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Balsam Hill Designer Spotlight: Nicole of So Haute

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Nicole of So Haute

Eclectic, sophisticated, and with a modern edge—those are but a few ways in which to describe Nicole’s distinctive design sensibility. Her lifelong passion for design and decorating has borne fruit in the form of the Nicole Gibbons Studio, LLC, her very own design firm, which specializes in high-style interiors that emphasize bold design and fresh ideas. Nicole is an interior designer, tastemaker, blogger, and on-air personality, best known as the designer who helps transform families’ living spaces on the Emmy-nominated TV show Home Made Simple, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Nicole has been featured on several top design and lifestyle outlets including HGTV, TLC, InStyle, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, Lonny, The Nest, and Elle Décor, and is an online contributor for Domino magazine. She has also collaborated on special projects with top home & lifestyle brands including Target, One Kings Lane, and Pier 1 Imports.

With the goal of sharing her design inspiration and being an authoritative guide to stylish living for décor-obsessed readers around the globe, Nicole created her blog So Haute, which covers topics ranging from inspirational interiors, decorating advice and trend reports on the latest design news, entertaining tips, and shopping resources. The goal of So Haute is to help her readers create a home they will love—and do it in style. Nicole’s fun, personable approach to decorating makes her, and So Haute, worth watching out for in the design and decorating world. Read This Entry

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The Balsam Hill Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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Shopping for gifts can be challenging, especially if done at the last minute. This holiday gift guide from Balsam Hill will help you get it done right by giving you an idea of gifts that suit different people.

Gifts for Her

Gifts for the ladies from Balsam Hill

Most women love hosting gatherings and decorating, so it’s wise to look for presents related to entertaining, and home and holiday décor. We divided the category further to cater to women with different interests. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Courtney of French Country Cottage

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Courtney started French Country Cottage as a place where she can immerse herself in design and share her projects, ongoing renovations, and never-ending inspirations for their cottage home. With touches of shabby, cottage and French country, her home features a delightful mix of elegance and rustic styles. Her bright home is accented with gilded French chairs, gorgeous blooms, aubusson pillows, and chandeliers, complemented by vintage china and a fine stemware in the dining room. She designs with class and comfort in mind, making sure to create a regal feel in an everyday setting.

Blogger Courtney French of French Country Cottage Blog


What I love most about her blog are her 5-minute tutorials on very easy ways to decorate, which can be achieved in a short amount of time. Besides dabbling in blogging, Courtney works as a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines, and once wrote a book for her grandmother. She has always loved decorating, always surrounding herself with beauty. Her blog serves as her medium to interact with a community of people with the same interests and ideas in design and styling. Quite a rebel, Courtney does not follow decorating rules all the time, but she believes in the importance of decorating with what you love.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Kelly Elko of Eclectically Vintage

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Kelly Elko believes in life’s simple pleasures and tries to show this in her work. She loves thrift shops, tarnished silver, and anything with a vintage touch. Her mantra: simple projects equals more time for cocktails!

Kelly is a doting mother to beautiful twin girls and a loving wife to an equally loving husband. She makes it a point to spend time with her family—laughing with them like there was no tomorrow. She believes that laughter is the best medicine, and shares her humor with her readers and the people she loves. Her blog Eclectically Vintage is testament to her sense of humor and love for everything vintage, featuring eclectic finds, DIY projects, practical decorating tips, unique crafts, and delicious recipes.

Kelly considers herself a faux Christmas tree girl and has featured one of Balsam Hill’s products—the 36″ Fraser Fir wreath—in her Countdown to Christmas series. I am particularly glad that she loves how realistic our wreaths are, describing them as “I need to touch it to make sure it’s not real” wreaths.

We got in touch with Kelly to get first-hand information on her design philosophy and how her blog has helped hone her design and decorating skills. Read This Entry