How to Decorate with Tree Classics’ Holiday Ornaments

Holiday ornaments are essentials to any Christmas decorating themes. By adding a few colorful decorations to your Tree Classics’ artificial Christmas tree, you can easily bring another dimension of wonder and cheer to your spaces. This makes your holiday celebrations extra special for the entire family. Here are several marvelous adornments you can hang on your Christmas tree this season courtesy of Tree Classics.

Timeless Colors of Christmas Past

Tree Classics’ Christmas Delight Ornament Kit.

Tree Classics’ Christmas Delight Ornament Kit features the classic colors we typically associate with the holiday season: red, green and white. At the same time, it also features some variations on the hues, creating a medley that’s both cheerful and captivating. Perfect for both green and white trees, these ornaments will add a fancy touch to trees and an attractive appeal that’ll both be appreciated by the oldest members of the family and the newest ones. Pair these with bright clear lights for a stunning and unforgettable display.

Winter Elegance

Tree Classics’ Champagne Christmas Ornaments.

If you want something a little more regal, choose Tree Classics’ Champagne Christmas Ornaments. These adornments feature three sparkling colors: gold, silver and bronze. Ideal for bright and warm clear lights, these pieces add an amazing sophistication that brings a classy dimension to your family dinners or to your small get-togethers with friends and colleagues. If you want to maximize completely the stylish grace of these pieces, make sure to put a couple with your garlands or inside a ceramic bowl in the middle of your coffee table.

A Serene and Lovely Appeal

Tree Classics’ Snowberry Ornament Kit.

Tree Classics’ Snowberry Ornaments combines the attractive qualities of winter with the soulful colors of Christmas. Our set comes with deep red, silver and white, each designed with a pattern that calls to mind the beautiful sights of the winter outdoors. Majestic and stylish, these adornments are perfect for any themes. Create a magnificent showcase by pairing it with our tree skirts and our holiday wreaths!

Make sure your holiday themes are complete and extra special this season with Tree Classics’ ornaments. Tune in to our blog for more decorating ideas and helpful tips for the coming yuletide season.

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.

Tree Classics Product Feature: Fraser Fir

When thinking about decorating themes for the upcoming holiday season, you can never go wrong with the classics. One timeless Christmas tree that’s guaranteed to invoke a cheerful and elegant atmosphere in your home is Tree Classics’ Fraser Fir.

Tree Classics' Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree

The enduring and ever lovely Fraser Fir is a holiday icon. A tree that thrives in North Carolina, its beauty and stature has made the Fraser Fir the nation’s most favorite tree. Tree Classics has masterfully captured the look and majesty of this cherished holiday symbol. Our tree features lush and deep green foliage crafted using our unique Real FeelTM technology. Through this process, we have recreated the tips and needles of its inspiration, down to its shape and deep and soulful green that has captivated thousands over the years. Family members, especially children, won’t be able to tell that the tree wasn’t harvested from a thick and dense evergreen forest.

Our Fraser Fir features a lush and majestic foliage

To make matters more special, our Fraser Fir Artificial Christmas Tree also features sturdy branches and a robust form, creating the perfect backdrop for your ornaments and holiday heirlooms. It is available with clear or multicolored lights, allowing homeowners to highlight the fine characteristics of the evergreen while providing warmth to any space.

Perfect for any house and an ideal addition to any theme, the Fraser Fir is just what every family home needs. It’s designed to be the star of the season, a companion during Christmas mornings and the focal point of any celebration. Give your family a classic tree they can love for years and years by purchasing your very own Fraser Fir tree.

Autumn Table Settings for Your Dinner Party

Table Settings for a Fall Dinner Party

Autumn is here, and it’s evident through the cool breeze and the wonderful colors in the trees. For most, this season is one of the busiest in the year, what with the fall dinners to prepare and the coming holiday rush that brings with it a joyful list of chores. A fall dinner party need not be stressful, however, and these simple fall table settings will help give you get a headstart on your fall preparations.

The Farmhouse

If you’re hesitant to bid the summer farewell, keep the fall leaves at a minimum and focus on a harvest theme that comes with brighter colors reminiscent of the summer. For a centerpiece that symbolizes abundance, arrange clusters of wheat in a clear glass or silver container. To dress up the container, use a small wreath underneath it. For the individual plates, use silver napkin holders to go with the silverware. Add some pumpkin-scented votives to the centerpiece and you have an ideal table setting to help you transition from summer to autumn. If you want to add some fun to dinner, you can add a small scarecrow to the centerpiece and use plates that go with the theme, such as those with farm animals or a farmhouse design. A burlap runner also adds to the country charm, especially when combined with place mats in the shape and color of leaves.

