I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Being at my parents’ house over the holiday reminded me of something I used to love doing this time of year, which is, decorating my grandparents’ tree in a different color and theme!
As a kid, I would redecorate my grandparents tree every year and often times I would also make the ornaments so that everything matched! I’d even take it a step further by purchasing matching wrapping paper for them to use so that the theme would be carried out under tree and create an entire holiday look.
At the time, I was not sentimental about the decorations that my mom and her siblings had made when they were younger, or even the ones that my cousins and I made for my grandparents. I wanted to decorate the tree with a cohesive theme where everything matched—there was no room for sentiment! But these days, I think it’s great to have two trees so that you can have the kids’ ornaments on one and have fun creating a cohesive look for the other.
The first year I decided to do this, I made close to sixty white taffeta stuffed hearts and hot glued silver and red sequins and rhinestones on them. I also took plastic white golf balls (my grandfather’s favorite game) and glued a red tee to the bottom and a red bow on the top for additional decorations. For the tree topper, I made an angel with a massive wingspan full of white feathers, and if I remember correctly, I did this all when I was only 14 years old.
To this day, I still like to have a tree that matches and has a cohesive look, so over the next few days I am going to provide a few color combinations to give you something to think about as you start to decorate your house for the holidays. The most important thing to remember is to carefully pair inexpensive decorations with a few expensive ones and you will make your holiday decor look like you spent a million bucks.
To kick things off, my first color combination is… Gold and Silver! For inspiration, I pulled décor items from various websites at various price points and put them into the collage below.
If you decide to do Gold and Silver décor this holiday season, please share a photo of your work at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature it here.