Inspired by natural elements, Style at Home contributing design editor Christine Hanlon transforms her home into a holiday haven that resonates with playful eclectic charm.
A real tree is a must. “I like Fraser and balsam firs – one with strong branches and a nice compact appearance – but this year we tried a newer variety called a noble fir and it’s gorgeous.” The tree is placed in the family room and trimmed in the evening. “Having the kids help decorate certainly factors in. They’re right in there choosing and arranging, learning how to put it all together – without dropping the glass balls,” she says.
The Christmas tree
The impressive Christmas tree commands attention in the family room and boasts a well-edited array of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments. Christine says: “When the kids put the decorations on the tree, they always place similar ones close together. I’m trying to teach them to space them out so, for example, the owls aren’t all in the same spot!”