Most of us have heard of Christmas in July and usually associate it with summer sales. I have Christmas is July on my mind for other reasons. Christmas is coming and God willing, I’ll be here to enjoy it. As I think ahead to this Christmas, I immediately think about my newfound love of what I call NTC (Non-traditional Christmas) decorations. I have shared with you my NTC trees that were orange /pink (2011) and the turquoise, lime green and chocolate brown (2012). Last year I went back to Detroit at Christmas and had a chance to see some really great decorations that fit right in with my NTC love. I was so taken with them that I took pictures and planned to share them on my blog. My mothers’ neighbor and her son both do some truly amazing trees and garland. I hope you can get a sense of just how great they are. When I looked back at the pics I realized that the mom, Mrs. Thompson, wasn’t so NTC, just very glamorous. And you know I love glam, shiny, sparkles, etc. Mrs. T had multiple trees that included an all green tree, a white tree with all red birds ( not all the same red birds either) a large flocked tree with gold and crystal ornaments and her most NTC tree , a black tree with silver, white and crystal decorations.
I love that she has definite NTC toppers on all of her trees. I was wowed by her use of black and silver pillows under this tree. How fun and unique.
Love the black and silver pillows!
While a black tree isn't for everyone, this was High Glam !!
Mrs. T used lots of birds , they were all stunning.
Beautiful tree topper using roses!!
My pictures really do not do these decorations justice but I hope you get a feel for how great there were. Both Mrs. T and Kevin made some of the most opulent garland I have ever seen. The ornament garlands are all over the internet, but I haven’t seen any like theirs. Here’s the best pic I had of Mrs. Thompson’s garland that is hung around a mirror. A shiny , lighted garland hung around a mirror, can you say amateur photo nightmare!!
This garland is amazing it had a top row that was light and had lots of lights then the red and silver ornament swags.
Now on to Kevin's place. It’s in a wonderful building along the Detroit River with a fantastic view of the river from all the rooms on that side of the building. He made some really wonderful garland using ornaments.
This garland was suspended from the diningroom ceiling!
There were a couple of these in his place. Another garland was done in matte black and shiny gold ornaments in honor of his Alma Mater, Grambling State but unfortunately the room was too dark and the pic couldn't be saved ( at least not by the amatuer photographer, me.) The great thing about his garland is that he makes them so that he can reuse the balls for different color combinations if he changes colors the next year. Come on, I know he changes colors each year!
His most NTC tree is in his dining room, it is a Yellow/gold tree with Hot pink and orange ornaments. WOW.
The hot pink that's peeking out is actually a large pink ball ornament covered in pink lights!
You can really see it in the next picture.
Another very NTC tree in Kevin's home was a blue tree with lime green, pops of pink
I have seen colored trees before and was never a fan. However, Kevin has changed my mind. They add an element of FUN when I look at his trees. They really reflect the creative use of colors that remind me of one of the reasons I love Christmas decorations.
This tree was in the room done in black and gold. Yep, another black tree!
Not all of Kevin's trees were super coloful he actually had 2 trees that were a Champagne color. Very stunning, understated and elegant.
While I won't be going home this Christmas, I will certainly try to get the Thompson duo to send me pictures of their decorations, and I promise to share.
Are you planning on maybe a little NTC this Christmas. Tell me about it or better yet send me pics.