White Christmas

We got our tree on a Sunday night.
 It was the first time in ten years that we've had a live tree so it took us quite a while to cut off the bottom, bring it inside, see that it was scraping the ceiling, bring it back outside to cut it down some more. etc etc
Finally we got it in the house and got the lights put, but it was started to get late so we decided we would decorate the tree another day.

My 12 year didn't want decorate the tree on a school night.
 He just didn't want to do homework and decorate the tree on the same night. ;)
So I threw ornaments on the tree. My two year old helped me hang the white metal stars.
This was my chance to try something a little different.

 I found these sparkly snowflakes for a dollar a piece and hung them from the ceiling.
I used packing tape and they are starting to fall down now. :(

Here's the arrangement on my living room table.
I threw it together for these pictures and planned to change it out later,
 but I ended up liking it so much that I kept it this way.

You know those beautiful Nordic blogs where the tree sits in a bucket and they are very sparsely decorated. That was the look I was going for.
(FYI: there's a tree stand inside of the bucket)

It was something different for five days, but I was glad to load on the color at the end of the week. :)
If you want to see what our tree ended up looking like go HERE.

Linking up to White Wednesday @ Faded Charm


  1. Lisa- I LOVE your tree. I love the metal tub!!! I love the simple understated table display. It's sooo pretty. Compared to your tree, mine looks like it's on crack! I love this. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Your decorating is stunning and those pillow are truly fabulous! I love the whites and creams! Absolutely beautiful!

  3. love it in the galvanized bucket! looks like a beautiful picture to me!

  4. Your tree is gorgeous, Lisa! I love the stars, They have a simple, clean look. Don't you love real trees?! Your vignette looks very sweet, too. This year I have made more vignettes rather than scattering things around. I just don't look forward to putting everything away! lol!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. Lisa,
    Your tree looks so lovely! You did a great job!! We always scrape the ceiling w/ our trees....argh!

    Really love the union jack pillow too....I've been wanting to make one but they look so difficult!?

    Merry Christmas!

  6. So beautiful! I love that front room of yours! My husband is so unhappy that our tree is in the lower level, ha! I mean basement ~ we may have to buy a small one for the upstairs as well...

  7. Your tree is so lovely on those hardwood floors! Love the galvanized bucket, do you just pour water in it?

  8. I love the tree and the tub!
    Such a great look.
    I am havng troubles photographing mine.
    Lights on... too blurry and over exposed, lights off... everything looks dead. Any tips!!??

  9. I think it's beautiful. If I had a live tree, I'd want it to look just like this. Now I'm trying to figure out if I can get the base of my fake one to fit in a cute bucket!!

  10. Your tree looks fantastic and I especially love the metal bucket. The simplicity of everything is really nice xo

  11. Love the sparse decor on the tree!
    Beautiful. And the table vignette is gorgeous!!
    I looked at the tree since you added color and it too looks fabulous!!
    Loved all your pics

  12. Lisa, your tree is just gorgeous and I love it in the bucket. Everything is just so simple and elegant.
    Marianne :)

  13. One tree - two looks I like it! I love the stars btw and the bucket. I'm going to have to do that next year.

  14. LUV that Nordic look, Lisa! Bare and simple is right up my alley. (My tree...not me.) lol! Beautiful room and gorgeous tree! :)

    xoxo laurie

  15. beautiful!!!

    I think we might be neighbors!!

  16. Ohh I love that you used the bucket there to hold the tree in. So different than a skirt & so creative & beautiful!

  17. Merry Christmas week! Your tree is stunning in the galvanized tub - love that idea! xoox, tracie

  18. I love the tree both ways!!!