Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Transitioning Your Home from Summer to Fall

Fall brings with it a beautiful palette of warm hues and an indescribable feeling of nostalgia and anticipation. And as the days grow shorter, it is natural for most of us to shift away from outdoor activities to indoor gatherings. Here are some ideas on how to spruce up your home with the beauty of the harvest season.

Decorate the Front Door and Entryway

Vibrant fall decor for front door

Vibrant fall decor from Balsam Hill

Offer your guests a warm and cheerful welcome by decorating your front door or porch with vibrant décor that represents nature’s bounty. Lush wreaths and garlands with bronze, gold, brown, and orange foliage brighten your doorway and draw the eye.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Elegant Ways to Use Christmas Lights

Many of us often fail to notice the importance of lighting in our décor, focusing more on ornaments, foliage, and other accents. Although I used to overlook lighting, I have recently developed a greater appreciation for it. Now, I place more focus on it in my Christmas designs, especially after noticing the power a single candle or string of lights can have during the holidays. Perhaps the draw is due to the stark contrast of light and dark during that particular time of year. I have noticed that lights at other times of the year, such as Halloween or the Fourth of July, seem to lose its impact because of inappropriate or excessive use. But at Christmas and the winter solstice, light is vibrant and brilliant, bringing reflection, clarity, and hope.

We also tend to think that Christmas lights are simply for pairing with trees, garlands, or other greenery. However, they can be used in many different ways to enhance your home décor throughout the year. Read on for some inspiring ideas on how to make the most out of your holiday lights.

Paper Lanterns with a Modern Twist

Paper lanterns with geometric patterns

Photo from Ohoh Blog

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Choosing the Best Tabletop Christmas Tree

In small rooms where a full, towering Christmas tree looks dominating and overwhelming, the best alternative is to display tabletop trees. This way, the spirit of Christmas is still alive even in limited spaces like studio apartments and office cubicles. If you’re uncertain about the kind of tabletop tree to buy, here’s a guide to help you decide.

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