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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!

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

Making an Undecorated Tree Part of Your Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Décor

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Savvy homeowners are getting the most bang for their buck by using their artificial trees even before Christmas. This autumn, an undecorated artificial tree is the perfect centerpiece you can use to jazz up your Halloween or Thanksgiving celebrations! Below are some my favorite decorating ideas to help you get started for the holidays.

Fall – General decor

Seamlessly incorporate your artificial tree with your general Autumn décor. You can do this by hanging natural accents like berries, figs and pinecones on your artificial tree. You can also use other autumn-inspired ornaments such as dried fruits (like sliced oranges and apples), cinnamon sticks bundled together, and clove-studded oranges. These look good AND smell good!

Halloween

Kick off this year’s Halloween theme by decorating your artificial tree, be it a simple green tree or a colorful tree in orange or black. Hang some miniature candy-filled Halloween pumpkin baskets and artificial cobwebs. You can also make your own Halloween decorations from clear or solid orange and bronze Christmas ornaments (fill these up with white shredded tissue paper to create a ghost or fill it with orange shredded paper to create a pumpkin). Use a black witch’s hat as a tree topper and place a cauldron filled with yummy candy right in front of your tree. To top off your Halloween-Theme look, surround the tree (decorated or undecorated) with a variety of painted and carved pumpkins.

Thanksgiving

Want to add a new twist to your Thanksgiving décor? Use a combination of traditional autumnal colors (like orange and brown) and festive colors (like gold and bronze) to liven up your home. Take inspiration from our very own Sausalito Pine by spray-painting your natural accents (eucalyptus leaves and pinecones) with a gold or bronze color. Hang gold bows and small brown balls on your artificial tree and display a variety of gourds and cornucopias around it. You can also embellish your pears and apples with gold or silver glitter, hang dry leaves and surround your artificial tree with ears of Indian corn.

Effortlessly bring the feeling of autumn straight into your home with these fun and affordable ideas. There’s no need to break the bank at all! After you’ve hung and displayed a few of these decorations, you can spend the rest of your time enjoying the holidays with your loved ones. Happy holiday decorating!