Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: HOW TO MAKE YOUR PORCH WARM AND COZY FOR AUTUMN

Dear Dagmar,

Can I wash all my blankets the same way? Can you suggest ways on how I can care for my cashmere and wool throws?

Elizabeth

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Dear Elizabeth,

Throws have become popular in recent years due to their ability to extend the warmth of the home to an outdoor space. With their color, texture and weave, they can evoke a  certain atmosphere that fits the general theme of your living areas. Soft fabrics are perfect for rustic homes, while an elegant color scheme can add a punch of color to typical modern rooms. Throw blankets are the perfect finishing touch and they can be placed anywhere you please,  from sofas and beds, to sectional chaises.

The market today offers a myriad of choices when it comes to throws and small blankets. But the differences in these choices mean there are different ways to care for them, to keep them looking new.

How to clean a wool throw

Wool does not have to be washed often unlike other fabrics. If there are stains, do some spot cleaning, and then air it out to keep it fresh. When it’s time to wash, keep in mind that wool can shrink if not handled well.

Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill

This Plaid Wool Throw from Balsam Hill is a cozy addition to your couch,
and a rustic accent both for indoor use and outdoor fun.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Decorate with Floral Picks

Whether you’re decorating for fall or winter, the fresh blooms of the season are a great way to add color to your home décor. For foliage pieces, the addition of floral picks will bring an earthy atmosphere and add rustic appeal to your spaces. It can also help you add variety to your décor and provides options for a variety of looks. Here are our recommendations to add some special touches around your home using floral picks.

The Wreath

Hill’s Orchard Harvest Collection wreath and garlandA wreath is the foliage piece most commonly used to greet guests even before they enter your home. Give your guests a vibrant welcome by splashing some seasonal colors on your wreath with floral picks. For a fall-inspired wreath, a combination of red berries and small pumpkins will sit perfectly well on a generous helping of colorful autumn leaves. Infusing this medley with some dried twigs and small branches will complete the look.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: Creating an Enchanting Radiance

A symbol of love, security and comfort, the hearth brings the family close together on both ordinary and special days. While its warmth is an essential ingredient to a delightful holiday, the fireplace itself is an exciting canvas where you can display your design sensibility.

There are many possibilities when it comes to the fireplace. Even with an empty firebox, it can still exude radiance that can captivate anyone. Create a safe, warm and elegant place to gather around in your home with this decorating guide from Balsam Hill.

How to create a safe and enchanting glow for the hearth

Flameless candles.

Battery-operated candles offer a safe and convenient way to create a radiant setting. Crafted with the Luminara™ lighting technology, Balsam Hill’s flameless candles feature the soft flickering of real candle flames, creating an inviting ambience

The flameless candles come with additional feature, such as a timer and a universal remote control. The timer allows you to automatically turn the candles on for 5 hours at night, and off for the next 19 hours, while the remote control lets you switch all candles within 15 feet, on and off. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Special Feature: Revisiting Balsam Hill’s Branch Sample Kit

Close-up of branch samples in boxIn the selection of an artificial Christmas tree, one of the main considerations is the type of branches or needles. Even if you don’t go out and get a freshly cut tree for the holidays, you can still get one with the look and feel of real evergreen. The Balsam Hill Branch Sample Kit is an excellent package for those who want to see first-hand the types of needles that are used in our premium trees. If you’re currently in the market for a new artificial Christmas tree, read on as this post revisits these branch sample kits to help you find the branch or needle type that’s right for you. Through these kits, you can see the color and feel the texture of our tree needles, including our exclusive True Needle™ technology, in the comfort of your own home. Read This Entry