Monday, December 12, 2011

A Christmas tree pair makes for good space saving!

Every year I try to find new ways to void our small family room of feeling overwhelmed by a Christmas tree. The obvious is a narrow tree but year after year of searching for a slender tree can become daunting. Inevitably it would always appear slightly dinky at best. So this year I opted for TWO dinky trees! There's power in numbers!
The good news is, I actually found two trees that were pretty similar in size and shape. I trimmed heavily from the bottom up and then placed them into two new trash pails surrounded by stones to hold in place and create a well for watering.

By trimming heavily and getting rid of most of the girth, the trees appear to recede back.  Also with the trees set back, we gain additional floor space for gifts. Normally we would be tripping over encroaching presents but now with two placement options, everything fits tightly around each end of the hearth...a win win!

Fabric remnants hide the containers, a few branches from trimmings are placed on top to conceal the well. A few lights and ornaments...done!
I hope all of your Christmas preparations are going well!


On December 15th shortly after this post the pair of trees were selected by @abcddesigns@JonathanLegate & Kathryn Greeley on Design TV as worthy prize winners!  The prize: A signed copy of interior designer Kathryn Crisp Greeley's "The Collected Tabletop" Inspirations for Creative Entertaining. I'm truly honored!

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  1. I really like the idea of placing those trees on opposite sides of the fireplace!

  2. Thank you so much! It was fun to do something different!

  3. Michelle, this is a BRILLIANT idea. I'm so stealing it for next year. BTW, I pinned the last image with your info and it's getting re-pinned. Yay!

  4. You are so amazing Regina! Thank you so much! I am thrilled that you are going to do it as well:) Have a wonderful Christmas and I'm sending you a big hug for all that you do. I so appreciate it! XOXO