Oh Christmas Tree!

Hi friends…and welcome to those of you coming over from the lovely Julie Blanner’s blog, as part of The White Buffalo Styling Co’s annual Christmas Home Tour! How was your first weekend of the holiday season? We packed ours with quite a bit of festive…starting with our town’s Dickens on the Square, the Mix & Mingle Event I hosted at J.Crew Mercantile (thank you, thank you to those of you who came out!!), our son’s Winter orchestra concert, and finally, a holiday art walk featuring local artists and musicians! I need a weekend from our weekend!

But while it may have been jam-packed, it did the job of whipping us into a Christmas frenzy, and we’re all super excited for the season ahead. Not that we weren’t already, considering our tree has been up for almost two weeks already! #gasp #thehorror

It’s the first time we’ve ever put it up before Thanksgiving, but it just felt right this year for some reason. And I’m so glad we did…starting early has slowed the pace of Christmas, and (so far) there’s been less madness. Plus, who doesn’t want an extra week of evenings staring at a lit Christmas tree?!

With this being only our second Christmas in this house (see last year’s Home Tour here), we had every intention of trying the tree in a new spot this year, but the draw of the new Dining Room was too strong. Plus, I was dying to see how Christmas decor would fit with the new space! #challengeaccepted

Pink and gold were already accent colors in the room, so I stuck with mostly pinks, reds, and metallics on the tree. Then to tone down the other colors in the room, I swapped the purple lamps and navy blue captain’s chairs with more neutral ones from elsewhere in the house. I love how such a quick change transformed the room, and I’m crazy for the new combo!

I found the large paper stars on clearance from Target last year, and I’m obsessed with  how they look on the tree! Our tree is nine-feet, and that takes a lot of ornaments…so I love not only the impact the large stars make, but how much they fill out the tree. We filled in the rest with beaded garland, mirror balls, flocked pinecones, and a few sentimental ornaments.

I chose a few rolls of paper that fit the color scheme (and that added some pattern and personality!), and keep them tucked beside the tree all season for quick wrapping sessions. It helps me to wrap as I shop, instead of saving it all to wrap at once. Plus, it drives the kids crazy to see their names on gifts under the tree for weeks! #muahahaha

Aren’t these gold vinyl name stickers the cutest?! They make even the simplest wrapping so special! (I found them here, and you can choose your color!)

With a 15 and 10-year-old, we’re pretty much at the tail-end of Santa, so I’m savoring every second of this holiday while Little Miss still clings to the magic of Christmas. Although, I think we’ll always go on pretending. #santaswatching At least I know we’ll always be fans of holiday pajamas…we’re all pretty serious about our loungewear around here!

I hope you enjoyed the first peeks of our home this Christmas…I can’t wait to share more with you! Are you decking the halls!? Find more Christmas projects and past Christmas Home Tours, including the popular DIY Kate Spade-inspired ornaments, in my Holidays Tab. See you back here tomorrow for the much-requested tutorial on tying scarves!

But first, make sure you checked out Julie Blanner’s gorgeous Christmas decor, then hop to my gal-crush Shauna’s blog, The House of Silver Lining. She always hits a holiday homerun! Thanks to Lindsay for putting together such an awesome week of Christmas inspiration, and including me!

Full line-up of today’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour:
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*This post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothes, ideas, and abundance of holiday spirit are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. This tree is perfect for your gorgeous new dining room and I love all your family photos. So fun! Merry Christmas Cassie!

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  2. Christina wrote:

    Your tree turned out beautiful in the new dining room. And such a cute family. Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

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  3. Kris Wino wrote:

    Your tree is beautiful! Where did you get the gold bead garland from?

    Posted 12.5.16 Reply
    • Thank you, Kris!! The beaded garland is from Michaels. Hopefully we don't shop the same store, because I bought every single one they had! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

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  4. i love your tree- colorful and fun! the photos of your family are great!

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  5. Momma wrote:

    So sweet! My son is also ten and the questions about the legitimacy of Santa have begun. How I wish they could stay little forever!

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    • I know, makes me so sad! I just tell her, 'I believe in the magic of Christmas…it's up to you if you choose to, as well!' xo

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  6. meg wrote:

    Wow, I love the white lamps in there too!!

