"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mod, Merry & Bright

Ho! Ho! Ho! Faux? 

The search for the perfect Christmas tree is a tradition our family looks forward to each year, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency we are not alone. The EPA reports 33 million real trees are sold in North America each Christmas season.

But times they are a changin', and artificial trees have come a long way since their debut in the 1930's when the Addis Brush Company, a U.S.-based toilet brush manufacturer, created the first artificial trees using their brush bristle-making machinery. Who knew?

Today, however, faux firs can so closely imitate the real thing, Santa would be hard pressed to tell them apart.

Unless, of course, that is the point.

On a recent excursion to Palm Springs, I was charmed by the whimsical desert design direction. No snow? Go faux. All the way.

The silver, pink, white and neon colored  Christmas trees are a perfect, mod compliment to the region's hip, Jetson's-esque homes, but I couldn't help but imagine how cute they would look in a kid's room, or as absolutely fabulous party decorations. 

They sort of make you happy just looking at them.

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