Category Archives: My Balsam Hill Christmas Tree

Everything you need to know about Balsam Hill’s line of artificial Christmas trees: from assembly and decorating to storage and troubleshooting

Thomas "Mac" Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Ask Mac: Which Balsam Hill Tree Should I Get?

‘Twas almost Thanksgiving
and all through the house,
none of my offspring were stirring,
not even my spouse.
And while I know I should get some rest,
I can’t help but write,
a note to all of you,
before I sign off for the night.
So many friends have asked,
“Hey Mac, what tree should I buy?”
I can barely keep up, in providing my replies.
So here are my thoughts, lucid and true;
I very much hope, they are helpful to you!

Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce

Vermont White Spruce

(Impatient friends who want an immediate “80/20” answer: buy the Vermont White Spruce.)

For everyone else, first, thank you for your interest in welcoming Balsam Hill to your home! I’m honored. I know there are a lot of trees to choose from. In fact, I’ve personally designed all of our 50+ tree families.

I must admit this exercise is a bit like having multiple kids and the hazard of picking a favorite. Even the trees you might find on deep discount aren’t “bad” trees – they are just ones that apparently our customers didn’t like as much as I did!

3 Questions to Answer When Picking Your Tree

1. Did you grow up with a real tree?

Balsam Hill BH Noble Fir

BH Noble Fir

If so, I’d suggest buying one of our replica trees from the region where you grew up as everything about them should seem familiar to you. If you grew up on the West Coast, I’d recommend the BH Noble Fir. If you grew up in New England or the Philly-NYC corridor, I’d recommend the BH Balsam Fir. If you grew up along the Atlantic Seaboard or in Florida, then the BH Fraser Fir. Anywhere else, I’d suggest the BH Blue Spruce.

If you didn’t grow up with a real tree, then I’d recommend the Vermont White Spruce (you just can’t go wrong with this tree – it is full, gorgeous, and versatile) or the BH Noble Fir (note it is a green-gray color). The BH Blue Spruce (a blue-green color) is pretty awesome, too. All three of these trees are terrific for hanging lots of ornaments, and easy to “fluff” to be super full and lush. Read This Entry

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An Unforgettable Balsam Hill Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

‘Tis the season of stellar performances, and you’re invited to join in the celebrations! This year, Balsam Hill partners up with multi-platinum artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith in a concert tour: An Unforgettable Night of Music: Christmas Featuring a Full Symphony Orchestra. The tour will include two memorable giveaways, so stay tuned ’til the end of this post for more details!

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Balsam Hill Essentials: Tree Stands and Collars

A fully decorated Christmas tree is a sight to behold—a tree topper perched up high, ornaments, picks, and ribbons of different shapes and colors, and enchanting lights. However, an often overlooked detail in tree decorating is the tree base, which can be spruced up with a tree collar or tree stand.

Unskinny Boppy

Photo Courtesy of Unskinny Boppy

This article will be your guide to using tree collars and stands in your Christmas decorating. Read This Entry

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How to Assemble the Flip Tree

Assembling an artificial Christmas tree each holiday season can be a daunting task. The idea of arranging branches, attaching sections together, and stringing up lights can feel like quite a handful to most of us.

Blue Spruce Flip Tree

Decorated Blue Spruce Flip Tree (Photo courtesy of Migonis Home)

We are more than pleased to make your Christmas tree assembly virtually effortless with our exclusive Flip Tree™. Read This Entry

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5 Tree Shapes and How to Display Them

Every family looks for that ideal holiday centerpiece to take home and decorate. Christmas trees come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s sure to be one that will match what you want.

California Baby Redwood

A full-shaped California Baby Redwood fills wide hallways and wide ceilings very well

The right choice often begins with knowing the correct tree shape for your home. The tree’s shape, which also called its profile, is the triangular outline of the tree that tells how narrow or wide it is. This is important when you consider how a narrow hallway or small room can get crowded when a full-bodied tree is placed in it. To avoid these less-than-perfect décor choices, we’ve put together a helpful guide on the different artificial Christmas tree shapes and where it’s best to place them.

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Balsam Hill’s 12 Bloggers of Christmas

We at Balsam Hill always strive to provide you inspiring decorating ideas for creating a beautiful home. This year, we’re proud to bring you our 4th annual 12 Bloggers of Christmas featuring our brand ambassador, Courtney of French Country Cottage, and 12 very talented bloggers. They will be showcasing their decorated holiday centerpieces in stunning displays befitting one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year in our Balsam HIll housewalk.

Who’s Joining Us

Balsam Hill's 2016 12 Bloggers of Christmas

Our group of lifestyle and home décor bloggers are opening their doors to unveil how they styled their new Balsam Hill Christmas trees using some of our beautiful themed ornament sets and trim. Read This Entry

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Brad Schmidt’s Red, White and Sparkle Christmas Tree

Continuing with our designer decorating series, we take a look at acclaimed floral artist Brad Schmidt’s Red, White and Sparkle Christmas tree, a sophisticated creation that combines modern flair with whimsical design.

Brad Schmidt's Red White and Sparkle tree

Brad’s favorite technique for decorating Christmas trees is to start arranging ornaments and embellishments from the top. He then works his way towards the bottom, making sure that the whole look is cohesive and balanced. Read This Entry

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A Handmade Holiday: Yvonne of Stone Gable

It’s Week 2 of A Handmade Holiday, our special collaboration with Cricut. As part of our round-up of talented bloggers who participated in this campaign, we’re taking a closer look at Yvonne of StoneGable.

Yvonne of Stone Gable

Yvonne is the domestic diva behind StoneGable, a popular blog full of tutorials, beautiful tableaus, recipes, gardening tips, and much more. This mother, wife, and blogging enthusiast shares that she loves constantly learning new things, and is passionate about all things related to house and home. Yvonne currently lives with her husband, and their two pets, Scamp and Hobbes.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Carmel of Our Fifth House

Carmel is no stranger to hard work and jumping right in with both feet. Although skill and expertise go a long way when it comes to decorating and design, she believes that fearlessness is a vital ingredient in the dish that is interior decorating—served with generous helpings of inspiration and creativity. Every home has its very own personality and for Carmel, this should always be a reflection of the people who live under its roof.

Carmel Phillips

The blogger behind Our Fifth House, Carmel endeavors to infuse fun into her design projects. She is an avid fan of under-an-hour DIY projects; although she also does her fair share of complicated crafts and designs. Through her blog, she aims to bring out the fearlessness in people like herself so that they can find their own style, and the courage to display it for all to see.

Carmel was kind enough to make time for a short interview despite her busy schedule. In the following Q&A, she answers a few questions regarding her holiday decorating style and how she gets inspiration for her design ideas. Read This Entry