Here’s a Style Editor-Approved Formula For Creating an Epic Holiday Tree (Plus 3 Irresistible Beachy Looks!)
It doesn’t take a decorator to deck out an evergreen in Pinterest-worthy fashion. Just pick a palette (or a theme) and string together these festive ingredients.
While Christmas trees trimmed in popcorn garland and souvenir ornaments certainly have their place, there’s something special about one that looks as meticulously put together as the ones in your favorite (ahem, Coastal Living) magazine.
And since our style team is well versed in making things look good, they’ve taken the opportunity to break down the elements of a perfectly styled tree. According to Style Editor Rachael Burrow, all it takes is these six things to dress a bare evergreen: A solid ball ornament plus two types of decorative “pop” ornaments; a festive line of (tinsel-free) garland; a string of lights; a cozy tree skirt; and a show-stopping tree topper.
Toss in a decorative stocking and gifts wrapped in coordinating paper and ribbon and you’ve got yourself an eye-catching holiday display.
Ready to get your holiday on? Here are three beautifully beachy (and shoppable!) looks we’re currently pining for:
We dove deep to build this adorable ocean-themed tree and came up with the absolute cutest accessories (currently swooning over that jellyfish ornament!). “I took inspiration from the ocean’s shining star—the beautiful coral reef—to create this colorful and playful look,” said Burrow. “It’s the perfect tree to set up in a child’s bedroom or playroom.” (But, hey, the master works, too.)
Pineapples seem to be the theme of the season, and this islandy setup certainly takes some inspiration from the tropical fruit. Dressed in oranges and greens with hints of pretty pinks, the tree would be perfectly at home with the balmy breezes rolling in from the shore. “If you like a tree that’s as bold as the scenery outside, this tropical vibe is just right for your beach hideaway,” said Burrow. “Vibrant pinks and oranges mimic the colors of flora and fauna of the islands.”
Muted hues and natural textures make this a sophisticated mix for a grown-up yet playful holiday tree (the combo is also a great basis for decorating a beach house year-round). “Soft greens and blues play nicely with lots of textured whites and ivories for a tree that feels right at home in a low-key beach cottage by the sea,” said Burrow.