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    • Me too! However, I've got them propped on books bc they're a tad too small, but we'll see. Wait until you see the purple lamps in their current home!! #swoon xoxo

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  7. Unknown wrote:

    Beyond the decorations, you have such a sweet family!! I love seeing pictures and videos of your kids and husband!

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  8. Sooooooooooo pretty and festive! Loved this post!

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  9. Your tree looks FABULOUS in your new dining room! I wish I could get my boys to take photos in pjs! I'd get the big eye roll if I asked…haha! Merry Christmas Cassie!
    xo

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    • ha!! My boy definitely was not down with wearing pjs…he agreed to joggers, so that was our compromise! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Loved your post today!! xoxo

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  10. Mallory wrote:

    I mean honestly, could you guys be any cuter!!! Adore you and your sweet fam…and of course all of your gorgeous home! Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

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  11. Gorgeous tree! I agree…those stars really gave it a pop too. I love the idea of the wrapping paper in the basket as I totally am a wrap as you go person. And those gift name tags..that is a fun idea! I'm using some plain brown paper this year with fun ribbon for some of my gifts and the name tags would really add a pop.

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  12. Joanne wrote:

    Beautiful, Cassie! And, thank you for sharing your young family with us. Christmas is especially fun and exciting when the children are still young. Those printed name tags are perfection.

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  13. Cassie!!! love the picture from behind the staircase and the pjs are adorable!

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  14. Kristen wrote:

    I love the stars on your tree, they look great! You may have mentioned it before, but do you open gifts in the dining room or do you have an additional tree in the house?

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    • Thanks Kristen! We can actually see this tree from the main family area (you'll be able to see once I show more of the house tour!)…so we either sit on the rug by the door, or carry the gifts to the fireplace area. Either way, we can still see the tree! xo

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  15. Cassie, everything looks so pretty and very festive! Even your family! Love all the PJs and family togetherness. Thank you for inviting us into your home. XO

    Posted 12.6.16 Reply
  16. TSB wrote:

    Your home is so beautiful and you are adorable! Have you ever thought of painting your stair/banister railing black? I think the contrast of the white and black would look amazing with all of your gorgeous decor. Love your blog!

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    • Thank you!! Yes, we almost painted it black, or stained it dark…but with the dominant navy bookshelves and dark floors, we thought it might start to look too choppy. I love the look of white banisters and dark railing, but thought all white in this case made it less dominant. I love the clean look of it, too!

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  17. These photographs are AMAZING! Just stunning!

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  18. Gorgeous tree. Gorgeous family. These photos will be such a treasure for years to come. I'm obsessed with your dining room chairs but I can't help but wonder if it is awkward with guests sitting in them. Do you get a view of smooshed rears? Worries like that keep me from making the leap. Ha!

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    • hahahaha, I hadn't thought of that, but next time I have people over for dinner, I'm certainly going to do a walk-by to see!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. MelissaG wrote:

    I'm just curious…do you have another tree? When you have fancy trees like that, where do you put all the ornaments the kids made when they were small? Or all the personalized ornaments that were gifts? Or all the ornaments that are passed on generation to generation? That's all my tree consists of. There are ornaments from when my husband and I were children.

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    • Hi Melissa! The kids have a small one upstairs with their homemade ornaments (although it's been a few years since they've made ornaments!)…but this tree has the ornaments we pick up on our travels, plus all the photo ornaments (we do one a year of the kids, with the year indicated on the ornament). If you look closely, you can see them. As for generational ornaments, we haven't been gifted any of those yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ Considering this tree has paper stars from Target and all our sentimental ornaments, I don't really consider it fancy…but I'm glad it looks like it since it's in the Foyer!! xoxox

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  20. Love! Where is your tree skirt from? I have been looking for a faux fur one!

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  21. You're so darling! I love your halls decked for the holidays! Merry Christmas!

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  22. Okay, I just have to comment on that wallpaper. How dreamy! Loving the graphic retro inspired pattern. And your tree compliments the space perfectly! Those giant stars really do make a fun impact.

