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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Sophisticated Outdoor Christmas Décor

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An exquisitely decorated home exterior instantly spreads holiday cheer, not only to your family and guests but to passers-by as well. Lit up at night, your home turns into a magical scene that exudes holiday spirit. From the front door and the porch to the front lawn and fences, outdoor spaces are gorgeous backdrops for holiday décor. Heighten your curb appeal this holiday season with these stunning pieces of outdoor holiday décor:

Charming Wreaths and Garlands

Wreaths and garlands are décor essentials that can set your home apart by instantly instilling an inviting ambiance on your front porch. For a warm look that reminds everyone of home, select classic wreaths embellished with natural elements that symbolize Christmas like pine cones, apples, and berries. If you want a more personalized design, choose unadorned wreaths that provide a lush setting for your favorite ornaments. To add visual impact to your entryway, generously drape a garland around it, letting it flow to the ground for a willowy, dramatic look.

Exquisite Topiaries

Symbolizing life, elements of nature enliven home exteriors. Convenient, portable, and available in different styles, topiaries are wonderful additions to the porch. Flank your door with a pair of topiaries for a balanced, elegant appeal that never fails to impress. Look for topiaries with graceful designs as well as those that are already pre-lit for an impressive yet effortless display, like the beautifully intertwined Balsam Hill Myrtle (Helix). For a contemporary and refined look, try arranging three ball topiaries of different heights on one side of your front door.

For a more modern design, place a glowing frosted globe on top of an urn to serve as a lustrous topiary. Use larger urns if you want to pile up more globes.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Simple Ways to Decorate for the Holidays Using Natural Objects

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I really like dressing up my home with all sorts of decorations during the holidays. Why? Simply because I just love how holiday decor makes my home feel so warm and inviting! I’ve realized that using natural objects as decorations really makes a difference.

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On that note, I’ve got some simple ideas on how to incorporate these natural objects into your own decor.

  1. Winter flowers and plants as table centerpieces: Take advantage of the beautiful winter flowers and plants by using them in a table centerpiece. Artfully arrange the flowers and plants in a nice big vase or bowl. For this, you can use traditional poinsettia flowers and just add natural accents like ivy and mistletoe.
  2. Wreaths and garlands as mantelpiece displays: Who can resist the classic combination of a wreath and garland on display? Place these on top of a mantelpiece and create an instant hit by adding some festive Christmas lights and natural accents like holly berries and pine cones.
  3. Seasonal produce as bookshelf and cabinet decorations: Liven up your bookshelves and cabinets with a burst of color, courtesy of seasonal produce like apples and cranberries. Combine them in different colors, like using both red and green apples at the same time (not only will these be lovely to look at, but you can even eat them afterward!). To add holiday nostalgia, incorporate charming orange and clove pomanders in elegant silver bowls.

Natural objects bring the outdoors into any home, along with all their lovely charms like vibrant colors and aromatic scents. For more ideas, you can read my earlier post on creative ways to use pinecones and other natural objects. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Bringing Fall Colors Inside: Eight Tried and True Strategies

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The coming of Fall signals an explosion of yellow, red, orange and brown colors in different hues! As Nature slowly transitions from Summer to Autumn, we find ourselves drawn to the cozy indoors.

Seasonal produce adds a warm touch

Make the most out of this season by decorating your home in traditional Fall colors:

  1. Use natural light: Since days are shorter in the Fall, you’ll have to make full use of the available natural light! Bring the soft Autumn sun into your home by fully raising your blinds or opening your curtains. You can replace any dark and heavy drapes with pale yellow curtains. Also, try adding more mirrors to reflect the sunlight back into your living room, bedroom or bathroom.
  2. Paint the walls: Make your home feel warmer by painting the walls in Fall-inspired colors. Take your cues from Nature and use colors found in maple, oak, hickory, ash, sycamore or birch trees. To make it more fun (albeit messy), get your family to help paint during the weekend!
  3. Display Fall foliage indoors: Let the beauty of Nature into your home by displaying Fall foliage indoors. Go outside and have fun choosing different leaves and branches to use for display! These will look absolutely gorgeous sitting in a wooden basket or sprinkled along a runner on the dining room table.
  4. Hang herb wreaths above the mantelpiece: Since Autumn is the harvest season, try hanging herb wreaths above the mantelpiece. Choose wreaths in yellow, red, orange and brown for a Fall-inspired look. Just like scented candles, they’ll even make your room smell good!
  5. Fill baskets and bowls with pine cones: Use pine cones as decorative pieces by filling baskets and bowls with them. Adding just the right touch, they’re versatile and abundant in season!
  6. Use seasonal produce: Choose from a wide selection of produce that is easily available in the Fall like apples, pears, grapes, figs, pomegranates and pumpkins. You can use them for displays or as decorative accents (plus you can eat them when they’re ripe!).
  7. Place centerpieces on the table: Keep in line with the Fall theme by using your garlands as centerpieces for the table. Make sure that nothing goes to waste by incorporating pine cones or other decorations left over from other holiday projects!
  8. Add throw pillows and matching rugs: Cover throw pillows in different Autumnal colors, ranging from chocolate brown, rich burgundy and pumpkin orange (they even sound delicious!). You can complement these throw pillows by getting matching rugs made from natural fibers like jute, organic cotton or hemp.

Happy decorating from Balsam Hill!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Managing the Chaos: Taking Holiday Decorations Out of Storage

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Taking Christmas decorations out of storage can be stress-free!

Preparing for the holidays can get hectic and feel utterly chaotic. Don’t worry! I’ve got a few tips on how to stay organized while taking all of your decorations out of storage. I hope these suggestions will be as useful for you as they were for me.

  1. Get help! No one decorates alone. Pull in a friend or ask your children to help out.
  2. If possible, survey your Christmas storage and identify what’s in the boxes. Hopefully you’ve labeled them and put them in clear plastic bins!
  3. Bring the box of decorations into the designated Christmas decorations room – if you have a lot of decorations like we do, you’ll definitely have a room where you’ll unpack the Christmas decorations.
  4. Make piles according to the type of decoration or room.  For example, dedicate a corner to Christmas wreaths or garlands. It helps to lay out all your ornaments, so you can see your whole collection by before placing them on the tree. This visually helps you decide where you want to place each ornament to balance the tree décor. For easy access, leave the Christmas tree ornaments and lights next to the tree.
  5. Decorate one box at a time. This keeps mess – and thus stress – to a minimum. It also means that you can stop whenever you like without leaving a mess!
  6. Repack as you go. Before moving onto another box, put the empty containers back into the box and seal it.
  7. It’s always best to cover your work area with a sheet (like old bed sheets or towels) because the glitter from those ornaments can get everywhere! This helps to prevent the ornaments from rolling off your work area and breaking apart. Also, if the ornaments did break by accident, the mess is much easier to clean.

These tips ought to keep your stress levels at an absolute minimum. Prepare well enough in advance and you won’t feel overwhelmed when the holidays start coming around. Good luck!