I popped into Restoration Hardware yesterday and they had the most beautiful lighted birch trees and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately their versions were too pricey for me, and I thought well I could probably DIY my own with some white lighted branches, but then I hopped on Amazon and found these birch trees with a nice base for less than half the RH price so I ordered them instead.
When it comes to greenery, the real deal has the most appeal, but I do love a great faux alternative, one that can be dressed up with sparkly additions or embellished with simple ribbon. A good fake can look very close to the real thing (like these pictured below) but the added bonus is they last for years and can be reused in several seasons.
As nature intended, anything with real leaves eventually dries to a crisp so I’m happy to substitute faux naturals here and there to get the look of the real thing.