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  23. JulieVarg wrote:

    Wait am I the only one who wants to know where that darling llama wrapping paper is from? My 13 year old daughter is having a llama-llove moment and would llove to find some gifts under the tree wrapped in that adorable paper!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. You and your family are adorable. Love all the color.

    Posted 12.8.16 Reply

Oh Christmas Tree!

I don’t know if it’s the kid’s ages, or just being in the new house, but I haven’t been this excited about Christmas in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited every year, but this one seems to be a whole new level of festive, warm fuzzies.

Is it weird that as soon as we moved in, my first thought was of where we’d put the Christmas tree? The kids wanted it in the main family room (otherwise known as next to the TV), and Mr. SP and I thought it’d be gorgeous in the new Living Room. Okay, gorgeous was my word, not his. But he nodded in agreement. But can’t you just picture it between the windows?! #sigh

In the end, I think we came to a great compromise…placing it near the new Living Room, but also so it could be seen from the main family lounging spot. Come on in and see for yourself!

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There was nothing wrong with our old 7-foot tree, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to show off the taller ceilings in this house, so we replaced it with this beautiful 9-foot Addison Slim Spruce care of Treetopia. I chose it not only for it’s height, but realistic looking needles, and slender shape. (See where our old tree ended up here!) 

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Our last few Christmases have been really colorful, with bright, color-blocked trees, but for some reason, this new house has me feeling traditional. With a touch of glam, of course. So we adorned the tree with grapevine garland, disco balls, striped bows, and sentimental ornaments. No real theme, other than to make it special to us.

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The tree skirt might be my favorite part. I’ve been lusting over it for years (even made my own DIY version of one!). For the record, the real-deal is world’s better! #duh

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But I’m pretty smitten with the fair isle reindeer my son stuck on top, too. So smitten, in fact, you’ll notice members of his whole family in all my Christmas posts this month!

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We collect keepsake ornaments from our travels, as well as annual picture ornaments of the kids, so decorating the tree is always a sweet walk down memory lane.
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I’m savoring every second of this holiday with Little Miss, while she still believes in the magic of Christmas.

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I hope you enjoyed the first peeks of our home this Christmas…I can’t wait to share more with you! Are you decking the halls!? Do you have a favorite ornament that makes you pause every time you pull it out? Find more Christmas projects and past Christmas Home Tours, including last year’s popular DIY Kate Spade-inspired ornaments, in my Holidays Tab.

*Thank you, Mary Summers, for the special photos!

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32 Comments

  1. That tree is GORGEOUS and soooooooooooo you!!!!

    Posted 12.2.15 Reply
  2. Meghan wrote:

    I love your tree! Traditional with touches of glam is definitely my favorite! We also love collecting ornaments from our travels and love going down memory lane every year!

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  3. Christina wrote:

    Beautiful tree! Can't wait to see the rest of your house decorated!!

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  4. Momma wrote:

    Aw, so pretty! We never decorate our tree with a theme…always with keepsake ornaments and other ornaments my kids have made. I'm also trying to savor having children who still believe in the magic of Christmas as my oldest is 9 and I can see the belief slowly slipping away each year.

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  5. How stunning is that! I love your style xxx

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  6. Love this–so fun and colorful and especially adore the personal touches like keepsake ornaments!

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  7. Love it!! So classy and warm!! We cut ours every year as a family so it has a little different character each timeand the bonding time is just what we need mid holiday season. It's fantastic!!

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  8. We just house hunted and moved this summer and "Good Place for Christmas Tree" was a PRIORITY on my list of must-haves!!! So you aren't crazy! We got a house with a perfect corner and windows to put our tree… I'm so excited! Your tree is gorgeous, thank you for sharing!!!

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  9. wow really beautiful!
    Love it <3

    http://www.poshnessary.com

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  10. Unknown wrote:

    Love the tree! Sweet times with your daughter too! I must ask where you bought the panda pajamas?! My daughter would love that!!

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    • Aren't those the cutest?! She loves them! I looked for a link to share, but couldn't find one…they're from H&M. xo

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  11. Julie wrote:

    I love all you pictures you post. So fun and inspiring!!

