November 14, 2013

Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

Treetopia is proud to share with you the graceful holiday designs of Laura Trevey from Bright Bold & Beautiful.

 

In her blog post, “Tis The Season To Be Jolly,” Laura relates to her readers how she created an elegantly classic holiday look in her home with Treetopia’s Balsam Spruce Christmas tree and a Biltmore Pine Wreath and Garland. With a scattering of red, yellow, and blue ornaments, Laura gave her tree a beautiful, back-to-basics look that proves that less is definitely more. By suspending the wreath over the mantel and draping the garland over the bookcases, she maintained the naturally light, bright, and cheery ambiance of her living room.

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November 14, 2013

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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November 13, 2013

The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your holiday home, but deciding how to decorate it can be a challenge. Be inspired by these design ideas and give your Christmas tree the stylish and festive look you’ve always wanted.

1. Traditional Look

When it comes to Christmas tree decorating, traditional red-and-green is a classic look that will never go out of style. For a great back-to-basics look, start with a lush green Christmas tree with a full silhouette, such as the Treetopia Alexander Fir Christmas Tree. This tree is available pre-lit with clear lights, which spares you the trouble of having to install your own lights.

Treetopia's Alexander Fir Christmas Tree with clear lights

Decorate it with an eclectic mix of ornaments using a predominantly red-and-white color palette. Make sure to choose glass ball ornaments in solid colors, and use iconic holiday décor staples like Santa, candy canes, snowflakes, and stockings. Sprigs of winterberries, clip-on poinsettias, and red-and-gold ribbons add texture to your tree, making it look warmer and more inviting.
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November 12, 2013

Learn how to bring out the full beauty of your Treetopia Christmas tree with Treetopia’s Design Council 2013. In this series, we invite expert design bloggers to decorate their favorite Treetopia Christmas tree and share the fabulous results with us. Be inspired and discover the fine art of Christmas tree decorating with these terrific tips and amazing advice straight from the pros.

We kick off our series with the elegant work of Michael Wurm, Jr. from Inspired by Charm.

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November 12, 2013

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 dazzling palette of red, orange, yellow, and brown. Capture the glory of the season and liven up your home with an artificial tree that reflects fall’s kaleidoscope of colors. Treetopia’s line of orange and brown trees packs a powerful visual punch that elevates your home design to new and exciting heights.

1. Fall Theme: Green and Brown on Orange

Follow through with the fall look by decorating your orange tree with items and colors from nature. According to basic color theory, orange and green are analogous colors, meaning they share a common primary color, which, in this case, is yellow. This bold combination projects a youthful energy that suits your daring and spirited design style.

Rich orange Christmas tree with yellow lights
100% Orange Christmas Tree

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November 11, 2013

Here at Treetopia, we’re always looking for ways to help you make your artificial Christmas trees look as fabulous as possible. Of course, if you want something done right, you turn to the pros! Our elite Treetopia Design Council is composed of some of the web’s best designers to showcase ideas and inspirations for creating the Christmas tree of your dreams.

We’ve asked our awesome assembly of bloggers to choose and decorate their favorite Treetopia tree, and for the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing the spectacular results with you. Here’s a sneak peek at some of these brilliant designers and the Treetopia Christmas tree they will be decorating.

Treetopia Design Council 2013
Treetopia Design Council 2013Clockwise: Jennifer Flores, Laura Trevey, Michael Wurm, Jr., Frances Bailey, Reichel Broussard

• Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm glams up the Treetopia All That Glitters Tree
• Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic shows us how it’s done with the Treetopia Midnight Black Tree
• Jennifer Flores from Rambling Renovators works her magic on the Treetopia Basics White Tree
• BrightBoldBeautiful’s Laura Trevey doubles the fab factor with the Balsam Spruce and the Biltmore Wreath
• Frances Bailey from 400squarefeet lends her stylish touch to a trio of Treetopia White Tabletop Trees

Stay with us and discover fun and fashionable ways to bring out the best from your Treetopia Christmas trees.

