The “wow factor” is in full effect at Lake Barrington’s Treetime Christmas Creations where shoppers from Chicagoland and beyond flock for holiday decor inspiration each year. Step inside this 50,000 square foot showroom and you’ll be transported to a true winter wonderland with gorgeous hand-made artificial trees, garlands, wreaths, trimmings, ornaments and gifts at every turn.
Co-owners Joe and Laurie Kane say they especially love watching the faces of children light up as they walk through the door with their families. “It’s like Christmasland! Like the magic of walking into an amusement park,” Joe says. “That’s really the reaction we’re after from the entry right on back through our forest of trees.”
The Kanes re-create the space to offer a brand new shopping experience every holiday season. “We are truly a Christmas destination for you to bring your kids or your family and get ideas,” Laurie says. “We want to inspire you with new designs so that, even if you’re not looking to buy something, you can still come for the experience. It’s a little like window shopping because our showroom is different every year.”
Laurie and Treetime’s team of designers start shopping for the holiday season a year in advance, traveling to the Netherlands, Europe and America’s most popular trade shows to source the latest in holiday decor. You’ll find this year’s gifts and trimmings on display in vignettes throughout the showroom with themes like Forest Festival, featuring a natural tones and textures with a touch of glitz, Warm Winter Glow, a more masculine look in shades of rich brown and red, the vintage vibe of Joyeux Noël with touches of pink and the more traditional Urban Living display with shimmering lights mellowed by accents in indigo blue.
Laurie says their Chalkboard-themed decor is another top seller this year. “Anything that has that black and white, vintagey chalkboard feel is really popular. We have a lot of ornaments with a chalkboard paint surface that you can write a name or message on, ribbons and pillows to complement the black and white color scheme.”
You’ll find ornaments everywhere to match any interest from pets to music to sports and they have a plethora of floral picks to add hints of color, elegance or whimsy to your tree.
Speaking of trees, Joe Kane is the man behind Treetime’s hand-crafted designs. You can shop Treetime’s collection of artificial trees based on ideal height, shape, needle type and lighting style. Joe says Treetime’s Geneva line is their most popular seller with hand-painted center limbs and layered branches strong enough to hold staggered, heavy ornaments. Their Ottawa Pine is new for this year with a rich, deep-green hue for that fresh-from-the-forest feel. “You look around and see tons of different styles with hand-painted stems and needles molded off real branches so they look just like a real fir branch or spruce branch. We offer flocked or frosted trees and are known for our diverse offerings.”
“The realism that’s in these trees and the concepts are all about what we hear in our showroom,” Joe says. “We design trees for our clients’ tastes, not for the mass market. What you’ll find here are trees that will strike you in some way and make you feel like you chopped it down and brought it right into your home. They’ll make you say, ‘Wow! That doesn’t look like a tree that I’ve ever seen before. It’s beautiful and it suits my needs from a decorating perspective or looks just like the tree I grew up with.’”
Once you’ve picked your tree Laurie says their designers will be there to help you dress it up and deck the halls. “Our staff is so knowledgeable and has seen more Christmas than you could even imagine.”
Treetime Christmas Creations is located at 22102 N. Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.
Contact the team at 847-527-8880 and follow their updates at Facebook.com/ItsTreeTime.
(All photos by Liz Benedetto, crafting brand stories as photographer, designer and founder at Elizabeth-Ashby.com.)