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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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Balsam Hill Home Décor Designer Spotlight, Part 1

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We at Balsam Hill have made it our mission to provide you with beautiful home décor of the finest quality. This season, we are proud to collaborate again with some of the best artists and designers to make your dreams of a picture-perfect holiday come true. Read on to learn more about some of our partners and the wonderful work they create.


A company with a rich and storied history, Soffieria De Carlini has been around since 1947, at a time when post-war Italy was seeking to bring a sense of normalcy to everyday life by returning to its roots and deep-seated traditions.

Founded by Enrico De Carlini, the company began to produce simple ornaments in classic shapes – such as spheres, drops, and ovals. In time, their decorative pieces were recognized globally for their impeccable craftsmanship and the De Carlini name soon became synonymous with the finest Italian glass ornaments.

Craftsman with mouth-blown stag figurine

De Carlini artisan skillfully crafting a glass figurine

De Carlini takes pride in maintaining traditional practices while making every piece. The process starts when a tube is heated to a scorching 800°C, and the glass is laboriously mouth-blown into figurines – complete with arms, legs, and other features. The finishing touch is in the details, each intricately hand-painted and hand-brushed to add life to each item. The talented artisans at De Carlini exhibit skills obtained through years of practice to produce exquisite ornaments, bringing joy to everyone who sees them.


Karen Didion and one of charming vintage Santas

The woman behind some of our favorite nostalgic pieces

Karen Didion has always been passionate about the Yuletide season, and her love for the holidays shines through every piece that leaves their workshop. What began as a simple pastime soon evolved into a business of creating endearing Santa figures for exhibits at private shows and country clubs.

The popularity of her home crafts grew steadily, and after many years of hard work, the company, Karen Didion Originals, was formed in 1995. Today, her family-operated company continues to thrive, producing imaginative pieces that evoke a welcome sense of nostalgia and tradition.

Karen Didion giving Santa some finishing touches

Karen Didion giving Santa some finishing touches

Each collectible is conceptualized by Karen herself, and every item is lovingly created out of distinctive fabrics like imported tapestry, satin, suede, and leather. All figurines are handcrafted with glass inset eyes, real mohair beards, and meticulously hand-painted faces and hands. No Santa leaves their workshop without the personal approval of a Didion family member, ensuring that collectors get only premium quality products.


The wooden wonders produced at the Ulbricht workshops have been described as detailed, whimsical and charming. Ulbricht has withstood the test of time and the trials of war. Otto Ulbricht originally started the business in 1928 in Seiffen, Germany, where former miners faced the challenge of finding new ways to sustain their families when ore started to dwindle.

The coming of World War II forced Otto to close the company’s doors in Seiffen, as he and his family fled to safer grounds. He re-opened the shop in Lauingen, where his son Christian Ulbricht took over in 1968. Ulbricht continues to produce exquisite nutcrackers and other wood décor with a timeless style that adds color and cheer to any home.

Premium quality wood being prepped for production

Premium quality wood being prepped for production

At the Ulbricht workshop, wood sourced from German forests are stored and dried under ideal conditions to preserve their beauty and integrity. Christian still enjoys designing new models at his workbench, samples of which serve as patterns for their workers to turn into beautiful handcrafted pieces. Parts of the woodworking process involve skills passed down over 300 years through generations of Ulbrichts, resulting in precision-made wooden collectibles that delight the young and young at heart.

Our creative partners are dedicated to bringing you cherished pieces that will help infuse your holiday home with warmth and charm. Be sure to re-visit our blog in a few days for the second half of our special Home Decor Designer Spotlight series.

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Win Tickets to Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Event

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Celebrate the holidays early with your loved ones by treating them to the excitement and spectacle of Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute, presented by Balsam Hill. Hosted by figure skating stars Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss, this family-themed show showcases an impressive line-up of skating champions along with special guest artist Kristian Bush of Grammy Award-winning country duo Sugarland.

Enjoy breathtaking live performances by Olympic medalists Scott Hamilton, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Ilia Kulik, Irina Slutskaya, and Paul Wylie. This star-studded cast is also scheduled to feature World champion Todd Eldredge, European medalist siblings Sinead and John Kerr, and U.S. ice dance champion Naomi Lang. All featured performers are parents and their children will also be part of the show.

This entertainment extravaganza is set for 2:00 pm on October 18, Sunday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Join our sweepstakes and get the chance to win tickets to this grand show.

How to Enter

This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the United States, 18 years old and above. No purchase is required to participate. To join, simply visit our Facebook page, click on the contest app, and provide your complete name and valid e-mail address. Earn up to 17 entries by accomplishing the following:

  • Visit the Balsam Hill website (balsamhill.com) = 1 entry per day
  • Visit the official Balsam Hill Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/balsamhill) = 1 entry
  • Follow Balsam Hill on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/balsamhill) = 2 entries
  • Tweet about the contest on Twitter = 3 entries per day
  • Subscribe to our newsletter = 3 entries
  • Share with friends and followers = 3 entries

Contest Period

The sweepstakes officially runs from October 2, 2015 at 9:00 am PST to October 4, 2015 at 8:59 am PST. All entries from October 2 to 4 are qualified for the draw on October 5.

Announcement of Winners

Six winners will be announced on October 5, with each winning the number of tickets they specified in their entry form (maximum of 5 tickets per winner).

For more details about this contest, visit our official Facebook page.

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Introducing: Balsam Hill’s New Fall Home Decor

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Earthy colors and rich textures abound during the harvest season, inspiring many homeowners to decorate their spaces with the beauty of nature. Find out how to enhance your home with elegant seasonal displays with select pieces from Balsam Hill’s Fall Home Décor collection.

Eye-catching Outdoor Accents

Our Fall Outdoor Decorative Pumpkins showcase the bounty of autumn

Our Fall Outdoor Decorative Pumpkins showcase the bounty of autumn

Pumpkins are iconic symbols of autumn, and our Fall Outdoor Decorative Pumpkins are a great way to add a colorful aura of abundance to your outdoors. Place them by entryways to greet guests with festive cheer, or place them atop urns or planters to add height and dimension to your seasonal décor. Read This Entry

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Product Backstory: European Glass Ornaments

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Rich in history and vibrant color, our European Glass Ornaments lend elegance and old world beauty to the holiday season. Today, we take a look at their origin and what makes them so special.

Balsam Hill's collection of exquisite glass ornaments

Balsam Hill’s European Glass Ornaments

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