I can't wait to decorate with a few of my favorite things! Well -- just as soon as we recover from our renovation and TV shoot. I feel like I'm going to be decorating in a hurry this year, so I got a jump start with a small tree up in the office nook.
As a buyer and merchandiser, my favorite season to set up for was Christmas! I think everyone should be privy to the secrets of a designer tree, so here's a little tidbit tutorial on decorating an artificial tree. (If you just can't get enough -- here's a look back at some of the designer trees.)
Step 1: Add something that wraps around.
Often "garland" like things are added last, but it should really be the first.
Use anything that fits your style --- ribbon, burlap, garland - even fabric twisted together.
On this tree I used grape vine.
Step 2: Add texture
On of the secrets of designers is less hanging and more "stuffing" things into the tree.
These little birch twigs were clearance "trees" last year. I cut the base off and use them for texture stuck into the tree.
Step 3: Add something sparkly -- it's the holidays!
Again think sparkly sticks or even tree branches painted with glitter that can be tucked into the tree.
Step 4: Add something soft -- flowers or ribbon or poinsettias or paper flowers....
Step 5: Check for balance of all of the elements you have so far
At this point you should still have gaps.
Step 6: Put something BIG on the tree. A few chunky things that make a statement.
For me I like to add older greens and always something red!
Stand back and admire for a minute...
Step 7: Add something personal
Step 8: Add ornaments and a topper, but the traditionalist in me reserves this for after Thanksgiving!
From R7 to you --
Be a blessing.