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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: How to Decorate your Christmas Tree

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Dear Dagmar,

Can you give me advice on how I can best decorate my Christmas tree? What factors should I consider when choosing ornaments and decorating it?

Bernie

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Hi Bernie,

There are many things to be considered when selecting and decorating your Christmas tree with ornaments. However, the three most important factors are: the color of your tree’s foliage, the size and shape of the ornaments and the style you want to achieve.

Foliage Color

The tree serves as your backdrop or canvas where you can create art using your ornaments. You need to determine the color of the foliage to find out how you can enhance or bring out the natural beauty of the tree using complementary decorations.

Some foliage hues don’t work with certain colors. For example, cool and deep blue-green foliage decorated with tomato red ornaments won’t look as stunning as when it is embellished with deep ruby or berry red trimmings. Trees with a warmer green or yellowish foliage, on the other hand, look more stunning with bright red and white ornaments that look as crisp as the snow outdoors. You don’t have to be a color guru or specialist to find out what tree decorations look easy on the eyes or draw attention to the tree’s needles.

To know more about how to pair your Christmas ornaments with any type of artificial tree foliage, check out the video below:
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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

3 Ways to Recycle Old Christmas Decorations

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With a wide range of newer designs available in the market, many homeowners find themselves frequently replacing their old decorations in favor of more fashionable ones. Christmas décor withers over time since they are usually kept for 11 months out of a year, gathering dust and mold.

What can you do when you find yourself with a heap of old decorations? First of all, don’t throw them away. Recycle them instead to minimize unnecessary waste going into your local landfill. Here are a few fun ideas you can try: Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

10 Ways to Re-Use Beautiful Wrapping Paper

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Christmas is the season of giving and this often means receiving plenty of gifts wrapped in paper. Instead of throwing away the wrapping, consider reusing them in your home. Below are ten ways to reuse the holiday’s wrapping paper.

Caption: This vintage holiday sign can be reused in other ways after the holidays (Photo courtesy of Little Vintage Nest)

Caption: This vintage holiday sign can be reused in other ways after the holidays (Photo courtesy of Little Vintage Nest)

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Mixing Old and New Holiday Decorations

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Having the same exact Christmas decorations every year lessens the excitement of putting them up with your family. Seeing the dusty and tattered garland on the mantle doesn’t exactly bring feelings of joy for the holidays. But some of those old decorations hold memories, and we want to incorporate them into our newer, fresher Christmas decor. We’ve gathered some tips to help you mix old and new holiday decorations.

Balsam Hill's classic Heritage Spice Wreath and Garland, decorated along with our French Staghead Pillow and Morning Frost Tabletop Trees

Balsam Hill’s classic Heritage Spice Wreath and Garland, decorated along with our French Staghead Pillow and Morning Frost Tabletop Trees

  • Create a smooth transition
  • To create a smooth transition between old and new holiday décor, use colors from the same family. Repeating the hues bring a sense of cohesiveness and unites the elements in your holiday decor.

  • Use everyday items
  • Apothecary glass jars and tumblers are excellent table centerpieces when filled with holiday items like colorful antique Christmas ornaments, or put a smaller, special Christmas knick-knack in a jar to display its uniqueness.

  • Repurpose old foliage
  • Salvage old greenery and use them to embellish lighting fixtures. Tie them to wall sconces, lamp posts, and chandeliers with colorful ribbons for a nice accent to your lighting scheme.

  • Recycle Christmas cards
  • Old Christmas cards from loved ones can be turned into ornaments (laminate, punch a hole in the top, and tie it to the tree) or cut up and made into a beautiful collage.

  • Upgrade your kids’ artworks
  • The kids’ holiday artwork can be upgraded to feel like the real thing. Highlight Suzy’s 4th-grade nativity drawing with a snazzy new Christmas frame. Group together a few drawings from over the years, and this is a lovely way to incorporate the old decorations into something new.

Sometimes you want to keep that Santa rag doll from your childhood, and those sentiments make Christmas special. It’s easy to update your favorite older decor with something fresh with an eye for repurposing and making sure that the decorations are in keeping with your home’s style. Happy decorating!