If you’re tired of the usual Christmas décor, read on for weird Christmas decoration ideas you can work into your home

Christmas is just around the corner, so the chance of coming across a home that isn’t decorated is slim. While some homes display classic and elegant décor, there are some people who would prefer to personalize their décor by displaying weird Christmas decorations. If you’re looking for ways to embrace some weird and wonderful ideas for your home this Christmas, Treetopia has some ideas for you.

Cartoon-inspired Décor

Go with decorations inspired by cartoon characters in Christmas gear to fill your home with lighthearted fun. It would certainly be a weird but wonderful sight for an adult’s home to be filled with youthful amusement.


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If you want to blend in fabulously this season, decorate your home for Christmas with these themes.

Christmas has long since moved away from the red and green color combination that used to adorn our homes. While some people choose to inject their personality into their holiday decorations, there are many who enjoy following holiday decorating trends. If you’re looking for tips and ideas about what is hot this season, keep reading and Treetopia will show you the way.

 

 

Metallic and Pink Christmas Trees

Good news for everyone who loves to grab attention with shiny or startlingly colorful décor, metallic Christmas trees and pink Christmas trees are trending in 2012. You won’t need to put a lot of decorations on your tree when it’s already a stylish centerpiece. Enjoy your time in the spotlight with your shining, shimmering Christmas tree or increase the girly atmosphere in your home this season.

 

 

 

LED Christmas Lights in Cool Colors

One of the most contemporary and refreshing themes this season is using energy-saving LED lights to brighten up both your home and your Christmas tree. It is a triple benefit situation: (1) your home dazzles with the current trend, (2) your home and tree are bright and shiny, and (3) you lessen your energy consumption by using LED lights. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

 

 

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If you’re stumped about how to style your pencil tree, read below.

When space around your home is scarce but you want to keep the spirit of Christmas alive, set up a space-saving pencil Christmas tree instead of a  fuller, traditional one. For first time owners of pencil trees or those who have tried but were unsuccessful in their attempts to make it look as fabulous as they imagined, Treetopia has gathered some one-of-a-kind tips and tricks to help you make your tree look more amazing.

Simplify

Having over the top, flashy ornaments hanging on your Christmas tree is not always the best option. Sometimes, you have to take the simple route when decorating, especially since conventional decorations associated with traditional Christmas trees do not always look good on pencil trees. You can choose a minimalistic theme in a monochromatic palette and decorate your tree with ornaments of the same color, but in varying degrees of shade, for a polished and modern look.

Go 3-D

Go for a dramatic three-dimensional design scheme with your pencil tree decorations by adding the illusion of depth. Creating depth is actually simple. All you need are ornaments in different sizes and a strategy for layering the ornaments around the tree. Place all the smaller ornaments in the inner portion of the tree, while the larger ones should be in full display. Think of the inner parts of the tree as the farther edge of your line of sight, while the outer part is the plane nearer you.

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Halloween used to be more about kids wearing spooky costumes and going door-to-door seeking candy. However, now that you’re all grown up, you need an exciting and appealing substitute for trick-or-treating that will make your holiday unforgettable. Here are some off-beat Halloween party ideas that will help ensure you won’t miss the fun on October 31.


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Hogwarts Halloween

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling is not just young adult fiction; it is now also a cult classic that even grown-ups can appreciate. Have your guests come as Harry Potter characters, and serve snacks and cocktails like All Flavor Beans and Butter Beer. Place a sign above your door that says, “Platform 9 ¾,” and add an element of surprise by using a Sorting Hat to divide your guests into houses. Organize games such as Muggle Quidditch. The house with the most points at the end of the party gets a prize. You can even set up your house to look like the Leaky Cauldron!

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Every home should have a conversation piece that sparks the interest of guests. Such pieces express your sense of personal style, as well as ensure that you and your guests will have something to talk about. Whether you’re decorating a new place or just spicing up your current residence, our list of trendy ideas for conversation pieces will help you inject an extra dose of style into your home.

Vintage is in vogue!

