Tag Archives: Holiday Decorating Ideas

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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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

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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.

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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