Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

ASK BALSAM HILL WITH DAGMAR OBERT: ON SERVING WINE AND CHEESE

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?

Nina

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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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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

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My Balsam Hill Home: A Cozy Gathering Place

With the winter season so near, preparing your fireplace for warming up your home includes cleaning out the hearth, gathering firewood and, finally, choosing the ideal fireplace accessories that will suit your taste and style. Equip your fireplace with utmost protection and elegance with Balsam Hill’s collection of hearth screens and accoutrements.

For a Classic Appeal

Add elegance to your home with Balsam Hill's Estate Hearth Collection

Balsam Hill’s Estate Hearth Collection

A classic touch in the home never goes out of style. This Estate Hearth collection features a scroll and leaf-detailing perfect for a traditional hearth. The screen opens and closes with ease to ensure quick access to the fire while moderating the heat. The four-piece tool set complements the screen’s design, and guarantees that you have everything you need to manage, clean, and control the fireplace. The scroll framework of the wood holder matches the overall appeal of the collection as it keeps your floor free of wood chips, creating a stylish and heartwarming hearth for your home. Read This Entry

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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