Choosing the Right Christmas Tree for Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new Christmas tree this year, choosing the right one may come as a challenge. There are a number of factors to consider when looking for an ideal tree for your home, such as the size of the tree, the color of its foliage, and even the overall realism of its needles. These qualities can sometimes make or break your chances for creating the perfect holiday display for the season. To help you find the best holiday tree for your home, let Tree Classics guide you through the ins and outs of Christmas tree shopping. With our simple and easy to follow tips, you’ll have a better chance of landing that dream Yuletide highlight you and your family have always deserved.

Sizing Up the Situation

Using a Tape Meter

Before going out tree-shopping, the first thing you should do is measure the space in which you intend to set up the tree. After you have decided on a location, you should measure the distance between your home’s floor and ceiling. Your Christmas tree should be at least six inches lower than the ceiling to allow space for a tree topper. Trees that are 7 ½ feet in height are common because many homes have ceilings that are 8-9 feet high.

With today’s artificial Christmas trees, you will never run short on options when it comes to shape. Whether you’re looking for a slim or full-profiled tree, you’re sure to find one that will suit your home and your taste. What’s more important is finding one that will fit its intended space. Aside from tree height, always consider its diameter because this will show you how much floor space the tree will take up. Christmas trees are cone-shaped so this can, at times, be overlooked. Remember to measure the tree at the bottom or its widest point when determining its diameter.

Choosing a Color

Tree Classics' Arctic White Pine

Traditional Christmas trees are green because they mimic real evergreen trees; however, artificial trees have opened up a world of possibilities by offering a variety of colors and styles that match different holiday décor themes. In fact, a closer look at traditional green trees reveal a variety of green hues, with some using a combination of them. If variety is what you’re after this Christmas, a golden tinsel tree, such as the Platinum and Gold Christmas Tree, works as a symbol of the holiday season’s abundant blessings. You can also pick a white Christmas tree like the Arctic White Pine Christmas Tree as a tribute to the pristine white snow of winter.

Choosing the Look and Feel

Tree Classics' Classic Fraser Fir

The look and feel of an artificial Christmas tree is largely dependent on its type of foliage. Most trees use PVC needles because this allows for needles of different thicknesses. Layered together, they give trees a rounded, lush appearance.

For a more lifelike appearance, many choose pine needle or PE needle foliage for their tree. Pine needles are also made from PVC, but they are extruded to mimic the size and texture of real pine tree needles. PE needles, on the other hand, make use Polyethylene (PE) technology to create the most realistic artificial evergreens. Here at Tree Classics, our experts gather actual branch cuttings to use as models in creating our highly realistic Real Feel™ foliage products, such as our Classic Fraser Fir, Majestic Blue Spruce, and Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas trees.

Choosing the right Christmas tree for your home doesn’t have to be difficult. As long as you know which specific features to look for, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable holiday highlight each season.

Decorating Tips: Make Your House Bloom this Fall

 

Welcome the fall with a burst of blooming color and breathe life into your home with the help of flowers and foliage accents. These natural fall décor pieces will make scenes around the home more vivid and heartwarming by adding the sights and scents of the season. Find out how you can decorate your space with fresh blooms and prepare your home for the coming season.

The Front Porch

 

Make a good first impression on your guests by decorating your front porch with flowers placed in a tin watering can and tin pails. These give the flowers and your other fall décor a rustic touch and a welcome change from conventional vases and containers. You can complete a countryside look by adding antique wooden furniture and a few floral patterns. If you want the flowers to be visible indoors and out, place them on window boxes on your front porch and around your home.

The Living Room

 

Use flowers to provide colors in your living room by placing a large or medium-sized bouquet on the coffee table and a few smaller bunches around the room. Try using clear vases or containers to help these blooms blend in more in your decorating theme. Make sure to add some water to prolong the life of the flowers and keep them looking fresh throughout the season.

The Dining Room

 

Over-sized floral arrangements may look impressive, but in practice, they only serve to block dinner guests’ view and make it harder to converse with each other. You can create an equally impressive fall tablescape with smaller bouquets and a few tea lights. Use small jars as candle holders and sprinkle some fall leaves in floral arrangements to give your tablescape a seasonal flavor. Adding some twigs and branches will also add an earthy and festive appeal to your decorating theme.

Autumn provides a myriad of decorating options through a natural medley of colors that change as the season progresses. Taking advantage of the season’s natural gifts will help you in redecorating your home—especially if you’re looking for some fresh ideas.

How to Create a Visually Stunning Display Using Garlands and Centerpieces

Garlands and centerpieces provide a myriad of options when it comes to decorating various parts of your home. From your mantel to your dinner table, these décor pieces will help add a touch of the holidays to your living space. If you’re looking for variety in your home décor, check out the tips below and take the first step toward a holiday home your family will love.

The Layered Garland

A lush garland is always a welcome sight in any part of the home. To enhance an already beautiful garland, try adding some flowers and other foliage while using the garland as the base. You can even try layering two garlands together for a fuller look. Top it off with some lights to create a stunning foliage display that can also help light your way in darker stairwells or entryways.

The Paper Flower Centerpiece

For low-maintenance accents, consider making paper flowers instead of picking real ones. Using simple tissue paper or art paper for some color, you can craft neutral or colorful accents that will add a seasonal touch to your mantel or tablescape. Display several paper flowers scattered on a wooden tray or use them as accents to your foliage centerpiece.

The Frame Garland

Highlight your décor, mirror, or framed family photos by wrapping them up in a holiday garland. As a décor piece, garlands naturally drape over certain spots in your home. Consider enhancing your old artwork, mirror, and other framed paraphernalia with a decorated or layered garland. You can even wrap a garland around an empty frame and use it as a wreath.

