Lonny Editors Do Christmas: Going For The Gold

Inspired by this post on whether artificial trees are a yea or a nay—and encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response—I decided to shake things up a bit this year and reimagine our most beloved holiday tradition. "But I love the smell of a real Christmas tree!" my husband protested. Too bad. This year, we're proudly going faux.

I had my heart set on a chic champagne-colored model: specifically, the Toasted Champagne Gold Tinsel Tree from designer favorite Treetopia. My theme would be full-on metallics—limiting myself to ornaments in silver and gold—along with a graphic tree skirt for contrast and presents wrapped in kraft paper and twine. Here's how I made it work.

1. The Tree
I chose a six-foot, pre-lit, slimmed-down version from Treetopia, in deference to my not-exactly-oversized apartment. In retrospect, I could have gone for the regular 49-inch model, but I like the way the slender circumference gives the whole vignette a little more air. The clear white lights make for a festive look, even without any ornaments, and add an attractive, well-spaced glow. Tip: With Treetopia's well-made artificial trees, a good fluffing is essential straight out of the box. I spent quite a bit of time separating each hinged branch and pointing them upward for the most natural look.

2. The Ornaments
Like many of you, I have a stash of beloved heirlooms that we typically use to deck out our tree. But I wanted to stay true to a strict palette of metallics, so I sourced all of this year's ornaments from the fun and affordable selection at CB2. The silver sputniks (below), the gold disco balls, the brass galactic circles, and the geometric wire drops feel polished and pulled-together against the shimmering gold needles.

3.The Gift Wrap
Why compete with all that gold? Inspired by that immortal line from that seasonally appropriate classic, The Sound of Music—"Brown paper packages tied up with string"—I purchased a roll of recyled kraft paper from Etsy boutique Knot & Bow, as well as their handy Tag + Twine Box (above). To me, this unassuming form of gift wrap makes the present itself look even more intriguing.

4. The Tree Skirt
And finally, for the finishing touch: a crisp and edgy tree skirt (is that an oxymoron?) made by my talented colleague Genevieve Garruppo. We used three yards of Big Stripe in Black Tie from Perennials, along with a few yards of the fabric company's Tiny Cord in Noir for the trim. Genevieve—who taught herself how to sew, with impressive results—used this endearingly homespun YouTube video (thank you, Nancy's Notions!) as the basis for our version. I love the way the skirt turned out; it elevates the entire setup and makes a classic holiday tradition still feel like me.

Now it's your turn to share! What's your take on this year's holiday decorations? Tweet your images and tips to @lonnymag or post them on Facebook. And may all your celebrations be filled with meaningful moments, no matter what the decor.
I'm the former Executive Editor of Lonny.
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