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

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Ask Balsam Hill with Dagmar Obert: On Outdoor Lighting for Fall

Dear Dagmar,

Fall is my favorite time of the year. For this beautiful season, how can I make my al fresco spaces look stunning with lighting?

Christina

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Hi Christina,

As the days get shorter and colder, we begin to lock ourselves inside our homes for warmth. Seeing less sunlight signals us that the holidays are only a few months away. However, we can already enjoy the glow and glamour brought by the holidays as early as now by decorating our homes with various lighting options. Candles, string lights, and light fixture replacements are just some of the ways to bring illumination to your interiors, which I will discuss in this post.

Candles

Candles have been around for quite some time, offering a practical use until electricity made them more decorative than functional.  They not only create a warm ambience, but also make a space more special. There is nothing like the glow from a flame. With the help of traditional lanterns and candleholders, they can stand elegantly on our tables, mantles and windows.

Nowadays, people come up with clever ways to display candles. Painted tin cans can be punched with holes to create unique shadow images. Hallowed out logs or large pieces of wood with tea lights create a unique outdoor ambience. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Choose the Perfect Garland

Garland decorating the front doorIn a previous post, we talked about choosing the perfect wreath for your home. As a follow-up, this post will discuss how to choose a wreath’s perfect companion—the garland. You might think that choosing a garland is a simple task; however, its flexibility as a décor piece doesn’t overshadow design sense. Discussed here are the two essential sides of choosing a holiday garland: your design theme and the garland itself.

Selecting a Theme

Holiday tablescapeGarlands effectively link your tree and other foliage décor together, giving your holiday theme a uniform, complete look. At the same time, a holiday garland brings the beauty of the outdoors inside your home, since some holiday pieces mimic the look and feel of natural conifer branches. Garlands offer flexibility too. Adding small accents and seasonal ornaments to your lush, verdant foliage creates a décor piece that can be used during the warmer seasons. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

My Balsam Hill Home: Exquisite Bar Essentials for Every Occasion

 

Exquisite Bar Essentials
From a simple celebratory dinner to a four-course party, having a stocked bar at home makes entertaining easier and more successful. Barware is as important as the kinds of liquor your bar has. Ensuring that you have the right type of equipment helps you serve the right drink for the perfect party. Achieve a successful event and complete your entertaining needs with these exquisite bar essentials.

Glassware

balsam hill stemless wine glass

Wine glasses help set the atmosphere of your event, so your bar requires the perfect glass for any celebration. This stemless wine glass has an impeccable design that goes well with a casual dinner or a full-fledged classy event. The shape of the bowl also retains the wine’s distinct taste, regardless of the kind of wine.

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