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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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6 Ways to Decorate the Fireplace During Summer

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The fireplace is an often overlooked but very interesting part of the house to decorate. With just a few changes to the firebox and some additions to the mantel and the surrounding area, you can bring new life to your home while signaling the start of the new season. This summer, make good use of the fireplace with these decorating tips:

Decorate with Seaside Décor

Summer is all about enjoying the sunny outdoors. Bring the beauty of nature into your home by decorating with seaside-themed objects. Display a few twigs, a bottle of sand, and some seashells on your mantel to reflect the relaxed mood of summer.

Add a few articles like your favorite straw hat, some lanterns, a few plants, and blue bottles or jars to bring in more texture and color. With these decorations, lounging by the fireplace will seem like a day at the beach!

When the weather gets too warm for a roaring fire, use the firebox area as a place to showcase beautiful corals and seashells. Display your collection at different heights, and then complement the pieces with clear containers of sand and pebbles.

Decorate with Plants

Adding flowers and plant cuttings from your garden or a local florist is another beautiful way to dress up the fireplace, making it a lasting extension of the outdoors that you and your family can enjoy any time of day.

Tuscan Urn from Balsam Hill

Tuscan Urn Planter Pot from Balsam Hill

A lush and leafy plant at the center of the hearth makes a soothing focal point. For a touch of traditional charm, set your foliage in an elegant planter, such as Balsam Hill’s Tuscan Urn. Use a pair to flank the sides of your fireplace to create balance, or place a single one on one side for an interesting asymmetrical look.

Decorate with Stacked Wood

Stacking unused logs neatly in your fireplace gives a sense of order and purpose to the room. This technique is a good example of how to build upon a theme set by a main piece. The logs and the floral cuttings in the vase pick up the round shape of the mirror on the mantel, carrying the circular motif throughout the space.

Decorate with Art Pieces

Another wonderful option is to decorate the fireplace with your favorite paintings. Simply place your main piece in the firebox and let the mantel serve as the frame.

A great thing about displaying artwork on your mantel is that there is no real need to mount them on the wall. You can move them around easily, or replace them with other pieces whenever the mood strikes.

Decorate with Candles or Lanterns

Light up a fireplace without bringing up the heat by decorating it with candles or lanterns. The white candles in the firebox parallel the purpose of a fire and also pick up the white accents on the mantel. Flameless candles are a good option, especially since many models include a remote and timer feature for hassle-free operation.

Tea Light Fireplace Screen from Balsam Hill

Spruce up your hearth with Balsam Hill’s Tea Light Fireplace Screen

A fireplace screen as stylish as this Tea Light Fireplace Screen brightens up a fireplace during any season. It holds 14 votive candles and features an intricate design, making it a beautiful way to bring in a romantic ambience.

Decorate with Plants, Candles, and Artwork

If you cannot decide on one way to decorate your summer fireplace, why not do all of them? Combine all your favorite elements and create a look that is truly your own. Just remember to arrange your items in a neat, elegant composition to keep your hearth from looking cluttered.

Try out these decorating tips and breathe new life into your fireplace this summer.

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Balsam Hill’s Christmas in July Campaign: Give Christmas Love this Summer

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It’s July once again and to continue Balsam Hill’s efforts in giving back to the community, we’re hosting another Christmas in July Campaign to raise funds and awareness for worthwhile causes. We’re inviting everyone to make a donation to select charitable institutions through the crowd-funding site, Indiegogo. In return, we will match 100% of donations up to the first $1,000 raised for each charity, and then 10% of any donations on top of that. Anyone who contributes $50 or more will receive a special gift from Balsam Hill.

Below are our partner charities that need your love and support:


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Embrace’s mission is to save the lives of infants affected by neonatal hypothermia by distributing effective yet inexpensive infant warmers. They also provide communities around the world with education programs that address the root causes of the said condition. You can donate to Embrace via this link. Read This Entry

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A Balsam Hill Wedding Series

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Over the years, wedding bells have heralded the month of June. With this joyous season in full swing, we thought we’d tap into the expertise of two of the most creative designers from across the blogosphere for ideas, tips, and tricks on how to style weddings.

In the coming weeks, Rachel of Handmade Charlotte and Courtney of French Country Cottage will be guesting on our blog to show us how to decorate a wedding venue. As a prelude, we invite you to a trip down memory lane with Dagmar’s Christmas wedding photos from last year.

A Wedding with a Touch of Christmas

Dagmar’s daughter Abbey got married in 2014, and it was a happy occasion that benefited from thoughtful planning. Dagmar decided to give the wedding a hint of Christmas to express both the excitement over Abbey’s happiness and the joy of welcoming a new family member.

Balsam Hill's Mount Washington White Christmas tree adorned with Winter Frost Ornaments

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Welcome Home Summer Tour: Day 5

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Summer Housewalk 2015 Asset

Here’s our last batch of bloggers for the Welcome Home Summer Tour! Read on to see what they picked from Balsam Hill and how they decorated their home using our products. Read This Entry