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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

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: HOW TO MAKE YOUR PORCH WARM AND COZY FOR AUTUMN

Dear Dagmar,

Can I wash all my blankets the same way? Can you suggest ways on how I can care for my cashmere and wool throws?

Elizabeth

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Dear Elizabeth,

Throws have become popular in recent years due to their ability to extend the warmth of the home to an outdoor space. With their color, texture and weave, they can evoke a  certain atmosphere that fits the general theme of your living areas. Soft fabrics are perfect for rustic homes, while an elegant color scheme can add a punch of color to typical modern rooms. Throw blankets are the perfect finishing touch and they can be placed anywhere you please,  from sofas and beds, to sectional chaises.

The market today offers a myriad of choices when it comes to throws and small blankets. But the differences in these choices mean there are different ways to care for them, to keep them looking new.

How to clean a wool throw

Wool does not have to be washed often unlike other fabrics. If there are stains, do some spot cleaning, and then air it out to keep it fresh. When it’s time to wash, keep in mind that wool can shrink if not handled well.

Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill

This Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill is a cozy addition to your couch,
and a rustic accent both for indoor use and outdoor fun.

Although a popular option, dry cleaning is not the only way to clean wool. There are methods to keep this type of fabric fresh. To achieve this, you have to use cold water, mild detergent and practice a gentler washing method.

Here’s a breakdown of what you should do: first, know the size the throw so that it can be reshaped properly after washing. Prepare the wool throw a few hours before the cleaning process by soaking it in cold water. This will prevent it from shrinking. 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

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: ON DECORATING THE FIREPLACE

Dear Dagmar,

I love sprucing up our fireplace mantle, but it would be wonderful if I can also decorate the hearth itself, or at least, part of it. Is there a way to add elegance to our fireplace safely?

Sharon


Dear Sharon,

Function and aesthetics are two contradicting factors that are always present in any decorating challenge or project. Today, we are going to look into the said decorating goals in lieu of fireplaces.

Fireplaces may improve the home’s ambience and visual appeal with the glow they provide. But more than anything, they are very functional, which makes them an important part of the house. We light them up because of the heat they emanate. Now, the flames in the fireplace may produce some sparks, so it is important to have a fireplace screen or any kind of glass door that can keep the embers from scorching your decorations and from causing damage.

Most people have no idea where to purchase these fireplace screens and tools, or how to make sure that they fit the fireplace opening. As a designer, I have been asked many times about these things. Unfortunately, few stores sell these items. It can be a challenge to find these products even though they are a necessity in most homes.

Balsam Hill understands the challenge faced by homeowners. This led the company to offer a new product line featuring hearths. Balsam Hill is now offering fireplace screens that perfectly go well with many different styles. Combining form and function, the fireplace screens are masterfully crafted to meet the needs of discerning customers.

Estate Fireplace Screen from Balsam Hill

Designed exclusively for Balsam Hill, the Estate Fireplace Screen captures the sophistication of Italian architecture with its finish and intricate steelwork. Every detail is forged and painted by hand, making each piece special and unique.

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