Our search ensued for something similar to these beauties:
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I searched all through the Boy Scouts' tree lot but could only find morbidly rotund Frasier firs. All so perfect, just not perfect for me. Then, just as I was about to settle for something less than ideal, the awesome hubs led me to his glorious find.
"Why is this the only one with a white tag?" I asked the kind gentleman. "Oh, that one is a flawed tree. Make me an offer on it." "Umm, how 'bout $35?" (it was for a good cause, after all)
"Sold" he tells us as he climbs his ladder to take it down. Man oh man, who knew my dream tree was a Charlie Brown? And home we go with our sweet, sweet find.
As soon as we returned home, the tree was cut to size, placed it in its stand. And since I was creating a Scandinavian look, the entire tree/stand was placed into an old metal feed bucket. It fit like a glove (yay again!).
As if tall, skinny, & awkward wasn't enough for me, I immediately began to denude the tree even further by removing much of its growth. Like trees growing naturally in the forest, I wanted to expose the trunk as much as possible. I wanted to open up the trees branches so that the light could pass through and did so by trimming away as many vertical + overlapping branches as I was comfortable with.
If you decide to try this (which you should), don't be nervous about totally denuding the tree. Remember, Scandinavian trees are trees that grow under the forest canopy - spindly & asymmetrical - as they reach for the sunlight. It's okay if it isn't perfect - in fact, it's even better!
This was my end result.
To hide the interior, I loosely wrapped burlap around the tree stand inside - allowing some of the burlap to peek out from the top.
The tree was then given a very light dose of white lights (I only used one strand on this tree), then the decorating began. (Remember bright whites, warm natural elements, & reflective surfaces.)
Welcome to our Christmas home.
I absolutely love the casual feel this particular design evokes. It's not formal, not stuffy; it's not over-the-top. It's elegance in its simplest form and is totally me. I've taken this look from the front door, all through the house, and have even scattered it all around the property.
If you'd like to look back from the beginning of my holiday decorating, click through to my front entryway, the foyer here and here, and the mantle. And if you just happen to love the antler wreath on my front door as much as I, you will find a simple tutorial here.
Here's to a relaxed holiday season and most of all a very Merry Christmas!