Balsam Hill's 12 bloggers of Christmas

Nov 21, 2016

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

I'm so honored to be part of the "+Balsam Hill's 12 Bloggers of Christmas" where, as a blogger, I've received compensation by Balsam Hill. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products you can always follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

There's always a first time for everything and this year I've had the honored of being invited to join "+Balsam Hill's 12 Bloggers of Christmas". Still I'm feeling like in a dream, since I've always wanted to join them for the Holidays, so please do pinch me!

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

After going through their amazing selection of trees, I ended up choosing a skinnier version to try something different from previous years. My Bellevue Spruce tree came pre-lit with clear/warm lights and a system called "Easy Plug™ technology" (everything is connected thought the main pole) which made the process of assembly a breeze! The realistic foliage was a huge plus and what converted me into an "artificial tree fanatic".

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

Since this was my first time working with an artificial tree, Balsam Hill made it all easier for me by providing a step by step video on their YouTube channel (and website) and all the essential tools needed for fluffing and shaping this tree. I have to say that the beauty and quality is impressive!

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas
Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

Now for the decorations, this year I decided on having something with a slight sparkle but that had that classic and elegant appeal. The French Country Ornament set provided just that with an added "Je ne sais quoi" so reminiscent of an era long gone.

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

This collection has five different finishes from which I chose the "Ombré" and "Foil". These handmade mercury glass pieces feel strong and heavy but at the same time with a delicate finish that provided a high quality product.

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

For quite sometime now I've been saving a very special ornament with a tiny replica of the "Tour Eiffel". This piece is very dear to my heart since it represents a special moment in my life where I had the opportunity to travel to France with my husband for the first time and visit many iconic places. Since then, I really fell in love with this culture and their history. This tree and its ornaments were the perfect stage to display this piece so I can mentally go back in time to that unforgettable moment.

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

I also added to the mix of ornaments some natural elements like silk magnolia flowers and some eucalyptus branches to complement their texture. I also used "Metallic Berry Picks"to highlight areas around the tree with their shimmering surface and loved that they were very easy to bend and accommodate.

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas
Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

This tree didn't needed much, with it's full foliage and elegant shape it made this corner in our living room a very special place where we all want to hang out! Balsam Hill made this possible and now our Christmas nights will be filled with beauty and memories to be cherished!

Balsam Hill blogger Christmas
Balsam Hill blogger Christmas

Hope you've enjoyed my Christmas tree decor and stay tuned for Balsam Hill's float on the Macy's parade coming this next Thanksgiving morning!Also don't forget to visit Caitlin of The Mama Notes and Kris of Driven By Decor to see their beautiful creations.
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Holiday decorating ideas for the girls' room

Nov 17, 2016

Holiday decor kids room

Usually when we think about Christmas decorations the first couple of places that come to mind are the living room, master bedroom, porch and tablescapes. But this year I wanted to give my daughters' bedroom a sort of "Winter Wonderland" decor through the holiday season. While this sounded like a challenging thing to do given the fact that it's a small room for three girls, I went in anyway keeping in mind that "less is better".

Holiday decor kids room

I love welcoming people to my home with a seasonal wreath and for these princesses' room I used one made with balls of yarn and some jingle bells. To make it more whimsical I added a big wooden reindeer in the middle.

Holiday decor kids room

Some small changes made a great difference in this room's look and I started by adding some acrylic tree ornaments to the chandelier. This simple change was able to quickly transform the mood in this space and was one of the first things that my 5 years old noticed. These adornments that I found at HomeGoods, came in a box of three and I simply replaced two of the crystals from the lamp with these beautiful snowflakes.

Holiday decor kids room
Holiday decor kids room

Another thing I did to bring in a Holiday cheer into my daughters' bedroom was to replaced the decorative pillows. While I kept a soft and similar palette from the previous setting, I chose pillows that had some sparkly details. Also the fabric played another important role in my selection, hence the use of velvet and taffeta. The golden border on the European pillow, the decorative beads that form snowflakes over the small gray pillows and the minimalist hexagram stars in the soft pink one made my trio the perfect complement for their beds. All these pillows were also a great HomeGoods find!
My daughters can't get enough of these velvet throws. These are incredibly soft and the jumbo pom-poms gives them that "oh-my-gosh-how-cute" factor.

Holiday decor kids room

A small wooden reindeer also served as an adornment hanging on the side of the beds. This is a smaller version of the one in the wreath I placed on the door.

