It’s that time of year: the street lights are up, shops are decorated, and Mariah Carey is somehow back on your stereo at least once a day.
Even with Carey rising in the charts, this is one of our favourite times of year. Friends, family, gifts and food; tis the season for stories and traditions.
Among our very most favourite things come December-time are the decorations. They transform living rooms, work spaces and neighbourhoods into something a little more magical – or into garish monstrosities, but even that is better than the norm.
Here in London, the last week has not only seen the lights come on, but the sudden appearance of Christmas Tree stalls. Thousands of trees in various sizes, grown, harvested and trucked into towns and cities all over the world, just so they can slowly die in our living rooms for a few weeks.
Nothing smells quite like a real Christmas Tree. Nothing has quite the same personality. Our position has always been, if you’re going to have a tree at all, anything but a real tree is a waste of time. But, when you think about it, just to have a fir-scented, bauble-holder to put your presents under: is this tradition really sustainable?
We wanted to round up some of the most original and imaginative tree alternatives to help inspire a new way to decorate your home this Christmas.
Here are the top 6 that we’re most excited to try!
First up is this fantastic idea!
Simple and effective, using the fir-like outline of an antique ladder for to echo the traditional tree, a liberal sprinkling of fairy lights and decorations, and some pots for decoration! Brilliant!
Here at Whole Mood, we don’t like to think of ourselves as lazy, but we love simple and effective solutions, and they don’t come much simpler or more effective than this!
Next up is this DIY wonder!
Completely ingenious, especially at a time of year when you’re likely to have more than a few cardboard boxes stacking up if you’re like us and doing more than a little Christmas shopping from Etsy and Amazon.
Note the use of lightweight paper decorations too. Really clever and so effective.
And how about this one?
Minimalism meets tree and we are smitten by this witty take on the traditional tannenbaum.
Why kill a whole tree when you can represent a tree with just a few cuttings and leave the rest of the tree to thrive!
This could be a really clever solution for those of you who just can’t have Christmas without at least some smell of freshly cut fir in the house.
There’s a theme emerging here, and we really like it!
How’s this for tree-shaped, Christmas cheer?! A driftwood “tree” that is not only striking, but doesn’t sacrifice living room space or drop needles!
In an alternate universe where we have a picturesque, beachfront property, this is the tree we would have.
Another take on the ladder..
Just because we have a ladder on here already doesn’t mean we can’t love this one too!
The weathered wood; the distribution of simple-yet-evocative decorations; the ribbon ties!
And while the decorations themselves are not free here, the upcycling of an old ladder (or driftwood!) is such a simple and beautiful idea.
Then there’s the classic, Dead Branch approach:
There’s something very London town-centre about this approach, probably because, at this timeof year, most of the public trees have traded their leaves for stubs and the local council’s attempts to Christmasify them leaves them with the “beautiful corpse” effect.
But if you’re going to do it, at least do it right: the muted, complimentary tones here are wintery, christmassy and subtle.
That’s it for now!
If you’ve got any suggestions or seen some great ideas, let us know in the comments below.
And remember, whatever else you do, when contemplating Christmas decorations for your home, always ask yourself: What Would Melania Do?
Then do the opposite.