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Friday, July 22, 2016

Balsam Hill's "LIGHT UP the NIGHT" Summer 2016 Challenge



As I mentioned yesterday HERE, I am super excited to be invited by Balsam Hill to participate in their 
LIGHT UP the NIGHT Summer 2016 Challenge!




When asked what additionally I would like to have sent from a list of items, I chose this single ball LED lighted faux topiary HERE.  I mention "faux" because when I've been watering the terrace I have almost watered it twice... I'm not kidding!  Seriously "real" looking.  Before it arrived I honestly thought I would just use it for the photo shoot and then use it at the front door during the holidays.  I placed the topiary in the resin & crushed limestone urn that Balsam Hill also sent HERE and placed it in front of the shutter, turned it on, got distracted, went to work on something else and forgot it was there, until.... I walked back towards the table and I gasped at how beautiful it was and how perfect it looked on the barn wood and iron table.  The table needed it for height and composition and I didn't even know it!  It's staying right here all season long.  It runs on 2- D batteries and has a constant-on switch or a 6-hour timer switch.  Which is so nice as I'm always forgetting to go back outside to turn things off late at night.




And, look who showed up to join me on "light up the night!" Mr. Buck Moon! Perfect timing:)
 I did not know until this full moon that every full moon each month has its own name.  The names date back to Native Americans and were used to keep track of the seasons and events.  The Buck moon was so named because it is when the buck deer start growing their velvety antlers.  It is also know as the Thunder moon and the Hay moon.
We love the copper and cast metal fire pit
HERE




I love this photo because it is exactly what the terrace looks and "feels" like in the evening!  The only thing missing is the cocktail of your choice, and a puppy dog... or three!




Votive candles scattered about.



Close up as the night grew darker.




Doesn't the topiary look perfect here?!  You can see why I love it.







Later this night, after it was too dark to take any more photos, Dan and I sat on the terrace with the fire going.  This was our first night to use the fire pit and we both loved it.  It is a vast, big sky when you are sitting under the stars at night on the terrace and the fire pit made it feel so cozy. It's perfect for summer, and will be perfect for those cool fall nights, which are right around the corner!




The terrace wall illuminated with votives.  
  Royale Peachy Keen verbena hybrid in the vintage iron disks that I use as planters on the top of the wall.




Love this shot of the new topiary and fire pit together, and how you can see inside to the barn room.  The topiary and the fire pit are both wonderful additions to the terrace.  Be sure to see the bottom of this post for a coupon code from Balsam Hill just for you!



Wish you were here!




Thanks again to Mr. Buck Moon for helping me "light up the night!"




I love this wacky photo taken from the master bedroom upstairs porch.  It made me laugh as I'm very literal, so when someone challenges me to "light up the night" I do..... literally!!!!!  Ha! :)


Here's a recap of the Balsam Hill products used in this post:
single ball boxwood topiary
light grey classic urn
copper and cast metal fire pit, cover and spark guard
but, there are so many more on their website, so check them all out!

Balsam Hill has generously offered a coupon code for my readers for $30 off your Order of $299, or more.
Use the code:
BHSUMMERFTL30
 one-time use per customer; cannot be used with another coupon
coupon valid July 22, 2016 - August 28, 2016

47 comments:

  1. Absolutely lovely! I'll be over this evening with a glass of wine in hand.

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  2. Looks wonderful. Lighting at all different heights makes the environment so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. How beautiful it is. This has made me want to try something like that up here.

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  4. Oh the conversations that fire pit is begging for! xo
    Dianne

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    1. Yes, nothing like a fire and the night stars to chat!

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  5. much older sister susanJuly 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    It all looks wonderful! I was a bit concerned when I saw the topiary in the box yesterday knowing you don't do fake but it looks great! Autumn evenings will be wonderful with the fire pit! love you 5!

