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:
{Shop Our Pajamas}
{More Favorite Loungewear Styles}

*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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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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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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