San Francisco Christmas : Dress Your Apartment
'Tis the season! Holiday parties, Christmas carols, fairy lights and pretty trees. San Francisco goes all out for Christmas. I love walking through the darkened streets and admiring all the Christmas trees in people's apartment windows. I love feeling the excitement in the air. I also love getting a gigantic tree for our living room.
In past years we've had fat ones, and imperfect ones, and ones there were really tall (like 8+ feet!) and ones that were pretty short (5 feet), but this year I really wanted something different. I love Scandinavian design, and kept going back to skinny, sparse trees that were perfectly straight. They're called Silvertipped Firs, and they were actually the very first kind of Christmas tree, back when people were bringing greenery inside to help remind that that winter would eventually end. They were chosen specifically because of the beautiful space between the branches, in which people placed candles (I know...totally insane) in the days before electricity. These trees helped generations of people celebrate the winter solstice and the circle of life. I had to have one.
We looked at all the normal places (check out my write up from last year about where to get a tree in SF!) but I couldn't find the perfect tree. Until we went to the little market up the hill from us. La Beau is our go-to for Mary's Chicken, fresh flowers and dinner in a pinch, and they came through with the most perfect Silvertipped Fir! I was in love. So, $70 later and a few moments of shoving it into the back seat (it stuck out the window...a lot) it was home!
I'm obsessed with it. If you follow me on Instagram I apologize for inundating you with pretty tree shots. It's healthy, and doesn't block the projector (which makes the bf extremely happy) and it glows perfectly. Unlike its fuller counterparts, I couldn't get away with haphazardly shoving lights into it. I had to wrap each and every branch. Our 7+ foot tree took 700 lights. It was a pain, but it was so worth it!
The baubles are a mix of vintage and new, and I always go with a winter theme vs a traditional Christmas theme. Red and green is really, really not my thing so sticking with warm golds, silver, blues, and a few deep purples keeps the tree modern and festive. I'm love the white and silver glitter snowflakes, and get tons of compliments on them. They were in the holiday section at Walgreens one year and were a bargain! The white pom pom garland was an easy DIY I did a couple of years ago. They're just craft pom poms strung on heavy-weight thread. It was time consuming, but super cost effective. I've made some for friends and family, and they're a big hit.
Every year I take all the ornaments off after New Years, and leave the tree with just lights for a couple of weeks. Our trees are always really healthy and loose hardly any needles, so it feels like a shame to throw it away so quickly. Keeping it with just lights makes it a true winter tree, and makes the house feel warm and cheery through dark, grey January.