Little vintage pieces such as old typewriters or even a chest have the potential to start a conversation, especially now that more people are starting to appreciate the good old days when almost everything was in analog. Even today’s electronic devices, such as telephones and cameras, have their vintage roots, so you can never go wrong with a collection of old but still usable items. Just remember to dust them off before putting them on display.

Scour the flea markets!

Conversation pieces don’t have to be expensive to be interesting. Most of the time, second-hand items can be just as if not more intriguing than items from high-end galleries or upscale boutiques.  Scour flea markets or online shops for unique items such as antique home décor, retro furniture or paintings by lesser-known artists – you can rest assured that the conversation piece you end up with won’t be found elsewhere.

Feature your family!

Pictures of family only get better with age, especially if they document the different stages of your life. But, you don’t have to stop at photos. For an extra nostalgic yet heartwarming touch, feature items that belong to your parents or grandparents, such as medals and old pictures, in a covered frame. Completely unique to you, family-focused conversation pieces never go out of style.

Entertain with the exotic!

You don’t have to be a traveler to appreciate different cultures. Because urban areas are already melting pots for people of diverse origins, it is easy to find items that reflect their respective countries. In fact, finding such items could be as simple as going on an exploration of Chinatown or Little Italy. A nice wall hanging featuring Chinese calligraphy or a piece of fine glass ware from Italy might get the conversation going if you have guests who are really passionate about their roots or simply curious about other cultures.

Fill it up with fun!

A fun way of getting your guests involved in a conversation is to engage them in making something decorative for your home, and then displaying the finished piece afterwards. For example, you could have small papier-mâché bowls that your visitors could paint, or a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you could frame and hang on your wall once it’s completed. Get your guests happy and active, and the conversations will naturally flow.

You don’t need to spend much to make your home interesting. All it needs is a bit of imagination and creativity to get the conversation started. Have at least one piece of each category in your home and watch as your guests go “Oooooh!” and ask you about them. Happy chatting!

Fall is such a lovely season – leaves change colors from deep greens to intense reds and yellows, the weather gets a bit nippier, and the sun starts to set earlier in the day. With all this natural beauty at your fingertips, it’s the perfect time to be inspired by the fall landscape and redecorate your home.

Since fall is the time for festive meals and harvest celebrations, we’ve put together a list of refreshing centerpiece ideas you can be sure no one else has. Sweet, simple and always stylish, these pieces will have your friends asking you where they can get one, too!

Pumpkin power!

Pumpkins are great not just for Halloween; they also make refreshing centerpieces. Hollow out a pumpkin and insert a florist’s foam block where you can stick stems of flowers. You can paint the pumpkin in autumn colors for a more subdued look, or , use glittery paint for a bit of glamorous shimmer. Perfect flowers for this kind of centerpiece include sunflowers, carnations, or Asiatic lilies. This centerpiece adds a welcome splash of color to otherwise lackluster tables.

Acorn autumn! 

For a fresh take on a candle holder, take a tall, clear glass jar and fill it with acorns two-thirds of the way up. The acorns provide a sturdy base in which you can insert brightly colored taper candles for a simple, chic effect. Wrap some tweed or jute rope midway around the jar for the finishing touch. You can also use pine cones in different colors if you can’t find acorns. It’s a rustic centerpiece that can stand on its own, and the candles make it great for cozy nights at home. It can also be used year-round; just replace the acorns with whatever is in season.

Fruit fiesta!

Take a small box and fill it with seasonal fruits. The more beat-up the box, the better – you can also take a newer one and stain it to give it some character. Dark-toned fruits make this centerpiece more interesting, so if you can, use blackcurrants, prunes, plums, and figs for a deep purple theme. You can also fill small wooden buckets with chrysanthemums and purple dahlias to go with the fruit crate.

Live it up with lanterns!

Hurricane lanterns have a particularly strong seasonal feel, especially since the wind tends to get stronger at this time of year. To make one into an intriguing centerpiece, take an O-shaped piece of floral foam, decorate it with autumn leaves, and place the hurricane lantern in the middle. Try surrounding the lantern with dried reeds, sticks, acorns, or pine cones for even more splashes of color! This is an easy centerpiece that looks great on the dinner table.

Autumn-themed centerpieces are easy to make and are even easier on the eye. Try these suggestions and bring the autumn outdoors into your home!

