Today I’m sharing the second post in my new home decor series, this time how I styled these matching boxwood double topiaries, ivory battery-operated candles, and faux magnolia arrangement from Balsam Hill in our new living room. You can see my first master bedroom post from this new house here.
This week 5 home decor bloggers and I are sharing how we used Balsam Hill pieces to update our spaces for spring. You probably know them for their beautiful Christmas trees, but I bet you didn’t know Balsam Hill has beautiful spring and year-round decor. Here are the 5 other bloggers in our Spring in Bloom collaboration this week and their posting info:
March 26 – Courtney of frenchcountrycottage.net
March 26 – Jenni of dearlilliestudio.com
March 27 – Jamie of somuchbetterwithage.com
March 28 – Heidi of honeybearlane.com
March 29 – Sara of sincerelysarad.com
Balsam Hill is also running a Facebook giveaway that you might be interested in! The prize up for grabs is a decorating package which includes your choice of their Outdoor Safe Floral Collection (includes wreath, window box, potted foliage, hanging basket, mailbox swag) and Woodland Garden Statues. Enter via the contest widget found on the Balsam Hill Facebook page. Upload a photo of your yard, deck or patio and tell them why it needs a spring makeover from Balsam Hill. Dates: March 21, 7AM PST – April 7, 11:59 PM PST.
Everything else in this living room is from our last apartment, and I think it turned out quite cozy for a family with small children, yet still glam enough to keep me happy. In this new house you’ll notice a few things have moved around a bit from different rooms, such as the round sunburst mirror above the fireplace and the matching gold etagere bookshelves originally from our master bedroom. These shelves actually used to display my nicest designer handbags and shoes, if you remember. They don’t fit in the bedroom in this house, but I think they work perfectly in the living room. That goes to show that buying things that can work in multiple rooms makes it well worth the investment, even when you move.
It’s been so nice having a fireplace again. Besides the warmth and calm a fire provides, styling a mantle is oodles of fun. It’ll be amazing during Christmas time this year. I’ve missed hanging stockings on a real fireplace mantle for the past 2 Christmases. If you follow along on Stories you know I painted these fireplace bricks about 2 weeks ago. It was a project and a half since it required multiple coats to completely cover the original brick and get into all the texture, but I think it’s so worth it for the freshness a bit of white paint can give. I used latex paint with a bigger paint brush first, then I moved onto a smaller detail brush, and lastly I used my fingers to get the paint into some of the smaller grooves. Expect to get a professional manicure afterwards, haha. And remember, if DIY is not your forte, you can always hire an expert team of Painters if you would like to achieve the same effect.
The 2 topiary double ball trees are high-quality faux boxwood and light up via timer every night at the same time as the candles on the shelves. The battery-operated flameless candles actually have a slight vanilla scent to them too. Lighting real candles just doesn’t work so well for shelving and having little ones running around, so this solution is perfect for us. I just LOVE the ambiance that these few new pieces adds to our living room. I’m still on the hunt for round baskets that I can put the topiaries in; I’ve been to at least 4 stores looking for what I have in mind and browsed online for way longer than I’d like to admit. I can’t find round baskets that are big enough yet small enough if you know what I mean. I need them to be around 10″ in diameter, so if you know of something that might work, let me know!
We are SO happy to be living in this house and can’t wait for more fun home projects to come. Feel free to follow along on Instagram Stories for the latest updates on the house.