many, a Christmas tree represents some of the fondest memories of the
A fresh-trimmed tree creates a warm and
homey ambiance, but one that might not be possible if you live in a
cozy apartment or condominium. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo
holiday decorating, however.
"We have a lot of customers who
live in apartments or condominiums who want to bring some seasonal
touches into their homes," says Emily Neubauer, owner of Belle
Fiori, a full-service florist on Milwaukee’s East Side. "It is
possible to capture a festive feeling even without a traditional
Many people choose a tabletop
artificial tree, but others opt for small live trees, says Neubauer.
"Some of our customers enjoy the small Norfolk Island Pines. They
can be decorated with miniature ornaments of whatever type you
like," she says.
It is possible to find small live or
artificial trees at florists, garden centers or even stores like
Target. And it makes sense to match the scale of the ornament to the
size of the tree. Smaller glass bulbs, mini lights, colorful ribbons
and even pine cones that won’t weigh down the more delicate branches
are decorating ideas that are widely available.
If a tree isn’t really your cup of
tea, consider a sparkling holiday centerpiece, such as a lovely glass
bowl brimming with colored ornaments or an urn filled with evergreen
boughs or decorative branches.
"We often use cut evergreen
branches, which have that wonderful fragrance. These can be decorated
with lights or ornaments," Neubauer notes. "But a tall,
narrow spray of branches covered in silver metallic really brings in
the winter season nicely. The silver tones can cross over different
religions and they can last throughout the winter season."
Red and green are the traditional
colors of Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you must stick to that
In fact, this season’s holiday color
palette has moved in an entirely new direction, Neubauer says.
"Chocolate brown is extremely powerful this year, mixed with
turquoise or chartreuse green," she says. "That might be a
little too contemporary for some people, so for a more traditional
look, you can mix the brown with burgundy and gold tones. Those colors
can be very comforting and they really bring home the holidays."