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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

When Family Members Disagree About How to Decorate

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Every living space is an amalgamation of personalities that live in it. Even if there are only the two of you, it’s important to agree on how to decorate your home. Here’s how family members can reach a compromise over house decorating:

  • Discuss design sensibilities. Before you begin decorating, think about how the individuality of family members could be reflected in your decor. Create a sample board showing photos of your ideal home space. Include a paint or fabric swatch beside each picture to help family members visualize the design.
  • Agree to disagree. Chances are, you won’t agree on every decoration! That’s alright, because differences in taste make home aesthetics more interesting. Incorporating family members’ input makes them feel that they’re part of the decision-making process.
  • Give and take. Compromising on certain things makes decorating easier. When the children want big red ornaments but don’t care which artificial tree you choose, and you’re not picky about the decorations on the tree, then you both win. Understanding the most important item to each person and working around that is a key to success.
  • Let clashes create something new. He’s more modern, she’s staunchly traditional, and neither will budge. Finding ways to make the best of what styles of have to offer can result in something fresh and creative.

Turning this from a stressful situation into a positive one can be done with some careful planning and open minds. Happy decorating!

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

Taming Back to School Clutter: Decorative Ideas to Help You Stay Organized

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We all have to do it sometime – fall cleaning! Make it hassle-free this season by keeping everything organized. I’ve put together some decorative ideas to help make this happen for you (fingers crossed!).

  1. Bookcase: Although kids these days may be doing their homework online, there’s still room for books. Keep the books in order by placing a bookcase in one corner of the room. It can also double as place to display your kids’ trophies or other memorabilia.
  2. Chalkboard: Hang chalkboards to help your kids keep track of their schedule and daily tasks. Keep it cool by using colorful frames. You can also add hooks, from which you can hang keys.
  3. File desk: Use a desk with filing cabinets. You can paint it in your kid’s favorite color or simply keep it white. Either way, it’ll keep your child organized and provide room for extra storage.
  4. Wall rack: Build a wall rack and use it to keep items off the floor and off the desk. You can also use it for display or for additional storage.
  5. Waste can: There’s always going to be trash in the room. For easy clean-up, leave a waste can in your kid’s bedroom. You can use stainless steel waste cans which are both functional and long-lasting. You can also make it fun by choosing fun animal-themed waste cans.
  6. Storage boxes: Nowadays, storage boxes come in different sizes and colors. De-clutter your home by getting storage boxes. You can keep them out of sight by hiding them under beds or coffee tables.

Since Autumn is that time of the year when children go back to school, these ideas will help create work areas that are clean and structured (with less mess!). It’ll make learning more fun and help your family to prepare for the coming winter and holidays. Happy decorating!