Choosing the Perfect Slim Tree for a Tight Space

Are you searching for the perfect tree?  
Not too big, not too small, 
not too short, not too tall?  
I have partnered with Tree Classics to bring you this gorgeous Kennedy Fir Tree


This is the 7.5' Kennedy Fir Slim Artificial Christmas Tree with color changing LED lights.


The Kennedy Fir Christmas Tree features Tree Classics "Quick Set" lighting system.  This innovative technology automatically connects all string lights within the trunk of the tree, so all you need to do is pop each section together and plug in the tree!  It took me less than five minutes to completely set this tree up!  I was so excited, that I immediately called a client and told her about it.  She had one ordered and set up in her entry a few days later!


  
The needlepoint stockings were purchased with each new baby.  I found some similar ones HERE.
The brass planter was picked up at an antique store for $20.  To raise the tree up inside the planter, I had a sweet friend make me a 16.5" square platform 8" high.  I forgot to take a photo of it down in the planter.  Ugh.  Sorry about that!
Here is what it looked like when I received it.


It just slips down into the planter and raises the tree up a smidge.

I also added the Merry and Bright Vintage Ornament Set to mix among my own vintage ornaments...


Our family ornaments are a collection of handmade, a few of both of my grandmother's ornaments, and some we have collected through the years.
I purchased my ribbon at a little shop in NYC, but found some similar for you HERE.


When my boys were little, we made this paper chain over two Christmases.  We use it on our tree every year.  It reminds me of the sweetest memories and the tiniest chubby hands with glue sticks.


See how real the branches look?  
They are so life-like.


My favorite nativity in blue and white.
This was handed down from my mother, but I would purchase THIS one in a heartbeat!



See? I do use color in my home!
My boys were MOST EXCITED about the color changing option of LED lights.  They are right and have won me over!  I love the colorful, vintage vibe that the tree is lending to our home.



Remember our Tree Classics Tree from last year? 
You can see more of it HERE!!
This year, I added the Bethlehem Star Tree Topper and Silver Sequin Tree Skirt.  I think they really finish the tree!    

Thank you, Tree Classics, for inviting me to participate in your 12 Days of Christmas. 


One last look at my vintage Christmas tree...





Merry Christmas, darlings! 
 Your comments are like a gift... 
I love to hear from you!

Here is a peek at last year's Christmas tour...
See more of it HERE!!

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XOX,

Emily


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How To Make a Perfect Bow and more Christmas Tips

Today, I am joining some sweet friends on a short Christmas Tips Tour.  If you are coming from Decor Gold, welcome! Jen is so very talented and has some of the best ideas, doesn't she?

Are you tired of spending $$$ on bows that just aren't exactly what you are looking for? 
I have the easiest tutorial for you!  
Grab a spool of ribbon and follow along!



Gather your supplies
I use THIS RIBBON.  Each spool makes approximately two bows with long tails.
I do not precut my ribbon.  Just start in and begin shaping your bow...


1. Make a loop 


2. Make a second loop on the opposite side


2. Cross over and continue making loops (I make three for each side of my wreath bows)



3. Cut the ribbon once you have made all of your loops


4. Flip the bow over (cut side on bottom)
This is the front of your bow


5.  Cut one piece of ribbon long enough for both tails


6.  Place the middle of the "tails" on the backside of the bow



7. Now, cut a piece about 8" long


8.  Place that shorter piece flat against the front of your bow


9.  Tie it in a knot


10.  I take the small tails and make them into a loop, securing with a couple staples
(this is what I use to secure them to my wreaths... poke a branch up through the loop and twist it with another branch)


11.  Now hold your ribbon and start fluffing it


12.  Voila!  It's done!  


You can get creative and use all sorts of ribbon for this project!  Be sure and tag me on your social media so I can see your beautiful creations!!

I'm kind of in love with THIS RIBBON too!  

Now... on to hanging the wreath
Buy THESE HOOKS!! 
I have tried suction, smaller hooks, bigger hooks, ribbon at the top of the window... only to have my wreath fall down or get twisted up in the wind.