The Woodlands

Most fall décor themes feature pumpkins in some way, and this table setting is no exception. Select pumpkins with neutral tones and use them as big, bold centerpieces; then use the smaller variety as candy bowls to add some accents. The main element of this table setting are the dried twigs and branches, which give it an earthy feel. Wrap the pumpkin centerpieces in them and use matching table linen to complete the look.

To add a modern touch to this rustic mix, place some dried twigs and branches in a clear glass vase or container and place a candle in the center. Add this to the pumpkin centerpieces for some warmth. If you decide to do away with the pumpkins, pinecones are an excellent alternative because they add to the table ambiance and work as a prelude to the holiday season.

The White Autumn

Color plays a major role in many fall décor themes, but the absence of the bright thematic colors will give your table setting an air of mystery and anticipation. For the centerpiece, use white pillar candles and small white pumpkins or gourds of varying sizes. Crystal tableware will tie up the white elements with the silverware. You can also do away with the conventional tablecloth and use several linen table runners placed crosswise on the table for an elegant but laidback look.

Give the monochromatic table setting a touch of autumn by placing a fall leaf and some dried twigs on each individual plate or tying them with white ribbon on the table napkin. Adding natural elements will elevate a simple table setting to a grand display of the season’s beauty.

Make sure that you incorporate elements of nature into your décor every season, whether as accents or as a focal point. These small touches will act as the fulcrum of any seasonal décor theme, unifying other design elements into a cohesive—and stunning—whole.

Photo by Gisela Francisco via Flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

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.

Deck the Walls: Unique Décor Ideas for your Wall

The walls of a home are blank canvases that homeowners can use to elevate their homes. The typical amateur designer paints it with a fresh coat of paint, or embellishes it with framed photographs or artworks. Those are classic ideas that never go out of fashion. However, if you want to set your home apart, you might want to try something different. Courtesy of the Tree Classics blog, here are several delightfully unique décor inspirations perfect for your wall.

Framed photographs and artworks can make for a great focal point, but if you add a series of images in different sizes, you can create a collage of delightful visuals that are sure to highlight your passions and fascinations. Try these out for white walls and for rooms that have a simple décor scheme to make it unique and captivating.

Stencils are another wonderful way to add character to your home. Using these décor ideas allows homeowners to add a dash of their personality to their spaces. Try a winter stencil decoration to bring in the beauty of the snow season to your home. Pair these with wood and other white fixtures to complete your theme and to produce a more charming effect.

Maps are another classic addition to walls. For something unique, you can try placing a fragmented map composed of varying pieces to your living room wall. This decorating idea adds a contemporary spin to a timeless décor.

Another wonderful idea is to bring the beauty and wonders of nature into your home. Preserved and painted tree stumps installed on the wall can create a distinctive look that gives your space a rustic charm. This is an excellent idea for homes that use wood as its dominant material.

If you’re not a big fan of trees or plants, try hanging some images of animal life on your walls. Animal shapes created from cut paper and laminated for extra protection can add some much needed life to your walls.

For something stylish, try your hand at decorating the wall above your mantel with umbrellas. Not only does it add color to your wall, but it also brings the distinct charm of a novelty item to your space.

Give your home a unique appeal by trying out these wall décor inspirations! Stay tuned to Tree Classics for more attractive design ideas for your home.

How to Care for Vintage Clothing

How to Care  for Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothes are a treasure to keep because they remind us of the wonderful years gone by. Aside from that, they also make great pieces in creating a unique ensemble even if a particular fashion trend hasn’t come back yet. Learn how to take care of your most cherished articles of clothing with these surefire tips from Tree Classics.

Storing vintage clothes

Intense heat. The most important thing you need to remember is to never store your clothes in a hot place. A space without insulation can damage your vintage pieces, especially those with fur.

