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Travel and lifestyle tips that reflect Balsam Hill’s signature elegance

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: ON SERVING WINE AND CHEESE

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Hi Dagmar,

I want to invite my friends over for a little gathering, but don’t have the time to prepare a full meal. I was thinking of organizing a wine and cheese party instead. What are the essentials to serving wine and cheese? Can you give me suggestions on how I can pull off this party?

Nina

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Hi Nina,

It’s funny you should ask because I had the same dilemma when I hosted a jewelry party for a friend. When she suggested that I serve several bottles of wine and some light snacks for the evening, I reluctantly agreed. I didn’t know how to pair a particular type of wine with a specific type of cheese.

My husband and I had been at corporate events like brunches and special fundraisers, but picking out food for guests was different and a bit terrifying. I was so thankful that someone from the wine department of a local grocery helped me with the basics. I ended up selecting bottles of red and white wine, and something sparkling to cover everyone’s tastes.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: HOW TO MAKE YOUR PORCH WARM AND COZY FOR AUTUMN

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Dear Dagmar,

Can I wash all my blankets the same way? Can you suggest ways on how I can care for my cashmere and wool throws?

Elizabeth

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Dear Elizabeth,

Throws have become popular in recent years due to their ability to extend the warmth of the home to an outdoor space. With their color, texture and weave, they can evoke a  certain atmosphere that fits the general theme of your living areas. Soft fabrics are perfect for rustic homes, while an elegant color scheme can add a punch of color to typical modern rooms. Throw blankets are the perfect finishing touch and they can be placed anywhere you please,  from sofas and beds, to sectional chaises.

The market today offers a myriad of choices when it comes to throws and small blankets. But the differences in these choices mean there are different ways to care for them, to keep them looking new.

How to clean a wool throw

Wool does not have to be washed often unlike other fabrics. If there are stains, do some spot cleaning, and then air it out to keep it fresh. When it’s time to wash, keep in mind that wool can shrink if not handled well.

Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill

This Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill is a cozy addition to your couch,
and a rustic accent both for indoor use and outdoor fun.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: Exquisite Bar Essentials for Every Occasion

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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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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: An Elegant Outdoor Escape

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The outdoors is a remarkable place where you can just sit, relax and stare at the stars while you renew yourself for the next day’s work. Create a tasteful and warm spot for your family in the backyard with this decorating guide from Balsam Hill.

Creating an outdoor retreat

Decks, patios and porches can be treated much like the inside of the home where you can use your own sense of style. Add a few pieces of furniture as you would in the living room, but vary according to how you want the space used.  For example, if you want to have a picnic area, invest in an outdoor grill and an outdoor dining table.

If you wish to have an al fresco lounge, adding the comfiest couch will do. But a couch is only as good as how warm it feels. Make your seats comfortable by cozying them up with a few throw pillows or blankets.

The Plaid Pendleton Blanket from Balsam Hill is made of wool, a natural thermal insulator that keeps you warm no matter how lightweight the fabric is. This premium plaid throw does not only make your seats look elegant and inviting, but also makes you feel cozy. Just relax on the couch with the blanket on your lap and you will find how warm and comforting your outdoor sanctuary is.

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