Tag Archives: Autumn

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating for Autumn: 5 Gorgeous Fall Mantels for Your Home

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With the cooler climate of autumn finally settling in, it is time once again to redecorate our home to relish the season. And as we shift to a warmer and cozier focus, we begin by updating the look of our favorite area for the family to assemble, the fireplace. Join Balsam Hill as we review five stylish ways to transform your mantel to promote the autumn season.

man/t’l n. – The facing of stone, marble about a fireplace, including a projecting shelf or slab above it

Pumpkins and Gourds

 

Transform your fireplace into a vision of nature-inspired elegance by placing the bounty of harvest on your mantel. By using accents from nature, such as pumpkins, gourds, and feathers, you can present the sense of the autumn season into your home. Placing autumn flowers and dried foliage can also add to the pastoral look of your mantel.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Autumn Colors: The Timeless Shades of Brown

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The classic tones of brown look even more gorgeous during the fall season. Juxtaposed with the myriad of deep colors that envelop nature during this period, the beauty of this pigment is made more apparent, highlighting the irresistible qualities of this hue. Bring the beauty of brown into your precious home with these refined design ideas from the Balsam Hill blog.

autumn dry leaves featuring the color brown
Photo by Horia Varlan via flickr. CC-BY-2.0

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Alternatives to the Usual Turkey Stuffing

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Thanksgiving dinner is never complete without a stuffed turkey in the center of the table. In fact, the famed breaded stuffing is so inculcated in tradition that almost the same traditional recipe is repeated all throughout the country come Thanksgiving Day. Why not try something different this year and awaken your palate? Surprise your family and friends with these delectable stuffing ideas.


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Sausage and Rice
Complement the delicate flavor of the turkey with this quick and easy Sausage and Rice stuffing recipe that’ll delight your guests with its rich flavors and textures.

Ingredients
Sliced Sausages (choose spicier varieties to add a kick to your dish)
Rice
Onion and Garlic
Fresh Herbs (a good mix of your favorite herbs)
Olive Oil
Mashed Pumpkin or Squash
Salt and Pepper

1. Cook the rice as directed but throw in half of your fresh herbs in the cooking water to add a hint of flavor.

2. Sauté the onion and the garlic in a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the sliced sausages and keep in the pan until slightly browned.

3. Rub the outside of the turkey with the residual oil left in the pan to add flavor.

4. Mash a cup of boiled pumpkin or squash. Mix it together with the rice, sausage, and the rest of your fresh herbs. Season it with salt and pepper and let the mixture cool.

5. Stuff your turkey as you normally would.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Create an Elegant Place Card

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Place cards are great decorative additions to parties, providing a personalized touch to the occasion. This season, impress your guests with this classy home-made place card idea inspired by The Frugal Crafter.


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Items you need:

Card stock
Decorative ink stamps
Scoring board and scoring knife
Ruler
Scissors
Decorative punchers

Step One:

Select card stock in a color that goes well with your table décor. For an autumn-inspired table setting, you may want to choose pastel shades of orange, yellow, or red. A winter-themed dining table is best complemented by shades of off-white. Stick to paler shades as they highlight the decorative details of the card. Cut the card stock into 4×4 inch squares, or larger depending on your table arrangement. Score them down the middle to make folding easier later on.

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