Using hangers. Hangers tend to stretch out a top’s shoulder, adding folds and marks that aren’t supposed to be there. Heavy knit sweaters will expand if hung for a long time. Fold your vintage clothes carefully instead of hanging them. Cushion the piece by stuffing it with some tissue paper to minimize fold marks. Some clothes however, are better hung. Men’s suits for example, will look new when hung with a wooden hanger and secured with a fabric cover to keep away from dust.

Storing fur. Use a large padded hanger to hang the fur in a spacious closet where it won’t get squished. Make sure that the storage is a cool place that’s away from the sun. Have your fur pieces cleaned and conditioned regularly to make it last for many years.

Jackets and coats. Your old jackets and coats must be stored in a fabric dress-bag to make them breathe and keep them dust-free at the same time. Store them in a cool, dry place; unless you see a dirty spot, then you will need to bring them out for dry cleaning right away. Inform the dry cleaner that it is a vintage piece, and that it needs to be handled by hand and with extra care. Add in some herb sachets such as rosemary and mint to keep insects at bay.

Hats and bags. Store your precious hats in boxes or trunks, but not before stuffing and wrapping them with acid-free paper to make them last for at least a decade. Purses are best kept in fabric bags as they should be able to breathe. Do not store them in a plastic bag because this can dry them out, which can cause them to crack. Keep your vintage items in a cool, dry place, or somewhere with no direct heat of the sun.

Leather. Storing leather is essential to keeping it in suprb shape. Make sure that your storage space is neither extremely cold nor hot, or too dry or humid. A dry environment may lead the leather to crack, while a humid one may grow molds. Stuff your leather jacket with acid-free paper to retain their shape and store in a breathable container. If you want to hang it, use a wide padded hanger to keep it from getting unwanted creases. Protect your leather piece with a fabric cover. Air it out every now and then by taking it out of storage.

Cleaning your clothes

Keep your vintage pieces from easily wearing out by machine washing them on “delicate” setting, with cold water and less detergent. Printed T-shirts are best turned inside out before washing to keep the prints from fading. Leather on the other hand, should not be washed with too much chemicals. A little soap and water is enough to take care of a little stain on your leather jacket.

While dry cleaning is recommended for some fabrics such as velvet, it should not be done frequently especially for vintage clothes. Dry cleaning involves harsh chemicals in the process and too much of it will only harm your fabric.

After your clothes have been washed make sure to line dry them. Be careful is using a dryer too frequently as it can shrink your clothes with the extreme heat. The process also breaks down your the elastic fibers in your clothes causing the material to stretch.

Follow these tips to care for your treasured vintage clothes and your treasured pieces will look fresh and last years.

 

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.

How to Display Your Family Photos Elegantly

Photographs capture special moments in time. For families, they can serve as reminders of an important milestone during special events and holidays. While most of us typically just place photos in albums or tables, these precious images can also be used as unique and uplifting décor accents. By creating a sophisticated display using photographs, you can fill your space with both warmth and nostalgia. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are a couple of décor inspirations you can immediately use for your home.

 

An empty white wall is always a great canvas for a photograph display. Encase your photographs in minimalist frames and arrange them in the order you prefer. You can display them chronologically or even at random. The important thing to remember is the entire display should be symmetrical. This creates a clean and refined look that’s simply pleasant to look at.

 

The wall beside a staircase is also an ideal space for your photographs. These spots are mostly left vacant, so putting framed pictures in that area can add a special classiness to your home. Add a couple of pictures near the steps and family members will feel like they’re taking a journey while they tread up and down the stairs.

 

The area near the stairs is also a great location for your photographs, since it provides the same effect of the previous decorating concept. For this section, try to mix it up a bit. Different positions create an interesting but still delightful effect. Adding a few mirrors can provide a nice contrast, creating a theme that’s charming to look at while still being heartwarming.

 

The dining room is another wonderful location, since this is where the family gathers and spends time together especially during holidays. Having them surrounded by their most cherished memories is nothing short of perfect. Pick out a frame that complements well with your table and dining room table. If you have wood and hardwood floors, get a frame with a dark border to create an interesting contrast.

 

If you have no space in your home or if you prefer something fancy and jolly, you can always wait for the holidays and just hang those lovely photos on your Christmas trees. Placing photos of past Christmases in small frames and tying them to your branches can create a look that’s both dazzling and uplifting.

Create a sophisticated and charming home filled with memories using your family photographs! Stay tuned to Tree Classics’ for more décor inspirations for your precious 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.