Wednesday, December 9, 2009

O' Christmas Tree

Hello Everyone!
It's time to show you our two Christmas trees.
I'm finally finished decorating and buying gifts.
I'm finishing our cards tonight and mailing them.
It's a good feeling to be done. How about you?
Are you ready for Christmas?
Grab a cup of hot spicy cider and join me for a tour.
You may even see a new photo of us.
All photos can be enlarged when clicked.
As you enter our home you will see our ivory & gold tree.
It's in the formal dining room. I just love it's elegance.
Come on in to the warm glow.
My hubs did a great job with the lights this year.
It looks lit from within at a distance.
The ornaments are mostly in ivory or gold glitter.
The tree skirt is from Lowes and matches our stockings.
This is our first tree from the year we were married.
The ornaments are Kinkade, Lenox and the leopard from Darlene.
Ivory velvet bows, gold roses, crystal drops, gold poinsettias
and various birds. I like a variety of ornament styles.
I had this topper bow made many years ago at a flower shop.
It's ivory velvet and I added gold sprays from Kirklands.
I recently placed gold glitter twigs from Michaels throughout.
They really add extra sparkle.
As you enter the formal living room
you will see our fun and festive red tree.
It's the exact opposite of our other one.
This one is taller and has a slim shape.
It has multi lights and is pre lit.
The red satin skirt is made by Martha Stewart.
It has feather tassel ornaments, redbirds and Santas.
I've been adding pops of lime green to it over the years.
Here is a topiary ribbon ball ornament that a blogger
friend mailed me recently. Thank you Shelley. I love it!
Hello Santa. We all love you!
The bow topper is a red plaid pre made from Michaels.
We finally took our Christmas card photos last night.
The Millers Christmas 2009
Now act surprised if you are getting a card from me.
I just realized I posted a different photo of us than the one in
our actual Christmas card. Oops! I look startled in this one.
Have a wonderful week!


Joyce said...

Love the BIG bow topper. Both trees are so pretty.

Laura said...

Your trees are absolutely beautiful, and I love the music.

I enjoyed visiting,


Stacey said...

Hi Melissa. :) Your trees are so pretty. You look fabulous!

Six divided by two..... said...

Melissa your home is beautiful!! Amazing job on your trees!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your trees, Melissa! I love your new Christmas picture, too! You look so lovely and how handsome is your hubby! Your dining room tree is very striking from that first vantage point ~ it does draw you in to get a closer look. I thought your second tree looked tall, but sometimes you can't tell from pictures. Just beautiful and I love both the toppers!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Melissa... your trees are just beautiful, and how beautiful you are as well, with your very handsome husband! I love seeing the bright reds for Christmas too! Bisous... Julie Marie

Shelia said...

Evening, Melissa! First of all - you two look gorgeous! You are so beautiful, Dear One!
Your trees are gorgeous! Your dining room one is so elegant and love how the lights are bouncing off your pretty wood floors.
Your red tree is gorgeous too! Loved seeing little peeks of your rooms.
Be a sweetie
shelia ;)

Rhonda said...

Happy Wednesday Melissa,
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Jenn said...

The trees are fabulous!

Risa said...

Wow are your trees beautiful! I love your pic too :-)

Lisa said...

Your home is as lovely as ever! Your trees are amazing! I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't get finished until this week! hehe I like your picture but I know how it is when you are picking a picture of yourself. I am so hard on me! You look great! I hope the holidays aren't putting a damper on your diet. I have another friend who has started this week! She is dedicated to the change. I've been too stressed this week to over eat so I'm hoping I can get past my silly cravings. Anyway, your trees are amazing!!
Hugs, Lisa

Blondie's Journal said...


I love your new blog design!! Maybe this is just the first time I have seen it but it is so neat! Great job! And those trees...lovely. How fun to to two opposite ideas. And the red tree is totally packed with ornaments...what a big job that is...well, not a job. I love the holiday season! :-)

Your Christmas card is wonderful. You look beautiful. I WANT your hair!! And your husband is so handsome!

Wonderful post, Melissa!


Envoy-ette said...

I love the ribbon! We need more then one tree too...LOL! It's like a his and hers- his is perfect and mine is a hodge-podge!
Love your photo!

SILVIA said...

i love both trees, you did a wonderful job!and i love the picture of you and hubby you look really pretty..


