Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Vanessa Hunt of At the Picket Fence

Vanessa Hunt is the older of two sisters who run the blog At the Picket Fence. Sisters Vanessa and Heather have found that co-authoring the blog has brought them closer together—even if they live in different states. Sharing a passion for writing, cooking, and especially home decorating, they use the blog to connect in ways they never imagined.

Vanessa currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with the “Yankee Boy” and the “Rascals”—the former, her best friend of a husband, and the latter, her two precious children. A full-time, stay-at-home mom, she shares her family’s personal journey in a series she calls “A Labor of the Heart.” Vanessa equally loves her extended family and does what she can to stay connected with them. Blogging has been one of her ways to keep close to her sister Heather despite the miles between them. Though living in different states, the sisters make it a point to be part of each other’s lives, with the help of At the Picket Fence.

Vanessa answered a few questions for us in a heart-to-heart interview. Read about her holiday decorating style and design inspirations below. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Decorated Doorstep of Your Dreams

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Doorstep fully decorated by Balsam Hill

At last! The mantel is made, the candles are lit, and there is a big shiny star on top of the tree. We still haven’t found my mother’s Irish wool stockings (fingers crossed), but our Candy Cane Piñata Stockings are making pretty fun placeholders. From tree skirt to chimney, our house is ready for the big day. Now all that’s left to do is to spread that spirit outside. The Balsam Hill 3-Tier Wreath, Mixed Berry Topiary, and Holiday Welcome Mat come together to create the perfect doorstep arrangement that lets the world know that Christmas is on its way. It’s the finishing touch to a Handmade Charlotte + Balsam Hill Christmas.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Courtney of French Country Cottage

Courtney started French Country Cottage as a place where she can immerse herself in design and share her projects, ongoing renovations, and never-ending inspirations for their cottage home. With touches of shabby, cottage and French country, her home features a delightful mix of elegance and rustic styles. Her bright home is accented with gilded French chairs, gorgeous blooms, aubusson pillows, and chandeliers, complemented by vintage china and a fine stemware in the dining room. She designs with class and comfort in mind, making sure to create a regal feel in an everyday setting.

Blogger Courtney French of French Country Cottage Blog

 

What I love most about her blog are her 5-minute tutorials on very easy ways to decorate, which can be achieved in a short amount of time. Besides dabbling in blogging, Courtney works as a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines, and once wrote a book for her grandmother. She has always loved decorating, always surrounding herself with beauty. Her blog serves as her medium to interact with a community of people with the same interests and ideas in design and styling. Quite a rebel, Courtney does not follow decorating rules all the time, but she believes in the importance of decorating with what you love.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage

Kelly Elko believes in life’s simple pleasures and tries to show this in her work. She loves thrift shops, tarnished silver, and anything with a vintage touch. Her mantra: simple projects equals more time for cocktails!

Kelly is a doting mother to beautiful twin girls and a loving wife to an equally loving husband. She makes it a point to spend time with her family—laughing with them like there was no tomorrow. She believes that laughter is the best medicine, and shares her humor with her readers and the people she loves. Her blog Eclectically Vintage is testament to her sense of humor and love for everything vintage, featuring eclectic finds, DIY projects, practical decorating tips, unique crafts, and delicious recipes.

Kelly considers herself a faux Christmas tree girl and has featured one of Balsam Hill’s products—the 36″ Fraser Fir wreath—in her Countdown to Christmas series. I am particularly glad that she loves how realistic our wreaths are, describing them as “I need to touch it to make sure it’s not real” wreaths.

We got in touch with Kelly to get first-hand information on her design philosophy and how her blog has helped hone her design and decorating skills. Read This Entry