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Are coloured Christmas trees stylish or tacky?

The question

What's your position on Christmas trees in non-traditional colours, such as white or silver?

The answer

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Taking a position on Christmas trees is a little different from weighing in on world peace (which I want for Christmas). That said, I do love the smell of fresh fir and authentic green boughs to hang my decorations on, but the constant watering and the falling needles are a pain, so I understand the appeal of going artificial.

A tidy silver tree, perhaps with big pink and blue balls, conjures up images of Miami. I also love the light-bulb trees with just lights from floor to ceiling – especially in blue with a fantastic lit star on top. The thought of a silver or gold tree makes me smile, too, imagining jewellery hanging from it. On an all-white tree, an ostrich-plume garland would be fabulous. Or how about a partridge-and-a-pear-tree theme?

Truly, my position is that I'll take no position at all and enjoy the many diverse ways people express holiday cheer.

Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace's new e-book, Dee Dee's Rules, is available on iTunes. Follow her on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design problem? E-mail

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