24 Nov How-to Build a Stylish Christmas Tree
Christmas is by far my most favourite time of year. A time filled with tradition, fun and family, reflecting on how blessed we are to live on our beautiful planet, creating glorious memories daily.
The term Christmas can mean a lot of different things to different people. For me its not so much about the gifts but the feeling of togetherness the decorating of our home and tree can bring. The joyful mood that spreads throughout our home that has the ability to transport us from an adult to childhood in the lead-up to the big day is priceless.
Like past years, this year again I share my style tips on how you too can prepare, decorate and build a fabulous Christmas tree!
So lets go back a little. As a very young girl I spent hours every year watching my mother take pride in hanging her small bright red and green glass apple ornaments on our tree each year. One by one they would be carefully positioned and evenly spaced, often taking a step back assessing the location, only to move right in again and strategically place yet another layer of ornaments, slowly working her way up to the top of the tree. And so the love affair of Christmas, with all its spirit and fun in decorating had begun.
Fast forward many years on and I too had started my very own personal collection of hand crafted ornaments adding one or two every year until I felt the tree was complete. With the birth of the children came another set of carefully selected, handcrafted festive ornaments, bringing new additions and love to our tree.
Here are three simple steps to get you started:
Your tree can be as plush as you want it to be, the cost of how much you would like to invest is totally up to you, but getting the basics right to begin with will make all the difference to the overall finished look.
Step 1- The Tree
Select a tree that will suit your home, Christmas trees can be costly, invest in something that will go the distance. Its important you select a tree that sits well in the room it’s displayed in, don’t go for an oversized tree squeezed into an area that clearly does not fit well.
This one featured below (purchased from David Jones) is in its 18th year and has served me well.
Step 2-The Lights
- Start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Distribute the lights evenly, spacing them on branch tips and inside the tree for great depth.
- Always work with the lights on, this will give you a sense of where the decoration should be later placed.
- The more lights you add the more fabulous the tree (my tree with stars featured below).
Step 3-The Decorations
- Decorations will set the trend for the theme e.g. winter-white, silver or traditional red and gold (choose carefully).
- You should have at least 12 filler ornaments for every foot of the tree. Pick solid colours, keeping with the theme chosen.
- Choose at least 10 “special” ornaments for every couple layers of the tree.
- Choose decorations that are both large and small creating interest to the eye when looking at the tree.
- Decorate as deep into the branches creating depth to your look.
- Make sure all gaps are being filled.
- Place larger ornaments towards the bottom of the tree and work the medium to small towards the top.
- If you have young children or pets that want to play with the ornaments, set special ones higher up the tree.
- Choose a tree topper to complement the theme and decorations (my favourite is a classic silver star).
Final KerryK Style tips:
- Remember to progressively take a step back from time to time, making sure all lights and ornaments are spaced evenly around the tree.
- Decorate the rest of your home with a similar theme, trimmings make all the difference to a living space.
- If you are investing in hand crafted ornaments, take time to choose wisely, saving you money and heartache in the long run.
- Package and store the ornaments in well-suited boxes, giving you joy year after year.
- Get the whole family involved with the decorating, after all that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it!
Where to source Christmas decorations and ornaments:
Sourcing ornaments is rather fun and easy these days, according to your budget retailers like Ikea import fun, easy to set up trees and decorations. Depending on your style and budget, David Jones carry an amazing selection to choose from too.
For those of you wanting to take it up a notch or two, you will never be disappointed with Villeroy & Boch spreading tradition and cheer throughout your home.
Last but certainly not least my absolute favourite Christmas glass ornaments, each individually hand-crafted by Polish artisans. For me IMPULS are truly the creme de la creme of festive ornaments.
In case you are wondering, yes have styled homes during festive season and even shopped to source Christmas decorations for clients. Should you be pressed for time we can help. Fill out the form here select “Other” and we’ll be in touch asap with details.
Do you have a favourite Christmas ornament shopping destination you would like to share with us?
xox KerryK & The Style Culture Team