Liz Marie | Liz Marie | Special Holiday Consultant

A Simple Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is quickly closing in and we cannot believe how fast time is flying by! While we currently don’t have any plans on hosting friends or family this holiday season, we still want to be as festive as we can, because you never know when you might have that unannounced but much-needed visit from a neighbor for a coffee and a chat.

We, like everyone, are beyond busy at this point in the year, so doing an over-the-top Christmas tablescape just doesn’t make sense for us this year. We are craving simple, but I did want to do something a little unexpected as well.

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Christmas in the Desert—a Sunny, Winter Wonderland Like No Place Else!

Hosts of HGTV show Desert Flippers Eric and Lindsey Bennett take a break from renovating houses to decorate their home for the holidays. Having had white Christmases before moving to Palm Springs in California, Lindsey shares how the Bennett family has embraced spending Christmas in a warm and sunny climate. Read on to learn more about this couple’s design style and their family’s holiday traditions in this guest post.

Eric and Lindsey of Desert Flippers decorate their outdoor living room with the BH Balsam Fir tree

Christmas in the desert is as unique as the place itself. There aren’t many places in the world where you can play and lounge poolside in the sun by day and fireside and hot tub at night—all in your own backyard. While 20 minutes away, you can ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy snow and sledding. And two hours away, you can frolic on sandy Westcoast beaches or ski on the mountainous Big Bear ranges. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Enchanting Outdoor Christmas Decor with Twinkly Lights

A little bit of twinkle is always a good thing in my opinion. Whether it is a twinkle in someone’s eye when they smile, a twinkling star in the sky, or an abundance of twinkle light charm for Christmas.

Twinkling trees and garlands add the perfect amount of ambiance indoors. And outdoors, they feel just as magical. With garlands and wreaths on doors, porches, and outdoor seating areas decorated for the holidays, there are so many places to add an extra sprinkle of magic this season. Today I am sharing a few ideas that you can incorporate into your own home.

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A Festive Front Porch for a Warm-Weather Christmas

No white Christmas where you live? If snowmen and sleighs are scarce in your area, highlighting your outdoors with a fresh, green look is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Jessica of House Full of Summer shows us how she decorated her front porch for Christmas in Florida’s warm, sunny climate.

Decorating with White Berry Cypress Wreath, Garlands, and Topiaries

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Christmas with Debbie Macomber: A Holiday Home Tour [Video]

Debbie Macomber’s widely beloved Christmas novels are an endearing expression of her love for the season. Likewise, her message of family, friendship, and joy shines through in the way she prepares her holiday home. In this video, Debbie shows us how her own family decorates for and celebrates the most wonderful time of the year.

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Liz Marie | Liz Marie | Special Holiday Consultant

Make Your Own Custom Garland with this DIY Trick

This time of year it’s all about greening up every area of our home. Well, at least that’s how it is here on our farm.

BH Fraser Fir Garland

I have a few tricks that I usually like to do when putting greens around our home for Christmas, so I wanted to share one of those tricks with you today. This is our staircase here in our farmhouse and I did my little trick in this area of our house…

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Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with Balsam Hill

This holiday season, you can make a meaningful difference with your likes, comments, and shares. Join Balsam Hill’s “A Charitable December” campaign and help share the joy of Christmas with our three partner organizations.

A Charitable December

Every week from December 2 to 30, our Facebook page will feature a post about one of the three charities. This is where you, our friends and followers, come in. Each like, love, and wow is worth $0.25, while a comment and share are worth $0.50 each. Comment the name of your chosen charity on the last campaign post or this blog post and add another $1.00 contribution.  Read This Entry

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4 Spaces to Start Decorating for Christmas

Some people put up their Christmas décor as early as November 1st, while others make it a tradition to decorate right after Thanksgiving. Sometimes, however, the question isn’t “when” but rather “where” to start decorating. Here are four ways to get you started, with a little help from a few of our decorator friends.

1. Entryways

A wreath or garland—or both—on the front door or any entryway is probably the easiest way to get you in that holiday decorating mood. Visit Jamie of Whitetail Farmhouse, Jackie of RockyMtnMomma, and Mallory Ervin to see more.

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Fir, Spruce, or Pine? How to Tell Evergreens Apart

Fir, Spruce, and Pine are the three most popular Christmas trees. Learn the distinguishing features of each and how to know the difference in this short guide.

To start, they’re called evergreens because instead of leaves, they have close-set needles that normally stay green year-round. Specifically, they’re coniferous evergreens, which means they produce cones that contain the plants’ seeds.

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