If you can’t find the perfect spring wreath to decorate with, here are some gorgeous ideas to try out

The changing of seasons brings forth new styles and fashion both in clothing trends and in home décor. However, we’re not always lucky enough to find one style that fits our preferences perfectly. If you can’t seem to find a spring wreath that will complement the design of your home, why not try making your own? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Fantastic Blooms

If there is one thing that makes spring more alive, it’s the presence of blooming flowers everywhere. Wouldn’t it be just divine if you can display all the beautiful blooming flowers as a wreath in your home? To do this, prepare scissors, hot glue, a few bouquets of your favorite flowers, and a wreath base that is preferably made of twigs. First, separate the stems and remove the leaves. Next, begin inserting the stems between the twigs and secure them in place using hot glue. Do this until the entire base is covered with flowers. Finish your wreath by inserting some of the leaves as added accents. You can also check out the Copy Cat Looks blog for detailed instructions on how to create a gorgeous spring wreath made of tulips.
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Recycled Wreath

Have you ever looked around your home and think you have too much used paper just about everywhere? Here’s great news for you: you can recycle all those paper and turn it into a wonderful wreath! If you are gifted in the art of paper folding, also known as Origami, put your skills to good use by folding up a variety of paper flowers to be placed on your wreaths. Wrap your wreath base with colored ribbon and use hot glue to secure the paper flowers in place. If you don’t know how to turn colored paper into something other than a crumpled ball, take a look at these instructions from Jen of tatertots & jello as she shows everyone how to make use of those sheets of paper by turning it into lovely Spring Paper Wreaths.
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Ribbons Galore

During Christmas, we sometimes receive gifts with lovely wrappings and fancy ribbons, which are just too cute to throw away. Make use of these ribbons in your next wreath project. All you need are a circular base, scissors, hot glue, and your collection of ribbons. First, wrap the circular base with the thickest ribbon you have until the entire thing is covered. Next, use your imagination to strategize how you want your ribbon wreath to turn out. Apply hot glue on the area where you want your ribbons and carefully place them on that spot. Make sure everything is securely in place before hanging the finished wreath.
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Fun and Fabulous

If you want to make a wilder or fluffier wreath, using feathers is definitely a good option! There are two ways to go about this. If you want something more challenging, you can use a bag of feathers, and manually and strategically glue them onto the circular base. Next, use hot glue to securely place some small eggs around your wreath. You can check out the detailed instructions on how to make this Easter Egg & Feather Wreath on Heather Bea’s Fake it Frugal blog. For those who want an easier time, you can use a feather boa instead of a bag of feathers. Just wrap the entire wreath base with the boa. After that, simply add bits and pieces and secure them in place using hot glue. Manuela’s A Cultivated Nest blog breaks down the steps on how to efficiently design your spring wreath using a feather boa.
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THE Easiest Way

Don’t have time to make your own wreath but still want something that’s out of the box? Check out Treetopia’s wreaths because our wreaths are just so awesome that we’re sure there’s something that would complement your personality.

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Get ready to upscale your home without breaking the bank

Springtime has always been a time of cleaning up whatever is already in your home to make it more presentable. Instead of just cleaning up this spring, wouldn’t it be more fantastic if you can redesign and upscale your home’s design?

In truth, you don’t have to spend so much to upscale your home and give it the style you want it to reflect. All you need is to get your imagination running to figure out the best way to create visual layers to make your décor more eye-catching.

Obvious Visuals

Just as we said in our Awesome Ideas for Color Therapy Month post a few weeks ago, colors have an effect on people. Use this knowledge to your advantage by using various shades to create visual layers. Find printed fabrics and create a pattern-on-pattern theme. Create a dramatic flair with hues and play with dark colors on a light-colored background. Channel your creativity to keep your home from looking like a big, flat monochromatic surface.

