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Our Jewel-Toned Christmas Tree (and Blog Hop!)

This year we decorated a jewel-toned Christmas tree, so think deep moody cool-toned colours like purple, teal, navy blue and even pink!

jewel-toned christmas tree ornaments

Today I’m sharing our jewel-toned Christmas tree (the little mister helped pick the colours!) and I’m also teaming up with a BUNCH of other DIY and décor bloggers to showcase all our trees. So, if you haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet and are still deciding on a décor theme – there will be plenty of inspiration today :)

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For those who don’t know, a blog hop is a big group of bloggers who get together to share a common theme/post idea, and today it’s Christmas trees! You can follow the links to the talented bloggers just below, or check out our Christmas tree pictures then visit all the others at the end! I’ve also tried to include links to similar products that we have in our tree so that you could easily recreate your own jewel-toned Christmas décor!

Welcome To Our First Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

There are over 40 bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with you! So grab a cup of your favourite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared today!

My name is Nicole and I like to think of my décor style as transitional minimalism, basically a mix of traditional design details, modern lines/furniture and (always trying for) minimal stuff!  I normally keep my house decorated the same year round (you can see a video tour of our home here), but I love bringing out the Christmas tree and changing up the style every year!

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Let’s Meet The Other Hosts!

Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom | Allison @ Upright and Caffeinated
Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela | Sarah @ The Project Pile
Annie @ All Things Big and Small | Jolene @ Create Pray Love 
Brittany @ Our Home Made Easy | Chloe @ Celebrate and Decorate
Cindy @ County Road 407 | Colleen @ Life on Kaydeross Creek
Denise @ My Thrifty House | Eileen @ Sand Dollar Lane
Erlene @ My Pinterventures | Wanda @ From House To Home
Jaclyn @ The Dotted Nest | Jeannee @ Centsably Creative
Vicki @ 2 Bees In A Pod | Jennifer @ Oh Fiddle Dee Dee
Kim @ Made In A Day | Kristie @ Teadoddles
Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna  | Maria @ Simple Nature Decor
Marie @ The Inspiration Vault | Mary @ The Boondocks Blog
Meegan @ What Meegan Makes | Meg @ Green With Decor
Melissa @ Welcome To The Woods | Donna @ Modern On Monticello
Morgan @ Charleston Crafted | Nancy @ Slightly Coastal
Nicole @ Madness and Method (that’s me!) | Pam @ P.S. I Love You Crafts
Sam @ Raggedy Bits |  Kim @ Day to Day Adventures
Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications | Stephanie @ Abbotts At Home 
Yami @ The Latina Next Door | Jenn @ Loveland Lodge
Christene @ Keys To Inspiration | Libbie @ A Life Unfolding
Jaclyn @ One Thousand Oaks | Jennifer @ 2 Bees In A Pod

Setting Up Our Jewel-Toned Christmas Tree

For those who don’t know, we did a bit of furniture re-arranging in our living room recently.  We just completed a garage makeover as part of the Fall One Room Challenge and brought the TV in there for the Husband to practice biking.  Because we no longer had a TV, we moved the cabinet it was on to our master bedroom and moved our HUGE dog crate to that corner.

Like last year, I patiently waited for December 1st so I could set up our tree! We have a cute little toddler (almost 18 months old now!) and I had him help me decide what colour Christmas ornaments to put up.  Not sure if it was because they were grouped together, but he took out all the deep coloured balls and so that’s what I decided to go with!  (He later ended up throwing and breaking another ball, one of the bright blue ones I had on the tree last year – so that was the end of him helping!)

We had 8 balls of each colour, so after stringing our white feather boas around like garland, I started putting the balls up (first one colour, then another, etc.).  Our tree is actually pretty small (and a few years ago I shared the steps I take to decorate it), so the boas really help fluff it up!  I also used an extra boa and wrapped it around the green cord, so now it blends into our fur tree skirt :)

christmas tree placement in living room

Last year we had the tree in the basement, but because our little man is moving around more, I didn’t think our tree would survive being in his play area!  I decorate all around the tree, and this angle is the one from the dining room, looking towards our huge dog crate :)

jewel-toned christmas tree ornaments

I blast Christmas music and keep the tree lit all day (although now we only turn it on at night) and I love having a different colour theme each year.

dog paw print on christmas tree

My friend gifted us a baby handprint kit last Christmas, and I was able to get a handprint made for Tootsie…

baby handprint ornament on christmas tree

Our baby Zachary

house key ornament on christmas tree

And even did a mould of our house key!  I kept the circle cutter and instructions, so all I need to do is get some new moulding clay, and reuse it for the next babies :)

jewel-toned christmas tree ornaments

The Husband always makes fun of our little tree, and this year I told him that I don’t want to get a new tree until we build our new house!  (We’re planning on doing that in the future, and I want to make sure our tree is nice and big for our not-really-soon-but-still-soon-to-be high ceilings.

