I love that delightful mix of rustic and elegant in a room. The gilded French chair with a chipping table next to it. A burlap covered seat with an aubusson pillow. A chandelier in every room; even if it’s a closet or a hallway. Everyday elegance; like setting a table with vintage china and fine stemware and an abundance of beautiful blooms is a favorite thing. Especially if it’s on an old weathered farm table in the middle of the woods with a chandelier hanging from the branches. I love creating that ambiance and inviting the conversations and laughs to linger a bit longer. You can find more on my blog French Country Cottage where I share decorating, DIY renovations and projects and french cottage inspired living.

Seaside Style

Even if the beach is hours away, you can still bring seaside style into your home this Christmas.

To create an enchanting, coast-inspired look for your Christmas tree this holiday season, begin with the stately 9-foot Allegheny Evergreen Outdoor Tree (its heavy-duty, all-weather construction means this tree is safe to use outdoors). Adorn its branches with a few simple, beach-themed decorations, and use a thick brown or grey rope as a garland. You may also hang several Winter Frost Glass Ornaments (in frost blue, champagne and platinum). Finish the look by tucking starfish, pine cones, and seashells — found on your family’s own beachcombing adventures — in the foliage.

What inspired you to do a coastal-themed tree?

It seemed like a fun way to mix a bit of summer with Christmas.

How did you decide which ornaments to use, and how many?

I wanted soft coastal colors, and the blues and whites felt like a good fit for the beach look to me. I didn’t use that many – just enough to very lightly cover the tree.

What did you enjoy the most about decorating this tree?

I love the rope garland and starfish – so fun.

What sets this tree apart from other trees you’ve decorated?

It has a very specific theme with the beach-inspired look, and it is decorated simply.

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