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

Home Transition: From Winter to Spring

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The enchanting beauty of snow blanketing the earth is one of the reasons many people love winter. But the breathtaking colors and splendor of spring is also a welcome sight. Take your cue from the surrounding landscape and transition your home from winter to spring with these decorating tips and ideas.

Forget Red, Think GREEN

Step out of winter by rotating out pieces of red décor that warmed up your home during the cold season. While this color still provides nice contrast in mid-February, it will look and feel tired when March comes around.

Mirror the emerging color outside by adorning your home with green décor items. Start introducing decorations that can last through May, such as a spring moss topiary and a leafy centerpiece.

Dress Your Table with Flowers

There is probably no better way to bring a festive touch to your tables than with fresh flowers. Put out beautiful blooms, such as daffodils and tulips, to signal the coming of spring. As you go deeper into the season, add in other varieties of flowers with rich, striking colors.

Embrace the Spirit of the Season

Spring is a time for rebirth and new beginnings. In April, fill your home with this message of renewal by displaying decorative eggs. Egg accents in taupe or cream shades, are versatile enough to stay even after Easter.

Add life to your spring décor with this faux bird from Balsam Hill’s Manor Robin Bird Ornament Set

Manor Robin Bird Ornament from Balsam Hill

For a more vibrant atmosphere, decorate your living spaces with faux birds, more flowers, potted plants, or bright ribbons.

Change Christmas Accents to Spring Decorations

Replace evergreens with spring foliage like Balsam Hill’s Outdoor Boxwood Wreaths and Ball Topiaries

Replace evergreens with spring foliage like Balsam Hill’s Outdoor Boxwood Wreaths and Ball Topiaries

Keep your home from being stuck in a perpetual winter setting by letting it play along with nature’s variations. Start by switching your evergreens with foliage that’s more appropriate for spring. Then, replace your holiday accents with countryside-themed decorations, such as bird’s nests and bunnies to bring a charming sense of nature into your home.

Celebrate the Outdoors

The warm spring weather makes spending time outdoors more enticing and enjoyable. Freshen up the look of the porch or patio by planting garden flowers or setting potted flowering plants. Choose bright flowers such as primroses to make outdoor spaces cozier and more inviting. Echo the cheer of these spring colors around your exteriors by introducing new linens and pillow accents that reflect the attractive hues of your favorite flowers.

Try out these spring decorating tips and ideas and make your home more captivating by keeping it up-to-date with the splendor of the changing season.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Home Color Trends 2015: Bold, Bright and Subtle

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The year 2015 presents a number of exciting options for home decorating, especially when it comes to color schemes. The year of the radiant orchid, which served as a calm, distinguished presence in the home, has paved the way for a more earthen hue. As we welcome Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, let’s take a look at other palettes that can give your home a fresh and updated look.

Warm Tones

Warmer colors are starting to come back into vogue. A rich, reddish-brown, Marsala is a subtly seductive shade that has some grounding. The Pantone Color Institute describes it as a color that enriches the mind, body, and soul, while exuding confidence and stability. This comes from the fact that is often found underfoot, I imagine.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Super Bowl Recipes and Party Ideas

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Super Bowl Sunday is an extraordinary day, with millions of football fans gathering to watch NFL’s championship game. Families and friends flock their television sets to watch and support their teams, making this day a great opportunity to host a party. Here are ideas to make Game Day even more fun and exciting:

Snacks to Whip Up for Game Day

There is no need to cook a sumptuous heavy meal for a Super Bowl party. All you need are finger food and light snacks to munch on while watching the television. Here are some easy-to-prepare snacks that can make your friends and family full and satisfied while glued to the TV:

Chili-Garlic Chicken Wings

The special chili-garlic sauce and green onion garnish makes these chicken wings a real crowd pleaser. Before deep-frying, the wings are generously seasoned with salt and black pepper, and dredged in flour. Get detailed instructions here.

Oregon Tuna Melts

Guests would be raving about the balance of tuna and cheese in these sandwiches. Onions, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper make the tuna salad extra rich. Mustard, mayonnaise and cheese complement all these great flavors. Add a fun football kick to the tuna melts by placing them in football sandwich wraps.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Night of Festivities: A Look Back

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The contest-winning wreath

The winning wreath in Balsam Hill’s Showroom Event

As the holidays conclude, so too does Balsam Hill’s Showroom Sale. As a token of gratitude to all who participated, we would like to look back at what took place last December during the special event dedicated to our Bay Area blogger friends. The night was definitely a night for the holiday-decorating enthusiast, with décor giveaways, a wreath decorating contest, and of course, great wine and good food.

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