I love a good French country Christmas tree! That’s why I’m sharing some exciting new holiday releases from my shop, Village Antiques. I know that you’re going to love them because they blend beautifully with the farmhouse and French country style.
The elements I’m talking about are a whitewashed, vintage, natural style of tree. So, keep reading as I share how I style a French country Christmas tree using:
Make sure you read until the end to see the final French country Christmas tree completely styled. After that, find out about the special gift I have for you if you want to recreate this look!
Firstly, whenever I’m working on a Christmas tree, I always start with my ribbon. That’s why this year, I knew I had to design a few new styles for the shop.
One of them is a mix between fur, a little glam, and woodsy-ness. I tend to use a minimum of three different ribbons on my tree designs. This is going to be my first.
My second ribbon is a velvet snowflake embellished one.
I used both ribbons all throughout my French country Christmas tree design. This creates a soft richness that replicates the feeling of a snowy texture all throughout this flocked tree.
Secondly, when decorating a French country Christmas tree, I use decorative stems.
We have several new arrivals this year, and I love how they really fill a tree! No matter the state of your tree, stems create a lot of texture and color in a large format.
On my flocked tree, nature-inspired stems bring additional dimensions of green to the overall whitewashed style.
I tend to mix two to three (sometimes four) different styles of stems on my tree. To achieve the French country style, I used a combination of green stems, flocked pine cone stems, woodsy brown stems, and pomegranate stems.
These are great investments in your tree because you are going to use them every year. They also take up a lot of real estate and go with any color palette, not just the one I’m sharing with you today.
The third new arrival (a holiday trend I haven’t seen a lot of): animals in and around the tree.
This is a trend that I had fun designing with my son, who inspired our whole animal-themed holiday collection. For instance, on this French country Christmas tree, I used a stuffed squirrel wearing a scarf rather than it just being on a tabletop.
You can easily just add into your tree to create some whimsical, ethereal, youthful charm.
After that, I also added classic stuffed animals into my tree. We often associate these with holiday decor, but may not know how to use them.
I’ll admit, a stuffed holiday bear is an unconventional piece of tree decor. However, they can actually be inserted right into the tree to bring that animal trend and that youthfulness back into our holiday decorating.
Last but not least, I also placed a standing deer right in front of the tree. It’s intentionally placed as if it is looking up at it with wonderment, just like your child might.
The fourth new arrival is probably where you thought we were going to start today. It’s with the Christmas ornaments. Of course, we haven’t forgotten about those. We’re not ditching them in my process!
I save these for the fourth step because after I’ve applied my ribbon and my stems, I can curate my ornaments to just the ones that convey my color palette.
Most importantly, our new collection hits the notes of whitewashed, earthy, romantic, vintage, glam, rustic, farmhouse, and French country – all at the same time.
I tend to put my ornaments into two groups. The first one is what I call the “stock” or the “bulk” of the tree. That’s the style of ornament that I can find to cover all of the different areas of my tree.
The second group are what I call the “special ornaments.” This is where I embrace and enjoy rarer pieces.
There’s two areas that I haven’t forgotten about and I don’t want you to forget about:
To top this French country Christmas tree, I used a number of the nature-inspired stems. I stuffed them in at the top to create an enlarged visual greenery style crown on my tree.
Then, I included a star tree topper to add a glam touch to the tree.
At the bottom of the tree, I used a snowy white, textural tree skirt. This extends the French country, whitewash, ethereal look that I am going for down to the floor.
Finally, I love to take a step back and then go back to my tree to add one or two special finishing touches.
To complete this French country Christmas tree, I used another beautiful new arrival – a wooden beaded garland. It adds to the natural color palette and whitewash elements that I want to see more of in this tree.
Speaking of nature, I also used this step back to spot where an extra animal could be placed. When in doubt, more is more!
The last piece that I put on this tree was a whitewashed bird with glitter and jeweled details. For a more whimsical feel, I pointed them up and down as if they’re soaring onto the tree.
I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at our new arrivals, and how this gorgeous tree turned out.
You probably spotted other decor in the background and in the tree that I didn’t talk about.
Well, I warmly invite you to come on into our shop, Village Antiques, in Houston, Texas! I, or my team, would love to show you all of this beautiful home decor.
If you don’t live in Houston, we can still do a virtual call. You’ll be walked through all of the new arrivals and many other collections we have at the shop.
If you’re dying to know how I put this tree together, we just had a workshop where I taught exactly this.
The good thing is, we recorded the workshop! You can purchase the recorded version of the workshop that breaks down my entire design process. That includes how I put this together, where to start, how much to buy, and all of the questions you may have when you see a beautiful tree just like this.
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