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Plaid Burberry Holiday House Tour

Burberry Plaid Holiday House Tour

Happy holidays and welcome to my first house tour of the season.  This is always my favorite post of the year and the one I think about in the middle of the summer.  If you found me through Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk then welcome.  Her home is decorated so nicely and she has tons of homes on her tour that you won’t want to miss.  You are definitely in for a treat.  If you haven’t decorated yet or are just looking for some ideas, I hope you leave today with some inspiration and more importantly, some holiday cheer.

Burberry plaid tree- yourstrulyjenn.com

Welcome to my holiday house tour. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

My theme this year started around a Burberry scarf.  I am very into plaid.  For more plaid ideas check out my Pinterest board “mad about plaid.” I love the Burberry print and I already decided at the end of last year that I was going to use it in my decorating for 2017.  I love knowing my theme early because you can shop year round for items to go with your theme.

Going back to classic red is always fun, but giving it that splash of black brought in that wow factor.  The white dishes are Emma from Pottery Barn and the black dishes are from Joanna Gaines’ new line from Target.

This centerpiece arrangement is from Target.  I also added a Pier 1 garland and some natural elements to give it this final look.

I loved using natural elements this year.  The pinecones were big for me.  You will see them in all the trees, vignettes, and arrangements I did.  I loved using the pomegranates and the baby’s breath to add the finishing touches to this centerpiece.

 It took many layers and textures to create this tree.  This is just a regular store bought  7 1/2 foot tree.  You don’t have to have an expensive tree to get yours looking fabulous.  You can create this look at home.

I love putting wrapped packages and boxes under my tree using coordinating ribbon in my theme color.  You can find some of these boxes on sale at Target from the amazing Sugar Paper team.

This year I added a lot of red berry picks, white picks, pinecones, and anything that gave off an “it just snowed” feel.  I love the final product.  In my next home tour, you will see two more trees that I am obsessed with.  So come back for that later this week.

This red and white ribbon I used in my house tour from 2015.  I purchased the ribbon from Michaels.  I also have it in the black version. I use these all the time.  I even used them for my daughter’s graduation which was teal and black. Try to save your ribbons.  You never know when you will need to reuse them for packages or for your tree like I did here.

Burberry plaid tree- yours truly jenn

I will have a post later in the month explaining how I decorated this tree step by step.  However, if you are looking for more tips on how to decorate your tree, you can check that out  in one of my earlier posts.  Also, if you are a big Youtube fan check out Rebecca Robeson of Robeson Design.  She is amazing.  She has design sessions once a month for $10 where you can learn all kinds of tips to carry over into your own home.

These are our gigantic doors as one little boy told me on Halloween.  I love my Frontgate wreaths and garlands.  I have used these the last 6 years and they are still going strong.  I purchased the red bows this year and I am obsessed with them.  They are so luxurious and you can use them inside or outdoors.  It is hard to find bows and at this price so you need to get them before they sell out.  I may order 8 more in case I decide to do something different outside next year.  That is how much I love them.  I am not sponsored by Frontgate. I just love their stuff.

This is my teacup Maltese, Cupi (rhymes with puppy). She actually let me put a bow on her and she sat nicely on the picnic basket for some pics.  Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  She was actually quite amazing and got lots of treats after.

I have collected these packages and boxes over the years.  I try to save my good things to recycle for other years.  Especially neutral colors like white and black that I know I will use again.  When you are buying entertaining pieces and you don’t want a neutral, think red.  Do you know how many holidays include red? Valentine’s, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Christmas.

I get a lot of questions about Cupi on my Instagram account.  If you’re not following me on my social media I post very frequently there so you can check me out on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Cupi is 8 years old and weighs 5 pounds.

These are my “bought off a vendor on the road in New York scarves.”  They are the only ones I trust being outside.  But I love them just the same.  The monogrammed rug is from Frontgate.  They also carry a monogrammed everyday version is you don’t want the Christmas one.

In my dining room I used silver and white because it matches the white tree in my foyer.  I will be showing you that tree in my next home tour.  This garland is from Pier 1.  I wanted something a little lighter for this table and I think it turned out nicely.

I love the look of this bow from the Joanna Gaines collection at Target and the Eucalyptus leaves.  It just gives a very soft, elegant look.

