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The stars are brightly shining

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

~Vincent Van Gogh.

There are so many different ways to celebrate the holidays.

There are those who are deep in tradition and decorate their Christmas trees with ornaments that have been passed down from generation to generation. And by the second week of January those precious heirlooms are lovingly wrapped and carefully stored until the next holiday season.

Others purchase their own, but may grow tired of the store bought decorations and find it refreshing to gather some new ornaments as the years go by.

As for myself, I am neither a traditional nor straight from the box kind of girl.

I actually love the excitement and challenge of designing a different Christmas tree theme every year.

This year's design began with my sofa.

It can be very easy to start creating once you found a jumping off point.

I simply chose a beginning color pallet and pattern using the color of my sofa and the pattern of my pillows.

Sticking with three and four colors within the same basic tones, as well as, three or four patterns in the same chosen colors, will lead you to the final design plan.

Easy right?

The final step was to decide on a main ornament shape and this year I was seeing stars...lots and lots of stars.

I purchased these adorable stars at Hobby Lobby. You can find them here

I decorated them in various patterns in the same color pallet of blue, gray and white.

Of course it's always fun to carry the theme right down to the gifts under the tree.

Decorated cardboard boxes from Ikea found here held small gifts for my family and fur babies.

A beautiful sign from Hobby Lobby and a DYI sign decorated in the same pattern as some of the stars on the tree, added just the right festive touch.

Happy Holidays!

and happy decorating!

XO Colleen


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