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Balsam Hill Wins Silver in Horizon Interactive Awards won the Silver Award in the E-Commerce/Shopping Website category of the 12th Horizon Interactive Awards, besting other entries from around the globe.

Balsam Hill wins Silver Award

This year’s competition showcased “the best blend of technology, cutting-edge thinking, outstanding user-experience and overall aesthetics,” said Mike Sauce, founder of the award-giving body.

Best in the World

More than a thousand entries ranging from websites, videos, mobile applications, print advertisements, and email campaigns were received from nearly 50 states and 24 counties, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

The panel of judges evaluated the entries based on solution creativity, originality, optimization of viewing experience, overall graphic design, and technical merit.

A New Horizon for Balsam Hill

Winning the Silver Award affirms our continuing effort to innovate and provide customers with a user-friendly e-commerce platform. Balsam Hill aims to transform people’s online shopping experience during the holidays into something enjoyable and enlightening.

A screencap of Balsam Hill's award-winning website

The design reflects classic elegance yet the site is equipped with the latest features that redefine UX today. We have created a system that is not only easy to use; it also delivers complete product information, holiday decorating inspiration, troubleshooting guides, and unparalleled customer support.

Our Horizon Interactive Award is only the beginning. Soon, we will be opening up more avenues for engaging Balsam Hill customers throughout the world. The perfect Christmas is literally a few clicks away.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating with Dagmar:
More Tips on How to Spruce up Your Porch for Spring

Balsam Hill has just finished celebrating Mother’s Day over the past week with decorating tips from 15 talented bloggers. My own contribution to the series showcases how I spruced up my porch in honor of my mother. I provide more ideas on spring porch decorating in this new post.

The grey overcast days are over. Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it warmth, magnificent colors, and its promise of sunny days. The pleasant and lively weather gives us the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. One wonderful way to do that is to have a delightful conversation over a hot cup of tea and some delicious snacks on your porch or patio.

A stylish porch featuring rustic wicker chairs, green cushions, and a wooden coffetable
Traditional Porch by Bethesda Design-Build Firms Bill Millholland / Case Design

Before you send out an invite or give your friends a call, make sure that your outdoor space has spring decorations that will capture the vibrancy of the new season. Here are several elegant spring decorating ideas that will add charm to your favorite areas.

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Meet the Winner of Balsam Hill’s 2014 Mother’s Day Giveaway

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life

Because Balsam Hill believes in celebrating the family, we invited everyone to share how their own families celebrate Mother’s Day. The most inspiring answer would win for the participant two English Boxwood wreaths from Balsam Hill and two $100 Etsy Gift Cards. They can use their prizes to decorate an area of their home and of another loved one’s home for spring in honor of moms all over the world.

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life: Balsam Hill awards two English Boxwood wreaths and two $100 Etsy Gift Cards to Suzanne B for the 2014 Mother's Day Giveaway

The most touching answer reminded us of how Mother’s Day goes beyond our own families, that we can bring joy and honor to our own mothers by caring for other mothers who might not have family around.

Beyond the Family

And this answer came from Suzanne B who began by sharing the difficulty of celebrating Mother’s Day after losing her mom. The loss has led her to extend this heartwarming occasion beyond her own home:

“I will be honest it is going to be difficult. My mother recently passed away so I was having trouble how to approach it. My heart is not totally into celebrating anything and I know that does not do any one any good.

My family has plans not to focus on ourselves but we are going to help out at the Assisted Living Mother’s Day Dinner where we can help bring a nice time to other mothers who have no family around. It will be good for us all, children and grandchildren. We may have lost our mother, but so many other mothers are still here and in need. Helping others is what mom would have wanted anyway.”

Suzanne’s answer captures what we hold true: when we celebrate moms, we celebrate life. May we all have a Mother’s Day filled with warmth and love.

Thank you to all the participants of Balsam Hill’s 2014 Mother’s Day Giveaway! Continue to visit the Balsam Hill blog for ways to celebrate the family season after season.

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Happy Mother’s Day to 15 Wonderful Bloggers

Spring is the ideal season to celebrate life, and what better way to do it than to honor the special people who have given us life: our moms. As a tribute to all mothers in the past week, the Balsam Hill blog interviewed 15 decorating enthusiasts and lifestyle bloggers across the country. Each blogger has been inspired by motherhood in creating her own favorite corner of the home this spring.

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life: Balsam Hill pays tribute to 15 wonderful design and lifestyle bloggers on Mother's Day

Spring Decorating to Celebrate Motherhood

Learn more about how to decorate for spring with this selection of home decorating articles from our friends on the blogosphere:

Lauren of The Thinking Closet
Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof
Malia of Yesterday on Tuesday
Melissa of The Happier Homemaker
Candace of Vintage News Junkie
Diana of The Girl Creative
Krista of The Happy Housie
Jamie of So Much Better with Age
Melanie of Reasons to Skip the Housework
Chelsea of Two Twenty One
Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling
Courtney of French Country Cottage
Dagmar of Balsam Hill