I was provided with a Balsam Hill Christmas tree to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We have a living room that appears very large. The walls are BIG, and the ceilings are 25 feet in part of it. It gives a feeling of being a very large, spacious and open room.
But... it isn't. With a couch, love seat and armchair in it, it's pretty much packed. Adding a Christmas tree isn't easy! And with the price of trees, it isn't affordable to buy a tree that looks good in our space. (Have you SEEN the price of 12+ foot trees???)
Here's what happens when you get a tree that fits our CEILINGS in our room (but not the suqare footage). Yes, I did actually buy this tree and yes my husband somehow got it in our house. There was a LOT of cursing that year. IT. TOOK. UP. THE. WHOLE. ROOM. and it was partly in the dining room.
Just call me Clark Griswald.
It was very National Lampoon's. Oy.
Thankfully, I came up with a great solution for our brand new Balsam Hill tree that fills up space efficiently and also makes it look like we have a very large tree that fits in our grand-looking (but actually quite small) room.
This is so easy I can't believe I'm going to post it- but I can't believe I never thought of it before!
Guys... I put my tree up on a table! I put it on a side table and covered it with a beautiful burlap tree skirt that hangs down from the table, and allowed me to keep my couches and chairs in place (without having to cram them into different rooms like I usually do at Christmas) while making a reasonable sized tree look much larger.
We didn't want to get a big tree, because we've thought about starting to look for a house with more land- and if we move into a house with smaller ceilings, we'd need an all new tree- so I wanted to go with one that would fit a budget and be able to work in any space. If we want to change things up and put the tree in a different room- we can! Plus no runny noses, fire risk, and the pain of schlepping in a tree. My Balsam Hill tree'a base is super sturdy- I wouldn't try this with flimsy tree bases- and if you do, you could bungee cord it down for safety.
See, I'm not super into themed trees. I LOVE them- but I have these beautiful ornaments I've had all my life, and ones I've collected along the way. I always want to do a pretty, gorgeous themed tree, but I want my beautiful, sentimental ornaments to shine more. I love the feeling I still get seeing some of the ornaments I felt so magical about as a kid- and love seeing my kids love them too! They light up and smile when they point out their favorites, and love putting up their own. We have so many ornaments I love, I always skip the designer theme and just let them do all the talking (PS- can you spot the TARDIS and Dalek on the tree??). And this tree is so gorgeous and easy to set up, it lets us get straight to the fun!
This Balsalm Hill Fraser Fir is PERFECT. My friend was just over and looking at the tree and asked how I kept the water from coming off on the table, that she was worried our table was damaged. I feel a little commerical-announcer saying it- but this really is the most beautiful, realistic tree I have ever seen! And right now they are all on sale- AND have free shipping!
Seriously: here it is close-up. Have you ever seen an artificial tree that looks this real? And it even FEELS real!
And the tree was super easy to put up. I did it all myself when my husband was out of town- anyone could.
You just take it out of the box, and unwrap it. Then pop open the base, click section one in , then two, then three. Quickly "fluff" the branches, and plug it in! From the box to the table, my tree took under 30 minutes. And Balsam Hill even included a set of gloves to wear to protect my hands while fluffing the tree! So cute- and avoided scratches!