Bring an industrial touch to your home by wrapping wooden ladders with colored lights. This can also work as an alternative to a Christmas tree for use inside industrial spaces. For a tree alternative, consider 8-foot to 10-foot ladders, then use the space below the ladder to pile gifts.
Add some farmhouse charm to your front yard or foyer this holiday season with a rustic, wooden Christmas tree. This rustic Christmas tree, made from driftwood, is part of the Lisa Lampanelli's celebrity home decor and is an unusual yet attractive alternative to a traditional tree.
Homeowners concerned about too-hefty tree toppers may find an oversized bow to be a more practical alternative. Gather leftover gift wrap, ribbon and trim, tie the elements around the top of the tree, and let the bow cascade down a few inches.
Glowing tree canopies above the dining space create a sense of both intimacy and relaxation throughout the restaurant. The mounted tree branches coordinate beautifully with the walls, which are lined with alternating white birch and yellow pine trees.
To create a smooth transition from the main road, the landscape architects opted for a gravel driveway instead of an asphalt one. Because the material is more natural than the alternative, it also thoughtfully complements the property's trees and shrubbery.
The alternating rooftops of this modern home create a strip-like appearance from an aerial view. The gray tones look industrial yet fitting against the thick surrounding trees. The wide concrete driveway is easily visible in the clearing. Surrounding homes peek through the trees.
The back wall of this dining space is lined with alternating white birch and yellow pine trees, giving the entire restaurant the feeling that one is dining in the Zen silence of the forest. The rough texture of the trees provides a nice contrast to the sleek leather banquette below.
This 7500 sq. ft. Houston, TX, home features a pergola-covered pathway that leads to a separate pool house along the landscaped lawn and terrace. Stones outline the landscaping, creating an alternate pathway through mature trees.
Candy garland is a more practical alternative to candy necklaces or bracelets. The key to creating these effectively is ensuring kids use safety scissors to cut strands no less than 48 inches in length. Once placed around the tree, these strands can create a cohesive, seamless look without the hassle of having to start directly at the bottom, then winding up and around the tree with one extra-long single strand.
Put a crafty spin on mistletoe this season by repurposing a pair of knit mittens as a mistletoe alternative. To do this, attach two mittens together using twine or rope. Next, gather tree cuttings and trim them appropriately to fit inside each mitten. Add a hook, tack or nail to the door casing or trim, then hang using twine or rope.
Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. You'll need: 4x8-foot sheet of luan; latex paint or water-based stain; staining pad (if using stain); drill; 1/2-inch paddle bit; colored craft string; upholstery tacks or push pins; 6-foot strand of 12-gauge wire; tennis ball; picture nail; hammer; battery-operated LED twinkle lights; duct tape in metallic finish; scissors; chalk.
If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers' heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn't have outdoor electrical outlets.
Making late additions to the landscape can result in devastating losses next spring, especially in areas where the ground freezes. Perennials are the most susceptible to late planting, as alternating freezing and thawing of soil literally shoves plants out of soil, exposing crowns. Shrubs and trees can go into the ground later, but for best winter survival rates, you should have all plants in place by six weeks before soil typically freezes.