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 Decorating the Front Porch

Dear Dagmar,

I would like to impress my visiting friends and family with my entryway. Can you suggest some elegant ways to decorate my front porch?



Hi Kathy,

I totally understand you. The front porch is definitely the spot that you should focus on if you want to make a great first impression with your home.

Creating an elegant and welcoming porch should start with comfortable furniture. Good seating is necessary to invite people to convene and converse, or simply just enjoy the natural elegance of the outdoors. Make your guests feel comfortable by providing the right couch.

You can never go wrong with the rustic charm that wicker brings. Porches with tiles or stones feature clean lines that boxed dark synthetic wicker chairs can complement. Pair them with bright-colored cushions for a fresh and modern touch.

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My Balsam Hill Home: Welcoming the Harvest Season

Autumn is a wonderful prelude to everyone’s favorite holiday season, what with its wonderful splash of color and somewhat somber atmosphere providing a melancholic contrast from the festive mood of Christmas. Along with its palette, the fall brings with it its own décor style and theme. Bright orange hues, dark reds, and muted earthy tones are the highlights of the season, and the décor ideas presented here take these style considerations to heart.

As a warm welcome to autumn and the coming holiday season, this post shows how you can welcome your guests by using the colors of the harvest season on your porch. It’s amazing how some small accents can make the biggest difference. The following ideas show how they can be maximized for the best effect.

Decorate with the Splendor of Autumn

Harvest season foliage decorates the front door

Autumn is also the harvest season for many, and this ensemble of autumn leaves, red berries, and orange and red pumpkins is the perfect symbol of a bountiful crop. Decorate your front door with the Autumn Leaves Decorated Foliage from our very own Orchard Harvest Collection. Displaying the wreath on your front door will add vibrant color to your entryways. The garland, on the other hand, will wonderfully tie everything together, creating a showcase that completely captures the bounty of the season. Read This Entry

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?



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.

Recently, I was in a hotel. It was newly renovated and it strayed away from its traditional design. Six extremely large lanterns that housed candles were used. Inside these traditional lighting items were some seascape materials that brought an outdoor beach ambience to the interiors. This simple hint of the sea was able to embrace the look of the lobby that donned mid-century modern furnishings. At the same time, it was also able to keep the color scheme that evoked a warm sunny day at the beach. And that’s all because of the large lanterns and its contents.

Lanterns as decoration

Lanterns can be used throughout the year, not only as light fixtures, but also as versatile decorative items. You can add lanterns as year-round décor in the porch by simply changing the contents to fit whatever season or holiday is coming. Most of these light fixtures have a ring at the top, where you can tie ribbons or bows. You can even put a dried floral arrangement there.

These light fixtures come in different finishes that you can work with, such as iron black, copper, oil rubbed bronze and distressed paint. Some lanterns has fret work, scrolls, or other styles influenced by a certain period. It’s really quite hard to imagine all the possibilities that go with these features. You can also just update a lantern’s look instead of working with its existing finish or design. By painting the framework with a color that matches your theme, you can integrate the contents seamlessly with the lantern.

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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?


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