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Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Halloween is a wonderful time to unleash your creativity. From spectacularly ghoulish home décor to frighteningly fun costumes, there is a lot that you and your family can do to celebrate this holiday. Since Halloween is never complete without a traditional carved pumpkin displayed on your front porch or lawn, here are a few elegant pumpkin carving ideas you may want to try.

Golden Goblins 

Update the traditional Jack-o’-lantern by incorporating gold lamé paper into the design. Dabbing the lamé paper all over the body of the carved pumpkin peppers the surface with gold flecks, imparting sophistication into the simplest designs. When coupled with a lighted candle placed inside, the flecks add an attractive shimmer for a luminous yet spooky effect.

Stenciled Images 

Depart from the usual ghoulish faces and carve beautiful images on your pumpkin instead. With the help of stencils, you can carve breathtaking silhouettes that cast artistic shadows upon your home’s exterior. These interesting masterpieces add a striking visual element that will enchant your guests.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Front Yard Halloween Decorations

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Autumn not only brings about a beautiful change of scenery, it also welcomes one of the country’s favorite holidays: Halloween. With horror as the major theme for most exterior décor, it can be hard to stand out from your neighbors. So, try something different this year by adding a subtle elegance to your home’s spooky Halloween exterior.


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Embellished Pumpkins

Instead of carving a pumpkin, try wrapping your pumpkins in silky sheer fabrics to add an elegant and decorative touch to your front lawn. For example, a lace black and white fabric brings dimension to the decor, while a colorful sheer fabric adds a much needed touch of color to autumn’s otherwise earth-toned scenery.

However, if a carved pumpkin is something you do crave, why not opt for an unusual design? Do away with the usual Halloween grin and carve intricate scenes on your pumpkin instead. When lit, these scenes bring an interesting play of shadows to your front lawn.

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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

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!