If you’re looking for a cool alternative to the traditional green tree, a pink Christmas tree is the way to go. It helps heighten the fun and usher in the innocent spirit of Christmas. Start the holiday celebrations early by putting up a pink tree and decorating it with these ideas:

Monochromatic

Pink trees are vibrant as they are and for some, adding more color can be overwhelming. Make it simple by using a monochromatic theme, like a variety of ornaments and garlands in varying shades of pink. The key is to add texture to the design by using ornaments of different shapes, sizes, and materials.

Whimsical

Create a whimsical look by using silver and clear ornaments. Combine large clear balls with smaller lilac ones. You can stick to Christmas balls only, but use as many as possible so the tree doesn’t look patchy and bare in some places. Decorate with crystal drops and garlands, then string clear lights to create more drama.

Victorian

If you want to retain the traditional look, go for a Victorian theme. To achieve this, choose artificial Christmas trees in a soft shades of pink. Hang ornaments in hues of burgundy, old rose, cream, and gold. For an authentic Victorian feel, create your own garlands using cream-colored paper chains or popcorn and cranberry garlands.

Bring out old Christmas cards, border with lace, and hang as onrnaments. Hunt for vintage-style toys like metal trucks and mini-dolls. Make burgundy mini-cornucopias and place some candy. Light up this pretty tree with battery-operated tea lights, clear mini-Christmas lights, or LED candle lights.

Flower Garden

Another way to create a contemporary look is by decorating your tree with clusters of flowers in purple, deep pink, and red hues. Choose different kinds of flowers from small flowers in clusters to big, single flowers. Complete the garden feel with light green leaves.

Pink Wonderland

A pink tree is a beautiful backdrop for a winter wonderland design. To achieve this, use white and silver ornaments and garlands. Snowflake ornaments and silver tinsel garlands are perfect for this theme. Intersperse cotton on the branches to look like faux snow.

Sweet and Funky

Give kids a Christmas tree to remember with a candy theme. Pink trees often evoke thoughts of cotton candy and sweet treats anyway! Do your kids a favor by decorating the tree with ornaments in candy colors or pastel colors that remind you of cupcakes or ice cream. Hanging a few real candies won’t hurt, either!

As with any Christmas tree, decorating a pink tree is more fun when spent with loved ones. Ask family members for ideas and try to incoporate a little bit of everyone’s suggestions. This way, you’ll have a stylish tree that represents all your individual personalities.

Thoughts of the holiday season often include images of a winter wonderland. Many people anticipate Christmas not only for the festivities and gifts, but for the magical landscape that comes with the season.

Setting up a white Christmas tree is perhaps the best way to exude the whimsical flair of winter in your home. Here are some tips on how to decorate a white tree:

Decide on a Theme

The most important aspect of creating a stylish white tree is the theme. Colors vividly stand out on a white background and a few hues results in a captivating tree. A favorite design is the red-and-white theme. Hang red ornaments and garlands to create a fun look brings out the child in anyone. Santa ornaments also fit well in this color theme. Add some real peppermints for the kids, too!

Another delightful theme is the winter wonderland look with snowflake and crystalline drop ornaments as main decorations. You can achieve this by adding cotton flocking to the tree and placing reindeer or ornaments depicting winter festivities. For a more sophisticated look, go for a gold-and-silver theme with tinsel and glittery or metal ornaments. Those with a bold streak can completely go out-of-the-box and use vibrant hues like purples and pinks.

Choose Lights Wisely

Although white Christmas trees look brilliant enough even without lights, you can heighten the charm of these trees with clear or multi-colored lights. Make sure to choose lights with white or clear strands so they don’t stand out. For a well-lit tree, prepare at least 100 lights per foot height of the tree. Try out options like LED lights to save energy and globe lights for a more radiant look. As with other trees, string the lights before adding any ornaments.

Don’t Go Overboard with Ornaments

Depending on the size, decorate the tree with just enough garlands and ornaments so it doesn’t look weighed down. A well-decorated tree doesn’t necessarily have a lot of ornaments. As long as you choose lovely ornaments, garlands, and family favorites, your tree will be a hit.