Tara G. said...

So, so pretty!!! You look lovely!!!!!!!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Beautiful trees sweetie! You did such a wonderful job! I might put up my second tree if I could get my hubby to put the lights on for me! What a nice hubby you've got for putting yours on your tree for you.

Your photo is lovely! I can tell you must be taking very good care of yourself! It shows on your face!!


Love the Decor! said...

What a stunning couple you make!!
Your trees are gorgeous!!

Jensmere said...

Hi Melissa...just stopped in to say hello and Merry Christmas! Your trees are beautiful... I always love doing a formal tree and a fun tree.

Hope that your holidays are blessed!!

Jenglamgirl said...

Melissa~ WOW just beautiful trees, all your touches... so gorg. I totally love the elegance of your gold tree. Great job!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your dining room tree is sooo elegant! Love the pic of you and your hubby. The living room tree is very festive ~ makes me miss my big one this year. I opted for a smaller pink one in the family room as hubby didn't want to drag the huge one down from the attic and its the one I always put my Santa collection on!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

The Muse said...

two little trees...
glistening and glowing...
with shimmer and sheen...
hoping and praying...
they might be seen.

And oh so they have!
OOOOooooo !

Beth at Aunties said...

Your home and trees are so pretty!
Your cards turned out great...well I am sure they did although this isn't the right picture:)
I really need to go that floral shop or find one of my own. I adore your BIG bow and glittery sticks!


Ashley said...

So precious! I love this time of the year! Decorating for Christmas is my favorite thing! ;) GREAT JOB on the trees!

Chari said...

Ohhhh Melissa...your Christmas trees are FABULOUS!!! Ohhh...I don't know which one I like the best...they're both so beautiful in their own way!!! The white and gold tree in your formal dining room is soooo elegant!!! Girl, it just took my breath away when I first seen it! I love all of your beautiful ornaments...especially the birds! But...your new leopard ornaments are gorgeous too! So unique and sooo YOU, my friend! I do believe that leopard has become your signature print! hehe! I also really enjoyed seeing your fabulous dining room again...Girl, I love those tray ceilings and the colors of that room...not to mention your beautiful furniture!!!

Now...let's talk about your fun and festive tree! I love, love, LOVE all the beautiful mix of color!!! It just fills me with joy when I look at it! Loved enlarging your photos and looking at your ornaments!!! Well my just did an outstanding job of decorating these beautiful trees! Bravo to Alex for putting the lights on! Hehe...that's always Russell's job too! and Alex's Christmas photo is so sweet! I just love this picture of the two of are such a beautiful couple! And Girlfriend, you are such a beautiful woman!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous home and beautiful Christmas trees with us...I was just blown away by all the beauty!!!

Love you, dear sweet friend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh Melissa, your trees are beautiful girl. I love your bow toppers. We did this in the store this year. They are just the most fun to make. Your hubby is one handsome man and you are beautiful girl... I enjoyed my tour of your Christmas this year..hugs ~lynne~

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Absolutley beautiful and after doing 74 trees, I have a hard time even looking at them...but yours are stunning...Trying to start my Christmas letter tonight..I have written one for 37 years and people just expect it....Hope I can get inspired...

{ L } said...

You ivory tree is the most beautiful tree I've ever seen!! Seriously, it is PERFECT! I am very impressed!

You are so beautiful too. :)

mishebe said...

beautiful trees. love your new header too. mishelle

mbkatc230 said...

Melissa, your trees are gorgeous! The glow from the dining room tree is just lovely, and you know I love anything red! I'm so impressed that you are done! I still have quite a bit of shopping to do, and I haven't even started on cards yet. Maybe you could come down and help me get organized lol. Have a wonderful day. Kathy (PS, you two are cute as bugs, I love the picture)

Liz said...

I am speechless. I am in total awe of your trees. Your home is so GORGEOUS. I LOVE the toppers for both of your trees. Can you come help me re-do mine? LOL! You have a fabulous collection of ornaments. I could just sit and gaze all day at your trees.

You look FABULOUS!! What a great picture of you and your hubby...adorable!

Happy Holidays!


PAT said...

It's all beautiful, Melissa!

Your Christmas card photo is gorgeous!!

A Hint of Home said...

