Choose your tree – NATURAL trees are always nice, the fragrance and the experience of the family choosing the tree and bringing it home. The down sides are needles and for those of us who are perfectionissts when it comes to trimming, they always have uneven branches ! Remember if you choose the natural option keep filling that reservoir with water to help prevent needle drop.
Choose your lights – The trend is for clear twinkling lights and many trees now come pre-lit which eliminates the endless checking of last year’s tangled lights to hunt down the faulty bulb! If you still choose to use separate lights, start at the top of the tree and work your way down – remember to place lights inside the tree as well as the outer edges. A rule of thumb is 30 lights per foot. Stand back before decorating to make sure you have even distribution.
Choose your theme - Traditional, Red, green and gold sum up a traditional look but add some rich red velvet bows and plaids to add a warm cosy feel.
50 Shades of Grey interiors work well with the clean sharp look of a natural or brilliant white tree covered with berry red baubles together with white wooden decorations and twinkling clear lights.
Glamorous – cover your tree in twinkling white lights and as many gold and silver baubles as you can throw at it Include some white sparkly decorations and white feathers for an over the top theme. The Kardashians have followed this rule !
Quirky – who says we should follow the tried and tested route. Opt out of the traditional brigade and throw up a white tree or a real funky pink. Most of the major high street stores stock vibrant baubles in purple – lime – cerise pink – again go for bright coloured lights.
If money is no object – push the boat out with the world’s most expensive tree from a jewelers in Japan – £1.9 million – if you’ve got it flaunt it !!
I I I Wonder if the Obama’s have been following our hints and tips ???
Have a fabulous Christmas from Anne and Joanne at Gilding the Lily Interiors