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One look at the surrounding scenery and you can tell that fall is Mother Nature’s fashion show. Trees, leaves, and entire landscapes flaunt a dazzling palette of red, orange, yellow, and brown. Capture the glory of the season and liven up your home with an artificial tree that reflects fall’s kaleidoscope of colors. Treetopia’s line of orange and brown trees packs a powerful visual punch that elevates your home design to new and exciting heights.

1. Fall Theme: Green and Brown on Orange

Follow through with the fall look by decorating your orange tree with items and colors from nature. According to basic color theory, orange and green are analogous colors, meaning they share a common primary color, which, in this case, is yellow. This bold combination projects a youthful energy that suits your daring and spirited design style.

Rich orange Christmas tree with yellow lights
100% Orange Christmas Tree

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Be a Secret Santa and win a pair of Treetopia Trees!

Treetopia Secret Santa Sweesptakes

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching and we’re here again to help you get on top of Santa’s “nice” list. Join Treetopias’s Secret Santa Sweepstakes and get the chance to win great prizes that you can share with your most favorite person in the whole world! Whether it’s your relative, friend, co-worker, neighbor, or your awesome massage therapist, he or she will love receiving a stunning Treetopia tree to match his or her sparkling personality.

By liking us on Facebook and providing a few details about the lucky partner you wish to nominate, you get a chance to win the first prize of a pair of colorful and stylish Treetopia artificial trees!

Contest Period

Entry submission begins on November 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. PST and ends on November 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

How to Enter

  • Joining the sweepstakes is easy: Simply “Like” the Treetopia Facebook page. Use the designated Facebook app to provide your full name, email address, state of residence, and the following details:
  1. Your friend’s name (“Nominee”)
  2. Your friend’s email address
  3. A tree choice for yourself
  4. A tree choice for your friend
  5. Your choice of color palette and the reason why it best suits your friend’s personality
  • Only one (1) entry per person and per email address is allowed from when the Sweepstakes period started. You may only use one (1) email address to enter this Sweepstakes. The e-mail account must be opened prior to the commencement of the Sweepstakes.
  • Automated entry devices, bots, programs, and software are not permitted for entry.
  • Treetopia reserves the right to disqualify any winner whose winning entry appears to be the result of mechanical reproduction or other violations of the official rules.
  • By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the official rules of this Sweepstakes.

Winner Selection and Notification

  • The First Prize winner will be selected via random drawing within five (5) days of the Sweepstakes’ end.
  • Potential winners will be notified via email and will be required to return a Certificate of Eligibility and liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of date of notification.

Prizes

  • The First Prize winner and his or her nominated friend will be awarded a pair of Treetopia trees—one (1) Treetopia tree for the First Prize winner and one (1) Treetopia tree for the nominated friend.
  • Each Treetopia tree shall have an estimated retail value no greater than $298 USD, and the total retail list value of all prizes shall not exceed $596 USD.

Give yourself and that well-deserving someone in your life a chance to win a beautiful Treetopia tree this holiday. Log on and like Treetopia’s Facebook page to find out more about Treetopia’s Annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes 2013.

If your family and guests are tired of the same old Thanksgiving fare, it’s time to spice things up. Tickle their taste buds by accompanying your traditional turkey with a variety of classic side dishes jazzed up with exciting, new flavors. Try these simple and easy recipes to give your holiday feast a delicious modern twist.

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

A hot bowl of hearty soup is a great way to whet your dinner guests’ appetites. This Butternut Squash and Cider soup is rich and creamy, and has a wonderful layer of zesty apple flavor. The mild curry powder adds a touch of spiciness that’s perfect for cold weather months.

White bowl of butternut squash soup with parsley garnish
Apples and curry make for a delicious butternut squash and cider soup

The recipe specifies that you use sweet McIntosh or Delicious apples, but feel free to substitute them with Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples if you prefer a little tartness. Make sure to use plain apple cider and not the spiced variety to get that pure apple taste. Serve this soup with pumpernickel croutons to add a bit of crunch and a sprinkling of chives for color.

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Did you know that the tradition of carving pumpkin for Halloween began in Ireland and Scotland with turnips? Read on and discover more about the rich history of this fun holiday.

