A Decorator's Tree

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.

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, your tree is fabulous. I love the rustic and elegance of it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

Christine Graves said...

Beautiful holiday tree, you did a wonderful job!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

The tree looks great!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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