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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How to Choose the Perfect Wreath

Balsam Hill’s California Baby Redwood™ wreath hangs over a mantelWith the holidays fast approaching, you might feel that time is against you when it comes to decorating. There are factors to consider in home decorating—the Christmas tree, the mantel, the tabletops—but in this post, we will show you how to choose the perfect holiday wreath for your home by going back to the basics.

Check the Size

Balsam Hill’s Jefferson Double-door WreathThe size of the wreath will depend on the kind of look you want. Large wreaths exude a bolder and more festive atmosphere, while smaller ones project a more reserved minimalist appeal. All this is dependent, however, on where you plan to display your wreath. Read This Entry

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My Balsam Hill Home: An Elegant Outdoor Escape

The outdoors is a remarkable place where you can just sit, relax and stare at the stars while you renew yourself for the next day’s work. Create a tasteful and warm spot for your family in the backyard with this decorating guide from Balsam Hill.

Creating an outdoor retreat

Decks, patios and porches can be treated much like the inside of the home where you can use your own sense of style. Add a few pieces of furniture as you would in the living room, but vary according to how you want the space used.  For example, if you want to have a picnic area, invest in an outdoor grill and an outdoor dining table.

If you wish to have an al fresco lounge, adding the comfiest couch will do. But a couch is only as good as how warm it feels. Make your seats comfortable by cozying them up with a few throw pillows or blankets.

The Plaid Pendleton Blanket from Balsam Hill is made of wool, a natural thermal insulator that keeps you warm no matter how lightweight the fabric is. This premium plaid throw does not only make your seats look elegant and inviting, but also makes you feel cozy. Just relax on the couch with the blanket on your lap and you will find how warm and comforting your outdoor sanctuary is.

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Balsam Hill Special Feature: Heavenly Lights™

Christmas tree with lights

Whether your Christmas tree comes pre-lit or unlit, no tree is complete without a medley of bright lights. Clear or multicolor, your choice of lights will depend on your personal preference, the type of look you want and whether you’re going for a certain décor theme. With the myriad of Christmas lights available today, it can be a chore to choose the one you want—the perfect one for your home.

Color+Clear™

Color+Clear™ lights

Many pre-lit trees from Balsam Hill come with the Color+Clear™ option; this is an innovative combination of our clear and colored Heavenly Christmas™ lights. Our clear Christmas lights give off a soft glow, while the colored ones feature rich jeweled tones. Color+Clear™ gives you the power to experience the best of both worlds, giving you the ability to change the light color to suit your holiday mood. It even comes with a handy remote control that allows you to choose between clear lights, colored lights, or both even from a distance. Our clear and multicolor lights are also offered for purchase separately.

Candlelight™ LED Lights

Candlelight™ LED lights

Mimicking the soft, warm glow of natural candlelight, our Candlelight™ LED lights provide a sense of warmth during the holidays. Unlike candles, however, these feature premium energy-saving LED lights that never burn out. The warm glow of our Candlelight™ LED lights is a nice contrast to the cold light emitted by traditional LED’s.

Multicolor LED Lights

Multicolor LED lights

Using the same premium LED lights, our multicolor lights are guaranteed to make your holidays glow with vibrant color for years to come. As festive as a rainbow and as elegant as a peacock, these multicolor lights are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. If you’re looking for splashes of color in your home décor, these multicolor lights will ensconce your home in a cheerful mood throughout the season.

Why pre-lit trees?

One major benefit of pre-lit trees is that you don’t have to string the lights yourself when setting up your tree and then unstringing them after the holidays when you need to store your tree. This ensures that your tree looks evenly lit every year and that you don’t need to worry about untangling wires and light strings when it comes times to decorate for Christmas.

Patented trunk design with Easy Plug™ technology

A number of our pre-lit trees also come with our patented trunk design referred to as Easy Plug™ technology. These trees are designed to make lighting a breeze. It comes with pre-made light connections within the trunk, hiding unsightly wires and connecting all the tree’s lights. Lighting Easy Plug™ trees is as easy as plugging it into the wall.

The next time you’re planning on decorating for the holidays, don’t fret about what type of light to use. After choosing from the options listed above, all you need to worry about is what type of tree you want and what other décor to use with it.