My Christmas Trees For 2012

Another week closer to Christmas!  Oh. My. Gosh.

I guess that means it is time for our tree reveal.  Three trees and a story to tell, so bear with me!

This year, the kids begged for a tall tree.  Yes, we have the high ceilings for it, but I am not a fan of tall trees, unless they are outside.

a) They drink a ton of water.

b) They require more decorations.

c) They can be overindulgent.

d) They are a lot of work.

If I had my way, we would be out choosing the perfect Charlie Brown tree.

However, I gave in and let them pick out a tall noble which made me “mom of the year.”

16 feet to be exact.   Which in their eyes, 16 feet was a compromise since we have 20 foot ceilings.

Christmas Tree - 16 feet But Simple

It took four of us to get it in the house and it spent two days in the middle of the room so I could decorate it.

It was a comedy in the making…

I would go upstairs and stand on the balcony while John stayed below turning the tree so I could decorate the top.

After I did the top 1/3 from the balcony, I moved back downstairs to the ladder.

I then stood on the ladder while John turned the tree for me to keep me from having to go up and down so much and move the ladder around the tree  – and turning that tree was not easy.

Like I said, a comedy. 

How many people does it take to decorate a tree?  {insert punch line here}

Christmas Tree @ Turnstyle Vogue (9)

Because of b, c & d above, I decided to keep the decorating very simple.

I used burlap ribbon from Pottery Barn…

Burlap Ribbon In Christmas Tree

…and made two ornaments to place sparingly on the tree.

First, I painted 40 pinecones three different shades of gray.

Smoke gray all over, metallic gray on the edges and sparkle chrome in a mist. 

I tried to screw eye hooks in the end but it only worked on a few so John took them out to the shop and shot staples with the air-nailer.  By turning the pressure down on the air compressor, he was able to shoot them so that they did not go all the way in, leaving a “hook” for me to use.

Three Shades Of Grey Painted Pinecone (tag)

The second ornament was a clear glass ball filled with trimmings from some green and red shrubs in our backyard.  60 of them.

Fresh Greenery In Glass Ornaments

I then made the topper by simply tying three jumbo bells together.

Three Sleighbell Handmade Topper For Christmas Tree

I was going to use my DIY chain link garland but that was before we got a tall tree.  I didn’t have enough time or energy to make more. 

This tree isn’t covered in accessories, but it still looks good.  The simple décor balances out the size so that it isn’t too indulgent.

Christmas Tree @ Turnstyle Vogue (6)


Christmas Tree @ Turnstyle Vogue (8)

It is a lot different from last year’s tree, but I love how it turned out.


Christmas Tree @ Turnstyle Vogue (2)

Christmas Tree @ Turnstyle Vogue (3)

Speaking of glowing, here is a quick look at the other trees we have.

I got to choose this time and went for very small.

One for the den…

Christmas Tree In Den

And one for the bonus room…

Kids' Tree In Movie Room

that was decorated by Cassidy and Joey

They had this tree decorated completely before I had the first 4 strands of lights on the big tree.

Which resulted in very poor judgment on their part when they opted to have a trash-talk party.

Which resulted in my confirming that Santa believes in karma just as much as I do!

By the way….want to guess how many lights are on the big tree?



Did I say it was “simple?” 

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  1. Shari the tree is beautiful. At first glance it’s so big, but the way you decorated it made it special. That’s what Christmas is all about! Please explain how you did the burlap ribbon? I have the worst time putting it on the tree. Thanks……..

  2. beautiful job! love the rustic and red! the photo of the pup by the tree is my fave! :)

  3. Joan the KNitter says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful.

  4. Just stunning!!

  5. These trees are just beautiful. I love all the light and the jingle bell tree topper.


  6. Last year’s room was lovely, but I love the tree even more this year. It’s elegant and charming. To me, when you hit both of those, you’ve done it!

  7. What a ton of work, but the tree is truly gorgeous!

  8. Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I am so crashing your house to sit beneath this beauty! I am with your kids on size, we have only 9 foot ceilings and every year I look at the 12 ft and up trees and wish :) Beautiful job on the decorating, I especially love how your trees glows, I can’t seem to get my hubby to understand that it takes THOUSANDS of lights to achieve the glow I am looking for. Thanks so much for sharing, I am visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

  9. Your trees are beautiful and the tall one, although a ton of work, and all those lights!, is so very pretty.

  10. Amazing, and gorgeous! Your story was hilarious! What a mom :)
    Cheers, Andrea

  11. Your tree is gorgeous! It is one of the features over at Kim’s; I am sorry I missed it last week! We just moved into this new house and only have 10 foot ceilings and a 10 foot tre plus topper. BUT, o the morning room the ceiling is peaked so it JUST fits in there!!!! I LOVE big trees. The picture of the tree and the dog should be on a card, or magazine!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky


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