Three designers help you dream up a tree so pretty you may never want to take it down.
1 of 6Courtesy of Katie Kime
Color Burst, Katie Kime
“Bright, nontraditional embellishments add funky flair to your holiday decor.” —Katie Kime, designer in Austin, Texas
Various shapes and textures combine to form a lively and energetic arrangement. Bright yarn tassels offer an unexpected color pop, while metallic, mirrored, and iridescent accents reflect those vibrant shades. Use multiglobe branches (like the one at bottom left) to strategically fill out your design for a lush effect.
“Instead of an evergreen, dress up a tall cactus, euphorbia, or other sturdy houseplant for a quirky twist on tradition.” —Justina Blakeney, designer in Los Angeles
With a smaller footprint than a standard spruce, a potted plant is a great alternative for small-space dwellers. It also requires fewer decorations. Keep the embellishments consistent, using primarily brass and gold charms, then soften the overall look with a pom-pom garland or plush patterned fabric around the base.
4 of 6Raymond Hom
Casual Contemporary Tree Decorations
Clockwise from top left:
Colin Adrian glass feather, $75; abchome.com for similar.
“Balance sophisticated, artsy, and personal elements to create something that’s both stylish and meaningful.” —Rebecca Atwood, designer in Brooklyn, New York
Start with silver, gold, and blush baubles, then weave in sentimental mementos (Atwood opted for a lobster ornament to recall her New England roots). Finish with a traditional faux-cranberry garland. To tone down the formality of the look, arrange a few yards of indigo-dyed shibori fabric around the tree stand, tucking the hem under to form a rounded edge.