Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christmas in July at Trees n Trends



We thought we'd jump on the bandwagon. It seems like everyone else is celebrating Christmas in July, why not Trees n Trends? And after looking over our weekly ad, I came up with the perfect way to join in with the semi-yearly festivities.




This week in our everyday ad, we have a 30" cone-shaped boxwood in a pot (item #LQB046 GR). It's made to hang on your walls (the pot is flat in the back), but I thought it'd be great to make it into a Christmas door hanger. To do this, I'll need a few things.

#1. Spray paint




I spray painted the pot gold but you have my permission to spray paint it any color you'd like. In fact, if you're feeling jolly, paint it to look like a candy cane or maybe even paint it red with a big black buckle on the front!



#2. Battery-operated lights



Starlight string lights available at Trees n Trends

Year-round, we have battery-operated micro LED lights at the store that are perfect for this very idea. I strung the lights around the boxwood and hid the battery pack behind it. 




#3. Tree Topper



Finally, I found a tree topper that I bought at the store last year that was just the right size.

Now for the big reveal...





What do you think? Would you like to try this? What would you do differently? I'd love to hear from you.




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.

Source


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.



Source







Wednesday, November 15, 2017

One Wreath, Two Seasons

Take one pine wreath...

24" Norway wreath



Add one wooden Santa head...


16"x8"x2"



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...




18"x9"x1"



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. 








Hmmm...now 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  http://www.lizmarieblog.com/

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!