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So FYI, we still haven’t had a chance to do any Christmas decorating. Sadly, the house isn’t back together from my birthday party either. The helium balloons are looking a little low. Where is the time??? I’m just being honest … honesty in blogs can be refreshing, right? BUT, next weekend we plan on getting rid of the balloons to make room for our tree and all the pretty decorations … FINALLY!!! Which brings up a question for you: DO YOU BUY A REAL TREE?

OR A FAKE TREE?

If you’re worried that a fake tree won’t have that pine smell when you walk in … worry no more, I’ve already thought of that.

I want to thank Janaki from Le Marché St. George, Tom Hobbs from Southlands Nursery and Chris Switzer from Stepback for allowing me to photograph all of these lovely trees. It was so nice to have a chat with all of you. Janaki, thank you for opening the door to your “pop up store” on a Monday (normally closed on Mondays) for us to take a peek at.

29 Responses to “Are you for REAL? …… or FAKE?”

  1. Janet says:

    for the last four years we’ve had a fake tree but this year we’re going the real route again. Love the smell of a fresh cut tree :)

  2. designchic says:

    I just love the smell of a fresh tree and always get excited to get it in the house. Would definitely use a small colored artificial tree in the playroom. Finishing my decorating today – fingers crossed!

  3. Real, real, real! We went to the tree farm near us last weekend and I headed for the ‘value’ corner with all the un-uniform, oddly shaped trees because I wanted to search out a tree that needed a little love in its life! :)

  4. Honesty in blogs is refreshing, indeed! Thanks for keeping it real Tracey.

    I have always wanted a real tree, but haven’t yet had the chance. So for now it’s faux…but one day I’m going au natural! LOL.

  5. Thanks for the giggle first thing in the morning, love the humor in your last picture!
    Real all the way! Love the smell of a fresh tree and going to cut one just beats pulling one out of a box. We are heading out this weekend to get ours. Thanks for keeping it real.

  6. Since we are keeping it real, I’ll have to admit, I’ve had a fake tree for the last few years. We lived in a condo for a while and real trees were not allowed. I will say though, that I loved putting it up early, early, something I couldn’t do with a real tree. I’d forget to water it and have a blanket of needles over everything before Christmas! I do miss a real tree though…I love your pine scented solution!

  7. Mine are real and they’re fabulous (a little Seinfeld humour). I grew up with a fake tree but since I’ve had kids we’ve always had a real tree. I enjoy the ceremony of buying, waiting for the branches to drop and then decorating.

  8. Real for me all the way. As a kid we always had a pine, but I’ve been going with fir the last few years – fir trees didn’t grow where I grew up. I can’t decide which I like better, but I learned last year that the 1st with a fir is too early to put up. Oh my, you should have seen the needles when we took it down. They just sprinkled off the branches all over the floor. We’re not decorated yet either Tracey… decided to wait an extra week, so I’ll be doing what you’re doing this weekend!

  9. val says:

    I use to be real when I lived in New England and now that I’m in Cali I’m fake. hehe.

    • Tracey says:

      Ha! You Californians have the best fake trees. My husband and I were down in LA around this time last year. Never seen ones like it ever… I honestly wanted to take a big boxed up one home on the plane with me. Hubs talked me out of it. Looked like a mid century beauty.

  10. Victoria @ The FAT Paint Company says:

    Considering that most of the photos in your post are dedicated to beautiful, real evergreens I can’t help but get the impression that you have a preference!!! ;-) I had a rather lovely (shape) fake tree for the longest time (apartment/condo rules), but over the last 8 years or so Brian and I have enjoyed bringing real trees into our home!! This year will likely be tree-less though, with only minimal decorations just for you and my network peeps!! LOL!
    Victoria

  11. Haha! Love it! We’re all about faux bois over here! :) LOVE the pics Tracey.

  12. Lily says:

    Real for me too! It’s one of our favourite family traditions taking the trek to the local tree farm each year, although the kids do have a small fake tree in their room :) Gorgeous pictures, Tracey!

  13. We have a fake and putting it up is the worst job in the world. Vast quantities of alcohol are consumed to dull the pain of spiky plastic branch injuries and loft dust inhalation. We decided that we are definitely getting a real tree next year no matter how much mess it makes. Your pictures never fail to make my day, you always manage to capture the mood so perfectly!

  14. koralee says:

    Oh me oh my….I adore those little lights at that tree farm….your images of them are darling!
    Well we always have a real tree…we live right across the street from a Christmas tree farm! So we just walk across and cut it down and carry it back home..wish it snowed more..we would put it oh a sleigh …how sweet would that be!?
    I love where we live…in the summer we watch the trees grow! Sometimes I get sad when they are cut down.

    I have some little silver trees around the house too…so I guess I do both!
    We get ours tomorrow!
    Love love love your posts!

    xoxoxo

  15. Beautiful photos Tracey – that’s the Holiday spirit!

  16. keith says:

    Tracey,
    I really like your work. The photos of the christmas trees bundled and resting on a wooden palet have this clear,earthy, rich tone to them. May I ask what you are shooting to get this effect. Is there a filter you are using as well. I keep trying different things but have not been able to get this effect. I am not a professional photographer, I simply would like to have this for my own use. Thanks

    • Tracey Ayton says:

      Hi Keith! Thanks for your kind words, always nice to hear. I don’t use any filters… I might have added a little bit of contrast in post production but not a lot. It was late afternoon so the light was really rich. Good luck !

  17. Keith says:

    Thanks Tracey,
    I will see if one of my more computer savy friends can help me out in photo shop. I am a carpenter by trade and a gardener by choice and when I shoot “wood” items, weather being living or lumber, I would like to have this rich effect. Keith

  18. I LOVE real trees, but my cat loves to chew on the limbs! Ugh. Your photos are so lovely my friend!!!

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