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'Tis The Season

by - Sunday, December 14, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the HandyLuster household. HandyMan and I made a fun trip to Sheridan Nurseries to pick up our tree and took home this nice and full 6’5” balsam fir. This is only our second year with a real tree so I’m still building up the ornament collection. For now, I’ve got a neutral mix of crystal drops, faberge-like golden eggs, pinecones, and a few sparkly birds. I think I need some bigger ornaments.  And some garland. And a tree skirt.



I decided to dress up the sideboard with some of the ornaments I’m less fond of. Last year, I was all over these shiny and matte brown balls and tree cones from Ikea. I paired them with some green accents and sparkly crystals I picked up on sale from Pottery Barn.
Here’s my take on an easy Christmas garland. My mom picked some really nice ivory and silver balls for me last year and some emerald green ones too (nice, but not quite the green I was hoping for). Using some leftover ribbon, pinecones, and a mini Ikea bead garland, I came up with these Christmas clusters. I guess the green balls aren’t that bad afterall :)  Ignore the paper cover on the stairs...bathroom reno is continuing upstairs and we're trying to protect the treads.


And that's all the decorating so far.  I've got a few more wreaths and lights to put up.  Hopefully that will be done before Christmas Eve!

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21 comments

  1. Your tree is breathtaking! The garland on your stairs is both beautiful and original.
    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Wow! It all looks so lovely! I really like the combination of colors you used, and those little bird and pinecone ornaments are sweet.

    I think the staircase garland turned out really cool, too. I never would've thought to do that. Thanks for joining the party!! -Julia :-)

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  3. your tree is just gorgeous. i love the color combination. just perfect. :)

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  4. I love that your colors are so simple but beautiful. Great job so far!

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  5. I love all the blue, green, silver, and white! Sometimes the absence of red at Christmastime is relaxing. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  6. Your Christmas tree is beautiful! And I love your idea for your stairs. I would need shatterproof ones. Thank you for the tour!

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  7. Wow, your tree is absolutely stunning and real too! Happy Holidays.

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  8. Wow! Your tree is beautiful! I love the birds! And I love the colors you used on the stairs.

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  9. my fav is the white christmas owl - where did you get it? it is soo adorable!

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  10. Anonymous12:34 PM

    What a gorgeous tree! And I love the garland idea.

    Thanks!

    jbhat

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  11. Loving the garland, totally. I followed you over from Hooked on Houses - I'm tour number 94.

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  12. Hi I'm here from Hooked on Houses (I'm tour #60) and I want to come to your house and take all your decorations home with me! Yours is my favorite tour so far, so elegant and I love the colors. I envy your ability to do a color-themed tree. Every year I try to do that but then I fall in love with all my eclectic ornaments and end up putting them all on no matter their colors. Too many stories and memories... Happy Christmas to you!

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  13. Everything looks beautiful! The tree is spectacular!

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  14. It all looks so beautiful and I love the little birds on the tree! How cute are they??? You have a pretty home! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
    Merry Christmas!
    -Kim

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  15. IKEA! Gotta love 'em! Love all your great touches! perfect!

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  16. Everything looks lovely. Great idea on the garland.

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  17. WOW! I love your decor. It's perfect. Merry Christmas!

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  18. Love the baubles on your stairs.

    Thanks for sharing your decorations.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

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  19. Wow, Luster, you really go ALL out. I'm so impressed! Between working full-time and blogging full-time I haven't even got an Xmas tree yet, never mind all the additional trimmings. You are Wonderwoman!

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  20. Everything looks beautiful. I love the way you out those colors togther! Perfect!

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  21. Gorgeous Homey Happy Tree :) Love it!!! Love the green too, my favourite colour now :)

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