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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5 Jaw-Dropping Christmas Tree Deals

Black Friday is a great time to score some amazing Christmas tree deals. Here’s a round-up of premium Christmas trees at deeply discounted prices to help you create the holiday display of your dreams.

Stratford Spruce – 50% OFF

Stratford Spruce

Get the designer look without the designer price tag with the elegant Stratford Spruce, crafted with a space-saving narrow profile and lifelike forest-green needles.

Saratoga Spruce – 50% OFFSaratoga Spruce

Featuring a sleek narrow silhouette and abundant grass-greentips, this lifelike 7-foot Saratoga Spruce is stunningly beautiful even before you decorate it.

Classic Blue Spruce – 40% OFF

Classic Blue Spruce

A wide conical shape, dense foliage, and a gorgeous blue-green color—the Classic Blue Spruce is a timeless favorite that you can bring home for an absolutely irresistible price.

Berkshire Mountain Fir – 50% OFF

Berkshire Mountain Fir

With its dual-toned foliage, elegant in-and-out branch structure, and various lighting options, the Berkshire Mountain Fir packs plenty of great features into its compact shape and compact cost.

BH Fraser Fir – 30% OFF

BH Fraser Fir

Enjoy substantial savings and striking holiday style with the BH Fraser Fir. It’s made with realistic, two-toned needles and offered in a huge range of sizes and lighting options.

You can get even more value with these swoon-worthy Christmas tree decorations at wallet-friendly prices: Read This Entry

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Elegant Entryways: Christmas Door Decorating Ideas

The most breathtaking holiday homes radiate the beauty of Christmas from every angle. While a Christmas tree fills your interiors with the spirit of the season, a beautifully decorated entryway conveys a festive atmosphere that extends beyond the four corners of your home. Here are a few Christmas door decorating ideas to inspire your entryway décor this season.

A Frosty French Door Ensemble

Merry and Bright Doorway Decorations. Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage

Brimming with snowy splendor, frosted accents bring the beauty of winter into your home. For her Merry & Bright Christmas, Courtney of French Country Cottage opted for flocked evergreens and bright lights to adorn her white French doors. Read This Entry

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5 Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Decorating your porch or backyard with outdoor Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to welcome guests and share the Christmas spirit. With a wide range of outdoor ornaments to choose from, the only limit is your imagination.

A merry and bright outdoor Christmas display

Photo by Courtney of French Country Cottage

Some factors to consider when planning for your home’s exterior décor are what themes you have in mind and what items you’ll need. The scale of your outdoor Christmas decorations and where you’ll place them is important too. In today’s post, we’re sharing five beautiful decorating ideas to ensure that your outdoors is the perfect picture of festive cheer. 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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3 Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips Your Guests Will Be Grateful For

The Thanksgiving celebration culminates in a meal for which friends and family gather around as a reminder of bountiful blessings. This makes the dining area all the more important during this celebration.

In this article, we’ll be sharing three inspired tablescaping techniques from our Let’s Give Thanks campaign that can make your Thanksgiving meal all the more special for your friends and loved ones.
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Mantel Makeover: From Halloween, to Harvest, to the Holidays

  • Halloween Mantel by Delilah
    From Tricks to Tinsel: Delilah displays four unique themes for each season

The fireplace mantel is one of the best places in your home to highlight holiday décor. As the room’s focal point, the space can easily be decorated according to the season by simply changing the accessories displayed on top.

Find inspiration for transitioning your mantel from Halloween to the new year with radio personality and author, Delilah. Read on to discover how she created four unique looks for each occasion with Balsam Hill holiday decorations.

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10 Stunning Christmas Decorating Themes to Recreate This Season

Decorating ideas for turning your Christmas tree into the showpiece your home deserves.

Christmas Tree with Jewel-toned Ornaments

Shimmering jewel-toned ornaments exude distinct elegance and grace.

The Christmas tree is often considered the heart of holiday decorating. Drawing inspiration from the experiences of the best home décor and lifestyle bloggers out there, we’ve curated some Christmas tree decorating ideas you’ll surely love. We have a number of ideas that will inspire you to design a spectacular centerpiece with an eye-catching display.
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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

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

5 Steps for Creating a Charming Autumn Porch

Ahh autumn, you are so pretty.

Today,  I am sharing five tips for creating a charming autumn porch for autumn that says “Welcome!” in a big way.


With those colorful leaves, crisp misty mornings, and fresh air – the season inspires you to wrap up in a cozy blanket and relax by the fire with a cup of cocoa. And autumn also inspires beautiful porches and patios wearing all those warm colors and charm of the season. Read This Entry