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  12. Carrie wrote:

    Ok, tree aside… your hair has been looking REALLY good lately. Love the skirt under the tree and the topper! So pretty!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    Posted 12.2.15 Reply
    • You are too sweet, thank you! I feel like I've been in a month-long 'bad hair day', so I appreciate that!! xo

      Posted 12.3.15 Reply
  13. Such a gorgeous tree and sentimental time of year! So smart to get someone to take pics so you can be IN them with your sweet girl! She's getting so tall!

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    • Mary is so amazing!! With all our rain, the house has been pitch dark…so I had to call in photo reinforcements to get these done! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I love the idea of a grapevine garland for the tree! Did you buy yours, or make it?

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    • Thank you! I was actually going to use those $5 grapevine wreaths from the craft store, and just cut it so it unraveled and I could wrap around the tree. But then noticed they sell grapevine garland in long lengths, so I went with a few of those. But looking back, I'd probably go the wreath route…so much cheaper….although tons messier, so unwrap it outside before adding to your tree! Hope this helps! xo

      Posted 12.3.15 Reply
  15. Love it! Now please tell me where you got the disco ball ornaments!!! The link was to the the laser cut ones from World Market. I have to get some for my tree ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ooops, sorry about that Sandra! But they are from World Market, too. I just couldn't find them online! Good luck finding them in store! ox

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  16. Beautiful tree! I love that you mixed in your sentimental ornaments — memories are so important this time of year. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I don't think it's weird to immediately think about where you are going to put the tree when you move somewhere new. That is one of the first things I try to figure out, too!

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  17. Cassie! Your tree is stunning!

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  18. I love your tree!! gorgeous!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    http://www.askawayblog.com

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  19. Gorgeous tree!! Love how you have it in the entry way…so grand! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. What a beautiful tree Cassie! I love that it's the first thing you see when you enter your home.

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  21. Narci wrote:

    Oh my goodness!!! Girl!! Beautiful!!!!

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  22. Beautiful tree! I love decorating our tree! So many memories with the ornaments.

    Posted 12.4.15 Reply
  23. Kim wrote:

    Love your home and decorations! I was most excited to find out where you purchased your wreath (it lights up!!!), but the link didn't work….can you let me know where I can get one?

    Posted 12.4.15 Reply
    • So sorry about that, Kim…not sure what happened to that link?! It's from Treetopia, as well…I just updated the link in the post, so hopefully it works now!! xo

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  24. Kim wrote:

    Love your home and decorations! I was most excited to find out where you purchased your wreath (it lights up!!!), but the link didn't work….can you let me know where I can get one?

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  25. Hi Cassie! I love your Christmas Decor. It all looks so festive! While going through this post, I noticed you moved your framed travel pictures to your staircase wall in your new home. It looks awesome! I have a similar staircase and would love to see a closer look at the layout. You've toatlly inspired me to adopt this look for our home. Can you do a post or instagram a closer look at the pics on the wall and the staircase? I'm new to the blogging world: http://www.glimpse3sixty.com!

    Posted 12.8.15 Reply
    • Good eye, Seema!! Yes…we just hung all those pics in the stairwell…it was a little treacherous given how tall the ceilings are, but I love it! The entire stairwell had a big makeover, so I'll be sure to share that process, and all the pics, in the new year!! And welcome to the blogging community!! xo

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Oh Christmas Tree

Well, after weeks of 70-degree temperatures, and not feeling like Christmas at all, Texas finally got in the game and gave us a good freeze yesterday! We even got a light dusting of snow! That’s pretty exciting stuff around here, and makes snuggling up under the tree that much sweeter.

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After seven years of trying, last year we finally found the perfect spot in our house for the tree. Then we went and bought a sectional and completely changed the layout of the Family Room. So now we’re back playing musical furniture, and trying out new places. Our bedroom looks like a yard sale, but we were finally able to make room for the tree in the Living Room.

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Just like the brightly colored snowflakes we used to make a Glittery Wreath, I found these jewel-toned curly sticks at the Target after-Christmas sale. I put thin white ones all over the tree, but kept the bright ones concentrated around the top for more impact. I love all the whimsy they add.

