Welcome to my holiday home and the reveal of this year’s modern country Christmas tree. Note that I used the singular version of “tree.” In the past I’ve had at least two trees, sometimes three. This year, it’s just one. I’m committed to keeping my decorations minimal and simple in order to reduce some of the pressure and stress that this time of year can bring. So far my strategy is working.
I always start to plan my Christmas tree a few months in advance. Sometimes I choose a color scheme, and sometimes it’s a style like Scandinavian. This year, my inspiration was orange slices. Originally I wanted a burgundy color scheme but couldn’t find enough ornaments in that shade. But I’ve always wanted to do something with dried orange slices, so this is the year.
In addition to orange slices, I used some old ornaments I had along with new ones. Once I hung the orange slices on the tree, I decided it needed a little more orange or copper, which I didn’t have.
So I did splurge on one box of beautiful ornaments from King of Christmas, which were thankfully on sale! The burnt orange was exactly the color my tree needed.
Normally I wouldn’t choose a shade of orange for Christmas, but I think these are so pretty. I added some sparkly ribbons for added interest.
This shade of dark green ornament from King of Christmas is so rich and looks good with the burnt oranges, golds, and browns on the tree. This is a color scheme I’ve never used before for Christmas decorating. I wasn’t sure I’d like it. After all, I was pining over not being able to do a burgundy theme. But I think this is my favorite tree so far.
Older ornaments that I used this year include my favorite glass pine cones with animal heads. I found these a few years ago at The Little Traveler, a boutique-style shop in a large historic home in Geneva.
I wanted something special for the top of my modern country Christmas tree and found this felted partridge.
Maybe next year I’ll get my burgundy-themed tree but I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out. And to think it all started with a humble orange slice!
I’ll share more of my modern country Christmas decorations over the next week or two. This year I’ve decided not to do a holiday tour all in one post. It’s a LOT of work and since I’m simplifying this year, it’s easier and less stressful to spread it out. I’ll miss being on Jennifer Rizzo‘s holiday housewalk, which starts today, but I feel I’ve made the right decision for my mental well-being.
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