Nov 17, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & a Giveaway

Aaaaawh! I am so ready to cheer up this house in twinkle lights, pine and get on with making some memories!

This year I have a railing in the foyer to decorate. Yippee! It's so fun to be able to use some of my old stuff in new ways.
I love natural garlands, trees and wreaths but the problem is - I leave them up way too long and so they die even before Christmas. (I know that is obvious to you since it is barely even the middle of November and I am already holiday decorating)

So I buy faux trees, garlands and wreaths but I am super picky about them looking natural.
Look how pretty this garland is. It looks and feels natural. Since this beautiful green sits directly in my foyer where guests can touch and feel, I want it to be nice and natural. The garland comes from Tree Classics.

When I received it in the mail I was so super surprised at the quality and life-like color when I opened the box. The needles really do feel real and fresh.

No wonder Tree Classics gets so many great reviews.

Now, here's a great deal for you - Tree Classics is celebrating 40 years and instead of receiving gifts for this special birthday year - they are actually GIVING 40 gifts away.

The good news is that one of my readers will get one of them. (happy dance)

All you have to do is leave me a comment below and you will be entered to win this Classic Noble Fir Garland! (click the link - you can see details and close ups of the needles & everything - trust me, it's super nice)

The garland is pre-lit with white lights and it's so natural looking! Just like the garland on my railing.
I fastened my garland to the railing with rope tied into bows.
How do you keep your garland in place?
Oh, while we are talking about natural and gifts - look what my parents picked up for me on their vacation to Lake Tahoe (I think that is where they were). These pine cones are almost 6 inches tall. I put twinkle lights in the silver bucket with them. Such a beautiful earthy accent.

OK - so you only have a few days to leave me a nice comment because you want to get your garland to show off this year - right?

I will choose a reader at random to receive the garland on Friday this week and then Tree Classics will mail it straight to you.

K...so just leave a message down below. Click the post a comment link and a comment box will show up. Say something nice and be sure to sign your first name please.

Good Luck!

69 comments :

Nese said...

I love your style! I never would have thought to tie the garland with rope. I use wire and hide it with ribbon. I am definitely going to try the rope this year! :) Denise

Lucinda said...

The garland IS BEAUTIFUL! And securing the garland with rope is brilliant! I too decorate very early in November because all that hard work deserves to be enjoyed much longer than a month or less! Merry Christmas! Lucinda

KUNIs little white castle said...

Holly.......... It looks perfect. The black stairs with the green garlands. I love it!!!

Sherendipity said...

What a perfect time for a giveaway. This garland is beautiful and the prelit option is a bonus. Makes me crazy winding and threading multy layers of decor that never turns out quite right.
Lucky you to have this space. It's gorgeous.

72bf2a80-8d40-11e5-b23f-5bb2be003486 said...

I love the garland on your stairs. It does look real! How many garlands did it take to do your stairs? Thank you for giving your followers a chance to win!!!!

Linda Ging said...

This would look great on my mantle! Thank you for sharing your creativity and style! Linda

Kimberly said...

I LOVE this garland and that you tied it with rope. Rope is one of my favorite things to decorate with. :) Hoping I'm a lucky winner! Kimberly

Burks --What Will Work? said...

I too like to use real garland (thank you Hockey Association) and last year I was counting the days I could leave it up on my mantel before it was completely brown! I secure mine with twine (jute) and add old rustic bells where I place the twine. Super cute.

Robin bonvino said...

Ohhh, that garland is lovely, I surely thought it was real. I love the rustic accent of using the jute twine. My go to for securing most everything in my home is fishing line. It's clear, strong, doesn't leave marks and easy to remove. I especially love using it to tie/secure the live tree from falling. Robin

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love your decorating style and how beautiful the garland looks on the railing! Such a cute way to tie it on...I will have to try that! I would love to win one of these garlands...thanks for hosting the giveaway! :) Linda

Valerie Ratliff said...

I love the garland and your stairs. Did you paint your stairs or were they that color when you moved in? I love them.

pballard said...

Such a generous giveaway. Thanks for the chance. I too think the garland would look good on my mantle. I have three of them. Thanks for your daily inspiration. I keep you on my sidebar and look at it each day!

Deb Hrabik said...

Such a beautiful photo, Holly!
All the black and white is striking and garland and lights make it cozy : )
Deb

Jennifer Schmitz said...

