December 11, 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.

Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm returns to dazzle us once again. He pulled out all the stops on this jaw-dropping creation.

We began our Design Council series many weeks ago with Michael’s super-pretty vintage golden Christmas tree. His design received so many compliments that we couldn’t resist inviting Michael to work his magic again. In his blog post, “A Colorful Christmas Tree Treetopia Hump Day Giveaway,” Michael takes a Treetopia Slim Spruce Christmas Tree and transforms it into a stunning spectacle of color and cheer.

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December 10, 2013

If you’re planning to host a Christmas party at home, make sure it’s stylish, stress-free, and bursting with Christmas spirit. Throw the hottest holiday bash without breaking a sweat with these quick and simple Christmas party ideas.

1. Make a list, check it twice

To keep your party manageable, limit your guest list based on the size of your dinner table. Any more than 6 will usually require catering, so be sure to invite only those you really want to spend the evening with. Be sure to send out invitations three or four weeks in advance as people’s calendars can fill up pretty quickly.

Prepare your menu and a corresponding shopping list, and then plot down a schedule for cleaning the house, doing the groceries, setting the table, and cooking the dishes.

2. Set the look

Christmas is often characterized by feelings of abundance, but you should avoid over-decorating. Instead, limit the celebration space to three focal points, such as the Christmas tree, the food table, and the fireplace. A lit fireplace makes your home warm and cozy, but if an open fire is not an option, you can cluster together tea lights and candles to create a relaxing mood.

For your table setting, choose a color scheme from your holiday decorating palette and apply this to your centerpiece, table runner, and napkins. Try to use space saving tabletops such as a small floral centerpiece to avoid overcrowding the table.

Don’t forget the music playlist to enhance the fun party atmosphere.

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December 5, 2013

Dressing up your abode for the Yuletide season with homemade Christmas ornaments is the perfect way to make your home unique, and your personality stand out. Check out these great DIY Christmas décor ideas to get you inspired for the holidays!

1. Snow Globe from Spoonful

The awesome sight of snow-covered landscapes is a great holiday inspiration. Recreate your own winter wonderland scene with a homemade vintage mason jar snow globe. For this Christmas project, all you need is a glass jar with a lid, plastic or ceramic figurines, synthetic evergreen tips, polymer clay, glitter, and glycerin. Get detailed instructions from Spoonful.

2. Rudolph Wreath from The Paper Mama

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer inspired wreath

Photo from the Paper Mama

If you grew up singing the carol, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, we’re happy to tell you that you can have him guard your home this Christmas with a Rudolph-inspired wreath! Let your home exude holiday spirit with the fun, easy-to-make Rudy the red-nosed wreath from The Paper Mama. Recreate a reindeer head by attaching branch antlers to a wreath form. Wrap silver tinsel around the wreath and add a red bauble for the nose.

3. Christmas Ornament Vase from Gimme Some Style

Holiday vase with a small live Christmas tree branch

Photo from Gimme Some Style

So you can’t bring a live tree inside your home, huh? Believe us when we say, you can – with this simple and inexpensive holiday vase. Adding a touch of Christmas to any table, this decoration makes use of any clear plastic ornament, potting soil, a circle-shaped rope, and a small live Christmas tree branch! You can, of course, replace the soil with water and glitter if you prefer a little shimmer.

4. Gingerbread Houses from Go Make Me

miniature village of gingerbread houses made of felt and lit with battery-operated candle

Photo from Go Make Me

Spread holiday cheer by creating an adorable miniature village that you can display around the tree or on the table. Sew tasty-looking gingerbread houses using felt fabric and glue on cute little details. Place battery-operated candle inside and let shafts of warm light emanate from the doorways and windows.

5. Twiggy Skate Ornaments from Michele Made Me

Who would have guessed these colorful pieces are made out of twigs? These twiggy skate ornaments will not only wow your guests, they will also make your Christmas tree look even more rad! Just cut little boots out of twigs, and cover them in paint. Use paper clips and duct tape for the blades. Draw shoe laces with a fine-tipped permanent pen. See the step-by-step guide at Michele Made Me.

