Is there anything like waking up in the morning to a fresh snowfall? The trees glittering, all blanketed in white. We love that we can bring a bit of that magic home during holidays with our artificial pre-lit Christmas trees, no matter the weather forecast. With endless ways to decorate these snow-covered beauties, we asked three of our favorite lifestyle bloggers and designers, Fashionable Hostess, Randi Garrett Design and Decor Gold Designs, how they would deck out these trees in a unique way. The results, of course, were nothing short of magic.
by Randi Garrett Design
For her tree, Randi Garrett wanted a look that felt like an icy winter wonderland. Our Winter Dreams Ornament Set (so beautiful, it’s currently sold out!) inspired the color palette and led the way for this magical design. “No tree is complete without a special, unexpected pop,” Randi says. “It takes your tree to the next level and makes it feel unique and beautiful. Adding crystal ornaments and garlands to this tree created a special touch.” To get this decked-out look, Randi started by adding picks and larger ornaments, then layered in the smaller ornaments and the ribbon. She finished by tucking fur ribbon into the tree to make it feel full and soft. “Placing the ribbon last conserves your yardage and allows you to fill in gaps,” Randi says.
Randi’s tree trimming ritual … The boys and Dad move all the furniture, while my daughter and I unbox all the ornaments and start trimming. The star always goes on last, and Dad always hangs it.
Favorite music to play while decorating … Classic Christmas music from Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Andy Williams.
Dreaming in Blue
by Fashionable Hostess
For our friend Amanda Saiontz Gluck of Fashionable Hostess, ornaments and ribbons in blue and white are perfect not only because they fit the colors of her home, but also because her family celebrates Hanukkah. Amanda loves that Frontgate’s trees are pre-lit so she doesn’t have to fuss with untangling string lights. “The lights are what set the mood, and I love that with this tree you have endless options. My kids love that they can change the settings to multicolored or flashing, while I love that for parties I can have that soft glow,” she says. Gluck recommends taking your time and laying out all of your decorations beforehand so that you can come up with a game plan. It will ensure you achieve just the look you’re going for.
Amanda’s tree trimming ritual … Having a friend around to help and ALWAYS having a pre-lit tree. I turn on the lights as I assemble each section so I can see how it’s going to look when it’s done.
Favorite music to play while decorating … the Christmas Pop playlist on Spotify. I love Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”, the Pentatonix “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree.”
by Decor Gold Designs
Jennifer Prock of Decor Gold Designs recently remodeled her kitchen and gave her living room a whole new look. Her tree is placed between these two new spaces, and Jennifer wanted it to reflect her updated and evolving style. For Jennifer, no tree is complete without something sentimental. “It could be an ornament collected from travels or passed down from a loved one. It allows you to feel more connected with the task of tree trimming,” she says. We love the idea of incorporating the old with the new for a look perfectly your own. Accenting with ribbon is also something Jennifer loves to do. She uses florist wire to make sure it stays fastened to the tree.
Jennifer’s tree trimming ritual: When I was a child, my mom let me unwrap the most delicate glass ornaments. I remember being especially fond of a bright pink one!
Favorite music to play while decorating: It’s become a tradition for my husband and me to listen to Garth Brooks while decorating. Garth is meaningful to us because we’ve seen him multiple times on his recent tour, and he attended my alma mater.