Can you believe the Holidays are already fast approaching?! Each year the stores seem to start putting out Christmas stuff earlier and earlier and I've found myself doing the same thing!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not busting out Christmas stuff before Halloween but I started dragging boxes out of my basement not too long after.
I know, I know. Thanksgiving... the forgotten holiday. Yada, yada, yada...
But, here's the deal, I put so much time and effort into my Christmas decor that I want to enjoy it for more than the 28 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, it's my most favorite holiday so I get just a little excited to decorate.
So this year when Tree Classics asked me to do a review on one of their trees in mid-November I was like "fo'shizzle!"
Okay, maybe that's not exactly what I said but that's totally what I was thinking.
Here's why, I'm not the type to normally buy an artificial Christmas tree without seeing it in person first. When I buy something that is kind of expensive and has a big decorative impact in my home I want it to be just right. I'm an Interior Decorator, I can't put up some shabby tree in my house and post pics of it all over my blog and website and expect people to say "I want that Interior Decorator with that really janky looking fake Christmas tree to come do that to my house."
But, Tree Classics has been around for 40 years and has a reputation of being the top of the line of artificial Christmas trees so I did not hesitate to order online having never seen one in person.
I chose the Tree Classics Hyde Park Pine Snap Tree that is 7 feet tall with clear lights. Here's how it came right out of the box. Relatively compact... 2 pieces of tree, rolling base with locks, and a storage bag. (All of the crumbs on the floor were not included with the tree but by my two boys. Sorry, you'll have to make your own).
Anywaaaaaay... the tree was super easy to assemble. Snap the bottom tree part into the base. Then, stick the top tree part on. I could do it myself! Our old fake tree was in 3 pieces but the bottom part was so heavy I could not even put it in the stand. Mr.Chic always had to do it which was fine unless he was busy and I had to
And did I mention it is pre-lit with 750 lights?! Not putting lights on a tree is a luxury.
All I had to do was fluff the branches and then I could start the fun part, decorating! I did a rustic look this year, watch for a post with more on that soon.
I chose the Hyde Park tree basically because it looks real and pretty. I am a form over function kind of girl BUT, this tree is easy! I already told you about the easy assembly and it also is easy to put away. It does this:
|Photo via Tree Classics|
About the pretty part, it is so pretty and realistic! It is the most realistic tree I've ever owned and I've had some nice trees from a few different chain craft stores. This one definitely looks and feels higher-end. This one has tons of their "Real Feel Needles". They look totally real! They feel real too but not pokey or painful when you work with them like a real tree would be. The outer tips are almost all the "real feel" look. The classic PVC kind of branches and needles are on the inside towards the trunk and underside of the branches. Check out my fancy diagram:
You can really tell in this picture how nice the real feel needles look compared to the PVC that makes up the majority of most other trees.
It has a foot on/off switch so I don't even have to bend over and turn it on and off!
And, it has a warranty! Two years on lights and 5 years on foliage.
Here are the key features of this tree according to the Tree Classics site:
So, if you are looking for a very realistic and beautiful tree that is easy to store and move this is a great option for you. The price isn't much more than most of the chain craft stores and they don't have anything this nice that I've seen. I highly recommend it!
As I mentioned this post was sponsored by Tree Classics. I was given an artificial Christmas tree from Tree Classics for my honest review and all opinions are mine. I do not recommend products on my blog that I wouldn't have in my own home. Please see my Advertising and Disclosures tab at the top of the page for more information.
Come back soon to see more info about how I decorated my rustic themed tree this year.
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