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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Thanksgiving Notes: Jack-O-Lanterns? Creative Ideas for Preventing Clashes in Seasonal Decorations

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Seasonal decorating is a fun, fresh way to keep your home up-to-date with the change in seasons. However, there are times when seasonal decorations clash with each other and it certainly isn’t pretty!

Neutral tones are the perfect foundation for seasonal decor

Avoid this decorating disaster with some of my tips:

  1. During the transition between seasons, keep the more elaborate holiday décor away from sight. Use this time to display your lovely heirloom pieces, like old china you’ve inherited from your grandparents.
  2. Use metallic and glass decorations. Add a touch of sophistication by incorporating metallic and glass decorations to your existing home décor. Since these can be used in all seasons, they’ll remain useful throughout the year.
  3. Hang reversible drapes! Use a neutral color on one side and colorful fabric on the other side. These stylish reversible drapes saves time and money!
  4. Use alternating pillow covers. Reserve some pillow covers for Autumn and some pillow covers for Winter. This way, you’ll have an easier time updating your decorations when different holidays come up.
  5. Keep the foundation of your home decor simple and timeless. For those who love to decorate early for every season, it’s wise to have a simple foundation (think neutral-tone walls and easy patterns) so that you can easily switch your decor from one holiday to the next… And allow your favorite seasonal pieces to shine!

Seasonal decorating is a good way to show off items that you wouldn’t normally have on display. Just remember, keep your home décor simple and minimal, so that they remain timeless throughout the seasons. Happy decorating!

Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Kit Kats and Snack Mix

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner (mmm…pumpkin pie!), which means it is already time to design new Christmas trees for next year! To my knowledge, we are now one of just two Christmas tree companies who designs and manufactures our own trees (everyone else buys their trees through wholesale brokers).  Designing and producing our own trees is a huge undertaking, but one we feel is well worth it to ensure that we bring the highest quality, most realistic artificial Christmas trees to our customers.

Although it is a long trip, I always enjoy travelling to our factory in China to present our latest designs and to review new product samples.  Whenever I meet with our team in China, I always bring them something from the US.  Often, we exchange favorite foods.  Since it is cool this time of year, it’s a great time to bring chocolates without worrying about them melting along the way.  I had some extra space in my luggage this trip so I brought a giant six pound variety pack of favorite Mars, Inc. chocolates: M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, Reese’s, Twix, Snickers, Kit Kat, Milky Way, and Almond Joy.

Earlier this week I brought out the massive bag and there were smiles all around.  We had a great time discussing the pros and cons of each candy bar.  Some were familiar – M&Ms and Snickers are quite common in the stores around our factory (to my palate a Chinese Snickers bar tastes exactly the same as it does in California).  I shared my favorites (Kit Kat) and my least favorite (Milky Way).  Next time, maybe I’ll have to bring both Mounds and Almond Joy and sing the song (provided no one has a  video camera to capture it…)

In return, we snacked on a snack mix from one of my colleague’s hometowns in Sichuan Province.  It was a combination of candied popcorn, peas (similar to wasabi peas without the wasabi), and dried sliced fruit (we still haven’t figured out what the English name is for the fruit).  Delicious!  I can’t wait to see what we’ll decide to share with each other on my next trip!