Maya Anderson

Maya is the creative mind behind House Nerd, a site that chronicles their home renovation journey.  A freelance journalist, Maya shares her love for warm and welcoming homes on her blog, and also features unique shops, before-and-after projects, product reviews, and more.

Whimsical Red, White, and Green Tree

Which Balsam Hill tree did you decorate and what feature did you like most about it?

We have the 8-foot Berkshire Mountain Fir with the LED Easy Plug lights and I love it! I love everything about it. I think it is the perfect tree for our home. Our old tree was nice, but it was too wide for our small home. This tree is tall and looks impressively big, but it’s a slender shape and has a smaller footprint. So it makes an impact in the room without taking up too much space. Aside from the perfect size I also LOVE the Easy Plug lights. I am one of those people who is fanatical about the Christmas tree lights being spaced perfectly evenly! I love that this one has the lights already done. It was so quick to put up.

What ornaments did you use to adorn the tree? Did you have any particular favorites?

I was actually almost not going to put up a tree this year! The reason I almost didn’t was because we have a little boy who is 18 months, and before, a lot of people warned me that toddlers will pull decorations, pull on the branches, etc. However I thought I would give it a go and am so glad I did! Our little man has been so good with the tree. He helped decorate it and had so much fun. All of the decorations I used this year are non-breakable and made of materials like wood, felt, paper, straw – perfect for little fingers! He loves taking the decorations off and playing with them and then he carefully hangs them back up. So the tree is fun for him as well as us. I love the felted animals we have in particular. We have taken the approach to buy decorations quite slowly. Every year I buy a few special decorations that I really like, buying quality over quantity. I love things that are sweet and have a rustic style or character.

Where do you get your decorating inspiration from?

We are in Australia, so we have a hot summer Christmas every year! Christmas Day is usually spent by the pool or at the beach with a barbecue on the veranda. Despite this, I really love the romance of the traditional white Christmases of the United States and Europe, and I love traditional trees. With our tree I always try to create a bit of a cozy English cottage feel. Our house is unpretentious, so our decorating is never grand, but quite homely and sweet.

Do you have special techniques when decorating a tree?

I do like decorations to be spaced quite evenly – I just step back every so often and eyeball it. Someone commented this year on how much they liked our “nice dangly decorations!” My tip is to hang the larger, dangly decorations from the ends of the outer branches.

How would you describe your finished look?

It’s cozy, sweet and with lots of pretty little animals and details in the decorations that makes it appealing to young and old.

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