If there could be one word to describe my Christmas decor, it is without a doubt, “cozy” for sure. I don’t know if it just seems to be ringing louder in my ears this year, or because our temperatures have dropped earlier this year, but there is one thing for sure that I keep hearing over and over again in my head as I look around our home this holiday season and it’s the word COZY. It’s no secret that I love decorating for the holidays, and I’m so excited to be teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers today, and Balsam Hill to show you the cozy side of Christmas that has been spread throughout our home – inside & out.
If you caught my post yesterday, than you know I waited a little bit this year to put our Christmas tree up. Hanging the fresh garland on our stair case is one of my favorite ways to mark the holiday season has officially begun in our home, and then of course putting up our Christmas tree would be my next favorite thing.
I adored last years Christmas tree. Adored!! However, it just ended up being too big for our home. Our house is the host house, which I love, but that also means I need room to bring in extra chairs when everyone comes over, and unfortunately our 1846 farmhouse just doesn’t have big sprawling rooms like newer homes do. So I’m patiently waiting for our next home, which I know will have room for that beautiful tree.
So this year I went with a 6′ pre-lit Sanibel Spruce from Balsam Hill, and I have to say – I was a little hesitant thinking it wouldn’t compare to last years tree, but the moment I took it out of the box I knew I would love this one just as much. I can’t say it enough, but the quality is like non I have every seen. From the packaging, to the structure of the tree, down to the most realistic branches I have ever seen, Balsam’s quality impresses me every.single.time. It’s why I don’t think I will ever get a tree from anywhere else. This tree went together in literally under 10 minutes, which even my husband was super impressed by, and I decorated it with a mix of mercury glass and my favorite white ornaments I got from Balsam for last years tree.
Can I just tell you, I am a total “do-it-yourselfer” and don’t typically buy something I can do myself. Like for instance pre-lit trees. Until that is I put this one up, and realized that once it was put together (super fast I might add), I just had to decorate it! I totally under estimated the time it takes to put the christmas lights on and take them off a tree, especially if you want it to feel full of lights from the inside out! I’m already looking forward to NOT having to take off the lights when it’s time to take the tree down.
I literally had every intention of placing this faux tree skirt from Balsam underneath my tree, until that is I took it out of the package. It is SO luxurious and so soft and heavy, again the quality, I draped it over the back of my wingback chair and didn’t even think twice that is was a tree skirt and NOT a throw blanket, lol.
One of the things I have grown to love over the years is not only making the inside of our home cozy for Christmas, but the outside as well. Our sun is well below our trees by 4pm these days, so there is nothing I love more than pulling in our driveway and seeing candles on in the windows and the soft glow of white lights outside.
We don’t go crazy with hanging christmas lights outside, so these fresh accents are all I need to make our home look just as cozy on the outside as it is on the inside.
Fresh garland hung along our porch and around our front door sets the tone before guests come inside. I also hung this frosted fraser fir wreath over the bench on our porch, which is flanked with these two faux mini trees in urns I got from Balsam a few years back.
I also hung a matching frosted fraser fir garland over the trellis on the side of our house, which adds a tiny festive touch to an otherwise empty area during the winter months.
Leading out to our barn I grouped together these LED winter birch trees, and I have to say it feels so magical! You literally feel like you are “walking in a winter wonderland” and it adds the perfect holiday greeting because it’s the first thing that catches your eye as you pull into our driveway.
I have seen similar lit birch trees like these, but most are made out of flimsy plastic. The quality on this whimsical trees is amazing, and I can’t wait to use them year after year!
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Now take a look and stop by and see how my friends decorated their homes to make it look like a Balsam Hill Winter Wonderland!