Tag Archives: Holiday Decorating Ideas

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Countdown to Christmas: Wrap-up and Announcement of Winners

The most wonderful time of the year is here, as Balsam Hill’s month-long Countdown to Christmas comes to a close. Thank you to all our friends who invited us into their homes and showcased gorgeous designs fit for the holidays. Let’s look back at the weekly themes that inspired our bloggers this season.

Week 1: Fireplace and Mantel

L to R: Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami's mantel decorations

L to R: Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami’s mantel decorations

Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami, all did an outstanding job at decorating their fireplace and mantels with our Frosted Evergreen Foliage. They created cohesive and stylish displays with elegant, silver and light-colored accents for a delicate touch. For more information about the products they used, check out our Countdown to Christmas’ 1st week round-up. Read This Entry

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Balsam Hill Australia: Blogger Product Reviews

In the season where gift-giving is abundant, we know how sharing Christmas cheer brings a very special feeling to those who receive it. This year, Balsam Hill Australia reached out to six talented bloggers and sent them each a holiday piece. Read on to see how they decorated their homes and find out what they thought about their new pre-lit wreaths and trees.

Tanya of Stamping T!

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Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Trees: The Difference between Incandescent and LED Lights

Choosing the right pre-lit artificial Christmas tree can be overwhelming with all the lighting options currently available. The two basic light types are incandescent and LED. While both share the common purpose of adding a beautiful glow to your holiday display, there are several factors to consider before deciding which light option is best for you.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating with Dagmar: Holiday Decorating Tutorials

When it comes to holiday decorating, we usually focus our attention on adorning the Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, and accents. Often, we tend to overlook other preparations needed to make our trees, wreaths, and garlands look their best.

For the past few weeks, we’ve shared with you some of our top Christmas decorating themes and tips. Now, it’s time to delve deeper into the small yet significant details that will help make your holiday décor as bright and beautiful as the season itself.

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Jen of JenniferRizzo.com

Let me introduce Jen! A blogger, designer, wife, and mother, Jen is committed to her family, friends, and to helping people make their home their own and feel good about it. Her blog JenniferRizzo.com is full of wonderful DIY projects and ideas that are resourceful, unique, and that bring a wonderful look to your home.

A friend of mine, who is a follower of her famous blog JenniferRizzo.com, had seen a post wherein Jen was asking me some questions about Balsam Hill. Naturally, I was very excited to tell Jen, who also happens to be a friend of mine, about it. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Vanessa Hunt of At the Picket Fence

Vanessa Hunt is the older of two sisters who run the blog At the Picket Fence. Sisters Vanessa and Heather have found that co-authoring the blog has brought them closer together—even if they live in different states. Sharing a passion for writing, cooking, and especially home decorating, they use the blog to connect in ways they never imagined.

Vanessa currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with the “Yankee Boy” and the “Rascals”—the former, her best friend of a husband, and the latter, her two precious children. A full-time, stay-at-home mom, she shares her family’s personal journey in a series she calls “A Labor of the Heart.” Vanessa equally loves her extended family and does what she can to stay connected with them. Blogging has been one of her ways to keep close to her sister Heather despite the miles between them. Though living in different states, the sisters make it a point to be part of each other’s lives, with the help of At the Picket Fence.

Vanessa answered a few questions for us in a heart-to-heart interview. Read about her holiday decorating style and design inspirations below. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Decorated Doorstep of Your Dreams

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Doorstep fully decorated by Balsam Hill

At last! The mantel is made, the candles are lit, and there is a big shiny star on top of the tree. We still haven’t found my mother’s Irish wool stockings (fingers crossed), but our Candy Cane Piñata Stockings are making pretty fun placeholders. From tree skirt to chimney, our house is ready for the big day. Now all that’s left to do is to spread that spirit outside. The Balsam Hill 3-Tier Wreath, Mixed Berry Topiary, and Holiday Welcome Mat come together to create the perfect doorstep arrangement that lets the world know that Christmas is on its way. It’s the finishing touch to a Handmade Charlotte + Balsam Hill Christmas.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Courtney of French Country Cottage

Courtney started French Country Cottage as a place where she can immerse herself in design and share her projects, ongoing renovations, and never-ending inspirations for their cottage home. With touches of shabby, cottage and French country, her home features a delightful mix of elegance and rustic styles. Her bright home is accented with gilded French chairs, gorgeous blooms, aubusson pillows, and chandeliers, complemented by vintage china and a fine stemware in the dining room. She designs with class and comfort in mind, making sure to create a regal feel in an everyday setting.

Blogger Courtney French of French Country Cottage Blog

 

What I love most about her blog are her 5-minute tutorials on very easy ways to decorate, which can be achieved in a short amount of time. Besides dabbling in blogging, Courtney works as a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines, and once wrote a book for her grandmother. She has always loved decorating, always surrounding herself with beauty. Her blog serves as her medium to interact with a community of people with the same interests and ideas in design and styling. Quite a rebel, Courtney does not follow decorating rules all the time, but she believes in the importance of decorating with what you love.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage

Kelly Elko believes in life’s simple pleasures and tries to show this in her work. She loves thrift shops, tarnished silver, and anything with a vintage touch. Her mantra: simple projects equals more time for cocktails!

Kelly is a doting mother to beautiful twin girls and a loving wife to an equally loving husband. She makes it a point to spend time with her family—laughing with them like there was no tomorrow. She believes that laughter is the best medicine, and shares her humor with her readers and the people she loves. Her blog Eclectically Vintage is testament to her sense of humor and love for everything vintage, featuring eclectic finds, DIY projects, practical decorating tips, unique crafts, and delicious recipes. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Jamie of So Much Better with Age

Cute and clever are two words that describe Jamie and her blog. Her simple designs show her penchant for French overtones. I was particularly impressed by how she transformed old and worn kitchen canisters into beautiful crocks for Christmas. Jamie also knows her way around the kitchen because her pies definitely look better than mine!

Jamie believes that life is all about change and applies this belief to their home, which will always be a work in progress. For her, an evolving home is the perfect complement to our ever evolving lives.

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