TREE TIPS

Want a stylish tree this year? Choose be­tween frosty, cop­per or emer­ald. GABRIELLE FA­GAN ex­plains where to start when cre­at­ing a fes­tive theme

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Property & Living -

Frosty, cop­per or emer­ald? Cre­ate a su­per stylish fes­tive tree theme

AChrist­mas tree is the star of the cel­e­bra­tions, but choos­ing a style can be as tricky as un­tan­gling the tin­sel. But this year, ban­ish sea­sonal stress and take in­spi­ra­tion from these three decor themes – frosty, cop­per or emer­ald. Then add the bells and baubles, sit back and wait for the com­pli­ments.

“A Christ­mas tree is such a sea­sonal state­ment, and nowa­days isn’t just for friends and fam­ily as its style is of­ten shared on so­cial me­dia, so we all want it look as beau­ti­ful and stylish as pos­si­ble,” says Lee Jack­son, Christ­mas stylist and de­signer for Dob­bies gar­den cen­tres.

“The main in­flu­ence on tree trends over the last few years can be summed up in one word – ‘craft.’ The huge resur­gence in ac­tiv­i­ties such as needle­point, felt­ing, pa­per crafts, hand stitch­ing and cro­chet are re­flected in the styles as well as the ma­te­ri­als – from wool and wood to felt – used for tree dec­o­ra­tions, giv­ing them a lovely per­sonal hand-crafted feel.

“The other in­flu­ence is the Ja­panese craze, Kawaii, which means unashamedly cute, and that’s played a part in the pop­u­lar­ity of cutesy wood­land an­i­mals danc­ing across tree branches.

“Squir­rels, deer, hedge­hogs, stags and even myth­i­cal crea­tures like uni­corns are all hav­ing their mo­ment this year in the sea­sonal lime­light.”

Pic­tured right: Go Green Pe­ru­vian pine tree, 7ft, £199; wil­low tree skirt XL nat­u­ral, from£28 to £35; frosted suc­cu­lent wreath, £45; se­lec­tion of emer­ald baubles from £4 each.All items from John Lewis

Real Christ­mas tree, from £29.99; red berry wreath, £24.99; sil­ver stag head, £99.99; red star, £9.99; dec­o­ra­tions from £1.99; as­sorted baubles, red, set of six, £2.99; tree lights, var­i­ous sizes, from £12.99, avail­able in store, Dob­bies

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