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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Choosing a Location for Your Holiday Tree (or Trees)

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Picking the best location for your holidays trees can take up a lot of time, especially if you’re feeling undecided. I’ve experienced this problem a few times myself! I’ve learned how to choose the best spots to make sure that all the hard work (and hours!) spent decorating won’t go to waste.

Aspen Christmas Signature Collection

Aspen Christmas Signature Collection

Do’s:

  1. Most Visibility: Why not place your holiday tree in the room your family gathers in the most? It could be the den, the living room or the dining room. Your family will definitely enjoy seeing it every day, especially on Christmas day!
  2. Most Convenient: It’s practical to place your holiday trees near electrical outlets to ensure that you won’t have a hard time plugging in your lights. Locations near electrical outlets may be high traffic areas, so consider using smaller artificial trees for these areas.
  3. Indoors and Outdoors: If you’ve got a house with a big yard or porch, consider placing some holiday trees outside. This adds to the festive atmosphere, especially if you’re planning to have lots of parties over the holidays! If you’re staying in a smaller place like a condominium or studio apartment, you can always place your trees indoors. They’ll still look wonderful and you can still go crazy decorating the trees however you like!

Don’ts:

  1. Avoid Lighting Switches: If possible, avoid placing holiday trees near light switches since people might accidentally knock down the decorations when they switch the lights on and off.
  2. Avoid Blocking Entryways or Closets: Avoid placing your holiday trees in areas where they could be blocking entryways or closets. Not only will you have a hard time moving around, but you’ll probably end up knocking down the decorations or even the trees themselves!

I hope these tips will help lessen your stress and increase the fun during the holidays. Happy decorating!

 

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Using Baskets to Incorporate Unfinished Holiday Craft Projects into Living Room Décor

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Baskets can hold firewood for a practical and decorative touch

Baskets can hold firewood for a practical and decorative touch

At the beginning of each holiday craft project, we work with fervor and anticipation. However, as the days go by, we lose track of time. Suddenly, we realize that the holidays are upon us and we’ve left our craft projects unfinished. What to do? Don’t worry! I’ve come up with some helpful ideas to incorporate these unfinished holiday craft projects into your living room décor. How? By using baskets!

  1. Autumn Harvest table centerpiece: Ever set out to make a few dozen candles, only to end up with just two or three? Although you can’t give these candles as gifts anymore, you can use them as decorative accents for a table centerpiece. Pick a beautiful round basket and place the candles in the middle. Use some evergreens as filler and add berries and pine cones. Viola! You’ve got the perfect table centerpiece for the autumn harvest season.
  2. Thanksgiving bouquet of flowers: Have you tried making floral arrangements, only to come up with a few dried flowers here and there? There’s no need to fret because your dried flowers won’t go to waste! Collect whatever you’ve been able to make and put them together in one Thanksgiving bouquet of flowers. Display them in a vintage square basket and place them on top of your mantelpiece.
  3. Halloween pumpkin patch display: Do you have some small pumpkins leftover from your attempts at making wreaths or garlands for Halloween? You can still use them! All you’ll need is a wide, rectangular basket and a few yards of green cloth. Put the green cloth in first and arrange it to look like a bed of grass. Next, strategically place the pumpkins on top and make them appear as if they were growing out of the basket. You now have a lovely Halloween pumpkin patch display!
  4. Firewood storage and display: Need a place to store all that firewood? Try placing them in a basket! It’ll double as storage and as a decoration for the fireplace.

Baskets are made from natural materials and are easily available. Besides being used for decorations, they can also be used for storing craft projects. Since craft projects often have unsightly tools with them and straggles of materials, I’d recommend using a beautiful basket (with a lid) for projects in progress. Happy decorating!

 

 

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

What Makes a Room Feel Warm?

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Your home is your refuge from the outside world. It’s so nice to come home to a warm, inviting room — I look forward to it myself!