Holiday decor kids room
Holiday decor kids room

At one moment I thought about placing a Christmas tree on the girls' room. A beautiful pencil one with many lights and a soft palette as well; but then again I thought about the countless times I'll have to go inside the room at nights to stop them from playing around with the ornaments... not a good idea! So, lucky for me I found at +HomeGoods some small trees with a similar design to the wreath and placed them over the side tables with a cute little polar bear figure.

Holiday decor kids room

Over my eldest daughter's desk I placed some cute sparkling lights from +IKEA USA and a reindeer figure. All these small details really set a "Winter Wonderland" mood without overcrowding the space. 

Holiday decor kids room
Holiday decor kids room

Other details that I enjoyed adding were a unicorn head with a set of reindeer antlers to add a magical feeling into the reading corner. Also some led string lights came very handy to decorate over the desk.
Needless to say the girls were very happy to come home to their room but specially to opening and closing the door (yeap... I love the sound of the jingle bells...not !)

Holiday decor kids room
Holiday decor kids room

Hope you've enjoyed this room as much as I did while decorating it. Are you planning on decorating an specific room these Holiday season? As always I love reading your comments so feel free to join the conversation. 

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A centerpiece bowl gets "Styled X3"

Nov 16, 2016


Don't you get excited after finding out that a simple accessory you've owned for ever, can be used in a different way? That simple hurricane candle holders can also be used as a flower vase or now that the holidays are fast approaching, fill it up with some pine cones and cinnamon sticks and you're set!
This month I'm joining Stacy from Not Just A Housewife in her fun challenge Styled X3 where she picks up a mystery accessory and sends it off to a couple of bloggers so we get a chance to style it. This month's pick was a beautiful "Faceted Glass Centerpiece Bowl" which I love from the moment I open up the box. 

Over at Amazon this piece was displayed with a couple of succulents which I simply adore given their drought tolerant quality. But I wanted to do something different and while taking advantage of the season, I opted to use this piece as a candle holder but with three small candles and a bunch of tiny pine cones. Another option to substitute the latter would be tiny pieces of wooden disks available in packages and in craft stores.


This centerpiece bowl looks amazing over my coffee table as it complements the rest of my decor. At nights the soft light from the candles makes our living room feel so relaxing and peaceful. 


Before you go, remember to visit Stacy from Not Just A Housewife and Wendy from The Shabby Nest to see how they've styled this piece. 


I have many future ideas for this "Faceted Glass Centerpiece Bowl"; what would you make out of it?

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Home office style within a budget

Nov 2, 2016

Home Office within a budget

Lately home offices have been a strong trend. No matter their size, they should all provide a comfortable and functional space for working. This room or corner in the home should always include a personal touch that will creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Depending on the line of work, home offices should include some basic elements that will help out with the daily tasks. Some of my recommendations are: storage, good lighting, a comfortable chair, decorative accessories that will inspired you and some natural element (plants, small fountains).
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a client's home office that previously served as a guest room. One of her special requests was to have some space where she can store all her books and craft supplies. She also wanted to display part of her impressive vintage camera collection somewhere around this room.

Home Office within a budget

This space enjoyed the privilege of receiving natural light throughout most of the day but also had a large window right in front of the entrance that I used as a focal point. With this as my starting point, I created a symmetrical scheme to provide a visual impact right from the beginning.
To frame this window I used two Ikea "Gersby" bookcases that also were great for displaying my clients personal accessories and her cameras. I also added some beautiful boxes from HomeGoods that concealed some of my client's scrapbooking tools.

Home Office within a budget
Always try display your collections on shelves to generate interest and to personalized the space.  
Another budget friendly alternative was the the desk. This amazing piece of furniture from Overstock have multiple shelves and drawers for storing anything from a small printer to paper stock. I'ts size was perfect for this room besides been crafted from certified environmentally preferred laminated particle panels; a super plus!

Home Office within a budget

A gray color rug from BHG at Walmart served as an anchor for this entire room and also defined once more the center and focal point of the space.
Although there are some details that are still a work in progress, this office space is ready and open for business. The best part is that we were able to stay withing a budget without sacrificing my client's style and taste.
Hope you've enjoyed these ideas and make sure to stay tuned for the big reveal. 

If you live in the Miami area and need an interior decorating consult, let me know, I can help you! Send me an email to gloribell.lebron@gmail.com.

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