Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: How to Decorate with Radiant Orchid

After the year 2013 reflected the soothing beauty of emerald green, it is now time to celebrate the rousing beauty of radiant orchid.

An enchanting combination of fuchsia, pink, and purple undertones, the fashionable shade of radiant orchid was chosen as Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 because of its distinct ability to inspire confidence in those who behold it. Its beguiling charm also emanates with great happiness, passion, and health. And depending on how saturated the color presents itself, it can complement neutrals as well as other colors.

Purple Orchids

To help start your year on an excellent note, Balsam Hill has collected seven stylish decorating ideas that incorporate the sophistication of radiant orchid. The following are some uses of the color to enliven your home for 2014. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Color Trends 2014: A Desire for Serenity with Calming Shades

There have been a lot of design trends the past couple of years. We have seen the revival of the Bohemian and Gypsy aesthetics in décor, the popularity of eclectic pieces, and even a fascination for layered design schemes. In 2014, I think we’re finally returning to the classics. And I don’t mean wingback or camelback sofas. I refer to those pieces that feature lines that echo back to classic pieces, those that have basic structures, and those that easily go well with new colors and fabrics.

At this point, I think we are all tired of beige and tan colors. Looking at the trends right now, it seems more and more people are interested in decorating with hues that embody a sense of tranquility, colors like muted placid blues as well as various shades of purple and pink. In celebration of the new design season, here are several home décor inspirations featuring these calming colors.

The Serenity of Blue

a splash of serene blue on a room with wide window

Blue has the uncanny ability to be both sophisticated and casual. At the same time, this captivating color can also fill rooms with a sense of calm that puts everyone in a relaxed state. Naturally, this is perfect for rooms where family members can dine and rest after a long tiring day. In the photo, the splash of blue in the wall gives this modern space a tranquil appeal that softens the multicolored tiles and the dark countertop in the area. This cool demeanor is further elevated by the presence of the wide open windows and the addition of white tables and chairs.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

The Great Gatsby Style: How to Host a 1920s New Year’s Eve Party

End the year in style with a show-stopping New Year’s Eve party inspired by the Roaring Twenties.

Balsam Hill shows readers how to throw a stylish New Year's Eve party inspired by The Great Gatsby

The 1920s was a great time in America. Free markets were working overtime. Research and development that led to technological advancements kept things progressing. There was a boom in the car industry. Working people were well paid and everybody seemed to have great buying power. The working man had more money in his pocket to spend. The country easily became the strongest and richest nation in the world, thanks to its vast economic power.

But the 1920s became the Roaring Twenties not only because of America’s prosperity during this decade but also because of the dynamic culture of its bustling society. It was from this period that the iconic Great Gatsby emerged.

The Great Gatsby

Balsam Hill takes inspiration from the opulent lifestyle of Jay Gatsby, an icon of the Roaring Twenties
Leonardo Di Caprio in the title role of The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby is primarily known for the lavish parties he throws. Think along the same lines as this young, mysterious millionaire from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel if you are looking to create a decadent party that exudes the opulence of the era. Step back into this wonderful decade of style and sophistication with these tips on hosting a 1920s Great Gatsby party of extravagance.

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Season’s Greetings from Balsam Hill

We wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas!

Balsam Hill's resident design expert Dagmar Obert shows how to decorate a Christmas tree with a romantic style

No holiday season is complete without the love and warmth brought on by family and friends. And these moments are made all the more memorable by the magnificence of your Balsam Hill Christmas tree. Thank you for making us part of your joyful celebration!