You both look adorable in your photo.
Both your trees are beautiful, Melissa. I love the dining room one with Ivory and Gold. It does look elegant.
I love the other one as well with the Christmas colors, though.
Great job on both.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Melissa- I always enjoy coming over for a visit and my, you have it so festive and cheery for our visit this week!! The colors are so fun and the tree is just beautiful!!

Speaking of beautiful- my what a beautiful couple!!! Then you had me panicking--pictures- my we were supposed to do a Christmas picture- totally forgot!!


~Kristen~ said...

Oh Melissa, my dear friend, you are BEAUTIFUL! And hubby is so handsome!!! What a sweet couple!!! And the trees are stunning!!! You have such a knack for decorating. I just want to soak in all I can learn from you!!! Merry Christmas!!! xoxo

"Blossom" said...

Such stunning tree; and you look awesome. Happy Holidayd

Lisa said...

What a great job you did with your trees! And what a cute photo of "The Miller's". :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Stunning, Melissa, simply STUNNING!

I love both trees. They are elegant.

Great pic of you two, whether you think you look startled or not. LOL! Love it!


Sheila :-)

Morgan said...

The trees are gorgeous! Your house looks festive and beautiful!

Brandi said...

I had to stop by and see your tree(s)! I just knew they would be fabulous! The first one does look lit from within. It's fantastic! You look amazing too. Things are crazy so if I don't get a chance to stop back by before Christmas, I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas! :)

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Your home is lovely!!! So festive and truly beautiful.

Debbie said...

I love everything Melissa. Isn't it fun to have more than one tree. Love the picture too. Merry Christmas and Blessings, Debbie

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Melissa, it's all SO beautiful, I love your ivory & gold tree, it just shines!! THank you for joining the party. You & your hubby make a good-looking couple. Merry Christmas, friend!

♥Georgie♥ said...


9405018--Pat said...

Melissa, your home is gorgeous...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Lynette said...

Love both of your trees - can't decide which is my favorite - so I'll just say both!

Love all the sweet Christmas-y touches you've shown for the past couple of posts - so elegant and gorg!

Y'all make a wonderful couple and your new bloggy dress is just you all over!

Merry Christmas!

I should be up and running soon - the big (all the furniture big) move is this Sat!

ellen b. said...

Hello Melissa,
Your dining room is really pretty. I love your spaces in your home and you've decorated them nicely. The trees look so full and beautiful. Merry Christmas!


Your trees are both very lovely. I am partial to the white one:) I have colored lights on mine.. maybe that's why. You are a lovely couple. Blessings!

Jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous and perfect. Just like a magazine spread!

Honey B. said...

Beautiful!! Will you come decorate my house now?? :-)

cmluvs2stamp said...

Melissa!! So pretty!! Wow, you are so talented. Both trees are wonderful.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Melissa, it all looks beautiful and so do you, sweetheart.

Christmas Blessings to you!

Barb ♥


Your trees are beautiful! I am in love with your tree toppers! Gorgeous!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Just beautiful!

*Noelle* said...

very pretty! love that red tree!!

you two are a darling couple:)

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Beautiful. It all looks so warm and inviting. Rosie

Becca said...

Breathtaking !! Your trees are gorgeous !! I love the color lights on your huge tree in your great room. I hope you and your husband are hosting a holiday party so that you can show your gorgeous home off !! Take care, Becca (And, thank you for visiting my place, too ... I hope to post the rest of our Xmas decorations tomorrow.)

Sue said...

Dear Melissa, I love both trees but especially your ivory one! The formality of it is just gorgeous. I didn't put up my formal tree this year- kinda ran out of time and energy! But the other 7 are up and shining. Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment. You are looking so fantastic these days. Your health really shows through! Have a happy holiday season! Blessings, Sue

Shannon said...

Both of your trees look so good! I think it would be so fun to have two totally different trees. :)

Pat said...

Very beautiful and such a holiday feel while viewing. I love both trees! You certainly have a talent for decorating and I wish you were here. :-) This vertigo has limited my decorating this year. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Lori said...

I love both of your trees... The toppers are fabo.!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Hi Melissa,
I think your trees are both beautiful. How fun to have the different colors! You get to enjoy all the colors of the season. Great picture of you two as well.
P.S. Thank you for the motivation to finally make a healthy change. I've been tracking my calories, trying to eat healthier foods and so far I've lost 10 pounds. You were very inspiring to me!

