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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

The Timeless Elegance of Silver:
Reed & Barton Christmas Ornaments on a BH Noble Fir Wreath

Silver has such a luxurious and elegant appeal because of the shine and clarity. Today, we use many types of decorations, but silver and plated silver ornaments always infuse a sense of legacy to our holiday decorating.

Balsam Hill brings this same wonderment in one very special decorating showcase made in partnership with Reed & Barton, a trusted brand of gifts and tableware since 1824. We are proud to unveil the Reed & Barton Ultimate Holiday Sweepstakes.

Dagmar Obert Decorates with Reed and Barton Silver Ornaments on BH Noble Fir Wreath
BH Noble Fir decorated with Reed & Barton ornaments

To celebrate this wonderful partnership, I recently had the pleasure of decorating with some of Reed & Barton’s most classic ornaments. The company has earned a reputation for quality and craftsmanship from the time of the American Revolution. This gives holiday decorating a sense of history and an enduring allure.

I chose to decorate our BH Noble Fir™ Wreath – crafted meticulously to mimic fresh cuttings of the Abies procera – with exquisite Reed & Barton ornaments. The rich blue-green silver foliage beautifully plays off the cool tones and luster of the silver. I worked with an array of shiny, finely crafted collectibles ranging from old-world Santa to snowflakes and Christmas bells.

Reed and Barton Silver Ornaments

Two Reed & Barton ornaments I especially like are the Legacy Bell, which shows the smoothness of the sterling silver, and the Snowdrop Snowflake, which shows ornate detailing. These items are packaged in a sophisticated red flannel bag, ideal for both gift-giving and storage, and come with a red satin ribbon for hanging.

These ornaments could start a lasting Christmas decorating tradition. They are dated ornaments that can mark the birth of a new grandchild. The photo frame could hold a picture of a wedding or grandmother that has passed on. The other collections also have unique features to capture family memories and treasure them year after year.

Decorating a Balsam Hill tree, wreath, or garland with these special handcrafted ornaments allows one to look back on the year and chronicle the story of one’s family using trinkets and mementos that also serve as signature décor.

Reed & Barton products are not only for embellishing your Christmas masterpiece, but also for creating lasting symbols of the season. These beautiful, historically inspired collectibles are known for their superior design and craftsmanship.

And now, you have the chance to experience the timeless elegance of Reed & Barton and Balsam Hill together in a grand decorating showcase.

The Reed & Barton Ultimate Holiday Sweepstakes give you an opportunity to take home a set of over 70 Reed & Barton ornaments along with a 6-foot prelit Balsam Hill Vermont White Spruce Narrow Tree, a complete package worth $5,000. Don’t forget to fill out the necessary information and click the “Enter to win” button.

With just a few simple clicks, your dream silver Christmas decorating showcase is within reach, waiting to grace your home for another season of timeless elegance.

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: The Spirit of New York’s Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park offers an inspiring visage of greens and blooms in complete harmony with Manhattan’s impressive structures. Rich in history, the exclusive park has become a time-honored gem for the neighborhood and its surrounding streets and sidewalks, making it a privilege for anyone to be able to enjoy its splendor. Capture the beauty of New York’s Gramercy Park in your home with Balsam Hill’s picturesque ornament collection.

Setting Up the Canvas

Aspen Estate Fir

A lifelike tree like the Aspen Estate Fir™ is a fine backdrop for decorations as radiant as the Gramercy Park ornaments. Showcasing 100% True Needle tips, this tree features forest-green needles and detailed branches that suggest high quality craftsmanship, highlighting the sophistication of the decorating theme.

Paying Tribute to Gramercy Park

Gramercy Park Ornaments by Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill’s exclusive 30-piece Gramercy Park ornament set features a variety of finials, balls, crowns, teardrops and birds. Painted in glorious gold and bronze, the tree ornaments are decorated with micro-beading, crystal and laser-cut glitter to give your tree the sparkle it needs. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: Stunning Artificial Christmas Trees for Your Holiday Celebration

Balsam Hill's Best Christmas Trees

Finding the perfect tree for the holidays can be challenging, but once you find the ideal piece that complements your holiday décor theme, the rewards are nothing short of incredible. From simple and traditional to extravagant and extraordinary, the Christmas tree, the focal point of your holiday theme, is the key to a memorable culmination of the year. This post highlights some of Balsam Hill’s best trees and explains their unique beauty and special features.

BH Noble Fir™

With its exceptional grayish green foliage, the BH Noble Fir™ is one of the most renowned Christmas tree styles in America. Native to the Northwest and Northern California, this artificial Christmas tree has become a nationwide favorite due to its meticulously crafted branches and True Needle™ tips. Our exclusive True Needle™ technology ensures that the BH Noble Fir™ matches the shape, texture cativating and color of nature’s superb Abies procera.

The BH Noble Fir™ comes pre-lit with several lighting options you can choose. With our exclusive Easy Plug™ design, our trees ensure easy and no-fuss assembly. You can choose the Color+Clear™ option, which allows you to light up your tree with clear lights, multicolor lights, or both.  Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant


Dear Dagmar,

We just moved into a new home, which has a really gorgeous patio and a roomy outdoor space. I was thinking of inviting my friends over to celebrate our recent move and celebrate the lovely season. Can you tell me what things I should consider if I want to host an outdoor party in autumn?



Dear Michelle,

First, I would like to congratulate you on the new home. I am sure you are both excited about setting up the space that your family will enjoy over the coming years. Trying to get everything in order is daunting. Having friends over to celebrate your new space might just be a great way to relieve stress.

Fall is a festive season on its own. I have recently been saddened by summer’s end, and since I just came from one of the busiest summers I have ever had, I began to miss those extended daylight hours.

Hosting an outdoor party is one way to make up for summer’s disappearance. This way you can extend the outdoor activities and have a sense of community before winter. It is also a great way to bring people together before the holiday rush. To throw a great autumn party, here are things you need to help accommodate your guests in the changes brought by the season.

1. Coziness of outdoor temperature

An outdoor fireplace is a great way to extend the use of your outdoor spaces throughout the year. It can also make the cold months and that cabin fever feeling seem shorter. This addition serves three purposes: it provides warmth in your patio or garden, it serves as a wonderful focal point and, finally, it adds a decorative element to the landscape.

Heirloom Copper Fire Pit by Balsam Hill

The Heirloom Copper Fire Pit from Balsam Hill is an outdoor fireplace you can set up wherever you want. When rested on its die-cast aluminum base, it doubles as an elegant accent that draws everyone’s attention. Rust-proof and light for easy setup, the fire pit is crafted to last a lifetime.

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