Wow….I can’t believe 2011 is almost over. I shut down for a bit over the holidays to spend time with my husband and 2 daughters. It’s not too often that the girls and I have our #1 man for a solid week….so I decided to just focus on the family!
But I did promise you a peak into my Christmas decor so here is “Christine’s Christmas Rewind”. We had a wonderful holiday with family and friends over on Christmas eve AND day!! A bit crazy and hectic, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
My darling glamour girls in front of our white Glamour tree in the living room.
Every year I purchase a few new ornaments for my white glamour tree. This year my husband bought me this gorgeous chandelier with lots of bling from a Christmas Store. Isn’t it gorgeous!!
Another chandelier ornament I got this year…..and believe it or not, I got this one at Wal-Mart. I love mixing high and low ornaments on my tree.
My white tree is always a Blue/White & Silver theme with lots of birds and diamond crystal motifs.
I haven’t been into tree toppers for the last few years and instead prefer to add fullness via decorations at the top.
Another new chandelier ornament I picked up this year.
Diamonds are always a girl’s’ best friend!!
The four of us have personalized silver ornaments on the tree each year!
This is my fireplace mantle in the living room….again all glamour with lots of sparkle!
Don’t you love my ice crystals….they look like diamond chips or frozen ice chips on my mantle.
This is my stunning 3-piece mosaic Christmas tree that greets visitors when they walk into the front foyer. It can look blue or purple depending on the light.
This is my console table in the foyer. Unfortunately, my purple feather wreath fell off the mirror above so I just set it behind my purple decor boxes.
If you look in the mirror you can see one of my 2’ foot Santa on the staircase landing.
The girls love my miniature purple trees and of course, the purple Diva Deer (as we nicknamed her). She oversees the family room purple tree!
And here is our purple passion Christmas tree that resides in the family room!!
And of course, we all have ornaments that reflect our personalities! Yup, that fancy shoe is mine!
A Mickey Mouse keepsake from one of our Disney March Break vacations.
Our eldest is a budding equestrian.
Our youngest is the dancer of the family.
Butterflies, birds and peacock feathers is a common theme with our decor this year.
I purchased a few fun ornaments like this chevron one and the polka-dot one below!! (sorry for the blurry shots)
I chose orange and green accents to offset all the purple this year.
I used lots of purple wrapping paper to pretty up the bottom of the tree.
We hosted 15 guests on Christmas eve and had a seafood extravaganza of lobster, crab and jumbo shrimp. Mmmmmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
My husband is the cook and I set the table….one of my most favourite things to do when we are entertaining.
This year all my guests took home this crystal diamond ornament used as a napkin ring.
Place settings are also a must!
One of my favourite traditions each holiday season is putting a cracker by each place setting. Everyone wears their silly paper hats and each person has a chance to read out their funny joke to the table. My holiday crackers are actually purple but they look blue in this picture.
And then this is what we woke up to Christmas morning!l
Hope you too had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Thanks for hanging out while I did a not-so-quick Christmas rewind.
All the best heading into new year’s eve!!
All Photos: Decor by Christine
Hi, with Christmas just around the corner, I have been super crazy busy getting ready for the holidays and trying to tie up some loose ends with design clients this past week. And I am pretty sure you would say the same thing back to me.
So below is a gorgeous tree for every day that I missed since my last Christmas Inspiration blog post ! Hope you enjoy these Christmas trees from around the world. Some of these trees are utterly amazing and creative. So it’s nice to take just a little break from all the hoopla, and just sit back and take in the magic of Christmas.
The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington , D.C. , is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.
The world’s largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy ‘s Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the ‘tree’ is a modern marvel for an ancient city
A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo ‘s night-time neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.
Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.
Venice ‘s Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.
Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.
The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Praca do Comercio in Lisbon , Portugal . Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.
‘Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree’: Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany ‘s Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.
Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris , even the Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower
In addition to the Vatican ‘s heavenly evergreen, St. Peter’s Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.
The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid ‘s two-week celebration makes millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world’s biggest lottery.
A token of gratitude for Britain ‘s aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London ‘s Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.
Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer, Frankfurt ‘s city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past
Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).
Deep sigh. Ok, 10 more days!!! Back to panic mode. Gotta go!!!
Believe it or not, I’m still not 100% finished decorating my home even though I started at the end of November!! And I won’t be getting my real tree until this weekend. But in the meantime, I though I would show you how I have incorporated my Purple passion Christmas theme into my home so far!!
If you know me well, then you know how much I love wine. So it only makes sense that my dining room table centrepiece is made out of full length wine staves from the barrel. And its the perfect vessel to display my ornaments.
I’m really pleased how my purple ornaments in varying sizes along with my purple table runner look on my dining room table. It’s very dramatic and glamorous flanked by my mirrored candelabras.
My Lucite reindeer and snowballs are on prominent display on my sideboard, alongside my mother’s silver tea/coffee set that she gave me so it has a lot of sentimental value (BTW: it needs a good polishing)
These snowballs are just Styrofoam balls with fake snow glued all over…..what an easy DIY project. I actually found these at the Dollar Store and thought they were fabulous!! And a great deal!!
On my other sideboard, I added a very glamorous mirrored tray to house my bar accessories. Love my glittery nutcracker hidden among the martini utensils and wine decanter.
My purple theme will flow into the family room with the real tree as the focal point – once my hubby chops it down this weekend. So right now all I have decorated is the mantel and a side console table. The fireplace is not finished because I haven’t hung the stockings yet. I bought some really gorgeous purple peacock feathered stockings at the end of the season last year so I am looking forward to putting them up. They will go perfectly with my purple & green peacock feathered trees.
That’s a purple fur throw in the brown basket by the fireplace.
Here’s a close up of my feathered trees….aren’t they stunning???
I love symmetry as you can see by the way I displayed my candle holders and trees on the mantle. Once the room is finished I will put up new pictures so you can see the final result.
And of course, we need more sparkle with my sparkly purple cones by the hearth. Christmas is definitely the time to go overboard with lots of sparkle, glitz and glamour!!!
One of the accent colours to go with my purple theme is orange and bronze…and I showcase this colour scheme with an assortment of ornaments in these colours. I found these adorable and very glam deer and the tiny nutcracker at Bouclair. My 2 daughters love the glittery purple deer.
Here’s a better look! Have you noticed the feather theme going on here!! Feathers are very hot this season in ornaments.
Next week I will show you my purple tree in all its glory, the foyer AND my white glamour tree that resides in front of the living room window for all to see!. Yes, every year I have 2 trees!
Well I hope you enjoyed a peek into my Christmas decor, and that I was able to inspire your own Christmas decorating in some way.
Leave me a comment and tell me how you are decorating you home for Christmas this year.
Happy December!! For the next 21 days or so I am going to showcase one inspirational item (decor, gift ideas, etc.) per day that is leading me into the Christmas season!!
Today’s inspiration is this glamorous purple tree – my current Christmas tree theme!! Mixed with pinks, whimsical clocks and fabulous wrapping paper….this is definitely a Holiday Glam Slam!!
Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?? If you need help creating a glamorous Christmas tree then call or email me.
Hi Everyone, So last week I had an opportunity literally fall into my lap via Twitter. An assignment editor for CHCH News in Hamilton tweeted that she needed someone to talk about Christmas decorating Trends – STAT!!
I raised my hand on Twitter and the next day I was filming at Sheridan Nurseries with Lisa Hepfner, a CHCH News Reporter.
You can watch the short segment at this link: Christmas-decor-red-green-and-aubergine.
Black and silver is hot this season for Christmas tree decorating. Lots of Glitz and Glamour!!
Aubergine and chartreuse are still very popular this year.