Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHRISTMAS TREE DESIGNS THROUGH THE AGES

Christians in Germany began bringing trees into their homes to decorate in the 16th century. In America, decorated trees were somewhat of a rarity until the "Illustrated London News" featured a sketch of Queen Victoria and her German Prince Albert with their children around a Christmas tree. The decorated Christmas had arrived and soon became popular in England and the U.S.! This is a wonderful painting by the French artist, Marcel Rieder, in 1898.


A room like this long gallery of an estate in Derbyshire, England, can easily use three Christmas trees.



These Victorian styled rooms look so inviting. I can see myself with some eggnog & and a plate of German Stollen by the fire.


Anyone ready for Christmas carols?


Thousands of lights glisten on the famous tree at Rockefeller Center. The Christmas tree tradition officially began in 1933, but in 1931 construction workers decorated a tree on the newly cleared plaza site. I'm ready to put the skates on!




The iconic Paris department store, Galeries Lafayette, opened on Boulevard Haussmann, in 1912. They started having decorated Christmas trees about 50 years ago in the store. We see two amazing Christmas tree designs, with one inverted,...just because!


The Galeries Lafayette designers created this magnificent "Cosmic" tree for 2015. It sits majestically under the 100 year old Art Nouveau glass dome.


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Top Dallas interior designer, Pam Kelley, of Pam Kelley & Associates, puts the finishing touches on a gorgeous tree at the Texas ranch of one of her clients.


This is an aluminum Christmas in a Mid-Century modern home.


I love the creative inspiration for this contemporary Christmas tree.


This 1942 New Yorker front page is a Christmas classic.


The Christmas tree in the center of the Grand Place in Brussels is a delight!

***Check out this video of the construction of the 2015 "Cosmic" Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette. Truly amazing!
http://haussmann.galerieslafayette.com/en/a-cosmic-tree-for-an-extraordinary-christmas/

I wish you all happiness & good tidings this season.



Image credits: Elle Decor, Pam Kelley Design, Roelof Bakker, Victorian Home


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