2014 Christmas Decor & How to Raise Your Tree

merry-and-bright-chalk-artHello, friends! I’m so excited to share my Christmas decor with you again this year! Mainly because I think I have completely embraced and reclaimed the space over our mantle now that the tv has been moved elsewhere. Yay! (Be sure to check out my past Christmas decor tours.)

I also have an amazing and SUPER simple little trick for you to easily raise your Christmas tree and it will barely cost you anything. You won’t want to miss that!

I present my 2014 Christmas mantle! It may very well look this way for years to come because I am completely smitten with it. The oversized chalk art is my favorite. I hand drew it on chalkboard paper and mounted it on black foam core. It’s propped behind the frame. The lights around the frame are little fairy lights and they twinkle. The whole thing is pretty magical in person!!

I’ll be sharing the tutorial for the moss Christmas tree on Wednesday.

Here are a few more festive corners of the house…christmas-garland-stairwayjoyeux-noelwoodland-christmas santa-corner christmas-tree-lantern winter-poinsettia wreath christmas-tree-2014Last year I traded in my 12 ft prelit Christmas tree for a 7.5 ft NON prelit tree (BOO!). The prelit tree was 8 years old and the lights were starting to die strand by strand. It was so sad!! Plus it was ginormous to store so we downsized. I miss that giant tree! But did you see on Instagram how I raised the new tree?

how-to-raise-christmas-treeTo add a little height to our current tree I asked the hubs to build a platform to set it on. This would both make the tree look taller AND allow easier access to placing presents under the tree. He came back to me with 4 pieces of 6″ x 1/2″ PVC pipe. I admit, I was skeptical!

But he placed the pieces of PVC pipe under each tree leg and… my tree was suddenly 6″ taller! It’s sturdy and, after adding the tree skirt, gave exactly the look I wanted! And the beauty of the whole thing? It only cost a couple of dollars and practically no time at all to cut the pipe. That’s my kind of fix!


How is your Christmas decor coming along? I still have to put up the kids’ tree and finish decorating outside. Then I’m ready to sit back and relax and stare at my mantle for a while!!



  1. Ann Bono says

    I’m not quite sure about the PVC. Do you slip the leg of the tree into the PVC pipe?
    Maybe a pic would help me understand better.

    • Ann Bono says

      Sorry…I just saw the pic…that won’t work for my tree. The legs go straight out.
      But the idea could help someone else.
      Your decorations are gorgeous!!!

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