The Non-Traditionalist

Whether you’re a non-traditionalist looking to try something unexpected, a small-spaced beach cottage without enough room in your home, or you simply don’t feel like discovering pine needles everywhere, there are plenty of alternatives to the Christmas tree you can try this year.

Check out these creative substitutes this holiday season:

Small Spaces

Collected shells, branches, seaweed, and sand dollars or twigs and you can create a whimsical  pine-tree alternative. Tie your branches together and hang them up to save space and the sturdier the  branch, the more it  will allow you to easily display your favorite objects and ornaments!screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-12-16-19-pm

 Liberian, Lover, or Lector

For anyone with heaps of beach day books lying around can create this unconventional  “Christmas tree.” For an extra-eclectic look, try using vintage books and add on garland, and top with a candle or topper for the full “Christmassy” effect.


The MakeShift Tree 

Lusting for a traditional tree but don’t have enough space for a giant messy Christmas Tree? Ever consider using the tree material and making your own tree? Cut up some garland or hanging your favorite ornaments on wall-mounted cedar branches.




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Christmas at the Beach

If you are anything like me and my friends and family, the beach is always on your mind, that is one of the main reason I moved here years ago! With that being said, the beach is a great place to spend your holiday but it is also so fun to decorate and spend Christmas at the beach!

So, for all of you beach lovers like me, I have put together a festive selection of my family and I’s favorite beach Christmas decorations and ideas, for a costal inspired Christmas!


Welcome Home: A Relocation Guide


Have you ever imagined starting over or dreamed of living by the ocean? Have you thought about morning runs on the beach (or walks for some of us!), sipping your coffee on your balcony overlooking the ocean, or eating dinner downtown on the Riverwalk at sunset? If you answered yes to any of these questions then, your mind is already made up! Now it is just a matter of doing it and making the move!

Relocating can be intimidating especially if you’re relocating from across the country. Whether this be for work, family, or a new start—YOU ARE DOING IT! So…Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina!


Wilmington is an amazing place to call home! The downtown area is filled with lots of cultural activities including art, shows and dining opportunities. You will also find top-notch education, and it is only blocks away from the beach!

Our tight knit community is what sets us apart. Our naturally beautiful beaches and peaceful small town feel exemplifies what a beach town should be! It is great time to relocate, buy a second home, or retire to our amazing city!


Check out my relocation upcoming blogs! We are going to let you know about all the best cities, towns, and neighborhoods, surrounding Wilmington, so we can help you pick the perfect home to relocate to!

Kristy Hardy is a Broker with Nest Realty Wilmington. Kristy has built a reputation on meeting the needs of her client’s and placing their goals at the head of every transaction. Her job is to be by their side every step of the way. She wants people to feel like a dependable friend is guiding them in the real estate process.