Thursday, March 14, 2019

Farmhouse for a Fraction

First thing's first...


Not only that, but...


**Because of the popularity of this particular item, it is nearly out of stock. We expect another shipment in June/July. Thanks for your patience.**

Knowing that, I decided to combine the two for a very easy farmhouse decor idea that even a non-designer (like myself) can do.

Take one tobacco basket. Trees n Trends has either the white or natural wood color baskets. These come in sizes small, medium, and large. I chose the middle size which is regularly $14.99, BUT it's 50% off right now.

*candle sold separately

Next, I got the 12" boxwood candlering (found in the floral department), and with two pieces of floral wire, I attached it to the basket.

Lastly, I got a set of LED micro string lights and ran it through and around the wreath. (Optional.)


So, total amount I spent on this project?

-Medium size white tobacco basket...............$7.49
-12" boxwood candle ring..............................$4.99
-10ft Micro LED string lights........................$7.99
-The look on your friend's face when you
  tell them you made this for around $20.......Pricele$$

Sans lights is even cheaper...less than $13!

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.


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?