Monday, November 30, 2009

    A different kind of Christmas tree

    I'm starting to really catch the holiday spirit, getting really excited about getting all dressed up for holiday parties, eating special holiday treats and spending some extra time with my favourite people in the world. Right now I'm typing away from my local Starbucks as we've lost the electricity in our apartment - hopefully it'll be back up and running soon enough, but for the minute I'm enjoying some beautiful holiday classics. Nat King Cole's 'The Christmas Song' has always been the first on my holiday play list - his deliciously rich voice sparks of Christmas for my every year and I'll always play it while baking or decorating for the holidays.

    As I may have mentioned, I absolutely adore Christmas and love jumping wholeheartedly into all the festivities. This year, however, I'm toying with the idea of a Christmas tree alternative for our tiny apartment. While beautiful boughs and lights are a must, I'm loving some of these beautiful, smaller-scaled alternatives perfect for smaller spaces.

    This simple little tree adorned with white paper doves is a elegant option - and would work beautifully with my all-white decor.
    (As long as Javier doesn't decide to wreak havoc with the doves,
    he's has a thing for paper lately - naughty little devil...)

    Really love this beautiful little holiday gorgeous ensemble by Toronto designer Lindsay Mens - silver holiday branches + mini Christmas bulbs + a chance to show off sparkly jewels = one very glamorous little holiday vignette.
    {P.S. Find this beautiful branch candelabra in Toronto at Pavilion.}

    Another simple alternative - whispy thin silver reeds with sparkly silver ornaments add a bit of festive cheer to any small corner (especially with presents below :) )

    A love this charming little Christmas tree, full of warm holiday wishes from loved ones. Very simple to achieve with some festive holiday ribbon + holiday cards + a few little decorations thrown in for good measure. Now I just need some holiday mail (hint...)

    This is one of my favourite options - delicate branches adorned with glass ornaments in silver in gold stand out against the bright winter light. This could also be a beautiful centre piece for a holiday gathering.

    I'd love to know, what are some of your holiday decorating traditions?

    {Photos: 1- CountryLiving, 2-Photographer:Stacey Brandford for CanadianHouse+Home, 3- MarieClaireMaison via automatism,
    4- CountryLiving, 5- Photographer:Ted Yarwood for CanadianHouse+Home}



    I love the first one- the doves are lovely. My mom does a huge xmas tree each year at her house and she decorates our fireplace mantel. She also hangs all our xmas cards around a window in the main kitchen area.


    I love the last picture! Thank you for the inspiration! :) Good night! xx Nicky :)


    love those branches adorned with glass ornaments! so delicate and pretty!


    I am smittened by the first on..really nice!

    Splendid Willow said...

    The last one! Both dramatic and beautiful. I would make room for it even if I lived in the kitchen pantry! I am glad I found your lovely blog. And I am now a follower. Happy week! Monika


    Thanks for the lovely ideas - I had just been debating with the husband what will look best in our new *small* apartment. As long as it sparkles, I'm happy :)


    Hi! Loved the Christmas tree with cards! And all the center pieces! Amazing finds! xo


    Love the Christmas tree with Cards!! Thanks for sharing that eco and pretty idea!

    Big fan of your posts,


    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog - Love your blog too!

    Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

    really enjoying all of these 'non-tree' options, esp for those of us small apt dwellers out there!


    All very pretty but the last one is my fave too, and so easy to achieve!