Brad Schmidt

Brad Schmidt AIFD, CFD

An acclaimed floral artist and holiday design mastermind, Brad Schmidt builds bold and beautiful arrangements for any occasion. He has designed massive floral events for award shows, corporate parties, celebrity functions and residences, showrooms, and even floral shops. Using fresh and artificial products, Brad creates jaw-dropping floral décor for companies all over the world. His magic touch and rare talent allow him to produce stunning arrangements that evoke a feeling of wonder.

Silver and Gold Christmas Tree

What Balsam Hill tree did you decorate for this theme and how did you start decorating it?
For the Silver and Gold theme, I decorated the Vermont White Spruce. As with other Balsam Hill trees that I decorated, I began at the top and worked downwards. I positioned the tree topper first, followed by the ornaments, ribbons, and other accent pieces.

What mix of ornaments was used?
I used the Silver and Gold Ornament Set, which is a collection of beautiful pieces in different sizes, shapes, and designs. These glass ornaments have a gorgeous gold, silver, and platinum color palette that really said “Christmas,” and worked well against the tree’s foliage.

What embellishments were added and what did you like most about them?
For the ribbons, I used Balsam Hill’s Platinum Pleated Lame ribbon and the Gold Fine Mesh Glitter ribbon. Their textures added visual interest to the tree, especially when I layered them. I also adorned the tree with the Gold Bouquet Picks, which I loved because the color complemented the theme. The pinecones in the picks also balanced out the metallic hues.

Were there any special decorating techniques that you used?
Instead of placing the Gold Angel Tree Topper at the very peak of the tree, I positioned it towards the front by spreading the needles apart, creating a hollow to nestle the angel. Then, I secured it around the waist with a ribbon, with the ends curling down at the sides and the back for a billowing effect. I also used various ribbon techniques to provide contrast and create a beautiful cascading effect.

What tips would you give for decorating with an ornament set?
When decorating with an ornament set, I recommend creating clusters of smaller décor items to give them greater impact. You can put together the same ornaments or even those in different hues or with contrasting textures.


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