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Succulent Christmas trees are the new festive trend to deck your halls with this year

With uncertainty surrounding how we will be able celebrate Christmas this year, it is looking increasingly likely we’ll be spending more time at home, which means we’ll be looking to go a bit extra on the festive decorations.

There’s a gorgeous Christmas tree trend emerging, which could help elevate our festive decor to whole new Insta-worthy heights.

Enter, succulent Christmas trees.

People have been decorating their succulents with lights, garlands and baubles for a festive vibe or more simply clustering the house plants together to create an entire “tree”.

Though the decor trend is not exactly new, with Instagram posts showcasing experiments with succulent trees dating back a couple of years, it seems the sweet little succulent trees are growing in popularity, perhaps due to people wanting to up their seasonal spirit this year.

Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we're all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)
Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we’re all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)

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Ideal for tabletops, coffee tables and even fireplaces, the compact trees won’t take up much space. But just because they’re small, don’t underestimate the festive punch they can pack, especially when adorned with lights or sweet little stars on top.

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You can DIY the succulent trees yourself, but if that sounds like all too much bother you can buy a perfectly formed example via Etsy.

Amanda Ryan is one seller providing the stunning seasonal creations, via the Etsy shop Terracotta Corner.

Each tree is built up of around 25-50 succulents and stands at 13 inches tall.

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“Mr Terracotta Corner, aka my husband, Dan, came up

Comforting brown returns as a fall home decor trend

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

Cozy palette

Hamilton says today’s brown palette is being used in new ways, as a neutral in all kinds of materials, and as an accent color.

“Brown feels very earthy and rich. It’s warm and inviting, and has the same grounding properties as black, although it’s not quite as harsh,” she says.

New York designer Becky Shea also cites brown’s organic versatility: “It’s a tone that works cohesively with neutrals as well as dark, bold tones like navy, graphite and black.”

Eilyn Jimenez of Sire Design in Miami is adding a mocha brown vanity to the guest bathroom of a “minimalist, French chateau-style” home she’s designing. “It adds a layer of depth with a vintage feel,” she says.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Don’t overdo brown, she warns, but blend it with modern materials like marble for beautiful juxtapositions.

“Bringing it in with light woods, leathers and other natural materials can help make a space feel timeless,” Jimenez says.

Melissa Morgan of M Interiors in San Antonio, Texas, thinks brown’s rebirth