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. 😉 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… 😉


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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8 Responses to “Our Rustic Glam Christmas Tree: Balsam Hill Review”

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    Debbie — November 22, 2016 @ 8:57 am

    Love this! I’ve been seeing this company’s TV advertisements while watching Christmas movies! Your house looks beautiful. Great photography! Merry Christmas!

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    Sharon — November 22, 2016 @ 9:26 am

    Beautifully decorated tree. Enjoyed your writing. Heading straight to Balsam Hill’s website. Merry Christmas!

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    florida1 — November 22, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    Nice but the Baby Jesus? A manager? The Nativity? Angels?? You know; the Real Reason for the Mass of Christ? Christmas….What are you really telling your children? Guests? Us who look at the interior of your house? No..sadly this is not a popular idea; that the celebration of Jesus who came and died for us and to save us if we repented of our sins…No this is no longer popular. Matter of fact-this kind of questioning pushback by me and many more (thank You God for them) is considered totally Wrong…wow…well at my house; one would see many many angels, nativity sets (some very old but all lovely), and other depictions of celebrating Jesus. Yes I have ‘santas’, reindeer, snowmen, trees, lights, ect. but they are Not front and center….I am jut dropping by to remind you and all others that the return of our Savior draws near; what will He find when He comes back to earth?

    • Tina replied: — November 22nd, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

      First of all I find this incredibly offensive & I usually leave Snide comments alone. However I find this absolutely unacceptable. I myself am a believer and we celebrate Christ’s birth first in foremost in our home. This post was strictly a product review that didn’t even mention Santa or reindeer or any of that other stuff. It was a Christmas tree product review. Period.

      The way that you wrote this in a condescending and damning manner was absolutely horrifying as I know it reflects anything BUT the love that Christ has bestowed upon us. I meet unbelievers all the time that have been hurt and wounded by people that claim to be Christians but show zero grace and love when sharing the gospel.

      The fact that God loved me enough to send his own son to die for my sins so that I could be seen am blameless in His eyes is the greatest gift I could ever share with anyone. In doing so I should do that with love and excitement because it’s wonderful news.

      People should see something in us that is different from this world. The fruits of the Spirit living inside us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control. Not the anger you left in this comment. Please consider this out of love and that you might leave people thinking of Christians as something other than judgemental, hateful people.

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    Ginger Wroot — December 7, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

    What a lovely roundup of inspiring photos! I just bought a live tree today, hauled it in, and vacuumed up the first of many shedded needles. Soooo, I’m thinking this might be the last live tree I’ll be purchasing. Maybe it’s finally time to consider an artificial tree, probably after they go on sale post-New Year’s. Thanks again for a great post, with some fab ideas! –G

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    Andrei — December 10, 2016 @ 8:04 pm

    I was wondering if you had as much trouble as many other customers of Balsam Hill’s. I for one did not get to see their amazing tree as two weeks later I am still waiting on my order and had to go elsewhere for my Xmas tree. Trustpilot is full of miserable customers unable to get in touch with the company. Would be nice to know how you got on with them.

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    Cathy Green — December 16, 2016 @ 7:28 am

    So love your tour this am. You mentioned everything but the heart which looks like wood above what appears to be a boxwood wreath. Did you make it? Safe travels to your happy place (a well deserved trip). Happy holidays to you and your family and look forward to your next post.

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    Agen Sabung Ayam — January 29, 2017 @ 8:12 am

    I love food, people, traveling and thank you for sharing valuable information here.

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