Create a Balanced Look

Balance starts with blending small and large ornaments. This helps create a natural symmetry that isn’t too organized. Decorate from top to bottom, placing large ornaments first in a diagonal and evenly spaced manner. Counter these with smaller ornaments. A helpful tip is to place ornaments at varying depths, some near the trunk and some on the tips of branches so your tree looks fabulous at all angles.

White Christmas trees are elegant and serve as the perfect backdrop for any kind of ornaments. Think of it as a blank canvas and let your creativity flow to achieve the perfect White Christmas.

While fall isn’t as popular as spring when it comes to decorating, the beautiful colors that come with the season inspires many people to spruce up their homes. In fact, there are a host of ideas to bring in the spirit of autumn. Here are some to get you started.

 

Go Orange

Whether in stripes or solid hues, add a punch of orange to furniture and accessories.  If you’re planning a change in furniture, go for an orange dining set for a chic look. Remember to choose different shades and make sure the brightness suits your taste and overall design. To balance off the orange, mix in rusty reds, yellows, and browns. Turquiose and pink are also great colors to add. Red and orange stripes, for example, create a retro feel when mixed with hints of turquoise. Consider these colors for your wallpaper or accessories.

Color-Coordinated Furniture

Use your furniture as the base color for bright accessories. If you already have a vibrant sofa, use simple throw pillows with fall-inspired prints. Brown or beige furniture works well with orange and yellow accents.

Neutral tones that can be maximized in fall are those made of natural fiber, like a rattan chest that doubles as a living room table or a brown burlap armchair.

Nature-Inspired Prints

From flowers and leaves  to birds and butterflies, nature-inspired prints are perfect for autumn. Curtains or wallpaper with orange and pink flowers or leaf prints work well in bedrooms and living rooms. Add simple white cushion covers or bed covers with bird or leaf prints. Another great way to brighten the living room is by placing a plush rug with nature prints or an orange-based design.

Decorate with Flowers and Fruits

Fresh flowers in tall orange vases do wonders in sprucing up a bare cabinet or side table. A basket of oranges and lemons or a layer of pumpkins serve as beautiful table centerpieces. A strawflower wreath on the door is a welcoming sight for guests.

Put Up an Orange Tree

Orange Christmas trees reflect the beautiful color of trees during autumn. Simply put a traditional size or a mini tree in the living room or entryway to usher in the vibrancy of the outdoors. For small spaces, opt for slim trees like Treetopia’s Bunny Delight Pencil Tree which is tall, slender, and comes with clear lights. What’s great about these trees is that you can leave them up until Christmas and redecorate for a fuss-free holiday decorating.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire home to reflect the beauty of fall. Adding small pieces of decor is enough to exude a touch of autumn bliss in any home design.

 

When it’s time to redecorate your space, don’t undertake the project alone. Ask for help from your family and together, you can transform your house to a place worth coming home to. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Brainstorm

Create a design plan with your family and figure out the priorities of each member. Knowing what your family wants to incorporate into the design not only helps designate the tasks better, but you’ll be assured of help since everyone will be looking forward to watching their design ideas come to life.

Division of Labor

Don’t try to control every design aspect in your home. Divide the labor accordingly. If your little girl wants to have a play area, assign the decorating ideas to her. Let her be creative and design the area as she pleases. Giving each member of your family a place in the house that they can call their own helps them warm up to the idea of decorating together.

Shopping

Grab a huge shopping cart and go shopping together. By doing so, your family gets a better sense on the wide variety of home décor products out in the market. This helps everyone come up with great and unique ideas for their own rooms. Let them pick out a few pieces that showcase their personality and place these pieces around the house. This way, everyone is represented in the décor of the home.

Treats

In the midst of decorating, prepare fun treats for everyone. Cookies, mini-cakes, and tiny rolls of pigs in a blanket are great snacks to keep everyone’s energy up. If you see your children getting restless, refocus their energy by creating fun games out of their design tasks, like seeing which of you can stick the most glow-in-the-dark stars on your child’s ceiling and walls.

Nothing makes a home feel warmer other than the fun family memories created within it. Decorating your home as a family leaves you and your loved ones with memories to last a lifetime.