My Tree & a Cottage for Sale

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I have lots to share with you today, but first wanted to say thank you to Rosa for this wonderful stationery that I won on her blog.  Do you know Rosa?  She is the talented creator of the JuJu hats that were featured on Design Sponge and her blog is a delight to read.  Thank you Rosa!

Moving on to the Christmas tree...
After countless trips to the store for more lights and finally finding a night when we could trim the tree as a family, here she is.  I snapped a couple of pictures in the late afternoon/early evening. 

Then, I tried taking a picture using this tutorial, but unfortunately my camera does not go there.  A good camera and improved photography skills are on my bucket list.

After playing around with picnik, I was able to make the lights whiter although it looks a bit overexposed now.  Do you have any tips or tricks to taking/editing a better picture?  I would love to add them to my tips & tricks pin board.

Last but not least, dear friends of ours are moving.  This gorgeous 2500 square foot home located in Greensboro, NC was built in 1939 and has three bedrooms and two baths.  If you would like to know more, email me


  1. the tree looks beautiful! and i love that cottage- i totally thought you were going to say you were moving! i was like, what the what?

  2. Your tree is beautiful!....You guys did a wonderful job on the decorating, love the shot with the back window in it..I know your pain with trying to get good night shots. Hope Santa is good to you and brings you that camera! Congrats on your win, beautiful stationary!

  3. Your tree is a classic beauty...hmm...exactly your style! And, I think the photography is perfect! I was trying to read what your stool said, I got it, 1938 - same as our little cottage!

  4. Your tree looks beautiful Rene! I too am trying to master taking photos of the tree at night with the lights on, but it is tricky.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I love a well-lit tree and I have spent many years growing up learning to light the tree from the inside out thereby illuminating the whole piece. Yours looks amazing. You have captured some beautiful pics of it - particularly in the late afternoon/early evening. I am still learning how to use my camera and experiment on picasa.

  6. What a glorious tree. It is just filled with lights, my favorite part!


  7. Rene-
    Your tree is beautiful. I know that you and your family spent hours decorating.
    Merry Christmas.

  8. Rene,
    Personally, I like your photos better than the one in the tutorial....except the last one. Did you try taking photos at night with a few lamps on in the room? I found if you have only the tree lights on, they don't illuminate the front of the ornaments. With lights on in the room, you should get some better illumination on the ornaments.

    It's a really beautiful traditional tree though. Very nice!

  9. I think we have the same chevron pillow!

  10. Thank you everybody!

    Steve, the tutorial suggested turning the lights off. Maybe that is where I went wrong since my settings don't quite do the trick. I will try that tonight and see. Nothing beats your tree though.


  11. Beautiful tree Rene! So pretty.

    My daughter says wide open lens with camera on tripod are best for getting the full effect of the lights without washed effect (and no flash of course). However, your shots look great...whatever you did, it's working!

    Have a good one...

  12. I love your tree! The pics you took of it are gorgeous too!

  13. I love your pictures and your tree, it looks great!

  14. Rene,
    Your tree is BEAUTIFUL...thanks for sharing it and Merry Christmas!


  15. Your tree is drop dead GORGEOUS! What a difference it makes to load it up with lights. Nice photography too!

  16. Rene, your tree is beautiful and I love all your windows in that room! So pretty - hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy it!

  17. Your tree is lovely, Rene, and I think your pictures turned out pretty well. It's hard to keep those lights from looking too bright!

    Happy Holidays!


  18. Rene! SOOOOO pretty! Totally magazine material.

    Also, love your little burlap stool.

    ox, Mon

  19. You tree is lovely! I want to learn to improve my photography skills too. I think your pictures look great though.

  20. Rene a stunning job with your holiday decor!!Adore!

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  21. Your tree is lovely. I think your pics turned out great. I need to learn how to use my camera too. The cottage is adorable. Hopefully it will be a quick sale.

  22. Your tree looks lovely! Mine is yet untrimmed, but (fingers crossed) that is tomorrow night's project.

    Your friends' home is charming. I hope they have good luck in selling it quickly.


  23. Rene,
    Your tree is beautiful and so are your photographs. I haven't shown our indoor tree because I have not been satisfied with the photos of it. I'm glad you are not leaving the house with the beautiful vine over the front. That's what I thought you were going to say!

  24. I'm glad that the cards arrived safely Rene! Your tree is beautiful! I would love to take photography classes one day... so much to learn!

  25. Your tree is so beautiful! I think your pics turned out terrific, too. I wasn't able to get a shot that I loved of our tree. A new camera is on my list, too. Thanks for sharing.


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