Kim Wilson of Sand and Sisal shares her holiday decorating inspiration with Balsam Hill

Where her love of home and sea meet is where Kim Wilson’s talent shines the brightest. Her blog Sand & Sisal has given her an avenue for expressing her love for decorating. And this is seen best in the way she adorned her Balsam Hill Christmas tree with a coastal flair.

A little touch of Christmas in every room is all it takes to put a smile on your face, says blogger Kim Wilson. But with Kim’s natural gift for home decorating, would you pass up the fun of having two Christmas trees? Kim’s exclusive interview with Balsam Hill highlights her inspiration.

BH: What inspired you to start blogging?

Kim: My background is in art and design, but my journey into DIY/design/and decor crafts started when we moved into our first home. I wanted to have all the beauty found in the magazines but, of course, we didn’t have the budget for it. It was time to get creative and figure out how I could create the beautiful furnishings and style for less!

Friends and family encouraged me to share my knowledge, tips, and tricks with others and so Sand & Sisal: Where Love of Home and Sea Meet was launched in 2010.

BH: Do you have a signature ornament you use on your tree year after year?

Kim: No, I don’t have a signature ornament but we do have special ornaments that I and the kids have had since childhood, and those always have a special placement on our ‘family tree.’ See, mom (me) has her tree, and the family has a big one that is full of all those pipe cleaner reindeers and hand-print ornaments. It’s a beauty mish-mash of fond memories!

BH: When you decorate for the holidays, are there any guidelines you try to follow?

Kim: We don’t have any specific guidelines. I like change, so each year the decor will most likely be a bit different from the year before. The only rule I have is that everyone participate in the decorating of the family tree. I think it is important to share that family time together.

BH: What’s your favorite spot in the home to decorate for the holidays?

Kim: I think my favorite spot to decorate is where we gather most: the family room. Although, I make sure to put a little touch of Christmas in every room. It doesn’t have to be big, but a small wreath here, or a little Santa there, always brings a smile to our faces.

BH: Any gift-wrapping tips?

Kim: Gift bags! I, too, love the look of fancy wrapped boxes, but with four kids, I end up with a ton of paper cuts! I’ve taken the easy way out and have resorted to colorful gift bags.

BH: What do you look forward to the most during the holiday season?

Kim: I look forward to all the cookie baking, caroling, parties, sparkly lights and simply… the memory making!

A Christmas tree inspired by the beach and decorated by Kim Wilson using her Balsam Hill artificial Christmas tree
Kim’s Balsam Hill Scotch Pine with beach-inspired decorations

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