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Mercury Glass Mantel Decorating and Holiday Cheer

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This House Tour is Filled With Holiday Cheer

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Today, we’re happy to take you on a tour of blogger Jennifer Rizzo‘s holiday-decorated home. Jennifer is hosting a virtual holiday house tour of 20 homes on her blog this week. Keep reading to learn more about the holiday house tour and to discover Jennifer’s favorite aspects of decorating for the holidays!

How did you come up with the idea for the virtual holiday house tour?

“Every year, the local garden club in our area hosts a holiday house walk. They decorate these beautiful homes and then open it to the public. I look forward to the event every year. Seeing all of the amazing ideas and inspiration that they come up with — it really gets me in the holiday spirit. I thought there must be some way to do a house walk that everyone can enjoy and that’s how the idea came to fruition. I first lined up three homes a day for five days to make it a week-long event. This year I’ve added more amazing homes so there is even more inspiration.”



What is the response to the virtual holiday tour like this year as compared to the first year?

“There was a much bigger response than I expected for the first walk. I just thought it was going to be a fun little walk that my readers could enjoy. I had about three homes  a day and they are set up so tour goers can visit each house in order, like a real house walk. I couldn’t believe how many people ‘walked’ through the tour. This year it’s even bigger with four to five homes a day and the traffic has grown to amazing proportions. The bloggers who are participating have really outdone themselves and I am so impressed by how clever they are. Their homes are beautiful and their ability to make their homes shine is amazing. The following Monday I always have  a party on my blog where other bloggers can show of their holiday homes. Last year there were over 150 extra homes full of decorating inspiration.”

Are there any easy ways you recommend for adding holiday cheer and décor to your home, especially if you’re pressed for time?

“I think greenery goes a really long way. Even faux greenery. A touch of green, a touch of sparkle,a scented candle and it all seems festive once you put Bing Crosby on.”


What holiday decorating tradition does your family have?

“We always try to decorate the house together as a family with some holiday music playing while we enjoy hot cocoa. Then the kids put the candy canes on the tree(their favorite part). In the end and I always give in and let them have one to kick off the season.”


What holiday décor from your home are you particularly happy about or inspired by this year?

“I really love the area in my breakfast nook. It’s where my family and I spend the most time and it’s decorated with my most favorite things: silver, glass and natural elements. I love the draped greenery on the vintage mirror and the added fun touches such as the pom-pom runner and mini bottle brush trees. I really love the way the vintage, silver chafing dish lid collage looks on my wall. I think it looks interesting and holiday-ish with out looking too glitzy.”

Visit Jennifer’s blog and take the entire tour here!

Source: Photos by Jennifer Rizzo

The Story Behind Pottery Barn’s Holiday Catalog Trees

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Over the past few weeks, Pottery Barn fans have taken to Twitter, Facebook and the blog to inquire about the type of trees used in this year’s holiday catalog. To answer your questions, we went straight to the source. Silvertip Tree Farm, located outside of Yosemite National Park in California, provided the trees for the holiday catalog. Gena, who runs the farm along with her husband, Jim, graciously shared some background on the trees. If you’re interested in purchasing a tree, you can visit Silvertip Tree Farm’s local tree stand in North Fork, CA, or order a tree online — Silvertip Tree Farm delivers to all 50 states. How did you get connected with Pottery Barn for the holiday catalog? “We received a phone call from your senior art director, who wanted wanted 10- 12 foot trees for your catalog shoot. It was very exciting to be asked to supply the Christmas trees for the Pottery Barn catalog. It was a wonderful experience to work with [your team] to pick out the perfect trees.” What was it like to cut Christmas trees in June for the Pottery Barn catalog shoot?  “Cutting tree in June gets us in the Christmas spirit for the rest of the year. We are getting used to it; a lot of folks are planning Christmas year around. We have delivered somewhat wilted trees in July to hot Las Vegas for a Christmas demo, we provided trees for another catalog shoot, for Christmas commercials and for the Brothers and Sisters  TV show. . . Your catalog shoot was the most exciting and we really wanted you to be happy with the trees. We were very happy to hear how pleased [you and your customers] were.” Can you tell us a little about why it was important to you to become a sustainable tree farm? “I’m very proud of the fact we are a certified Family Forest with the American Tree Farm Systems. I consider myself a conservationist and believe in the wise usage of our natural resource. It comes from my upbringing. This area we live in is my ancestral home, home of the North Fork Mono [Tribe]. My grandfather instilled values of conservation that he was raised by, but also the fact that we can utilize our resources and still improve the property.” Why do you think silvertips are such great trees? “Silvertips are a beautiful ornament tree [that can] stand out on its own with its natural beauty and only a few special ornaments. They are very hardy and a slow growing tree that grows at high elevation of the Sierra Nevada and lower Cascade Range. They have sturdy limbs for heavy ornaments. I love the silvery tips, which appear after a cold frost. John Muir gave the California Red fir the name Silvertip because its new growth turns silver after it gets very cold.” Do you have any great tips for making your Christmas tree last longer? “Watering your tree is the most important thing you need to do to preserve your tree through the holiday season. We cut our trees and then immediately put them in water the very same day, this helps to keep them fresh.” What tree from the Pottery Barn holiday catalog is your favorite? “My favorite Pottery Barn Christmas trees are the Arctic and the Jewel! [I love] the Arctic tree with the little white owls, and the Jewel tree is so beautiful — it reminds me of when I was a child, with all the colorful ornaments.” Interested in ordering a tree? Order a tree or wreath from Silvertip Tree Farm today! Or, if you need a little more background on finding that perfect tree, check out our tips.

A Rustic-Chic DIY Advent Calendar

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