Friday, December 11, 2015

The Dining room Christmas tree

This time last year we had only been here for a few short months. House projects were still in full swing and we didn't exactly feel settled. 

The dining room was still untouched, wearing busy red wallpaper and needed some major TLC all around. So this year I thought it would be nice to have a Christmas tree in here as well as the living room. (I'm planning a post about the changes we made in the dining room soon.)

We brought the chandelier from our previous house and it turns out the ceilings are higher here, so its hung a bit high for my liking. But we are here to talk about the tree, not what I want to change or what isn't finished. 

This is the first time we've had two full size trees. In the past I've done table top trees, so this was fun for me.


Every year we go to a tree farm and cut our tree down. But for the dining room tree I decided to try something different. I ordered a fresh cut tree from Green Valley Christmas Tress in Oregon. It was pretty cool because it was delivered right to our door. This is what a seven foot fir tree looks like in a box! I have to say I was impressed with how well it shipped.

I couldn't wait to unwrap it...

This is how it looked after we fluffed up the branches.  I tried a new to me variety called a Nordmann Fir. I did have to trim it up in the back a bit to fit our space, next year I'll go with something slimmer. I will definitely order this way again in the future. This tree holds its needles really well and smells so good.

I'm calling this our merry and bright nature tree. Lots of pine cone, wood and acorn ornaments. With some sparkly white and black balls thrown in.

Someone special is getting that cute vintage basket filled with a few goodies for Christmas. I love how it looks next to the tree,  I kind of want to keep it now!

Christmas music is in full swing here and I love every minute of it. It was nice sitting down to write our cards here at the table with the tree in the background. Last year I couldn't stand being in this room for more than ten minutes.

I'll be back soon with some before pictures and I'll talk about what we've done in here and what the future plans are.


  1. The tree is gorgeous. I often wondered how that worked, shipping a tree.

    1. Thank you Lauren! It was a really good experience for us.

  2. Very interesting story. I'm impressed how the tree fluffed out. Perfect!!!

  3. That tree is absolutely gorgeous, I would love to try that variety next year and the company that ships it sounds wonderful. My kids would never go for that but someday when they are off on their own I will try that method! Can I just say how very happy it makes me to see you on Instagram and in the blogosphere again? I missed you and your posts and love seeing & reading what you're up to with your new home. You are making it so beautiful!

  4. HA! I was logged in as my son there......hope you weren't creeped out that some strange guy commented how much they missed you!!!!! :) :) :)

    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Lisa!! And for letting me know it was you;)

  5. Your tree looks lovely. I would never have thought of getting a tree shipped. You picked a beautiful variety! P.S. So nice to see you blogging again ;)

  6. I never thought about trimming the back of a tree for it to fit in a space! Our real tree sits in our two-story foyer and I have always wanted an extra tall one but when I went to the farmer's market, they were so wide that they would block the walkway. If I trimmed the back it would fit perfectly! Genius, London!

  7. Wow, your dining room Christmas tree looks fabulous. The idea of trimming the back of a tree for it to fit in a space was so genius. You know dear I saw a huge Christmas tree in a Christmas event at some domestic Chicago event venues. You know it was the biggest Christmas tree I have ever seen.

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