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I was so honored to be chosen for a trip to the Inn on Biltmore Estate to decorate a Christmas tree with Balsam Hill’s Biltmore Collection.
This collection was over a year in the making! Balsam Hill and Lydia Vander Voort Licensing Director at Biltmore Estate™,connected over a year ago to discuss a possible licensed partnership between Biltmore and Balsam Hill.
“The fit was a natural one since Christmas is Biltmore’s most popular time of year for visitation.”
Balsam Hill sent their product development team to Biltmore last holiday season for design inspiration and after several more visits the work began.
Together they created the magnificent product that would be The Balsam Hill Biltmore Collection.
And I got to see most of the collection up close and personal and it’s truly magical.
For our influencer retreat, there were four other designers, along with a wonderful team from Biltmore Estate ™ …
From left, Lizzy head of the floral team at Biltmore Estate™, Christy and Amy – 11 Magnolia Lane), me, Courtney – French Country Cottage, Shelby – Pretty in the Pines, and Lydia the licensing director at Biltmore Estate™.
Each of us had a set from the collection that included ornaments, picks, ribbon, and a tree skirt. Every ornament set was different so all of the trees were unique.
My life-like tree was decorated with the Biltmore Legacy Burgundy Ornament Set, this show-stopping Biltmore Gilded Ribbon and the elegant Balsam Hill Biltmore Collection beaded tree skirt, that added the perfect finishing touch.
If all of the unboxings didn’t get me in the holiday mood, the Christmas music playing in the conference room added just enough ambiance to put Scrooge himself into the Christmas spirit!
Once everything was unboxed, I started fluffing the tree branches. As you know, although fluffing a brand new artificial tree can take a really long time, it’s one of the most rewarding steps in decorating. Almost feels like you’re bringing that artificial tree to life.
After all the fluffing, I put together a tree topper that consisted of a few of the gorgeous burgundy finial oraments and glittered magnolia picks. This was easy, I just wired the objects into the top branches of the tree. (I used pine garland wire ribbon)
After the topper came that exquisite ribbon. Although I hated to cut such a work of art, I needed four-foot pieces to loop into the branches.
Lastly, I tucked the ornaments and the picks into the tree limbs just before all of the trees were carted out into the hallway. Each tree was nestled in front of a huge window overlooking the hills and mountains…
Truly, partnering with Balsam Hill and Biltmore Estate™ was a privilege.
Check out this timeless collection at BiltmoreforBalsamHill.