metallic gold christmas mantle styling / sfgirlbybay

well, thanksgiving is just a full belly behind us, and ’tis the season to start our holiday decorating. i’ve never been one for traditional red & green christmas decor, but i love a lot of shiny metallics — gold, silver and bronze with lots of white candlelight is the kind of holiday vibe i prefer. i’ve never tried out a faux tree before, but rather than chop down a living tree, martha stewart living invited me to try out one of her beautiful pre-lit trees with pinecones and alaskan Spruce wreaths. i have to say, they look quite real, and the tree has a perfect shape and was so easy to put up — no swearing under my breath and struggling with those oh-so-pretty, but often pesky and tangled little white lights.

metallic gold christmas decor / sfgirlbybay

my mum came over to help and we decorated the house together, listening to old christmas tunes and baking cookies and had such a lovely afternoon. i don’t have a fireplace (sigh) but we created a little mantel-like area over my dining room buffet — adding the pre-lit wreath and pretty gold glitter christmas tree and reindeer figurines from martha’s holiday collection. we added a few candles, my vintage gold sconces and voilá, a warm, festive feeling ensued! we then went to town decorating the tree — we hung almost 200 ornaments and finished with the Winter’s Wonder Glass Tree Topper. we discovered one of the really surprisingly nice things about the martha stewart living ornaments is that she has two shatterproof collections . we used a mix of regular and shatterproof, and unintentionally tested quite a few, dropping them from high atop the ladder with that sinking ‘uh-oh’ feeling, but they stayed happily intact! you can find martha stewart living’s beautiful holiday decorating collection at home depot. let the decorating season begin!

gold christmas tree topper ornament and bow / sfgirlbybay

martha stewart pre-lit faux christmas tree with ornaments / sfgirlbybay

martha stewart holiday decorating collection / sfgirlbybay

bell jars and metallic gold holiday decor / sfgirlbybay

pre-lit martha stewart christmas tree with gold and silver ornaments / sfgirlbybay

martha stewart gold holiday decor / sfgirlbybay

gold and silver metallic christmas tree ornaments / sfgirlbybay

pre-lit martha stewart holiday wreath with pinecones / sfgirlbybay

martha stewart faux christmas tree with pinecones / sfgirlbybay

faux christmas tree decked out in gold and silver ornaments / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

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