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


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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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?



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

Why You Should Get an Artificial Christmas Tree Instead of a Real One

Balsam Hill Norway Spruce TreeThe focal point of every holiday home, the Christmas tree is more than just a décor piece. For many, it is a symbol of the Christmas spirit and the joy that the season brings. In years past, families used to go out and pick a freshly cut pine tree as a tradition. In recent times, however, more people have been turning to artificial Christmas trees as a convenient and practical alternative.

The artificial Christmas trees of today have developed to a point that it can sometimes be hard to tell it apart from a real one. Marrying form and function, many of them provide special features that make holiday decorating all the more convenient and enjoyable. In this post, we will show you a few reasons why you should get an artificial Christmas tree this year. Read This Entry