*Image above via The Avenue by Lyndsey Zorich and can you even deal with how gorgeous these handmade, artisan-paper ornaments are?
I love my fellow anticipators, many of whom have been asking me for more holiday decor ideas, with a specific focus on trimming the tree. Our strategy when we got married was to buy a few boxes of inexpensive, traditional-leaning sets of ornaments (i.e., a lot of balls in different sizes) in red and metallic and then to add in novelty ornaments every year since. If you’re in that camp — i.e., looking for a starter set of inexpensive ornaments to get things going while you slowly add more meaningful ornaments over the year, I’m dying over this $25 pack of gorgeous rose gold ornaments! It also comes in red/gold, which is more of the color palette we have. Amazing price for the number of ornaments you get, and just look at the reviews!
It took us years (!) to find a tree topper we liked. We felt like there were so many cheesy styles out there. Finally, we found a gorgeous one at ABC Home downtown just last year (!) after close to a decade of searching — but this Anthro one is similarly stunning.
Below, I’m organizing ornament ideas by palette since I think that tends to be how we ladies plan these things, but a few other must-haves:
BACKUP ORNAMENT HOOKS (SO HANDY)
KRINNER TREE STAND (TRUST ME – YOU NEED THIS UPGRADE)
For a Blue Christmas Tree…
For a Blush/Pastel Christmas Tree…
DEAD (D.E.A.D.) OVER THESE GORGEOUS ORNAMENTS FROM THE AVENUE
ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE NOVELTY ORNAMENTS I’VE GIVEN MR. MAGPIE (WE BOTH LOVE OYSTERS)
For a Red/Gold Christmas Tree…
Pure Novelty for Any Tree…
THIS FELT NYC SUBWAY CAR (HAD TO BUY THIS WITH THE “A” TRAIN ON IT, BUT THEY CARRY MANY LINES)
I LOVE (AND HAVE SEVERAL) BIRD ORNAMENTS — I THINK I NEED TO ADD THIS DOVE TO THE MIX
P.P.S. Don’t miss out on my girlfriend Inslee’s collaboration with Anthropologie! Dead over those juice glasses!
P.P.P.S. One of my favorite Christmas posts (written while living here in New York City) ever, in which I wrote: “On the taxi home, as we zipped up Park Avenue, a wreath the size of a studio apartment came into focus dead ahead of us, shining like a beacon from the front of Grand Central. And there was something about its sudden and unanticipated beauty, its charm, its improbably generous existence in a city that often feels viciously indifferent to your wellbeing and spirit, that moved me. To think that there is a line item in the Grand Central budget for a wreath — and that there are staff hours dedicated to ordering and hanging it — somehow stirred me into a weepiness I did not anticipate. Even in that monolithic building, there is Christmas cheer, a willingness to delight and welcome the Christmastime visitor–or, you know, the New York transplant worn down by the city’s inelegances.”