Taking my challenge using for rustic tree decorations a little further, I personally chose to amp it up with a bigger challenge for myself: create a tree design outside my comfort zone. Typically I prefer a very tailored tree with not a lot going on, and a very formal look. This time I decided to challenge myself to do the opposite – a more is more, over-the-top, ultra full and “extra” tree design!
Early this year we spent some time in both Wyoming and Montana and I was very inspired by the rustic, ski-lodge country feel. So I wanted to invoke that fireside, casual, slightly country feel.
Scheme: I chose to use navy as predominant color, accent the tree with red, and throw in some metal accents with the oversized jingle bells. I also really wanted the tree to shine like crazy so used an open weave glitter ribbon to let the glitter do it’s magic by letting the Christmas lights shine through it and make that glitter pop!
I used a navy blue duping plaid check mixed with a glitter open weave ribbon to create the layered look. I wanted the lights to really shine through so both ribbons aren’t opaque. The duping adds color, texture and design, but has a slight see through quality. The open weave let’s that light shine through to illuminate the glitter!
Versus using traditional ornaments, I piled on the oversized, jumbo, mayor impact tin metal jingle bells! Man these things rock! I used all three sized for a very “extra” use of rustic Christmas tree decorations! They actually jingle – they have that perfect rustic, country feel I wanted.
To substitute the rest of the ornament I used lots of Christmas tree sprays.
To bring in the full Montana vibe, I wanted to accent our awesome basement brick wall. I hung garland along the drink ledge and accented it with more of those great metal jingle bells.
To substitute the rest of the ornament I used lots of Christmas tree sprays. I mixed in layers of navy with both the berries and the grass. And used the pine cone and berry mix for a hint of the outdoors and color pop.
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Thank you to Decorator’s Warehouse for asking me to participate in this super fun challenge! What do you guys think? Did I conquer the challenge? Please let me know!