6. Acorn-topped Ornaments from Creature Comforts

These sweet DIY acorn-topped ornaments would give your tree a fun, woodsy feel. Made from acorn tops and wooden beads, the cute, happy faces are sure to elicit smiles. Check out Creature Comforts for the full list of instructions and supplies needed.

7. Kraft Paper Tree Skirt from Cleverly Inspired

Who knew you can make a pretty tree skirt out of Kraft Paper? Tracie from Cleverly Inspired certainly did. Recreate this simple holiday look by stacking Kraft paper around the base of your tree. Fill the skirt with balls of newspaper, and top it with some pine cones or large potpourri.

8. Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards form The Ribbon Retreat

Considering all the holiday cards that are sure to be flooding your mailbox soon, this clothespin wreath is a must-have! To make this cute décor, cover wooden clothespins with strips of ribbon. Clip the clothespins onto a wire form wreath, and finish it with a festive pinwheel bow.

9. Joy to the World Christmas Mantel by A Night Owl

Joy to the World Christmas Mantel

Photo by A Night Owl

Go crazy, but still classy, in dressing up your mantel for the season with a themed set of holiday decor you can make yourself. Recreate this “Joy to the World” display using a twig wreath with wooden letters, some frames and prints, a golden ornament, and a vintage mason jar full of sparkly pine cones.

10. Old CD ornament from Crème dela Craft

Have you always been mesmerized by the sheen of compact discs? Take advantage of their quality and upcycle old discs that you no longer use by turning them into sparkly Christmas decor! Cut the CDs into various small shapes and sizes, and glue the pieces into a clear glass ornament. Cover up the glue dots on the inside and the back side of the CD pieces by placing a strip of ribbon inside the ornament. Voila! You now have a glamorous holiday bauble.

Nothing puts people in the Christmas mood more than a cool and festive holiday décor. Take Christmas decorating one step further by making these ornaments yourself!

December 4, 2013

Shimmering, silvery tinsel can make your Christmas tree look dazzling and festive. It might take a bit more effort putting it up, but it is well worth it! We are mad about these fancy strands and the way they bring us back in time to traditional Christmases past. We’ll talk more about great decorating ideas using tinsel, and as a special treat, we will show you how to dress up your Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil tree.

Putting tinsel on the tree

Invented in Germany in 1610, tinsel was originally intended to mimic the look of icicles and enhance the flickering lights of candles on the tree. To achieve this effect on a traditional Christmas tree, start by making sure all your ornaments are in place and then switch on your tree lights.

Christmas ball ornaments on silver tinsel

Photo from Horia Varlan via flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Beginning at the top of the tree, take two or three strands of tinsel at a time and place them gently on the outer needle tips. Make sure the tinsel strands are spaced evenly apart. Don’t simply place strands of tinsel carelessly or you’ll end up with clumps of tangled tinsel which makes your tree look sloppy. Do take your time and enjoy this simple, once-a-year pleasure.

Using other tinsel décor in the home

To add sparkle to your holiday table, fill clear glass vases and bowls with tinsel and display them as is, or add in poinsettias and hollies. To add pizazz to your table settings, roll up flatware in a cloth napkin and wrap the bundle with a single strand of tinsel tied in a neat little bow or secure with thread and a white tinsel pompom.

Around the house, you may drape tinsel around headboards and mirrors, or tack them to windows or door frames. But take extra precaution if you have young children or pets in your home. These can get snagged and cause injuries.

Decorating your Shimmering Silver Pencil tree

This slim and sleek Treetopia Christmas tree is bursting with glittery light-reflecting needles, making it a tinsel-lover’s dream! With a traditional green tree, the focus is on the ornaments, but with a silver tree like this, you’ll want all of the attention on its sparkling branches.

