Trimming The Tree

Happy Holidays! We were thrilled to be asked to participate in this year’s Light Up The Season, a festive and worthwhile event to raise funds for Children’s National Health Board. Area designers are partnered up with amazing children to create a holiday display that is a truly inspired collaboration. The event is Sunday, December 16th from 12-4pm at the Four Seasons Georgetown! You can buy tickets in advance by clicking here.

We have had lots of questions, and a really positive response to our tree this year! So, this week we thought we would share more about the process of creating the tree and the decorations. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a young girl who just happened to share my love of elephants so we settled on a safari themed tree. She told me she also loves a bit of glamour — bring on the gold and metallics for some sparkle! We started with a mood board with a jungle theme, but our tree quickly evolved from there.

Our first find for the tree was a treasure trove of children’s safari animals. The only problem was they were definitely not metallic and not ready for our glamorous tree. Gold spray paint to the rescue. Enter a parade of elephants, giraffes and lions, all dressed up for the season! We love the way they worked out on the tree.

If you’re not feeling crafty, or have the time for a project, there are lots of great options out there for all sorts of animals!

As we worked on sourcing items for the tree, we came across these fabulous peacocks and we had to have them! I love the way the texture of the feathers works with the metallic of the animals. Mixing textures is always a winner — the same principles apply when styling your home. It’s always good to incorporate a mix of materials. The only difference on a tree — feel free to up the sparkle quotient!

To continue with the idea of introducing different elements, we explored dried flowers as a possibility. We found a mix of metallic magnolia leaves and flowers that worked perfectly. Magnolia leaves make such fabulous holiday decorations, you really can’t go wrong.

And, lastly, we couldn’t resist incorporating a few of our textiles in the design. Finn in brown added just the animal print feeling we needed as a garland, and Edward rounded out the design on our tree skirt. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product!

Lastly, every tree needs lights and bulbs to complete the picture! Here are a few of my favorites.

It wouldn’t be a blog post without some of my favorite finds, in fashion, for your home and a few gifts for the ones you love. Happy shopping!