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.

Read more: Mum puts Christmas decorations up early to cheer up children

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 with the Alpine Succulent Tree,” Ryan tells Yahoo UK, explaining that she uses two varieties of succulents in her creations.

“He thought the little haworthia succulents would really resemble the snowy covered branches of a fir tree and we added the Echeveria ‘ornaments’ to add a splash of colour.”

Watch: Mum puts up Christmas decorations early to cheer up her kids who have been isolating

According to Ryan a succulent tree isn’t just for Christmas as they can be repotted as individual plants to add to your house plant collection once the festive period is over.

“The succulent trees are great not only through the holidays, but they can continue to grow and thrive either as part of the tree or removed as an addition to your garden,” she says.

You can buy the tress for £106.01 with shipping to the UK added on after.

Read more: Lindt is launching its first ever chocolate tin for Christmas

If you’ve been inspired to either make your own or buy a ready-made succulent tree this year, Meg Spink, plant doctor at Patch Plants, has some words of advice for keeping your seasonal spruce healthy.

“Succulents love the sun and don’t require a

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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.

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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 is “a reaction to years of very light, tonal interiors. Clients are looking for warmth and sanctuary in their homes more than ever.”

Lighter, yellowish browns, like caramel, often works well in leather.

“In upholstery, we consider saddle leather to be a form of brown that’s like a trusty pair of blue jeans — it goes with everything,” says Chicago designer Brynn Olson.

Soft browns and caramels are also appearing in pillows, lamps and drapes. Caning is on trend too, says Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions in Woodbury, Minnesota.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

As for furniture, Olson likes the effect of brown stains on walnut and white oak, and says a beautifully stained built-in is timeless. “Natural walnut will always feel fresh, and we love to pair it with bright white decor such as plaster vases, for a sophisticated pairing of textures,” she says.

That brown-and-white combo has been a favorite of decorating icons, including Billy Baldwin, says New York City designer Glenn Gissler. Baldwin’s apartment in Manhattan featured a mix of glossy brown walls, white and chartreuse furniture, and brass accents. Inspired, Gissler recently painted a New York loft in a deep, rich brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp white. A long,

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Broadband, home office, garden: House buyers quit cities for home towns as remote working trend continuesworkig

House hunters are returning to their native counties as they turn their backs on city living and take advantage of remote working.

ew housing data show prices in the country’s regional towns have risen by almost 1pc in 12 weeks to €163,345, compared to less than 0.5pc experienced in bigger population centres. The average time to sell a property has fallen 30pc.

The trend confirms a change in buyer priorities for home-buying as the Covid pandemic has demonstrated that working from home is a viable option for tens of thousands of people.

The Irish Independent/ Real Estate Alliance (REA) Average House Price Index also shows that, nationwide, property prices continue to hold up.

The sale value of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country has risen slightly – up by 0.6pc on average over the past three months to €236,046, a rise of 0.4pc compared to a year ago.

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A nationwide rush to buy has caused the average time taken to sell a property to tumble from 10 weeks in June to seven in September.

Buyers are expressly asking for homes based on broadband coverage, home office potential, and garden space rather than factors such as commuter-friendliness and transport links, which have previously dominated.

“Maybe one in five purchases is from people cashing in on their sales in Dublin and moving to larger houses down the country. People are making life-changing decisions to be based down the country,” said Harry Sothern, of REA Sothern in Carlow.

In a busy last period, REA Dawson in Tullow also reports selling a number of houses to clients who are now planning to work from home.

“It is clear that broadband is absolutely key for buyers and good amenities and space have become more important than transport links and commuting time,” said REA spokesperson Barry McDonald.

In Leitrim, property is now selling within five weeks of coming on the market.

REA agent Joe Brady is seeing clients buy in Leitrim with the intention of spending a maximum two days a week working in Dublin, a two-hour train journey away.

Properties with home office potential are being snapped up around the country, with REA Seamus Carthy in Roscommon having 43 potential buyers on a waiting list for homes with garden space priced between €350,000 and €500,000.

“All of the buyers are families who are either moving home or have decided to move out of bigger urban locations in search of more space and a better quality of life,” he said.

“We have also seen a resurgence in demand in coastal areas such as west Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Donegal as ­people realise that holiday homes can be more permanent.”

Meanwhile estate agents in the big cities and regions alike are reporting both a rush to buy and a reluctance to sell that is causing concern over market distortion.

In the cities, buyers are also anxious to conclude deals, but for different reasons.

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Broadband, home office, garden: House buyers quit cities for home towns as remote working trend continues

House hunters are returning to their native counties as they turn their backs on city living and take advantage of remote working.

ew housing data show prices in the country’s regional towns have risen by almost 1pc in 12 weeks to €163,345, compared to less than 0.5pc experienced in bigger population centres. The average time to sell a property has fallen 30pc.

The trend confirms a change in buyer priorities for home-buying as the Covid pandemic has demonstrated that working from home is a viable option for tens of thousands of people.

The Irish Independent/ Real Estate Alliance (REA) Average House Price Index also shows that, nationwide, property prices continue to hold up.

The sale value of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country has risen slightly – up by 0.6pc on average over the past three months to €236,046, a rise of 0.4pc compared to a year ago.

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A nationwide rush to buy has caused the average time taken to sell a property to tumble from 10 weeks in June to seven in September.

Buyers are expressly asking for homes based on broadband coverage, home office potential, and garden space rather than factors such as commuter-friendliness and transport links, which have previously dominated.

“Maybe one in five purchases is from people cashing in on their sales in Dublin and moving to larger houses down the country. People are making life-changing decisions to be based down the country,” said Harry Sothern, of REA Sothern in Carlow.

In a busy last period, REA Dawson in Tullow also reports selling a number of houses to clients who are now planning to work from home.