Treetopia Shimmering Silver Pencil Tree

Decorate this slim tree with small colorful glass Christmas balls or with any themed ornaments, but do so in moderation to avoid overwhelming the tree. Adorning your tree with vintage ornaments creates a stylish look and is an elegant homage to the aluminum trees of the 1950’s. Christmas tree decorating need not be complicated. You can jazz up your home instantly with this radiant beauty.

If you have suggestions on how to decorate your home with shiny, dazzling tinsel, share your ideas or photos with us on the comments section.

 

December 3, 2013

Holiday cheer shouldn’t be limited to the room where your main Christmas tree is placed. Spread Christmas spirit to every room of your home with these simple and fun decorating tips.

Bedroom

Choose a Christmas color scheme to use in your bedroom. You may opt to adopt the color theme you used on your Christmas tree, or choose an entirely different palette appropriate to the season.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine

Make the entrance to your room warm and welcoming with a festive and colorful wreath. Decorate your walls or bulletin board with holiday photos, Christmas stick-on decals, or anything that are easy to hang and take down.

A miniature Christmas tree, such as the Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine, adds a lively glow to your writing desk or night table with its collection of clear lights.

For your bed, place a winter quilt or bedspread that reflects your chosen colors along with a few Christmas-themed pillows. As a final touch, hang a sprig of mistletoe directly over your bed .

Kitchen

Add some Christmas spirit to the room where you create delicious and magical meals. A pair of these adorable Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees on the kitchen counter provides fun and cheery company as you prepare your next awe-inspiring holiday dish.

Treetopia Snow Capped Mini Flocked Trees

Put a dash of color on your tabletop with sprigs of greens and red winterberries in simple vases or jars. Christmas candles in decorative glass or tin holders also add a beautiful touch. Make sure to avoid scented candlesticks though, as they may overpower the appetizing aroma of your cooking.

A gingerbread house and a carafe filled with red and white candy canes are a sweet way to give your kitchen a hint of nostalgia and a pretty punch of color.

Bathroom

Decorating the bathroom for Christmas can be lots of fun. First off, switch your regular hand towels for ones with colorful Christmas designs. Tying red satin ribbons around stacks of towels makes for a quick and beautiful piece of holiday décor.

Next, hang simple ornaments from mirrors and windows but avoid wired or battery-operated décor as spills and splashes can occur in the bathroom. Displaying shiny ornaments in a decorative tray is also a chic, simple, safe way to spruce up your bath.

White candleholder with tealight

Finally, place scented candles in decorative glass or tin holders. The pleasant fragrance of apple, peppermint, or mulberry adds a great layer of comfort to this all-important room.

In all the holiday rush, we tend to focus all our decorating in the living room, dining room, or den. Get your entire home ready for the holidays by extending the joyful look of Christmas to other, often overlooked rooms.

 

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Photo Credit

Photo by PublicDomainPictures via pixabay

 

November 29, 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.

Get ready to be dazzled by the work of our next talented designer, Ashley White of Decorology.

In her “Beautiful Christmas Tree Inspiration with Treetopia!” blog article, Ashley shows her readers how easy it is to set up and decorate the Treetopia Brooklyn LED Spruce Christmas Tree. Her use of silver ornaments of varying shapes, sizes, textures, and finishes captures the glow from the tree’s LED lights beautifully, creating an eye-catching sparkle that radiates throughout the room. The pale gold ribbon garland and textured gray tree skirt are fabulous touches that complete the look of this realistic artificial tree. Check out Ashley’s short and sweet tree-assembling video.

A great lover of interior design and home decorating, Ashley earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. After several years of working as a web designer for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a Webby Award winning web solutions firm, she is currently a freelance web designer and the founder of the immensely popular blog, Decorology.

November 28, 2013

Surround yourself with color and win a Treetopia Christmas tree!

