Interior designer Dayka Robinson created gorgeous blue and gold Christmas tree for our Holiday Style Challenge. In the process, though, she admits to committing an interior design sin… and liking it.
Dayka writes about interior design on her blog Dayka Robinson Designs. She was among the several top-drawer bloggers who agreed to participate in our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent each of these designers a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and stepped back to let them create dazzling Christmas displays to share with you.
Read on for Dayka’s Christmas tree decorating ideas and tips, and see how she was enlightened about lights.
Christmas is seriously, my FAVORITE holiday so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when the Home Depot approached me to be a part of their Holiday Style Challenge this year!
“What…you want me to decorate my house for Christmas with Home Depot and Martha Stewart Living products??”
Uh, yeah…you had me at hello.
For me, a big part of the joy of the holiday season is always about beautifully decorated spaces and specifically, gorgeous Christmas trees. Those who know me well know I love a well-designed tree, and luckily I don’t have kids (yet), so I don’t have to be concerned about little hands pulling off all of my sparklies. These days, my motto is the more the shine, the better!
Every year I try to do something different, so I was ecstatic when I opened my secret delivery box and found (among other things) blue ornaments! Blue is a color I’ve never tackled before on my tree, so this made me a very happy girl.
The Christmas Tree
The best thing in my box? The Martha Stewart Living 7½-foot pre-lit Christmas tree with–get this–both colored AND white lights!!!!!
Get the H-E-double hockey sticks outta here, right??
What I love about this tree is that is was a snap to put together (snap in three pieces, push your branches down and you’re done!) and has a neat switch with an option of white lights, colored lights, or a two-second delay that alternates between both options.
The minute I got this tree up I vowed NEVER to allow my old one to see the light of day again…
Mesh Ribbon and Garlands
I’ve always been intrigued by wire mesh on Christmas trees, so this year I decided to attempt the look myself using turquoise mesh (the mesh I selected was wireless) and two pre-lit garlands.
To make a ribbon, you’ll use the stems on the garland to tie/secure the mesh and “pillow” the ribbon out every 8 to 10 inches. Once the whole garland is complete, you simply wrap the ribbon around your tree (or vertically, if you prefer) and that’s it!
A standard 7½-foot tree will take about two 30-foot garlands and one-and-a-half rolls of wire mesh that are 21 feet wide x 10 yards long. So if you have a taller tree, make sure you account for more mesh AND garland.
Making this ribbon is really so simple–even your kids can help with this task!
Wrapped Gifts (that are fake)
This is also the first year that I’ve wrapped fake presents to stay under the tree for the season, and let me tell you, I’m now a believer. What’s a Christmas tree without gifts to adorn it all season long? Consider me a convert!
Lightening Up About Lights
If you read my blog or know anything about me, you know that I’m an interior designer by trade, which means that using anything other than white lights on my tree is pretty much a sin.
Still, a friend came over (a guy friend who knows NOTHING about design) and wanted to see what the colored lights looked like. After giving him my long speech on how colored lights are “so cheesy” and “not stylish at all,” I flipped the little switch for him–just to prove my point–and low and behold…
(Whispers:) I kinda love the colored lights on this tree too.
The glow it gives off is really fantastic, I must say. So if you’re not used to using colored lights, try something different this year–you just may find yourself surprised at the outcome!
Mini Ornaments on the Mantel
My box also included oodles of great mini-ornaments, so I pulled out my mini trees and spread the party across my living room.
I have a passionate love for symmetry and vintage goods, so I rounded my mantle out with fresh flowers to contrast against my color scheme and six vintage crystal candle holders I found while thrifting to create height and contrast. On the hearth I added a few Martha Stewart Living Gold Reindeer and 8-inch shatterproof ornaments to add balance.
I’d say it turned out chic and modern… just the way I like my decor.
Ready for the Holidays
I have a pretty small living space, so I generally remove my side chairs from the bay window so my tree can have a place front and center. With a pretty neutral color palette (and neutral for me means black, white, brown and gold), my bronze and blue tree is definitely on track to steal the show this holiday season.
See! Colored lights!
Totally different look but still, dare I say…just as chic (hats off to boys who know nothing about interior design but occasionally have good ideas!!). My Christmas decorating is just about complete, so it’s officially time for the holiday party season to begin–party at my place!
Dayka Robinson is an Atlanta-based interior designer who loves antiquing and second-hand shopping. She writes about her design projects on her blog Dayka Robinson Designs.
Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Dayka received a selection of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot and a gift card to support her project, but The Home Depot provided no cash compensation. The opinions and ideas Dayka expressed are her own.