Details and Accessories

Upscaling isn’t limited to upsized items. One of the most important things to consider is how to work out the little details. Add some embroidery or a nice trim on your throw pillows, change old knobs and switches, or scout for accessories in shops. While it sounds a bit ironic, making sure that the minor details blend perfectly well with the overall design is a major part of upscaling. You don’t even have to spend much because many thrift stores carry awesome items that may possibly be perfect for your home at very cheap prices. Heather Noonan-Sheeks listed down several reasons why she loves thrift shopping in her Chic Sheeks Design & Décor blog.
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Refurbishing

Upscaling doesn’t necessarily refer to bought or new items. One way to achieve a perfectly upscaled look in your home is to refurbish old furniture to blend with your new style. Your old desk or bedside table can be repainted white, black, or any color that will aid in giving visual layers to your rooms. It doesn’t even have to be a complete change because you may opt to just varnish your old furniture to give it a glorious shine and make it look new. Give your pre-loved items more love through a makeover instead of throwing them out.

By upscaling your home using your creativity and available resources instead of maxing out your credit card(s), you show not only how smart, chic, and stylish you are, but also that you are one financially savvy person that your friends can look up to.

Get a kick out of these tips and tricks for hosting an April Fool’s Day Party

Now is the chance to call out your inner child and host an all-out April Fool’s Day party for you and your prankster friends. Check out some of the things you could do to prepare for the ultimate fun and funny party this year!


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Make your spring cleaning mission a breeze with these easy steps

Spring cleaning should neither take up so much of your time nor create a huge expense. Here are some quick tips on how to make the “burden” of spring cleaning light for you and your pockets:

 

Plan

Create a plan on how you will go about cleaning your home. The best way to do this, whether you live in a building or you own a nice house, is to follow a cross pattern: top to bottom and inside to outside. This way, the areas you’ve already cleaned will not get dirty again. Just imagine how much more time and effort you’ll save if you start cleaning further in, slowly but surely pushing the dust and dirt outside to be collected all at the same time.

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You may be on our own but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day. Here are some home decorating tips to make your home ooze a romantic atmosphere.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion met with a full spectrum of emotions: from excitement to hatred and simply not caring. While many single people tend to express dislike for this day, the truth is, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy Valentine’s Day and neither should you feel sorry for yourself. This day is an occasion to celebrate love and every kind of relationship founded on love, not just romantic ones. One of the ways you can have your own celebration is by sprucing up your home décor to give your guests a warm, fuzzy feeling when they step inside your abode. Here are some simple Valentine décor to consider:

 

Reds and Pinks

They say red is the color of love, so if there’s any color combination that’s spot on for Valentine’s it’s the full spectrum of red and pink. Bring out or buy a red carpet, hang pink curtains, and protect your dining table with red and pink place mats. You can also add some white accents to soften the effect.


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Roses may be red and chocolates brown but Treetopia trees win the Valentine crown

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Love songs on air, women with twinkling eyes and men with nervous smiles, romantic restaurants with a long waiting list – these are some of the signs that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. However, with the busy schedules of career-driven individuals and equally career-driven partners, romance sometimes takes a back seat. Take a break this Valentine’s Day and treat your partner to a romantic celebration.

When it comes to preparing for a special romantic day, it’s best to be fully prepared and pull out all the stops. These moves may be cheesy, but you can rest assured that by the end of the night, you’ll bring a smile to your partner’s face and feel flames of love ignite once more. Let Treetopia trees be your accomplice as they show you how to kindle love this Valentine’s.

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If you’re thinking of revamping the style of your home, Treetopia gives you a preview of some top home décor trends for 2013

If you’re one of the many who belong to the hip, stylish, sophisticated crowd, then you’re probably looking for a way to revamp your home according to the new fashion trends. Since Treetopia appreciates what rocks the world of fashion and design, we have gathered some of the top home décor trends that will certainly make your nest the fabulous home it was meant to be.

 

Crafty Transparent Charms

One of the current trends is to use transparent décor, playing with its appearance to suit your home. It can be as easy as finding the perfect transparent or glass décor or channeling your creative energies to tailor an ornament or object and transform it into a perfectly fitting decoration for your home.