Sweater Votives

Votives are an essential part of holiday displays as they easily add an inviting ambiance to living spaces. For a perfect centerpiece, use a small cutting from the sleeves of an old sweater to wrap around the votives’ glass containers. These sweater votives will definitely add some coziness and warmth to your living room or dinner table.

The Backdrop Garland

Bring out those small figurines and create a miniature winter scene at home using a garland as your backdrop. You can also use a garland as a backdrop to your family photos and other small ornaments for a simpler display. If you have multicolored ornaments and displays, a garland can tie them together into a unifying color scheme.

Garlands and centerpieces are excellent additions to your holiday décor because of their versatility and ease of use. Complete your holiday décor by following the tips above and add a touch of the holidays throughout your home.

Autumn Dinner Party Essentials

Preparing for a fall dinner party and have no idea what to serve? Feel like a chef without spending too much time in the kitchen with these simple dinner recipes for an unforgettable fall gathering. These recipes will help you spend more time with your guests and show them how gracious a host you can be.

This simple four-course menu will help you get started on your fall dinner party—while also adding some of the crisp and colorful flavors of the season to your dishes.

First Course: Hors d’oeuvre

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Finger foods are a great way to start a meal.
  • Caramelized Onion Flatbread
    You can make an amazing appetizer with caramelized onion and flatbread or pizza dough in just 45 minutes or less. To reduce baking time, start with refrigerated pizza crust dough. Finger foods are a great way to whet your guests’ the appetite.
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Soup is a traditional way to start a meal.
  • Pumpkin Soup
    Soup is a traditional dinner appetizer, providing a glimpse of the feast to come. This pumpkin soup brings a twist to the traditional recipe with the addition of curry powder, which adds a very subtle flavor to the overall taste. Leftovers can be frozen and consumed later.

Second Course: Entrée

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The size of your beef roast should depend on the size of the party.
  • Parma-wrapped beef topside with orzo salad
    For a versatile beef roast, this recipe allows you to vary the size of the beef depending on the number of guests. A good value roast, it comes with orzo pasta, fine beans, and nuts, making it a filling and sumptuous treat.
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British free-range pork is juicier and tastier.
  • Roast Loin of Pork with Crackling and Spicy Pear Recipe
    If you’re looking for flavor, this roast loin of pork recipe won’t disappoint with its helping of sage, apricot and cider compote, and unique crunchy stuffing. To ensure you get the tastiest and juiciest meat, look for good-quality British free-range pork or ask your local butcher for one.

Third Course: Salad

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This beetroot salad is a delight to both the eyes and the palate.
  • Shaved beetroot, radish and grapefruit salad recipe
    Salads can be served before the main course as an appetizer, during the main course as a side dish, or after the main course as a palate cleanser. This shaved beetroot salad, bursting with color, is a great way to kick off your fall dinner party.
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Leafy greens and cheese cleanse the palate.
  • Green salad with radishes and manchego
    After a scrumptious entrée, this salad with a traditional twist is the perfect preface to the sweet delight you have prepared for dessert. Cleanse your guests’ palates with leafy greens and the distinctive piquant flavor of manchego cheese.

Fourth Course: Dessert

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Chocolate pie is a surefire way to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
  • Chocolate and raspberry pie
    Who doesn’t love chocolate? Give it a twist with some raspberries to give it that tart flavor. The crumbly biscuit base adds texture and substance to this bittersweet and sour treat.
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The fool is a great substitute for ice cream or sorbet.
  • Strawberry and rhubarb fool
    For those watching their weight, go light with some strawberry and rhubarb in half-fat cream. The sweet wine and maple syrup add the perfect amount of sweetness without spoiling your sweet tooth.

With these dinner recipes, you can make sure that you and your guests enjoy your fall dinner party. Keep in mind that socializing with guests is as important as cooking up a feast. Spend more time with your guests and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of autumn.

Home Design Ideas: Kitchen Counter Solutions

In our previous post, we showed you how you can give your kitchen a fresh look with little effort by paying attention to the little details. We now focus on the kitchen countertop, the most commonly used space in the kitchen. This post will show you how you can maximize counter space through a few simple decorating ideas.

The Mobile Countertop

For people who have small kitchens, finding enough countertop space can be challenge. You can solve this dilemma by using a rolling cart as your very own mobile countertop. All you have to do is to slide it out whenever you need extra counter space. You can push it aside and out of the way after use or when you need the extra floor space instead. Having a mobile countertop can also be useful in larger kitchens. Its versatility will allow you to move it around while you’re busy cooking up a big meal. It can even serve as a handy meal trolley when you present your food to your guests.

The Space-savers

When organizing your kitchen, start by examining which items take up too much counter space. Pots and knife blocks, for example, are a couple of kitchen objects that don’t really have to be on your counter. One fine alternative is by hanging them neatly on a rack. This way, they’ll always be within reach but safely out of the way. If you run out of wall space, use a pot rack that hangs from the ceiling. These ceiling-mounted pot racks are a boon because you can hang just about any manner of cookware on them.

The Dual-purpose Island

Adding a kitchen island is another great way to utilize the space in your kitchen. Aside from giving you an extra surface you can work on, kitchen islands can also provide additional storage space for your kitchen items. If you decide to have an island installed, make sure to maximize the space at the bottom. Use it for shelf space or install a warming drawer or wine rack into it. See if you can fit some of your smaller appliances under the island. If you often eat or socialize in the kitchen, it’s a good idea to save some room underneath the island where you can stash chairs or stools when not in use.

Organizing your kitchen is not as complicated as it may seem. By simply learning which kitchen items belong on top of the counter and which ones should be kept away, you can make good use of every space available as well as give your kitchen a clean and uncluttered look.