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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October 30, 2013

Scary films have terrorized moviegoers through the decades with their disturbing plots, creepy sounds, and believable visual effects. Here are Treetopia’s picks for the most frightening films of each decade.

The Tingler movie poster 1950s: The Tingler (1959)

This camp cult classic tells the story of a pathologist who discovers that spine-tingling is caused by a spinal-cord parasite who lives on human fear. As a person becomes more afraid, the centipede-like organism dubbed as “the tingler” grows stronger and kills its host by crushing his or her spine.

The Tingler became famous when it was originally released in US cinemas with a gimmick that involved vibrating devices on theater chairs that activated at the very moment the film depicted the creature escaping into a movie theater. Consider recreating this spine-tingling effect if you want to give someone some extra fright!

The Tingler moviehouse announcement

 

1960s: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby movie poster Based on the 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby is a terrifying tale of devil worship. In this realistic supernatural drama, Rosemary suspects she’s carrying the spawn of Satan, and that her husband has made a deal with their neighbors in exchange for help in advancing his acting career. The mounting sense of paranoia climaxes in a disturbing revelation.

With a completely believable setting and performances, this horror thriller will lure you into the plot and keep you terrified by the unfolding events as you “Pray for Rosemary’s Baby.”

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October 29, 2013

Halloween is the time to show some love to our favorite bad guys. Follow these simple tips, and rule any Halloween costume party while dressed up as your favorite fantasy villain or villainess.

Severus Snape from Harry Potter

This extremely skillful wizard from the Harry Potter books may not be a real villain in the story, but his cold exterior and complex personality make him the character that we most love to hate.

All-black outfit with knee length jacket, gloves, and boots

Conjure up a stylish image as Severus Snape

To copy Snape’s outfit, you will need to find or create a black robe with special extra-wide sleeves that are split from the side to the shoulder. Use this helpful tutorial to make the robe and replace the green inner lining with a black one.

Substitute a black robe for Snape’s knee length jacket by turning up the collar and using safety pins to pinch the robe at the back and sleeves for a tighter fit. The rest of the attire consists of a white collared shirt under the jacket, a pair of black slacks, and black square-toe boots.

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October 24, 2013

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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October 23, 2013

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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