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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 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. Read This Entry

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The Balsam Hill Traveler: How to Choose the Right Luggage

Picking a travel bag is not all about choosing a sophisticated design or buying from a brand that you love. There are a lot of factors to consider, and choosing the perfect one can prevent those pesky inconveniences during your vacation. Highlighting quality as well as style, Balsam Hill gives you tips for choosing the right luggage:

Photo by micagoto via Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0.
Photo by micagoto via Flickr. CC-BY-NC-2.0.

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The Balsam Hill Traveler: Under the Tuscan Sun

From art and architecture to science and politics, Tuscany has always been one of the epicenters of the Renaissance movement. The home of great masters such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo, Botticelli, Giotto, and the Medicis, it is no wonder that for centuries, Tuscany has become a frequent destination for aficionados and virtuosos alike. And with the popularity of its pristine beaches and rich vineyards that produce world-class wines such as the Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Mantalcino, there are now more reasons to visit this ancient Italian region. Join the Balsam Hill traveler as we explore some of the best sights and sounds that Tuscany has to offer.

Brunello de Montalcino
Brunello de Montalcino – Photo from Megan Mallen via flickr. CC BY 2.0


To many connoisseurs, the city of Florence is synonymous to the great rebirth of art during the 14th century. Many of the famous Renaissance artists trace their early beginnings to this timeless place. Even to this day, the city is still filled with marvelous masterpieces that continue to draw thousands of tourists each year.

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Perhaps one of the most well-known and prestigious collections of art pieces in Florence can be found in the Galleria degli Uffizi. Here you can broaden your artistic tastes as you view exquisite works such as Titian’s “Venus of Urbino,” Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” Da Vinci’s “The Annunciation,” Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as a Young Man,” and Michelangelo’s “Doni Tondo” to name a few. Another museum worth visiting is the Galleria dell’Accademia where the original “David” of Michelangelo is housed. The academy also preserves pieces from Sarto, Uccello, Ghirlandaio, and the original plaster for Giambologna’s “Rape of the Sabine Women.”

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The Balsam Hill Traveler: Napa Valley

Living in Napa Valley is like living within a work of art. Everything about it—from its sunny skies, lush picturesque hills, and calm blue rivers—is filled with life and beauty. It’s no wonder people find it so easy to fall in love with this sun-kissed corner of America. As we approach the middle of summer, the Balsam Hill traveler shows you the colorful world of Napa Valley.


To begin your vacation in California’s wine country, head out to Napa, the county seat. Founded by the American pioneer Nathan Coombs, the city was initially known as a mining town during the 1850s. Since then, it has become the center of commerce in the valley.

Once you arrive in the city, there are a number of excellent hotels and inns you can check into. A favorite of ours is the Andaz Napa Hotel in First Street. The aesthetics of this auberge reflects the quaint and laid back culture of Napa Valley, from the hotel’s relaxed lobby to its friendly and accommodating staff.

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