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.
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.
Reichel’s love for beautiful homes and technology fuels her career in design and marketing. Aside from her blog, she freelances on various creative projects and offers style and interior design services that focus on high style on lower budgets. A swimming and horse-riding enthusiast, she shifted to an eco-friendly, organic lifestyle with her husband after the arrival of their baby, Arden, in 2011. We got to know more about Reichel in our little Q&A:
How did you get your start?
I started my blog as a hobby, a place to keep track of all of the deals I found. My husband and I had just bought our first house at the time and I was doing a lot of online home shopping.
Favorite place to be for the holidays?
Surrounded by friends and family, of course. But living in California, I always find it special if I can be somewhere where it’s snowy and cold for the holiday season.
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
My husband and I always end up switching around which holidays we spend with my side of the family and which ones we spend with his. That way, we always spend equal amounts of time with everyone in the family. BUT one tradition my husband and I have on our own is to have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with all of our friends. That way, we make sure to spend time with our friends over the holidays as well.
How do you describe your holiday decorating style?
I’m not very traditional when it comes to decorating for the holidays. That means I usually like to mix it up with unconventional materials to decorate with, not to mention the color schemes I decide on. It always throws my husband for a loop.
What is your favorite holiday food, recipe, or drink?
I’m a sucker for mashed potatoes and gravy, always and forever.
Best holiday indulgence?
Pies, pies, and more pies!
Best holiday gift ever received?
Anything handmade and from the heart.
Regifting – okay or not okay?
I definitely regift. I usually preface it by telling the recipient that it’s a regift though. AND I also include a little something brand new to give to them as well.
What is your favorite piece of holiday décor and why?
I’m a sucker for fresh garland. I love the way it dresses up a home.
What are your favorite places to get holiday design inspiration?
Pinterest, of course. But I always make sure to check in with Eddie Ross as well. He’s amazing with holiday décor, and every year, he adds such a fresh spin to things.
What is the most over-the-top holiday design you’ve seen?
See my answer above! Eddie Ross definitely knows how to make a statement.
Any holiday decorating tips you’d like to share?
I’d say making your decorations unique and fun for you and your family is the top priority. I hate seeing matchy-matchy decorations from the same store all bought at the same time. It’s all about adding to your collection year after year.
Mind sharing with us what you’ll be doing for your home this Christmas?
Well, I’m definitely going in a different direction this year, especially by picking a black tree (my husband didn’t know what to think about that). I’m thinking of going with a theme of black, fresh green, whites, and metallics. We’ll see where I actually end up though!by