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My Balsam Hill Home: How to Choose the Perfect Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors add classic charm to almost any dwelling. Solid wood can last for more than a century and is a great way to increase the value of your home. There are more choices of hardwood floors today than ever before, and because this requires a significant investment, you will want to choose carefully. My Balsam Hill Home uncovers the factors that will help you decide the right hardwood floors for your abode.

Wood Species


Contemporary Entry by Elk Grove Village Carpet and Flooring Signature Innovations LLC

Hardwood species vary mainly in durability, grain pattern, and color.  Domestic species, such as oak and maple, are among time-honored favorites because of their hardness. Yellow birch, white ash, beech, cherry, and walnut are likewise popular. Exotic wood, such as mahogany and Brazilian cherry, may not be as durable, but are loved for their striking appearance.

Each wood species has its own unique physical character. Oak exhibits a distinct grain while maple is very subtle. Exotics are very popular because of their distinguished grain patterns and color. Your choice should depend on your taste and the effect you want to achieve. In general, finer grain evokes a more formal appearance. Conversely, dynamic grain exudes a casual look.
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A Touch of Zen in Outdoor Spaces

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The midsummer blend of cool breeze and bright blue skies signals the advent of August – a time to open up your home and take in elements of nature just as they are at their brightest. With life taking on a calmer pace mid-season, August is the time for homeowners to imbue their dwelling spaces with tranquility. And this is best seen in Zen-inspired designs.

More than just a trend, Zen transforms homes into a soothing, meditative environment. Join Balsam Hill as we explore three principles that infuse your home with a touch of Zen.

Zen and the Principle of Harmony

Designers draw inspiration from Zen as it embodies harmony. From the moment you walk into a Zen-inspired space, you will find elements that are unique on their own but, when taken together, create a unified look. You can incorporate a garden that features rigid and angular rock patterns, hardwood furnishings, and bold stone sculptures, with plush outdoor furniture, then drape the space with pristine white fabric. The result is a stunning symphony of rigid and soft details that convey a subdued yet stylish space.


Tropical Patio by Other Metro Architects & Designers sak designs

 

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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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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Modern Palaces: The World’s Most Beautiful Homes

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The concept of the home has changed over the years. It’s no longer a simple place where people dine, rest and live. They have become personal sanctuaries, a delightful space that provides comfort from the stress-filled environment of the outside world.

There are those who have taken this idea further. Instead of creating simple retreats, they have constructed their own paradises, grand houses that not only personify their owners, but also exude luxury and sophistication. In celebration of Landscape Architecture Month, here are five estates that have redefined our notions of what a home can be.

1.) Updown Court in England

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Photo by Lord Wishanger via Wikicommons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

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