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For this Christmas tree I was inspired by a darker, more moody look with a more vintage or traditional look.

Christmas tree decorated with gold and mustard colored ornaments

I didn’t want to overdecorate the tree or fill every last branch with ornaments. Instead I wanted to add some darker, moody colors with the ornaments, velvet ribbon and then pull in more touches of warm color with the beaded garland.

This year’s Christmas tree is the 7.5′ Yorkshire Fir from King of Christmas. This is my second tree from them, the first being a flocked tree that we’ve had for 6 years and it still looks brand new.

Christmas tree and fireplace mantel with garland

As my taste in colors in my home evolves – I’ve been bringing in warmer neutrals for some time now, as leaning away from the cooler grays – I’ve found that these colors add a much needed cozy factor to our living room, and I really love how it feels.

Of course, when you change one thing it usually leads to a chain reaction (if you give a mouse a cookie…!). In my case, I purchased a new rug in the fall, which resulted in a new wall color (SW Incredible White), and then I fell in love with a coffee table that my wonderful husband ended up getting me for my birthday.

round wooden coffee table with plants on top

But there was still something missing along the back wall all these years…it just never felt right to me. So I bought some curtains and hung them up and I’m so happy with how they look! Again, much needed warmth and coziness, especially as we enter the winter season.

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Decorated Christmas tree and windowpane patterned curtains framing a window

You may have seen me share the before and after of the curtains on Instagram. I love them so much that I’m getting more for my bedroom. They are available on Amazon, can be customized to whatever size you need and have a beautiful pinch pleat to get that high-end look but at a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay. I highly recommend them!

Fireplace mantel with garland, stockings hung and gold ribbon hung in a bow

So anyway, the gold tones in my Christmas decor make sense with how this room has been looking as of late.

green and plaid christmas stockings with bell chimes hanging from them

If you missed my tutorial for hanging garland on a mantel, you’ll want to take a look at that if you like the look I created for our fireplace this year. I’ve since added the green knit and plaid Christmas stockings plus the pretty brass bell charms dangling from them. I also almost always hang a christmas ornament wreath somewhere in the living room each year.

The garland sells out early every season (usually by October), so if you’re in the market for a new one, check out The Best Christmas Garlands 2023.

wrapped gift under the tree with ornament gift topper

Even my gift wrap was thought out to coordinate with my color scheme. The wrapping paper is from Etsy (white with oak branches or green plaid) and both the green velvet and gold velvet ribbon are from Amazon. I decorated the top of the gift not only with the ribbon, but with some cheap ornaments that make super cute gift toppers.

wrapped gifts under the tree with velvet ribbon

I hope you enjoyed seeing the first part of my Christmas decor for this year! I’m working on decorating a few others spaces in my home and I’m excited to share those with you, too!

vase of dried flowers and a glass star on the mantel

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  1. Catharine Jo Windmueller says:

    Jenna…..Your tree is both elegant and calming but not stuffy. The greens you’ve been gravitating to a lovely and give such a warm, comfortable feeling to your tree and the room as a whole. I’m so excited to see how you decorate the rest of your home for Christmas.
    I look forward to your emails and have saved many of them and taken your ideas to use in my own home.
    Thank you for sharing your talent and Merry Christmas!

  2. Marcia Zembis says:

    Wow that looks soo good. Love your home .
    Merry Xmas to you and family 🎄😊🌸❤️