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Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

I saw this Christmas Tree in a basket on Southern Living last year and I loved the idea of the basket instead of the traditional stand and tree skirt, but I wondered how sturdy it would be.

This week I was reading the current Country Living magazine I saw a great solution, a basket with the bottom open for the traditional stand! Doh, of course! If you had the right basket, you could probably make one but if you want to buy one ready to go, the basket I saw is for sale here.

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

I love this little tree in a great old pail, from Better Homes & Gardens.

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

I also love this tree in a big metal tub seen in Country Living magazine. Another charming and interesting idea for thinking outside of the traditional stand and Christmas tree skirt.

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

In this same home they put a smaller tree in a white pot and yet another tree in a large bowl! (via Country Living). I love that they used several trees and they all have different containers! The variety of informal trees gives the home a much more laid back, homey feel!

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands
This is a fun tree on a coffee table, from Better Homes & Gardens in a white flower bucket.

Creative Christmas Trees & Stands

This room from Coastal Living also has a tree in a white bucket with a handle. I always put a small tree in my bedroom, I really love that look. The bucket is so cute and is in keeping with the coastal beach theme of the home (find a post on coastal holiday decorating here)!

You’ve got to check out the link to this tree stand left by a reader in the comments, SO FABULOUS!

{post updated from 2009}

What creative ideas do you have for trees?

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

I was looking through my photo files this weekend and came across my Christmas dining room from 2007 (in my English Tudor in Portland, Oregon). It is always fun to reminisce about Christmases gone by and see how our holiday style and decor evolves over time!

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

This dining room in this house was really large, it was great to have room for a baby grand piano (we actually had TWO in the house!) and enough space for all that furniture! I am lucky to be able to fit four people in my dining room now! I don’t think any of my rooms now are as big as this dining room.

We had lots of holiday parties and family gatherings in this house. It really was fabulous for entertaining. We hosted over 100 people at our last holiday party. It was so fun to have friends and neighbors over!

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

The baby grand piano was a player piano, so it could play music all on its own. We’d turn it on to play Christmas songs and it felt SO festive in the house!

I miss all the gorgeous wood and painted wainscoting, the leaded glass doors, and combed plaster walls. So much real, authentic architecture!

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

I also really miss my glass chandelier. I still have the toile shades though! I hoping to use them somewhere soon!

But even though there are things I miss about my old houses, there are things I love about my new home. Over time, it will become “home” too!

Christmases Gone By: Dining Room

TIP: This wreath is full of broken ornaments, all glued and wired on a wreath. It is a fun way to use less than perfect or spare ornaments.

Thanks for going down memory lane with me back to 2007!

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday weekend as much as I am. We’ve enjoyed hanging out with family and just relaxing for a change, but I’m excited to resume my holiday decorating and start the Christmas season!

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