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    1. You know me so well;) I don't do fake which is why I thought I would use it for the shoot and then at xmas. I thought the faux with real plants in summer would look weird, but it is so life like it fits right in! You & Doug should come sit by the fire this fall!!!;) xxo

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    2. much older sister susanJuly 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM

      Be careful what you wish for. We will never leave!

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    3. I'll take my chances;) If my readers knew that you have NEVER, EVER come to visit us in New Hampshire and to stay at the house they would take you to task big time.... so I won't tell them;) heeheehee

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    4. much older sister susanJuly 24, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      Ok then! We will bring Roxi, Ruby and Zekey! hehehe

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  6. So beautiful, the topiary and lights just perfect. Best wishes lillian from Hong Kong.

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  7. This is beautiful. I love the single ball topiary, it finishes the table decor perfectly. I love the photographs you captured. The fire pit will be so much fun during the season. How nice everything looks, so inviting.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    xo,
    Karen

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  8. Oh my goodness! This is just so lovely, Joan! I absolutely love Balsam Hill and love using them for my Christmas decor. Now I will have to look how I can light up our summer evenings! xox

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    1. Emily, on their website they even have Halloween decor!

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  9. So lovely, as always, Joan! It's so hot here in NC that a fire would be unthinkable, but that makes it especially nice to dream about Fall evenings.

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    1. It's been really hot here the last couple of days too, but the night I took the photos it was actually chilly ;)

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  10. ~beautiful as usual. Remember I'm in Mississippi so that wonderful fire pit will be even prettier when our heatwave is done!

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  11. I had no idea the Balsam Hill sold anything other than christmas trees. I want that fire pit now!

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    1. I didn't either!!! The fire pit is wonderful, you'll love it!

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  12. Oh how I wish I could walk over with a glass of wine to join you! It is all gorgeous! We have a patio and the neighbors seem to gravitate to it many nights. Last night there were 7 of us out there:) Having something as large and beautiful as your terrace would be a dream. I will go check out the goodies at BH. Have a beautiful weekend!!

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    1. Me too Pinky! That all your neighbors gravitate to your patio shows how warm and inviting you and Joe are!

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  13. I'll take an old fashioned made with Forty Creek! Love the new copper fire pit. Ours has blackened over time; both inside and out (although it's not from BH). Please keep us updated how yours ages!

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    1. An Old Fashioned it will be Miranda!! I'll let you know about the patinating!

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  14. LOVE! Make mine a martini:) Cheers!

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    1. Will that be vodka or gin Ron?!!! Dirty or clean?!!!!

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  15. There is nothing like light to make a space special.

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  16. Your back patio looks absolutely stunning!!! What an amazing spot. We are in the process of redoing ours and I have so many great ideas after seeing yours :). Love the fire bowl and your boxwood topiary. Just gorgeous!

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    1. Oh good Tara! I love hearing that it's given you some ideas! Happy weekend!

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  17. Just love your blog and every post! I have been looking at Balsam Hill Christmas trees for our new home and may just use your coupon with that purchase. Looking at the topiary, I think you could even do the double one in that spot. The height would be great, but it says they are sold out.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful home and surroundings with all of us!

    Jody in North Dakota

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    1. hi Jody! Thank you! Definitely use the coupon!!

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    2. What time is happy hour?

      Jody

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  18. The topiary in the urn is unexpected but absolutely wonderful! And I'm dreaming about chilly nights myself!

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  19. What is the name of Katherine's blog?

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  20. This is what we wait for all winter. Summer nights sitting out under the stars (and moon), candles illuminating around us...... and a glass of wine in hand. It looks cozy and inviting. Enjoy.

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  21. Oh Joan, I love your patio and it's even more beautiful and romantic at night. Thanks for sharing these photos. I love dusk/evening shots of homes and candlelight. The fire pit is amazing and so are all the little votive candles.
    Claudia

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  22. I have been searching for some olive jar planters like you have on your patio with no luck. Would you have any suggestions?

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  23. Joan, Dan, and girls: Peaceful....I love it! Cindy

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  24. So beautiful! Your yard reminds me of the French Countryside - charming and inviting.

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