Now that I’m living in Minnesota, the jokes about winter have already started. My dad kept saying they were going to head back to PA the middle of August “before the pass is blocked by snow.” I’m one of those people who actually enjoys snow and colder temperatures. I like sweaters and boots and bundling up under blankets.
But, I must admit, I am enjoying Minnesota’s summer and I want to relish it for a little longer – listening to kids biking in the cul de sac and the hissing of sprinklers, taking Sebastian out for lingering walks, and bringing in a harvest of sunshine with Balsam Hill.
Wait, doesn’t Balsam Hill do Christmas trees!? Yes, but they actually do more than Christmas trees. They have home decor as well as beautiful faux topiaries and flowers. And they do faux really well.
It’s in the details – the thickness of the trunk, the varying sizes of the fruit and blooms…
…even the dirt! I also like that the pot is pretty and properly proportioned for the tree. Sometimes the pots of artificial trees can look comically small! You know what I mean? Really? That huge fiddle leaf fig can stand upright with a root structure the size of a tennis ball?
I had thought about adding a live lemon tree to my studio, but that might not be very fair to the tree! This gives me the tree without slow impending death.
Along with the topiary, I selected a few other things from their site to use in my home. I enjoy diffusing oil, but I never know quite where to put the diffuser, so it’s not in the way…sitting out on the counter or on a piece of furniture, looking very random amid my antiques.
Their Scents of the Season Machine is small (about the size of a can of soda) and can be operated on a battery, so I can tuck it anywhere! I actually hid it in an old tote, so you have to really hunt for it. I filled it with the lemon oil and the fresh scent wafted through the house. I’m looking forward to trying it with a pine scent for winter.
It was funny, though, it was so well hidden that Jeff was confused by the lemony scent and the mysterious steam coming up from a tote behind the sofa.
With the kids back in school, I found some time to play in my new dining room. I had to push past the fact that the walls aren’t the color I want and the floors are carpeted, but that’s just life, right?
It was good for my creative soul to see how it all came together, though – how the wine barrel lazy susan worked perfectly on the table I acquired from craigslist just last week…
…how appropriate stemless wine glasses look filled with ice and lemonade…
…and how happy the little lemon topiary looks on the blue hutch.
I know we’re all gearing up for fall and I’m right there with you, but, as I write this post, August has a few more hours and I’m going to soak them in.
Here are the Balsam Hill products I used in this post…
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Balsam Hill. All words and opinions expressed in this post are my own.