At Home With Tree Classics: Comfy Cushions to Spruce Up Your Home

If you want to keep your home looking fresh and vibrant, but feel that a complete design overhaul may be too drastic a change, you’ve got nothing to worry about! With throw pillows that double as decorative accents, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Here are two easy steps you can follow as you spruce up your home with cushions:

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows for You

The first step to decorating with throw pillows is knowing which design to use. There are:

1. Throw Pillows that Add Color

Pillows not only provide comfort. They also help you bring your home to life. Give your living room a pop of color with vibrantly hued cushions. Stay close to your original motif with a pillowcase color that goes harmoniously with your interiors.

2. Throw Pillows that Add Texture

Texture is a powerful element in home design. They add unique, eye-catching details to what would otherwise be a plain fabric or surface. Rich textures also give a tactile component to your design. A soft and fluffy cushion underlines the luxury and warmth of your home, while a firm and clear-cut throw pillow gives structure and elegance to your living spaces.

3. Throw Pillows that Play with Shapes

The shape of your cushions has an impact on the look of your space. Different shapes also have practical benefits. For instance, a square throw pillow is most commonly used not only because it is versatile, but also because it provides back support on a hard chair or sofa. A rectangular cushion, on the other hand, is great for neck or lower back support in armchairs. If you have stiff or hard chairs, you can also soften up the look by adding round pillows. Add comfort with a flat round cushion you can sit on.

If you have a leather sofa, you can add a bolster pillow instead of a square one, which tends to slide down incessantly. Bolster pillows can be used as an armrest or a headrest. More importantly, they are good for providing support from the neck down to the lower back.

Step 2: Get Creative with Your Choice of Throw Pillows!

1. Combine, combine, combine!

Don’t be afraid to bring together cushions of varying designs. You won’t know if a grouping works if you don’t try to mix them up!

Geometric Patterns. The pillows on this couch all boast of geometric shapes, which are perfect for a simple couch with a subtle color scheme. The way the cushions are unevenly positioned also gives the room a hint of asymmetry.

Solids + Pattens. Make your sitting room more vibrant by combining pillows with patterns and pillows with solid colors. In this room, the solid pillow mirrors the curtains to unify the theme. Making it more interesting are the patterned pieces, which not only come in the same shade, but also reflect the foliage of the plant behind.

Same Pattern, Different Shades. This is probably the safest way to combine your cushions. Find a hue that can blend harmoniously with your seat, then look for a pattern that features different shades of that color. This deck features patterned pillows in reversed or inverted colors.

Different Patterns and Solids of the Same Color. A daring combination will give you a satisfying spectacle like this one. Mix different pillow styles that don’t follow a theme. As long as they are in the same color palette. It will turn out just fine!

2. Have endless fun!

Make them. Buy them. Choose them. Simply have fun. At the end of the day, there are no rules in mixing and matching pillows. Whether you go vivid or safe, take comfort that you can change them up in just a few minutes of your time.

When you showcase your collection, not only do you show your personal style, but you also tell your story. Be bold. Tell us how you would use cushions to spruce up your home!

Featured Tree Classics Product: Ontario Spruce with LED Lights

Cozy up to the Perfect Christmas with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics

treeThe crisp winter air, cozy holiday baking and rumors of chilly weather that offer the chance to wear your favorite winter sweaters. These are things that make you love the Christmas season. And at the center of it all is the classic silhouette of your Christmas tree. Make your holiday icon one to remember (and last) with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics.

Inspired by the white spruce that grows in southern Ontario, this lush tree features Real-Feel needles on the outside and classic PVC needles on the inside. That combination creates a flowing, natural exterior with a sturdy frame that’s built to last.

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4 Year Round Christmas Blogs for the Christmas Enthusiasts

Christmas All Year? Check Out These Christmas Blogs

Wish Christmas could be a year-round thing? Wish granted. These four Christmas-themed blogs keep the holiday alive from December to December, so you don’t ever have to say goodbye to your favorite holiday. From crafts and treats to gorgeous Christmas pics, you’ll find everything you need to keep the season close to your heart.

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Spring’s Over, but Don’t Forget to Organize Your Winter Mess

Try These Winter Organizing Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Less Daunting

spring_cleaning2A big part of spring cleaning is putting away your winter “mess.” So, why not make your future a little brighter by starting to organize your winter mess now. Prepare for warm-weather clean up with these winter organization tips.

