it's official, the christmas season is here- maison21 went to starbucks today and peppermint lattes are on the menu :( what happened to waiting until after thanksgiving? but like it or not, xmas is coming, so maison21 will be posting some of his holiday decorating/entertaining tips in weeks to come. actually, maison21 doesn't have a whole lot of holiday decorating tips as he likes to keep the holiday decor simple and minimal. but one holiday decorating indulgence he would like to share with you is his predilection for fake christmas trees. yes, that's right, FAKE. faker than fake. the faker the better. the merest suggestion of a natural tree in a man-made material is good with maison21. traditionalists may be aghast, but we're sorry, that's what we like (we think this preference may have started with an obsession as a child for department store xmas displays).
over the years, we've had some great fakes at the maison21 atelier- there was the monster we attempted to spray paint silver (12 cans!) which ended up a more of cool gunmetal gray (that then proceeded to shed a toxic paint flake "snow" for the entire xmas season). or there was the 6 1/2 foot tower of wire curlicue ornament hangers, straight out of dr. suess, that was a display liberated from a wholesale ornament showroom in the l.a. mart (we had to bribe an employee to get it and then smuggle it out in pieces). or there's our current fakety-fake-fake, all white, all ornament tree that we will share photos of as soon as it's set up (it's still too early for us, no matter what starbucks says).
if you are like minded, we recently ran across a cache of outrageous fake trees from the holiday decorations direct website (still plenty of time to order). these trees are so fake, they put m21's fake creations to shame. i'm particularly fond of the black one- i think it's quite chic. i like the silver one too, but the jury is still out on the bright red one (though i guess it could work for a "xmas in hell" theme). let us know your thoughts on these- is faking it a good or a bad thing?