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Upscale Upcycling

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Upcycling is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular among environmentally conscious groups and individuals. While recycling, on the one hand, is good, it involves breaking down something into articles of lesser quality—a process that consumes precious energy and resources. On the other hand, upcycling is about transforming a used or disposable item into a new and desirable product of higher quality.

Many artists, decorators, and designers have utilized upcycling to create exciting new products that are both fashionable and eco-friendly. Join us in celebrating Earth Day with these inspired upcycling ideas.


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1. Tea cups


If your favorite teacups have lost their saucers or gotten chipped, don’t throw them out just yet. Instead, transform them into beautiful candle holders to enjoy in your home or give as special gifts.

Making teacup candles is easy and requires only a few items like soy or bees wax and candle wicks. Add fragrance oils like vanilla, lemon zest, or lavender to make your candles smell even sweeter and more irresistible. Clara Bows shows you how to make these adorable candles in a few simple steps.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

White Lights or Multicolored? How Light Color Choices Affect Your Décor

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It’s truly a sight to behold when your Christmas tree, ornaments and lights just naturally come together. It does take a bit of work to make it look great, but it’s definitely worth it in the end!

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For now, let’s focus on your light color choices (still an ongoing decorating debate!) – White versus multicolored lights.

  1. White Lights: White lights are often viewed as elegant and sophisticated. They can be used in a single color palette, like white on white or gold on gold. Remember that metallic colors work especially well with white lights. As a neutral color, white lights can also serve as a backdrop for other, bolder colors. For example, strands of white Christmas lights can be complemented with single-color ornaments in red, gold, green or blue. A unique and fun color to try this year is pink!
  2. Multicolored Lights: Multicolored Christmas lights are seen as festive and magical. A good rule of thumb with a colorful palette like this would be stick to around three to four basic colors. Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you can mix and match your ornaments! Try combining pieces like stars, ribbons, beads and ball ornaments in different textures, sizes and shapes.

If you do decide to go full throttle, I won’t stop you! You can incorporate themes like Candyland, Toy Kingdom and Americana (or even Hello Kitty?). The point is to have fun and go with what makes you feel festive. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Spooked by the Holidays? Divide and Conquer: Tackling Holiday Decorations One Room at a Time

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Dealing with holiday decorations can seem pretty daunting at first. Don’t fret! The key to holiday decorating success is this: Divide and Conquer.  Tackle holiday decorations one room at a time and soon your home will undergo a beautiful transformation!

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Here are some tips to help you start:

  1. Decide on a Theme: Decide on the overall theme that you want to use and how much you’re willing to spend for it. Each room should reflect your chosen theme. A good tip would be to select a specific color scheme and use that in the holiday decorations that go into each room.
  2. Designate a Focal Point: Determine which room should get the most elaborate decorations and designate it as the focal point.  If you designate the living room as the focal point of your home, place your favorite decorations and artificial Christmas tree there! After doing that, work your way outward. You won’t need to go all-out in the other rooms, just use decorative pieces that reflect the theme and color scheme you chose.
  3. Get Organized: This is the time you’ll need to get organized! After choosing items that should go to each room, put them into storage boxes or bags. Do try to use the boxes or bags sent by the manufacturer of the items. For example, Balsam Hill’s artificial Christmas trees come with their own storage bags, which are better to use since they’re made specifically to store those items. Label these according to which area they need to go to (like the living room, dining room or foyer).  It’ll be a cinch to decorate next time since you’ve already organized everything!

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and work your holiday magic, one room at a time. Happy decorating!


Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Tree Care Tips: How to Keep Your Artificial Tree Looking Fresh

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Although your artificial Christmas trees won’t wither away if you don’t take care of them, they’ll still look better without that layer of dust! Maintaining an artificial Christmas tree just takes a little time and proper care.

Christmas tree storage


At Balsam Hill, we have tips on how to care for your tree properly so it’ll remain as beautiful as when you first bought it.

  1. Use storage bags: Our artificial Christmas trees come with storage bags which keep your trees safe until the next holiday. Not only will this lengthen the “life” of your tree, but also helps to maintain its original quality. The best is to retain the original boxes the tree came in; put the tree in the bag, put the bag in the box, and no harm shall come to your artificial Christmas tree!
  2. Remove dust: Over time, a fine (or thick) layer of dust will slowly but surely develop on your artificial trees! The best way to combat this would be to use a dry rag or a feather duster to remove the dust.
  3. Keep away from sunlight: Sunlight may be good for the body but it definitely isn’t good for your artificial tree. Any excess heat or humidity may cause permanent damage. It will also not be covered by your warranty (ouch!). To be on the safe side, do store your artificial tree in a cool, dry area away from all the action.

Adopting these measures will ensure that you’ll still have a gorgeous tree next season. Remember, you’ve already invested in a lovely artificial tree, so do what you can to preserve its beauty!