When it comes to setting a gorgeous Christmas scene inside the home, it all starts with the greenery. Through many years of experience as a professional Holiday Decorator, I've learned that the better the greenery, the better everything else looks. This year I scored a beautiful pre-lit Christmas tree, garland and wreath from Balsam Hill which took my greenery base to a whole new level.
Here is a look at my adorable assistant, Kristen working her tree-fluffing magic on my new tree...
For years I've read other blogger reviews about the quality of Balsam Hill greenery so I was prepared to be very happy. However, I have to admit I was still pleasantly surprised when I opened the box at how realistic it looks. I chose the Fifth Avenue Flatback Pre-Lit Tree and the Castle Peak Pine wreath/garland set. In addition to it's good looks, the tree was so easy to set up. It took less than five minutes. All three pieces (the tree, garland and wreath) required just a light amount of fluffing.
The wreath and garland look great on the mantle, but I haven't decided if I am going to keep them here. I've moved them around the house and love how the greenery and warm white lights brighten up different rooms. Decisions, decisions.
I know exactly where the tree is going. I've already decorated it, but you'll have to wait a few weeks to see it in the Holiday Houswalk Home Tour. Well okay, here is a little sneak peek…
Truth be told, in the past I've been known to be a "real-greenery-snob" but, with the nature of my work my Christmas decor goes up insanely early. Faux greenery has become a safer option. High quality, faux evergreens like this are the answer to my blogger prayers. Now I have the look of real, fresh evergreens along with peace of mind knowing I can safely display them for months.
Now, I'd better get busy decorating my new greenery. I've got a lot to do before the Holiday Housewalk Christmas Home Tour which will take place just after Thanksgiving. Here is a look at my 2014 Christmas decor inspiration board. These are some of the items I'm using to create a "contemporary cabin" theme. For the story behind this theme, visit this post.