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12 Bloggers of Christmas: Dagmar Obert on How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

In the finale to our Christmas tree decorating campaign, our resident design expert Dagmar Obert unveils her Balsam Hill Christmas tree and the decorating techniques behind her romantic holiday masterpiece.

Balsam Hill's resident design expert Dagmar Obert shows how to decorate a Christmas tree with a romantic style

After 12 of the country’s most talented home décor and lifestyle bloggers shared their holiday decorating styles with Balsam Hill, I found myself all the more inspired to decorate my own Christmas tree: a magnificent pre-lit California Baby Redwood.

Christmas decorating trends come and go, but the timeless look of a romantic Christmas tree will always mesmerize friends and loved ones. A romantic Christmas tree relies on a thoughtful selection of signature ornaments that are more than just holiday accents; they hold a deeper meaning.

Christmas Tree Decorating: The Romantic Style

In decorating terms, the romantic style uses soft colors, patterns, and textures to imbue a space with a calming and elegant atmosphere. Lovely accent pieces create a feeling of warmth.

Little ornaments like the pink ballerina plush doll or teacup on my Christmas tree, for instance, introduce a touch of femininity that is reminiscent of my daughters’ personalities. The use of signature and even vintage pieces is simply heartwarming.

Dagmar Obert decorates her Balsam Hill California Baby Redwood with a feminine touch using a little pink teacup

Like the traditional style of holiday décor, a romantic Christmas tree can play with an array of uniquely shaped ornaments, such as stars, icicles, and baubles. The look is softened through the addition of softer fabrics, dainty patterns, and even feathery textures. Silk and satin ribbons, beaded garlands, feathers, and floral accents heighten the romance.

On my own Christmas tree, ribbons, flowers, shaded grass, ostrich feathers, gold bead garlands, and pearl-like beads on twigs are recurring elements that echo the drama.

How to Capture the Romantic Look of My California Baby Redwood

  • Choosing a Color Palette

Placing the tree in an area of my home where there are subtle brown overtones prompted the use of warmer, deeper shades of pink and gold ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes. I used gold bells and glittered baubles to name a few. Using the warm and luxuriously radiant colors of pink and gold glistening next to clear lights creates an enchanting vision.

  • Layering a Variety of Textures

I love feathers. The warmth of the ostrich feathers was all the drama I wanted. I coupled these with pearl-like beaded floral picks and added some warm pink shaded grass. The fusion of feathers, beads, and grass was just the perfect combo to add dimension and a little whimsy to my tree. I made 20 of these small clusters to place staggered throughout the tree from top to bottom on the outside layers.

  • Placing Christmas Balls, Ribbons, and Garlands on Branches

I placed solid-colored balls first after dividing the tree into thirds, from top to bottom. I also placed the balls horizontally deep within the branches, from the inside out.

Since I have a romantic tree, I made ribbon swags to frame certain points or the ornaments I wanted to highlight. I added a new garland that was almost like a jeweled necklace in that it had three gold strands intertwined. This added a lovely feminine touch and tied in with our Victorian cameo ornaments without making the tree look too antique or Victorian.

  • Highlighting Detailed Ornaments

My detailed ornaments are the pieces that have the gold and pink shades but are not in solid colors. They might have pink and gold on them with a design. I usually purchase them in a set of six so that I can decorate in groupings using the same grid or pattern repeated around the tree.
Dagmar Obert adorns her Balsam Hill Christmas tree with a signature ballerina ornament

  • Highlighting Signature Ornaments

Last, but not the least, are the signature ornaments. These decorations speak of the meaningful ties within your family. Your kids will look for them when they come home.

Since these decorations add a personal touch, turn them into focal points on your Christmas tree. Make sure to place signature ornaments in a prominent area and nestle them securely on the outer branches.

  • Layering More Texture

After all my choice ornaments were on, I still felt I needed some texture to keep it updated. I found some glittered grass. I clipped them apart in the sections that were wired and placed them in areas that were not at the focal point in order to bring balance.

A gold organza ruffled tree skirt with gold laminee fabric underneath the organza completed the romance and feminine aspect of this tree. While the look is up-to-date, it doesn’t abandon the memories of years gone by.

How to Find Holiday Inspiration

With the holiday decorating advice we’ve featured this season, you are well on your way to creating a festive atmosphere perfect for a memorable Christmas. Our 12 Bloggers of Christmas have shared their hearts and their homes this season, inspiring readers to give their artisan Balsam Hill Christmas tree a touch of warmth:

Vanessa of At the Picket Fence

Ashley of Cherished Bliss

Candace of Vintage News Junkie

Beth of Unskinny Boppy

Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms

Kim of Sand & Sisal

Laura of Finding Home

Courtney of French Country Cottage

Jeanne Oliver

Heather of At the Picket Fence

Jennifer Rizzo

Learn more decorating techniques here on the Balsam Hill blog, and be sure to Like us on Facebook, view us on YouTube, and follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Houzz. Happy holiday decorating!

Balsam Hill presents 12 bloggers who will be sharing ideas on how to decorate an artificial Christmas tree using Balsam Hill products
About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

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