It was just over a year ago that we cut down this large branch at the back of the garden, I remember it being all wet and very large, so it needed a good dry off inside the dining room before we could hang it. The plan was that it would replace a Christmas tree in this room, as lasts years had died immediately due to the underfloor heating. I wanted to elevate it above our dining table in the conservatory, which has a lot of empty ceiling space and two very handy metal beams that make it easy to hang decor. It was a bit of a gamble on how this was going to look, as the branch looked quite unruly and rough around the edges... So I was pleasantly surprised when it fitted the space beautifully. We only needed some strong string to hang it from the beams either side et voila! If you don't have the beams, you can create the same look through using screw hooks in the ceiling.
December 2017: And here it is last Christmas fully decorated, I went for a very soft pink and white theme with the decor using paper snow flakes and transparent glass baubles from Cox & Cox, mixed with a few gold stars. The plan was to take the whole thing down in January, but along with a lot of protests about this on Instagram, I couldn't bring myself to do it either! So off came the decor and we were left with a bare branch, that I decided to decorate throughout the year for seasonal occasions and Birthdays.
First up Valentines day! A mix of heart garlands, honey comb balls added to the pink baubles that I popped back on the branch from Christmas. I also entwined some faux ivy on and preserved rose heads, which have become a permanent fixture.
Followed by a Peter Rabbit theme on my sons Birthday in March, it was a lot of fun putting this all together and finally having something back on the branch, which had been completely stripped after Valentines!
The carrots were taken out, but other than that I kept a lot of the decor used for my sons Birthday at Easter, just adding some pretty gold and light green/teal speckled eggs made it perfect for the occasion.
It was a bit bare for a couple of months while the conservatory had a little paint over. We changed the colour of the windows to a more dramatic dark grey/blue tone to get more of an industrial look. Then fully decorated it for my husbands 40th Birthday, with fun gold fans from Ginger Ray, I also added round glass tea light holders, which along with the ivy have also stayed as they look so pretty lit up at night, especially for dinner parties.
All the fun and colour was added for my daughter 5th Birthday party and what an amazing hot summers day it was too!
Things got a bit more dramatic for Halloween with spiders and webs that I found in Tiger, mixed with fun black honeycomb ball garlands. The kids loved it.
Ready for this years Christmas decor... and this is what the branch looks like on a regular day now, the ivy has stayed as have the round glass tea light holders.
One year later and the branch is still here and boy did we make use of it! This Christmas it has more of a dramatic look through using larger baubles and darker colours. I felt this would work well with the newly painted windows. I have also hung all the decor at different levels which looks great over the table especially when the tea lights are all lit up along with the little LED battery fairy lights I also added. It looks so pretty and sparkly at night.
The question is do I keep it up another year... Well I think I will, as I couldn't imagine the space without it now. It would have to take a pretty special light feature to take on the branch! Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year, Happy 2019!
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