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I buy an ornament each year for the kid’s picture, and pulling those out is my favorite part. It’s impossible to not get nostalgic, and a little heart-sick at how quickly they are growing up. *gulp*

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All our DIY Ornaments I showed you yesterday really helped give the tree the bright, jewel-toned look we were going for. And it’s fun knowing we created them together.

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I’m still crazy about last year’s Marbleized Ornaments.

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We added this little funny to our collection this year….kind of a nod to Mr. Sugarplum’s profession.

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I miss not having the tree in the Family Room with us at night, but the Living Room is one festive place…and will make for a fun Christmas morning.

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My favorite part of this year’s tree has to be the skirt!

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A cheapie DIY I’ll show you tomorrow! I can’t give away all the goods at one time!!

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But no matter how it’s decorated, every tree is beautiful and magical at night. Pass the cocoa, please!

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I’m sharing my tree with Megan today, as the Christmas Cheer Link Party is still in full swing! Do you get choked up when decorating your tree? Are you spending evenings lying on fur rugs under your tree? Wait, don’t tell me.

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  1. sp [retty and colorful- the skirt is awesome! love the pom pom trim!

    Posted 12.11.12 Reply
  2. So pretty! You're DIY talent amazes me!

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  3. Fun and magical to the hilt ~ it looks just like you, Cassie!!

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  4. I think we hit up the same Target sale last year…jewel tones seem to be the trend, or all that is left after Christmas! Love the skirt!

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  5. Jenn D wrote:

    I love the bright colors you went with this year!
    Jenn
    With Luck

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  6. I love, LOVE your tree! So fun. It's in a beautiful spot too.

    ~FringeGirl

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  7. Renรฉ wrote:

    It had been unusually warm here too! Your tree is gorgeous! Love this whole room!

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  8. Sarah wrote:

    Beautiful Cassie!! Love it! I have similar curly sticks on my tree and just love the dimension they add!

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  9. I had to get up off of my fur rug to come over and comment! Such a pretty tree, Cassie. Those colors all look so fun in that space. And your DIY ornaments are inspiring me. Oh, boy. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Goodness I love the tree skirt!! Does this mean the first sewing machine was the problem? It's always the machine not the user – my sewing motto! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love how the tree turned out!

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  11. You tree is beautiful and OH SO FUN!!!!!

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  12. Totally agree on the magic of the lights. I love turning mine on every morning – yes, I leave it on all day so I can look at it and sign with nostalgia and happiness at, oh, everything ๐Ÿ™‚ Yours looks beautiful!

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  13. Oh, I agree. The tree looks perfect in that room. And I looooove the tree skirt… can't wait to hear about that tomorrow. Did someone kiss and make up with her sewing machine?! : )

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  14. Leigh wrote:

    So pretty! I love all the ornaments. We have our tree in our family room because we don't have a living room. We have an all purpose room. I have to say, I would miss it at night. I love turning the lights on and just looking at it sparkle.

    I'm also jealous your tree has ornaments all the way down to the bottom. We have a 17 month old son so we used plastic ornaments on the tree. Well, he took every ornament off the bottom 3 feet. As far as he can reach, it's bare. It's just the tree and lights on the bottom. Funny thing is, he doesn't bother the tree as long as there are no ornaments on the bottom. Whatever works I guess!

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  15. Yay! So pleased it's feeling colder and more festive in your part of the world! Love the tree! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  16. I'm pretty sure if I could ever bust in on a movie's Christmas, it would be the Whoville Christmas from the Grinch…this totally reminds me of a Who tree, in the best possible fun, whimsical, fantasy colors kind of way! And *dying* over your Home for Christmas ornament…that's gonna be me this year (c;

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  17. Gorgeous Christmas Tree
    I love all the litlle details
    xoxo
    Lulu

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  18. I love your tree! The jewel tones are seriously fabulous for Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Beautiful! I love the curly sticks!!

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  20. Megan wrote:

    Your tree looks so happy! I love that one sign so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Your tree is gorgeous! Love the bright colors!

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  22. Drywall wrote:

    Looks really beautiful. Merry Christmas everyone!

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