I am excited about being included in today's CURATED TREE Anthropologie online Magazine article that was just published on their site. I was asked to select a group of ornaments from their selection available in stores and online that would go well together. In addition to inviting me to curate a tree, Anthropologie also asked two amazing bloggers to curate trees: Jordan Ferney of OH HAPPY DAY and Shauna Alterio of SOMETHING'S HIDING IN HERE
Click HERE to see my tree as well as Jordan and Shauna's curated trees at Anthropologie
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|The ornaments I selected for my CURATED TREE|
Here is the full interview they did for the article (only a small selection was published):
A: What would you name your tree based on your ornament selection?
MH: Land and Sea
A: Can you talk a bit about each ornament you chose. What does each add to your curated tree?
MH: I chose each of the ornaments for various reasons—mainly I chose keeping my “land and sea” theme in mind. I am always most drawn to whites and metallic for trees because they reflect the light so well and the whites are such a lovely contrast to the green of the tree. The animals ground the “land and sea” theme—as well as the boat, house and bicycle—I couldn’t help but include the bicycle, my husband is an avid cyclist who commutes everyday on his bicycle. Of course, I included the collection of porcelain animals of my own design, I cant wait to see those on my own tree this year! I included the glass and mirrored balls because they reflect light so well—and the holiday is very much about celebrating light for me. The felt garland adds a nice texture—as do the snowflakes. Last but not least, you have to have lights! I always choose white or clear lights, a tradition I inherited.
|my "land and sea" ornament collection available at Anthropologie|
A: How many of each style ornament do you recommend buying to achieve the desired look?
MH: The animals and objects you could purchase 2-3 of each for a full tree. The balls I would purchase more—maybe 4-6 of each. The snowflakes would do with at least one if not 2 boxes. I would purchase enough garland to cove the tree circumference about 4 times, so about 6 lengths would probably do it. I would do the same with the lights—6 or so lengths. Oh—and you only need one tree topper!
A: Tell us a bit about the tree you had growing up, and your tree today. What's the same? What has changed?
MH: My tree growing up is much like my tree today. We grew up cutting our own tree each year. My whole family would suit up and hike into the woods near our home to look for a tree that had recently fallen and was still green or we would look specifically for a long-needled white pine. White Pine are a lighter green and are more unusual looking than the traditional Balsam Pine. We always had to wait until Christmas Eve to cut the tree and the wait was torture! It also meant no presents went under the tree until Christmas Eve, so after attending a candlelight service we would come home to a tree all lit up and presents were there for the first time. We always were allowed to open one gift Christmas Eve—a great tradition we have passed onto our own daughter!
|A photo of my cousin juggling in front of my grandmother's tree, early 1980's|
|My uncle Josh and cousin Noah (still juggling!) in front of my grandmother's christmas tree early 1980's|
A: Any tree no-no's?
MH: For me, adding colored lights is a no-no. It is too distracting from the rest of the loveliness of the ornaments you just put onto the tree. Also, the other no-no in our family is a fake tree. You can find the most scraggly looking real tree and it still adds so much to a holiday—from the smell of the needles to the glow of the green.
A: What do you listen to while decorating?
MH: We typically listen to classical music while decorating our tree. The go-to album has always been Handel’s Messiah. As a little girl, I always asked to play Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet playing—a favorite still.
A: What are you eating or drinking when you are decorating the tree?
MH: My aunt Kaela would always make fresh Egg Nogg with Bourbon for tree trimming on Christmas Eve and being the traditionalists we are, we still make it fresh with eggs from our neighbor’s chickens. Really, nothing quite compares. Our family also has a tradition of snacking on pistachios during the holidays—something about cocktails and family need the cracking of nuts and a raging fire in the woodstove. When I am not drinking Egg Nogg, I am usually sipping tea of some variety, my favorite tea company is Tea Guys—their teas are amazing and they are neighbors, so its always easy to get more!