Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Kevin, the designer here at Trees n Trends, is fabulous! Have you seen what he can do?! His designs are over-the-top, using everything but the kitchen sink. But, he's able to coordinate all of this in a way that comes out elegant and tasteful.

I, on the other hand, am not a designer. I don't do very well integrating items that come off as pleasing to the eye. Therefore, I'm a minimalist. I like to get to the point with the fewest steps possible.

I prefaced this post with the aforementioned information so you will know that you'll probably want to add a bow here or a few sprigs of flowers there to what I'm about to show you.

What I did this time is similar to what I did in an earlier post.

Boxwood topiary

I took an ordinary boxwood topiary...

Santa hat...right now, 2/$1!

Simply Noelle scarf 

I added a scarf and Santa hat (both of which can be found at the store). Then...

Presto! Instant snowman to stand guard at your front door.


But if you're needing something on a smaller scale, try this:

I took two boxwood spheres/orbs.

I sat them on top of each other in a small metal planter.

I added the same scarf and Santa hat. (Did I mention the hats are 2 for a $1?!?) Then...

Voilà! Instant snowman - perfect to sit atop a mantel or as the centerpiece for your holiday table.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One Wreath, Two Seasons

Take one pine wreath...

24" Norway wreath

Add one wooden Santa head...


Grab a bow and throw in a few sprigs of berries, and TA-DA...

You have just created a simple, yet adorable Christmas wreath. 

But what's a girl (or boy) to do after Christmas?

Take that same pine wreath...

24" Norway wreath

This time, add a wooden snowman head...


Grab another bow (you can use those same sprigs of berries if you want), and TA-DA...

You have now created a wreath that will last you the rest of winter. that I take a step back, I think it's missing something. I think it needs lights. Luckily, I know where you can find some! 

LED string lights

Then I had a thought! To tie in the snowman theme, wrap our LED snowman lights around a the topiary beside your door.

LED snowman string lights

Boxwood topiary

Perfect. Now your front porch is complete until spring!

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Fun Than a Barrel...

Remember those barrel planters you bought for your petunias this summer? No need to stash them in the garage until next spring...winterize them by using them inside your home. 😀

Image courtesy of

Whether you have a green thumb or not, poinsettias (live or artificial) look splendid nested in a barrel planter. Especially if you're going for the Christmas-farmhouse feel.

Another way to use the barrel planter is by flipping it upside down and using it as a tree skirt. That's what Courtney at Hamby Home Decor did.

Instead of using it as a tree skirt, you could also use it as a tree stand. I found this image on Pinterest.

I find by extending the life of seasonal items, you get more for your money.What are some seasonal items you use throughout the year?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How Many? (Christmas Edition)

"How many lights do I need on my Christmas   insert greenery of choice here   ?

Good question.

It all depends on the type of display are you wanting. (Probably enough to outshine your neighbors, am I right?) Below, you will find a handy guide to help you decide on your level of holiday illumination.

In the video below, Kevin explains about the LED Christmas lights that we carry. (He speaks about Lumineo lights but we also sell Designer Excellence, which carries the same warranty.)

Let us know if this was helpful!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rule of Three

Walking through Trees n Trends, you find two of the most perfectly-coordinating photos that would work so well in your living room. Without hesitation, you buy them; not considering the consequences of your actions. You bring them home, and when you go to hang them on the wall, an overwhelming sense of dread comes over you. It's then that you remember...


If you're unaware of this specific "decorating decree", I found the perfect explanation at Dabney Frake explains, "the guideline of threes say that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings.Three seems to be *the* magic number, but 5, 7, or 9 work nicely as well. The principle holds weight in interior design, to be sure, but also pops up in graphic design, photography, storytelling, etc... (so you know it's really a thing)." 

So, what do you do if you have a grouping of only an even number of items (i.e., two of the most perfectly-coordinating photos" from the store)? Get creative. 

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In the photo above, you will see that you're able to use the two photos when you pair the duo with something else. The "something else" can be anything, but what I paired with this coo-ing couple is our 18x22 boxwood wreath that's on sale this week for $49.99 (reg. $69.99). 

Keep in mind, the Rule of Three doesn't apply to only wall art, it applies to every aspect of design. Psychologically speaking, it's supposed to be more appealing to the eye and makes for a more visually appealing experience. 

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