Category Archives: Balsam Hill Lifestyle

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

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

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

 

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

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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