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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!

Thomas Harman | CEO of Balsam Hill

Fall Frenzy

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Labor Day Weekend is upon us, our unofficial marker that another summer has come to an end.  School is back in session or returns back on Tuesday, and in our American culture it is the start of what I believe is the most productive time of the year.

Have you ever noticed this annual pattern?  In January, the new year begins and there is a long period of normalcy through May – social calendars are normal, productivity is high, and there are some scattered three day weekends every other month or so.  Then, the summer hits and everything changes.  Sunshine lasts all day, school is out, workplace productivity drops as there is always someone on vacation, summer employees flood the workplace, summer hangouts get busy, even traffic patterns change.  For some of us, it’s the best weather of the year and we spend as much time as we can outside.

In late August and the first few days of September, it seems that everyone is cramming in one last long weekend or one more family vacation trip.  While we don’t shut down as a country like France does in August, it certainly seems like a pretty sleepy month.  However, once we get to the end of August or Labor Day weekend (depending on when local schools return), the “fall frenzy” begins.

All of a sudden it’s mid September and there is a half-year left of things to accomplish at home and at work, but there are only four months left (and really just three if you factor in all the end of the year holidays).  I think this makes September through Thanksgiving the most productive time of the year.

There’s renewed energy to finish projects at home, to get tasks done at work, to learn more and achieve more in school.  Then by Halloween, the wakeup call comes that the holidays are almost here, and we have even less time to get all these things done…making November an incredible frenzy of activity before the holidays are upon us.

In our business at Balsam Hill, the fall frenzy is even more exciting.  Our new products are all in stock, our team is geared up for another great season, and the majority of our sales season is ahead of us.  We hope that your fall season is productive and fun, and we hope that you’ll enjoy this fall as much as we do.