Jennifer Perkins is an Austin-based mama, thrift-a-holic, Treetopia Ambassador, and owner of JenniferPerkins.com. She is a mother of two, and has been married to her best friend Chris for 10 years. The things she likes more than anything else are crafts, kitsch, kids, thrifts stores, and throwing over the top Halloween parties.

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Learn more about Jen in our exclusive interview:

TT: What is your decorating mantra?

Jennifer: Whether you are decorating your house or for the holidays I always encourage people to go with their gut. If you love something (a purple Christmas tree or a crazy painting), go for it. You are the one that is going to have to live with it. Who cares what the trends are and what is on the pages of this month’s magazine? Go with what makes you smile and your heart go pitter patter and you can’t go wrong.
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Kara Whitten is the brains behind A Kailo Chic Life and Kailo Chic. She loves anything bright, colorful, and patterned, and her blog features her passion for cooking, gardening, designing accessories, DIY projects, and interior design!

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Learn more about Kara and her decorating ideas in our exclusive interview:

TT: Best decorating advice you want to share with your readers?

Kara: Just try it! I find so many people that are afraid to take the first step and try out their ideas. I can usually come up with some idea that I think will look good, but it really takes trying it out and seeing it in person to really know if it works. And once you have tried it, you are better apt to know what to tweak to make it just perfect.
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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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Tango Red Lipstick Tree, No. 2 Pencil Christmas Tree, and Silver Pencil Tree
 

When you’re short on space but still want to keep the holiday spirit alive, a pencil Christmas tree is the perfect choice. Instead of a full, traditional profile, a pencil Christmas tree is slender from tip to base. Decorating a slim tree may seem like a daunting décor challenge, but it really is quite easy to do! Here are some fabulous ways to decorate your pencil Christmas trees.

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gold christmas ornaments decorating ideas

Decorating with Gold Ornaments.

Gold trims and accents on your Christmas tree are great for bringing out the festivity of the season, but they’re not just meant to be complementary accents. From ornament centerpieces to fancy chandeliers, you can create beautiful décor and let your gold Christmas ornaments take center stage this holiday season with these easy DIY ideas from Treetopia.

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We recently partnered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to create themed Christmas trees for a cause. We loved how easy and fun it was to create Christmas trees for our favorite bay Area Sports clubs, and we don’t want to keep you on the sidelines. Show your favorite sports teams some love with a unique holiday centerpiece with this guide from Treetopia.

Start with the Perfect Tree

easy sports themed trees

Sports themed trees at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Photo by George Nikitin

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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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How to decorate a Halloween tree.

If you thought my Candy Corn Tree was good, take a peek at my Treetopia Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree decorated for Halloween. I used a combination of new and vintage, store bought and handmade, plus kitsch and serious Halloween. Is there such a thing as serious Halloween?
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How to Decorate Your Brown and Orange Christmas Tree with Treetopia

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 kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow, and brown palettes. Treetopia’s line of orange and brown trees packs a powerful visual punch that elevates your home design and can be decorated to transcend the beauty of the changing seasons.
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How to decorate a music themed tree.

I knew I was hanging on to all those vinyl records for a reason. All those trips to the record store are still paying off. Nowadays, I seem to craft using records more than I play them, but at least they are getting used. And used pretty well in the case of this rocking version of the Treetopia Pretty in Pink Potted Christmas Tree.
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