“It is clear that broadband is absolutely key for buyers and good amenities and space have become more important than transport links and commuting time,” said REA spokesperson Barry McDonald.

In Leitrim, property is now selling within five weeks of coming on the market.

REA agent Joe Brady is seeing clients buy in Leitrim with the intention of spending a maximum two days a week working in Dublin, a two-hour train journey away.

Properties with home office potential are being snapped up around the country, with REA Seamus Carthy in Roscommon having 43 potential buyers on a waiting list for homes with garden space priced between €350,000 and €500,000.

“All of the buyers are families who are either moving home or have decided to move out of bigger urban locations in search of more space and a better quality of life,” he said.

“We have also seen a resurgence in demand in coastal areas such as west Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Donegal as ­people realise that holiday homes can be more permanent.”

Meanwhile estate agents in the big cities and regions alike are reporting both a rush to buy and a reluctance to sell that is causing concern over market distortion.

In the cities, buyers are also anxious to conclude deals, but for different reasons.

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‘House Party’ Podcast: A New Voyeuristic Cleaning Trend; Our Honest Review of ‘Get Organized With The Home Edit’


“House Party” is realtor.com®’s official podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie Way and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

This week’s episode of “House Party” is all about tidying up. As promised, we discuss Netflix’s buzzy organizing show, “Get Organized With The Home Edit.” Did we love it? Did we hate it? Did it influence us to tackle the clutter in our own homes? Take a listen and hear our no-holds-barred review.


Other topics we discuss this week:

  • People are watching other people clean on YouTube. Huh? Dubbed “motivational cleaning videos,” they’re supposed to inspire you to get off the couch and clean your own home. Is this trend weird or inspiring? We have thoughts.
  • An update on J. Lo and A-Rod‘s Malibu, CA, beach house for sale
  • Tyler Perry‘s latest addition to his Atlanta estate
  • Justin and Hailey Bieber buy a mansion in Beverly Hills, CA—but we have to say, we kind of liked their old place better!
  • Rainn Wilson may have found a buyer for his suburban farm.
  • Plus, this week’s celebrity real estate winner and loser




Want more “House Party”? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And please: Throw us a five-star rating if you like what you hear. The more good ratings and reviews we have, the easier it is for people to find us.

Want to chime in? Have your own crazy home-related story you’re dying to share? We’re all ears, eagerly waiting to discuss all of your burning real estate questions on “The Mailbox” segment. Email us at [email protected], follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or tweet us @housepartypod on Twitter.


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Hotel Remodeling – Renovation And Interior Design Setting New Trend In Hotel Construction Management

The past three years have been the best for the hotel industry in more than two decades and is expected a boom in coming years. Revenue per available room has jumped to 10% approximately as compared to last year, the biggest increase since 1984.

Hotelier who wanted to capture the market share, increase the revenue per available room of their hotel and enhance their guest's experiences it is suggested to get some remodeling, interior design or hotel renovation work done to make their success their priority.

Just keep in mind hotel remodeling also accounts complete hotel renovation services , such as restaurants, spas, golf courses, marinas, casinos etc.

The hospitality industry relies heavily on the ability to achieve superior ratings from guests. Defining the guest experience depends on many subtle factors such as the bed quality, fabrics, linens, mirrors, the completed hotel interior is essential for success. And it is very necessary to tailor and cater carefully as per the tastes and demands of individual guest.

To feed this emerging demand to hotel industry, professional companies are stepping forward to provide complete Hotel Construction Management services inclusive of Hotel Remodeling, Interior design and Renovation services.

These Hotel Construction Management companies do not offer hotel operation services; they are only concern with the hotel operation and work deliberately with the property management team to insure on time completions with little or no guest inconveniences. These companies are having trained staff that manages and accomplished their job smartly and insures hardly or no trouble to hotel customers.

If you are hotelier is interested to reinvent his / her brand start, it is suggested to refer such a Remodeling and Renovation cum Construction Management service provider. As they can provide you a quality work which can definitely prove a cost effective strategy for your hotel brand.

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Latest Trend in Kitchen Backsplash

Installing a wall of tile in a kitchen is here!

It's 2019 and that means it's time to talk about this years design trends. There are so many great trends that I'm looking forward to using on my designs but the one that interests me the most is the wall of tile in a kitchen. Thats right we are talking about the latest concept in backsplash design. Going up, tiling everything and framing in windows.

I have been saying for years that an easy pathway to high design is through the use of tile. I love tile and use it in almost every design to create one of a kind looks personalized for each of my clients.

This years trend is to ditch the concept that back splash in a kitchen is installed only under the cabinets. Instead we are taking tile above the cabinets and going bold by covering entire walls.

You heard it correctly, backsplash has now gone wall to wall and almost any tile will work for this application. However if you want to keep your design evergreen my suggestion is going with a white subway tile.

I love subway tile for its versatility, cost and high design look. It comes in multiple sizes which makes it easy to create different looks and it can be found just about everywhere from tile shops to home improvement centers.

When looking for traditional subway look no further than the classic 3×6. This tile installed on a 1/2 set pattern is about as evergreen as you can get. If you want to punch it up a bit try using a darker grout to make the lines pop. You can also play around with other sizes such as 2×4 or 4×8.

Then there's my favorite the 3×12 white subway. This size moves us away from traditional and into a more modern look. It is also a great size to use if you are looking to set it on a herringbone pattern but it's just as beautifully installed on a 1/2 or 1/3 pattern.

Bottom line if your looking for that wow factor in your kitchen it's time to go big and bold, wall to wall and make tile your focal point! Weather it's evergreen subway tile, mosaic, or stone tiling entire walls in any kitchen can transform a basic design into high design with out remodeling your entire kitchen.

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