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...

THE RULE OF THREE

If you're unaware of this specific "decorating decree", I found the perfect explanation at www.apartmenttherapy.com. 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. 


All three items can be found at a Trees n Trends nearest you. For locations, visit www.treesntrends.com/locations.

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. 

For more design advice, check out the rest of our blog and be sure to visit us at www.treesntrends.com.





Friday, June 23, 2017

Shedding a New Light on LED Candles




I'm confident when I say the greatest inventions in the 21st century has been the LED candle.

(Okay, maybe the AbioCor artifical heart was the greatest, but the candles come in a close second.)

How great are they? Well, for starters, there's no fire. No flame. No heat. Nothing. Therefore, there's no risk of burning yourself. Also, you can leave the "lit" candles unattended without the fear of burning your house down.

Secondly, LED candles are more economical than real candles. Most candles have 20-40 hours of burn time. After that, you have to go buy another one. If you buy one LED candle, which ours comes with batteries, it will last you well over a year. After that, you're just out the cost of 3-AAA batteries. You don't have to go out and buy another candle.

Thirdly (is that a word?), most LED candles are now scented. This allows you to add a subtle hint of vanilla to your home. The aroma of most scented candles hits you in the face -hard- when you walk through the door. It's like "Bahama Breeze" is more like "Bahama Typhoon".

Another great thing about them is that they are very versatile. There is a multitude of ways you can incorporate them into your decor. For instance:

1.



LED candles were made for lanterns! (Don't quote me on that.) Think about it, there's no wax to clean up and you don't have to remember to blow out the candles (most of them have timers now). In the rare chance you do have to "blow it out", it's usually done with the press of a button, via remote control.

2.

Since there isn't a true flame,  they don't require oxygen to glow. (They usually only need 3-AAA batteries which are included with the 3pc set.) Therefore, they can be confined to a closed-in space. 

3.

Just because I said they were made specifically for lanterns (don't quote me on that), that doesn't mean you can't use them in a whole new way. In fact, walking around Trees n Trends the other day, I was able to come up with new uses for them. If YOU think of any, I'd love to hear them. ๐Ÿ˜Š

4.

Summers where I live mean two things:
  1. High heat
  2. High humidity
Even after the sun goes down we are sometimes stuck with the high humidity. And setting around a blazing firepit is not what your friends had in mind when you invited them over for the evening. To keep your friends from getting hot under the collar, replace the fire with LED candles.




To celebrate summer in the coolest way possible, our 3pc LED candles are only $19.99. Hurry, because this price lasts only until 7/02/2017.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weddings Are For The Birds


The title may be a little misleading. What I meant to say was that birdcages are perfect for weddings. They can be used in a variety of ways; some you may not have thought of before.

http://trendymods.com/wedding-accessories/beautiful-wedding-birdcage-collection.php/attachment/8-wedding-birdcage

A birdcage makes a perfect place for guests to place their well-wishes for the love birds on the day of the ceremony.

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Birdcages filled with flowers make breathtaking centerpieces for the reception.

http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/25-truly-amazing-birdcage-wedding-centerpieces/candles-in-a-birdcage-for-a-wedding-table-centerpiece/

Similar to the idea above, birdcages with candles, set atop a decorative mirror, provides enough lighting to create a quaint ambiance for your dinner guests. 


https://moncheribridals.com/wedding-flowers/gorgeous-birdcage-decor-for-weddings/

Birdcages can also be used in the way they were originally created...to house birds. Releasing a pair of doves at a wedding is truly symbolic. The white doves represent the bride and groom as they begin their life's journey together in purity and with no regrets of their past. 

So, there you go, a few ideas for the lovey-dovey couple. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lanterns: A Beacon to Syle

Lanterns are all of the rage now...and for good reason. They're so versatile! If you were to buy one today, you could use it all year long.

I've come up with a list of items you could fill your lantern with throughout the year. You could choose one or more from the following list:

  • Candle(s) - LED would be your best bet
  • Flowers (seasonal)
  • Fairy or string lights
  • Seashells/starfish
  • Easter eggs
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Pinecones
  • Miniature pumpkins
  • Candy (seasonal)
  • Succulents


http://diy.allwomenstalk.comamazing-nautical-decorating-ideas-you-can-use-anywhere-you-live15

http://persialou.com/2015/01/diy-lantern-terrarium-tutorial.html



http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com/2010/10/lanterns-and-pumpkinsmy-fall-porch.html


Our store has a vast array of lanterns, in varying sizes. What would you fill yours with?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Your Next Outdoor Furniture Purchase Should Be Your Last

I just read an informative article by Cindy Metcalf', detailing what you should look for the next time you're in the market for outdoor furniture. She speaks about her naivity on the subject and hopes that everyone will learn from her mistakes. She confesses, "Unfortunately, I didn’t spend a great deal of money or time shopping around, and after only a few years, it’s beginning to show it. I’ve learned a few things about the quality of outdoor furniture and knowing a little more would have prevented me from having to purchase it again so soon."

She urges those in the market for patio furniture to do their homework. She said, "See if your retailer offers a variety of manufacturers for outdoor seating groups, lounge chairs and tables in materials such as wood, wrought iron, cast aluminum, casual aluminum and rattan wicker." (We do!)


From Woodard, this is the Terrace collection.
"Wrought iron is known for its strength and durability, but be sure you like the style, because you will probably keep this one for a lifetime." She goes on to say that with a little paint touch-up, it will last you for many, many years.



