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The Wait Is Over

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If you are just like us here at Balsam Hill, you’ll appreciate how delighted we are that the Christmas season is finally upon us. As purveyors of exquisite artificial trees and decorations, we’ve eagerly waited all year long for that nip in the air to arrive, inviting us to enjoy a cup of warm cider by the fireplace as we gather ‘round with our families to decorate our trees with beloved ornaments.

This season, allow us to help you create the perfect Christmas scene in your home. Enchant your guests with one of our top-selling artificial Christmas trees, like our Vermont White Spruce, and radiate the sparkle of the season in your holiday design. If you need some help choosing the right tree, take a look at our Christmas Tree Buyer’s Guide for some tips to help you figure out what type of tree is best for your home.

We wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season ahead!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Incorporate Garlands into Your Home Décor

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Traditionally made from leaves and flowers, garlands are lovely decorative pieces that can easily be incorporated into your home décor.

garlands for Christmas decorations


Since they’re so versatile, I usually hang them anywhere from entryways and staircases to mantles.

  1. Entryways: Welcome your guests with strategically placed garlands framing your entryways. Enhancing the inviting atmosphere of your home even more, these can be accented with gold ornaments and pine cones covered in glitter.
  2. Staircases:  To add visual interest, try layering garlands made with different kinds of leaves along the staircase. For example, you can use a white fir garland as the first layer and add an arborvitae garland as the second layer. Topped with festive holly berries and beautiful ribbon, it’s going to look simply gorgeous!
  3. Mantles: The classic, elegant pairing of a garland and a wreath will definitely make your mantle the best-looking focal point in the room. Personally, I like adding our Candlelight LED light strings to these! Their warm-white glow really helps make everything look that much more festive.

Quick Fix: Use garlands as trimmings to dress up existing furniture or lighting fixtures.

Not only are artificial Christmas garlands really simple to use, but they can perfectly complement any theme you’ve chosen for your home. I do hope you try some of these ideas for the holiday season. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Thanksgiving Centerpieces that Leave Room on the Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

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This Thanksgiving, I recommend incorporating some festive centerpieces to add warmth and color to your dining table. Since you’ll still need space for your delicious Thanksgiving feast, I’ve picked out some ideas for table centerpieces that are just the right size (otherwise there won’t be enough room for the turkey!).

  1. Gold pillar candles decorated with sugared orange slices or green vegetables: For a lovely combination of form and function, use pillar candles as table centerpieces. In line with the Thanksgiving theme, choose gold pillar candles and jazz them up with a few slices of sugared oranges. An alternative decorative accent would be green vegetables, like artichoke hearts or asparagus stalks.
  2. Clear glass containers filled with votive candles and orange Fall flowers: Add a touch of whimsy by filling clear glass containers with water and placing pretty votive candles and orange Fall flowers to float on top of it.
  3. Butternut squash vases topped with red berries and sprigs: As a tribute to the harvest season, you can create an all-natural vase filled with Nature’s bounty! Select some butternut squash in different sizes and remove the flesh. Afterward, gather some red berries and sprigs from the yard and place them in your charming, home-made vases.

Somehow, seeing a beautifully laid table just makes dining much more pleasurable. To make this even more fun, you can create these Thanksgiving centerpieces together as a family. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Simple Ways to Decorate for the Holidays Using Natural Objects

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I really like dressing up my home with all sorts of decorations during the holidays. Why? Simply because I just love how holiday decor makes my home feel so warm and inviting! I’ve realized that using natural objects as decorations really makes a difference.

Christmas wreath


On that note, I’ve got some simple ideas on how to incorporate these natural objects into your own decor.

  1. Winter flowers and plants as table centerpieces: Take advantage of the beautiful winter flowers and plants by using them in a table centerpiece. Artfully arrange the flowers and plants in a nice big vase or bowl. For this, you can use traditional poinsettia flowers and just add natural accents like ivy and mistletoe.
  2. Wreaths and garlands as mantelpiece displays: Who can resist the classic combination of a wreath and garland on display? Place these on top of a mantelpiece and create an instant hit by adding some festive Christmas lights and natural accents like holly berries and pine cones.
  3. Seasonal produce as bookshelf and cabinet decorations: Liven up your bookshelves and cabinets with a burst of color, courtesy of seasonal produce like apples and cranberries. Combine them in different colors, like using both red and green apples at the same time (not only will these be lovely to look at, but you can even eat them afterward!). To add holiday nostalgia, incorporate charming orange and clove pomanders in elegant silver bowls.

Natural objects bring the outdoors into any home, along with all their lovely charms like vibrant colors and aromatic scents. For more ideas, you can read my earlier post on creative ways to use pinecones and other natural objects. Happy decorating!