Family-owned Aldik Home features an array of Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
Family-owned Aldik Home features an array of Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
Stepping into the Christmas room at Aldik Home feels like entering a dazzling holiday forest. Dozens of life-like trees - from table-top to 15 feet, Scottish pine to palm - are artfully arranged among displays of beaded silk flowers, metallic roses, branches dusted with crushed glass and ornaments galore. "It's kind of not about Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman here," says Michael Perez, the store's retail manager. "It's about how it fits into your home." A San Fernando Valley mainstay for more than 40 years, the family-owned store is known for its striking silk flowers and lustrous greenery. The holidays, however, bring out more exotic fare, from glittering gold pepper seeds to oversized plum-colored silk leaves.
Tabletop and wall décor are available year-round at the 40-year-old home store.
Tabletop and wall décor are available year-round at the 40-year-old home store. (Photo by John McCoy)
Dozens of wreaths offer decorating options, from a small Arapahoe needle pine dotted with dainty pine cones to a flocked flurry pine wreath wrapped in lights. Perez suggests taking pictures and photos off the walls during the holidays and hanging wreaths in their place. "I can think of eight different places where a wreath can go besides the front door," he says. At the heart of the display, of course, are the Christmas trees, some already laden with lights and decorations, others standing ready to become part of a family tradition. In addition to conventional trees, there are Christmas palms that pay homage to the Southern California lifestyle and whimsical trees designed to hang upside-down from the ceiling.

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In addition to being a conversation piece, Perez notes that the upside-down tree is ideal for tight spaces. "The width of a tree is usually 4 to 5 feet," Perez says. "Who has that space?"

Aldik Home,
7651 Sepulveda Blvd.,
Van Nuys; 818/988-5970;
www.aldikhome.com