How to Decorate a French Country Christmas Tree
For the last few years, I have been a bit enamored by French Country Decor and while my home is not a reflection of this beautiful style, this year I do have a French Country Christmas Tree. Tree and Decor Courtesy of Balsam Hill.
The French Country style is trending right now and even though the rest of my house is a faint, i.e. minimal, reflection of that my tree this year is very, very, French!
It all starts with the tree
Last year I had a fresh cut tree which was beautiful but messy and previous to that I had an artificial tree that was over 20 years old so this year when I received this beautiful Saratoga Spruce Tree I was beyond thrilled! It's smaller than my old tree at 7' high, takes up less of a footprint in my living room at 50" wide and comes pre-lit with Candlelight LED Lights. I chose the candlelight LED lights because of the warmth they radiate. Very similar to candlelight (hence the name, right?).
Next, the Ornaments
I chose three types of ornaments to complement the tree and create the French Country look I wanted to achieve.
I chose 3 Jumbo French Country Ornament Sets, to cover the tree. These ornaments are definitely large but not so large that they are overwhelming and they help to balance the tree and don't get lost among the branches.
They were inspired by antique French baubles, are handcrafted, and are absolutely exquisite. As I opened the box and unwrapped each ornament I was oohing and aahing to myself....the pictures do not do them justice as they are truly stunning.
I added one set of Etched French Country Ornaments.
These are all clear but at night the light shines through them and gives them a goldish glow.
I also added one set of BH Essentials Small White Matte Ornament (12 Pieces). These are made in Poland which made them extra special to me since my Mother was Polish and add just the right touch of soft white to the tree.
I added one set of Champagne Acanthus Flower Picks and I should let you know that I added these first before any ornaments were added. They are so beautiful and after Christmas, I'm going to put them in a vase. They are a blush type of pink with glitter and beads that catch the light.
The Finishing Touch
The finishing touch for decorating the tree was adding ribbon. I used 1 ½ spools of 4"x10 Yard Platinum Pleated Lamé Ribbon that I cut into 3-foot and 4-foot lengths that I then swagged and pinched across the branches randomly.
Beneath the tree, I placed a 72" Juliette Fringed Tree Skirt. This tree skirt is beautiful and makes a slight jingle noise when you move it which I find fascinating - I'm easy to amuse. To see the full skirt and appreciate its beauty check out the link above. You can also see a beautiful picture of it here.
And one final note 🙂 I have a large mirror that my husband bought for me for our first Christmas together.
The mirror no longer hangs anywhere in our home but I love it and can't part with it so I usually just lean it up against a wall in the living room and in this case, it is the perfect backdrop for my new tree from Balsam Hill. When the lights are on at night it reflects back all the glow and adds a warmth and beauty to the room that is enchanting!
Oh, how I love Christmas!
Christmas and Holiday Joy and Blessings to you and yours.
Everything is s0 beautiful and festive, Mary Beth. I especially love that beautiful mirror behind your tree it really completes your theme wonderfully!
Thank you so much, Diane, and a very Merry Christmas to YOU as well. xo