If you’re in the market for some fresh, new Christmas tree decorating ideas, look no farther than your favorite stores. Shop owners are pros at following trends for holiday décor. They see the trends months before the season hits, and then interpret them to fit the personalities of their shops. Chances are, if you have a favorite store, you love the aesthetic of both the merchandise and how the goods are displayed. Therefore, it makes sense to look to said store for some inspiration. We’ve scouted out some great Christmas trees in locally owned stores to get your creative juices flowing.
You don’t have to go for an all-themed tree, especially if you have sentimental ornaments you love, like the handmade favorites from your littles. You can give your tree a sense of style, like this one at Hot Pink (231 Franklin Rd., Brentwood), by adding a focal element like this burlap top hat. It’s playful and feels right at home with paper chains and handmade ornaments, but gives your tree a strong punch of style.
If there is one trend we saw over and over in stores, it was burlap and woodland elements utilized in Christmas décor. This simple tree, at Silver Steer & Company (539 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin), feels rustic without veering into calico-country with simple ornaments, white lights and burlap ribbon.
One of the prettiest on display, this small tree seemed much taller with the peeled white birch branches forming a halo around the top. A perfect option if your tree is on the small side and needs help filling up your space, this style calls for inserting tree branches, long pheasant feathers or other elements around the top to give you drama and height. Find this birch branch-bedecked tree at Franklin Flower & Gift Gallery (1152 Columbia Ave., Franklin).
Adding elements from nature is a huge design trend this season. For an easy update, a few feathered friend ornaments, or perhaps faux pheasant feathers, can add interest to your tree.
If your ornament collection is in its infancy, take a design idea from The Iron Gate (338 Main St., Franklin). Drape the tree in snowy-white tulle, and voila! Magical, romantic and no need for copious ornaments.
TOUCHES OF WHITE
Another trend that seems to dominate the trees of Christmas retail this season? A dusting of snow, faux of course. From flocked trees to white lights and glittery paint-tipped pine cones, adding an element of fairyland frozen is pretty and easy.
I have several beloved antique ornaments that have faded from cherry red to a soft pink. I love the pastel elegance that this tree offers. At The Shop Around the Corner (117 Third Ave. N., Franklin).
I love decorating for Christmas, but I loathe taking the tree down and packing all the ornaments away. This trio of flocked trees, in the window at HeyDay (334 Main St., Franklin), is tempting me to forgo ornaments in favor of a spare, elegant look.
However you decorate your tree, you can’t go wrong when you include elements that you love. Happy holidays!
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