Hello and Happy Holidays!

If you’re new to The Striped House, welcome!  I’ll be showing off my how I decorated my home for Christmas this week.  Today, I’ll be giving you all a sneak peek at my tree, it’s my favorite part!   Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living is hosting a week chock-full of Christmas Tree inspiration.  Some of you might be coming here from Postcards from the Ridge, so I’m especially happy to have you 🙂  Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the full list of bloggers who are participating.



The evolution of my Christmas tree…  When I started purchasing ornaments off the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby years ago, I had the hardest time picking out what colors I wanted my tree to be.  You see, my mom had always decorated really beautiful trees, and she would switch up the colors every couple years.  So I knew the possibilities were endless.  I was so completely overwhelmed.  What do I do when I’m overwhelmed by color choices?  I go to my classic black and white.  I love color, but I can’t commit to it.  I knew I wouldn’t have the money to change out my colors and style every year, so I had to go the “safe route”.  For a couple years, I included bright chartreuse green, but that gradually phased it’s way out.


Fast forward a couple years, and my holiday decor had gotten a little too sparkly.  It didn’t feel very Christmas-y.  I wanted to bring back a classic Christmas feeling…  I like red, it blends in well with my black and white.  Years ago, I was lucky enough to spend a day in Malmo, Sweden – and it got me interested in my Swedish roots.  Little by little, you’ll see more Scandinavian influence sneak into my not only my Christmas decor, but daily interiors.  I’m tellin’ ya, those Swedes can decorate.  And I don’t mean IKEA, haha!


The three words I would use to describe my Christmas style is modern-traditional (I’ll count that as two), and Scandinavian.

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The black and white, and the stripe patterns (red and white striped pillow) are traditional.  The red, faux sheepskin rugs, and the winter feel of the tree are Scandi.   There are some ornaments, including the glass bead garland that are modern.  Some are pretty sparkly still, but it gives the tree some interest.  I have four large pieces of garland that look like bare branches that are covered in clear crystals.  They are going horizontal on the tree at an angle.  They are one of my favorite Christmas purchases.  I bought them on clearance after Christmas one year at Hobby Lobby.


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Be sure to check out the other blogger’s trees throughout the week.

Christmas tree styling for any home style!

*Please note, the links will not go live until the day of the tour*


Casa Watkins Living

Blue I Style

Polished Habitat

Southern State Of Mind

Up To Date Interiors

Lovely Etc.


Elizabeth Joan Designs

Roots North and South

Postcards From The Ridge

The Striped House (you are here!)

Pocketful Of Posies

The Gathered Home


Boxy Colonial


PMQ For Two

Farmhouse 40

Monica Wants It


The Happy Housie

Organized Nashville

Designing Vibes

This Is Our Bliss

Iris Nacole


Fresh Crush

Domicile 37

Cassie Bustamante

Flourish and Knot

A Designer at Home

 Thank you so much for stopping by.  I’ll be sharing my full Christmas home tour tomorrow.  See you then!

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  1. Brynne | The Gathered Home
    December 6, 2016 at 8:41 am (3 months ago)

    So pretty! I love seeing how your love of black and white translates to your tree!

  2. Jessica
    December 6, 2016 at 8:49 am (3 months ago)

    I love love love your tree, concept, and ornaments!!!! I could have used some of those black ones on my tree. LOL!

  3. Ariel
    December 6, 2016 at 9:19 am (3 months ago)

    Love the black thrown in with all the red!

  4. caroline
    December 6, 2016 at 11:02 am (3 months ago)


  5. caroline
    December 6, 2016 at 11:03 am (3 months ago)

    LOVE the black, white and red. So so pretty!!!

  6. Cassie Bustamante
    December 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm (3 months ago)

    beautiful! love the colors and the beads!

  7. Kathy
    December 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm (3 months ago)

    I just love the words you use to describe your style! I’ve been thinking about and researching Scandinavian design a lot more recently because I think it fits our traditional Japanese home. Your tree feels classic yet fresh and modern. It’s perfect.

  8. BonBon
    December 7, 2016 at 8:43 am (3 months ago)

    Beautiful tree. I love your ornament selections. Great job!

  9. Iris Nacole
    December 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm (3 months ago)

    Such a beautiful tree! I love all of the ornaments, and color choices!

  10. Erin
    December 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm (3 months ago)

    Just gorgeous, Jen! The pops of red are perfect and I’m loving the black and white!

  11. Gretchen@BoxyColonial
    December 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm (3 months ago)

    so pretty! you can’t go wrong with black and white 🙂

  12. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies
    December 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm (2 months ago)


    Your tree is stunning! I love the mix of red, back and white minimalism! It’s seriously beautiful! Pinning!



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