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About Dagmar Obert

Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Holiday Organizing 101: Dagmar Obert’s Guide to Storing Christmas Decorations

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Taking down your Christmas decorations can be a daunting chore. Once the celebrations are over, it’s a bit of a drag to go to work and take down those pieces that once filled us with excitement and reminded us of the wonders of the season. Fortunately, through a well-planned process, storing your holiday decorations and other items for the off-season can be a quick and hassle-free task. To give you some tips, here’s a guide that details my ideas for storing holiday decorations.

Decide on Your Containers and What Will Go in Them

Protect your holiday ornaments by placing them inside plastic containers.
Protect your holiday ornaments by placing them inside plastic containers

The first step to putting away holiday décor is figuring out the appropriate containers to store them in. Before you do anything else, make sure these are prepared. Take out the original packaging: boxes, plastic containers, and foliage bags. If you purchased more items in preparation for the season, you may have to buy more bins. It’s also important to note that you may not have enough room in your area, so remember to spread the containers across your home. You can also use stackable clear plastic containers, which are the same ones I have at home. These sturdy alternatives provide users the opportunity to scan the contents of the case, which is great if you’re looking for something.

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How to Decorate Your Mantel Like a Pro

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With all the holiday décor gone, most homeowners are left with an empty mantel after Christmas. Learn how to fill your mantel with style and personality all year with these fireplace decorating tips.

1. Showcase Art

A mantel is great place to display art. So go ahead and use it as a space for your own little gallery. Not only will this make your living room look more stylish, it will also serve as the perfect conversation starter.

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Winter Decorating Ideas: Wonderful Ways to Brighten Up Your Home with Candles and Lights

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Winter brings unique beauty to any landscape, but at times, the nights can get too dark, too long, and too cold. The gray skies can often cast a melancholic mood on the entire household. So this season, give your home that much-needed warmth and embrace the radiance brought on by these marvelous lighting ideas as curated by Balsam Hill:

Fill Your Home with Gentle Radiance Using Candles

Candles have been filling homes with light for centuries. They are timeless – reminiscent of the past – and cast depth and elegance, making them the perfect way to add ambiance to any space. Candles with neutral shades are particularly ideal as they go well with most home décor. They also cast radiance in the areas of your home void of light.

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Winter Decorating Ideas: How to Use Cozy Fabrics to Warm Up Your Home

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Changing fabrics is a simple and effective way to create a cozy retreat for the cold months. Designed to keep you warm and comfy, winter fabrics come in a variety of textures and colors that also add visual warmth to your interiors.

As temperature drops outside, bring some warmth back into your home with the use of winter fabrics.

  • Flannel had been traditionally used as an outerwear to protect farmers from the harsh elements. However through time, the fabric has also become a wonderful addition for winter bedding. Modern flannel sheets combine heavy wool with cotton to provide warmth while being light enough to keep you comfortable during your sleep. But not only does it keep you warm, it also adds a touch of country living and a hint of yesteryears to your home.
  • Wool is the quintessential winter fabric because it has a classic, rustic appearance and a thick, cozy feel. No longer just for men’s suits, wool as a natural insulator in home décor adds warmth to the look and feel of a room. Wool beddings today aren’t as itchy and scratchy as they used to be. Wool can also be made into throws, pillows, and even rugs that bring warmth both in visual appeal and practical use.
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