Old and New & Decorating a Rental

This past year has been a whirlwind of emotions for our family!  Back in July, we sold our home of 12 years.  It's crazy how attached you can become, both physically and emotionally.
Brett and I literally poured blood, sweat and tears into the walls of our home. 

The greatest shock is looking at photos when we moved in, and then the day we moved out. It seems that all the measuring and wood cutting really made our house a home, and that was just the part Brett was in charge of ;)

So many styles and trends changed over the course of 12 years.  When we first built our home Red, Yellow and Black was the THING to do. That quickly switched to beige, and beige turned to grays and blues. I am excited to see what comes next!

Before and After of our old home

Lets fast forward to now! We are planning around 10-12 months to build this next house, and that doesn't include the last few months it has taken to design a floor plan.  In the meantime, we are happy and that is what's most important.  In truth it, has been super nice to not stress over the house or yard as I did before. I don't stress over moldings or carpet and I think I've even become more relaxed about decorating.  Having my life more simplified and all my decor in storage, has been a mini vacation for me:)  I'm able to save all my creative juices for other fun design endeavors. 

Decorating Christmas Trees

Each Christmas season, I love the challenge of decorating a Christmas Tree! 

I always like to try new and different things every Holiday. Today, I am going to share all the fun colors and themes I have tried over the years. Hopefully it will give a bit of inspiration for everyone when you start to decorate your own tree :)  

I always start with extra large and colorful bulbs as my foundation. It offers balance, size and interest :)  personally my favorite kind of  decorated trees are more of a collection of interesting ornaments that don't necessarily repeat each other. I like to see something unique as I peek at every branch. 
This is why I LOVE to collect interesting things year after year.

After years of trying all sorts of different looks, in the end...I've decided I am going to stay with the traditional Reds, Whites and Silvers as seen in this year's 

Better Homes and Garden magazine. To me it feels the most like Christmas and is true to who I am and the style I want to represent. 

This tree is full of all the things I personally love. If you grab a copy of the 

BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine 2017 be sure and read the article. It's a super fun read! The writer is so witty and she is a pro at creative wording. It was a lot of fun to be interviewed.

If you click on the trees' names below, it will take you to each tree:

I also wrote a blog post last year of all my trees in a lot more detail  SEE HERE