Richella said...

Hi Melissa! Everything looks so lovely. But I can't believe you've got everything ready for Christmas! You're so organized. Maybe you could come here and help me now!

Love your Christmas photo. You're looking mighty slim! Hope your blood pressure is pleasing you these days. :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Melissa, Your Christmas Card photo is great! You are so pretty, and you and your husband make such a nice looking couple!

Your trees are fabulous! I love the leopard orbs! Looks like you have a lot of time and passion into both of them! And glow of lights on them is so welcoming! : ~hugs, Rhonda

Linda Q said...

Just beautiful at your house Melissa, nice job you two!
And the two of you look pretty cute too!

buhdoop said...

Beautiful. I am so not ready for Christmas yet.

Tee said...

Love that red tree. But you knew I'd say that, right? We red girls have to stick together.

"And so our stories go..." said...

What a beautiful tree. Just love the pictures.
Thank you.

Rue said...

OMG Melissa! You are so beautiful that you just out staged your gorgeous trees!! What a beautiful couple you two are :)

That said your trees are absolutely spectacular. Your sweet hubby did a wonderful job lighting them and the ornaments are fantastic. Love them :)


Glitter and Bliss said...

Both trees are amazing!! Merry Christmas!!

Joy said...

You all look fantastic and I love your tree's. Those bows are so pretty. Did you make them yourself?
I love the twigs added, so pretty!
Looks like you are all ready for egg nog and christmas carols!

Anita said...

Your trees are the glitz and glamour on the gold tree. BTW, you don't look startled...cute picture. Come visit me.

Moments of Grace said...


How I loved this post. Your home is always so lovely and even more so with this gorgeous holiday decorating!!!
This is the first close-up photo I have seen of you and your hubby---what a beautiful couple you are.
Isn't God so good to bring friends into our lives that touch us in ways we could not imagine? You have given me such inspiration over the past few months of following your blog. I appreciate so very much your "blog friendship" and look forward to more sharing in the year ahead.
May your holiday season be richly blessed and the new year ahead filled with unending joy.

In Grace,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

I loved seeing your Christmas trees and how pretty they both look.
that is a lovely photo of you both.

Have a marvelous weekend

Nancy said...

Hi Melissa, Your trees are beautiful. Absolutely beautiful! I usually do two trees but now I am down to one. Making it simple for myself. Working full time and getting older does not go hand in hand.
I am going to The Ohio State Graduation on Sunday. My nephew graduates from OSU on Sunday but we are going down a day early to celebrate. It will be great fun!
I was so happy to see your picture!!!!!!!! You look fabulous! I wish I could give you my e-mail address. I would love to talk with you! It feels so good to be healthy! Keep up what you are doing! Nancy from OHIO

Sandra said...

Hi Melissa. Oh my gosh, lady! You did a wonderful job on your trees! I especially love the first one! I think you and your hubby make a beautiful couple too. You look fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend!

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you Nancy! :)

You are welcome to e-mail me anytime. It's listed at the top on the menu bar.

Have a nice time at the graduation. Congrats to your nephew!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Your trees are gorgeous! I keep telling my husband we need more lights! The bow topper is pretty!


Samantha said...

Both of your Christmas trees are beautiful! I especially love the one in the formal dining room (which is a lovely decorated room, by the way).

Happy Holidays!

Kathy :) said...

Such a nice job Melissa

Merry Christmas,
Kathy :)

knit1kids4 said...

Beautiful Trees! We cut ours down and doing that tomorrow - can hardly wait!

Heidi said...

Your tree looks just beautiful!!
Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Melissa B. said...

These are just lovely! We're getting our Christmas on this weekend, so have been hauling boxes, etc., out of storage. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

Vote for Pedro? No, for Us!

The Kusibab Family said...

You both look Fantastic! I love the home it looks like Macy's :) Ilove the reindeer on the side table HA! I look forward to getting a card. Love you sis!

Angela said...

Hello Melissa,

I love your Christmas trees. My favorite is the red one. Your house looks so festive!

You and your hubby look like such a cute couple!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


P.S. Thank you for the comment you left me about my BP. I should have known better. I'm taking care of myself now. I'm joining the gym Monday morning.

