Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree….Whatever shall I do with thee?

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Your tree is your canvas, whether real or artificial, so choose carefully. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree has the potential to light up your home and holidays so let’s make some magic!

Here are some tricks and tips to ensure success in this venture this holiday season. Begin by choosing a well-shaped tree. Look for full evenly-spaced branches and a symmetric shape. I’m sure we can all recall the Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

If you’re setting up an artificial tree, try to shape the branches so you don’t see the space between each layer.  Next, choose your theme – traditional or trendy. Staying with one colour scheme makes your tree appear cohesive and complete. Staying with classic Christmas colours? Accent the tree with traditional color ornaments , garlands and ribbons. To add some panache, you could use a metallic colour – try gold or silver.

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Wintery colours such as blue, silver or purple lend themselves to the icy feel of snowy Christmas day. Choose clear lights to complement this feel.Hang the lights first. This is undoubtedly the most labour-intensive part of decorating a tree. Do it correctly and your tree takes on a look of magical beauty.

String the lights from top to bottom, spaced evenly, starting from the inner branches and working your way out. Some of you may find a pre-lit tree more to your liking.  Let the fun begin.

Add decorative bunches or ” sprays” as we call them. Sprays can be silk flowers, branches, fruits, berries or anything that you can place in a large grouping. Begin at the bottom left side of your tree and insert the sprays in a zigzag pattern, working your way to the top. Next come your decorations; can you feel your tree coming to life?

If you are planning to drape garlands, ribbons, feathers, pearls or other items, now is the time! Be sure to use the sprays as connecting points for draping.  Select various-sized ornaments, medium and large, containing different textures and finishes. Glass ornaments look beautiful on a well-lit tree; large ornaments tend to portray ” the designer look” so save these for the centre of the tree.

Starting with the inner branches, place decorations so they appear neatly “nested” on the lower branches rather than hanging. If you are working with a “real” tree, clipping branches may be necessary to get this effect.

Always save six to seven feet for your tree topper; the sky is the limit here!

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Inexpensive tree décor ideas can be found at many stores – look for feather boas for garland, silk ornamental florals, faux snow flakes, decorative wire ribbon in various colours and patterns, pine cones, branches and ivy to name a few.

Have fun with your tree and enjoy the holiday season!

Images provided by google. To preview the holiday decorating provided by The Staging Professionals for the client’s personal homes, please contact us to receive our portfolio online.



About Lisa McIntee

Lisa McIntee is the owner of The Staging Professionals and RESA's 2014 Top Professional Home Stager in North America. The Staging Professionals is Niagara's Multi-Award Winning Home Staging Company offering a wide range of services designed to assist Realtors, Investors, Builders and Home Owners increase their bottom line when selling or renting their home.

Lisa is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and holds the elected position of Ontario President. She is also a RESA Mastermind Member, Staging Instructor & Mentor with SAR Staging & Re-Design and is actively involved in her community through various charitable organizations.

"RESA Professional Stager of the Year North America 2014"
"RESA Professional Stager of the Year Canada 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Occupied Stagings North America 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Re-designs North America 2014"
"RESA Top 10 Best Re-Designs North America 2013"