Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: PREPARING YOUR PORCH FOR AUTUMN

Hi Dagmar,

I want my family to still be able to gather in our outdoor spaces even as it gradually gets colder deep into the fall season. Is there any way I can make my porch warm and cozy for autumn?

Sharon

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Hi Sharon,

The first thing you have to consider when making your porch warm and cozy for autumn is the theme and atmosphere that you want to showcase. Are you going for a rustic look with natural accents or a more traditional one with bright-colored accessories and fall harvest adornments?

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Choose the Perfect Height and Shape for your Christmas Tree

As the holiday season approaches, you might have your thoughts set out on what type of Christmas tree you want for your home or how to decorate it. Finding the perfect tree is an endeavor in which many embark each year but very few have mastered. Finding the perfect tree is a delicate art, and it will depend on several factors, which include the size and type of your home, your preferred décor theme, and the location you have chosen for your tree.

Making the Measurements

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Before you proceed to determining the right tree size, you should measure the height of your ceiling, taking into account the height of the stand and the tree topper. You should also make sure that you can fit the tree’s girth in your chosen location. Make sure that you choose a location close to a power socket or prepare some extension cords beforehand so you won’t have problems lighting your tree after it is set up. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Season of Warmth Begins: Fall and Winter Accents for the Foyer

A colder climate signals the start of the fascinating season of autumn. But in effect, as we go further into winter, the warmer our homes become. In this post, Balsam Hill features the foyer, and how to make it cozier and more inviting even as the cold months step in. A warm and festive home

Decorated foliage from Balsam Hill

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There is no rule for when to put up the wreath, garland and Christmas tree. In fact, some households keep them up all-year-round, and just switch the ornaments every now and then according to season. Showcasing bright red apples, red berries and clear lights, these decorated garlands are perfect for celebrating the bounty of autumn, as well as bringing in the spirit of Christmas. Accent your staircase with these garlands to inspire a cheerful mood in the family. Wreaths, which are commonly seen out front, can be used as a complement to the foliage decorations inside your home as well. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: The Beauty of our Namesake

Photo collage of the BH Balsam Fir™

The Abies balsamea or Balsam Fir, one of the most common tree species in North America, boasts a gorgeous shape that is hard to ignore. It has a reputation as one of the three most popular Christmas trees of all time. It thrives in the mountains of Virginia through the Northeast and all the way into the Arctic Circle. With its dense needles, it is no surprise that the Balsam Fir has been a holiday favorite of many families.
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