Trees & Baubles: My French Country Christmas

I’m feeling ultra-Christmassy as I write this post. A glass of fizz, festive tunes and decorating a beautiful sparkling Christmas tree have really put me in the Christmas mood. I’m so proud to show off my tree this year. Last year, we’d only just moved into our new house (right before, on the 16th December) and didn’t manage to track down our Christmas decorations for days. Hence I’ve been really excited about Christmas this year for the chance to enjoy the decorating process and the run-up to the big day. Even better is that I’m taking part in the ‘Trees & Baubles’ blog hop with Balsam Hill and a group of fantastic bloggers.

The blog hop runs from the 2nd to the 7th December, and every day a blogger reveals their Balsam Hill Christmas tree. Today it’s my turn!

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As part of the blog hop, I was fortunate to be able to select a tree, bauble set and tree skirt from Balsam Hill. I went for the 6.5′ Vermont White Spruce with Candlelight LEDs as our tree. The fullness of the tree really appealed to me, and this particular tree from Balsam Hill has been rated as one of the most realistic-looking artificial trees around. I loved the fact that it is pre-lit as well. No more faffing around with a tangle of lights was a big pull. For the baubles I selected the French Country Bauble Set. There are five different versions of this, and I picked one set of each, which totalled 60 baubles. To finish it off, I picked the 60″ Lodge Faux Fur Tree Skirt in Stone.

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The tree is extremely realistic. You can see in the photos above it’s hard to see much difference between the artificial needles on the tree and the real ones on the Christmas presents. It’s also so easy to put together. It came in three sections, all of which just clip into each other. The branches then drop into place, complete with lights. So quick and easy! A nice touch is that you get a little kit with some gloves, spare bulbs and a storage bag for the whole tree. The tree also has scratch-proof rubber feet. I’m living for the day I can change this flooring to something nicer, and when I do I’ll be glad of this feature.

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The French Country baubles are all made of glass, and handcrafted. They have different finishes. Some are clear, others cracked silver, some have a foil look to them and others have a lovely ombre silver into rose gold. There’s a jumbo set too, which is 12 of the most beautiful large baubles. You can see the larger ones have a variety of shapes and finishes too.

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They all come individually wrapped and it was a lot of fun to take them out and discover what was hiding in the paper. The baubles are very heavy, being thick glass, but the tree is strong enough to take them.

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The tree skirt is needed to hide the legs, and it does it well. This faux fur skirt is very thick and luxurious feeling.

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I added some large pine cones here and there, and a wooden star at the top. I matched this with a larger wooden star on the wall, which Sean made. He collected some branches from outside, cut them and glued them. I added some leaves and other bits and bobs. I also made a garland from a real tree for the top of the drawers, and put my favourite Christmas reindeer there to watch over the tree.

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Some brown wrapping paper and twine completed the rustic look I wanted.

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I’m so pleased I picked this particular tree, bauble set and tree skirt. It’s a far cry from any tree I’ve owned in the past, and just looks so realistic. The great thing is that there are no needles to fall on the floor. I also really love the warm candlelit glow of the lights.

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The Balsam Hill Trees & Baubles Blog Hop

Pop over and see the other bloggers’ trees. It’s been so enjoying to see what everyone picked. They all look amazing.

2 Dec: Digital Motherhood

3 Dec: French For Pineapple

4 Dec: Melanie Lissack Interiors

5 Dec: me

6 Dec: That British Betty

7 Dec: Little Big Bell & Littlegreenshed

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Do you like it? What sort of Christmas decor have you gone for this year?Β 

I’m looking forward to snuggling up on Christmas Eve in front of the tree with my Christmas Eve Box for Couples.

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I was lucky to be gifted the tree, skirt and baubles by Balsam Hill for the purposes of taking part in this blog hop. As always, my opinions are 100% honest. Read my full disclosure here.


  1. Lula Mercer
    December 5, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    So gorgeous!

  2. Ashleigh Allan
    December 21, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Wow beautiful tree

  3. ZARA
    December 24, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Great post! πŸ™‚

  4. Emma Walton
    December 25, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I love your choice of Christmas tree and decorations, it all looks very stylish and classy πŸ™‚

  5. Carly Belsey
    December 29, 2017 / 6:42 am

    These decorations and tree look amazing. I love this idea.

  6. tracey Peach
    December 29, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Love it!, it looks so posh & pretty at the same time

  7. Tracey S Anderson
    December 29, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    A gorgeous festive display πŸ™‚ x

  8. Rachell Craig
    December 30, 2017 / 10:30 pm


  9. Louise Smith
    January 1, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Stunning, I love it when it is just 2 or 3 colours and all accessories match rather than it looking Las Vegas/ Blackpool illuminations sponsored by Cheap n Nasty!

  10. Ren Taylor
    January 12, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    I love the look of your decorations….I think I will have to get some new ones next Christmas!!!

  11. alice lightning
    January 20, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    how beautiful, the way you,ve decorated your home just like a picture postcard

  12. Fiona jk42
    January 23, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Your tree looked lovely. Sadly I cannot use glass baubles as my cats invariably break them. This Christmas I lost my last remaining glass ornament, a glass star which was at the very top of the tree. I had just finished decorating the tree, and was in the middle of tidying up the boxes to put them away when one of our cats took a flying leap at the tree from the dining table and brought the whole thing crashing down. That was the end of the glass star. We have replaced it with one made of metal and fabric that wlil hopefully be cat-proof.

  13. A S,Edinburgh
    February 2, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Gorgeous! A perfect fusion of cosiness and elegance.

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