Thursday, October 17, 2019

Trees n Trends -INDOOR- Christmas Tree Farm

This time of year, the temps are dropping, as are the leaves. Before long, it's going to be time to decorate for Christmas. (Although, some of you might have already gotten a jump-start on that. More power to you.) This year, you're needing a new tree but not sure about the size, shape, or type of foliage. You're also considering if you should get one with lights or without. What about one that's fresh-cut, or maybe one sprinkled with freshly fallen faux snow? Decisions, decisions. It seems naming your firstborn child was easier than this. 
But wait...


We're not called "Trees n Trends" for nothing! We have over 25 years experience with all types of artificial trees. In fact, we're the largest supplier in the southeast. With that being said, we appreciate you coming to us and trusting us with such an important purchasing decision. Before we find your ForeverTree, there are a few things to consider. 

This is probably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a Christmas tree. Is it a large room? Do guests normally have an easy time navigating through it? Does it have large furniture pieces (i.e.,couch or buffet)? Will you be moving furniture around to accommodate the tree? Another aspect to consider is the height of your ceiling. There should always be at least six inches between your treetop and the ceiling. This should leave enough room for your favorite tree topper. (What? You don't have a favorite tree topper? You're in luck...we have quite a few in our stores to choose from.)

We have four...possibly five shapes of Christmas trees in each of our stores and/or online. 

1. Full profile - this tree will be about 1.5 times as tall as it is wide. Example: a 7.5ft tree will have a base diameter of about 5ft or more.

2. Medium profile - this tree will be 1.5-2 times as tall as it is wide. Example: a 7.5ft tree will have a base diameter between 3.75ft-5ft.

3. Slim profile - this tree will be 2-2.5 times as tall as it is wide. Example: a 7.5ft tree will have a base diameter between 3ft-3.75ft.

4. Pencil profile - this tree will be more than 2.5 times as tall as it is wide. Example: a 7.5ft tree will have a base diameter under 3.75ft.

5. Misc. - This last group is reserved for those special trees. Those trees that are upside down (perfect for those with children or pets) or maybe even cut in half (perfect for those with limited space for a tree). I'm sure there's more we could add to this group.    

...that is the question. The answer depends on whether you want your TREE or your ORNAMENTS to be the focal point. Unlit trees put more emphasis on the ornaments and are usually less expensive than prelit trees. While prelit trees offer the convenience of being ready out-of-the-box and definitely have a WOW factor. (I mean, you don't take the family driving around to look at UNLIT trees, do you?) Or, if you have a tendency of being a little obsessive, you could always get an unlit tree and buy your lights separately. That way, you have exactly the number of lights you want and they're strategically placed by you.

Speaking of convenience, our latest ForeverTree comes with EasyLite pole construction with 5mm LED lights. The tree has three sections that snap together, and when plugged into an outlet, it lights up. (See video below.) 

Also, make sure you check out our post about how many lights you need for your tree, wreaths, teardrops, and/or garlands to be show-stoppers.

We have them all, but do you know the difference in them? Photos would probably help.

1. Fresh-cut

2. Iced - "Looks like it might have frosted last night."

3. Snowy - "We got a light dusting of snow last night."

4. Flocked - "We had a blizzard last night!"

I can't think of any other choices you'll have to make while picking out that perfect tree. If you think of one, just comment below. Happy tree shopping!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

FALL in Love with Porch Pots

A couple weeks ago, we shared a photo on Facebook of a gorgeous autumn porch pot Kevin had made. After many "likes," "loves," and inquiries on how to make it, we thought a blog post was in order.

Before you start, make sure you gather all needed materials:

  • Outdoor container (sold in store)
  • Evergreen pot filler (sold in store and online)
  • Crabapple wreath (sold in store and online)
  • Sunflower stems  (sold in store)
  • Torchflower stems  (sold in store)
  • Japanese Lantern stem  (sold in store)
  • Preserved leaves - 1pk  (sold in store)
  • Open-mesh natural ribbon  (sold in store)
  • Plaid mesh ribbon  (sold in store)
  • "Thankful" 4 in ribbon  (sold in store)
  • Pumpkin 2.5 in neutral ribbon  (sold in store)
  • Floral wire  (sold in store)


1) Place evergreen pot filler into container.

Did you see how easy that was?

2) Next, add the crabapple wreath and secure it with floral wire.

3) Gather up the sunflower, torchflower, and Japanese lantern stems.

Kevin seems to really be concentrating on the placement of the stems. 

4) Bundle them together and secure with floral wire.

5) Place the bundle of stems in the center of the crabapple wreath; anchor it to the pot filler.

6) Add a big beautiful bow.

7) Set it off with the preserved leaf stems, placed sporadically.


Had you already heard the buzz about "porch pots"? If not, look them up on Google images or Pinterest. They're absolutely stunning. For all of you DIYers, we have everything you need to make your very own. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Boxwood Bunny Wreath

Since we've shown you how to make an Easter topiary to sit beside your front door, it's should only be expected we show you how to make an Easter wreath to hang on your front door. Here's how:

We grabbed two wreaths: the first being a 14" tea leaf wreath and the other one is a 24" boxwood wreath. (Tea leaf and boxwoods are very, very similar. Once it's finished, we don't think you'll be able to see the difference.)

Next, using floral wire, we attached the small wreath to the large one.

Remember those bunny ears we used in the Easter topiary? Well, we bought another pair just for this occasion! (This time of year, bunny ears are EVERYWHERE. We found this pair at the Dollar Store.) Using floral wire, we attached the headband to the back of the 14" tea leaf wreath.

At the store, we found a white peony bush (always 40% off!) and cut off one of the flowers. (You could use a rose or dogwood bloom - they're always 40% off, too.) We attached it to the 24" boxwood wreath using floral wire.

Finally, to complete our wreath, we needed to make a bow. (We were thinking a wreath isn't a wreath without a bow, right?)

We're finish...and it looks like someBUNNY is all dressed up for Easter! So, what do you think? Which do you prefer...the Easter topiary or the Easter wreath? Would you use them both? How would you make it different?

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!