I used to be a 'fake' girl myself. I had this beautifully large pre-lit tree with faux pine cones and all! It was too big to bring with me to Australia, so we downsized to this smaller artificial tree for the first couple of years there.
We loved our view of Queen St. (in Brisbane) so much that we didn't seem to miss a big tree!
Then last year my hubby (the king of great surprises) came home with the cutest REAL tree ever! My very first real tree!!! He and our good friend Chip had been ALL over Sydney and surrounding suburbs looking for a real one for me (Christmas tree farms are apparently not a hot commodity in Oz). Finally they found one! It was well, the only choice. But it was an awfully cute choice ~ a short little fat thing. I was SO surprised!
We decorated it all whimsically. 'Real' seems to bring out all the fun!I have to say, after now having both, that REAL is definitely the best for me! Mmmmmm, the smell... the look... hauling it home... it's all so fun and festive. When it came to picking out our tree this year it was a no-brainer for us. Real and TALL (sorry last year tree!). I wanted a nine footer so we went before Thanksgiving to ensure that we'd get first pick. (Don't worry, we're not your typical retail store... we stored it in the garage until after Thanksgiving!)
Ahhhhh... it's just the right tree for us! Not too big, not too skinny. We went with a red and silver theme for the ornaments. It has exactly 100 ornaments on it now, which still isn't enough! Charcoal dupioni silk drapes normally dress these windows; However, we decided to try red for the holiday! I was nervous about this (too much red + too much green = too cheesy for me), but we went with a dupioni silk again which kept the sophistication of the room. The 'red' drapes are actually a dark henna, which is a much richer shade.
We also went with real garland this year. I love that I get to choose the length! Most artificial garland that I was looking at came in only 6 ft strands. We purchased this garland at Lowe's for just under $7 for 20 ft! I was so excited that we decided to buy 240 ft! I put it up the weekend after Thankgiving and (with the exception of actually putting it up) we haven't seen many needles laying around at all!
The garland is very 'workable' and you can easily re-wire it to suit your design needs. I preferred to 'let it do its own thing' here and look a little messy (a.k.a. natural!).
The staircase railings were draped (instead of wrapped) with garland for a no-fuss feel (and a no-fuss effort!). I love that the chandelier lights up the garland and that the garland sort-of frames the chandelier.
What's your take on real vs fake? Thanks for listening and letting me keep it 'real'!
Until our next rendezvous ~