Author Archives: Jennifer Perkins

About Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is an Austin based mom, DIY project designer, blogger, social marketing strategist and Treetopia brand ambassador.

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You might think that Valentine’s Day trees should be pink and red—and you would be right. However, they can also be orange and yellow (or any other color for that matter).
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How to decorate a Denver Broncos tree.

Who will you be rooting for this Sunday? Do you bleed Broncos orange or are you on team Panthers forever? No matter who you will be cheering for, nothing says Super Bowl like a tree. Treetopia just so happens to have an orange one and a black one perfect for sports fans.
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how-to-store-ornaments

Once upon a time, I threw my ornaments in random opaque boxes every January, placed them in my attic, and never thought of them again for 11 or so months but those days are over. Sure, there are a few tossed in bins but over the years, I have collected and curated precious ornaments that needed to be treated with care and it was time to start storing my ornaments like a big girl. It was time for a 48 Piece Christmas Ornament Storage and Treasure Keeper.
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As someone with over 100 Christmas trees, I have learned a thing or two over the years about storage and the many nemeses of holiday decor. Number 1 on the list of this holiday-obsessed Texan: heat. Here are a few tips to help you plan storage now in the winter thinking ahead to the summer so your holiday decorations are in tip-top shape come next Christmas.

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1. Keep Your Whites White

White trees and a hot attic do not mix. Same goes for white wreaths, linens and garlands. There is no storage bag strong enough to keep the summer heat from yellowing your Christmas whites. If your attic is temperature controlled, hooray for you. If you’re like me, store your whites somewhere in the house, like a closet.
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new-years-eve-tree

New Year’s resolutions are a dime a dozen. Making them is the easy part, sticking to them is a different story. I like to think of resolutions as goals of visions for the future as opposed to resolutions. Being a visual person (can you tell from my groovy NYE tree), actually making something physical like a vision board helps me not only realize my goals for the upcoming year, it helps those goals to actualize.
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Decorating a green Christmas tree with a vintage Santa collection.

Believe it or not, I have a traditional tree in my house—a whole room even with red, white and green. After last week’s tour of my Colorful Christmas Home, you were starting to worry weren’t you? My Oh Christmas Tree from Treetopia is the showstopper. Sure, it is 75 degrees outside but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my game room. The nice thing about a green tree (or any tree) is that it is a blank slate. Besides ornaments, I like for my trees to have a theme. Last year I decorated the tree with my vintage Fisher Price toy collection. This year it is all Santa, all the time.
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How to decorate an orange Christmas tree.

I’m a firm believer that when it comes to Christmas, more is always better—more trees, more color, more kitsch. I guess after a year of being the Treetopia brand ambassador, you already gathered all that. This holiday season, it is safe to say I have a tree in almost every color and in just about every room in my house, including orange.
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You have spent all that time making your tree beautiful; why would you skimp on the gifts underneath? Spend the same amount of time making your gifts look as amazing as your tree. That being said, a tree decorated in plaid should not have pastel wrapped gifts underneath. Shop for wrapping paper while you shop for ornaments. That way, when it comes time to wrap, you are coordinated and ready. Did you see my Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree decorated in plaid?
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Fall-tree

Fall deserves it’s own tree, right? I think my Treetopia Basics – Orange Tree transitions beautifully from Halloween to Dia de los Muertos to Thanksgiving, and wait until you see what I have planned for Christmas. Orange trees are more versatile than one might think.
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How to decorate a black tree for Christmas.

I love my Treetopia Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree so much, I decided not to take it down after Halloween but instead, decorate it for Christmas. This pre-lit black beauty looks just as festive decorated for Christmas as it did spooky for Halloween.  Be sure to check it out on the DIY Network blog too!
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