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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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Mother’s Day Stories: Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects

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Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects

Adrianne Surian is an artist, author, and blogger at Happy Hour Projects, where she writes about hour-or-less crafts, accessories, recipes, and home decor. Happy Hour Projects was founded in 2011 with the idea that even busy people enjoy creating. The ideas and inspiration you’ll find there are written with the beginner in mind with photos and videos to learn new techniques, and there’s even a 10-minute-or-less category for instant gratification! Adrianne lives in west Michigan with 2 energetic kids and a very patient husband.

Decorating the Mantel for Mother’s Day

Using a typical winter piece like an evergreen wreath, and Balsam Hill’s Candela Crossbar Traditional Lantern, Adrianne and her mother decorated the fireplace mantel to keep up with the season. With a few  accents like eggs, nest, butterfly, ribbons and star string lights, the mother-daughter tandem was able to create a simple and lovely spring-inspired mantel decor for Mother’s Day.

Watch this video to see their finished product, and learn more about why springtime is special to their family.

How to Use Winter Pieces In Your Spring Decor

 

For more pictures and to read more about Adrianne’s project, visit her Mother’s Day post on her blog.

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Mother’s Day Stories: Christine of Little Brags

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Christine is a wife, mommy, bookkeeper by day, wanna-be decorator, animal lover, Pinterest addict and author of the blog Little Brags. The blog is her outlet where she shares her love for decorating and being creative.

For Mother’s Day, we asked her 9-year-old son, Robbie, to share with us a few things about his mother:

Describe your mom in 3 words.

BEST  MOM  EVER

Describe what your mom means to you in one sentence.

She means the UNIVERSE to me.

What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?

Doing crafts together!

What are you most grateful to your mother for?

That she is a loving Mom.

What’s your favorite way to show your mom that you care?

I tell her that I love her and I hug and kiss her!

Are there small things your mom does for you that lets you know she cares?

She helps me with my homework and she lets me play on her iPhone

Christine also expresses her views on motherhood as she shares how her mother influenced her in bringing up her family:

What is your favorite part about being a mother? What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it?

I love taking care of our boy, and seeing him healthy and happy is indeed a HUGE reward. He makes us laugh and smile every day and adds lifelines and plenty of NOISE to our home. The biggest challenge for me has been having to be strict and come up with a punishment when necessary (Yes, I’m a whimp. lol)

Has motherhood changed how you decorate your home?

Luckily I have always loved A “RUSTIC TOUCH”, so I did not have to change my style much. Naturally I make sure not to get pieces that show every finger print, such as glass tables, nor would I ever dream of getting a white couch. I never have been one to decorate with fancy vases, and fragile things around the house anyways.

Has your mother influenced how you decorate and entertain in your home?

She sure has! We like a lot of the same things and every time she visits us, I have a TO-DO list of little projects for her to do for me, mostly sewing pillow cases, changing curtains around, etc.

What advice has your mother given you that you would also like to give to your children?

There’s is a lid for every pot.

Is there an activity you do now that still reminds you of something you did with your mother as a child?

Cooking and baking together! Although, I pay much more attention now than when I was younger.

Do you have any springtime traditions you would like to pass on to your children and grandchildren? 

Coloring Easter eggs together and Easter egg hunts

How do you and your family prepare your home for spring? Is there a specific piece of decor you put out that signifies spring has arrived?

I don’t have a specific piece of décor I put out each year, but we do one project together every year that signifies spring has arrived. Our son has this adorable little pet bunny named Bugsy, and every spring the little fur-ball has to endure a photo session, where he has to pretend he is the real Easter Bunny for our Family Spring-Easter Greeting card. We always come up with the cutest photo props and have lots of giggles in the process.

What’s your idea of a perfect Mother’s Day celebration?

I am not ‘high-maintenance’. Simply being around my Family and not having to cook for the day is great!

 

See how Christine used Balsam Hill’s Fairy String Lights and Luminara Flameless Battery-Operated Pillar Candles as part of a gorgeous Mother’s Day project on her blog.

