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Getting the Most from your Fireplace

A fireplace adds warmth and comfort to your home, while providing a cozy spot for the family to gather around in. For it to work well, the fireplace needs to be optimized for maximum efficiency. Follow these tips on how to get the most out of your fireplace.

1. Use good firewood

Estate Fireplace Wood Holder from Balsam Hill

Keep your firewood properly stacked in our Estate Fireplace Wood Holder

Building an effective fire requires good wood. Make sure to use only properly seasoned firewood, which is chopped wood that was dried and stacked for at least half of the year. Wood burns best when the moisture content is less than 20 percent.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Home Color Trends 2015: Bold, Bright and Subtle

The year 2015 presents a number of exciting options for home decorating, especially when it comes to color schemes. The year of the radiant orchid, which served as a calm, distinguished presence in the home, has paved the way for a more earthen hue. As we welcome Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, let’s take a look at other palettes that can give your home a fresh and updated look.

Warm Tones

Warmer colors are starting to come back into vogue. A rich, reddish-brown, Marsala is a subtly seductive shade that has some grounding. The Pantone Color Institute describes it as a color that enriches the mind, body, and soul, while exuding confidence and stability. This comes from the fact that is often found underfoot, I imagine.

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Candlelight Dinner Table Setting Ideas

Valentine’s Day happens only once a year, and so it’s important to make it special every time. There are different ways to celebrate this day, but you can always start with a classic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Dress up the dining table for a romantic dinner for two with these elegant table setting ideas:

Candles and Red Roses

Candles and red roses are a classic recipe for romance. Nothing sets the perfect ambience for Valentine’s Day better than the flickering light of candles and the intense red hue of roses.

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Balsam Hill UK Blogger Love

Christmas has always been about spending time with family. It is an excellent opportunity to take a breather from work and catch up with loved ones. And for some, the Yuletide season is also the best time to build and strengthen bonds with new friends.

This is why we, at Balsam Hill UK, are happy to introduce our newest group of blogger friends. Each one of these amazing people embody the values that make celebrating Christmas much more meaningful and memorable. We are already looking forward for more collaboration in the future.

Carole King of Dear Designer

Carole King's Vancouver Spruce Christmas Tree

Carole King’s Vancouver Spruce Christmas Tree

For Carole King of Dear Designer, being an interior designer can be a challenge sometimes. There is always the pressure of having to come up with a picture-perfect display with each project. She feels that her guests expect to see a Disney-esque wonderland every time they step into her home, and for her Christmas display last season, the expectation was no different.

In order to create her charming Christmas display, Carole went with Balsam Hill UK’s Vancouver Spruce. Choosing to go with a more eclectic theme, Carole complemented the realistic foliage of the Christmas tree with a scheme of black ornaments and gold baubles. The evergreen needles of the tree allowed the metallic ornaments to shine especially when combined with the bright clear lights, creating a simple yet enchanting centerpiece for her living room.

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