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Spooked by the Holidays? Divide and Conquer: Tackling Holiday Decorations One Room at a Time

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Dealing with holiday decorations can seem pretty daunting at first. Don’t fret! The key to holiday decorating success is this: Divide and Conquer.  Tackle holiday decorations one room at a time and soon your home will undergo a beautiful transformation!

artificial Christmas trees

Here are some tips to help you start:

  1. Decide on a Theme: Decide on the overall theme that you want to use and how much you’re willing to spend for it. Each room should reflect your chosen theme. A good tip would be to select a specific color scheme and use that in the holiday decorations that go into each room.
  2. Designate a Focal Point: Determine which room should get the most elaborate decorations and designate it as the focal point.  If you designate the living room as the focal point of your home, place your favorite decorations and artificial Christmas tree there! After doing that, work your way outward. You won’t need to go all-out in the other rooms, just use decorative pieces that reflect the theme and color scheme you chose.
  3. Get Organized: This is the time you’ll need to get organized! After choosing items that should go to each room, put them into storage boxes or bags. Do try to use the boxes or bags sent by the manufacturer of the items. For example, Balsam Hill’s artificial Christmas trees come with their own storage bags, which are better to use since they’re made specifically to store those items. Label these according to which area they need to go to (like the living room, dining room or foyer).  It’ll be a cinch to decorate next time since you’ve already organized everything!

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and work your holiday magic, one room at a time. Happy decorating!


Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

When Family Members Disagree About How to Decorate

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Every living space is an amalgamation of personalities that live in it. Even if there are only the two of you, it’s important to agree on how to decorate your home. Here’s how family members can reach a compromise over house decorating:

  • Discuss design sensibilities. Before you begin decorating, think about how the individuality of family members could be reflected in your decor. Create a sample board showing photos of your ideal home space. Include a paint or fabric swatch beside each picture to help family members visualize the design.
  • Agree to disagree. Chances are, you won’t agree on every decoration! That’s alright, because differences in taste make home aesthetics more interesting. Incorporating family members’ input makes them feel that they’re part of the decision-making process.
  • Give and take. Compromising on certain things makes decorating easier. When the children want big red ornaments but don’t care which artificial tree you choose, and you’re not picky about the decorations on the tree, then you both win. Understanding the most important item to each person and working around that is a key to success.
  • Let clashes create something new. He’s more modern, she’s staunchly traditional, and neither will budge. Finding ways to make the best of what styles of have to offer can result in something fresh and creative.

Turning this from a stressful situation into a positive one can be done with some careful planning and open minds. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Planning Your Tree: From Choosing a Color Scheme to Picking Out Ornaments

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Choosing a color scheme for your tree and picking out the ornaments to go with it is a fantastic way to make an impact during the holidays. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that my tastes have changed and are still evolving!  It’s really fun to mix it up, either with nostalgic, classic pieces or with unique, contemporary designs.

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Here are some ideas to help put your own twist on your artificial Christmas tree this year:

  1. Get Inspiration From the Season – Use seasonal colors inspired by Nature! Add a touch of elegance by using colors in jewel tones like ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, polished gold and sparkling silver (or even a combination of two or three colors!).
  2. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane – Remember how you used to celebrate Christmas when you were a kid? Use colors that bring feelings of nostalgia, like traditional red and green! This is also the perfect time to display any ornaments that you’ve inherited or received as gifts.
  3. Keep It In the Family – Make a strong impact by choosing a monochromatic color, like a tree in beautiful, classic white, a.k.a. white Christmas trees. This particular color scheme serves as a great backdrop for other colors. Add variety by using different variations of a single color throughout the room, like green, red or blue.

Remember, just choose whatever puts you in high spirits and makes you feel like the holidays are truly here. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Mixing Old and New Holiday Decorations

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Having the same old Christmas decorations year after year is a recipe for holiday doldrums! Seeing the dusty and tattered garland on the mantle doesn’t exactly bring feelings of excitement for the holidays. But some of those old decorations hold memories, and we want to incorporate them into our newer, fresher Christmas decor.

Below are some tips to help you mix old and new holiday decorations:

  • 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 to showcase your older, smaller decor! 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.
  • Salvage old greenery and use them to embellish lighting fixtures. Tie them to wall sconces, lampposts and chandeliers with colorful ribbons for a nice accent to your lighting scheme.
  • 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.
  • 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!