Category Archives: Inspiring Home Decor Ideas

A collection of decorating ideas that give your home that signature Balsam Hill elegance

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill With Dagmar Obert: On Lanterns

Dear Dagmar,

A friend gave me a set of lanterns as a gift, but I can’t seem to make them match my home’s theme. Are there ways I can use such beautiful lanterns other than as light fixtures?

Vivian

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Hi Vivian,

Lanterns are one of those ordinary objects that take on everyday functions. They can even evolve into an art form when treated with creativity and imagination. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Flameless Candles

Dear Dagmar,

I have always been intrigued by battery-operated candles, because they look like the real ones but without the typical hazards that come from flames. Can you give me tips on where and how I can use flameless candles in our home?

Bridget


Hi Bridget,

People have been in love with candles for ages. Whether it is an item for illumination or a simple accent to add a decorative touch in one’s home, people can’t seem to resist the appeal of this gorgeous classic. Unfortunately, a cultural shift has resulted in the ban of candles during gatherings in community centers, churches and other places of celebrations. Even my great Aunt almost shook with fear when I lit candles once at the table.

Flameless candles come to the rescue

Balsam Hill's Battery-Operated Candles

Balsam Hill’s battery-operated candles feature a realistic flickering effect.

The flameless candle technology is probably one of the most revolutionary home decor additions that have appeared in recent years. Many of these artificial candles are so realistic that you essentially get the lowlight ambiance you need without endangering your home. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Front Door Foliage

Decorating your front door is one way to welcome each season with open arms and receive guests with warmth. In this post, Dagmar gives her take on what foliage to decorate your home with at different times of the year.

What type of foliage should I use to decorate my door front?

There are now many options for your front door decorations. From metal and wooden items, to plastic objects (if they have the right flair), you can turn your front door into a welcoming and interesting sight. All of these can be uniquely enhanced using foliage, which is one subtle way to add vibrancy to your front porch. So how should you select something that signifies beauty and life for your door?

To make it easy, let me answer the questions while addressing each season.

Spring

During springtime, leaves turn light green with a tad of yellow , showing off the ecstatic hues of the season. Most of the flowers in bloom like daffodils, tulips and cool-colored hyacinths are divine. Best of all, they cut the cold of winter with their saturated color. Decorate with foliage associated with these flowers. Some like to use a grapevine base with the chartreuse-like foliage or even eggs for Easter since this indicates the beginning of life. These ideas point to Spring and the anticipation you get once you think of the activities and the time you’re going to spend outdoors.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating with Dagmar:
More Tips on How to Spruce up Your Porch for Spring

Balsam Hill has just finished celebrating Mother’s Day over the past week with decorating tips from 15 talented bloggers. My own contribution to the series showcases how I spruced up my porch in honor of my mother. I provide more ideas on spring porch decorating in this new post.

The grey overcast days are over. Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it warmth, magnificent colors, and its promise of sunny days. The pleasant and lively weather gives us the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. One wonderful way to do that is to have a delightful conversation over a hot cup of tea and some delicious snacks on your porch or patio.

A stylish porch featuring rustic wicker chairs, green cushions, and a wooden coffetable
Traditional Porch by Bethesda Design-Build Firms Bill Millholland / Case Design

Before you send out an invite or give your friends a call, make sure that your outdoor space has spring decorations that will capture the vibrancy of the new season. Here are several elegant spring decorating ideas that will add charm to your favorite areas.

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