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.

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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

Elegant Ways to Use Christmas Lights

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Many of us often fail to notice the importance of lighting in our décor, focusing more on ornaments, foliage, and other accents. Although I used to overlook lighting, I have recently developed a greater appreciation for it. Now, I place more focus on it in my Christmas designs, especially after noticing the power a single candle or string of lights can have during the holidays. Perhaps the draw is due to the stark contrast of light and dark during that particular time of year. I have noticed that lights at other times of the year, such as Halloween or the Fourth of July, seem to lose its impact because of inappropriate or excessive use. But at Christmas and the winter solstice, light is vibrant and brilliant, bringing reflection, clarity, and hope.

We also tend to think that Christmas lights are simply for pairing with trees, garlands, or other greenery. However, they can be used in many different ways to enhance your home décor throughout the year. Read on for some inspiring ideas on how to make the most out of your holiday lights.

Paper Lanterns with a Modern Twist

Paper lanterns with geometric patterns

Photo from Ohoh Blog

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Holiday Decorative Accents You Can Use All Year Round

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Every year, we put up our most beautiful Christmas decorations to fill our home with holiday cheer and spirit. When the season ends, there is no reason to let our Yuletide décor sit idly in storage. With a little ingenuity, you can enjoy some of your favorite Christmas accents year-round.

Christmas Ornaments

Glass ornament terrarium

Photo from Little Big

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate with Lanterns and Flameless Candles

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Sprucing up your home often requires making the most of every item you have on hand. Certain pieces, such as colorful throw pillows or wreaths, provide limited flexibility of use as they tend to be identified with certain seasons. Lanterns and flameless candles are timeless accents that offer great decorating versatility and longevity. They can be used in endless variations to suit different times of year, themes, or occasions. Read on for some tips on how to use lanterns and flameless candles to brighten your spaces.

Balsam Hill's Candela Crossbar LanternsYours

Balsam Hill’s Candela Crossbar Lantern

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate for a Backyard Barbecue

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Summer is all about spending time outdoors in the company of close family and friends. If you’re planning to host a backyard barbecue, organizing it around a cohesive theme will help make your gathering more fun and memorable.

A theme provides a clear direction not only for your decorations, but for other details as well, such as the time of day and duration of your party. It helps you decide on who to invite, what refreshments to serve, and the type of table setting to arrange. Today, let’s look at some tips and ideas on how to dress up a backyard barbecue with a bit of country flair.

Send a Fitting Invitation

Invitations help set the tone for your party by giving guests a glimpse into the festivity that awaits them, so choose your design carefully. The design of this invitation is simple yet bold, and reflects the country style of the party.

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