Color  Your Holidays with Treetopia

When it comes to expressing your love for the beautiful colors of the holidays, you can always rely on Treetopia for the most striking and vibrant Christmas trees to fill your home with the loveliest shades of the season. Show us how Treetopia trees inspire your home decorating style by joining our Color Your Holidays with Treetopia! contest and get a chance to win great prizes.

Simply follow us on Pinterest, create a board, and pin your favorite Treetopia trees and other colorful ideas to get the chance to win a fabulous Treetopia artificial Christmas tree!

Contest Period

Entry submission begins on November 23, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. PST and ends on December 6, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Voting will open on December 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. PST and close on December 15, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

How to Enter

  • Anyone who follows Treetopia on Pinterest can join the contest. To sign up for a Pinterest account, go here.
  • A board entitled “Colorful Christmas Inspiration” must be created. Pin any two colorful Christmas trees from the Treetopia website, and add several other pins related to your chosen color theme.
  • The official entry form on the entry page located at http://woobox.com/rsrmnw needs to  be completed and submitted.
  • Only one (1) entry per person and per Pinterest account is allowed.
  • 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 contest.

Winner Selection and Notification

  • On or about December 7, 2013, Treetopia shall determine the 15 best entries based upon the following criteria: (1) Board aesthetics, (2) Creativity in using Treetopia trees in color theme, and (3) Overall board concept. These 15 entries will be the finalists.
  • On or about December 8, 2013, voting will begin to determine the final ranking of the finalists by user votes on the Treetopia Facebook page. From December 8 until December 15, 2013, Facebook users can vote for their favorite Pinterest boards once every 24 hours.
  • All participants in the contest are allowed to share their entries to spread the word about the contest and encourage friends and families to vote for them, via a Third Party Contest Poll Application. Users may be required to Like the Treetopia Facebook Page before they can vote.
  • The top three Pinterest boards with the most number of votes by the end of the voting period will be declared the winners. The winners will be chosen within five (5) days of the contest’s end.
  • Winners will be notified via email and will be required to complete a Certificate of Eligibility and liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of the date of notification.

Prizes

  • The three (3) winners will each receive one (1) 6-foot Treetopia Basics Christmas Tree with the color of their choice.
  • Each Treetopia tree shall have an estimated retail value no greater than $228 USD, and the total retail list value of all prizes shall not exceed $684 USD.

Win exciting prizes and discover more ways to bring color into your home along the way by joining now. Log on to Treetopia’s Facebook page to find out more about our Color Your Holidays with Treetopia! contest.

 

November 28, 2013

Instead of trudging to the mall with your Christmas gift list, consider shopping online instead. Cyber Monday offers online shoppers great deals with the added benefit of convenience. Make the most of your Cyber Monday shopping spree with these helpful tips.

Make a List

If you plan to visit several websites to make multiple purchases, be sure to have a list of gifts you intend to buy in order to minimize confusion and the time you spend online.

Green keyboard button for shopping

To prevent the lure of impulse buying, write down your budget for each item, and stick to your list!

Research and Compare Prices

Be careful of marketers that try to make regular prices appear like bargains. Before doing any cyber shopping, find out the approximate retail price for your items so you can spot the real deals.

Pile on dollar bills

While shopping, make use of comparative shopping engine apps or tools to check the lowest possible price for your items across the web and at local stores. Sign up for email alerts from price comparison sites for a heads up on hourly deals.

Track Retailer Promotions

If you have a preferred retailer, monitor their blog and sign up for their newsletter a week or two before Cyber Monday to stay informed about upcoming promos and to avail of exclusive subscriber coupons.

Make sure to follow your favorite stores and brands on Facebook and Twitter. They will often announce their latest discounts and deals on popular social sites.

Protect Yourself Online

Guard yourself against identity theft and online fraud. To check if a site is private and secure, look at its URL and see if it says https:// and shows a small padlock icon during the payment process.

Shopping online with a credit card

Make sure your anti-virus software is running and up to date. An effective anti-virus program can detect viruses and key loggers used by phishing scams to steal your personal or credit card details.