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Tree Classics Favorite Seasonal Decorations

The Christmas season is over, but seasonal decorations are always in style. By incorporating the flair of your region (tropical Florida, the Midwest or sunny SoCal), the trends of the season, and your own personal style, you can keep your home fresh and welcoming all year long. Here are some tips on seasonal decorating for each season of the year.

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Everything is coming to life. Flowers are blooming, the birds seem to sing a little more and the sun shines a little bit brighter. Spring seems wrapped up in life, vibrance and new beginnings. You can capture that springtime glow by making a few little changes that make a big difference in the feel of your home.

Infuse drab or dark spaces with a shot of color and new life by using flowers and leaves. Play with color and create floral arrangements to put in vases or tie with pretty ribbon. Display your springtime masterpieces on shelves or end tables.

You can use an old umbrella and fresh flowers to start the springy-ness at your front door like the author of the Be Colorful blog. Then be creative in sprinkling that theme throughout your home!

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Outdoor Organizing 101

Follow These Tips to Keep Your Backyard Organized and Fabulous

outdoororganizingSpring is here, and it’s almost time to get the lawn and garden furniture out for warm weather!

This article features tips for organizing a stylish backyard and storage tips for keeping items in the shed for when you need them throughout summer!

It won’t be long before your yard will be the backdrop for fun and friends. Try these tips to beautify your backyard space and organize essentials.

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Organizing 101

Organization is a big market–it seems like people are always coming up with new and improved ways to control the clutter and get things in order.

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From organizing holiday decorations (where on earth to store the artificial Christmas tree and boatload of ornaments you never use?) to organizing kids’ closets (how long has that lunchbox been down there?!), there are tips and tricks to getting your home in order. Here are a few easy tips for basic, everyday changes that make a big difference in the overall organization of your home.

1. Find a place for everything.

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” has become so cliché that it’s easy to ignore. But this is a time-tested organizational strategy that really works!

You can break the process into bite-sized chunks by moving through your home one room at a time. Start with a section of a room–a desk, for instance, then an end table, then a set of shelves. Don’t let yourself just relocate the clutter; make sure there’s a place for everything as you go through, or get rid of it. You’ll thank yourself later.

2. Build teamwork.

Unless the whole family is on board, your organizational journey will feel more like a treadmill set on an Olympian’s pace. Talk to your spouse and kids about working together to creatively solve organizational dilemmas and develop a game plan to stay on track.

3. Be creative.

Sometimes organization isn’t just a matter of taking the time to put things where they belong. If you live in an apartment or a small home with limited storage space, you’ll have to look for creative ideas to find all the right places–like using the insides of cabinet doors or repurposing shower curtain rings to organize scarves. Check out this site for a wealth of clever storage ideas that make organization easy, attractive and affordable.

By working through your space a bit at a time, making small, day-to-day changes, and enlisting your family’s help, finding your inner Martha Stewart will be easier–and more effective–than ever.

It’s Warming Up! Time to Clear Out the Shed

Time to Clean the Shed! Use these Tips to Make it Easy

ID-1006801Spring is here! The warmer temperatures have you dreaming of walks in the park and gardening. Before you start running through a field of flowers, remember that task that you put on the back burner until the sun came out: cleaning the shed.

The cold weather has kept you from tackling the clutter in your garage or shed, but now – alas – you have no excuse. These quick tips for organizing your shed or garage will get you back into the spring sunshine in no time!

Shelves

Install shelves in the shed or garage for a simple organizing solution. Build the shelves larger to small, with the larger ones on the bottom and small ones on the top to store less frequently used stuff. Larger shelves can house things like artificial Christmas trees, while mid-sized shelves are perfect for winter clothes boxes or other square-shaped items. Staggering the size of the shelves gives you a host of organization options.

Wall Hooks

Utility hooks offer an easy way to organize large yard tools like rakes or shovels. Simply hang them on the hooks to prevent a pile of tipped tools.

Board Racks

Tools like shears and saws should definitely not be left lying around the shed. Maintain a safe shed or garage environment by storing these tools on a board rack. Board racks keep tools separate to prevent scratching as well as helping to eliminate hazards.

Ramp

If the door to your shed or garage is elevated, install a ramp to make pushing in wheelbarrows or lawnmowers a little less awkward.

Hanging Basket

Hang a basket on the wall to hold wire, garden gloves or other small tools.

Toolbox

Keep your toolbox in top form by putting a charcoal briquette in it. Sounds weird, but the charcoal actually helps prevent rust from forming on your tools. Make sure you stick the coal in a bag first to keep black dust from getting on your tools.

See, organizing your outdoor tools is easier than you thought. Now clap the dust off your hands, rub off the elbow grease and enjoy that sunshine!