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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.

Christmas tree decorations

 

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!

Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Our Delightful Castle Peak Pine

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Our Balsam Hill Castle Peak Pine Tree

It’s our busy time of year, and as we prepare for our peak season, it can be easy to forget why we do what we do.  In the midst of all the busy-ness, I had a truly refreshing experience yesterday.

A media publication contacted us and asked if they could run a story about Balsam Hill, to which we happily obliged.  They asked to do a photo shoot with me and one of our trees in a home setting, and since we are so busy, I asked a friend to set up and decorate a tree for the photo shoot.  I arrived after all the decorating was done, and found a gorgeously decorated Castle Peak Pine awaiting.

My friend and her daughter were beaming, they were so thrilled with how great the tree looked.  It was the first time they’d set up a Balsam Hill tree, and they bashfully admitted to me that they had always had fresh Christmas trees, but after setting up the Castle Peak Pine, they were pretty much convinced to buy a Balsam Hill tree.

Yet the real surprise for me was just remembering how beautiful the Castle Peak Pine really is.  In all honesty, I don’t think I had ever fully appreciated its beauty.  It’s not like I hadn’t seen it before, I designed it and in fact had been working on it for over two years.  But most of the time, I have seen it in our R&D facility, without decorations, and without the charm and comfort of seeing it in a warm, inviting home.

The Castle Peak Pine is one that took a long time to develop: I wanted to introduce a tree similar to our Aspen Silver Fir, one that was all True Needle, and that had quite a bit of space in between each branch.  This allows for an open look and also for ornaments (especially larger ones) to be beautifully displayed.  However, in contrast to the Aspen Silver Fir, I wanted to have a tree that had a warmer color palette as well as spruce needle tips instead of fir.

While my favorite trees are ones that exactly mimic nature (such as our BH Noble Fir or BH Fraser Fir), there are only so many natural tree species that make great Christmas trees, so we also design trees that are guided by nature, such as this one.

Inspired by the Engelmann Spruce and other beautiful conifers around Colorado Springs, Castle Pines, and other communities in the Eastern foothills of the Colorado Rockies, our team set out to develop this beautiful tree.  For the first year of development, we code named it the Nebraska Pine.  (I’m not sure why, but it was memorable…in part because we kept coming back to make minor tweaks this tree.)  Call me picky, but it took a long time until we had the tree just right.

The challenge with an open tree like the Castle Peak Pine is that it needs to have enough branch density so that the light strings are concealed, but not too much density that all the nooks and crannies that are so naturally great for ornaments get filled in.  And of course, the tree needs a realistic faux trunk since there is not a dense inner thicket of branches to cover up the tree’s center pole like many of our trees.

After many iterations, our team perfected the Castle Peak Pine and we achieved what I think is the perfect balance of needle tips; needle shape; needle, stem, and bark color; a gorgeous tree shape; and the right amount of lights.   Ultimately we decided to introduce the Castle Peak Pine with our Candlelight TM LEDs – their warm glow accentuates the gentle, warm colors of this tree beautifully.

Back to the present – walking into this photo shoot I was just astounded with the beauty of the Castle Peak Pine.  It looked so real, so natural…the handmade branches had been fluffed perfectly so that it looked just like a farm grown Christmas tree with natural variances in how each branch tip fell.  It was so stunning that I surprised myself!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Choosing a Location for Your Holiday Tree (or Trees)

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Picking the best location for your holidays trees can take up a lot of time, especially if you’re feeling undecided. I’ve experienced this problem a few times myself! I’ve learned how to choose the best spots to make sure that all the hard work (and hours!) spent decorating won’t go to waste.

Aspen Christmas Signature Collection

Aspen Christmas Signature Collection

Do’s:

  1. Most Visibility: Why not place your holiday tree in the room your family gathers in the most? It could be the den, the living room or the dining room. Your family will definitely enjoy seeing it every day, especially on Christmas day!
  2. Most Convenient: It’s practical to place your holiday trees near electrical outlets to ensure that you won’t have a hard time plugging in your lights. Locations near electrical outlets may be high traffic areas, so consider using smaller artificial trees for these areas.
  3. Indoors and Outdoors: If you’ve got a house with a big yard or porch, consider placing some holiday trees outside. This adds to the festive atmosphere, especially if you’re planning to have lots of parties over the holidays! If you’re staying in a smaller place like a condominium or studio apartment, you can always place your trees indoors. They’ll still look wonderful and you can still go crazy decorating the trees however you like!

Don’ts:

  1. Avoid Lighting Switches: If possible, avoid placing holiday trees near light switches since people might accidentally knock down the decorations when they switch the lights on and off.
  2. Avoid Blocking Entryways or Closets: Avoid placing your holiday trees in areas where they could be blocking entryways or closets. Not only will you have a hard time moving around, but you’ll probably end up knocking down the decorations or even the trees themselves!

I hope these tips will help lessen your stress and increase the fun during the holidays. Happy decorating!

 

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!