Tuesday, December 25, 2012

About that Christmas Palm Tree…

I know. After months of my rambling on about choosing the perfect Christmas Palm Tree (an idea which by the way should be credited to Louis at Parallel 49 Palms and Exotics) you’re all expecting me to have actually bought one right? Well I didn’t.

See I got obsessed with another idea…the mix of natural with fake sparkle. Like fancy ribbon tied on brown kraft paper, seed pods combined with glitter, and an aluminum Christmas tree with eucalyptus branches. Yes I know, odd.

I still used the regular aluminum branches but I filled in with eucalyptus. Oh the smell! Divine I tell you.

Of course I brought in a conifer wreath for that traditional Christmas smell…

And did up the mantle…

The gifts look a little like a drunken Santa just dumped his bag down the chimney…

But the star was the strange hybrid tree; part natural, part fake sparkle, but all fun…just like I imagined it.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I hope you're fortunate enough to be surrounded by those you love today. I know I'll be squeezing all my loved ones extra tight and thinking of how lucky I am. If this holiday is not one you celebrate may the joy, love and magic of the season touch your heart in a way that is meaningful to you.

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    1. Thank you Nicole, the same to yo!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family too Loree!

    (Eucalyptus beats pine fragrance by a hair)

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    1. Thank you Alan! Same you yours, and that cat friend you've got too!

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  3. Absolutely wonderful! You always have such perfect taste... Merry Christmas!

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    1. And you are always so kind, thank you and happy holidays to you Joseph!

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  4. Right back at you Loree! I love your tree, gift wrapping, and all of your beautiful decorations. You always do such a beautiful job (of everything.) Hugs!

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  5. Merry Christmas to you guys as well! LOVE the tree and the tile around your fireplace and the wall color and, and, and ... Would love to see more pics of your place inside!!

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    1. Thank you Deb, maybe I'll have to do a "houseplant" post on a grey rainy January day....

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  6. Merry Christmas to you too, Loree...I hope it's a good one :-)

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    1. Thanks Scott, it was a lovely day...I hope you and Norm enjoyed yourselves!

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  7. Eucalyptus AND pine, it doesn't get any better as far as scents are concerned. Beautiful decorations all around!

    Merry Christmas, Loree!

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    1. It is a pretty great smelling combo....it's going to be hard to have them go!

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  8. Merry Christmas, Loree! Your tree is kind of odd, but I love it!

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    1. And I love that you called it odd....it is!

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family too Loree :) and fab tree and festive decor!

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    1. Thanks guys, did you put up a tree?

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  10. Love the tree! I've so enjoyed all your postings this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Jean, and happy New Year!

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  11. Very, very nice! Merry Christmas to you also! Loved the tillandsias in your arrangements!

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    1. I really want to make a Tillandsia wreath for the front door but it's too cold here!

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  12. Merry Christmas! Eucalyptus is another fav of mine. I think that means you just need to gift yourself another palm this spring!!!

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    1. Perhaps you are correct....stay tuned!

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  13. Not many people could have pulled off that look, but you absolutely nailed it: elegant, original and decidedly odd. You know that we depend on you to introduce a bit of tasteful oddity to our lives, don't you?

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    1. That's a fabulous compliment, thank you ricki!

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  14. My sentiments are exactly as Ricki's. You nailed it. My brood would have a royal fit if we didn't use Christmas wrap but I love your refined simplicity. Your tree is sweet. I think you should consider going in to professional decorating. You've got the knack.

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    1. I planned to graduate with an Interior Design degree but somewhere along the line I got disillusioned and quit. It's complicated...

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  15. Loree: An awesome choice! Silvery blue, with eucalyptus and pine fragrance - an olfactory overload if ever there was one! The wrapping and the wonderful decorative flair all bespeak your passion and love for plants! Hoping you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends. So look forward to your delightful posts.... all the very best for 2013!

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    1. Thank you Barry! My personal hope for you in 2013 is that you get all the plants on your wishlist, and of course then tell us all about it...

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  16. I hope you had a very merry Xmas, Loree. Your tree looks stylish and festive -- just what I'd expect you to create! Happy New Year too!

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    1. Thank you Pam! I was afraid I'd regret not going with the Christmas palm but I didn't. As a bonus when I took the aluminum tree down I was left with dried, but still good smelling eucalyptus for a couple of vases.

      Happy New Year to you and your family too, I look forward to seeing you in SF in June!

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