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On the Balsam Hill blog, we hope to provide our readers with inspirational decorating ideas the entire family will love. Beautifully appoint your home for every holiday with our decorating tips and tricks.

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How to Decorate with Floral Picks

Whether you’re decorating for fall or winter, the fresh blooms of the season are a great way to add color to your home décor. For foliage pieces, the addition of floral picks will bring an earthy atmosphere and add rustic appeal to your spaces. It can also help you add variety to your décor and provides options for a variety of looks. Here are our recommendations to add some special touches around your home using floral picks.

The Wreath

Hill’s Orchard Harvest Collection wreath and garlandA wreath is the foliage piece most commonly used to greet guests even before they enter your home. Give your guests a vibrant welcome by splashing some seasonal colors on your wreath with floral picks. For a fall-inspired wreath, a combination of red berries and small pumpkins will sit perfectly well on a generous helping of colorful autumn leaves. Infusing this medley with some dried twigs and small branches will complete the look.

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My Balsam Hill Home: Creating an Enchanting Radiance

A symbol of love, security and comfort, the hearth brings the family close together on both ordinary and special days. While its warmth is an essential ingredient to a delightful holiday, the fireplace itself is an exciting canvas where you can display your design sensibility.

There are many possibilities when it comes to the fireplace. Even with an empty firebox, it can still exude radiance that can captivate anyone. Create a safe, warm and elegant place to gather around in your home with this decorating guide from Balsam Hill.

How to create a safe and enchanting glow for the hearth

Flameless candles.

Battery-operated candles offer a safe and convenient way to create a radiant setting. Crafted with the Luminara™ lighting technology, Balsam Hill’s flameless candles feature the soft flickering of real candle flames, creating an inviting ambience

The flameless candles come with additional feature, such as a timer and a universal remote control. The timer allows you to automatically turn the candles on for 5 hours at night, and off for the next 19 hours, while the remote control lets you switch all candles within 15 feet, on and off.

The battery-operated flameless candles are a great substitute, scenic-wise, for burning logs. While their flickering feature already adds a realistic touch, you can make the arrangement even more natural by showcasing varying heights of candles, both in the firebox and on the mantle. By using different candle sizes, the display creates visual movement, inspiring the viewer to linger and appreciate the scene.

Simplicity is key.

Achieving elegance in home décor takes effort in staying true to a theme. Pay attention only to what you want to take prominence in the room, such as a particular color scheme, or even just the chic glow of candlelight. By staying away from the overpowering presence of colorful ornaments, the eyes can focus more on the radiance and warmth created by the lighting.

Another way to keep it simple is to go for less contrast. This monochromatic setting lends a beautiful background for your lights, especially because it does not present dramatic changes in color shade.

All this can be limiting, but you can still be adventurous while you try to make everything simple. Shake up the arrangement a bit by adding an opposing visual texture. The distressed candle holder and flocked pinecones on the mantle add a rustic touch to the otherwise contemporary hearth. This gives the impeccable fireplace a touch of imperfection, making it more unique and appealing.

Final touch.

Now that you have your hearth glowing, top off the fireplace with undecorated foliage. The stunning long needles of the Majestic Pine Wreath add a fresh spectacle to one of the warmest areas in your home. Even without ornaments, the wreath is beautiful on its own, highlighting a realistic greenery that breaks the monotony in any room.

With simplicity and a tasteful glow, your fireplace is a safe and elegant spot to spend a lovely time with your loved ones.

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Special Feature: Revisiting Balsam Hill’s Branch Sample Kit

Close-up of branch samples in boxIn the selection of an artificial Christmas tree, one of the main considerations is the type of branches or needles. Even if you don’t go out and get a freshly cut tree for the holidays, you can still get one with the look and feel of real evergreen. The Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit is an excellent package for those who want to see first-hand the types of needles that are used in our premium trees. If you’re currently in the market for a new artificial Christmas tree, read on as this post revisits these branch sample kits to help you find the branch or needle type that’s right for you. Through these kits, you can see the color and feel the texture of our tree needles, including our exclusive True Needle™ technology, in the comfort of your own home. Read This Entry

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How to Choose the Perfect Garland

Garland decorating the front doorIn a previous post, we talked about choosing the perfect wreath for your home. As a follow-up, this post will discuss how to choose a wreath’s perfect companion—the garland. You might think that choosing a garland is a simple task; however, its flexibility as a décor piece doesn’t overshadow design sense. Discussed here are the two essential sides of choosing a holiday garland: your design theme and the garland itself.

Selecting a Theme

Holiday tablescapeGarlands effectively link your tree and other foliage décor together, giving your holiday theme a uniform, complete look. At the same time, a holiday garland brings the beauty of the outdoors inside your home, since some holiday pieces mimic the look and feel of natural conifer branches.

Garlands offer flexibility too. Adding small accents and seasonal ornaments to your lush, verdant foliage creates a décor piece that can be used during the warmer seasons. Read This Entry