Trees and more trees!

Each year our decor team decorates over 60 trees throughout the store.  I offer here another sampling of a few more that have been completed for 2011.  Enjoy the sights!

Highland Park Tree

This tree is highlighted with green glittered thistles and artichokes – another in a long line of surprising and beautiful choices for a Christmas tree.

Red Elegant Tree

Along with the beautiful red and gold decorations on this tree, I’m drawn to the striking gold deer in front – would love to have a mantle or hall table worthy of being graced by one of these creatures.

Woodland Tree

Filled with animal ornaments made from natural elements, this tree is always a favorite for me.  Notice the three platforms with snow-covered cabins that have been worked into the tree this year – such a clever touch.

(By the way, don’t yell at me if I haven’t gotten every tree name just right – I haven’t yet received the formal name list.)

Case in point, this is our kitchen tree, or maybe the gingerbread tree ~ but I think of it as the Limeade Tree!  If you look closely, under the heavy white flocking, the branches of this tree are lime green – it looks luscious enough to lick, but there’s probably a tag attached warning me not too.  It’s a colorful and refreshing backdrop for the peppermint all-day suckers and other kitchen helpers making themselves at home in its branches.

I’m sure that the Floral team used new ribbon on this tree, but what a great idea for using ribbon scraps from past years!  I think this would be perfect ~ in a smaller size, perhaps ~ as a casual tree in a breakfast nook, craft room (we all have craft rooms, don’t we?), bedroom, game room ~ lots of options.  After all the packages have been unwrapped on Christmas morning (or Eve), what fun to immediately tie some new bows to add to such a tree!

Bow Tree

And changing gears just a bit, we have a stunning new collection of tin angels on the floor this year.  They come in several different sizes, and are so eye-catching – I would love to see photos of how you use them in your Christmas decor this year.

They are so elegant and whimsical at the same time ~and you know I love whimsical!  Along with the angels we’re showing this amazing silver deer.

That’s it for today.  And I only used the word “glitter” once!  Aren’t you proud of me?

Be sure to check out our fall events calendar for the store – we’ll be showcasing several new artists and a cookbook author for signings from  September into December.  (I’m sorry if the items aren’t in perfect date order – we have elves working on that right now!).

~Janet @ Christmas Place

P.S. Would someone please tell me whether to put the description above or below the image?? I can never figure out which is best, and I see that I changed directions in the middle of this post!  I hope you can follow along….

Two for Tuesday

So, just so we’re clear, I can almost never limit myself to just two items – it’s a catchy, alliterative title only, not a meaningful description of the actual content of the post.  And it’s usually a day late, as you remember.  We’re good on all that?

New ornaments!  We’re getting in a bunch!  Here are a few inspired by some of the most iconic childhood tales. 

Beautiful Cinderella, waiting for a prince to help her with that glass slipper.

Her sparkling pumpkin carriage – what more could a young girl dream of?

Who doesn’t remember the thrill and fear of watching “The Wizard of Oz” as a young child?  I remember once being bad on the day of its annual t.v. presentation, and being banished to a porch from which I could only hear bits of sound – and when they found me listening at the window, they closed it.  That was a dark day!  This Cowardly Lion sports a magnificent and fierce mane.

How about his cheerful & carefree companion, the Scarecrow?

Are there any Peter Pan fans in the house?  We call him Tick-Tock the Croc, but he doesn’t actually have a name in the story.
In this case, he wears his clock on the outside.

Each of these glass ornaments is about 4″ tall, painted in jewel colors and decorated with fine glitter and jewels.  For a whimsical tree that will delight the kids, you can’t beat this collection!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Labor Day Weekend Tent Sale coming up!  Saturday through Monday in our courtyard – biggest tent we’ve yet had, filled with bargains – you won’t want to miss this one.  Opens at 9:00 am each day.

Pretty Stuff! (Part II)

As promised, here are the rest of my pictures .. for now!

