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.

White and French Blue Wintry Elegance

If you’re considering a softer palette as you decorate for the holidays, there are a number of possibilities that can help you achieve a simple yet elegant look of wintry elegance. Think shabby chic with a sprinkling of glamour — soft whites, florals, and touches of French blue and gold — and your Christmas tree will be all the talk this holiday season.

Start with a 7.5-foot Noble Fir; its slightly curved, attractive blue-green branches provide both visual appeal and a sturdy base for an abundance of baubles. Start by decorating the tree with white ornaments in different sizes; I suggest grouping two or three sparkly white, blown-glass pieces for greater impact (with a large one included). Lastly, add in a few faded French blue ornaments. You may also hang Winter Frost French Blue Stockings from the mantle for an extra touch of wintry elegance.

How tall is your tree? And what type of Balsam Hill tree is it? 

I have the 7.5′ BH Noble Fir.

Which of its features did you like the most?

I loved the realistic and delicate feel of the branches, and the Easy Plug™ is always fantastic.

What mix of ornaments did you use for this tree? 

I used a mix of collected and vintage ornaments and a beaded garland.

How many ornaments did it take to achieve this look?

Maybe about 30-40 ornaments in total.

Did you have any specific theme in mind before starting? How did you go about it?

 I just wanted a look that reflected soft elegance, and those gorgeous French blue and white colors were perfect.

What made you decide on a blue and white theme?

It had the soft shades I was looking for, to go with the softer palette I was decorating my space with.
What mix of ornaments did you use in decorating this tree?
I combined the white ornaments from the White and Silver Snow set, and frost blue ornaments from the Winter Frost Glass Ornament set.
What did you enjoy most about decorating this tree?
I loved that the soft look was perfect for the living room and my style.
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