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Meet the Winner of Balsam Hill’s 2014 Mother’s Day Giveaway

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life

Because Balsam Hill believes in celebrating the family, we invited everyone to share how their own families celebrate Mother’s Day. The most inspiring answer would win for the participant two English Boxwood wreaths from Balsam Hill and two $100 Etsy Gift Cards. They can use their prizes to decorate an area of their home and of another loved one’s home for spring in honor of moms all over the world.

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life: Balsam Hill awards two English Boxwood wreaths and two $100 Etsy Gift Cards to Suzanne B for the 2014 Mother's Day Giveaway

The most touching answer reminded us of how Mother’s Day goes beyond our own families, that we can bring joy and honor to our own mothers by caring for other mothers who might not have family around.

Beyond the Family

And this answer came from Suzanne B who began by sharing the difficulty of celebrating Mother’s Day after losing her mom. The loss has led her to extend this heartwarming occasion beyond her own home:

“I will be honest it is going to be difficult. My mother recently passed away so I was having trouble how to approach it. My heart is not totally into celebrating anything and I know that does not do any one any good.

My family has plans not to focus on ourselves but we are going to help out at the Assisted Living Mother’s Day Dinner where we can help bring a nice time to other mothers who have no family around. It will be good for us all, children and grandchildren. We may have lost our mother, but so many other mothers are still here and in need. Helping others is what mom would have wanted anyway.”

Suzanne’s answer captures what we hold true: when we celebrate moms, we celebrate life. May we all have a Mother’s Day filled with warmth and love.

Thank you to all the participants of Balsam Hill’s 2014 Mother’s Day Giveaway! Continue to visit the Balsam Hill blog for ways to celebrate the family season after season.

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Happy Mother’s Day to 15 Wonderful Bloggers

Spring is the ideal season to celebrate life, and what better way to do it than to honor the special people who have given us life: our moms. As a tribute to all mothers in the past week, the Balsam Hill blog interviewed 15 decorating enthusiasts and lifestyle bloggers across the country. Each blogger has been inspired by motherhood in creating her own favorite corner of the home this spring.

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life: Balsam Hill pays tribute to 15 wonderful design and lifestyle bloggers on Mother's Day

Spring Decorating to Celebrate Motherhood

Learn more about how to decorate for spring with this selection of home decorating articles from our friends on the blogosphere:

Lauren of The Thinking Closet
Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof
Malia of Yesterday on Tuesday
Melissa of The Happier Homemaker
Candace of Vintage News Junkie
Diana of The Girl Creative
Krista of The Happy Housie
Jamie of So Much Better with Age
Melanie of Reasons to Skip the Housework
Chelsea of Two Twenty One
Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling
Courtney of French Country Cottage
Dagmar of Balsam Hill

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
How to Decorate a Spring Porch for Mother’s Day

Dagmar Obert decorates the front porch as a special spot where mothers and daughters can bond and relish the beauty of spring.

My mother’s unconditional love and support inspired me to be anything I wanted to be. She helped in every way for me to be confident in what I was pursuing – this is her invaluable contribution to my growth as a person. She offered assistance even if it was against her natural talents.

I remember how I completely took over her laundry room in high school when I was making patterns and designing / sewing my own clothes. She was also very open to my thoughts and ideas and gave me the time and verbal processing space to flesh many of them out. That is very good for a creative person, and I intend to do the same with my daughters.

In honor of my mom, I decided to pull together a front porch with spring décor that she and all the mothers in the world have inspired.

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Dagmar Obert of Balsam Hill

Dagmar Obert’s love of color, form, and texture help her transform homes with a touch of elegance and comfort. With her eye for design and more than two decades of experience, Dagmar has become one of the top interior designers in Chicagoland. Today, she is a design consultant in the Seattle area and shares her ideas on the Balsam Hill blog.

In this one-on-one interview, Dagmar recounts how motherhood has taught her to look for longevity in a piece of furniture or home decor. ‘The flip side is, if you don’t like a particular style, you can change it.’ One’s decorating preferences have to be realistic. Find out more about Dagmar’s style.

Balsam Hill interviews design expert Dagmar Obert for Mother's Day

BH: What is your favorite part about being a mother? What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it?

Dagmar: My favorite aspect is knowing that your child is a part of you and your spouse. Each child is a new soul, a created being. There’s hope in that. Knowing when to bridle your child’s passion, when to rein it in, and when to let it flourish or encourage it is challenging. When you see them use their gifts for others in serving and helping the world, you begin to see that motherhood is rewarding. For example, my daughter is magical with words and helps people so much with their writing and marketing while keeping integrity in the product or service.

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