This is very nice garland and it would look beautiful across my mantel! :) I use thin green double sided Velcro to keep my garland attached to my railing and I use small command strip hooks to loop it around and hook it across my mantel.

Jennifer

Hollie H said...

I love the garland....it does look real. I would love to have one for my staircase!!!

Vada said...

Love the look and to not be real would be perfect!!

kerligirl said...

What a beautiful garland!

kerligirl said...

What a beautiful garland. I use burlap trim to secure mine. Would love to have this more batural looking one!

Rosey said...

Oh Holly I would love to have that beautiful garland to bring some holiday cheer into my gloomy small apartment

Retha Stockton said...

Beautiful garland - it really does look natural! Makes your stairs look so inviting. Love your style.

MissMelissa said...

I love seeing you decorate your new space! I enjoy seeing you use your stash of supplies to create a warm new home for your sweet family!

Melissa Atkinson said...

I have actually been eyeing this! I have a new home with a railing in the foyer also. Fingers crossed!

Stacye Hixson said...

Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. For me faux is the only way to go as long as it looks real and this garland looks REAL!

Kelly said...

I know you must be loving decorating your new house for Christmas! There's nothing better than your first Christmas in your new home. I think you will feel more attached to it afterwards too. I love the beautiful garland that you're giving away! I'm a sticker for real looking garland too. I would love to win this!

NanaDiana said...

Did you say...Say something nice? NICE NICE NICE! That garland is NICE...YOU are NICE....Your BLOG is NICE...sometimes even I am nice...but don't quote me on that last part.

Sign me up- I do love a garland---especially nice ones with lights! Hope you have a great rest of the week-NICE LADY! xo Diana

shabby pink bungalow said...

I love this! So festive! I would love to use this in my home this season. The last few Christmas season's have been rough for me and something new might be just the thing to bring the Christmas Spirit back for me. Thank you for all of the inspiration all year long.

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Love the garland. It looks so real!

Jo Ashley said...

Love your garland!

Ron Shultz said...

Love the garland, so realistic looking. Thanks for the chance to win!

Heather Remer said...

Wow -- your entry is so pretty! Would love to have some garland to decorate with!

Mountain Mama said...

Holly, I love your natural decorating style for Christmas - gorgeous!! That garland looks terrific - really looks like the real deal!
Debbie

Camille said...

The garland is so pretty! I love that it is pre-lit, too. That would be so awesome!

rondah s said...

I love the garland! Thanks for the chance!

Rodeomom5951 said...

I do love that it looks real! I really thought that is was. Beautiful! Thank you so much for this opportunity! Who doesn't just love garland with lights?!!

Ren said...

The garland is beautiful. I also love how you have used the pine cones with tiny lights. Such a nice setting to welcome family and guests.

Debbie King said...

I too am very discriminating when choosing greenery that is not real. This is probably the best representation that I have seen. I love the beautiful details and it looks amazing with against your black staircase.

Debbie :)

Angie said...

Love how you used rope to hang the garland. I've always wrapped mine around the railings. Not ideal. I also love the lights in the bucket with the pine cones. Clever idea! I'll have to try that.

Katie Mansfield said...

It is beautiful. I'm with you on faux trees and garlands. Too much shedding to clean up otherwise. I'd love to win the garland.

Kayla-berryberryquitecontrary.wordpress.com said...

How pretty!! I love your blog and have been following it for years! We just moved a few months ago and it's slowly starting to feel like home, I'm excited to have our first Christmas here! Kayla

Carol Bartlett said...

Holly, this garland on your stairs looks beautiful. I would LOVE to do the same with mine. You are right, they look like the real thing...so natural. Hope I win one!

Unknown said...

The garland is beautiful, and I love the rope you used to tie. Great idea!

Krystal klein said...

Love the garland!! I see all your posts & you are so creative!! Enjoy decorating your new home!!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Beautiful Holly! Just Love all your creative touches! The garland is Beautiful!

Sandi
sandraallen260@centurytel.net

Cathy said...

Very pretty decorations. The garland looks like real pine!

Junkchiccottage said...

Holly,
The garland is gorgeous and I love it tied with the rope. What a beautiful staircase.
Kris

Jill B said...

