Jennifer Perkins is an Austin-based mama, thrift-a-holic, Treetopia Ambassador, and owner of JenniferPerkins.com. She is a mother of two, and has been married to her best friend Chris for 10 years. The things she likes more than anything else are crafts, kitsch, kids, thrifts stores, and throwing over the top Halloween parties.

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Learn more about Jen in our exclusive interview:

TT: What is your decorating mantra?

Jennifer: Whether you are decorating your house or for the holidays I always encourage people to go with their gut. If you love something (a purple Christmas tree or a crazy painting), go for it. You are the one that is going to have to live with it. Who cares what the trends are and what is on the pages of this month’s magazine? Go with what makes you smile and your heart go pitter patter and you can’t go wrong.
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Kara Whitten is the brains behind A Kailo Chic Life and Kailo Chic. She loves anything bright, colorful, and patterned, and her blog features her passion for cooking, gardening, designing accessories, DIY projects, and interior design!

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Learn more about Kara and her decorating ideas in our exclusive interview:

TT: Best decorating advice you want to share with your readers?

Kara: Just try it! I find so many people that are afraid to take the first step and try out their ideas. I can usually come up with some idea that I think will look good, but it really takes trying it out and seeing it in person to really know if it works. And once you have tried it, you are better apt to know what to tweak to make it just perfect.
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While we can all appreciate the classic red and green colors of Christmas, why not go for something different this year? Go for a little more black, or a whole lot of pink? Twist the stems up a bit—and then maybe the trunk, too! In true Treetopia fashion, we’ve lined up some of our quirkiest and most unique designs for your avant-garde enjoyment.

Color Burst Rainbow Christmas Tree

Color Burst Rainbow Christmas Tree

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How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas tree ornaments. These are my top 10 tips!

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With the holidays being a once-a-year event, it can be a challenge to master storing Christmas decorations because it’s not something you get to do all that often. Now is as good a time as any to perfect the art of organization, though, and Treetopia’s here to help you do just that.

Before you start organizing and storing your holiday decorations, keep these three simple steps in mind: Declutter, categorize, and store. (more…)

From lush Christmas wreaths and exquisite tree ornaments to dazzling lights, your holiday decorations are precious no matter how modest or pricey they may be. Storing them properly not only preserves their beautiful condition, it also saves you the trouble of buying new ones next holiday season. Here are some tips on how to store Christmas ornaments and décor the right way.

Christmas Ball Ornaments

There are many other ways to store your ball ornaments if their original packaging has been lost or damaged. One cost-effective way is to wrap them individually in tissue paper or bubble wrap, place them in empty plastic cups, egg cartons, or apple trays, and stow the lot in a large plastic bin.

Treetopia red ornament storage bag

Treetopia’s 72 Piece Ornament Treasure Keeper

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If you’re looking for something to inspire you when it comes to proper Christmas décor storage, think about this: Proper storage now will make Christmas decorating next year much easier. Storing your Christmas decorations may seem like hard work, but with a few practical storage and organization tips, it can be short, sweet, and fun.

In this post, we show you how you can make décor storage as hassle-free as possible, and how doing it properly can save you a few headaches when the holidays come around again. (more…)

Nothing gets us fired up quite like having our colorful Christmas trees featured on television. That’s why we’re all excited to be part of the popular daytime talk show, Live with Kelly and Michael, once again.

Treetopia pink trees, wreaths, and flocked trees on studio set

Treetopia Christmas trees on Live with Kelly and Michael

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Got your shopping done but have no time left for Christmas decorating? Never fear, for Treetopia’s got your bases covered with a few life-saving Christmas decorating ideas.

This post will show you how you can make your home even more festive with just a few Christmas ornaments and objects you may already have. After putting your Christmas tree decorations up, grab those excess ornaments and use them to jazz up your home décor. The following ideas can help get you started on your “quick & easy” Christmas decorating.

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Everyone wants their family to enjoy the Christmas tree. The problem is, small children sometimes want to enjoy the tree a little too much. Just like the family cat, Christmas trees do not enjoy babies pulling their limbs. The cat might hiss, but the tree might fall. Christmas tree safety is something to consider when the wee ones are not quite old enough to fully understand “no.” Or in the case of my children, just pretend not to hear it.

Girl with Christmas tree

Kids love Christmas trees

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