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Balsam Hill Home Décor Designer Spotlight, Part 2

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Continuing our 2-part Designer Spotlight series, we are taking a closer look at a few of the artistic minds behind some of our premium quality products. Read on to learn more about what drives them to continuously improve their craft and create works of art to cherish season after season.


Floral artist and designer to the stars
Floral artist and designer to the stars

Floral designer Brad Schmidt has left his mark all over the world – and with good cause. Acclaimed for his impeccable taste and artistry, Brad takes the ordinary and turns it into something stunning. He prefers to translate each of his clients’ personalities into their floral design – proving that inspiration comes from within.

Brad’s talents have been tapped not only in the United States but in many other countries as well, as clients from different markets recognize his flair and special touch. Catering to individual and corporate customers, he continues to create captivating designs that bring natural sophistication and splendor to any space.


Teacher and artist Lynn Haney, creator of beloved vintage Santas
Teacher and artist Lynn Haney, creator of beloved vintage Santas

Lynn Haney has been crafting his works of art for almost three decades. Inspired by a vintage papier-mâché candy container he spotted at an antique show, Lynn created a soft-sculpture Santa Claus figurine that reflected the same sentimental appeal. His pieces continued to evolve, and in 1987, the Lynn Haney collection was born.

Now with over 30 skilled workers in their studio and over 150 different designs, Lynn Haney continues to inspire with his delightful Christmas collectibles.

Meticulously hand-painted Santa faces
Meticulously hand-painted Santa faces

Each character starts off as a sculpture that Lynn conceptualizes and creates. After being heated in a low clay fire, the original piece is used as a model to make flexible silicone molds. Every Santa is hand-painted using water-based paint, and a glaze is applied for a warm, antiqued look. Lynn also designs costumes and makes garment patterns for figures of different sizes. After a final inspection, each figure is individually signed by Lynn himself.


Intricate and delicate glass ornaments
Balsam Hill’s Decorated Glass Ball Ornaments by Silverado

Silverado is a family-owned company established in 1995, in Jozefow, Poland. Family patriarch Jerzy Jaroszynki began a glass workshop in 1959, and passed on his passion for crafting to the succeeding generations of the family. To this day, Jerzy remains hands-on in teaching their artisans trade secrets, and his family continues overseeing all aspects of the business.

The company firmly believes in upholding Old World craftsmanship – meaning that each glass ornament is blown individually, and then coated with a silver compound on the inside to create a subtle glow. They are then hand-painted with intricate details. The entire process often takes days to complete, resulting in exquisite accent pieces that lend distinctive elegance to your Christmas displays.

These strong artistic collaborations inspire us to continue improving our products, providing more options to give you and your family the beautiful holiday home you deserve.

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