a trip and I’m always adjusting it, so I threw a faux sheepskin over it! I am in love!
This pin tuck bedding from West Elm is awesome because it never needs ironing. Even in a picture it looks good.
I bought these cream, porcelain trees at the end of the season last year and I love them on either side of our end tables.
Some wintery white penguins and faux, icy paper whites complete this vignette!
I think the blue tree is my favourite in the house. And this is the first year in a very long time where I’ll be sad to take down my trees.
Photos and styling by Maria Killam
This year Christmas lands on the weekend so it seems like we’re only getting one week vacation instead of two! Hey!! Who here is starting your holidays this weekend?
And which tree do you prefer? White or green?
Have a great weekend my lovelies! xoxo Maria
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