Tag Archives: Holiday Decorating Ideas

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

Deck the Mantel with Holiday Cheer

DIY Candy Cane Piñata Stockings

Make a pair of DIY Candy Cane Piñata Stockings to hang on your mantel

When I was a child, my mother made me and my siblings the most beautiful argyle stockings made of real Irish wool. She traveled thousands of miles and made deals with local artisans to secure the yarn. This year, those knitted gems my mother spent months making are nowhere to be found. I thought about telling her we were taking a break from decorating this year, but she knows my love for decoration, so that would never work. After my husband talked me out of tearing the mantel down completely, I finally came clean and together we put our heads together and thought up a new family tradition: the DIY Candy Cane Piñata Stocking. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Decorating with Dagmar Obert

I’m excited and happy to be decorating my California Baby Redwood Christmas tree once again – this time, I’m adding Balsam Hill’s new line of holiday ornaments to my own signature look.

Putting my tree together was a breeze. Each time I browsed through the pictures of the décor online, the website really helped me visualize my design. For 2014, I went for an opulent burgundy and gold theme to add interesting textures, patterns and deep colors into my home.

After browsing through the catalog and commenting on all of the ornaments sets this year, I think we have outstanding collections that suit a variety of tastes and styles to fit many of homes this year.  This year I am using the Noel Set that highlights burgundy and gold.  Since I have some gold ornaments, I felt that I could supplement the look if I needed or wanted to do that.

Choosing My Decorations from Balsam Hill

35-Piece Noel Ornament Set from Balsam Hill

Rich Burgundy and Gold Colors of the Noel Ornament Set

Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Christmas Comes to Life with Balsam Hill

If you are all abuzz about Christmas, you can draw inspiration from the depth and reach of human imagination for your holiday decorating. And there is no better way to see Christmas than through the eyes of a child! Balsam Hill puts together the whimsical and enchanting, translating them to high-quality Christmas gifts that you can use as décor and will surely delight kids and adults alike.

Uplifting Holiday Melodie

Mr. Christmas Symphony of the Bells Holiday Decorations

Hear Your All-Time Favorite Yuletide Carols

Balsam Hill’s Mr. Christmas Symphony of the Bells offers a joyful symphony showcasing 50 all-time favorite Christmas carols and year-round classics. The sound of its six tuned brass bells is no less than captivating, bringing a wave of childhood Yuletide memories. We adore this hand-painted decoration for its animated scene – Victorian skaters dashing around the village Christmas tree – illuminated by multicolored LED lights.

Infuse your holiday decorating theme with nostalgia and traditions with this elegant music box, which can be the highlight of your living room center table or serve as an accent piece near your Christmas tree.

Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: How to Decorate your Christmas Tree

Dear Dagmar,

Can you give me advice on how I can best decorate my Christmas tree? What factors should I consider when choosing ornaments and decorating it?



Hi Bernie,

There are many things to be considered when selecting and decorating your Christmas tree with ornaments. However, the three most important factors are: the color of your tree’s foliage, the size and shape of the ornaments and the style you want to achieve. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Touch of Holiday Nostalgia with Balsam Hill’s Handcrafted Items

A Touch of Holiday Nostalgia

In decorating for the holidays, we choose Christmas pieces that we grew up with to make our display more personal and heartwarming. Old-fashioned cuckoo clocks and colorful nutcracker dolls evoke memories of warm and cozy family gatherings, and we aim to recreate the atmosphere for our children every year.

Balsam Hill brings back the enchanting Christmas ambiance of our childhood right into your home with these beautiful and handcrafted classic holiday pieces. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Choose the Perfect Garland

Garland decorating the front door

In a previous post, we talked about choosing the perfect wreath for your home. As a follow-up, this post will discuss how to choose a wreath’s perfect companion—the garland. You might think that choosing a garland is a simple task; however, its flexibility as a décor piece doesn’t overshadow design sense. Discussed here are the two essential sides of choosing a holiday garland: your design theme and the garland itself.

Selecting a Theme

Holiday tablescape

Garlands effectively link your tree and other foliage décor together, giving your holiday theme a uniform, complete look. At the same time, a holiday garland brings the beauty of the outdoors inside your home, since some holiday pieces mimic the look and feel of natural conifer branches. Garlands offer flexibility too. Adding small accents and seasonal ornaments to your lush, verdant foliage creates a décor piece that can be used during the warmer seasons. Read This Entry

Balsam Hill | Balsam Hill Editors

How to Choose an Artificial Christmas Tree: Easy Elegance with Instant Evergreens™

Enjoy the advantages of using Balsam Hill’s signature Instant Evergreen™ Christmas trees. With these beautiful artisan displays, you can create a stylish yuletide highlight for your home within mere minutes.

Centennial Fir Instant Evergreen

Setup in Minutes to Achieve Easy Elegance

For people who prefer lighted Christmas displays, one of the main challenges they encounter is setting up the wires properly. While many other pre-lit holiday trees offer easy-to-follow Christmas lights systems, Balsam Hill takes the concept further by providing a pioneering way that fuses consumer-friendly features with first class brilliance. Read This Entry

Balsam Hill | Balsam Hill Editors

Christmas in July: Have You Checked Your Tree Lately?

It’s Christmas and the southern hemisphere is rejoicing. While our friends south of the equator are busy fluffing their Christmas trees in July, it’s time you asked yourself a crucial question: have you checked your own tree lately? The Balsam Hill blog gives you a handy checklist to make sure your tree is in tip-top shape for December.

Hello Tree, We Meet Again!

Before taking out your tree from storage, it’s important to determine a good spot where you can clean it. Choose to work in a controlled environment indoors to prevent any possible damage from the summer heat, wind, or unexpected rain. Also, consider the safety of children and pets. They might become fascinated with the colors of your ornaments and believe they are edible.

Lay down a large sheet of paper or cloth on the floor for catching dust and debris. This simple step allows for an easy clean up afterwards. Begin taking out the tree by gently lifting the parts out of the bag or box. Then place each section in a designated spot. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Holiday Organizing 101: Dagmar Obert’s Guide to Storing Christmas Decorations

Taking down your Christmas decorations can be a daunting chore. Once the celebrations are over, it’s a bit of a drag to go to work and take down those pieces that once filled us with excitement and reminded us of the wonders of the season. Fortunately, through a well-planned process, storing your holiday decorations and other items for the off-season can be a quick and hassle-free task. To give you some tips, here’s a guide that details my ideas for storing holiday decorations.

Decide on Your Containers and What Will Go in Them

Balsam Hill's Ornament Storage Boxes

Balsam Hill’s Ornament Storage Boxes

The first step to putting away holiday décor is figuring out the appropriate containers to store them in. Before you do anything else, make sure these are prepared. Take out the original packaging: boxes, plastic containers, and foliage bags. If you purchased more items in preparation for the season, you may have to buy more storage boxes. It’s also important to note that you may not have enough room in your area, so remember to spread the boxes across your home. Read This Entry