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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Well I've been so excited about this day for months... I'm thrilled to share not one but TWO Christmas tree reveals with you today!  This year I've partnered with At Home Stores to decorate two different trees in our home, just in time to give you plenty of inspiration as you prepare to deck your halls!  And yes, it may seem a bit early, but let me tell you... I just walked the Christmas aisles a few days ago and all of the best stuff is going fast!  (Early Black Friday Decor-Buster deals are already going on!)

I'm also so happy to be joining in the My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living this week.  There are over 30 trees in the line-up this week, be sure to check them all out for loads more ideas and inspiration, today's tours are linked at the end of this post. 

We'll begin with the tree in our Living Room.  I'm calling this super colorful beauty our "Oh What Fun" tree, see if you can spot the reason why!

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I started with this lovely new heavily flocked tree from At Home (#D32 in store).  It was prelit (hallelujah!) and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the flocking hardly shed at all as I set up and decorated the tree.  With all of the color that I tend to use at Christmas, the snowy flocking on the tree provides the perfect backdrop for the colors to pop and shine.

blue and white curtains, white cabinets, jewel tone Christmas Ornaments

You might have caught some of my Instagram Stories that I shared over the past few months on several At Home shopping adventures.  On one of those I shared these incredible pagoda lanterns that I picked up on clearance.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use them on my Christmas tree for a bold accent and statement!  There are 7 spread out around the tree, but I couldn't leave well enough alone with the original white paint color...  I had to spray them hot pink!  To secure them, I just used a branch on the tree to hook through the loop on top of the lantern, then twisted it tightly until the lantern was in place.  The branches underneath help it have a spot to rest as well and keep the weight from pulling it down too much.

At Home Stores, Black and white gingham ribbon, mini ornaments lantern filler, bubble christmas lights

Did you spot it?... the inspiration for the tree name!  I thought this sign was so... fun!... and enjoyed experimenting with adding some larger items to my tree this year.  I found those darling new striped glass tabletop trees to add to my tree collection too, love their whimsical look!

pink wicker elephant table

Bubble lights are so nostalgic for me, we had them on our tree every year growing up!  Did you? When I spotted them I just had to add a few strings to my tree this year.

Most of the ornaments on the tree are a mixture of every size and color.  A few years ago when we did the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas photo shoot, a tip that I got from the stylist was to mix in some larger balls than I typically had in the past, and to stick lots of ornaments back in the branches close to the center of the tree so that a layered effect is created.  I wish I had a better photo but at the top of this one you can see a large faceted gold ornament, those are a new favorite this year!  I also picked up this sweet light up church to tuck in (my husband is a minister).  If you've been here any time at all you know I can't resist mirrored balls of any shape size, so those little mirrored ball picks next to the church were a must for my tree too! Almost every bit of this tree is from At Home, with the exception of the colored globe party lights and the ribbon on the lanterns, both from the craft store.

flocked Christmas Tree  ||  Globe Lantern String Lights

For the tree topper, I started with a gold glittery starburst topper, then bulked it up with some picks and ribbon.  The red and blue curly streamers are on a pick that uncurl and go every which way... they are so whimsical!  I also found the cutest white pom pom picks on the Christmas floral aisle that I used on the top and also spread some out all over the rest of the tree.  You know I can't resist a pom pom!  The ribbon is just cut in about 15" strips then stuck in loop by loop wherever I needed to fill in a space.

I filled the lanterns with LED pillar candles (At Home has a huge selection) and surrounded them with a variety of mini ornaments.  The candles have a 6 hour timer setting, so once I turn them on the first time they'll come on at the same time every night.  So nice that I don't have to mess with opening the lanterns and switching each candle off and on every day.

I can help but grin from ear to ear every time I look at our tree!

colored christmas ornaments, black and white gingham chair, blue and white ikat curtains, pagoda lanterns on Christmas tree
Gingham Settee, Navy Pillow, Striped Glass Trees- At Home  ||  Green Pillows  ||  
Elepahnt Table- vintage, similar here

Moving on to tree #2, my daughter's "Merry and Bright" tree (tree D#12 in store).  Her tree is a short needle flocked tree that's a little more sparse and that's what I liked about it...  plenty of room to hang ornaments between the branches and it looks so natural.  The base is shaped like a tree trunk too, unusual!

She has such a fun, light-hearted personality that I wanted her tree to reflect that.  I started with some large peppermint swirl wooden pieces that are actually yard stakes and spaced them out on the tree for a big impact.  Similar to the Living Room tree, I added some larger pieces to this tree like those the candies and the nutcracker. 


Then, I gathered a variety of ornaments that carried on the candy, playful theme but also tied in some black and white pieces to coordinate with her room.

Like the Oh What Fun tree, I found another sign that was perfect for her tree and gave us the "Merry and Bright" inspiration.

merry and bright christmas tree

 Do you spy the adorable gnome?  And right next to him is a pom pom tassel ornament that I bought several of- perfect as ornaments, gift tie-ons or basket or lamp accents.

Her topper was made up of more of the curly-q streamer picks, peppermint candy picks, another large peppermint stake, and a big striped bow.

I picked up some gift-wrap in the store as well, I like this pattern twist on the buffalo plaid that's been so popular at Christmas for the past several years now.  She had a grin when she discovered there are in fact real presents in there (but that's the extent of my shopping so far... time to get on it!).

black white striped ribbon, candy ornaments, pom pom ornaments

pom pom ornaments, tree topper ideas, plaid gift wrap, black and white decor

See all details and sources for my daughter's room here.

candy Christmas Tree, merry and bright Christmas decorations, At Home Christmas Finds,

Two trees down... the rest of the house to go!  I'll look forward to sharing my full Christmas tour with you in the weeks to come.

Now, hop over and check out these other festive trees!






Thank you to At Home for sponsoring this post.  I've enjoyed shopping with them since I was a little girl and am so happy to be asked to work with them now.  At Home does not offer online shopping at this time, but click here to find an At Home store near you.  To be the first to know about new markdowns, hot deals, and sign up for the At Home Insider Perks program (I love the feature where they save your receipts!!), visit At Home Insider Perks. 

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  1. "OH WHAT FUN" is an understatement! Like the rest of your home...these trees are just HAPPY beyond words.

  2. So much fabulousness!! I'm in love with both trees! You've done an amazing job!

  3. Jen you never cease to amaze me! I'm in agreement with what readers JJF and A Southern Preppy have already I've said once before, and still true, I try to emulate your decorating in my home. Must be working in some ways based on friends/family comments to WOW! ha I especially look forward to your holiday decorating because I'm on a holiday walk December 14. Don't know if you've ever shared this, because I have been following you for many years, do you have an interior decorating background or does this just come naturally? =)

    1. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you've found lots of ideas here that you can implement in your own home, Julie!

      I'm an elementary school teacher by trade. ;) Just always been creative I guess and loved decorating!

  4. So merry and bright and so much fun!!! Beautiful, as always. You are one very gifted girl. Thanks for sharing.

  5. So joyful and uplifting like the rest of your beautiful home. Thank you for sharing.

  6. These are so fun! I especially like how you included flameless candles on the tree!

  7. Love your living room tree with the pink and black dispersed throughout. Very whimsical!


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