Monthly Archives: November 2011

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

5 Simple Ways to Turn Baskets into Elegant Holiday Decor

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Baskets are wonderful storage solutions that bring warmth to any space because of their natural texture and color. But did you know that aside from keeping clutter out of sight, these handcrafted containers provide an easy way to spruce up your decorations for any occasion? Below are five simple ways you can transform a typical basket into a beautiful holiday centerpiece.

A basket filled with bright-colored flowers makes for a classic centerpiece (Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage)

A basket filled with bright-colored flowers makes for a classic centerpiece (Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage)

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Evergreen Everlasting: The Differences between Fir, Spruce and Pine

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Different Christmas Trees

With so many artificial Christmas trees available in the market, it’s difficult it is to tell each one apart. How’s a person supposed to tell the difference between a Norwegian Spruce and a Balsam Fir? And often, we want to make sure that our trees look like their Natural namesakes.

Fir, spruce, and pine are three of the most popular Christmas tree varieties and have their own characteristics that make them special. If you were to look at the real trees, here are some things you would notice. Use these distinguishing characteristics when you shop for artificial Christmas trees, to make sure that yours looks like the real thing: Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

3 Thanksgiving Centerpieces that Leave Room on the Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

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This Thanksgiving, I recommend incorporating some festive centerpieces to add warmth and color to your dining table. Since you’ll still need space for your delicious feast, I’ve picked out 3 table centerpieces that are just the right size (otherwise there won’t be enough room for the turkey!).

Romantic Tablescape by Courtney

Thanksgiving Tablescape Courtesy of Courtney of French Country Cottage

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Simple Ways to Decorate for the Holidays Using Natural Objects

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I love dressing up my home with all sorts of decorations during the holidays, simply because it makes my home feel so warm and inviting. I’ve realized that using natural objects as decorations really makes a difference and adds impact to gatherings and festivities.

Christmas wreath

On that note, here are some simple ideas on how to incorporate natural accents into your own decor. Read This Entry


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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Overlapping Holidays: Decorations You Can Keep out from Halloween until Valentine’s Day

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I love decorating but I find that it can get stressful whenever holidays start to overlap with each other. Here are a few decorating tips I’ve found to be helpful to keep in mind during the holiday season.

Decorations You Can Keep Out

Seasonal decorations: These days, “season-less” decorations are pieces that avoid being strongly associated with any single holiday. For example, instead of adding decorations that heavily use images of Santa Claus, reindeer, and elves during Christmas, you can simply choose items that are color red and white instead. This will carry you from Christmas to Valentine’s Day!

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

What Makes a Room Feel Warm?

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Your home is your refuge from the outside world. It’s so nice to come home to a warm, inviting room — I look forward to it myself!

Here are a few decorating tips to achieve this feeling in any room in your house: Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Creative Ways to Use Pine Cones and Other Natural Objects in Your Home Décor

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Pinecones and other natural objects are fun yet inexpensive decorations you can use in all sorts of ways. Buy them from a craft store, or better still, gather some right from your yard for a nice way to spend a fall afternoon!

Pine cones: Gather pine cones and paint them in traditional autumnal colors like gold, red and orange. Turn them into holiday décor, table centerpieces or tree ornaments. You can also use them as natural accents in any wreath or garland. Read This Entry


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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Eco-friendly Holiday Decorating Strategies

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There are so many ways for us to treat the environment well while keeping the Christmas spirit alive. I’ve developed some eco-friendly holiday decorating strategies over the years and they haven’t failed me yet! I’m sharing some of these strategies so that we can all have a wonderful, green Christmas this year (and maybe get a reward from Santa Claus!).
Balsam Hill's Vermont White Spruce tree and foliage Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Preparing to Fall Back: Outdoor Lighting Plans for Darker Evenings (Preparing for Daylight Savings)

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Daylight savings time will come to an end in November. The evenings will be colder and darker. Brr! Don’t worry though, I’ve put together a list of the best winter lighting options for this year.

Cast a warm glow on cold nights with flameless candles and metal lanterns

Cast a warm glow on cold nights with flameless candles and metal lanterns | Photo from French Country Cottage

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