Category Archives: Inspiring Home Decor Ideas

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

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My Balsam Hill Home: Creating an Enchanting Radiance

A symbol of love, security and comfort, the hearth brings the family close together on both ordinary and special days. While its warmth is an essential ingredient to a delightful holiday, the fireplace itself is an exciting canvas where you can display your design sensibility.

There are many possibilities when it comes to the fireplace. Even with an empty firebox, it can still exude radiance that can captivate anyone. Create a safe, warm and elegant place to gather around in your home with this decorating guide from Balsam Hill.

How to create a safe and enchanting glow for the hearth

Flameless candles.

Battery-operated candles offer a safe and convenient way to create a radiant setting. Crafted with the Luminara™ lighting technology, Balsam Hill’s flameless candles feature the soft flickering of real candle flames, creating an inviting ambience

The flameless candles come with additional feature, such as a timer and a universal remote control. The timer allows you to automatically turn the candles on for 5 hours at night, and off for the next 19 hours, while the remote control lets you switch all candles within 15 feet, on and off.

The battery-operated flameless candles are a great substitute, scenic-wise, for burning logs. While their flickering feature already adds a realistic touch, you can make the arrangement even more natural by showcasing varying heights of candles, both in the firebox and on the mantle. By using different candle sizes, the display creates visual movement, inspiring the viewer to linger and appreciate the scene.

Simplicity is key.

Achieving elegance in home décor takes effort in staying true to a theme. Pay attention only to what you want to take prominence in the room, such as a particular color scheme, or even just the chic glow of candlelight. By staying away from the overpowering presence of colorful ornaments, the eyes can focus more on the radiance and warmth created by the lighting.

Another way to keep it simple is to go for less contrast. This monochromatic setting lends a beautiful background for your lights, especially because it does not present dramatic changes in color shade.

All this can be limiting, but you can still be adventurous while you try to make everything simple. Shake up the arrangement a bit by adding an opposing visual texture. The distressed candle holder and flocked pinecones on the mantle add a rustic touch to the otherwise contemporary hearth. This gives the impeccable fireplace a touch of imperfection, making it more unique and appealing.

Final touch.

Now that you have your hearth glowing, top off the fireplace with undecorated foliage. The stunning long needles of the Majestic Pine Wreath add a fresh spectacle to one of the warmest areas in your home. Even without ornaments, the wreath is beautiful on its own, highlighting a realistic greenery that breaks the monotony in any room.

With simplicity and a tasteful glow, your fireplace is a safe and elegant spot to spend a lovely time with your loved ones.

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

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My Balsam Hill Home: Exquisite Bar Essentials for Every Occasion

 

Exquisite Bar Essentials
From a simple celebratory dinner to a four-course party, having a stocked bar at home makes entertaining easier and more successful. Barware is as important as the kinds of liquor your bar has. Ensuring that you have the right type of equipment helps you serve the right drink for the perfect party. Achieve a successful event and complete your entertaining needs with these exquisite bar essentials.

Glassware

balsam hill stemless wine glass

Wine glasses help set the atmosphere of your event, so your bar requires the perfect glass for any celebration. This stemless wine glass has an impeccable design that goes well with a casual dinner or a full-fledged classy event. The shape of the bowl also retains the wine’s distinct taste, regardless of the kind of wine.

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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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