Author Archives: Dagmar Obert

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

Why You Should Get an Artificial Christmas Tree Instead of a Real One

Balsam Hill Norway Spruce TreeThe focal point of every holiday home, the Christmas tree is more than just a décor piece. For many, it is a symbol of the Christmas spirit and the joy that the season brings. In years past, families used to go out and pick a freshly cut pine tree as a tradition. In recent times, however, more people have been turning to artificial Christmas trees as a convenient and practical alternative.

The artificial Christmas trees of today have developed to a point that it can sometimes be hard to tell it apart from a real one. Marrying form and function, many of them provide special features that make holiday decorating all the more convenient and enjoyable. In this post, we will show you a few reasons why you should get an artificial Christmas tree this year. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: A Cozy Gathering Place

With the winter season so near, preparing your fireplace for warming up your home includes cleaning out the hearth, gathering firewood and, finally, choosing the ideal fireplace accessories that will suit your taste and style. Equip your fireplace with utmost protection and elegance with Balsam Hill’s collection of hearth screens and accoutrements.

For a Classic Appeal

Add elegance to your home with Balsam Hill's Estate Hearth Collection

Balsam Hill’s Estate Hearth Collection

A classic touch in the home never goes out of style. This Estate Hearth collection features a scroll and leaf-detailing perfect for a traditional hearth. The screen opens and closes with ease to ensure quick access to the fire while moderating the heat. The four-piece tool set complements the screen’s design, and guarantees that you have everything you need to manage, clean, and control the fireplace. The scroll framework of the wood holder matches the overall appeal of the collection as it keeps your floor free of wood chips, creating a stylish and heartwarming hearth for your home. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Outdoor Lighting for Fall

Dear Dagmar,

Fall is my favorite time of the year. For this beautiful season, how can I make my al fresco spaces look stunning with lighting?

Christina

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Hi Christina,

As the days get shorter and colder, we begin to lock ourselves inside our homes for warmth. Seeing less sunlight signals us that the holidays are only a few months away. However, we can already enjoy the glow and glamour brought by the holidays as early as now by decorating our homes with various lighting options. Candles, string lights, and light fixture replacements are just some of the ways to bring illumination to your interiors, which I will discuss in this post.

Candles

Candles have been around for quite some time, offering a practical use until electricity made them more decorative than functional.  They not only create a warm ambience, but also make a space more special. There is nothing like the glow from a flame. With the help of traditional lanterns and candleholders, they can stand elegantly on our tables, mantles and windows.

Nowadays, people come up with clever ways to display candles. Painted tin cans can be punched with holes to create unique shadow images. Hallowed out logs or large pieces of wood with tea lights create a unique outdoor ambience. Read This Entry