All of my glasses and dinnerware were purchased from Home Goods.  I try to shop my home first and see what I have before I purchase anything.  Luckily, I had everything, but the ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this home tour as much as I enjoyed decorating and putting it together for you.  During the holidays so much can get in the way of the real reason we celebrate.  So this season try to slow down a little and spend time with your loved ones.

For unto you is born

this day in the city of David

a Savior, which is CHRIST the

LORD.

Luke 2:11

 

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Decorating Your Christmas Tree

Follow along with me as I show you step by step how I decorate my trees.  Each tree has a different theme and different ornaments, but the steps generally stay the same.  I finally have tree decorating down to a great formula that works for me.  I hope it can help you out too.

This is the first year I am using a flocked tree.  I LOVE IT!!!!  I have always wanted one and I finally took the plunge and invested in one.  I decided to go with the woodsy, rustic theme.  I had already collected the ornaments for the tree a while back.  I was just waiting to find the right tree.  Being patient was hard, but I found my tree at Balsam Hill.  I am not affiliated with Balsam Hill, but I will say I will always buy their trees.  I was able to set it up from start to finish by myself.  It was easy and it looks ahhh-mazing.  It was everything I had hoped for in a flocked tree and they have my business the next time I need to invest in another tree.

7 1/2 FOOT PERFECTLY PLAID TREE–  This tree in my kitchen, is one I’ve changed this year.  I usually do it red and green, but I was excited to change the colors and theme a little.  Here are the steps I took in order when decorating this tree.  I will also list the materials and where I got them from incase you are interested in this look.

Frosted tree picks

Materials for the Plaid tree

 

  1.  Place frosted greenery dispersed throughout the tree to give it the look of a real tree.  It also lightens up the tree.
  2. Add all berries, sprigs, and twigs next.  This layer adds a lot of texture to the tree.  It also fills in the sparse spots of the tree.
  3. Adding your garland or ribbon is the next step.  On this tree, I decided to wind the ribbon around the tree in a messy in and out pattern.  Wired ribbon is easier to manipulate.
  4. The big ornaments come next.  Place the bigger ornaments (pinecones, mercury glass balls, and larger ornaments) next.  Try to place the ornaments in the holes and layer from the middle out.
  5. Use the smaller and clip on ornaments last.  Fill in where you see bare spots.  Try to mix colors, patterns and shapes throughout the tree.
  6. Stand back and move things around as you see fit.

The materials on this tree are:

  •  frosted greenery, berry sprigs, antler sprigs (Michaels)
  • Red and white striped ribbon (Michaels)
  • Black bulbs (Dillards last year)
  • Red and Black Buffalo check ornament (Pottery Barn)
  • birch wood stars and mercury glass ornaments (Pottery Barn)
  • Black and Red Reindeer (Pottery Barn)

Plaid tree half done

Plaid tree with ribbon

Plaid tree with ornaments

7 1/2 FOOT FLOCKED TREE/BALSAM HILL– This tree is in my library this year.  I love it so much that I think I will put it in a more prominent place next year so I can look at it all the time.   I had already gathered the ornaments for this tree way before I actually had the tree.  The ornaments give this tree a log cabin type feel.

  1. Place frosted twigs in places where you see holes.
  2. Weave Pom pom garland around tree starting at the top.
  3. Place ribbon on the tree starting at the top.  Weave in and out using a wired ribbon for easier use.
  4. Place Noel saying on the tree.
  5. Place biggest ornaments on the tree like the glittered pinecones and the large houses. Most of these will be from the middle toward the bottom.
  6. Finish up with smaller ornaments like the woodland animals.

Flocked tree picks

The materials on this tree are:

  • Brown Velvet Ribbon (Dillards – last year)
  • Most woodland ornaments from Pier 1, Kohls and Pottery Barn
  • Pom Pom Garland (ETSY)
  • Frosted Twigs (Michaels)

Flocked tree picks and ribbon

Flocked tree with garland

Flocked with ornaments

9′ WINTER WONDERLAND TREE- This tree has all white ornaments on it with silver and clear accents.  This room is done with all things to do with winter.  This is my mom’s favorite tree each year.

