Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Jennifer of Dear Lillie Blog

Armed with a background in fine arts, graphic design, and interior design, and her family’s love and support, Jennifer started her own Etsy boutique as a creative outlet. Dear Lillie, now an independent online shop, is a place where you can find one-of-a-kind home items and typography artworks – from pillow covers and signage to dainty greeting cards and chalkboard prints.

Jennifer offers free downloads of her printables as a way of giving back and inspiring others. She has gained quite a reputation for her lovely work, having been featured in several magazines and websites such as Christmas Ideas by Better Homes and Gardens, Romantic Homes, The Nate Berkus Show, and HGTV.

Jenni of Dear Lillie - Interview with Balsam Hill

A stay-at-home wife and mother of two, she designs for the family business while focusing on the Dear Lillie Blog, where she shares snippets of her family life and her personal projects. I learned more about Jennifer, her sense of style, and her decorating theme this Christmas in her exclusive interview with Balsam Hill.

BH: How did you come up with the name of your blog? How has blogging changed your life?

Jennifer: We got into a car accident and hit a deer a couple of weeks before I was due with my eldest daughter. Lillie arrived shortly after and my dad gave her the nickname Deer Lillie as a result. We started our business when she was six months old and Deer Lillie seemed like a good name. We realized people might think we had mispelled the word Deer or might not be able to find it when searching for it online so we decided to go with the more natural spelling of the word and went with “Dear Lillie.”

BH: What are some holiday decorating dos and don’ts you like to share with your readers?

Jennifer: Do stick with decorating that you enjoy! Don’t worry about what other people’s homes look like or what their style is. Just decorate with what feels most festive for your family. I think what’s most important is remembering why we celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior, and focusing on spending as much time with our family as possible. If you have children, make fun memories with them through different activities like making Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, driving around looking at Christmas lights and other simple activities. Although I really enjoy decorating for Christmas and adding holiday cheer throughout our home, there are other things that certainly matter more. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Kristen of Ella Claire Inspired

If you ask Kristen what her favorite gadget is, she will probably point to her power tools. Always ready to get her hands dirty, she aims to constantly improve the beautiful home she shares with her husband and children. She has a passion for creating, repurposing, and decorating. Through her blog Ella Claire Inspired, she is able to share projects and DIY tutorials that inspire homemakers like her.

Aside from imparting her creative endeavors and practical home tips, the stay-at-home mother of two also makes some printable items available for those who want to have a touch of artistry in their home, including the free vintage-inspired printable advent calendar, which I find lovely.

A hostess to her very core, Kristen is an expert at making her guests feel comfortable. The way she organizes parties, puts up decorations, and prepares her table is beautiful and well-planned. Even her last-minute party favors are adorable. She has always loved flocked Christmas trees ever since she was a little girl and she still does. In my interview with Kristen, I asked her about her holiday decorating traditions and why she loves her Balsam Hill Frosted Fraser Fir Christmas tree.

Balsam Hill: How did you come up with the name of your blog? How has blogging changed your life?

Kristen: Ella Claire is actually the name of my little girl. She is named after my great, great Grandma Ella who loved to see me when I was a little girl. I grew up hearing wonderful stories about Grandma Ella during the great depression, and I fell in love with her spunk and heart. I always knew I wanted to have a little girl named Ella. When it came time to name my blog, it was just the prettiest name that came to mind!

Blogging has changed my life in ways I had never expected. First, I never thought anyone but my mom would actually read it! More than anything, I love how it gives me the ability to share my creative adventures and home décor ideas with others.  Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Elegant Ways to Decorate with Ribbons

Balsam Hill ribbons

Rustic Christmas Tree Ribbons from Balsam Hill

Ribbons can be used anywhere, from birthday gifts to Christmas tree toppers. Because of their versatility and the range of colors they come in, ribbons can be used in a myriad of decorating ideas. They add color and add character to bare spaces. Learn how to use them elegantly with this guide from Balsam Hill. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Deck the Mantel with Holiday Cheer

Make a pair of DIY Candy Cane Piñata Stockings to hang on your mantel

When I was a child, my mother made me and my siblings the most beautiful argyle stockings made of real Irish wool. She traveled thousands of miles and made deals with local artisans to secure the yarn. This year, those knitted gems my mother spent months making are nowhere to be found. I thought about telling her we were taking a break from decorating this year, but she knows my love for decoration, so that would never work. After my husband talked me out of tearing the mantel down completely, I finally came clean and together we put our heads together and thought up a new family tradition: the DIY Candy Cane Piñata Stocking.

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