History

Halloween traces its roots to an ancient Celtic harvest festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It was believed that on October 31, the spirits of the dead returned to damage crops and scare the living.

 Jack o'lantern beside a candle jar decorated with bats

By 800 AD, Christianity introduced Europe to All Saints Day, or “All Hallows,” which falls on November 1. Samhain began to be called “All Hallows’ Eve” and was later shortened to “Hallowe’en”.

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Halloween is the time to show some love to our favorite bad guys. Follow these simple tips, and rule any Halloween costume party while dressed up as your favorite fantasy villain or villainess.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter

This extremely skillful wizard from the Harry Potter books may not be a real villain in the story, but his cold exterior and complex personality make him the character that we most love to hate.

All-black outfit with knee length jacket, gloves, and boots

Conjure up a stylish image as Severus Snape

To copy Snape’s outfit, you will need to find or create a black robe with special extra-wide sleeves that are split from the side to the shoulder. Use this helpful tutorial to make the robe and replace the green inner lining with a black one.

Substitute a black robe for Snape’s knee length jacket by turning up the collar and using safety pins to pinch the robe at the back and sleeves for a tighter fit. The rest of the attire consists of a white collared shirt under the jacket, a pair of black slacks, and black square-toe boots.

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For savvy home decorators, an ultra-polished, well-coordinated home doesn’t always entail choosing happy pastels or soft textures and creating a warm, fuzzy feeling. Style can come from a range of perspectives.

Inspired by all the Halloween fun, Treetopia is going bold with one design aesthetic typically associated with the grim and haunting: Gothic. We’re blending striking colors of black and purple (or shades of it), ornate lines, and various textures to transform a style once seen as gaudy into something oh-so gorgeous.

A Gothic-inspired entrance that features pointed archways
Eclectic Entry by Austin Architects & Designers Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

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The change in seasons brings about a wonderful opportunity to redecorate your home. This fall, look beyond the traditional maple leaves, pumpkins, and warm colors, and turn to the runway for great ideas to spruce up your spaces. With classic prints and luxurious leather, the fashion trends of Fall 2013 are a rich source of inspiration that will give your home a fun and stylish edge.

Shades of Gray

Among all the trends from this year’s fall runway, gray is one of the most sought-after. From charcoal to slate, gray graces the collections of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, and is heralded as the new neutral. Incorporate this versatile shade in your home by taking down your summer drapes and replacing them with subtle, silvery gray curtains.

Gray curtains add elegance and sophistication to a room without weighing it down like black often does. To counterbalance gray’s natural coolness, choose a warmer shade of gray or complement the room with wood tones.

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The sun has finally set on summer, and it’s time to welcome the invigorating freshness of fall. This season is bursting with glorious colors that entice us to spruce up our home décor to follow suit. Here are some ideas on how to adopt the wonderful bounty of Mother Nature to cozy up your home.

Decorate with Fall Foliage

Decorating with fall flora takes very little effort since the foliage is already stunning all on its own. Start off by welcoming guests with an entry table topped with a lovely arrangement of leaves and branches in a large vase. Use a combination of scarlet maple leaves, golden ginkgo, or bittersweet branches to give your foyer a colorful and cheery ambiance. Complement the arrangement with some fruits in an earthenware bowl and an inviting bottle of wine for maximum impact.

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Devouring popcorn, nachos, candy bars, and copious cups of diet soda while enjoying the latest summer flicks at the cinema is what life is all about. Movie night at home, however, gives you the opportunity to fancy up your movie time treats for a more delicious and satisfying viewing experience. In this latest installment in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series, you can easily whip up these homemade snacks that feature delightful twists to classic theatre-style fare.  So call up your friends, choose a fun-to-watch flick, and serve any of these award-worthy appetizers.

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta

Watching a movie and munching mindlessly on hot buttered popcorn is always a great combination. Chef Fabio Viviani from Chow Ciao gives ordinary popcorn a decidedly gourmet turn with this exciting Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta recipe. A generous amount of diced pancetta, or Italian cured pork, adds a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the popping oil. Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder give this popcorn snack several layers of flavor that will have you applauding with every bite.

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A fun twist to the usual movie time treat


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