We’re well into the beginning of a new year and many of us are finishing up the bittersweet task of taking down the Christmas trimmings. Clearing away all your Christmas décor can leave your home looking empty and bare. This presents a great opportunity to makeover your interiors with after Christmas decorating ideas that highlight the things you love about winter.

Embrace Winter with White, Silver, and Gold

Decorate your home with items that echo the enchanting sparkle and immaculate white beauty of fresh fallen snow. No matter what color your walls and furniture are, white and metallic accents give rooms a cool, crisp, and polished look.

A group of silver candlesticks or gold vases on the mantel creates a beautiful winter vignette. For a glittering piece of after Christmas décor, fill a decorative clear glass bowl with shiny silver and gold ball ornaments left over from the holidays.

Shop around your home for alluring white items. Set out white trays and plates, or display your favorite photos in minimalist white frames. Lay out white hardcover coffee table books or rotate in some white objet d’art from storage.
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Christmas decor, as the popular catchphrase goes, are gifts that keep on giving. Some holiday pieces are so beautiful that it would be a shame to simply keep them in storage. Treetopia lets you in on a few tips on how to reuse Christmas decorations that you can display all year long.

1. Use Christmas lights as decorative lighting

The delicate, comforting glow of Christmas lights look great any time of the year. To make your bedroom feel warmer and cozier, hang strands of Christmas lights on your walls. You can also wrap them around your bed’s metal frame, or arrange them against the wall to form a bright faux headboard. For an even more dazzling touch, use holiday lights to outline your window frames and illuminate your mirror.

If you have a garden, place strings of clear lights on the trees or potted plants that line the path to your front door. Mount clear or multi-colored Christmas lights on window sills and patio covers to keep your home’s façade looking fun and festive.

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No Thanksgiving dinner table is complete without a centerpiece. Wow your guests with any of Treetopia’s picks for pretty centerpieces that you can make at home.

Fall Tealight Holder from Poppy Paperie

This earthy Thanksgiving table centerpiece from Poppy Paperie is perfect for welcoming the charm of fall into your home. It’s easy to make and is quite affordable too. All you need to do is cover a metal tray with pattern paper, and decorate it with leaf cut-outs, some ribbons, and a couple of buttons.  Fill the base container with pebbles, tea votives, and votive cups, and you’ve got yourself an impressive centerpiece.

Fall Lantern from Sweet Something Designs

Spread a warm glow across your Thanksgiving feast with a beautiful fall lantern that makes an easy focal point.  To make this table centerpiece decoration, Sweet Something Designs dressed up a simple lantern with a burlap ribbon, fall foliage, berries, and pine cones. You can also use a decorative birdcage or even a birdhouse. Candles of varying heights complete the look.

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Nothing changes the feel of a room more than lighting. With the right light fixture, you can transform any space from being mundane to something impressive and classy. Make the right design statement in your home with the perfect lighting piece that matches your style.

Traditional Lighting

A classic crystal chandelier is the crowning touch for a traditional space. Sparkling crystals with gold or silver accents make a room feel elegant without overdoing it. Here, a crystal chandelier brings even more grandeur and an Old World appeal to an already sophisticated room.

Room with gray cushioned chairs, a table with two candelabras, a round crystal chandelier, and a ceiling-to-floor window

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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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You don’t need to look any further than your rooftop if you want to simply hang out in (or out) of your home. But do you know that your rooftop is also a great way for you to extend your floor space? Make the most out of your rooftop with these great ideas from Treetopia.

Set up a Green Roof

If you want an indoor garden but don’t have enough space for it, set up a green roof instead. Green roofs are a new trend that grows even more popular every day. Not only does a roof made up of plants aesthetically breaks up the monotony of conventional roofs, but it also offers numerous benefits to the environment. Green roofs promote eco-friendliness by providing a habitat for birds and other small animals. They also improve air quality and help reduce the urban heat island effect.

home with a green roof

Compared to traditional roofs, green roofs may have higher start-up costs, but they are proven to be more economical in the long run because they typically last twice as long. They also reduce energy costs by providing natural insulation, and they lessen the need for expensive complex drainage systems by mitigating storm water run-off.

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Everybody wants to live in cozy, spacious houses. But do you know that studios and small apartments can be spacious as well? Treetopia shows you how you can open up space even in the tiniest of homes with these clever tricks:

1. Use a Room for Two Purposes Instead of One

One of the best ways to make the most out of a limited space is to use it for more than one purpose. Some people, for instance, set up their home office in the living room, while others have their workout space in the bedroom.

Tables can serve many purposes. To make the most of them, at the same time maximizing space, hold both the dining area and the library in a single room. Not only is this combination practical, it looks charming too!

Table and chairs beside a bookshelf

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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 bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in any house, but the right fixtures can make a big difference. Trick the eye into seeing more space than is actually present with these bathroom design solutions.

Optimize Corners with a Corner Shower Stall

Compact corner shower stalls make a great design solution where space is limited. Unlike built-in showers, a corner shower takes up a minimal amount of floor space, making it an ideal addition to a small bathroom.

A corner shower stall

Another space-saving solution is a shower enclosure that fits in a corner and features a sliding door, giving you maximum entry area while using less floor space.

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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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