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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Homes Inspired by Icons: The Classic Elegance of Hillary Clinton

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Most people are aware that Hillary Clinton is a driving force in today’s political arena, but what many don’t know is that she also has a flair for interior decorating. She even considered having her own home decor show after her husband Bill Clinton left public office. How would a home influenced by Hillary’s classic elegance look? I’ve listed down some of her unique traits as translated in the design aesthetic of different rooms:

Stately Elegance in the Living Room

A living room decorated in yellow
Traditional Living Room by Westfield Interior Designers & Decorators Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID

Hillary absolutely loves yellow – and for good reason. The vibrancy immediately conveys a touch of freshness reminiscent of spring. Using this as the principal color of your living room creates a lively yet cozy atmosphere. Remember to follow the 60-30-10 color combination when using such a striking hue. Balance it off with hints of white, or even gray or black, to soften the glow of yellow.
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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Sunporch for All Seasons

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More than just an extension of your living room, the sunporch or season room is a versatile area that ties together the look you’ve chosen for your home for a particular season. Here are four of our favorite design ideas for a year-round sunporch.

1. The Sunporch as a Comfortable Family Room

When it comes to smart home concepts, a well-designed sunporch can double as another stylish family room. It has the same comfortable seats, throws, and rugs, but doesn’t sacrifice the elegance seen in other areas of the home. And because sunporches are typically enclosed by screened or glass windows, they offer a breathtaking view of the outdoors no matter the time of year.

For a shabby chic look, consider using different textures in neutral tones, such as the ones used for these elegant seats and rug. Neutral  tones absorb sunlight better than brighter shades.

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My Balsam Hill Home:
5 Design Ideas for High Ceilings

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High ceilings have been a favorite among homeowners for years. Other than delivering a sense of majesty to indoor spaces, they also bring a dimension of privacy amid such a grand enclave, a point of interest that many find so captivating. Elevate your high ceilings with even more elegance with five of Balsam Hill’s favorite design ideas:

Photo by Poshsurfside via Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Photo by Poshsurfside via Flickr. CC BY-SA-2.0.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

My Balsam Hill Home: Houses Inspired by Iconic Films

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Films have the power to transport viewers to a different dimension: one that exists only in the realm of the imagination. You can journey back to America’s luxurious Jazz Age, hang out with great thinkers before the Second World War, walk on the beaches of Hawaii, and even join Luke, Han and Leia in their fight against the galactic empire.

Film viewers become so engrossed that, even after the credits are over, they find themselves wanting to relive their favorite cinematic moments once again – even within their own dwelling spaces. Bring the magic of iconic films into your home.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Great Gatsby’ and the 1920s

This 2013 film not only depicts a gripping love story, but it also portrays the glamour of the elites and their undeniably timeless elegance. You can bring the design aesthetic of the Roaring Twenties into your home by adding fixtures inspired by Art Deco. Chandeliers with Gothic elements, lavish curtains, and the pillars in this room, for instance, create a bold statement of opulence defined by the era.

Traditional Dining Room by Miami Photographers Craig Denis

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