November 26, 2013

Black Friday is arguably the most awaited day for holiday shoppers and bargain hunters. This annual event can be full of frenzy and excitement, so consider these simple and helpful shopping tips when deciding what to buy on this madcap day.

Electronics

Be careful when buying big ticket items like a TV. Some low-priced TVs are derivative models produced especially for Black Friday and may have lower specs, less features, or a shorter warranty than the standard model. This may be acceptable for a second or third set, but if you are looking to upgrade your main TV or build a home theater, remember that the best TV deals are offered right before the Super Bowl in early February.

Widescreen projection TV in a luxurious home theater

The Superbowl season is the best time to buy a TV

Don’t be tempted to buy an outdated smartphone just because it comes free with a 24-month service contract. Chances are very good that you can find great deals on newer phones at the same store. Compared to last year’s models, recently released phones usually have a sharper screen, faster processor, and more convenient features.

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November 21, 2013

Set a festive mood for your holiday dinner by offering a toast to the wonderful family and friends who have gathered at your Thanksgiving table. At the same time, tantalize them with delectable canapés to whet their appetite before the feast begins.

A Toast to the Holidays

Poinsettia Cocktail

This classic orange-and-cranberry flavored cocktail has a pretty rose-tinged tint that adds a beautiful blush of color to your dinner table.  Light, crisp, and fizzy, this holiday drink packs a lot of fruity flavor. Quick and easy to prepare, this cocktail is mixed directly in the drinking glass and doesn’t require precise measurements.

Poinsettia cocktails on dinner table

Poinsettia for cocktails and for holiday decor

Although recipe variations abound, this classic Poinsettia formula by TheKitchn begins by pouring two ounces of chilled cranberry juice and half an ounce of Cointreau in a champagne flute.  Top up with champagne or sparkling white wine, and garnish with a twist of orange and a fresh cranberry.

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November 20, 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.

This delightfully decorated Christmas tree comes to us courtesy of Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators.

The lovely and versatile Treetopia Basics – White Tree is the subject of Jennifer’s keen sense of design in her “My White Christmas Tree & A Treetopia Giveaway” blog article.

Jennifer has always wanted a white tree, so she chose this slim, snowy tree to brighten up the look of her basement. Intended as a “kids’ tree,” Jennifer loaded her tree with vibrant colors and craft decorations to make it look super fun and playful. Complementing the array of shimmering ball ornaments are hand-decorated glittery pine cones, pink plastic cups and teapots, and a gorgeous handmade paper chain. As a cute and clever touch, she used two of her daughter’s colorful tutus as a tree skirt.

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November 20, 2013

This Christmas, go for something fun and unique with a TV show-themed holiday décor. Dress up your tree with these charming attention-grabbers.

Doctor Who

Have a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey Christmas with “Doctor Who”-inspired holiday décor. Doctor Who’s police box  time machine, which he calls the TARDIS, looks fabulous as a tree topper on a white tree with navy blue trimmings.

If you prefer to use a traditional evergreen, hand-painted glass ornaments of the TARDIS and the Daleks (the Doctor’s foes) work just perfectly!


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November 19, 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.

Next up on our Treetopia Design Council series is this glamorous tree decorated by Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic.

Check out Reichel’s “Copy Cat Chic Giveaway | Treetopia” blog article and admire her elegant take on Treetopia’s Midnight Black Christmas Tree. Her choice of sparkling gold, silver, and platinum decorations gives her black Christmas tree a radiance that heightens the black and white motif of her living room. Come night-time, the warm, glowing sight of its metallic ball ornaments, rustic pine cones, and little trinkets gives this tree a breathtaking visual impact.

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November 19, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new artificial Christmas tree, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the dizzying range of shapes, sizes, and colors you can choose from. The most basic decision you probably need to make is whether to buy a traditional green tree or a contemporary colored one. Let’s break down and check out the advantages of each one.

Green Trees

A familiar appearance

It’s probably safe to say that most of us grew up with traditional Christmas trees, such as the Treetopia Oh Christmas Tree.

Traditional green Christmas tree with realistic foliage and clear lights

Our fond memories of the mountain of gifts under our green tree are ones we’ll cherish forever. It is precisely this feeling of nostalgia and comfort that makes a green tree so irresistible. Plus, knowing that we’re keeping a time-honored tradition alive makes our heart swell with pride.

Highly realistic foliage

Most of today’s artificial Christmas trees are made from polyvinyl chloride plastic or PVC. An artificial tree usually has flat, stiff PVC needles, which can limit the tree’s realism. However, a number of manufacturers now offer trees made of polyethylene or PE. This type of tree is incredibly realistic, mimicking the color, shape, and texture of a live tree with amazing accuracy. Currently, the majority of PE trees are available only in natural green shades to further enhance realism.
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November 18, 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.

For the next installment in our Design Council series, feast your eyes on this beautiful piece from Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.

A glimpse at Nicole’s “I’ve Gone All Traditional On You” blog post shows how brilliant and glamorous a traditional Christmas tree can be. Thoughtful placement of shimmering metallic ball ornaments, sparkling stars, and icicle-shaped decorations gives her Oh Christmas Tree from Treetopia a gorgeous shine. Her design scheme also elegantly brings out the timeless grace of this super-realistic artificial tree. With her curved windows accentuating the shape of the tree, the overall look of the space is warm, cozy, and totally inviting.

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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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