BRANCH OUT THIS CHRIST­MAS GET FES­TIVE WITH AL­TER­NA­TIVE TREES

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NOT ev­ery­one fra­grant scent Christ­mas tree.

Peo­ple with­out much space and renters can­not af­ford the lux­ury of a 2m high fresh tree. Then there are those who hate the has­sle.

In­te­rior stylist Melissa Mil­li­gan from Treekandi says that while ar­ti­fi­cial Christ­mas trees have been around for some time, new op­tions have emerged to ac­com­mo­date mod­ern tastes.

“The trend is mov­ing away from plas­tic to more eco-friendly al­ter­na­tives,’’ Mil­li­gan says.

“De­sign­ers are cre­at­ing fun and dif­fer­ent ways of cel­e­brat­ing the tra­di­tion of dec­o­rat­ing with a Christ­mas tree. I don’t think the real tree will ever die off but there are now more op­por­tu­ni­ties to up­date an old tra­di­tion.”

Wall­pa­per and de­cal en­joys of a the real Christ­mas tree are a pop­u­lar trend, Mil­li­gan says. And it isn’t just tra­di­tional wall­pa­per.

“Pho­to­graphic re­mov­able wall­pa­pers are ex­tremely pop­u­lar,” Mil­li­gan says.

“You can layer sticker dec­o­ra­tions on to the de­cals.”

Last year Treekandi launched a range of pop-up, pop-out wall­pa­per Christ­mas trees and this year has up­dated its range.

“It’s a 2D re­mov­able wall­pa­per Christ­mas tree that turns 3D once dec­o­rated. All you need is a blank wall,” Mil­li­gan says.

Or­ganic and hand­made trees are also pop­u­lar, Mil­li­gan says, and nat­u­ral and wooden looks are great.

For ex­am­ple, re­cy­cled prod­ucts such as card­board and pa­per are be­ing turned into quirky Christ­mas trees.

“And if you don’t want a tree, get in the spirit of re­cy­cling by bring­ing some branches from the gar­dens and spray­ing them in fes­tive colours ... ar­range in a large vase with fairy lights at the bot­tom in­stead of wa­ter,” Mil­li­gan says.

“I love tra­di­tion and don’t want to change that but the down­side of a real Christ­mas tree is the consumption of mil­lions of trees for at most a month’s en­joy­ment.

“See­ing dead trees all along the side­walk … is so de­press­ing …”

Quirky Christ­mas ... Treekandi is a quick-and-easy wall­pa­per Christ­mas tree that can be dec­o­rated with real lights (inset). Left: A hand­crafted drift­wood Christ­mas tree, ecochic.com.au.

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