Think it’s too early to prepare for Christmas? Think again because it’s exactly six months ’til the next one

It’s officially six months before Christmas day today. While you think it may still be too early to think about Christmas, time does fly and the next thing you know, December has arrived. To prepare for the holidays, you can decorate little by little, as if your décor is mimicking the approach of Christmas. Here are ways on how you can prepare for Christmas little by little:

Start with the Walls

Since you may not want to make it too obvious that you’re already preparing for Christmas, you don’t have to put up wreaths and garlands right away. You can just begin by preparing your walls for the décor and design they will soon have. This year is the perfect time for turning your home a little bit Christmas-y every month since the color of the year is emerald. You can paint your walls green, use green décor, or simply hang up emerald green curtains and you’re on your way there.


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Look at your books with a fresh perspective. Check out these easy ways on how to organize your books in style

For those who prefer the traditional form of literature, you probably have bookshelves at home. Keeping your books organized doesn’t mean you just have to arrange them vertically or horizontally by size. Check out some great ways on how to organize your shelves while keeping them stylish.


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Rekindle your youthful spirit with fantabulous home décor

You might be working full time in that high-end office building or immersing yourself in more mature culture, but that doesn’t mean you must set aside what inspired or amused you in your youth.  If there’s one place where you can take a break from facing serious matters and feeling old every day, it would be your home.  Come check out these awesome ideas on how to revive the energy and creativity of your youth.

Bought or Made

As with anything worthwhile, remodeling or redecorating takes time. Exactly how much time you need to set aside for your home improvement project depends largely on whether you prefer to purchase the décor or make it yourself. If it’s the former, it won’t take up so much time because you only need to install hooks or nails where you would attach art or clean up a bit to allocate space for the décor. However, if you choose to make your own because you can’t find one that matches what you want, plan ahead and set aside enough time to implement your plans.
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Unleash your (creative) force in time to decorate an awesome tree for Intergalactic Star Wars Day

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

Amazing fans of the highly successful Star Wars franchise wanted to find a different way to celebrate the awesomeness of Star Wars. Only one dared to answer their call to awaken the force within… the Treetopia Intergalactic Black Tree. Now Padawan, the Treetopia Academy will show you how to decorate using the force so your name will resonate throughout the galaxy.
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Get ready to upscale your home without breaking the bank

Springtime has always been a time of cleaning up whatever is already in your home to make it more presentable. Instead of just cleaning up this spring, wouldn’t it be more fantastic if you can redesign and upscale your home’s design?

In truth, you don’t have to spend so much to upscale your home and give it the style you want it to reflect. All you need is to get your imagination running to figure out the best way to create visual layers to make your décor more eye-catching.

Obvious Visuals

Just as we said in our Awesome Ideas for Color Therapy Month post a few weeks ago, colors have an effect on people. Use this knowledge to your advantage by using various shades to create visual layers. Find printed fabrics and create a pattern-on-pattern theme. Create a dramatic flair with hues and play with dark colors on a light-colored background. Channel your creativity to keep your home from looking like a big, flat monochromatic surface.

Details and Accessories

Upscaling isn’t limited to upsized items. One of the most important things to consider is how to work out the little details. Add some embroidery or a nice trim on your throw pillows, change old knobs and switches, or scout for accessories in shops. While it sounds a bit ironic, making sure that the minor details blend perfectly well with the overall design is a major part of upscaling. You don’t even have to spend much because many thrift stores carry awesome items that may possibly be perfect for your home at very cheap prices. Heather Noonan-Sheeks listed down several reasons why she loves thrift shopping in her Chic Sheeks Design & Décor blog.
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Refurbishing

Upscaling doesn’t necessarily refer to bought or new items. One way to achieve a perfectly upscaled look in your home is to refurbish old furniture to blend with your new style. Your old desk or bedside table can be repainted white, black, or any color that will aid in giving visual layers to your rooms. It doesn’t even have to be a complete change because you may opt to just varnish your old furniture to give it a glorious shine and make it look new. Give your pre-loved items more love through a makeover instead of throwing them out.

By upscaling your home using your creativity and available resources instead of maxing out your credit card(s), you show not only how smart, chic, and stylish you are, but also that you are one financially savvy person that your friends can look up to.

Jazz up your home and control your mood swings using the psychology of color

Have you ever wondered why it’s popular to wear blue during a job interview or why cheerful people are said to have a “sunny disposition?” Perhaps you’re also wondering why looking out into the turquoise sea water tends to make you think, reminisce, or reflect.

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Whether you believe it or not, all these colors and more have a certain emotional and psychological effect on us all. Treetopia gives you a glimpse of what some of the more popular colors trigger with special focus on 2013’s Color of the Year: green.

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Channel your inner Irish and bring the Emerald Isles into your home

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every 17th of March, the feast day of St. Patrick himself. Aside from the parade and parties where pints and quarts of beer are passed around, this day holds a greater significance for the people of the Emerald Isles. Here are some tidbits and fun suggestions on how to bring out your inner Irish.

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Find out how to make your home office more feminine with these decorating ideas Treetopia has gathered

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Organize Your Home Office Day tomorrow, the 8th of March 2013, Treetopia decided to combine both days to give all our lovely female readers ideas on how to highlight femininity in their workspaces at home.
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Let’s define femininity first. Femininity isn’t just about being “girly” and “pink” — femininity describes all women: strong and soft, serious and light, bold and sophisticated, classy but modern, outdoorsy but refined, family-oriented but independent, and so much more. Here are some tips on how to showcase these qualities and more in your workspace:

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If you’re excited to decorate your home for spring, Treetopia has listed some home décor trends for 2013 to get you started

When the warm weather starts crawling in and the trees and flowers awaken as the snow starts to melt, you know that Spring is arriving to show Winter out the door. Add to that, you know that it’s time to get your home jazzed up and styled for the coming season. Here’s a look at some of what’s projected to trend this Spring:

 

Bold and Beautiful

Spring is the season of life and energy. Bring more life into your home by using bright and bold colors to decorate your space. You can paint the walls red or yellow to wake up the senses and boost the energy in your space, or use wallpaper with a bold color or floral patterns to shake things up.


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Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party

You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.


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Food, Glorious Food!

Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.


moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)

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