From Gensun, this is the Manhattan collection.
"Cast aluminum will never rust and requires very little maintenance." Also, this type is usually more decorative.



From Woodard, this is the Chatham Run collection.
Resin wicker is an all-weather material and looks very realistic.  It can also hold up to the most extreme weather. "Many of the better manufacturers provide aluminum framing underneath that will not rust." (We do!)





In the article, she sings her praises about Sunbrella fabric. She thinks it's "one of the best fabric manufacturers" out there because they are known for their durability and fade resistant colors. At Trees n Trends, you can coordinate your pillows, cushions and umbrella using Sunbrella fabric so everything on your patio matches.

At the end of the article, she reiterates, "Don’t be like myself and many others, going back just after a few years, doing it all over again!" I think what she's saying is, by paying more the first time, there may never be a second time. 



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Having a Ball With Boxwoods!

BALL. ORB. SPHERE. GLOBE.

Call it what you will but this is the "little black dress" of home decor. It's a staple that can be used in a number of different ways. 

"What ways are you talking about?" Let me show you.

Setting one in an outdoor container on either side of your front door makes a bold statement.


Fill a birdcage with orbs to "fill the void" of where a feathered friends usually reside. 

Capture one inside a cloche, with or without a base.

Make your own topiary with three orbs of varying sizes. To learn how, go here: http://blog.consumercrafts.com/decor-home/boxwood-diy-topiary/

Group a variety of orbs together for a centerpiece.


Set orbs atop candleholders, which would look splendid sitting atop a mantle.

I'm aware that these are succulents but you could always do this with the orbs.

I say "boxwoods" but these globes are also made to look like grass, eucalyptus, pine, asparagus, tea leaves, thyme, moss and even flowers such as lavendar. 

Let your imagination run wild...let me know how you would incoporate them into your decor.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

DIY Planter

Sure, I could go to the store and have someone in the floral department make me an arrangement. But where's the satisfaction in that? Sometimes I just want to do things for myself. 

So that's what I did.

I went to the store and found a metal urn.

As I was walking down one of the aisles, I spotted a wire hanging basket. I thought to myself, "I might be able to incorporate this in my design somehow." 


I removed the coconut liner and took off the "hanging" part of the basket. (It's very easy to remove since it's just clipped on.)


I took the wire basket, flipped it, and sat it on the top of the urn. I thought to myself, "I like the way it's going but it's missing something."


That's when I went to the warehouse and showed the girls in the design center what I was doing. I told them I thought I needed some ivy so they handed me about six bunches of English ivy.


After I attached the ivy with floral wire, I took a step back. "It's still missing something. Maybe I should fill the bottom with Spanish moss." After doing that, I showed it to some of the girls in the office. My pal Sandra offered her two cents. She said, "What about adding lights?" 

BRILLIANT.


The lights were the piรจce de rรฉ·sis·tance. That's exactly what it was missing.

I think this would look stunning sitting out on a covered porch or lighting up a dark corner of a room. Where could you see using it? 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Boxwood Bunny

Five (EASY) steps to the cutest front porch in the neighborhood. 


Step 1
Take one container...


Step 2

Set a boxwood orb on top of it. (Maybe use two-sided tape to secure it?)

Step 3

Set smaller orb on top. To attach it to the larger one, I used a floral stem to go through both. (Let me know if you can come up with a better idea. I was stumped.)
Step 4
Add ears. (This time of year, bunny ears are a-plenty! Cheap, too.)

Step 5
Add bow and you're finished!


This took me less than five minutes. Now I can't wait for everyBUNNY to see it! 
HAPPY EASTER

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cushions and Pillows Galore!

Have you ever seen so many outdoor pillows and cushions in your life? Every color imaginable! So many different patterns! All different shapes and sizes! Visit your Trees n Trends to view them all, up close and personal.


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What colors are you going to use this spring? Whatever you choose, I'm sure we'll have it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Visit to Trees n Trends Awakens Your Senses

In the busy world that we live in today, it's easy to get preoccupied with "quick and easy,"  but that's not always the right approach. For instance, shopping online for your home is fine and all if you're buying toiletries, but when it comes to actual home decor, a hands-on approach is the only way to go. Choosing items to decorate your home involves using all five of your senses.

SIGHT

You walk into Trees n Trends and you see anything from picture frames to patio furniture. Trust me, you will walk around the store and see things you didn't know we had. Heck, even I still do that!

SMELL

Lean in close to your screen....just a little closer....now take a whiff. Do you smell that?
Of course not. You're not at the store. You're missing out on some of the most pleasurable bouquets to ever be invoked on your olfactory system. (It smells good, too.๐Ÿ˜‰ )

TOUCH

Take your hand and run it across those super-soft fleece throws.
What? You can't feel it?
That's because you're not at the store.


SOUND

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You might as well turn you speakers all the way down because, unless you're hearing this fountain in person, you won't appreciate the effervescent delight of water cascading down multiple elevations until finally dispersing into a deep abysm. (It sounds that good!)

TASTE

Let's face it, friends. If you're shopping at Trees n Trends, you have great taste. That makes sense. ๐Ÿ˜‰





Friday, February 10, 2017

Back in December Pantone released their picks for the 2017 colors of spring. Looking over the colors I surmised that it would be easy to incorporate each of the colors in your home. So, acting as your personal shopper, I visited the store and found each of the ten colors amongst our various array of merchandise.

Do you already use any of these colors in your house? Do you plan on using any of them in particular? What color do plan on NOT incorporating into your designs?