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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Setting up a Holiday Window Display: Ten Tips

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Everyone loves unabashedly ogling their neighbor’s Christmas window displays. Here are ten tips to make your windows worth looking at…

  1. Pick a theme. A bunch of items by your window looks more like clutter than a holiday display. By thinking of a theme, you narrow down what you’ll be placing by your window, and therefore create unity in your display.
  2. Think of a focal point. With your window items carefully considered, it’s time to choose the central object for your window display. Some popular focal features are the Nativity scene and Santa Claus.
  3. Dress up your windows with festive curtains. Velvet curtains in reds and greens make for simple but attractive window treatments. Cinch the curtains with beaded garlands for a more festive touch.
  4. Hang Christmas lights. Bring sparkle to your windows by placing Christmas lights on window jambs. You can also use LED Christmas lights as well, to save energy and be a bit environmentally friendly.
  5. Display festive Christmas wreaths. Hanging multiple Christmas wreaths on a window creates an abundant, celebratory mood. For consistency, choose wreaths that are similar in design or color.
  6. Place candles on window ledge for illumination. Pillar or votive candles lend a soft glow to your home. Arrange them on the window ledge for a serene effect. Just make sure they are placed far from the curtains to avoid a fire hazard.
  7. Hang Christmas cards. Don’t let pretty Christmas cards from last year collect dust! Hang them in your window with pretty, festive ribbon.
  8. Use greenery. Build a window box and fill it with assorted greeneries like mini evergreen trees, flower sprigs and berry branches. Pots of poinsettias will also create a striking effect on a holiday window display.
  9. Drape garlands on curtain rods. This brings an instant touch of color to your windows.
  10. Embellish with ribbons. Set aside the curtains and drape colorful long ribbons on curtain rods. Let the ribbons cascade down to create a veil of color on your window.

Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Planning Your Tree: From Choosing a Color Scheme to Picking Out Ornaments

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Choosing a color scheme for your tree and picking out the ornaments to go with it is a fantastic way to make an impact during the holidays. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that my tastes have changed and are still evolving!  It’s really fun to mix it up, either with nostalgic, classic pieces or with unique, contemporary designs.

Christmas tree decorations


Here are some ideas to help put your own twist on your artificial Christmas tree this year:

  1. Get Inspiration From the Season – Use seasonal colors inspired by Nature! Add a touch of elegance by using colors in jewel tones like ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, polished gold and sparkling silver (or even a combination of two or three colors!).
  2. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane – Remember how you used to celebrate Christmas when you were a kid? Use colors that bring feelings of nostalgia, like traditional red and green! This is also the perfect time to display any ornaments that you’ve inherited or received as gifts.
  3. Keep It In the Family – Make a strong impact by choosing a monochromatic color, like a tree in beautiful, classic white, a.k.a. white Christmas trees. This particular color scheme serves as a great backdrop for other colors. Add variety by using different variations of a single color throughout the room, like green, red or blue.

Remember, just choose whatever puts you in high spirits and makes you feel like the holidays are truly here. Happy decorating!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Will You Need an Extension Kit for Your Tree Topper? How to Tell

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Although we look at Christmas trees as a whole, there’s just something different about a tree topper. A tree topper is, quite literally, the crowning glory of a Christmas tree. It adds just the right amount of festive warmth and completes the look of your Christmas tree, whether it be an extravagant angel or an intricate star.

Tree Topper Extension Kit


However, tree toppers can sometimes be too heavy for your Christmas tree.  How will you know?  Here are some tell-tale signs:

  1. Your Christmas tree looks unbalanced and one half of it is tilted to the right or to the left.
  2. The top of your Christmas tree is leaning forward and the tree looks like it’s about to topple over.

Obviously, this won’t do! This is when you’ll need a tree topper extension kit. It’s a great item to have when you want to provide support for a tree topper. A tree topper extension kit helps you achieve the perfect look that you want for your Christmas tree.

Where can you get one? Well, you’re in the right place! We offer an exclusive Tree Topper Extension Kit on our Balsam Hill website. It comes with everything you need, like extra branch tips and lots of zip ties, to make your tree as beautiful as it can be. Remember, it works on both real and artificial Christmas trees!

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!