Traditions. They can be a handcuff, if you're the type that moves to the beat of a different drummer. But traditions are also an opportunity—nay, an enticing challenge—to celebrate the holidays in the most "you" way possible. I put up a black tinsel tree each year. And this homeowner? Well, she did it her way, in three ways.
This is the living room of Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse (formerly Dans le Townhouse before her family's move to a cottage on Lake Superior). A love of sparkly ornaments inspired her to find the places, other than an evergreen tree, where she could display her collection.
- A ladder. After finding this rustic ladder at her mother-in-laws rural home, Tanya dragged it into the living room and adorned it with ornaments tied with satin ribbon.
- A hanging frame gallery. With more baubles still to hang, some of the smaller ones got the art treatment with a handful of painted frames hung on the wall.
- A potted tree. A pair of barren trees in the corner of the room later got dressed up with lights an ornaments of their own.
After a creative Christmas? Steal one of these ideas. (You can see more photos here.) Or come up with your own. The first step is deconstructing what you think a Christmas tree should be. A focal point for the room? A display for ornaments and lights? Or a place to gather and open presents? Determine what you like about the tradition, then get creative.
What's your favorite holiday alternative?