Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career

Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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About Jessica

Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

Celebrate with Balsam Hill: Beach Weddings
Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Celebrate with Balsam Hill: Beach Weddings

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The world is glistening in the summer sunshine – and just as radiant are happy couples getting ready for their summer wedding. Those who love the sand, surf, and sea can look forward to a vibrant beach wedding that is sure to be unforgettable. Celebrate in style as Balsam Hill lists down the essentials of an elegant wedding at the beach.

Celebrate with Balsam Hill: Beach Weddings
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My Balsam Hill Home: Houses Inspired by Iconic Films

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Films have the power to transport viewers to a different dimension: one that exists only in the realm of the imagination. You can journey back to America’s luxurious Jazz Age, hang out with great thinkers before the Second World War, walk on the beaches of Hawaii, and even join Luke, Han and Leia in their fight against the galactic empire.

Film viewers become so engrossed that, even after the credits are over, they find themselves wanting to relive their favorite cinematic moments once again – even within their own dwelling spaces. Bring the magic of iconic films into your home.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Great Gatsby’ and the 1920s

This 2013 film not only depicts a gripping love story, but it also portrays the glamour of the elites and their undeniably timeless elegance. You can bring the design aesthetic of the Roaring Twenties into your home by adding fixtures inspired by Art Deco. Chandeliers with Gothic elements, lavish curtains, and the pillars in this room, for instance, create a bold statement of opulence defined by the era.

Traditional Dining Room by Miami Photographers Craig Denis

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Summer Style Guide: Yachts as Holiday Homes

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Living on a yacht highlights your taste for the finer things in life. A yacht as a summer holiday home has become more accessible to many these days. And it allows you to take pleasure in all the amenities life at sea accords, while letting you express your joie de vivre. Join Balsam Hill as we take a closer look at how a luxury boat can transform into an excellent home away from home.

Fine Dining

Create a unique dining experience by anchoring your yacht in some of the world’s most scenic destinations. Enjoy your breakfast off the coast of Cape Cod. Have lunch amid the gentle waves of the French Riviera. Or savor an intimate dinner in the warm evening air of the Caribbean. The ambiance alone is enough to guarantee an exquisite fare.

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Summer Style Guide: Stylish Swimming Pools

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Swimming pools were once created by the ancient Romans and Greeks primarily for their athletic and military training. Today, pools serve a more leisurely purpose: you can relax in this haven after a long day. But beyond such functions, they have also become an important design element and focal point in modern abodes. Make the most out of your pool with design ideas that range from the rustic to the futuristic.

Natural Wonders: River Pools and Boulders

Taking inspiration from the rugged outdoors, the river pool mimics the free form and flow of this body of water. The name suggests a naturally elongated design, but with a few architectural innovations, this type of pool can take on a slightly more modern approach.


Swimming Pools And Spas by Penryn Pools and Spas Jim Chandler Pools

The river pool from Jim Chandler Pools features a vanishing edge, also known as a negative or infinity edge, which, when surrounded by trees and greenery, heightens that feeling of oneness with nature. But the vanishing edge design also gives the pool that sleek glass-like visage. The pool’s surface mirrors the beauty of the skies, whether during a picturesque sunset or delightful sunrise.

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My Balsam Hill Home: 5 Elements of a Cozy Reading Room

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Reading a book is a wonderful way to escape the many stresses of work. A compelling novel or an awe-inspiring memoir transports you to a different place and time, and gives you the marvelous opportunity to unwind and gain new and valuable insight into life.

More than just a pastime or simple hobby, reading requires utmost concentration in your own intimate corner of the universe. A reading room provides exactly that: a sanctuary where you can relax and delve into the pages of your stories, far from the distractions and noise of home life. Here are five elements of a tranquil reading room for your literary adventures:

1. A Comfortable Chair

Pick out a wing or club seat that gives you maximum comfort. A large chair with a soft cushion can give your back the proper support it needs and will even let you move around. You can add a footstool to prop up your legs after a long and tiring day at the office.

Choose a chair that has soft fabric in a subtle color to complement any design scheme. Don’t go for leather. While it looks bold and sleek, leather can feel uncomfortable after hours of sitting.
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Balsam Hill Fathers' Day Gifts
Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Celebrate with Balsam Hill: 7 Amazing Gifts for Fathers’ Day

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Those who appreciate the many dimensions of fatherhood know very well that dads have different personalities. In celebration of Fathers’ Day, Balsam Hill lists down seven amazing gifts for seven amazing kinds of dads.

1. The Artistic Dad

Balsam Hill Fathers' Day Gifts

What could be worth more than a Monet masterpiece in the living room? A colorful photo mural that captures dad in one of life’s treasured moments. Choose your favorite photo of him and turn it into a beautiful image on canvas. CafePress creates customized photo murals into gifts your family can cherish for years.

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Balsam Hill Travels: Martha’s Vineyard

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When it comes to the best vacation spots in the country, few others exude the simple yet enticing appeal of Martha’s Vineyard. The beauty of this New England paradise – from its rustic architecture and landmarks to its seemingly unending coastlines – has captivated the hearts and imagination of all who come to visit for the summer.

This season, join Balsam Hill as we take a closer look at how each town on the island helps define Martha’s Vineyard as an ideal home away from home.

Martha's Vineyard
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Ancient Theater of Delphi
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Balsam Hill Travels:
5 Summer Destinations in Europe

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Nothing can be more intellectually stimulating than a holiday in Europe during the summer. This season gives your mind that much-needed midyear rejuvenation. It highlights the glorious colors of the world through the exuberance of the various cultures found on this continent. Enjoy the fine weather and take an enriching journey to five of Balsam Hill’s favorite cosmopolitan destinations in Europe.

Barcelona and Madrid

The sunny climate and flamboyant culture of Spain make this country an exciting summer travel destination. The city of Barcelona is famous for its fanciful but majestic architectural wonders by the renowned Antoni Gaudi, while the neo-classical city of Madrid is home to lovely parks as well as the Royal Palace, Museum on the Americas, Prado, and an Egyptian temple.

Madrid
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With its spectacular scenery, the Green Spain of the Asturias makes the perfect spot for relaxation and soul-searching. Couples and families can enjoy the warmer Mediterranean waters off Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, and Costa del Sol with miles upon miles of superb beaches.

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My Balsam Hill Home: Stylish Slipper Chairs

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Introduced in the early 18th century, the slipper chair brings to mind romantic scenes from old films where a beautiful lady wearing an oversized skirt and laced corset sits on an armless high-back chair by the fire. Traditionally, this low-slung chair was used only in boudoirs to assist ladies in dressing.

While people typically no longer wear such extravagant clothing, this vintage piece of furniture can take on new life in neo-classical and transitional homes. Here are some of the ways old slipper chairs can be reused in different rooms.

The Slipper Chair as an Accent

Infuse personality and pattern into a room by using your slipper chair as a beautiful accent piece. If the original color isn’t already stunning, you can re-upholster it in vibrant fabric to add a pop of color.


Contemporary Living Room by Portland Furniture and Accessories thejoinery.com

With the right fabric, your slipper chair can expertly bring together your living room furniture. It can also enhance the look of the entryway while providing comfortable seating as you put on or remove shoes.

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Summer Style Guide:
10 Decorating Ideas for Your Home

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Spring is ending, and now is the perfect time to update the look of your home.  Invite the joyful mood and vibrant colors of the new season with Balsam Hill’s simple but lovely summer decorating ideas.

#1: A Splash of Color on Your Walls

Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. Changing the shade of your walls to a light pastel hue can invigorate the atmosphere. It perfectly matches the bright summer days ahead.

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