Brad Schmidt’s Silver and Gold Christmas Tree
In last week’s post, we saw how acclaimed floral artist Brad Schmidt went about creating the colorful and sophisticated Napa Jewel Christmas Tree featured in our 2015 catalog. This time, let’s take a look at another one of Brad’s stunning signature holiday designs – a regal and timeless Christmas tree decorated with Balsam Hill’s shimmering Silver and Gold Glass Ornament Set.
Placing the Tree Topper
For Balsam Hill’s Vermont White Spruce Tree, Brad once again employed his distinctive technique of decorating from the top of the tree to the bottom.
Instead of placing the Gold Angel Tree Topper at the very peak of the tree, Brad positioned it towards the front by spreading the needles apart, creating a hollow to nestle the angel. Next, he secured the tree topper around the waist with a ribbon, with the ends curling down at the sides and the back for a billowing effect.
This unconventional style achieves several things at once: it preserves the tree’s silhouette, keeps the topper from adding too much height if your home has low ceilings, and provides more stability.
Decorating the Tree
The Silver and Gold Ornament Set is a gorgeous collection of pieces in different shapes, sizes, and designs. When using an ornament set like this, Brad recommends creating clusters of three ornaments. It gives smaller décor items greater impact and adds visual appeal to the whole look. You can put together the same ornaments, or even those with different hues and textures, for contrast.
Gold Bouquet picks were used to embellish the tree as well. The copper gold finish ties in well with the silver and gold theme, and the pinecones add warm brown tones and a rustic feel to balance out the metallic hues.
For the ribbon accents, Brad layered the Platinum Pleated Lame ribbon and the Gold Fine Mesh Glitter ribbon together to create a striking contrast of textures. The ends were anchored to the inside of the tree, allowing him to produce a cascading effect.
Brad created a croissant roll at the end of the ribbon, giving the ribbon a finished look without having to cut the beautiful material. To achieve this effect, simply roll the ribbon a few times, and then pull out the center so that it spirals down.
The completed holiday centerpiece exudes refinement, and presents a picture of understated elegance fit for any home. For a good look at Brad’s decorating technique, watch him in action in this short video:
For more decorating theme ideas and inspiration, make sure to visit Balsam Hill.