Crimson & White Christmas Tree

By Kate Riley December 14, 2011

Today is the last of the Holiday Home parties, and Sarah is hosting Christmas trees, so it’s the perfect occasion to show you ours.  Just like last year (and because it reminds me of my grandmother who always had the same) I picked up another flocked tree at a local lot.  Instead of a tree skirt, we placed it in a wine barrel for a rustic look.  I’m using up all of my red decor this year, so the tree is covered in various favorite ornaments and also bulbs and flourishes in crimson shades. 

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Wedged in the tree are several branches of red berries for color and contrast.

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Also several scarlet birds with gorgeous plumes ~ found on clearance after Christmas last year at Pier One.

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Birch logs in a jingle bell bucket add more natural elements and nothing says Christmas more than the classic poinsettias.  On the chair is one of the felt poinsettia pillows I made two years ago. 

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Silver pitcher and bowl found at my local thrift store earlier this year for a few dollars…

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On the tree are many of our favorite ornaments, including some of the DIY versions I’ve created over the years. (find them here).

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The kids have a Charlie Brown tree in their play space and I put up a little faux tree in our family room too with even more nostalgic and handmade ornaments placed there, but every year I do look forward to decorating the formal tree for this space. 

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Linking up to Sarah’s Christmas Tree party!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Holiday Home Link Parties, oh what fun!

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I’m running around like crazy getting ready for our annual Christmas party this weekend, but I hope to have a few more pictures of our home to share in time for Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes tomorrow.


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  1. So pretty and your photography is perfect. Your Super Model Tree looks just like it just came from a magazine photo shoot.

  2. Oh! Delicious! Everything looks so fresh and crisp and Christmas-y! I love it all. I also love your drapes. Where did you find those? They’re so pretty and “go-with-anything-everything” character! Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years to you and yours!

  3. Ummmm, Kate, I’m completely speechless. Your home looks more and more amazing in every photo. This is my favorite look this entire season! And I’ll have you know, I scoured NC for someone to flock a tree~the red looks STUNNING!

  4. Spectacular! Can I be you when I grow up – or at least in my next life!
    I love the turquoise accent balls in the tree! Too cute! So impressed!

  5. Stunning! I’m a red, white & silver girl every year for Christmas. Would love to know where your poinsettia pillow is from…? I LOVE it!

  6. Love it all! As always, your home is simply perfection.
    Could you tell us more about that lovely starburst mirror? Was it a DIY project?

  7. It is beautiful, and I feel so proud that I choose the same color scheme as you this year. When you, the style queen, chooses it too I know I am on the right track :-)

  8. *** O… M… G… THIS is INCREDIBLY S*T*U*N*N*I*N*G!!! Are Y*O*U TALENTED, and do you have UBER-FAB TASTE or WHAT?!?!?! KUDOS!!!

    Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!~
    Linda in AZ *
    [email protected]

  9. I love your red! But I really love your wine barrel! What a great idea, and right up my alley :-)

    Also, just finished reading your photo posts including the one you wrote last year – they’re fantastic! Thank you so much.

  10. I love it Kate! It is positively **gorgeous**! You are so very talented in every way….I **adore** all of your projects…and your photography is stunning! Wishing you a wonderful week & Merry Christmas! Thank you for being such a beautiful, beautiful blogger…your work bring me such joy! Your blog is a piece of beautiy & happiness every day! Angie xo

  11. Effortless. This is what I love about you and your blog, it always looks simple, beautiful and absolutely effortless.

  12. Idyllic, idyllic..I can imagine entering your home with such a sense of calm and warmth. You definitely “hit this out of the park and beyond”…Just “spectaculous”

  13. This is fabulous! I’ve never seen anything like this and it’s gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Almost makes me want to leave my plum & silver world and join you in crimson and snow heaven- ahhh! :)

  15. I love this tree!! The white & red looks really elegant…the whole room does actually! The big barrel is a nice touch!! Great job!!! :)

  16. I can’t even STAND how beautiful that tree is. It’s perfect. There is nothing more perfect than that white Christmas tree with the red ornaments. Hold on …. I have to scroll up and look at it again.

    I’m back. It’s gorgeous. The photos are especially good too. I’ve been wanting/searching for a real flocked tree for a few years now and have yet to come across one in Canada. I’ve even tried to make my own flocking. Not exactly a success.

    Again … beautiful. ~ karen!

  17. Wow, it’s stunning in every way! I was just telling a lady I work with, that when I graduate from college, live in California, and have a house, I’ll have a white tree! Such an inspiration! If in a few years mine looks even half as gorgeous as yours, I’ll be happy!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Glorious tree! I love the way the red pops off the white tree – so magical! The wine barrel gives it such a unique touch.

    Could you share how you anchored the tree in the barrel? Is there a small stand inside of it?

    Thanks for sharing your dreamy decorating!

    • Hi Sari, great question! A flocked tree is preserved, so there’s no need to water. We measured the diameter of the barrel and cut the stand down to fit just inside so it’s wedged perfectly. I think it would be trickier with a fresh green tree that needs water, you’d be better off having a live tree planted in a barrel, I think…. anyone else have any ideas?

  19. I love the use of the barrel (nice!!!!). Our 1st xmas in our new home, my hubby and I used a ‘carton’ to hold up our xmas tree … we had just purchased our home and received the keys ON Christmas Eve. At 1st we decided not to have an xmas tree bec we already had so much to do and last minute we changed our mind, found a perfect tree at Home Depot waiting for use, but we didn’t find a stand so the DIY in us created our own :) It was magical …. our xmas wish came true … spending Christmas day in our brand new home together.

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