July 31, 2012

Christmas is always a festive time and many people look forward to getting their homes ready for the holidays. Unfortunately, the season also tends to yield a significant amount of waste because of discarded ornaments. Recycling old decor not only contributes greatly to the environment, it also allows homeowners to cut back on their expenses. Here are a few ideas you can try.

Display ornaments in a glass bowl

Display in glass bowls or jars

Ornaments in different colors can be used as table centerpieces or accents to shelves and window sills. Place an assortment of glass balls in clear jars and display on top of a shelf or side table. You can also place a cluster of ornaments in a layered crystal bowl as a table centerpiece.

(more…)

July 24, 2012

A black Christmas tree is a great choice if you’re looking for a holiday design with unique charm and personality. Viewed as a modern and stylish alternative, black Christmas trees are becoming quite popular as a holiday centerpiece as the dark hue makes a perfect backdrop for shimmering ornaments. Its versatility is an even more enticing option—it never goes out of style and can be easily redecorated as a year-round, interesting home décor. Here are some decorating ideas you can try:

Midnight Black Christmas Tree

Tuxedo Drama

Establish a minimalist yet classy look by adding clear lights and white ornaments. Twine silky ribbons as garlands and hang white Christmas balls of varying sizes for an elegant black-and-white look. If you want more style, look for white Christmas ornaments with simple black detail.

(more…)

July 17, 2012

Christmas comes only once a year and when it does, families head down to their basements or attics to lug out the Christmas trees they’ve stored for the past year. It’s a yearly tradition that some may find a chore, especially since the decorated tree will only be displayed for a month or so before it returns to its box and left to gather dust for another eleven months. The effort and investment in a good Christmas tree seem like such a waste.

Make the most out of your Christmas tree by using it as a year-round indoor decoration for your home instead. It’s as simple as just adjusting the decorations to suit various holidays. Here are a few fun suggestions you can try:

Valentine’s Day

Pretty in Pink Christmas tree

The next great celebration after Christmas, besides the New Year, is Valentine’s Day—when people celebrate their love for each other, stringing paper hearts along corridors and doors. Replace your usual Christmas tree decorations with paper hearts; each filled a sweet message for all your family and friends. Top the tree with a cupid, instead of the usual Christmas angel and throw in a bit of pink and red tinsel around the tree. If the tree just happens to be pink, the better! The Cotton Candy Pink Christmas tree adds the right amount of Valentine’s sweetness to any room.

(more…)

July 10, 2012

Summer evokes relaxing getaways with family and friends. While not everyone can afford out-of-town vacations, it’s easy to enjoy the refreshing ambiance of the season right in the comfort of the home.

Accentuate your porch

Addison Spruce Wreath decorated by Jen Perkins

Summer is all about an inviting entryway for outdoor tea time or al fresco dining. Accessorize your porch with potted artificial palm trees in a corner or beside a porch swing or day bed. Plant some cactus in pots and make a terrarium in an aquarium bowl to decorate the porch table. Hang a wreath with bright flowers on the door.

(more…)

July 2, 2012

Red, white, and blue are the colors of patriotism for many Americans especially when Independence Day rolls in. The 4th of July is the perfect time to transform your home into a stylish display of American pride. Though this special day is only celebrated once a year, simple changes to home design can instill a festive atmosphere that befits the occasion. Here are some home decoration ideas that you can try:

Treetopia Vote For Me Tree

Flaunt the colors of Americana

A favorite way to exude patriotic vibe in your home is to go for the red, white, and blue color theme. Check your cabinets for functional items that come in these colors and mix and match for a balanced look. Spruce up kitchens and dining areas with colorful trays, dish towels, and containers. Bedrooms come alive by bringing out old-fashioned quilts, layering red and blue linens, and replacing a contemporary lampshade with a red gingham one.

(more…)

February 14, 2012

Let’s be honest – Valentine’s Day drives everyone nuts. Every year, countless people make grand romantic gestures in the throes of this temporary insanity and wind up falling flat on their faces.

Rincon Park and Cupids Span

If you think getting rejected in front of all your friends is embarrassing, be thankful you’re not always in the public eye like celebrities are. While we always have the chance to conveniently forget our romantic faux pas the next time February 14 rolls around, the more famous folks among us have to live with each agonizing mistake recorded forever on tabloids, news sites, and artificial Christmas tree company blogs. This Valentine’s Day, we’d like to give you the gift of schadenfreude with this list of famous romantic mistakes:

(more…)

February 8, 2012

Jules Verne

February 8 marks the birthday of one of history’s most inspiring authors, Jules Verne. The visionary thought well ahead of his time, writing about submarines and expeditions to the moon long before they were invented. To this day, many experts consider him to be the Father of Science Fiction.

Jules Verne’s work never ceases to stimulate the imagination, which is why in celebration of his birthday, we’re presenting decorating ideas based on two of his most popular works:

(more…)

February 6, 2012

Facebook Donation Program

It’s February, and lovebirds everywhere are talking about what they’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day. While everyone is sharing their ideas for dates, gifts, and single-ship awareness, we at Treetopia would like to bring to the forefront the very thing that makes all the romance possible – the heart.

(more…)

February 3, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI promises to be an epic battle between the New England Patriots (Go Pats!) and the New York Giants, and we all know what that means – it’s time for a Super Bowl Sunday party! There’s nothing like watching a thriller in the company of good friends and good food, unless of course you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the big game. For those of us who’ll be stuck at home watching the game on TV, things can be just as fun with a few party tricks:

super bowl party
Image by USDA | Flickr

(more…)