November 8, 2013

Be a Secret Santa and win a pair of Treetopia Trees!

Treetopia Secret Santa Sweesptakes

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching and we’re here again to help you get on top of Santa’s “nice” list. Join Treetopias’s Secret Santa Sweepstakes and get the chance to win great prizes that you can share with your most favorite person in the whole world! Whether it’s your relative, friend, co-worker, neighbor, or your awesome massage therapist, he or she will love receiving a stunning Treetopia tree to match his or her sparkling personality.

By liking us on Facebook and providing a few details about the lucky partner you wish to nominate, you get a chance to win the first prize of a pair of colorful and stylish Treetopia artificial trees!

Contest Period

Entry submission begins on November 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. PST and ends on November 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

How to Enter

  • Joining the sweepstakes is easy: Simply “Like” the Treetopia Facebook page. Use the designated Facebook app to provide your full name, email address, state of residence, and the following details:
  1. Your friend’s name (“Nominee”)
  2. Your friend’s email address
  3. A tree choice for yourself
  4. A tree choice for your friend
  5. Your choice of color palette and the reason why it best suits your friend’s personality
  • Only one (1) entry per person and per email address is allowed from when the Sweepstakes period started. You may only use one (1) email address to enter this Sweepstakes. The e-mail account must be opened prior to the commencement of the Sweepstakes.
  • Automated entry devices, bots, programs, and software are not permitted for entry.
  • Treetopia reserves the right to disqualify any winner whose winning entry appears to be the result of mechanical reproduction or other violations of the official rules.
  • By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the official rules of this Sweepstakes.

Winner Selection and Notification

  • The First Prize winner will be selected via random drawing within five (5) days of the Sweepstakes’ end.
  • Potential winners will be notified via email and will be required to return a Certificate of Eligibility and liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of date of notification.

Prizes

  • The First Prize winner and his or her nominated friend will be awarded a pair of Treetopia trees—one (1) Treetopia tree for the First Prize winner and one (1) Treetopia tree for the nominated friend.
  • Each Treetopia tree shall have an estimated retail value no greater than $298 USD, and the total retail list value of all prizes shall not exceed $596 USD.

Give yourself and that well-deserving someone in your life a chance to win a beautiful Treetopia tree this holiday. Log on and like Treetopia’s Facebook page to find out more about Treetopia’s Annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes 2013.

November 6, 2013

If your family and guests are tired of the same old Thanksgiving fare, it’s time to spice things up. Tickle their taste buds by accompanying your traditional turkey with a variety of classic side dishes jazzed up with exciting, new flavors. Try these simple and easy recipes to give your holiday feast a delicious modern twist.

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

A hot bowl of hearty soup is a great way to whet your dinner guests’ appetites. This Butternut Squash and Cider soup is rich and creamy, and has a wonderful layer of zesty apple flavor. The mild curry powder adds a touch of spiciness that’s perfect for cold weather months.

White bowl of butternut squash soup with parsley garnish
Apples and curry make for a delicious butternut squash and cider soup

The recipe specifies that you use sweet McIntosh or Delicious apples, but feel free to substitute them with Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples if you prefer a little tartness. Make sure to use plain apple cider and not the spiced variety to get that pure apple taste. Serve this soup with pumpernickel croutons to add a bit of crunch and a sprinkling of chives for color.

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November 5, 2013

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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October 31, 2013

Did you know that the tradition of carving pumpkin for Halloween began in Ireland and Scotland with turnips? Read on and discover more about the rich history of this fun holiday.

History

Halloween traces its roots to an ancient Celtic harvest festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It was believed that on October 31, the spirits of the dead returned to damage crops and scare the living.

  Jack o'lantern beside a candle jar decorated with bats

By 800 AD, Christianity introduced Europe to All Saints Day, or “All Hallows,” which falls on November 1. Samhain began to be called “All Hallows’ Eve” and was later shortened to “Hallowe’en”.

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