Smart Urban Living

Since more and more people are flocking to the city, living spaces have become smaller. This year, having décor with multiple functions takes center stage. A multi-function shelf that can serve as a room divider, bookshelf, and display cabinet is the perfect way to follow the trend and to maximize the space in your home.


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A Feast of Colors

If you want to give your already high spirits an added boost, paint or decorate your home with bold and vivid colors. Bright colors uplift your mood, especially on those long work nights, and keep you upbeat and cheerful when you come home to your private quarters after a night of fabulous partying. You can also match bright colors with geometric patterns or a design that suits your liking. The important part is to make sure that the patterns and colors complement each other.


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Back to Nature

Nature has been inspiring a lot of people so it’s not a surprise that it has become an interior design trend as well. Style your home with either nature-inspired décor or furniture fashioned from elements of nature. This will certainly improve the relaxing ambiance in your home.


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Whether you are into industrial-designed items or nature-inspired accents, you can tailor your décor to complement the trends of 2013. The key is to make sure that you will also appreciate and enjoy your décor while keeping up with the latest trends.

Treetopia shows you how to create something fabulous out of old Christmas cards

When Thanksgiving ends, the influx of Christmas cards starts to pour in within weeks. Each one is unique in the sense that it contains imprints of those fantastic people whom we hold dear and who took the time to scribble messages to warm our hearts during the chilly Christmas season.  Instead of stuffing all those gorgeous Christmas cards in a box, never knowing when they will be touched by the sun’s rays again, channel your creative energy into preserving those little cards filled with love and sentiments. Treetopia has thought of ways on how you can give your old Christmas cards new life.

Wall of Fame

While we all say that every unique Christmas card is a treasure, it’s impossible not to have a favorite among your collection. Choose an empty area in your home, perhaps a small wall space or at the back of one of your doors, and display all your favorite Christmas cards in that area. You can even purchase a large cork or laminated board where the cards will be tacked or taped if you don’t want to stick the cards directly on your wall. Name this space the Christmas Cards Wall of Fame.


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When the festivities are over, it’s time to return your home to its gleaming state. Treetopia shows you how

Since 2013 has officially begun and the pressure is on to bring back your home to its fabulous, gleaming state, make sure that the season of festivities did not leave a permanent mark in your home. Treetopia has gathered some quick fixes for unwanted stains that usually come with amazing parties.

 

Sauces, Condiments, and Grease

We all want our food to have the most delectable flavors; however, sometimes the flavors roll off our plates to embrace our linen table cloths and carpets. Instead of allowing the stain to settle and spending a lot of time in an attempt to revive the initial glorious appearance of your fabrics and linens, do a quick first-aid rescue using ordinary household items. Use a paper towel to scoop up the excess sauce, condiment, or food grease, then dab the stained area with a dishwashing liquid solution. Rinse with cold water.

 

 

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Forget ghosts and ghouls! Here are some Halloween costumes that will surely get you noticed.

Halloween is creeping up fast behind you, getting closer and closer until you can feel its breath on your neck, sending chills down your spine. Are you prepared to go out on Halloween and show off your costume? If you haven’t prepared your costume yet, or have no idea about what to wear, here are some Halloween costume suggestions you can try out for yourself:

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Join the Horde
A classic Halloween costume, you will definitely come across a few people dressed as zombies in varying degrees of decay. Use your artistic skills with simple or prosthetic make-up to achieve the perfect look of decay. Top it off with tattered clothing, a splash of fake blood and a limp to give you that realistic zombie appearance.  Since it has been popularized by computer games, television shows and a few recent films, you will surely be a part of the horde.

Smooth Operator
Men can go for a classic crisp look with a tuxedo paired with a bow tie or a suit with a fashionable neck tie to give that sharp, smooth super spy James Bond look. Keep a stash of gadgets to impress the ladies or make a quick getaway. Don’t forget to call M to get briefed on your mission!

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