  1.  Put in the twigs with the little white balls.
  2. Put in the silver leaf picks.
  3. Put on the icy picks.
  4. Weave the silver wried ribbon on the tree.  This is a new ribbon I bought for this year.  I didn’t like the one I had been using.  I love the way this ribbon made the tree look. The other one I used last year was transparent and I didn’t like the final look.
  5. Add the big clip on flowers.
  6. Put on the large ornament.
  7. Add the small ornaments.
  8. Fill in with the the transparent stars and icicles.

winter wonderland with ribbon

Materials are:

  • White ball picks (Michaels)
  • silver leave picks (Michaels)
  • Icy Picks (Michaels)
  • Silver Flower clip on (Michaels)
  • Gray wired ribbon (Michaels)
  • large white ornaments (Pier 1)
  • smaller white ornaments (assortment over the years)

winter wonderland picks

Winter wonderland picks and ornaments

winter wonderland full tree

I hope you got some ideas on the format of how I decorate my trees.  I tried to go with items I had already purchased, but there were several items I added to my collection this year. I always start at Michaels and see if they have what I’m looking for before I head to a department store.   I also like things that not everyone else is going to have. Local boutiques and smaller stores may have decorations that fit with your motif.  Don’t overlook those stores either.  I hope you are checking things off your to do list as Christmas is almost here.  Leave a comment below about how you will spend your holiday this year.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Christmas Home Tour part 2

I hope you saw the first tour and decided to come back for more decorating ideas.  There were just too many pictures to add so I decided to make this a two parter. If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I thought it would be fun to add some frequently asked Christmas questions as well. In my next holiday post, you will specifically see my trees and it will be broken down into how I decorate each tree step by step. Snuggle up and enjoy the last part of the tour.

Plaid table setting

My MIL gave me this centerpiece years ago. I just added the plaid ribbon.

How did you decide on your theme for this year? I found several pieces of inspiration such as a plaid box, a buffalo check pillow and a great ribbon and decided to use these items to build a plaid theme for this year. I was so excited because plaid seemed to be everywhere even in a ton of fall looks. I had no trouble finding everything from plates to wrapping paper. I had a blast creating the look I was going for. I hope you like it too.

Williams Sonoma Plaid plates

I love the Plaid plates from Williams Sonoma.

 

Traditional red and green with plaid

Sometimes I just love to go back to traditional red and green.

You should never overlook details like setting a gorgeous table. You don’t have to have fancy dishes. White works well and then spice things up with colorful napkins, table runners and place mats.

Traditional table setting

I did the table a couple different ways, but this look was most traditional.

 

gold reindeer table setting

This table setting was a more glam, glitzy look.

What is your best Hosting tip? Do things in advance like setting your tables and moving furniture. This will give you time to attend to the smallest of details which your guests will surely appreciate.

Glam table

Use flowers to adorn your table. It gives the table a beautiful look.

 

2 dozen red roses

Two dozen red roses definitely add a special detail to this table.

What is the entertaining rule you live by? Shop your home first and see what you have. Most times you already have what you need and can mix and match things from other holidays to create a beautiful look.

gold reindeer

I got these gold deer from Target. They also had them in silver.

 

snowflake ornament

I put the snowflake ornament on everyone’s plate. I think it adds a nice touch.

 

coffee vignette

Set up a little coffee station vignette to give your kitchen that Christmas touch.

Favorite Holiday Tradition? I always make Christmas breakfast and then we eat lunch at my mom’s house after we open gifts. I love that we’ve done that for years.

mirrored chest

This mirrored chest is in my mudroom. This is the fanciest it has ever looked. My husband usually uses that dough bowl for his keys.

 

cranberries for Christmas

Using cranberries in your Christmas decor is quite easy and inexpensive.

 

beautiful packages

Beautiful packages can really make your decor stand out.

What is the secret to trimming a perfect tree? Fluff the tree first. Once it is out of the box fluffing an artificial tree is the most important step to making it look more realistic. Also, if you have an artificial tree, stick some real branches in bare spaces.  This makes your home smell really nice and gives the look of a real tree.

metallics

I love how this look came together in my upstairs hallway.

 

Metallics in decoarting

Metallics were very popular for decorating this season.

I hope you made it to the end.  Thank you for stopping by.  If you didn’t see part 1 of my Chritsmas tour, you can check it out here.  Also, I did a collab with my friend Michelle and you can check that post out here.  Please leave me a comment telling me one of your family traditions.

Yours Truly,

Jenn