(Plus a Holiday Linky Party)

N othing illustrates the beauty of Christmas quite like a decorated tree.  It is, of course, the iconic symbol of the holiday season.

I love seeing the abundance of creativity that explodes this time of year with holiday trees that are adorned with every theme you can imagine.

Christmas tree

My tree has a back-to-nature theme with a twist. 

While it's filled with vintage-inspired elements, this tree is also inhabited by creatures you might find in an enchanted forest.

Allow me to introduce you to a few of the magical inhabitants of my tree. 

tree in foyer

You may have to do a double take.  You see, at first glance the creatures who live in my tree look pretty real.

Assorted feathered friends visit and nest each year.

bird and nest

When my feathered friends swoop in during the holiday season they waste no time making my tree their home.

It isn't long before little bright blue and other assorted eggs appear beneath them.

bird's nest and eggs

I'm looking for litte eggs from this one any day now.

bird as ornament

These baby owls are a new addition to my enchanted tree this year.

They seem shy and hesitant right now but I'm sure in no time at all they'll feel welcome and quite at ease.
Blog tree 2012 owl
It's fun to imagine that the tiny inhabitants of my enchanted tree actally come to life each night when we all go to bed.

I never worry because keen-eyed Santas keep a watchful look over all my tree dwellers.

Vintage Santa

Tiny, top-hatted elves also sprint about the decorations and are able to stand perfectly still when I glance their way.

One day, I'll catch them darting in and out of the pine needles.  I'm determined to catch them moving about.

  Xmas elf

Loads of berries peek through the branches and add a perfect touch of color to the landscape.

These come wrapped as garlands and they're easy to string around the tree right after I install strands of lights.


Handfuls of dried baby's breath serves a dual purpose in this enchanted space. 

Not only does it contribute a soft, natural-looking element but it also helps fill in the gaps between the branches restoring some of the heft and girth this 17-year old artificial tree has lost over the many years.

baby's breath

Old-fashioned, gold-trimmed velvet bows are carefully twisted onto the ends of dozens of branches.

I really love these vintage bows.  I've used these for many years too.

velvet bow

Eucalyptus branches are also in keeping with my back to nature theme.

These branches are strategically placed throughout the tree and not only unexpected interest but also that distictive "woodsy" scent.

eucalyptus branch

Somehow, it never rains in this enchanted forest but just in case it ever does, there are plenty of velvet and lace parasols to catch the dainty droplets.

Another vintage-inspired touch.

Blog tree 2012 ornament

Silent and still, these woodland elves hide behind the branches as well as their beards.

No matter how hard they try to hide, I'm still able to spot them.

Maybe one night, when I'm ever so stealth, I'll also be swift enough to catch these elderly fellows in action along with all the other seasonal visitors in this tree. 

woodland elf

While every ornament in this tree is special to me, nothing quite holds a place in my heart as much as these little snakeskin baby shoes.  They've been on my tree every year now for a decade. 

You can read the sweet story behind these little booties in my earlier blog post on my favorite ornaments.

snakeskin baby shoes

Meanwhile, a sea of Poinsettia petals adorn my bannister, greeting all visitors who walk into my foyer.

This splash of color ties in perfectly with the colorful, jewel-toned elements in my tree.


tree and poinsettia staircase

So, that's a look at my vintage-inspired, enchanted forest tree and festive holiday decor.  Hope you have a safe and happy holiday. 

Also, I'm continuing to participate in various holiday linky parties across blogland.  Stop by Sarah's at Thrifty Decor Chick for more great inspiration, holiday decor and gorgeous projects.  Lucy over at Craftberry Bush always hosts the most amazing linky parties.  Be sure to check out her "holiday happy hour" linky get-together.




  Be sure to link to a specific blog post and not your general blog home page.  That way, readers will be able to find your specific post long after the holidays.



Boxwood tablescape




 Start thinking about your New Year's table decor. I'll help with a closer look at some beautiful, festive  and attainable tablescapes.

 I recently had a chance to visit a tablescape demonstration that featured some awesome displays.  

Coming up on Monday (12/24) I'll show you some lovely tables and talk with the professional designers who created the tables and get their fab decorating tips that you can try at home.  

Hope you stop by again next week.

 See you then.




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