You can never be too careful when it comes to passwords. Secure your phone, tablet, and wireless network with a password made up of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Create a new password for each site that requires you to sign up for a shopping account.

Be Early and Act Fast

Keep in mind that items with low prices may be limited in quantity, so start your bargain hunting early. Avoid peak shopping hours in the late morning and early evening, and look for online equivalents of “door buster deals” where great deals are offered only for a certain period of time.

Hand on alarm clock

Be careful not to be taken in by the rush of the sales tactic or you may end up making a lot of unnecessary purchases.

If you’re planning to buy a new Christmas tree this year, check out our Cyber Monday sale and find a fun and fabulous Treetopia tree that’s perfect for you.

 

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Photo Credits
Photo from Stuart Miles via Freedigitalphotos
Photo from Publicdomainpictures via Pixabay
Photo from Naypong via Freedigitalphotos
Photo from Stuart Miles via Freedigitalphotos

November 27, 2013

If you haven’t taken out the Christmas tree yet, it’s about time to set it up and give it a fluff. Bring your tree to life this holiday season by shaping it with your persistence and creativity.

1.    Assemble the Tree

Choose the location to display your Christmas tree. Select a spot near a wall outlet if your tree is lighted. After careful inspection of all the parts, begin setting up your tree according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that all sections are in their proper places.

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November 27, 2013

Chic outdoor Christmas decorations provide a stylish welcome to your guests. Give your home and exteriors a dreamy designer look for the holidays with these dazzling DIYs and fabulous finds.

Ice Skate Wreath

Add a playful zip to your holiday exteriors by incorporating an eye-catching accent to a traditional Christmas wreath.

This ice skate wreath from Alderberryhill radiates with nostalgic charm and is surprisingly easy to make. If ice skating is a popular pastime where you live, there’s a good chance you can find a pair of vintage ice skates in your attic, flea market, or yard sale.

Simply take a skate, fill the opening with some artificial foliage and berries, and then tie it to an old-fashioned Christmas wreath. Add a red bow to the neck of the skate to make it look extra festive.

Malta Lanterns

Cast an alluring candlelit glow on your walkway or porch with multi-sized Malta lanterns, such as these black metal lanterns from Pier 1. With their clean, solid lines and old-fashioned look, these lanterns exude elegance and history that match the beauty of the Christmas season.

For a simple yet stunning outdoor display, place pillar candles, along with glittery acorns or holly branches, inside the lanterns. You can choose to hang the lanterns, place them on the steps, or simply lay them on a tabletop.

If you find their basic black too strong for your tastes, pick up a can of spray paint and give your lanterns a new wintry white coat or a lustrous, golden sheen.

Frozen Ice Ornaments

Give your outdoors a truly unique and festive look with these do-it-yourself ice ornaments. From slices of fresh fruit and branches to colorful baubles and plastic trinkets, these frozen décor are super cute and can be customized any way your heart desires.

As demonstrated in Tatertots & Jello by guest bloggers Emily and Jaime from Everyday Art, you simply need to fill various plastic containers with your pretty items, position a length of strong yarn, fill the containers with water, and then leave them in the freezer or your icy outdoors overnight. By morning, hang your fabulous frosted ornaments on your tree to add some pizzazz to your lawn or backyard.

Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree

Bring instant sparkle and cheer to your front porch with a miniature potted Christmas tree. This Treetopia Fresh Berry Potted Pine Tree is all dolled up with pine cones, red berries, and an array of sparkly clear lights, so there’s no need to add any more decorations on it.

Miniature potted Christmas tree with pine cones and berries

It will look great displayed on the window sill, a tabletop, or on the porch steps surrounded by some poinsettias. This potted tree comes with UL-approved lights so it’s totally safe for use outside the house.
Try out these simple and chic decorating ideas and make your outdoors extra impressive and inviting this Christmas season.