Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Decorate It - A Black and Gold Ombrè Tree

First off, I want to say thank you to Treetopia for providing me with one of their amazing faux trees! They have an awesome variety of artificial trees that go far beyond the traditional. I was provided the black and gold ombrè tree to decorate as part of their 2015 Design Council, but all opinions, designs, and DIY's are my own.

Let's talk about this tree shall we? When I was contacted by Treetopia and asked to be a part of their 2015 Design Council, I literally jumped for joy! I love decorating for Christmas and while I already have two other large trees in my house (one for the kids to decorate upstairs, and a large 10' one in our family room), I am definitely of the mantra 'the more the merrier' at Christmas. It was difficult to decide which tree to get, but their new gold and black ombrè stlye really caught my eye. I knew it would be a nice contrast to the other Christmas decor in my house, and fit perfectly in my mid-century-esque dining room. I started to formulate some decorating ideas, but I really needed to see it person first.

Once it arrived and I set it up (which took no time at all), two things came to mind: "This is a party tree!" and "It reminds me of New Years Eve". The colors of the tree fade from a champagne gold at the bottom, brass and bronze shades in the middle, and finally, a dark black on top.  With all of the metallic colors in the mix, I decided to transform the tree into a glitzy and glamorous mixed metal extravaganza.

First up were the geometric ornaments I talked about yesterday. The different polygon gem ornaments in silver, gold, and copper helped play up all the metal tones and really lent to the mid century feel this tree had going on.

After the geometric ornaments were on, I started to create a few others in mixed metal tones to help fill out the tree. I like the look of different shapes and textures in my trees as it helps give more dimension and character. My next DIY decoration to put up were small paper fans I made out of gold and copper wrapping paper (the gold from Home Goods, the copper from Target).

I also made a few "party" ornaments to tie into the 'New Years Eve Party' feel of the tree. I found some black matte ball-ornaments at At Home and cut out words like 'Party',' Pop', 'Fizz', and 'Clink' in gold vinyl on my vinyl cutter (similar to a Silhouette Cameo), applied the masking tape, then stuck them on the ornaments.

To finish out the tree, I added a few gold leaf snowflakes, gold tassels, and a crown of gold ball picks for the top.

The final touch to create a full blown mixed metal tree was to add a DIY gold tree skirt (which I will tell you more about tomorrow) and a few silver and copper wrapped presents.

I 'm really happy with how it turned out. It has such a slim profile, it fits perfectly in the corner of the dining room. The mix of geometric ornaments and paper fans in a variety of metal colors is definitely not traditional Christmas, but still exudes a holiday party vibe and will be perfect to keep up through New Years!

I hope you love this mixed metal, mid-century diva as much as I do. And if you are looking for even more unique tree decorating ideas, be sure to check out the rest of the Treetopia Holiday Design Council. There are some extremely talented people on the council this year! And new trees are going up all week.

Jennifer Perkins 12/1/2015
A Kailo Chic Life 12/1/2015
Inspired by Charm 12/1/2015
Hi Sugarplum 12/2/2015
Jaderbomb 12/2/2015
Whipperberry 12/2/2015
Flamingo Toes 12/3/2015
Aunt Peaches 12/3/2015
Lolly Jane 12/3/2015
Maggie Holmes Design 12/3/2015
Love The Day 12/4/2015
Home By Heidi 12/4/2015
Dream Green DIY 12/4/2015
Lia Griffith 12/4/2015

December 1 Jennifer Perkins of Jennifer Perkins/Treetopia Kara Whitten of A Kailo Chic Life Michael Wurm of Inspired by Charm December 2 Heather Thoming of Whipperberry Cassie Freeman of Hi Sugarplum Jade Harrington of Jaderbomb December 3 Amanda Freund of Aunt Peaches Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes Kelli Mullins of Lolly Jane Maggie Holmes of Maggie Holmes Design December 4 Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY Heidi Parson of Home by Heidi Lia Griffith of Lia Griffith Lindi Haws of Love the Day

Source: http://blog.treetopia.co

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