Lara Neves

Lara is the mother to three beautiful, brilliant and bossy daughters. She’s married to The Maestro, Orchestra Conductor extraordinaire. When she isn’t working on her mother of the year status, you can find her singing professionally, teaching voice lessons at the University, taking lots and lots of photographs, listening to opera, decorating her 100-year-old home, or reading a good book. (that is, if she’s not blogging). Life is definitely overstuffed, and she wouldn’t have it any other way! You can see more decor inspirations from Lara at

Music-themed “Overstuffed” Tree

How tall is your tree? 
7.5 feet tall.

What mix of ornaments did you use for this tree?
I used several different types of ornaments: silk poinsettias and other floral picks, balls, many novelty ornaments, icicles, plastic balls, plus a few I made myself. Oh, and lots and lots of ribbon. Basically, if I see an ornament of any type that I know will fit in with my tree, I snatch it up if it’s the right price! I always start with lights, and then add floral picks. I then layer the other ornaments onto the tree and put the ribbon on followed by a handful of ornaments that go on top of the ribbon.

How many ornaments did you use to achieve that look?
Around 300, I’d guess, but I’m afraid to actually count!

How much garland/ribbon did it take to cover the tree?
Approximately 75 yards of ribbon.

How did you decide on the decorating theme of your tree?
My husband and I are both professional musicians, so I wanted the theme to be musical. It isn’t an in-your-face tree theme, though. I settled on a red/gold/mauve color combination, and if I find music-themed ornaments that fit, I will purchase them. However, I also have several other ornaments on the tree that I think are beautiful and are the right colors. The music-themed ornaments include your typical French horns, some golden treble clefs and eighth note ornaments, and several balls on which I mod-podged some old sheet music. Those mod-podged balls might be my favorite ornaments on the tree.

Is there a story on a signature ornament you’d like to share with us?
We have two birds that we clip onto the tree—one red and one white. When my two oldest daughters were much younger they saw those birds at the store and had to have them. I didn’t mind the red one, but I didn’t want to put the white one on the tree! I did, though, and those two birds have been favorite ornaments ever since. My girls fight over who gets to put them on the tree each year. I need to find a third one so that all three of them can have one to hang!

Is there something different you did for this tree that you particularly like?
I really love how I have two different types of ribbon, how I waterfall the floral ribbon, and how I use the gold ribbon around the tree like regular garland. I love the baroque look my tree has and I think that doing the ribbon this way ties everything together perfectly (no pun intended!).

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