Happy Monday everyone. It's time to officially share our Christmas tree of 2012! Although we got it back on the 2nd I never had any natural light to photograph it in until this weekend so without further adieu, our rustic modern woodland tree:
I like to wrap the entire trunk of the tree first with lights so it's properly lit from the inside.
Then came the rest of the lights...
Then ornaments! Ta-da!
We don't have a tree skirt so two oversized fur shams did the trick.
In lieu of a traditional tree topper, I decided to go with a few (free) tree branches for a rustic, almost bird's nest-like arrangement up at the top. You wouldn't believe how many people asked me if the tree grew that way so I guess it does look natural. In addition to our usual white and silver ornaments I decided red would be our accent color.
A new ceramic polar bear picked up this weekend at Sears of all places (I know!).
It is from the Ty Pennington line and I just couldn't resist its West Elm-ish allure.
A sweet felt bird from Target lends a pop of red and the bell was one of our first ornaments received as newlyweds.
The wood rounds were free, cut from a log at my parent's house.
I love my fluffy santa as well as my twine ornaments.
No, the presents aren't staged. They were actually for Dan's family and are now all gone since we celebrated with them last weekend.
I just love how the tree makes the whole room so warm and cozy.
A big improvement over last year's I'd say...