I love you style. I get so many ideas from your blog so I thank you so much. I love natural elements too. I just built a little centerpiece out of barnwood and filled it up with masaon jars, white candles and pine cones. Love the look.

shadowhaswings said...

I love your inspiration using natural elements along with the beautiful garland to decorate early. I'm amazed how real it looks too!
It would be awesome to the the one chosen, I could use it in so many areas!
Thank you for your blog and all the ideas.
Debbie

Ali Nicole said...

Love it, looks very beautiful.

bonnie said...

Holly, thanks for the giveaway - I love good artificial greenery.

bthompson617@yahoo.com

Diane Bertao said...

I love the look and feel of real garland. Unfortunately in the part of California I live in (and with the continued drought) we have lost an abundance of pine trees :( So I'm looking for a nice quality garland. This one looks beautiful! We moved into our home last year and I was thrilled to have a home to decorate that has stairs too! Love the way the decorations look up stairs and across the balcony. I secure my garland with twine, mixed with ribbons, bells, something mixed in. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season making new memories in your new home that you will take with you through many more years to come. Thanks for the giveaway Holly!

veggielover01 said...

That garland looks so real!!!! Love all of your holiday decor. Thank you for the giveaway and all of the great inspiration.

Prairie Kari said...

I was always a stickler on only having a real tree as it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without that real tree smell! But reality over the yrs with the chore of strapping a live tree to the roof for a ½ hr drive home on the highway to my farm in the cold snowy winter is not fun so I have been using live Norfolk pines for xmas trees for yrs now. These are smaller 3’ tall versions that only hold a fraction of my decorations :( so I tend to get 2 as they are small :). I do also decorate my garland instead and love doing that! I hang my garland with small brass cup hooks in one spot and use plastic coated green florist wire in others so it is not noticeable in either. I like the rustic look you created with twine though – so natural!

Joan Kubes said...

This garland is beautiful, I have the perfect spot for it too! I thought it was real tree at first, looks so real.

marci said...

I absolutely love your style. And using the rope to hang your Garland is genious!
In the past I have hung my Garland with wire and tacks, not making my husband very happy. I would absolutely love to win this beautiful garland, it looks so real.
Happy Holidays everyone. Marci

Jodi Greff said...

Yay! I love giveaways and how your stairs look!

Connie Whitelock said...

Love your entryway and how you are using natural elements to decorate for Christmas. It has given me a few ideas for this year.

Connie

Ash said...

I love the garland, it looks so natural!

Ashley
demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

Alexandra Prairie Charm said...

Looks really beautiful ♥ Thanks for your visit... Alexandra

Carol said...

It's really hard to find "faux" that looks real and this certainly does! Love the way you have yours tied with rope on your bannister.

Carol

Jacey Rumler said...

Love love love this! So natural and rustic without being too christmasy.

Michelle Marie said...

Very pretty! Makes it all that much more special when it comes pre-lit! Now you're making me want to whip out my Christmas decorations!!

Laurie Sweet said...

I love the Garland with the rope! Seeing this post makes me want to start decorating TODAY:)

Kathy E. said...
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Kathy E. said...

I really like your decorating style! Any visitor to your home would be welcomed with an earthy, homey feeling that immediately would make them feel comfortable. I'd be torn between adding this lighted garland to my mantel or my railing...I'd need two! duchick at gmail dot com

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

Until I read more, I thought that garland was real! It looks beautiful and such a lovely contrast against the railing, Holly. Love the big pine cones and the entry decor too. Thanks for the chance.

Pendra said...

Ooooh it looks a little like Christmas at your house... and it's gorgeous! I can't seem to get the spirit this year. We lost our beloved Hannah at the end of August. We rescued a Japanese Chin in Sept. and in Nov. he ran into a shepherds hook out back and his eye came out of the socket... had a surgery to try and fix and just had another to take the eye out. It's been so stressful, he is so sweet and has had a very horrible life being abused, it hurts so much to rescue him and then for him to get hurt so badly! He is such a trooper and hasn't complained, except for the cone he has to wear... I'd complain too! Anyway if you have any extra Holiday cheer, I could use some here in Minnesota... we are supposed to get 8.6" of snow tomorrow... HUM BUG!!!

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I really liked your Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Our Christmas party was also rocking. We had organized family party at one of the best local party venues in Los Angeles. Truly, everyone had a great time over there.

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