I've been using THESE HOOKS for four years now and the only wreath I had fall down is because I didn't wait to let the hook "set" before I hung the wreath.  You must follow the directions for the hook to work properly.  Also, if it is a cold day, I would use a hairdryer to warm the window a tiny bit before applying the adhesive.  


1. Figure out where you want your wreath to hang and place your adhesive bracket according to the directions


2.  After your adhesive has had time to "set," affix the hook


3.  Hang your wreaths

The wreaths I purchased are, of course, no longer available... story of my life.  I found THESE that are extremely similar and a great price!

Topiaries were purchased HERE and still look great with no watering after four years! ;)
Planters HERE




Blue and White Pots HERE


Front Door Trees are featured in my post HERE




Now it's time to head over to 
Randi Garrett Design 

for another Christmas Decorating Tip!!  Isn't her living room GORGEOUS??
You will want to continue through all of these blogs... they are some of my favs!
Decor Gold Designs 
 Eleven Gables
Randi Garrett Design 
Maison de Pax
Designthusiam
 The Leslie Style
Citrine Living
CC + Mike
So Much Better with Age

Merry Christmas, darlings!

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XOX,

Emily


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Snowy Sundays at Eleven Gables

Greetings!  
Welcome to Eleven Gables.  
For my front porch this year, I partnered with 
to bring you ideas on how to use these gorgeous flocked Clifton Pine trees in and around your home.  See how I used two trees to flank my door and set the tone for the decor inside.  

My love for blue and white inspired me to use flocked trees for my outdoor Christmas decor this year.



I love the simple look of the white, flocked trees.  They look so natural.  


The flocking is light enough to allow the life-like branches peek through.



Placing the trees in these pots makes them stand out on their own, don't you think?


On snowy days in Oklahoma, my four boys love to bundle up in their winter clothes (think A Christmas Story) and head outdoors.  They sled, make snowmen, and play outside until they are sopping wet and frozen.  Then, they come in, dumping their wet clothes right inside the door.  We warm up with hot chocolate and a fire.  I keep this clothes drying rack next to the back door.  While they are warming up, I hang all the wet coats, mittens, socks, pants, shirts, etc. to dry.  This has worked like a charm and saved me from running the dryer all day, every day. The rack folds up and goes right into the closet after I'm finished using it.  We also play lots of games and build forts.  Winter is a great time to reconnect with each other.  Ever since we gave up cable 8 years ago, we have been learning how to fill our days and time without television.  There might be a little more togetherness then we like, but I think we will survive.  If you ask the boys, you might get a different answer. HA!  How do you connect with your family during the long, cold winter?


Some of our favorite Christmas traditions are decorating gingerbread houses together, painting our own ornaments to give as teacher gifts, shopping for other's wish lists, reading a book aloud, caroling around the neighborhood with friends, drawing names and shopping for each other, decorating the tree,  worshipping together on Christmas eve, and reading this precious Christmas story on Christmas morning.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?
Thank you, Tree Classics, for including me in your Snowy Sundays campaign.




You can see my Tree Classics Deluxe Noble Fir tree from 2016 HERE in more detail.



Okay, one last thing.  I think this might be the most important.  Have you purchased this marriage saving device yet?  I tell you about it every single year, because I believe it belongs in every single household.  Seriously.  It has saved me every Christmas season.  I haven't had to use it on my Tree Classics trees, but on my other stuff... every year.  You are welcome.  :)

Oh, and guess what?!  I already changed up my porch the day after I took these photos.  Go see what I'm talking about and follow me for daily updates around my house HERE.

Merry Christmas, darlings!

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XOX,

Emily


* links to products you may be interested in purchasing are included within this post.   I make a tiny commission off your purchase, but it does not increase the price for you.  I encourage you to purchase through your favorite blogger's links.  This is how we earn an income so that we can continue to provide you with beautiful, quality posts.  Thank you!