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Warm Up in Style: Design Ideas for Outdoor Hot Tubs

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Nothing says luxury and sophistication like having your own outdoor hot tub. A wonderful addition to any backyard, it is also a marvelous and healthy way to keep yourself warm, especially during chilly nights. Aside from being simple fixtures for you to enjoy, hot tubs also elevate the atmosphere of any outdoor living space and complement the beauty of any garden. Let Balsam Hill share some of our favorite ways to create a sophisticated al fresco retreat around the hot tub.

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National Margarita Day: A Classy Celebration with a Well-loved Drink

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Today, Balsam Hill joins the country as it celebrates National Margarita Day with its own more intimate version of a gathering centered on the margarita. A long-time staple of tiki bars and beachside cabanas, these margaritas will have you setting aside your usual Bellini for the ultimate in frosty refreshment.

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Photo from Lee Edwin Coursey via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Twists on Your Favorite Margarita

Everyone knows the basic ingredients to a margarita: tequila, triple sec, lime, and coarse salt. But this drink has evolved into something more sophisticated that every crowd can enjoy.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Christmas Tree Trends

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Christmas 2012 saw the emergence of bold new trends in decorating the classic Christmas tree. Playful colors blended well with the most extraordinary of ornaments: starfishes, feathers, and family photos. These five creative Christmas tree trends shaped the past season and are bound to inspire you yet again.

Inspiration #1: The Rainbow

Highlight your white Christmas tree with loud colors. Break the rules by selecting not only two complementing hues for your overall look but an entire rainbow of it. Layer your ornaments by putting Christmas balls of the same color together to reflect a spectrum of hues. This creates a cascading of colors that is harmonious and not heavy on the eyes.


Eclectic Family Room design by Chicago Martha Layton Smith

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Throwing the Perfect Thanksgiving Party

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Thanksgiving, that time of year when you gather with loved ones and take a moment to be thankful for all of your blessings, is almost here. Planning a huge get-together of family and friends, with most traveling across the country, is a big undertaking. There are decorations to be planned, assembled, and hung up; an exquisite menu to prepare; and of course, a delectable wine and bar list to impress even the most discerning of palates.


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To prevent yourself from feeling too overwhelmed by all of these holiday preparations, it is vital that you separate the event into three main categories. This way, the tasks are all compartmentalized, allowing you to accord sufficient attention to every detail. Here are a few tips to help you get on your way to planning the perfect Thanksgiving party:

Décor

Proper party décor bolsters the mood of the space. Before you start decorating, think of the ambiance that you want your party to exude. For something elegant yet full of familial warmth, decorate with a color palette featuring warm tones such as orange, brown, and warm red; these colors beautifully complement most Thanksgiving menus. Contrasting these colors against off-white dining sets elevates the elegance of your gathering and provides a backdrop for your dinner table.

If you’re looking for décor rooted in casual sophistication, juxtapose brighter color palettes against autumn’s muted scenery; colors such as gold, blue, pink, peach, and green work beautifully to convey a more laid-back atmosphere.

Once you’ve identified your color palette, you can start assembling décor items to pull the look together. No matter what colors you choose, decorating the space with charming seasonal items, such as these Mini Brown Acorn decorations, is enough to highlight the beauty of fall.

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