Three designers share ideas for decorating with Christmas trees
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For generations, the choice was simple:

1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrestle it into a tree stand at home and hope it wouldn’t fall over.

2. Put up an artificial tree that was unmistakably fake.

Fortunately, the options have expanded dramatically, from realistic fake trees pre-lit with softly glowing LED lights to environmentally friendly, abstract “trees” made from reclaimed shipping pallets. Options for a real, live tree include “white glove” service that provides delivery and professional set-up.

Here, three interior designers help sort out options and share advice on stylishly decorating with holiday trees and branches, even in households where Christmas isn’t celebrated.

Exquisitely artificial

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions, loves the look and scent of real trees. But he is “hands down, 100 percent on Team Artificial,” thanks to the convenience and range of today’s fake trees.

White trees are “excellent for more elegant, sophisticated spaces,” Flynn says. He layers on ornaments in shades of white and metallics “for a less-is-more, tone-on-tone look.”

Designer Lee Kleinhelter, founder of the Pieces home decor store in Atlanta, agrees. She uses a high-quality, fake white tree in her home because “it feels a little mo…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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