Monday, November 21, 2016

Our Rustic Glam Christmas Tree: Balsam Hill Review


Hi, my name is Tina and I’m a Christmas addict.

No really… my husband calls me “Christmas Crazy”. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas. Always have, always will. And now that I get to see the Christmas “magic” through my daughter’s eyes (and eventually my son’s when he is old enough to get it), it’s even more special.


Every year I argue debate with my husband about pulling down my Christmas bins early. He puts up valiant effort, but in the end I always wear him down. ūüėČ This year, Balsam Hill helped a sister out… They offered to send me a stunning Christmas tree and ornament package to review. Oh shucks… looks like we gotta put up Christmas early honey! One look at there gorgeous trees and hubs was on board for the early Christmas merriment. #winning


I opted for the 6.5′ Balsam Hill Noble Fir.¬†img_2542

Let me just tell you… it is absolutely STUNNING. It is one of their trees that is categorized as “most realistic” meaning it’s made up of mostly their SUPER life like¬†“True Needle”¬†foliage. And let me tell you… it legitimately looks like a real tree. Everyone who has been over to my house has been like “Seriously that’s not real???!”


Let me back this up to say I was the biggest skeptic of all. I am SUCH a real tree snob. I like the rustic imperfection that comes with a real tree. This artificial tree gives me that same stunning look, but none of the hassle of the dropping pine needles, stringing of lights, and sticky sap everywhere (Seriously does ANYONE know how to get that off your hands?!). I gotta be honest, I’ll still probably buy a small real tree solely for the smell… but then again there’s always essential oils so who knows! This tree looks so daggum good and allows me to get my Christmas on as early as I want! (or as early as I can convince hubs to pull my Christmas boxes down)

Hubs and I set this up in a jiffy (3 pieces that click together and all the wiring is inside of the stem), plugged the chord in a voila! Tree up! We were totally psyched out. “I can’t believe this is a fake tree!” It looks SO good.

Okay now, lets get this out of the way… I am a WHITE LIGHTS chic Matchy Matchy tree kinda girl. I refer to my ideal tree as a “Department Store Tree”. Monochromatic. White Lights. Soothing. Stunning.

My daughter, however, is all about the colored lights and tacky¬†festive themed ornaments. Exhibit A: this Little Mermaid Ornament ornament was this years selection for her annual ornament. haha Definitely doesn’t add the the rustic glam look I was going for… ūüėČ


For this reason, I selected the Color + Clear light option so we could have the best of both worlds. Actually you can click the handy dandy remote for 3 Options:

  • Clear
  • Color
  • Clear AND Color (Peyton’s FAVORITE of course).

It’s pretty awesome. When she’s awake, we have them all on, and when she’s in bed I click it back to the classic soothing white light option and momma is a happy camper.

Okay, let’s talk ornaments. I selected the silver and gold finials and snowflakes¬†and the gold bouquets picks… which turned out absolute gorgeous if I do say so myself! I am all about mixing a little glitter and glam with some rustic elements. And gold is my jam right now. I added a wide burlap ribbon and some felt pom moms to add the perfect rustic charm to my shiny glam new ornaments. I LOVE how it came together.

Hello gorgeous.


Check out my adorable Egg in a Hole ornament! I’m sort of obsessed with food themed ornaments…


Every single ornament on my tree holds a special memory (we buy one each year that represents something special to us or a momentous occasion for our family that year). I love pulling them out and reminiscing as I unwrap each one and hang them lovingly on our tree.

My favorite ornament of all, though, is my Boldt Castle Ornament. It’s where hubs and I got engaged, and we purchased this ornament on the day of our engagement (9 years ago!). It was the start of our collection of ornaments for our little family.

And now we get to watch that collection grow.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my beautiful new tree. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers’ STUNNING Balsam Hill Christmas Tree all decked out for the most wonderful time of the year:

Courtney of French Country Cottage
Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40
Sarah of Little Vintage Nest
Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Jen of Migonis Home
Katie of Helpful Homemade
Caitlin of The Mama Notes
Gloribell of Know How She Does It
Kris of Driven By Decor
Rebekah of A Blissful Nest
Tina of My Life As A Mrs.
Ashley of Simply Designing
Nina of Nina Hendrick

NOTE: I received a Balsam Hill Christmas tree and ornament package free of charge, but as always, product opinions and reviews are my own.

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