Lori said...

Hi Melissa dear,
Wow, your amazing! Your home honestly belongs in a magazine! The trees were impeccably done!! Are you lucky Chestnut doesn't crowd under them, or does your little kitty pooh sneak like mine? This year she is biting the white trees, go figure another annoying habit! LOL Take care and enjoy a wonderful holiday, your card is so special! Love ya,Lori

Becca said...

I just had to stop back by and visit again because I just love your spaces !! Wonderful picture of you and your hubby ... great looking couple !! I updated my home tour (adding more pics to include my bedroom and more of the trees) ... stop back by if you get a chance !! Have a great day, Becca (

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, What gorgeous trees!! I remember the one in the living room from last year and it is just stunning! The dining room tree is so elegant too! I love the creams and golds. I love the picture of of you and your hubby. You don't look started! You look just beautiful! Kristen

Elise said...

Oh my goodness ! I loved the first one but then the second one came along and WOW ! My socks are blown off !

Ann's Page said...

Hi Melissa.
Thank you so much for stopping by and encouraging me on my blog. I love reading your blog, always !and I love your home. I think the colorful tree is my favorite ..I have always preferred white lights and I did it again this year on mine. However I am seeing alot more colorful lights this year..I'M wandering if it has something to do with the way our country is right now? I wander if people are trying to get back to our roots? You know when all we had were colorful lights..I guess I should stop ..didnt mean to go overboard..I love all your trees .I think looking at the colorful one brings back happy childhood memories for me...


Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Your trees look magnificent! And the photos is great too.

Victoria said...

Merry Christmas Beautiful:)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Melissa,
Your trees are sooo beautiful! I especially love the one with the colored lights. Since I broke down and bought artifical ones a few years ago...I only have white lights. Ummmm, maybe I should just add some colored ones to one of the trees myself. The pic of the two of you is really wonderful! So neat that you do that each year!
Merry Christmas, dear friend!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Wow! You are a worker bee! Your trees are spectacular...and two to boot. Amazing. I'm such a slackard! You go girl!

Teri said...

Both of your trees are beautiful! I just love visiting your home. You're a wonderful hostess.

Grannyann said...

I stopped by to see your trees. They are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Melissa the house and you are both beautiful girl...Love your new Christmas photo....girl you out did your self onece again....Love ya sweet daughter....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Ann On and On... said...

You're trees are beautiful! A tree that sparkles is my kind of tree.

Your photo is really nice, you do not look startled. LOL

Teri said...

Good morning Melissa~

You (and Kristen) are the ones that inspire me when it comes to interior decorating!! Even my sweet hubby knows who the two of you are. =) We both love everything you do.

All of your Christmas decor is gorgeous. I don't know how you managed to decorate two big trees! You're amazing. I felt accomplished just to finish my skinny little one. Haha!

Have a very Merry Christmas, Melissa!

Big Hugs,

Reynie said...

I love the multi-colored light tree! That is just fun, fun, fun! I'm glad you came by my blog bc I have now found your blog and what a wonderful blog it is! So excited to read more! Hope you and your hubs have a wonderful Christmas!

Our really empty nest said...

Melissa, All I can say is WOW, your Christmas home is beautiful! Great job! Sue

Melanie said...

Looks lovely. I am enjoying all my blogland friends holiday decor since we moved and I am not doing any. I love both trees for different reasons.

shelley said...

Hi Melissa,

just stopped by to see your beautiful tree photo's. you should go into designing people's holiday decorations! seriously beautiful job!

wishing you a a happy and healthy new year!

ps i'm so glad you liked the topiary ornament, it looks lovely on your "martha" tree! :)

Miss Janice said...

Melissa your trees are is your home. I love your photo!

Debbie in Nashville said...


Stopping by from SITS. Happy Holidays!

Crystal said...

Beautiful trees! Stopping by from SITS.

Karen said...

Gorgeous photos.

I hope you had a beautiful Christmas!

Stopping in from SITS.

Kathysue said...

Hi Melissa, Yay!!! You won't be sorry they are wonderful towels,I think you made a very good choice. I went to order the glasses from Wm Sonoma home and they are already out, missed that opportunity. Thank you for coming by again, Kathysue

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful trees, Melissa! Just feels so welcoming and warm coming in your front door. Merry Christmas!