This next ornament was one from our Advent Calendar this year. I told Drew to go hang it on the tree but it never made it there until one nap time when I rescued the Nutcracker from the cars and little people that he was playing with.
Our tree is one of those things that stays mostly the same each year. And I like that… I like adding a few new ornaments each year to give it a little more sparkle and pizzazz. This photo was taken as I’m standing at the island looking into the living room. I love the rustic texture of the Manchester sign and the sparkly twinkling of the Christmas tree.
I bet you are thinking my floor looks sparkling clean. It is. I cleaned it just for you. 🙂
The walls of the back entry are Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. I love that color. It’s the perfect gray / tan.
It’s been alternating raining, sleeting or snowing today and other than a few errands this morning we’ve been inside staying dry and playing around the tree (needless to say I cleaned up the chaos of a zillion cars once Drew went down for his nap). The galvanized bucket the tree is in was from one of our tenants, they left it behind after growing tomatoes in it this summer. I just love free stuff. Especially when free stuff works this perfectly.
We’ve used the same Restoration Hardware ball ornaments since we were married. I bought them at Restoration Hardware’s 75% off clearance sale the winter before AJ and I met. I found them in Boston, right by Copley Plaza and felt so posh carrying my enormous RH bag through the city. Since the tree is generally the same as the other years you’ve seen it I want to introduce you to the newest sparkle that you haven’t seen yet. This Eiffel Tower ornament is one I gave AJ last year because he’s been to Paris a number of times and it’s one of the places we’d love to go together. It’s from Pottery Barn (I picked it up at their Deal of the Day last year when all ornaments were 50% off… I’ve been checking daily for that deal to pop up).
That’s one of the RH balls in the background.
I love love love the twinkle and sparkle this ornament and it’s two look a likes bring to our tree. Our friend Maria gave them to us as a host/ hostess gift at our Christmas party the other night.
My in-laws gave me a gift card to Crate and Barrel for my birthday and I decided to spend it on some mercury glass and other silver sparkly ornaments. I’m learning that I love the natural look, and affordability, of pine cones and cut greens, but I also love a little bling mixed in with that. Blues, whites, silvers and mercury glass… I cannot get enough of mercury glass and the way it catches the light.
These were each $1.95 and 25% off!
Then I found these pine cones at Crate and Barrel, originally 95 cents and then 25% off as well so I got a bunch of them to put all over the tree. Does it look like the pine cone is twinkling to anyone else or are my eyes going crazy?
Last time you saw this little drop off corner we’d installed our driftwood hooks and I didn’t have any permanent photos above them. Don’t you just love these two of D and E? Petite Pixel Photography took them during our Christmas card photo shoot.
Do you have your tree up? Are you the kind of person that keeps it the same every year or switches it up on a regular basis?