Home For The Holidays Travel Tree
Welcome to the heart and soul of my home, where you will find my Home For The Holidays Travel Tree.
Hi Everyone, today I have joined up with some amazing bloggers to share some fantastic holiday inspiration with the Home for Christmas Tour with you all this season, organized by the super talented Leigh, at Little by Little Home. If you have just join me from Michelle at Our Crafty Mom and her fabulous holiday home tour, welcome we are delighted to have you here to share in the decorating of our Home For The Holidays Travel Tree.
Every year we fill our great room with a large 12 foot tree filled with all of our travel ornaments from places we have been, memories we have shared. This year more than any other year it was so important to see how lucky we have been to have traveled to all these amazing places while we were able too. Since our house theme this year is Christmas carols, this tree is aptly themed Home For The Holidays Travel Tree.Each little ornament symbolizes a place, a memory, a journey we took together and we are so grateful to be able to fill our 12 foot tree completely with all of these memories. Especially with the state of the world today, not knowing when travel will really be safe again or when other countries will even open up their borders to allow tourist. This majestic tree is always at the center of our holiday home and while the color theme may change from year to year, the ornaments and sentiment will always remain the same.As you take a closer look at a few of our trinkets from some of our travels you may be able to easily spy St. Paul’s Cathedral, Aqueducts of Segovia, 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tavern on The Green, The Liberty Bell, Kīlauea National Park and Stonehenge. While there are many more, those are just a few in this shot that are pretty easy to see. We made it a tradition to buy a Christmas ornament at every travel location we have ever gone to over the last 23 years, which has filled this amazing tree. Plus they are so easy to find, it seems like it is a very common practice to have holiday ornaments at gift stores when sightseeing. Plus it is a nice way to reminisce and recall your trip years later. One rule of thumb my husband and I had when we married was to not travel to the same place twice. I know a lot of people that have timeshares or vacation homes and always go to the same place on vacation and really like the familiarity of that; but for us there’s was a whole big world we wanted to see. So why not go to a different place each time and experience something new and different instead of the same old, same old?As I mentioned above, while the ornaments stay the same with new additions each year from our travels I do change up the color scheme to go with a house theme. This year I used a pretty combination of sheer rose gold ribbon and burlap netting to weave into the the tree. I followed the color story with adding over 500 shatterproof ornaments in shades of gold and champagne.
I carried the same ornaments and rose gold ribbon to the fireplace mantle and added them into the garland along with all white twinkle lights to match the tree. While I do mix up the type of lighting I put on this tree from year to year, in the color story I felt like sticking to a traditional warm white twinkle light was the best choice.Our stockings and matching faux fur tree skirt located inside the wicker tree ring have a very rustic feel this year to play off our new cow hide chairs that flank the fireplace. I also ordered a few cowhide pillows and antelope pillows as well to continue the rustic wilderness feel in this space. You can also see that we have a couple of basic mixed green wreaths hanging inside of our tobacco baskets, I did decide not to add any more additional ribbon to those, I liked keeping them a solid green.
I also added a few rustic Staghorn Ferns into my farmhouse style dough bowl, just drop in a few glittery holiday ornaments and voila instant holiday centerpiece. This is located on our accent table which normally sits in the window, where the tree is now. Since I get asked all the time where I relocate my furniture during the holidays, this table is behind the sofa, as a breakfast nook with the bench. I hope you have enjoyed my section of the Christmas Blog Hop, now I can not wait to go and visit all my friends listed below to see how they have decorated their homes for the holidays. Now to continue the loop, head on over to my super talented friend Sara, at Twelve on Main to see her Inspirational Kitchen and Dining Room Holiday decor!