In our nativity area, we’ve updated the large tree in front of the stained glass window with a collection of lush purple, burgundy, green and gold decorations, along with all the other colors of the rainbow.  Here are close-ups of some of the highlights.


In the next shot, I wanted to highlight for you another peacock feather we have – this delicate gold one is just amazing!  Also notice the perky little green bird with the extravagant tail feathers – a real charmer.  (So, his tail is mostly hidden ~ oops!)  The camera’s flash makes the peacock feather appear a little bolder than it is in natural light – it’s a very subtle, light gold shade with a pretty aqua, brown and tan eye.


Now, take a look at this stunning tree – decorated by our floral team.  This one literally touches the ceiling.  Again, the camera’s flash is making those green blooms jump out a lot more than they do in reality – they are tart, but not blindingly so!  Notice the giant gold butterflies positioned on the tree and above it – without the lead of a designer, would you think to put something so large on your tree?  Yet they work beautifully.



Velvet Magnolia Wreath

The petals of this magnolia are velvet, and there is also a mesh petal layer woven into the bloom.  This is a very champagne-colored wreath, and a striking way to incorporate metallic leaf sprays into an arrangement.

Also in the floral department is this tree featuring a 3′ tall golden herald angel.


I also love that orange-and-gold-colored glass ball just to the side of the angel.  I love how you can work orange, burgundy and red into the same scheme – just like nature does in the fall, of course!  Here’s a close up of some of the other items on this tree – including a hanging votive candle holder, which would be perfect with a battery-powered votive candle or tea light.

 Wow, that’s a lot of serious decorating!  Next time, I’ll take you through some of the more whimsical decorations we have to offer – think Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place


Pretty Stuff! (Part I)

We’ve been so busy around here that I’ve hardly had time to take pictures and explore the new Christmas decorations & ornaments filling the store right now.  Yesterday I took the time to make a tour, and here are some of the things I’ve found inspiring, including our new crystal entrance, the tree in the nativity area, a couple of beautiful under-the-sea wreaths, and a few other highlights.

Are you shivering yet??

We’re showcasing a new style of LED light strand called “Angel Tear” lights.  These lights resemble tear drops or water drops on a strand, and are attached in a branch-like form that is shape-able – you can bend the strand and it will mold to the shape that you want without having to be secured.  They are so beautiful, lightweight and functional, you’ll find many different ways to incoporate them into your decor – maybe even year-round.

Angel Tear LED Lights













On the left, you can see how we’ve tightly entwined a strand with silver branches.  On the right, you can see the strand draped more loosely with the same silver branch.  I love it both ways!

We also have in the store a pre-lit, 3′ tree that is entirely white and fuzzy ~ and our decorators suspended four of them from the ceiling and iced them with sparkling birds and ornaments – what an interesting and beautiful result!

Check out this colorful, glittering wreath – a handsome turquoise reindeer and sparkling “Merry Christmas” sign, enhanced by iced pine branches and silvered leaves – breathtaking!

Just around the corner from what I’m calling our “crystal entrance” is the new undersea area, and though the tree hasn’t been decorated yet, here are a couple of wonderful & whimsical wreaths already on display.

I particularly like the seafoam effect from the white guaze used in this wreath.  These are each one-of-a-kind creations, so we don’t have the opportunity to feature them on our shopping site, but phone orders and shipping are available.  Just call Guest Services at 1-800-445-3396, press 2, and they’ll take care of you.

Tucked into a corner I found a small yet brilliant peacock tree – so very colorful!

Here are a few closeups of two of the peacocks on this silver, slim-line tree.

Okay, I’m kind of afraid to put more photos into one post, so I’ll do a Part II for the rest of my finds!

Have you started planning for Christmas 2011?  Tell us how it’s going – and remember to check out our Themes area on the shopping site – get some help from our designers, whose selections will show you how to creatively build a theme or a color plan for your most fun holidays yet!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place