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Mother’s Day Stories: Lauren of Bless’er House

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BlesserHouse Mom

With a Bachelor of Arts in English and a 5-year background in teaching, Lauren is able to instruct others of the best ways to style their own homes through Bless’er House. Lauren started her blog in November 2013 to document personalizing the basic builder-grade suburban home to give it an eclectic cottage charm. Lauren is a thrift store and upcycling enthusiast who is always discovering new strategies to create a designer look for a fraction of the price.

For Mother’s Day, we invited Lauren to share a few things about her mother:

Describe your mom in 3 words.

My mom is insightful, nurturing, and beautiful (inside and out).

Describe what your mom means to you in one sentence.

She is my absolute best friend- full of wisdom, a shoulder to cry on, easy to laugh with, and always there no matter what.  

What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?

It seems silly but just talking.  It’s so simple, I know, but I can’t talk to anyone the way I can open up to my mom.  Antique shopping maybe comes in at a close second.

What are you most grateful to your mother for?

She showed me how to love.  She’s been married to my dad for 32 years, and she’s shown me so much of what it means to be a good wife to my own husband by her example as I was growing up.  She taught me how to be a better mother to my own daughter by raising me with patience and compassion.  I owe so much of the love in my own household to her showing me how to play the roles she did in my own childhood.

What’s your favorite way to show your mom that you care?

Being a listener.  There are times she just needs to talk about what’s troubling her, and I like to be that person who is there for her, even if she doesn’t need me to say a word.  

Are there small things your mom does for you that lets you know she cares?

She does little things like buying a small something that she knows is so “me”.  Or she’ll send me a quick e-mail in the middle of the day to let me know she’s thinking about me.  Since I have a two-year-old and I’m a stay-at-home-mom, she steps in to babysit fairly often on weekends. It really is the best thing ever to finally get some “me time” to enjoy a date night with my husband, knowing our little one is in good hands.

 

See why Lauren loved using Balsam Hill’s Boxwood Wreath as part of a charming Mother’s Day project on her blog.

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Mother’s Day Stories: Debbie of Debbie Doo’s

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Debbie is a versatile Mom who likes to blend her creativity and eclectic style through all things near and dear to her heart and home.  She shares unique, thrifty and savvy ideas all on a realistic budget via her blog Debbie doo’s, which she established in 2009.

For our Mother’s Day campaign, we invited Debbie to impart stories of her mother, and share her thoughts about being a mom herself.

Describe your mom in 3 words.

Beautiful, funny, loving heart

Describe what your mom means to you in one sentence.

An extension to my heart an soul. Truly my hero.

What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?

Decorate, shop and eat.

What are you most grateful to your mother for?

Teaching me honesty, integrity, and good work ethic.

What’s your favorite way to show your mom that you care?

A simple phone call is all it takes.

Are there small things your mom does for you that lets you know she cares?

They are never small. That’s the problem, she is much too generous!

On being a mom.

What is your favorite part about being a mother?

What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it? Watching them grow into Men who someday, any woman will truly be blessed to be their wives. Most rewarding is when another parent or teacher compliments on the kind, thoughtful and overall caring person they are. Most challenging is getting them to be more responsible around the house. That part, their future wives will appreciate if they do more chores and pick up after themselves.

Has motherhood changed how you decorate your home?

Not at all. I have always been a collector of decor, and never cared for girly, girly stuff. I never had to put anything away, or had to worry about the boys breaking something. They learned early on, no touch.

Has your mother influenced how you decorate and entertain in your home?

Absolutely, everything I have learned and do in our home is passed down from my Mom. Her cooking, setting of a nice table, and always making a house a home.

What advice has your mother given you that you would also like to give to your children?

Never give up!

Is there an activity you do now that still reminds you of something you did with your mother as a child?

Yes, hang curtains and buy throw rugs.

Do you have any springtime traditions you would like to pass on to your children and grandchildren? 

Spring cleaning of course.

How do you and your family prepare your home for spring? Is there a specific piece of decor you put out that signifies spring has arrived?

My spring urns, window boxes and the decorative roosters get a fresh new color every season.

What’s your idea of a perfect Mother’s Day celebration? 

To have my husband cook me a nice meal.