It’s day 3 and tree 4 of the Styling Harvard 2015 Christmas Home Tour! Today we’re taking a look at the office tree. Since last year was our first real Christmas in our house (we moved in the week before Christmas in 2013 and just put up a few decorations in between all the renovating) I knew I wanted to go all out. Hence the reason for so many trees! Part of my, ahem, problem is that I just love so many different styles I can’t commit to just one! I love a good theme through and through. It shows with all the parties and events I host and in our home décor. I love to mix old with new. You’ll see that here with this tree. It’s pretty much identical to how I decorated it last year. Since it’s in the office, which is very feminine, I went with a Victorian theme. There’s mini silhouettes of a 5 year old me, glittered garland, tulle, paper doilies, sheet music, and book page fans.
I got this tree at Target last year for only $20. Great deal. But…it was a little sparse. So this year I did a variation of a trick I saw on Pinterest. I used inexpensive garland from Walmart to fill in the layers. The trick I saw used 2 wreaths but this worked perfectly and was only $4 a piece (I used 2)! The tree just looks so much fuller and you can’t even tell the difference once it was all decorated.
Since our living room tree isn’t entirely visible from the outside, I position this one right in the front window. For the people who do happen to notice 2 trees in the front rooms, they must think I’m crazy. I completed the look for this tree with a cream faux fur tree skirt and some gold and black and white presents. Jamie says it’s his favorite tree because it’s mostly all stuff I made. There are even some sentimental ornaments on there that I either made or were from when I was little. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time in here and really get things organized. Hopefully I stick to that goal!One new thing I tried this year was something I’d been seeing all over Pinterest. I have this dress form in the office year round and it displays the reception dress from our wedding. I wanted to leave it on there but Christmas it up so I bought 3-9′ rolls of garland and started wrapping. It was actually more difficult than I thought because the feathers and satin fabric of the skirt made the garland slip A LOT. I finally called Jamie in to give me a hand and we rigged it with some jewelry wire. I would have liked to have done a full skirt but this was a last minute thing and I’m happy with the result. I’ll be sharing another mini version I did of this on my Instagram later in the week so stay tuned!
Lastly, I decided my little old typewriter need some Christmas spirit. This belonged to my Gram and is so special to me. I used a typewriter font to type up these Santa Baby lyrics and bada bing, I was good to go!
That about does it for today. Tomorrow we’re moving on to the living room! See you soon!