wedding photo on christmas tree

Finally, the last unique ornament we have on the tree is a wedding photo that our photographers gifted us.  I have a couple of other heirloom type ornaments but was worried about putting them up this year (after the whole broken ball thing…).

jewel-toned christmas tree with falling star

You may have noticed that the star on our tree is a little wibbly-wobbly.  Usually, the Husband helps fluff the branches at the start, ignores the whole middle decorating part, then comes at the end to add the star.  He was on toddler-duty at the time, but thankfully got it on properly later that day :)

Our Jewel-Toned Christmas Tree at Night

And here are some photos in the dark, which is when the magic really happens!

star on christmas tree at night

I told you that the Husband would make the star all better :)

christmas tree at night

I also plugged in our Christmas scene night light thing (which we usually keep plugged in 24/7).  Some of the balls on the lower half of the tree might also have gotten moved around…

zachary and poppa looking at tree

And there’s the cute culprit!  He loves taking the balls off and handing them to me… umm thanks but it’s not time to take down the tree yet!  He also has a knack for taking off the tops, so it gets real annoying having to squeeze the metal wires back in all the time…

baby looking at christmas tree

But of course, I forgive him because he’s just so darn cute!  We usually don’t “play” upstairs, and just come up here around meal times or when we have to leave.  Thankfully that limits his chances of moving our tree décor around too much.

jewel-toned christmas tree at night

It’s always harder to take photos of the tree at night, but I tried to capture the deep moody jewel-toned colours of the tree as best as I could.

close-up of jewel-toned christmas tree at night

I do like the contrast against the bright white boas, and may just have to continue this tradition every year now :)

small christmas tree at night

Finally, I had to include this last shot because it’s the only one where you can sort of see the dog Tootsie (her water bowl area is right near/behind the tree).  She wouldn’t get off the fur tree skirt when I was setting it up, but as soon as the tree was up, she’s tried to avoid the area!

jewel-toned christmas tree decor graphic

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and background of our jewel-toned Christmas tree, so please follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram if you want more!  And don’t forget that you can order similar white feather boas, Christmas ball ornaments and even the baby handprint kit if you want a tree exactly like ours :)

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Don’t forget that there are over 40 MORE trees to check out, and all the links should be showing up below:

Check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!

And a BIG thanks to Michelle from Our Crafty Mom who had to corral us all together :)


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  • Reply
    Melissa Woods
    December 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I love the look of the white feather boas! I need to try that on my tree in the future! Thanks for inspiring us and joining the blog hop!

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      December 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      I used boas for the first time last year, and they’re so much fun!

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    December 4, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love the feather garland and the jewel tones are so pretty.

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      December 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Denise, I always like to switch up the colour scheme each year!

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    Allison| Upright and Caffeinated
    December 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I love your tree Nicole! Those colors and that feather boa together is simply perfection!

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      December 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Allison! I try to keep it simple (but fun) every year :)

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    Maria Brittis
    December 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    WOW! such a pretty tree! your son is so cute. Have a great holiday, will pin.

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    December 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The jewel tones are so beautiful! I almost used a boa too on my tree. Love that look! Gorgeous tree!

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Kim! I think the boa will be my go-to from now on :)

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    Chloe Crabtree
    December 8, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I am loving the use of feathers this year and the bright white against the jewel tones is so pretty! Your homemade ornaments are so unique and compliment the tree very nicely.

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      The bright white definitely pops! It’s almost like a flocked tree, but a little more glam :)

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    Chloe Crabtree
    December 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Such a fun and pretty tree! The feathers suggesting snow are a lovely contrast with jewel toned ornaments!

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    Meg Green With Decor
    December 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    It looks great!! I love the colors you used!

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Meg – I love switching it up each year!

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    December 12, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I think your small tree is perfect! The feather boa and jewel tones are such a pretty combo. Pinned to my Christmas tree board.

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      One day we’ll get a big tree, but until then, this one will definitely work :)

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    Donna @ Modern on Monticello
    December 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I like the jewel tones. Your tree is pretty. You are going to have so much fun planning for the new house and the bigger tree in the future. Can’t wait to see it. Visiting from the blog hop.

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      The blog hop has SO many great tree ideas, I’ll definitely be pinning everything and taking notes for the future!

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    Michelle James
    December 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Nicole, you totally had me as soon as I saw that feather garland-wow!! The jewel toned ornaments are gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us in this hop!

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for hosting the hop! The feather garland was a unique idea last year, but I’ll be using it forever now :)

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    Jeannee Taylor
    December 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This is my kind of tree! I love the feather Boa Garland and the Jewel Tone Ornaments! I’m doing Jewel Tones next year! Your tree is gorgeous!

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      I love switching up the colours of my tree! It’s always fun to get a different look :)

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    December 18, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I love your idea to put boas on your tree! What a great way to fluff it up :) Thank you for sharing your tree!

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Our tree is pretty sparse, and I always add some type of big garland to fill it in – works like a charm!

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