A metallic woodland Christmas tree and holiday decor on @thouswellblog Metallic pinecone ornaments from @TargetStyle Modern gold wreath, holiday decor on @thouswellblog

It feels fitting to conclude this four-post holiday series with my favorite holiday tradition, decorating the tree. My dad moved early this year and didn’t have many ornaments to start with, so I picked a theme and found a beautiful selection of tree baubles and lights at Target to make his dining room sparkle. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: thouswell), you may already know that I decided to go with a “metallic woodland” theme, focusing on the pattern of pinecones and mixing different shapes and sizes as well as gold, silver, and copper finishes. To balance the mix, I picked up a set of round, gold ornaments to provide solid, simple shapes for a bit of rest for the eyes, and I also found a fun set of owls and different animals to add for a whimsical mix. Instead of a traditional tree skirt, I used a faux-fur throw to wrap the tree base.

Faux fur tree skirt, holiday decor ideas on @thouswellblog Metallic pinecone ornaments from @thouswellblog Holiday decor ideas, pouf and silver reindeer, modern holiday on @thouswellblog

Long meals are central to all of our holiday traditions, so it felt natural to put the tree in the dining room so it could be in the room where most of our holiday memories are made. To make the room even cozier, I added curtains and a wreath to the window, and a pouf on the floor. Adding soft elements to the dining room in the winter makes it feel warmer, but it also invites people to hang out while my dad is cooking. Since his dining room and kitchen connect, the dining room becomes more of our living room in the winter when the warm stove and great smells make it the coziest space in the house!

Wood slab tray on a pouf with mercury candles Mixed metallic holiday decor on @thouswellblog Woodland Christmas tree, holiday decor ideas on @thouswellblog

I love how inviting my dad’s dining room is now. The mixed metals make it really shine (and they look great with his green walls)! Which room of the house do you make most of your holiday memories?

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  1. Hi Kevin! Love the tree, so dainty but yet classy and the theme is darling! I think I need to head back to Target. I LOVE your dad’s dining room chairs – any chance they are new and I can buy them somewhere online? Please tell me they aren’t antiques 🙂

    Posted 12.15.15 Reply
    • Thanks Diana! I’m so sorry but they are vintage mid-century Stakmore chairs that I found on eBay… They pop-up on eBay and Chairish occasionally but unfortunately I can’t find any for sale right now!

      Posted 12.15.15 Reply
      • Shoot! I had a feeling. I’m going to make a note and do regular searches thank you so so much 🙂

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