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

The Vermont White Spruce Tree from the Vermont Signature™ Collection

Here are a few of decorating tips to achieve this feeling in any room in your house:

  1. Bold colors: Using bold colors like red and orange add warmth to a room! A good way to incorporate these colors is to use them in window treatments, throw pillows and area rugs.
  2. Ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is created by using layers of light, such as candles, table lamps, floor lamps and dimmed ceiling lights. This layering creates ambience and depth, which results in a feeling of coziness! Ambient lighting works best at night, especially during the holidays. For those who’d like something longer-lasting and equally warm and inviting, we offer our special Candlelight™ LED lights (noted for being much warmer in color than the cool blues of traditional LED lights) which come on our LED Prelit Artificial Christmas Trees. You can use these artificial trees as sources of light and as decorative focal points in a room.
  3. Stylish accessories: Using the right accessories will complete the overall look and feel of your room! Choose accessories in colors that go well together. For example, you can use orange and black accessories for Halloween and orange and yellow accessories for Thanksgiving.
  4. Different textures: Different textures add a sense of warmth and luxury. For fall, think velvets, cashmere, chenille, and silk! Natural fibers are best because they have a sense of luxury, and some are less expensive than others. This look can be achieved with just a few objects, like a chenille throw blanket, velvet pillow covers or a bolt of silk gathered and draped across the mantle.

After all that hard work, why not enjoy your warmly decorated retreat with a cup of hot cider by the fireplace? Delicious!

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Creative Ways to Use Pine Cones and Other Natural Objects in Your Home Décor

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Pinecones and other natural objects are fun yet inexpensive decorations you can use in all sorts of ways. Buy them from a craft store, or better still, gather some right from your yard for a nice way to spend a fall afternoon!

Pine cones: Gather pine cones and paint them in traditional autumnal colors like gold, red and orange. Turn them into holiday décor, table centerpieces or tree ornaments. You can also use them as natural accents in any wreath or garland.

  1. Pine cone wreaths: Spruce up your holiday wreaths with recently dropped pine cones.  Attach clean, dry pine cones with some hot glue and you’ve got yourself a lovely pine cone wreath. You can also check out our Autumn Harvest Holiday Wreath, one of our timeless pieces.
  2. Pine cone garlands: Liven up your garlands with some strategically placed pine cones. They’re so easy to do! Using some hot glue, attach the pine cones in clusters; complement them with red berries and dried leaves.
  3. Pine cone table centerpieces: Make the most out of your empty baskets by filling them with pine cones. For variety, use pine cones in different sizes! If these aren’t readily available, you can get our big pine cone kit (which already comes packed with thirty medium cones and twenty large cones).
  4. Pine cone ornaments:  Add a charming, natural accent to your artificial tree by making some pine cone ornaments. Just spray paint them in gold and add some holly and traditional ribbon.
  5. Pine cone Christmas Trees:  Easy and cute! Spray paint pine cones in green, attach them with floral picks to cone-shaped foam, and then place it in a flowerpot.  Dust them with a little glitter and voila!

Other natural objects: There’s so much you can do with Nature’s bounty. Besides using pine cones, there are other natural objects to use in home décor.

  1. Flowers: This Thanksgiving, make your own floral arrangements by drying some flowers and dusting them with gold glitter. For Halloween, you can use bouquets of fresh pumpkin flowers.
  2. Fruit: Buy fruits in season, like apples and oranges, and place them in nice wooden bowls. You can use these as centerpieces for your dining table.
  3. Gourds: What would Halloween be without pumpkins? Place small pumpkins around your trees or garlands for that uniquely Halloween feel. (We know, pumpkins are fruits!)
  4. Natural fiber: Use rugs and tapestries made from jute, organic cotton or hemp and in fall colors like gold, red or orange for a festive Fall touch.
  5. Stone: Use candleholders or fountains made from stone. You can also gather up some pebbles and use them as decorative accents on your mantelpiece.
  6. Metal: Use wall decorations and lamps made from copper and iron.

Try flexing your creative muscles by making these decorations with your own unique twist. Happy decorating!