Pam Lutrell

Pam’s mission is to inspire, transform, and empower. A brand ambassador, freelance writer, and public speaker, she is dedicated to getting an important message across to her readers: that everyone matters. Her blog, Over 50 Feeling 40, is home to stories of her own journey to reinvention, ways to gain more self-confidence, styling and decorating tips, and much more.

A Fredericksburg Christmas-Themed Tree

Which Balsam Hill tree did you decorate and what feature did you like most about it?

I decorated a Noble Fir Flip Tree.  It is a beautiful tree which looks completely natural.  It was very easy to put up and take down, and the lights are lovely.  It changed my mind about artificial trees. Until we put this one up, I did not believe I would find one I liked as much as the real thing. I was wrong and we will always look forward to putting this tree up every year.

What ornaments did you use to adorn the tree? Did you have any particular favorites?

I used the Mistletoe and Holly set and it was a perfect complement to my décor. In fact, it took my décor to a whole new level because the ornaments are so beautiful. It is difficult to pick favorites. I loved the ball ornaments decorated with pearls and gorgeous designs. I also loved the ones with beautiful messages of joy and peace. My grandson immediately wanted to hold the train and would look at it again and again. Each ornament was special.

Where do you get your decorating inspiration from?

I took my inspiration from family history and decorations handed down from both sides of the family, and from a small town in the Texas Hill Country called Fredericksburg. I combined my collections of snowmen, Santas around the world, votives, and Christmas trees with traditional red and green linens, and burlap ribbons.

Do you have special techniques when decorating a tree?

I want to combine the vintage decorations with the new in a natural way. The Balsam Hill collection did this beautifully. I used ornament balls hand made by my husband’s grandmother with ribbons and pearls on them with the new ones which featured pearls on red balls. It was as if the two were made to be together. I also want to make sure the tree sends messages of the true meaning of Christmas and these ornaments helped to achieve this for us.

How would you describe your finished look?

The entire family loved the finished look. It all flowed together so well and was hard to put away. I describe it as my Fredericksburg Christmas Home, which is a type of French Country Décor in the Texas Hill Country.

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