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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Should Your Tree Wear a Skirt?

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Choosing accessories for our Christmas trees is very important. With the right trimmings, a Christmas tree can really dazzle!

One of the most common Christmas tree accessories is a tree skirt, and it’s a traditional choice for many. If you’ve never dressed up your tree with one, here are some reasons that might change your mind:

  1. A tree skirt makes a Christmas tree look complete. It pulls together the ornaments, the lights, and the other Christmas decor in the room. Choose a style in keeping with your decor and let the skirt dress up your Christmas tree.
  2. It provides a beautiful backdrop for gifts.  On Christmas morning, the tree is all lit up, the presents tumble from underneath it to spill across and over the tree skirt… When the presents spill over the skirt, it creates a look of abundance, and is picture-perfect.
  3. Tree skirts conceal unsightly tree stands. Tree stands are utilitarian, made of metal and have screws protruding from their sides. Your artificial Christmas tree is a thing of beauty; the two don’t aesthetically harmonize! Hide the stand with a gorgeous tree skirt, and voila – all beauty, all the time.
  4. They can be heirlooms. Many Christmas tree skirts are handed down as heirlooms from generation to generation. This year I receive the red flannel skirt that my mother bought during my first Christmas. Although it’s inexpensive, it holds years of memories for my mom and me. Heirlooms carry family history, and immediately evoke memories and “remember when” stories. These are precious, and I’ll pass them along when I have children.

The uses for a Christmas tree skirt are many, so to answer the question, “Should your tree wear a skirt”, we say “Yes!”

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Evergreen Everlasting: The Differences between Fir, Spruce and Pine

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With so many artificial Christmas trees available on the market, it’s difficult it is to tell each one apart. How’s a person supposed to tell the difference between a Norwegian Spruce and a Balsam Fir? And often, we want to make sure that our trees look like their Natural namesakes.

Fir, spruce and pine are three of the most popular Christmas tree varieties, and have their own characteristics that make them special. If you were to look at the real trees, here are some things you would notice. Use these distinguishing characteristics when you shop for artificial Christmas trees, to make sure that yours looks like the real thing:

Fir

Fir trees have individual flat needles attached to the stem. The needles grow in a spiral on the tip and lay flat, and this kind of display gives fir trees their full look. The shape of a fir tree is bushy and full, which doesn’t leave much room for ornaments and is perfect if you like a less-decorated tree.

Spruce

Like fir trees, spruces have single needles connected to the stems. However, spruce tree needles are sharp and square-shaped. On a real tree, spruce needles easily break apart if you bend them. As a whole, spruce trees sport the traditional full Christmas tree shape, thanks to their upturned branches. Their strong branches can hold heavier ornaments, so load them up with your biggest ornaments with confidence!

Pine

Unlike the fir and spruce trees, a pine tree has needles that grow in bundles — you can see three to five needles bunched together on a pine tree branch. Pine trees have fewer branches, so they tend to look sparse with their upturned branches. However, this leaves lots of room to hang ornaments at the back and middle of the branches, allowing you to hang all of your favorite ornaments.

With the pointers in mind, you can easily find the perfect Christmas tree!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

What Makes a Room Feel Warm?

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Your home is your refuge from the outside world. It’s so nice to come home to a warm, inviting room — I look forward to it myself!

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

Here are a few of decorating tips to achieve this feeling in any room in your house:

  1. Bold colors: Using bold colors like red and orange add warmth to a room! A good way to incorporate these colors is to use them in window treatments, throw pillows and area rugs.
  2. Ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is created by using layers of light, such as candles, table lamps, floor lamps and dimmed ceiling lights. This layering creates ambience and depth, which results in a feeling of coziness! Ambient lighting works best at night, especially during the holidays. For those who’d like something longer-lasting and equally warm and inviting, we offer our special Candlelight™ LED lights (noted for being much warmer in color than the cool blues of traditional LED lights) which come on our LED Prelit Artificial Christmas Trees. You can use these artificial trees as sources of light and as decorative focal points in a room.
  3. Stylish accessories: Using the right accessories will complete the overall look and feel of your room! Choose accessories in colors that go well together. For example, you can use orange and black accessories for Halloween and orange and yellow accessories for Thanksgiving.
  4. Different textures: Different textures add a sense of warmth and luxury. For fall, think velvets, cashmere, chenille, and silk! Natural fibers are best because they have a sense of luxury, and some are less expensive than others. This look can be achieved with just a few objects, like a chenille throw blanket, velvet pillow covers or a bolt of silk gathered and draped across the mantle.

After all that hard work, why not enjoy your warmly decorated retreat with a cup of hot cider by the fireplace? Delicious!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Five Ways to Use a Pine Cone Tree in Your Home Décor

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Make your home more festive this holiday season with beautiful pine cone trees! I’ve come up with a few simple and creative ways for you to use them in your home décor.

Smoky Mountain Christmas™ Signature Collection

  1. Tabletop Pine Cone Forest: Bring the outdoors in with a tabletop pine cone forest (you’ll need around four large and three small pine cone trees for this project). Cover the pine cone trees in gold paint and glitter and place them in silver bowls. For a festive touch, place some silver ball ornaments around them and add a small tree topper like a gold star. I’m so sure this’ll be a big hit, especially during meal times!
  2. Mantelpiece Pine Cone Tree Displays: Turn your fireplace into a showstopper with some pine cone trees! Place two large pine cone trees on either side of the mantelpiece. Afterwards, hang an herb wreath above the fireplace and some pine cone garlands on the mantelpiece. Do all this and you’ll be all set for a cozy night around the fireplace.
  3. Ornamental Pine Cone Trees: Running out of ball ornaments for your artificial tree? Try turning small pine cone trees into ornaments. Paint them in traditional Fall colors like red and yellow and embellish them with some gold glitter and beads. Just use a hot glue gun to stick them with some ribbon and you’ll be hanging them in no time!
  4. Thanksgiving Pine Cone Tree Topiaries: If you’ve picked up any larger pine cones (like those from the Ponderosa pine tree), you can make some pine cone tree topiaries. Just place the pine cones in terra cotta pots and add some red berries as decorative accents. You’ll have some lovely pine cone tree topiaries, which you can put on display along the hallways or by the doors.
  5.  Halloween Pine Cone Candy Trees: Add a unique twist to your Halloween décor by covering pine cone trees with some yummy candy. Use hot glue, stick candy corn and black licorice all over the pine cone trees. Trust me, you’ll definitely be fighting with the kids over this project!

Charming and natural, these pine cone trees look good as table centerpieces or as mantelpiece displays (why not try doing both?). I hope my ideas make your home look just as gorgeous as our living room display above. Happy decorating!