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Tips for Trimming Your Tree

Tips for Trimming Your Tree

Preparing your home for the holiday season builds the excitement during this hectic time of year. One of my favourite things during the Holidays is having some quiet time in the evening. Twinkling tree lights, a little music, and a chance to unwind after a busy day. This was the mood we recreated for one of our Christmas 2012 photo shoots. Relaxed and simple with a dash of elegance.

The day I set up for the shoot in mid October was 20 degrees. Not your usual tree trimming weather in Canada. So glad I wore layers. It was more of an ice cream than a mulled cider day!

Having a plan is half the battle when tree trimming. I like to start with a colour and theme in mind and build from there. Golds, bronze and ivory were my colour choices, with a woodland theme. First I added the lights. It's not my favourite part, I have to admit. By some miracle they all worked. That almost never happens to me—I'm sure you can relate! Next the ribbon, in a sheer, coppery shade.

Home Decor Holidays IdeasGold metal ornaments, in tree, star, deer, and skate shapes, caught my eye. They had the rustic look I was going for. The fabulous large deer could be used in so many ways. I placed them around the tree, but a table centrepiece with those would be stunning. A tree skirt in ivory and brown velvet adds a touch of glam. Stars in ivory metal were used as a tree topper and hung from the window, which was topped in a sheer fabric. Simple and elegant.

The standing wooden Santas remind me of understated driftwood. Santas don't have to be red, right? Adding some beautiful baskets under the tree keeps small gifts contained and adds another layer of texture.

There you have it! My rustic-glam take on Christmas. Alas, I only enjoyed it for two days, and down it came. May your holidays be filled with peace and joy... that lasts a little longer.

Avril Brown

About Avril Brown

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Originally from Scotland, Avril Brown has made Halifax her home for over twenty years. Avril studied commercial art and visual merchandising in Aberdeen, Scotland. Upon graduating she travelled around Scotland supplying visual merchandising services for a broad variety of businesses and trade shows. Since moving to Canada, Avril has held positions in the retail sector as a visual merchandiser, manager, and buyer of home decor, accessories, and furnishings. As a visual specialist with a passion for colour, fabrics, and creating beautiful interiors, home staging and interior decorating were the natural next steps in her career. Avril is the owner of Prep, a Halifax-based company providing home staging, interior decorating, and prop styling services.

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